Season 2 Episode 5: El Backstage - Interview with Y No Habia Luz

Season 2 Episode 5: El Backstage - Interview with Y No Habia Luz

El Backstage - SRBCC with La Verdad Podcast is joined by Puerto Rican based theatre company, Y No Habia Luz.  As part of the SRBCC Borinken Me Llama series, the theatre company is welcomed to the city of Chicago where they will be participating in a number of events, workshops and exhibits.  We sit down with group members and artists, Yari Helfeld and Carlos Gandul Torres to discuss their current exhibit and upcoming events.  We also chat about the their involvement in post Hurricane Maria efforts in Puerto Rico, the thought process behind each one of their shows and the amazing on-going repertoire they have created.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/nGZn8gNdi68


Check out their upcoming shows and exhibits:


July 11 @7pm

An Evening with Y No Habia Luz and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater

Location: Segundo Ruiz Pelvis Cultural Center

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/490477361409806/


July 13 @5pm

Circus of Absence, An exhibit by Y No Habia Luz

Location: National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2072475836351654/


July 14-15

Barrio Arts Fest 2018

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/635962980080538/


Website: http://ynohabialuz.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ynohabialuz/

Instagram: @y.no.habia.luz

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Season 2 Episode 4: Group Talk - Summer Time, Cages and Crime

Season 2 Episode 4: Group Talk - Summer Time, Cages and Crime

The crew sits down on the group talk table to discuss recent events surrounding our community.  We expressed our thoughts on the recent deaths as a result of crime as well as the “mentality” behind it.  Our conversation geared towards the current incarceration of our fellow latino immigrants and what this has done to many.  Like always we try to lighten up the talk to discuss some interesting topics.  Enjoy and feel free to share!

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Season 2 Episode 3: El Backstage with ÌFÉ's Otura Mun

Season 2 Episode 3: El Backstage with ÌFÉ's Otura Mun

This week’s episode of La Verdad Podcast is the first of a mini series within our podcast called "El Backstage". The series, in collaboration with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, features artists, musicians and performers from all over the world. Our focus is to get an in-depth look into how their careers have developed from start to present day. In hopes of inspiring others, "El Backstage" aims to bring a distinctive look into the entertainers’ world.

For the first episode of "El Backstage" we are joined by the mastermind behind the band ÌFÉ. Otura Mun talks to us about his journey into the world of rumba and his first experience on the island of Puerto Rico. Our conversation then turns into understanding his spiritual views when producing and developing his music. We even go into some gear and production talk to wrap it all up. Take a journey with us as we take you along "El Backstage."

ÌFÉ's Website: https://www.ife-music.com/

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Season 2 Episode 2: Group Talk - Vacation, Prom & Trap

Season 2 Episode 2: Group Talk - Vacation, Prom & Trap

The crew sits down to recap on the recent break.  While introducing our newest intern Keishla (who just happened to go to prom the day before) the crew sits back and gives their happy/horror prom stories.  VFig and Christian recap on their vacation in NY and their experience eating NY style pizza.  Sit back and enjoy a funny episode of the La Verdad podcast.

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Season 2 Episode 1: New Season, New Home w/ Omar Torres-Kortright

Season 2 Episode 1: New Season, New Home w/ Omar Torres-Kortright

We launch our season 2 of La Verdad Podcast at our new home SRBCC. Our guest, Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright and us discussed our partnership, upcoming events, and new exciting programs coming to the SRBCC.

Check out what the SRBCC is working on, their history and goals of the center.  We also discussed some potential interviews and guests that will be joining us for this season.

