The legacy of Sylvia Rivera

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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We propose and life disposes

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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

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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El Closet Therapy

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We’ve all seen or heard about Marie Kondo’s method but let’s be realistic holding something and asking if it brings us joy isn’t enough. By disposing of mountains of clothes we are just adding to pollution in the environment.

Ana Karina Da Silva and I talk about methods to clean out our closets, swap clothes with friends and stop impulse buying.

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