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A unique look at race in America through the stories of artists, entrepreneurs, educators and otherwise really cool people! The series takes a provocative look at what it's really like to survive and thrive in a society that has been built without people of color in mind. Hosted by Dr. Frank Mirabal, a musician, storyteller, public servant, and 12th generation New Mexican.

A unique look at race in America through the stories of artists, entrepreneurs, educators and otherwise really cool people! The series takes a provocative look at what it's really like to survive and thrive in a society that has been built without people of color in mind. Hosted by Dr. Frank Mirabal, a musician, storyteller, public servant, and 12th generation New Mexican.
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A unique look at race in America through the stories of artists, entrepreneurs, educators and otherwise really cool people! The series takes a provocative look at what it's really like to survive and thrive in a society that has been built without people of color in mind. Hosted by Dr. Frank Mirabal, a musician, storyteller, public servant, and 12th generation New Mexican.

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Mass Incarceration in America: Isaac Bryan

12/1/2019
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Since the Reagan-era 'War on Drugs,' which expanded Nixon-era policies, our nation has seen a dramatic increase in the prison population. Despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety, our nation continues to "cage" men and women of color at disproportionate rates. The problem has now extended to the inhumane detainment of immigrants and refugees in and around the border. Episode 16 examines the issue of mass incarceration...

Duration:00:29:32

Being Image: Andrew Garrison

11/19/2019
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We live in a world where we constantly seek affirmation, whether in the form of "likes" on social media, or through our relationships. Andrew Garrison, author of the award winning book, Being Image stopped by the studio to share simple exercises to claim your authentic being and remove the distractions in our lives to enter a more fulfilling sense of "being." Andrew Garrison is the President/CEO of BodyFacts Wellness Services. He delivers trainings to nonprofit organizations, government...

Duration:00:33:33

The Head Indigenerd: Lee Francis IV

11/3/2019
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Upon completing a doctorate in education, Lee Francis IV was faced with a career decision--follow the path of his father, who was an academic, or create his own path. He chose the latter. A self-proclaimed "Indigenerd," Lee tells the stories of Native American superheroes and indigenous icons through comic books. He is the founder of Native Realities, a publishing company that produces and distributes comics to children, youth, and adults. He also is the founder of Indigenous Comic Con (now...

Duration:00:34:19

Developing Latino Leaders: Marco Davis

10/20/2019
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Representation matters. The recent emergence of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and presidential candidate Julián Castro demonstrate the power of intentional leadership development efforts. In this episode, Marco Davis, President/CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) shares his insights on leadership and how CHCI is building a pipeline of diverse racial, gender, geographic, and sector leadership to address the complex needs of the Latino community.

Duration:00:38:36

My Brother's Keeper: Michael Smith

10/7/2019
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One of the major catalysts behind the My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBKA), an initiative of the Obama Foundation, is Michael Smith who serves as the Executive Director. In this episode, Michael shares his deeply personal experiences with racism as a youth in western Massachusetts and how some of these formative experiences fuel his social impact work. Michael also brings to light issues that disproportionately impact boys and young men of color and how MBKA is responding. In 2014,...

Duration:00:24:59

Love Bless America: Isaac Aragon

9/23/2019
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Isaac Aragon's new single, Love Bless America delivers a unifying message of love and truth in these divisive times. His music hearkens back to a time when soul singers could showcase virtuosity and social message in the same breath. A time when artists were producing concept albums as messengers of social change, like Marvin Gaye's classic What's going on? In this episode, we discuss Isaac's plan for a full album, upcoming dates with the likes of Los Lobos and The Mavericks, and compare...

Duration:00:52:11

United We Dream: Eli Cuna

9/9/2019
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Hateful rhetoric is creating a dangerous climate for immigrants and refugees in America. Eli Cuna has experienced the harmful effects of this rhetoric first hand. That is why she fights for immigrant rights as National Field Director for the largest immigrant, youth-led network in the country. United We Dream is equal parts aspirational message, call to action, and social justice advocacy with a membership surpassing 400,000. In this episode, we dive deep into the topic of immigration—from...

