Tata Rambo an American Hero

6May

This week's episode is with Henry Barajas, a journalist and comic book writer. He currently has a kick starter going for his future graphic novel La Voz De M.A.Y.O. In his novel he explores his grandfather's legacy as a WWII vet but also as an activist fighting for Native American rights. There is so much of our history that is left out of the conversation. It's our responsibility to tell our histories for future generations. 

 

 

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What would Carrie do?

29Apr

Curly Velasquez and I talk about spirituality, leaning into our bruja intuitions and how that can assist self-love. We talk about our struggles with alcohol and drugs and it's connection to spirituality. Something, I personally have struggle with in the past. I have recently attempted to be sober but to be honest, it hasn't worked out. It is something I am considering going back to. 

 

We also talk about creating Latino content and the role the audience plays. 

 

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Interracial Marriage

22Apr

Kimberly Erickson and I share something very interesting in common, we're both in interracial marriages. It's something we take for granted now but interracial marriages have only been legal for 52 years. We talk about the joy of sharing our culture and traditions with our significant other. As well as, the challenges that come with simple differences. She also shares her experience growing up and learning to embrace her Latinidad in Minnesota. 

 

 

The legacy of Sylvia Rivera

8Apr

Samy Nemir Olivares and I talk about the legacy left by Sylvia Rivera, a transgender activist who dedicated her life to helping gay and transgender youth. 

She was a part of the Stonewall Riots that was a six day protest against law enforcement. She was one of the founders of STAR, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, which helped aid homeless and jailed gay and transgendered youth. 

She also famously took the microphone during a 1973 gay pride parade, where she called out the crowd for their privileged position. Sylvia was completely ahead of her time and a a fundamental part of the gay and transgender fight for equality. 

 

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Writing the human experience

25Mar

Oliver Mayer is a play wright and USC Professor. He and I talk about his most recent play, Member's Only a follow up to Blade To The Heat a story about a boxer who came out in the 50s. Member's Only revisits Pedro Quinn as he is guiding a female boxer through the challenges of being a woman in the sport. 

We talk about the college admission scandal and I get his reaction as a faculty member at USC. 

 

 

Fear is the other side of Excitement!

18Mar

We're always trying to get everything done but somehow the day gets ahead of us and we didn't get as far as we wanted. Lizza Monet Morales an actress, host and best-selling author. She and I talk about some methods to attack that todo list. We talk about her upcoming book The Word Diet because the most important meal of the day is the word we feed ourselves. We're often concentrating on how we talk to others but how often do we think about how we talk to ourselves. 

 

In Lizza's research for her book she has identified specific words that women and more importantly women of color use. Some being, "Excuse me, I'm sorry and just." We are constantly fighting to embrace our identity and words have to go into that embrace. I hope you enjoy this episode! 

 

 

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Money and Marriage

11Mar

Brenda Gonzalez is a nonprofit capacity builder and the co-creator and co-host of Tamarindo Podcast. We talk about money and marriage. I don’t often delve into the beginnings of my relationship but it was fun to share our stories of the beginning of our relationships! She also brings up changes happening with Tamarindo Podcast.

We propose and life disposes

4Mar

Davina Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Alegria Magazine, a bilingual magazine. She and I discuss the path we think we’re going on and then the path that life actually takes us on. It’s important to be flexible with our dreams because we never know what that road to finding our own version of success will look like. Life gets complicated but there must be trust that the hard work we are putting in will result in dreams coming true.

 

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Hearing Our Voices

25Feb

We all know the big black and brown names in history from Frederick Douglass to Cesar Chavez but the truth is those two don't even scratch the surface of the heros in our communities. Luc Cudet, Alejandro Gonzalez and Travis Hatcher together created Abantu Audio a forthcoming APP and current intersectional book distributor. 

Growing up I didn't know much about my Latinx American history until I paid extra for it in college. It was only at that point that I really knew those who paved the path. Abantu Audio has been working to not only bring our stories to curriculums in universities with hopes of eventually reaching younger audiences. The audio books they offer are read in the voice's of black and brown actors who better to tell our stories.  

 

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Online Organizing

18Feb

These days, we can easily be concerned all the time about our current social and political situation. Sara Mora, an activist and social media influencer, and I talk about getting focused and educated on one issue and championing that. We also talk about her experience in San Diego and sustainable change. 

 

 

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