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Love War Stories With Dr. Ivelisse Rodriguez

Rays Talk Show Episode 285: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Puerto Rican author Dr. Ivelisse Rodriguez to discuss her new book “Love War Stories.” Dr. Rodriguez shares how the complicated relationship many women have with love led to the making of “Love War Stories.” Rodriguez and Collazo discuss the importance of raising alternative narratives of Puerto Ricans from throughout the diaspora and how blackness needs to celebrated by all Latinos. Buy “Love War Stories” and meet Dr. Rodriguez at...


Yaya On Fire; "We Need To Lead"

Rays Talk Show Episode 284: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Yashira 'Yaya' Rivera to discuss how the identity politics debate impacts Latinos, Yaya's passion for women's healthcare advocacy, social media activist survival and her amazing summer trip. Ray is also joined by Elbert Garcia on a late night conversation the night of the historic victory of now Florida Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum. Ray and El B share raw reaction to Gillum's historic victory and what the next two...


Having A Plan With Mina Say What

Rays Talk Show Episode 283: Host Ray Collazo is joined by urban media star Mina “Say What” Llona. Mina is one of the leading Latinas in hip-hop media on platforms such as The Heat Sirius Hip-Hop Channel, Fox 29 Philadelphia and her own #MinasHousePodcast. Mina shares the lessons from her career and her hottest takes on today’s hip-hop superstars. Mina also provides us a few insider tidbits about her beloved Philadelphia 76ers. Support Mina at MinaSayWhat.com and check Mina out on her own...


White Tears 101 And PR Fiscal Board Update With Julio Ricardo Varela

Rays Talk Show Episode 282: Julio Ricardo Varela of the In the Thick Podcast and Latino Rebels joins Host Ray Collazo to discuss the 'white tears 101' of a recent Washington Post article that turned heads and brought to question cultural competence in mainstream media. Collazo and Varela go into depth on the problems that sprouted out of this article: from invisibilty of Latinos in media to ignorance of Latino history as part of working class America. Varela also gives us an update on the...


What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Taught Us; Jo Napolitano Reports From Border; What Lebron & El Tri Mean to LA

Rays Talk Show Episode 281: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Immigration Reporter and Author Jo Napolitano to report on the continued separation of families on our Southern Border. Joe shares the atmosphere on the border and the immigrants literally waiting on a bridge for their chance at the American Dream. Ray shares the biggest lesson from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory of NY Congressional District 14th’s Democratic primary. He also shares what the biggest impediment has been...


World Cup Preview With Andrea Canales

Rays Talk Show 280: Ray takes a break from the serious issues of the day to preview the World Cup with Futbol Analyst Andrea ‘Soccer’ Canales. Canales and Collazo analyze the legacies that are on the line for Lionel Messi, Christian Ronaldo and Neymar. Collazo and Canales also compare the careers of Lionel Messi and Lebron James. Canales breaks down her thoughts about the fates of Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Collazo admitted to his optimism towards Uruguay’s chances and placed...


Going Back To Cali; History Repeats Itself; United For Guatemala

Rays Talk Show Episode 279: Host Ray Collazo is joined by journalist and political commentator Adriana Maestas to break down this week’s California primary elections. What do the results mean for California, Latino political power and the battle for control of Congress. Maestas and Collazo also speculate if this is the end of former Los Angeles’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigoza’s political career and the November prospects of Senate candidate Kevin De Leon. Collazo provides political updates...


#WhereAreTheChildren & #4,645 With Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan; “This Is Hip-Hop Now” With Planetary; #RIP Angelo Falcon

Rays Talk Show Episode 278: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan of Latino Justice and the Lawyers Guild to discuss the attack on our children by the Federal Government. Bannan details the continued negligence in Puerto Rico and the endangerment of children on the Southern Border through hateful immigration enforcement. Hip-Hop Philosopher Mario Collazo joins to discuss what the Drake vs. Pusha T beef means for Hip-Hop and how burner accounts are heating up Philly...


“Do It For The Culture,” Rays Politics Week In Review

Episode 277 of Rays Talk Show: Host Ray Collazo shares a choc full episode that includes the latest updates from Capitol Hill on the attack on Latino wealth and Immigrant policy ‘discharges.’ Collazo also shares what the primary election wins in Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania mean for our politics. Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez and Ohio leader Victor Leandry join Rays Talk Show to discuss how they are mobilizing the Puerto Rican vote throughout the diaspora. Collazo...


Philly Doing It Right; DACA BodyBlows Trump; What’s Rossello Doing?

Rays Talk Show Episode 276: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Hip-Hop artist and Philly Sports Superfan Mario Collazo aka Planetary of Outerspace and Army of the Pharoahs to discuss how sports, music and politics are merging to make Philly center of our culture right now. The brothers talk about Meek Mill, Kanye, Kevin Hart, the Process, and the next generation of the Collazo musical legacy. Ray Collazo provides updates on how the courts have given President Trump another DACA bodyblow, what...


