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Looking Back at the Secure Fence Act
"This october will mark fifteen years. Since president. George w bush signed the secure fence act of two thousand and six bill. I'm about to sign is an important step. In our nation's efforts to secure our border and reform immigration system congress approved the act with bipartisan support authorizing nearly seven hundred miles of new barrier along the southwestern border with mexico up until this point just a few dozen miles of border wall had been built and that happened under democratic president. Bill clinton under president george w. bush the secure fence act would focus on militarizing the nearly two thousand mile long border with mexico the act allowed vehicle. Barriers checkpoints increased uses of satellites cameras and other technologies order. Property owners would soon received letters from the federal government asking them for permission to enter and survey their land. This would lead to legal battles and property seizures with many of these moving into new administration's today reporter aaron nelson takes us to a university in brownsville. Texas we're dr. juliet. Garcia led a legal battle against border wall construction. This case is a reminder of the fights. Many continue to wage against an opponent almost impossible to defeat. Here's earn nelson. One overcast morning and late spring. Dr juliet garcia stands at the wild entrance of a defunct golf course overgrown palm palm fronds obscure the welcome sign where the university of texas brownsville. Golf team was headquartered. The golf course was popular with retirees and young golfers hosting tournaments for local high schools countless thousands of rounds of golf every year. If it's part of what we're trying to build here but that's gone now. What lies beyond the wall. Today is a no-man's-land. An outcome of goliath versus david kind of battle. This story begins in late. Two thousand seven a few months after the secure fence act became law the federal government targeted. Utd's land and other private land to try and build a border wall as president of the university. Dr garcia was forced to step away from the classrooms and into the forefront of an unexpected fight to protect the institution. She had helped create. Nobody wants to take on an issue like this. You know. I mean. I'd jobless to hire faculty not fight department of homeland security.
What's Happening With Peru's Contentious Election
"Talk to me. What happened in the last couple of weeks like so people there. There's a lot of people don't even know what happened in federal with the election. Can you just break down the facts of what happened in the last couple of weeks. Yeah sure so. In june six petrol kostya won the presidential elections in peru. And this as you said his historical never before a casino a peasant. I ruled schoolteacher. A union leader has become the president of peru so casteel also defeated the right wing forces that tried to overturn electoral results that gave casteel dispensary. This is what happened in in the past few weeks so this righ-wing forces including the leads us donald trump's playbook they opposition candidate. Her name is geico for giamatti daughter of former dictator. Fujimori cried fraud with no basis with no evidence in fortunately after a big legal fide more than a month after the elections to place. Castilla was proclaimed precedent earned. From what i understand. I mean gusty people say like oh he's just coming out of nowhere. I mean he does have some political experience right. He organized in education. From what i read right. I mean he didn't just literally come from the air. You know what. I mean like he. He has been involved in some form of organizing in the past correct. Yeah that's correct so casteel was the leader of a teachers strike in two thousand seventeen. Nevertheless it's true that his victory wasn't inspected by deleting peru and of course the righ-wing is not satisfied. And they they still want to get rid of castilla. Say try to during the past few weeks so casteel socialist and he keeps also has indigenous origins so peru's extremely racist country ran as i said historically by the elite school leaf in the capital city in that are mostly white. So right now. Several members of congress are talking about organizing an impeachment process against steel. So so i'm saying this in order to to give you an idea. How much rejection from the elites in the wind castillo is receiving
The Problem of Femicide in Puerto Rico With Activist Tania Rosario Mndez
"Tanya there is a renewed focus on femicide in puerto rico but this is of course sadly not a new phenomenon. What is your earliest memory of stories. Like this is actually a story. My grandmother told me when she was very young. She married a someone else not not my grandfather. So she's this young wife. She has two small girls and her husband used to lock her up in the house. She told me this story and she was not being. She was not even resentful. She was just telling me this story about her first husband and how he would leave to work and leave her locked up. She was saying how silly he was so jealous. Like that right so for me. I was terrified. The idea that someone else who loves me an adult and in her house because he was jealous. Someone will look at me are for me. It was a -rageous. But i don't remember voice saying that to her because she was so matter-of-fact about it and that's the earliest memory i have. I was thought nine a grueling me. And how normalize it was for several generations in my in my country. We culture that men do that women. Draw a line for me as you see it from that story to how we're still talking about femicide in the year. Twenty twenty one. I think we've overcome some obstacles. But sometimes i think everything that has been gains always the parable of being lost so way not on we have to fight key what we gain but also to forward was boulder and expensive ways off noli dealing move. The problem itself generates violence vosa with naming storytelling. It's how do you tell the story of the victim. Why do you say deaths and you don't say homicide because i'm raising a daughter and sometimes i terrified that she's going to go out in a world that doesn't think of her as full human.