View this episode on youtube: https://youtu.be/ph_rxxyIMdw

To get more information on the SRBCC please check out their social media links:

  • Website: www.SRBCC.org

  • FB: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

  • Instagram: @segundoruizbelvis

  • Twitter: @srbcc

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#69 Group Talk 8 & La Verdad Pins: Christian, Vfig, & Marissa

#69 Group Talk 8 & La Verdad Pins: Christian, Vfig, & Marissa

Episode Summary:

- Rosa Blanca Pin Drop
- A day in a snow storm
- How Vfig and Marissa tip Uber and Lyft drivers
- La Verdad Ltd commentary on Super Bowl Sunday
- Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day
- The male experience at Victoria's Secret
- Shout out to the Afro-Latinos on Black History Month 

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#67 Business, Insurance, Success - Lisa Jusino

#67 Business, Insurance, Success - Lisa Jusino
  • Chicago southside beginnings
  • Growing up Puerto Rican in Chicago
  • Going away to college: "Can I touch your hair?"
  • Building a sense of home away from home
  • Transition from Marketing to Allstate career
  • The Taboo topic of Life Insurance
  • "People are sue happy"
  • Diversity in business and community
  • What it takes to be an insurance agent
  • Let your passions lead you when facing challenges
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#66 Hide your Kids, Hide your wife- Ricardo Gamboa

#66 Hide your Kids, Hide your wife- Ricardo Gamboa

Topics on today's episode include: 

1.  We discussed his upbringing in the southside of chicago
2. Discovering theatre and using it as a way to express himself
3. Going away for school and working on his PhD
4. His web series “Brujos”
5. His live show called “The Hoodoisie”
6. His thoughts on “Lin Manuel Miranda” and mainstream theatre

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#62 Surviving The Holidays - Rene Garcia

#62 Surviving The Holidays - Rene Garcia

We are joined once again by Rene Garcia from the Chubby Therapist Podcast. Rene is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Houston and joined Christian to talk about topics like:

  • Rene gives us a top 6 ways of surviving the holidays list.
  • We talk about family chisme, bullying, istening to loved ones.
  • Letting loved ones vent and being optimistic.
  • Techniques on dealing with a loved one vent.
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#60 Yo Soy Ella Inc. - Sarah Taylor

#60 Yo Soy Ella Inc. - Sarah Taylor

What is Yo Soy Ella?

-Undocumented women
-Stands out from other organizations by using empowerment and spirituality.
- The term "Yo Soy Ella"
-The importance of spirituality in the Latino community

Trauma from Trump administration

-"I think" (awareness of what is going on at home.)
-Knowing the difference between abuse and cultural norms

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#59 Rican-Struction BBQ for Borikén

#59 Rican-Struction BBQ for Borikén

Today's episode is one where we are joined again by Roberto Perez of Urban Pilon and Piro Lopez of Buya to discuss the current issues in Puerto Rico. We discussed the Trump visit, some of the lies being spread around, and with what people can send to Puerto Rico. The main discussion is around the "Rican-Struction" BBQ for Boriken event on Oct 22, 2017 at 4pm in Chicago.

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#58 Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts - George "Urban Jibaro" Torres

#58 Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts - George "Urban Jibaro" Torres

Hurricane Maria recently caused major damages in Puerto Rico and many people are wondering what they can do to help. Today we are joined by George "Urban Jibaro" Torres who first appeared in episode 33 focusing on Latino Tech & Community Building. We cover topics like:

  • Current relief efforts in NYC
  • The Boricua diaspora waking up and doing as much as they can to help
  • Ways to help beyond donations: call centers & documenting calls from people on island
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#57 Chicago Radio: El Swing de la Mañana - Luis Guillermo

#57 Chicago Radio: El Swing de la Mañana - Luis Guillermo

Everyone loved him as our second podcast episode "The Rise of La X Tropical" and this time we have Luis Guillermo breaking down some more Chicago radio history! Topics include:

  • One Year Anniversary
  • Luis's history in Chicago
  • What it's like coming from Puerto Rico to Chicago
  • Learning English
  • Beginning of radio career/Inspiration of going into radio
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#56 DACA FAQ - Rafael Martinez

#56 DACA FAQ - Rafael Martinez

Rafael Martinez is a PhD student and instructor at the University of New Mexico. He joins us to talk about key questions people have regarding DACA. Topics include:

  • DACA and the history of Executive Order
  • Current issues with DACA and what to do if you are a beneficiary
  • General tips regarding renewal
  • Different ways we can all defend DACA
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