RP275: Starbucks Redux; Oh, SNAP! What Sons Taught Me This Week

Rays Talk Show Episode 275: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Mikhel Harrison of Indivisible in an interview recorded in front of the Starbucks in Philadelphia where the highly questionable arrest of African-American patrons took place last week. They spoke about the link between the Starbucks incident and the hyper-aggressive ICE office in Pennsylvania as well as why Republicans are now attacking us with food and medicine. Ray shares what his oldest son taught him this week and how that is...


RP274: “We Have No Choice;” Latinas Act On Climate

Rays Talk Show Episode 274: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Congresswoman Nanette Diaz-Barragan and Latina environmental leaders on how they are fighting for the Clean Power Plan. Collazo also shares why ‘we have no choice’ and its important that ‘everyone has a cousin in Whittier.’ Highlights from episode 274: Trump Showed his @$$ Again (2:50) Latinas Act on Climate Part I (10:10) The Sucka Is Simple And Plain (22:15) Latinas Act on Climate Part II (25:48) Felicidades Epsy Campbell...


RP273: “Unfinished Business”

Rays Talk Show Episode 273: Hosts Ray Collazo and Elbert Garcia discuss how we move towards institutional solutions after homicide of Stephon Clark and empathic messaging in mainstream media of domestic terrorist Mark Anthony Conditt. Collazo interviews Democratic candidate for New Mexico Congressional District 1 Damon Martinez. Learn about what inspired Martinez to run for Congress and about how he plans to identify proactive solutions to most important issues impacting New...


RP272: “Move…Get Out The Way.” Attack on Dodd-Frank, #RIP Franco, Avila & Mack

Rays Talk Show Episode 272: Host Ray Collazo is joined by co-host Elbert Garcia and special guest Marisabel Torres of UnidosUS to discuss the hottest issues impacting Latinos in politics and society. (1:30): Garcia on the ground with latest on FIU Bridge Collapse (6:50): How National School Walk Out Impact Gun Debate and who needs to “Move…Get Out They Way.” (21:30): Marisabel Torres on attacks in Congress on Dodd-Frank (38:30): Why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP)...


RP271: “They Are Scared Of Us Taking Over.”

Rays Talk Show Episode #271: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Yvonne Gutierrez of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and Cristina TzinTzun of Jolt Texas on the implications of this weeks’ Texas primary elections on Latinos in Texas and nationwide. Collazo also shares why Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ visit to California this week was so shameful and why we are happy to say the words ‘Saint Oscar.’


RP270: Youth Revolution; DACA Revival; Texas Miracle Real?

Rays Talk Show Episode 270: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Carlos Guevara of UnidosUS on what recent court decisions mean for DACA recipients and future of immigration debate. Carlos and Ray also discuss how immigration will impact Congress and Elections in 2018. Collazo also provides his analysis of how the youth of Parkland are leading a revolution of change for peaceful Americans everywhere. Listen to what milllenials can do to create policy change in Washington and who Collazo thinks is...


RP269: Dems Cave, DACA & Puerto Rico Persist; Voting Rights Update; #FlyEaglesFly

Rays Talk Show Episode 269: Host Ray Collazo and guest Leo Perales share the visceral reaction of Latino and progressive activists to discussion of Senate Democrats to back down after 3 days of a government shutdown. Collazo and Perales speculate on what’s next for the fight for DACA legislation and what Democrats need to do for Latinos to show them more love in 2018. Rays Talk show also discusses the latest news on Healthcare, the Puerto Rico crisis, recent wins in Voting Rights and how...


RP268: *hithole-In-Chief; DACA In The Balance; Latinas March

Rays Talk Show Episode 268: Host Ray Collazo and Co-Host Leo Perales discuss the real danger of the *hithole-In-Chief and the biggest issue that came of out DHS Secretary Nielsen’s testimony this week. Collazo shares the latest on potential DACA and CHIP deals that are in the balance as the government shutdown deadline looms this week. Hear what can make this deal happen and why Perales thinks Democrats need to shut the government down. Activists Quetcy Lozada and Amaris Hernandez-Padgett...


RP267: Puerto Rico Crisis Comes To Washington; Why Net Neutrality Matters

Rays Talk Show Episode 267: Host Ray Collazo talks about the latest threat to Puerto Rico that’s coming in form of Republican Tax bills with Gretchen Sierra-Zorita of the National Puerto Rican Agenda. Gretchen outlines the provisions in the proposed tax bills that could do more harm to Puerto Rico than any hurricane. Gretchen reveals why mobilizing in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania around this issue is so crucial now! Collazo also updates us on the current state of play with Tax legislation in...


RP266: DACA Deepdive…#DefendTheDream

Rays Talk Show Episode 266: Host Ray Collazo is joined by Immigration Policy expert Carlos Guevara of UnidosUS to take a deepdive into the state of DACA/Dream Act policy. Collazo and co-host Leo Perales quiz Carlos on the state of play in Washington around potential Dream Act legislation potentially being shoe horned into current Budget/Tax Packages. What leverage do immigrant activists now have as the debt ceiling deadline approaches? Will Democrats stand by the Dreamers during these...