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9: NextGen LatinX an Interview w/ David Gloria

This weeks episode features NextGen LatinX founder David Gloria in dialogue with Christian and VFig. The crew sits back to discuss NextGen LatinX and the importance of networking in the Latino Community. NextGen Latinx vision is to become a go-to resource for young Latinx to discover impactful career opportunities, career advice, events and connect with a network of like-minded young Latinx in Chicago & suburbs to help each other succeed. David Gloria’s Social Media: FB: David Gloria...


8: Chicago, History and Legacy an Interview w/ Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez

This weeks episode of La Verdad Podcast we are joined by cultural worker and community leader Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez. We talk about his life and work within the city of Chicago and the Puerto Rican community. His life in Puerto Rico and high school years at Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago which ignited his fire for activism and community work. Tito gives us a look into the historical years of the early 80’s within the community, the start of the “Bomba” music classes and...


7: El Backstage - Interview with Juan Pablo Díaz

This episode of SRBCC & La Verdad Podcast “El Backstage” features actor, musician and composer Juan Pablo Díaz directly from Puerto Rico. As part of the Borinken me Llama series of the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center is hosting in Chicago, Il. We sit back to chat about his career in the acting and music industries and how he got started. Starting out very young in a family of actors and musicians, Juan Pablo discusses how his first step on a stage felt at a very young age. We also...


6: Modeling, Law and Facts w/ Kyara Garza, Esq.

We sit back this week to chat with our friend and Attorney at Law Kyara Garza about her career in law and modeling. The highlights of our conversations include her start in modeling and how she became interested in law. We then get into the discussion of law terminology and case procedures. Kyara discusses her modeling industry highlights including some of the aspects she is able to bring over to the legal industry. Check out this dope interview for more insights on what has made our guest...


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...


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!


3: El Backstage - Interview 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...


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. FB: @laverdadltd Instagram: @laverdadltd Twitter: @laverdadltd


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: To get more information on the SRBCC please...


64: The Life and Work of Reynaldo "GuArecibo" Rodriguez

Talking points: * We discussed his starting point in the world of art and his start drawing designs for his mom who was a seamstress. * His first work here in Chicago with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Culture Center. * We talked about his different styles of work, sculptures, paintings, murals. * How he is self taught and learned by his own students Support Reynaldo at the following links: Hosted by Christian & Vfig Twitter/IG/FB: @LaVerdadLtd Music Credit:...


63: Experiencing Hurricane Maria and the Aftermath - Aliceber Rivera

Episode Breakdown: -The power grid in Puerto Rico -Hurricane Irma -The chaos in preparing for Hurricane Maria -Making emergency plans in case of loss of communication -The first 36-48 hours of Maria -Deaths and at hospitals due to lack of diesel -How Hurricane Maria affected different parts of Puerto Rico -Lack of infrastructure and preparation -$40 for water -Corruption -"Puerto Ricans helping Puerto Ricans." -Plans of distribution of food and supplies -News reporters only coming to...


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. Support Rene Garcia at the following links: &...


61: Education, Policy, & Puerto Rico - Cristina Pacione-Zayas

Podcast Topics: -Cristina's upbringing -Introduction into Policy -"Peacemaker" at Roberto Clemente High School -Involvement with the Puerto Rican Agenda Support Cristina Pacione-Zayas at the following links: & & Hosted by Christian & Vfig Twitter/IG/FB: @LaVerdadLtd Music Credit: Elias O. Sepulveda (Programming, Percussion, Piano, Bass) & Gilbert Arzuaga (Saxophones) #PuertoRicanAgenda #Chicago...


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. -Machista culture -Workshops to show self love Sarah's background and how she started Yo Soy Ella -Healing for personal experiences (self identity, etc)...


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. Learn more about the event: Showing great pride in Chicago and all the...


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 -Self Care as an important component...


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

Everyone loved him on 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 -The history of radio -Meeting Ruben and Ray Rubio -Top of the hour and staying on schedule -Marianito: Favorite Ponce radio star -" El Swing...


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 It is important to remember that Rafael and our hosts are not a lawyer or government representative so any advice should be consulted with a qualified...


55: A Lyon and the Three Kings - Mathew "Lyon" Montalvo

Today's guest is actor, comedian, and lead singer/founder of La Obra Matthew "Lyon" Montalvo. We talk about a lot of things including: -Choir Days -Band Allegiance -TommyLyon Era -"MerenBanda" -Reggaeton -La Obra: Band members have different music backgrounds -Brand & Image (Tony Lyon versus now) -"Be Humble": humility in the music industry -Chicago Music Market: Tropical music is lacking. -Views on Chicago: Mafia, gang bang culture -Being an independent artist: Indie movement (side hustle,...


54: Gentrify This! - Hilario Dominguez

Gentrification has been a major topic the past few years. Today's guest - Hilario Dominguez - is actively involved in the battle against this phenomenon in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Our topics of discussion vary, but include: Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood: origins & history of Latinos in the area Breaking down gentrification and the way it is happening in Chicago How politics has played a role in Pilsen's gentrification agenda Cook County tax assessor reporting wrong assessments in the...