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Twin Cities' own rap 'hellion,' Manchita (GRRRL PRTY, Tha Clerb), recently released her debut sola project, One, with Minneapolis-based producer-performer-composer, Bionik (Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Lizzo). Though Bionik is known for his danceable, in-your-face, pulsing, electronic bass music, the EPs production showcases an unexpected moodiness, tenderness, and an attention to subtlety that is made visible and is amplified by the gritty content of Manchitas words, and her whispy falsetto. As a...
On October 24th at the Loft Literary Center I had the opportunity to interview Joseph Rios on his new collection, Shadowboxing. Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, CA. He is the author of The Opening Bell (Achiote Press) and Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn, 2017). He is a recipient of the John K Walsh residency fellowship from Notre Dame and a VONA alumnus. He is the founder of Doña Helen’s, a poet’s residency at his grandparents’ longtime home in the San Joaquin...
Reflections on the Deportation Regime
In light of Attorney General Sessions racist rant announcing the end of DACA I wanted to chat with immigrant rights advocates and scholars Vichet Chhuon and Jimmy Patiño. Vichet is a professor of Education and Asian American Studies who has been actively involved with the ReleaseMN8 campaign. Jimmy is a historian and professor of Chicano and Latino Studies whose research examines the “deportation regime” as it relates to Chicano activism in San Diego, California.
Hoy hablamos con un artista local de Minneapolis, Gustavo Lira, quien ha pintado muchos murales en las Ciudades Gemelas, incluyendo uno aqui en Centro Tyrone Guzman. Aunque empezó como una entrevista sobre el, en poco tiempo el enfoque era sobre nosotros. Su arte habla de justicia y en eso pide nuestras perspectivas. Nos preguntó sobre que es justo para nuestra comunidad. ¿Qué debe cambiar para nuestra comunidad? Finalmente la pregunta mas fuerte era sobre que quisieramos decir a...
Fili Y Youth
In this episode the El Centro Youth Podcast coordinator Filiberto Nolasco Gomez interviews the youth. While starting in a light hearted way we jump into the fear, anxieties and worries that have come along in the latinx community generally and specifically for these youth since Donald' Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. This episode provides a unique opportunity to really experience how youth are absorbing the increasing hostility towards the latinx community.
Ashley Fairbanks. Talking about Murals and Standing Rock
Ashley Fairbanks is an Anishinaabe woman and citizen of the White Earth Nation. The podcast centers her work brining attention to the killing of Philando Castile and protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Ashley is an inspiration in how she introduces art to center and process the pain of the realities of our fights against police brutality, white supremacy and various other ills of capital.