The End of DACA?
"So if you're someone who is a dreamer right now who does not have daca. You can have daca right. Is that correct. Yeah i think like in the most basic of census right like that is probably the interpretation that most folks are walking away. And if you know you're an outsider. Meaning that you don't have or you're trying to essentially figure something out that might just be the simplest way to look at it but for the people who are in the process of applying for dhaka for the first time right they are seeing a lot of very specific questions that have quite just been answered right. Judge heynen though federal judge in the southern district of texas who has been essentially overseeing a variety of different cases on this subject as made no secret that he's not a fan of the daca program so people need to understand that first and foremost number two his ruling basically states that new applicants as you mentioned julio people who are in the process of applying for dhaka for the first time short of them being fully approved into the program will no longer be eligible for the program. What exactly does that mean. May the young daca applicant. Who says well. I sent in my application. It was received. I gotta biometrics appointment. This is where they go and take your finger branson that take a photo and all this jazz. You know i did dad. I haven't heard back from you. If my application going to be considered is gonna be frozen. It's going to be thrown away and that's kind of where we are at earlier this week. We saw that. Uscis basically said in a statement. You know we acknowledge that this is happening. Where abiding by the court order. There will be more guidelines following up. So i i actually have it up on my phone because i tweeted out and it's interesting because let me just break this down because it says i'm rita and this came out on july nineteenth and i'm glad you brought it up because i was kind of like my next question but let's let's give the people some context. This is the giving people some context portion of the show so basically they say you know based on the order issued by the us district court for the southern district of texas and texas. The united states department of homeland security is enjoined from granting initial daca requests. Basically saying you haven't even started like don't even try
Hector Rodriguez on What Inspired Him to Create El Peso Hero
"I. Am the creator of the graphic novel lattes next series as best so hero hours raised in the border so specifically i was raised in eagle pass texas. Which is about two hours away from san antonio in the sister city of being that us negative. While we la norfolk mexico. The border is a whole different world. It's rage between cultures languages food and growing up. I had a huge appetite for mexican entertainment media. And so i used to watch a lot of lucia di team flask staticky of when the yolk when the letter mccain and my grandparents loved the golden age of mexican cinema. Aw and so. Those characters are greater than life. And i had that influence. My father was also huge geek himself with being raised by watching. You know the old scores star trek. And you know reading captain herkus upturn rock and so i had these two worlds and i was just fascinated with these greater than life characters by you know. The american characters never really spoke to me. You know i like. I like to get around you know. When was the last time you saw batman eat bananas. You know or superman eat bundled say a spider meeting poly no of of course it wasn't until By ninety late ninety one eighty two. We moved to middle of texas college station which to me was a huge culture shock going from a majority latino classroom bilingual classroom to a general ed monolingual classroom but really cool thing about college station that they actually had independent comic bookstores. And so my dad would take me and my siblings to pick up comic books.
What Is the U.S. Doing to Help Cuba?
