#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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#26 Girl Talk 2 - VFig & Nati

#26 Girl Talk 2 - VFig & Nati

We kept getting the requests so Girl Talk is back for a second edition! VFig and Nati spend some time hanging out and talking about a few different things. Topics include VFig and Christian's Baecation in DR and Trump winning the presidency. They also touched on Thanksgiving coming up and their thoughts on politics as women.

It's a fun episode so listen up and share with friends!

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#23 La Verdad Goes Pink - Pinqy Ring

#23 La Verdad Goes Pink - Pinqy Ring

This week we are joined by Chicago Hip Hop artist and community advocate Pinqy Ring! We talk about her being a Latina rapper in a male dominated industry, the use of KickStarter to fund her upcoming projects, and the importance of giving back to the youth in urban communities. Pinqy's episode is full of inspiration and insight on working hard to reach our dreams! 

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#16 Back After A Break - Christian & Carlos

#16 Back After A Break - Christian & Carlos

The guys are back from a mid-summer break recharged and ready for more podcasts! Christian and Carlos cover a few topics like the excellent feedback on the Abel Muhammad and Adriana Almanza episodes. They also discuss why Carlos doesn't like KRS One and thinks Tupac is overrated! Things are wrapped up with a talk on Instagram adding stories and how we're going to use that for a new Salsa showcase on social media! 

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#15 Latinos & the Nation of Islam - Abel Muhammad

#15 Latinos & the Nation of Islam - Abel Muhammad

We took a week off, but are now back stronger than ever. Student Minister Abel Muhammad joins La Verdad and we talk about different topics regarding the Nation of Islam. Did you know the Honorable Elijah Muhammad had some early Latino followers? What does it mean to be one of the Spanish speaking representatives of Minister Louis Farrakhan? How is the Nation of Islam different from what is accepted by most to be orthodox Islam?

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#13 Music Production Talk - Nelson Rios

#13 Music Production Talk - Nelson Rios

Nelson Rios has been making Reggaeton and Hip Hop beats for over ten years. He's also an old friend from Carlos' youth. The team gets all together to talk about the creative process and art of music production. They also answer the question: "Is Reggaeton dead??" and name their top five artists in the genre...sort of.

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#11 Union Organizing in Houston - Aliss & Paloma

#11 Union Organizing in Houston - Aliss & Paloma

Today is a special episode where we have a group of guests that join us all the way from Houston, Texas!! Aliss and Paloma do some excellent work helping organize unions in Houston. We talk about some of their organizing strategies and the way subcontractors make it difficult to fight for fair wages. They also shed light on injustices faced by labor workers in the workplace.

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#8 A Chicago Salsa Story - Luis Alequin

#8 A Chicago Salsa Story - Luis Alequin

Episode 8 is another great history lesson. We are joined by Christian's uncle, Luis Alequin, who was a former percussionist for 1970s Salsa bands in the Chicago area. He shares stories about his start in music as a young kid in Puerto Rico and breaks down some of the little known history of the early Chicago Salsa scene. Luis started playing with local groups, but eventually had the chance to back up legendary artists like Cheo Feliciano and Eddie Palmieri.

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#6 Teaching Urban Youth - David Blancas

#6 Teaching Urban Youth - David Blancas

This week we are joined by David Blancas who is a teacher within Chicago Public Schools. We get some insight about his personal background and learn about some of the ways he works with students that face many different challenges. Episode 6 is very important because it applies to a lot more than just schools. David gives us some major keys to connecting with kids in an urban setting and helping them give their personal 100%.

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#2 The Rise of La X Tropical - Luis Guillermo

#2 The Rise of La X Tropical - Luis Guillermo

Our second episode of La Verdad Podcast features a member of the familia(Christian's uncle!) who was the former host of a popular latino radio station in Chicago called La X Tropical. Luis Guillermo shares with us some info about his upbringing in Puerto Rico and reasons for moving the US. We then get to continue his journey on how he got his start in radio.

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#1 A Young Lord's Story - Cha Cha Jimenez

#1 A Young Lord's Story - Cha Cha Jimenez

Cha Cha Jimenez is a legendary figure in the Puerto Rican and Latino political history of America. In this first episode, he takes us on a journey growing up in 1950s/1960s Chicago and the creation of the Young Lords as a gang. It only gets better from there as Cha Cha documents the journey where they make the transition into a civil and human rights organization.

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