Category: Society & Culture

Latinx On The Rise is a podcast dedicating to uncovering stories about Latinx all around the world. I will be interviewing activists, artist and content creators who are working for and with the Latinx community.

June 11, 2020

The Disruptors Fellowship: The Fellows

Today I spoke with Armando Ibañez (he/him),Kryzz Gautier (she/her) and Tamara Yajia (she/her) from The Disruptors Fellowship. Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. The Disruptors Fellowship is a partnership with 5050by2020 and The Center for Cultural Power, it is a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

The disruptors are Armando Ibañez who is an undocumented queer filmmaker from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Kryzz Gautier is a queer, Afro-Latina writer/director born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Tamara Yajia is an Argentine writer and comedian who immigrated to the U.S with her parents as a kid. 

They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).

 

 

 

 

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May 28, 2020

The Disruptors Fellowship Follow-Up

Today I follow up with Julio Salgado and Kat Evasco from The Disruptors Fellowship. Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. Today I speak to Julio Salgado, Migrant Storytelling in Pop Culture Media and Kat Evasco the Senior Programming Director at the Center for Cultural Power, formerly CultureStrike. They in partnership with 5050by2020 launched The Disruptors Fellowship – a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

 

They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).

 

 

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April 30, 2020

The Meaning of Words With Vida’s Lindsey Villarreal

I chat with Lindsey Villarreal, a writer on Vida. We talk about what it's like to write for a top show with a huge Latinx presence. We talk about imposter syndrome in the writing world and how to manage it. 

 

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April 20, 2020

The Disruptors Fellowship

Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. Today I speak to Julio Salgado, Migrant Storytelling in Pop Culture Media and Kat Evasco the Senior Programming Director at the Center for Cultural Power, formerly CultureStrike. They in partnership with 5050by2020 launched The Disruptors Fellowship – a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

 

They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).

April 16, 2020

Bored at home. Creating schedules and raising a dog.

Hi there! It's been a minute. What can I tell you, the world flipped upside down. Ray Arroyo, a community worker in Chicago and a very good friend. We talk about the odd feeling of having your home space turn into your office. The mental barrier that does not come with that. It's safe to say most of us are BORED! We talk about methods on breaking up the day and methods to train your dog. What? Yeah, I know the conversation took a weird turn. 

February 19, 2020

American Dirt- a conversation with Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez joins us again to talk about American Dirt, she gives insight on the publishing world. We discuss just how much money is funding the contrived controversy of American Dirt. 

We also delve into Oprah's culpability in reducing the immigrant experience to stereotypes. Let's be honest, Oprah does not care. It's been a month since the book has officially hit the shelves and she is still promoting the hell out of the book. 

Oprah and Cummins are financially benefitting from the outrage that came from this book at every turn. 

Valdes-Rodriguez talks about her blog post where she reflected on her first hand experience with Cisnero's and Maria Hinojosa which may surprise you. When we talk about supporting each other are we talking about supporting all Latinx or just those who agree with us? 

 

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February 11, 2020

Are you down for la causa now Cisneros?

Alisa Valdes- Rodriguez the author of Dirty Girls Social Club talks about her experience attempting to work with Susan Bergholz, Sandra Cisnero's book agent. Her book focuses on a group of women who met in college and they all happen to be Latinas. These women are complex but no, not all speak fluent Spanish. The name of the group was derived from one of the character's being called a "sucia" by her parents because she wanted to live in the dorms at college. This is a story I know very well, my older sister basically had to trick my parents into letting her stay in the dorms at college. 

Valdes-Rodriguez talks about her blog post where she reflected on her first hand experience with Cisnero's and Maria Hinojosa which may surprise you. When we talk about supporting each other are we talking about supporting all Latinx or just those who agree with us? 

 

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February 3, 2020

A career in acting with Marlene Forte

Marlene Forte has had a long career in acting with roles in Dallas, Real Women Have Curves and most recently Knives Out. She gives great insight on what it means to be a career actress verse just becoming famous.

She is a Cuban immigrant who grew up going to Catholic school, got married and had a child at a young age. All the while with a deep desire to become an actress. She gives great insight on what it means to be a career actress. 

 

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January 28, 2020

Asking for a raise, advice from a HipLatina.

Welcome to part 2 of my interview with the Editor-in-Chief of HipLatina Mariela Rosario. We talk about her proudest moments with HipLatina and the Latina wage gap. Latina business owners are a growing group but what are we doing as a community to support those businesses? Rosario talks about her 2019 New Years resolution of only consuming media created by women of color. So why can't we take our dollars and redirect them to Latinx businesses. She also gives advice to fellow Latinas on ways to go about asking for raises! She also gives advice to fellow Latinas on ways to go about asking for raises! 

 

Ways to help Puerto Rico!

 

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January 20, 2020

Universal income a Martin Luther King Jr. dream and our future.

Andrew Yang is one of the several Democratic nominees for President of the United States. While the race is still on, Yang has reintroduced Universal Basic Income. This is something formally known as Guaranteed Annual Income and was presented by Martin Luther King Jr.

 

This podcast episode is not an official endorsement of Andrew Yang but it is a look at a concept that may very well lie in our futures. Randy Zuniga and I speak about Yang's proposal and what this looks like for the future of our country.

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