"Get to it with our first topic. Which is actually about the historic protests in cuba where thousands of people took to the streets all across the country amid an economic crisis in food shortages exacerbated by the corona virus pandemic. In the last few days we've seen the government in cuba restrict internet access and block most social media sites. Although from what i read. Twitter is still like bobbin in cuba because the government uses twitter and also there were reports of over one hundred people who have been arrested or missing and that actually is. According to amnesty international and at least one person has died in clashes with police on wednesday. The president of cuba miguel diaz canal announce that they would lift restrictions to allow travelers to bring food and medicine into cuba from abroad. There is also an admission by him saying that his government could have done better with these protests that was interesting meanwhile back in the united states i feel like a comic book like meanwhile back at the white house on thursday president joe biden call. Cuba quote failed state and condemn their government's actions. We also know that the us has a role in this as there has been a decades old. I mean more than sixty years trade embargo by the united states against cuba which essentially prevents any business between the countries didn't back to nineteen sixty two k. So this has become an american tradition. Now the embargo just what it is. Yeah right you know what i'm saying. So but then the other thing is during the trump administration and this is what i find interesting. There were more sanctions put on cuba under trump and flight and remittances from family members in the us to cuba were even further restricted by the bynum ministrations. Pretty much has done. Nothing since biden has come into office. Nothing's really changed when it comes to cuba which you would think by now you know if we all remember obama he was like. Let's lift the embargo. You know what i mean. It was like you're in that administration. Joe right but according to the vitamin administration. They said that they are reviewing these policies but they've yet to reverse. Any of them are fabulous intern. Sarah her shandor spoke with an i guests. She has been on. Itt before seventy nine three goes who is a correspondent for political and somebody is of cuban-american descent and she has been reporting on cuba. This week and sabrina talked about the government's suppressive tactics like cutting internet access. And what cubans are hoping for so. Let's listen connecting for people has been a difficult. There's friends that. I haven't heard from in days that i know went out for the protests in there is that frustration anxiety about were. They beat in where they arrested. Are they missing an. It's hard to connect with people at this moment but a lot of people feel a level of frustration and desperation. That i had not heard before i mean. People have been tired of the dictatorship in cuba. But i will actually say from my perspective. Who was born and raised in cuba has been in exile in the united states for the majority of her life at this point. She's ninety one and she is optimistic. That change can happen. I mean her attitude about this is it can't stay this way forever and that these human rights can be violated forever. People can't be going hungry in dying on the streets from the pandemic without access to a hospital without access to medicine let it cannot continue that way indefinitely so that if it doesn't happen this time it has to happen at some point
How Will the Cuban Government React to the Protests?
"Big question for me is sort of. How do you describe the cuban government right now to the view. What kind of government is it. I mean you hear. Words like dictatorship in authoritarian and his government. I mean you hear repression you hear even these reports of people getting detained and you see right. You go on social media and it's an obviously there's a lot of politicization about this topic and you really. It's really hard to navigate through those waters. So what's the best way to describe like the dissatisfaction with the government of cuba as you know as best as you can from the cuban people perspective you know. Language is tricky and this is not to evade the question. But i think that language choices often obscure some of the complexity of the analysis that that's required and that's not to sidestep the authoritarian practices that we've seen in the past couple of days fantasize that the fact that the cuban government is a one party state that doesn't allow other political parties are organized political opposition in a legal way. But i think you know there is this kind of tendency to sort of refer in an abstract way to a regime. Or sometimes you know. Nc state the system of certainly on the part of cubans on the island and in the diaspora on the one hand. Those words make a lot of sense because they are in part a result of the projection of the cuban state itself as simply kind of monolithic entity that is the representation of the people in speaks for the people with one voice. But just like the cuban people are not made up of one political strain of thought. There is diversity in the cuban government. You know whether you like it or not or think it's sufficient or not and i would say it's insufficient right. There are actions of the cuban government that are more pro economic reform less forum. I mean there doesn't seem to be however any kind of fraction government right now when it comes to maintaining one-party rule right and certainly people on the street. Many of them are just demanding. That right simply put
How Chavela Vargas Broke Gender Stereotypes in Mexican Music