Duration:00:32:29

Meow Wolf Mariachi: Carlos Medina

8/26/2019
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Carlos Medina’s unique cultural voice has led to comparisons to legendary musical storytellers like Tom Waits. A unique, boundary spanning entertainer, Carlos captures the essence of northern New Mexican culture through traditional mariachi music and a brand of comedy that reflects the spirit of the Rio Grande and the El Camino Real. In this episode, we discuss his collaboration with Meow Wolf Entertainment and what it means for his brand. We also discuss his comedy work, which has led to a...

Duration:00:55:09

Congresswoman Deb Haaland

8/12/2019
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Just a week removed from mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Representative Deb Haaland stopped by to discuss the dangerous rhetoric of President Trump and how it has fueled senseless violence in communities like El Paso--which is predominantly Latino and immigrant. She delivers sharp criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's inaction on recent gun legislation, referring to the Senate as a "graveyard" for gun bills. She also shares her thoughts on the healthcare debate, the...

Duration:00:38:01

Psychadelic State: Jak Bailey

5/12/2019
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In this episode, we preview the new album Psychadelic State by Jak, discuss that time Rick James gave him a "noogie", and explore the 20 year history of the group Soul Divine. Jak Bailey is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist with major label album credits and shared stage experience with James Brown, Buddy Miles, Lakeside, and the Dazz Band.

Duration:00:44:39

The Latino Vote

4/14/2019
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Dr. Gabe Sanchez shares his insights on the Latino vote, immigration, and health care policy as a key driver to the 2020 presidential election. Dr. Sanchez is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and also serves as the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Institute of Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) at the University of New Mexico. Sanchez was formerly the Director of Research, and...

Duration:00:45:03

Creative Placemaking: A conversation with Carlos Contreras

3/31/2019
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In this episode, we discuss creative placemaking, artists in government, and the gig economy. Carlos Contreras is a national champion poet, artist, and public servant. He currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Innovation in the Mayor's Office for the City of Albuquerque.

Duration:00:40:12

Duke City Diaries

3/17/2019
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Frank Blazquez and John Acosta, creators of the docuseries Duke City Diaries, provide an unfiltered look at life on the streets of Albuquerque. In this episode, we delve deep into the stories of the 'hood and how these stories represent tragedy, truth, and redemption. Frank and John also provide useful insight for up-and-coming creators as they develop their passion for film and the arts.

Duration:00:42:00

Lorenzo Antonio

3/4/2019
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From childhood star to his return back to Mexico, Lorenzo Antonio's musical journey spans over 30 years. In this episode, we discuss the rich musical legacy of his family, the current state of the music business, his collaboration with the late Juan Gabriel, and his recent return to Mexico.

Duration:00:48:04

Native Women Lead!

2/18/2019
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Check out Episode 2 of Portraits in Color with my very special guest Vanessa Roanhorse, President/CEO of Roanhorse Consulting and Co-Founder of Native Women Lead. We will be discussing her work with entrepreneurs in tribal communities, the challenge of accessing capital in communities of color, and the historic election of Native women to congress.

Duration:00:47:05

What the Heck is Tequity?

2/4/2019
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In this episode, Charles Ashley III talks candidly about the state of the tech industry from an African-American founder's perspective. We will also discuss government cheese, the Chicago Bears, mishaps with man-made "Slip n Slides" and what the term "fail forward" really means to entrepreneurs of color. Enjoy!

Duration:00:44:21

Portraits in Color Preview

2/3/2019
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Welcome to the Portraits in Color Preview! In this short, less than 5 minute edition, I will describe why I chose to do the series, and give a sneak peak of the type of content I will be covering. Enjoy and help spread the word! -Dr. Frank

Duration:00:04:14