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Known as the Latina “Oprah”, talk show host Rhina Valentin is a leading figure in New York City’s arts and entertainment industry. A native New Yorker of Black, European, and indigenous ancestry, she’s also a mother, writer, dancer, producer, director, and comedienne, as well as being a revered television personality. An award-winning performance artist and comedic performer, Rhina has captured audiences with her humor while honoring tragedy with empathy, representing the values of working-class women-of-color everywhere.
Rhina has been featured on HBO’s Betty la Flaca and has appeared in nationally syndicated television commercials for Bally’s & 1-800-Flowers. Since 2006, Rhina has been hostess of the popular OPEN Friday talk show on BronxNet TV. She was a distinguished recipient of the 25 Bronx Influential Women of 2015 Award, presented by the Bronx Times Reporter.
As activist and motivational speaker, Rhina has focused on the dangers of domestic abuse and was honored with a Woman of Today 2015 Award at The Women of Tomorrow Conference held at Microsoft NY. As a health and wellness advocate, she produced a reality TV web-series, Rhina Gets Lean, which followed her journey of healthy eating and fitness to promote better living for the urban community, training for the New York City Marathon, which she completed.
Rhina Valentin is a production consultant with years of experience in strategic planning, negotiations, stakeholder reporting, executive production, and general assets acquisitions. She’s also a practitioner of transcendental meditation and is a believer in the healing power of this practice as a means to individual and societal transformation. She offers meditation opportunities online and is working toward certification as a primordial sound meditation instructor through the Chopra Center, to be completed in 2021.