#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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#53 Is Racism a Cause of Trauma? - Rene Garcia

#53 Is Racism a Cause of Trauma? - Rene Garcia

Today's episode is a real relevant one considering what recently went down in Charlottesville, VA. 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:

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#51 Ray "White Rhino" Salazar

#51 Ray "White Rhino" Salazar

Education is a major topic on our show and our guest today has a lot to add on the subject. Ray "White Rhino" Salazar is a Chicago based educator and writer who joins the team to talk about things like:

  • His experiences as a teacher in inner city Chicago
  • Ray's roots working in Alternative High Schools
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#50 AfroLatina Natural - Angie Galván-Rodriguez

#50 AfroLatina Natural - Angie Galván-Rodriguez

Episode 50 focuses on a conversation we have been wanting to have with a guest for a while now. Today's show features Chicago based Angie Galván-Rodriguez, who is the creator of AfroLatina Natural. We discuss the beginnings of her project being rooted in her daughter getting made fun of at school and how they now embrace natural hair.

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#49 Interview with No Manches Clothing Co.

#49 Interview with No Manches Clothing Co.

Chicago is one of our main homes as La Verdad and we love to show fellow entrepreneurs some love. Today is no different as we present an insightful interview with the crew behind No Manches Clothing Co. They are a creative brand based in Chicago and gave us a dope breakdown on how they started and where they plan to go. Topics include:

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#48 Un Cafecito with a Side of Verdad - Melissa DuPrey

#48 Un Cafecito with a Side of Verdad - Melissa DuPrey

Episode 48 is an insightful one where we interview Chicago based actor, playwright, comedian, dancer, and activist Melissa Duprey. We talk about a variety of things like:

  • Her start in theater as a child that eventually become a career
  • Her big hit shows such as Sexomedy and SushiFrito
  • Some of the hardships she faced in the industry
  • Being a Latina and trying to find roles outside of the "typical" norms
  • Her work with Free Street Theater
  • Her start in theater with Teatro Luna
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#46 Cultura, Comida, y Pilón - Urban Pilón

#46 Cultura, Comida, y Pilón - Urban Pilón

Latin America has some of the best food in the world, but a lot of it tends to be unhealthy. Roberto Pérez noticed this and teamed up with Angel Fuentes to form Urban Pilon. Roberto joins us to explain how this project is a "culinary movement to share knowledge with the masses about the great foods of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America." 

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#45 Chicago Boricua Resistance

#45 Chicago Boricua Resistance

There is a lot of controversy about Puerto Rico and its political status. Are they a country? Is it a colony? Are they a state? People also wonder what all the protests are about. Today we bring in a Chicago based group called Chicago Boricua Resistance that is hoping to answer those questions and bridge the gap between Boricuas on the island and in the mainland. Topics include:

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