"Before she was chubby. La she was e- seville bosley sanel. She was born in costa rica on april seventeenth. Nineteen nineteen to francisco bargains and immediately saana. I was born singing chubby. Once proclaimed she sang to entertain herself during her lonely and painful childhood. See much lenny. Naroda the strange girl and her religious family and conservative community. She did not present herself like a prim and feminine young lady as is expected despite her upbringing china was a romantic and determined to chase her dreams leaving. Her conservative community became her obsession at the age of seventeen. Something called her to mexico when trump arrived she. I turned to singing on the streets and later saying taverns bars and cabarets chubby saying banchetta a traditional genre of mexican music that dates back to before the mexican revolution of nineteen. Ten branch showed us our festive songs. Usually sung from a man's perspective with mariachi band when women perform them they typically did so in heels and colorful bright dresses with ribbons chubby. Did none of these things instead she drank tequila wore toted a gun and sang like a man. She didn't even change the pronouns in the songs. I was the first woman who dared to sing to another woman she later said. Her performance caught people's attention. They wanted to know who this woman was who wore pants. Cha took other artistic liberties to she slowed down the tempo of these
How AOC Inspired Women to Get Involved in Politics
"I've always had this sort of pipedream of running for office and while back. I wanted to see if that was actually possible for someone like me because for the longest time. It just didn't seem possible. Because i'm kind of a ridiculous person. It kind of seems like that career was people who had never done anything wrong or at least for people who could pay to make their mistakes. Go away but ever since two thousand eighteen. I've been thinking a little differently. How are you feeling. Can you put it into words. No put this i will. I will say that. Aoc did change a lot of things for me because up to before her. I did not ever think that my personality would vibe. Well for actually campaigning. But since eos see. Obviously i've changed a little bit. It's made me reconsider some things and now it's like i could actually do this
The Legacy and the Future of Pride Month
"June twenty eighth nine thousand nine hundred sixty nine fifty two years ago. Police raided the stonewall in a gay bar and the uprising. That followed was led by trans activists. Marsha p johnson and sylvia rivera and it sparked a movement that has continued for decades marsha and sylvia like the trans vibe in lower manhattan at the time. It was real. They were taking up space at the stonewall inn and other places and that's why when the police raided they were like nana. You're not gonna quietest so. The first pride march in new york city was held on the one year anniversary of that uprising at stonewall similar marches went on in chicago san francisco los angeles but the history of that is rooted in resistance towards police violence over the last few years. It's like you know. Hey everybody is celebrating pride there you see. Cvs there you see comcast there you see. At and t. Putting out statements basically professing to be lgbtq allies but still giving money to politicians who are pushing anti lgbtq legislation and this is just three out of the twenty five companies that are actually pushing anti lgbtq federal state politicians. So as june comes to an end can do a little bit of a temperature. Check kinda how are you feeling at this moment in our. I'm wondering how are you thinking about this moment in going forward in two thousand twenty one post pandemic to put it singly. I think that aside from everything i think. That pride is as much about a recommitment to the unfinished business of nineteen. Sixty-nine as it is a celebration celebration has to be a part of any type of commemoration especially for people color. It's how we retain joy in the moments of difficulty but at the same time. I think that we have to recognize that. There's a lot of unfinished business. And specifically when it comes to the intersection of gender identity and race and economic opportunity all of those things that sylvia and marsha embodied in their life of the challenges in the hope that still remains very much on the table. And so i think that's what pride is every year and that's what i look to do with a recommitment
Biden and Harris Pledge to Fight Voter Suppression Efforts in Latino Communities
"Yesterday afternoon. That would be thursday afternoon. President biden and vice president. Kamla harris gave remarks at the thirty eighth annual nelio conference. So for those of you. Who don't know now. Leo is really important. It's standards for the national association of latino elected and appointed officials and again it's a very important organization within latinos and latinas and people who are engaged politically. Okay yes yes so a. And it's an important conference and this is the first time that a sitting president and a vice president have spoken at the conference which is incredible. And so you end browsing if you think about say like why okay. Twenty twenty one okay. So biden harris both talked about protecting voting rights. Thank you about providing a pathway for citizenship for dreamers thank you also for tps holders temporary protective status holders and for farm workers. They spoke about supporting latino latina families and businesses. This is what president biden to say. I spoke to last year. I said that we have an opportunity to close the gap. The dignity gap the wage gap opportunity gap. That have hurt. Latino workers from much too long. That's why we put equity at the core of everything we do in my administration. The work of art ministration isn't just about recognition or representation. It's about deliver results and as public servants. That your job as well together. We're not just building back. We're building back better with an economy where we deal everyone in this time. So the speeches came day before harris and the department of homeland security secretary alejandra. Your guys went to a bustle To visit the. Us mexico border. We know that the vice president has come under some criticism for not having made the trip to the border yet especially since earlier this month she went to what the marla into mexico to address the quote root causes of migration.
Breaking Through Your Own Glass Ceiling with Linda Gonzalez
"Linda. Welcome back to government bam thank you. It's great to be back. Yes so there's a new book that's been birth dead. We'll talk about that. And i love the topic because i think it's something that's often overlooked for people of color because the message of lake make it happen put the mindset make the vision board yes listener. She's rolling her eyes. As i'm saying no so those are all important. They're not bad. And there's the and behind it. That's right your coach. Amoco we believe mindset is important and there's also the own internalised ceilings that happen with people of color because of the system the system was not built for us not ultra. How did this come about their coach for many many years. And as i say in the book my clients never come to me and say leaned. I wanna break through my own glass ceiling. They say. I want to reach these goals. Or i have really been working on these goals. And i keep hitting up against things. They always somehow think it's something that they haven't done Right so one. Of the most important messages i began to have to give my clients is. It's not your fault. it's not that you're not trying hard enough. There are so many message we got especially as people of color by pack as immigrants or children of immigrants that we just have to try really hard. We have to get a good formal education and we have to reach at least middle class status. And that somehow poof. Like magic there's no oppression there's no klutzy lane and yet and still we look at only s. I mean there is almost like two cents difference in what women earned two men in like the last forty years. Right we're still fighting for our civil rights. people are still fighting for. Civil rights are being. Caged are being deported are being killed. I mean it's like are you watching the same world. I am
In The Heights and Colorism
"We're gonna talk about colors in latino and latina communities and yes. It's a conversation that was brought to the forefront last week after the release of the film in the heights. It's a movie. Adaptation of the broadway musical of the same name written by yada allegria hueys of politic prize winning playwright and the playwright enactor. Linneman will meet under so in the heights takes place well in washington heights were actually of course alexis joining us from it's predominantly dominican neighborhood. It's predominantly afro latino neighborhood but you know. I actually spent three years in washing deep from one thousand nine hundred eighty three to nineteen eighty six eighty seven. Those were interesting times most. Definitely i mean. I was on one seven one in fort washington and it was very dominican. Mind roommate was dominican but he was also. I was like i mean. Our parties were massive. Highway wait are parties were massive. Oh yeah i was hanging out with like letty. No phd's academics from columbia from city college and refugees and activists so people from inside by from nicaragua from cheer from tina from coup. All of these people were living in washington heights at the time. What i'm saying is that it's a community. What was incredibly vibrant and yes diverse in the sense that lengthy knows were staking their claim. They're predominantly dominicans better. They must felt safe living in that community. It was a latino community predominantly right right and we know even beyond washington heights. The afro latino population in this country is actually pretty significant. According to the pew research center in twenty sixteen when this came out approximately twenty five percent of all. Us latinos identifies afro latino afro-caribbean or of african descent with roots and latin america. So if you think about twenty five percent of sixty million people that's a pretty significant population and in another pew study from two thousand and nineteen five percent of all black. Americans identified as for latino which was a figure that doubled since two thousand
Why Is Joblessness Higher Among Black and Hispanic Workers?
"Yes. Voting rights is on the agenda today in the senate a try by that body to begin to bid on what congressional democrats say is their biggest priority. But we direct your attention on this tuesday to the other side of the rotunda and a hearing by the house select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis guest of honor. One home powell there was the usual potpourri of congressional questions for the fed chair and his usual catalogue of answers in his remarks though. True paul did take pains to point out that the worst of the corona recession has fallen mostly on black and hispanic americans noting specifically how their unemployment rate is still disproportionately high marketplace's. Nancy marshall. Genzer gets us going with a look into that. The overall unemployment rate for may was five point. Eight percent the rate for hispanic workers was more than a percentage point above that for black workers more than three percentage points higher. And so it's like well. Why is that. Kristen brody's economist at the brookings institution. I think much of it is is structural racism When you think about who was able to get vaccinated i it was people that had broadband who probably head jobs. Brody says. people of color may have less access to training and education or employers discriminate against job applicants because of their race. Rebecca given who teaches labor studies at rutgers. University says it's also the ability to live in a place with good transportation quality housing access to affordable childcare if you don't have housing transportation or childcare. It's hard to work. Also given says black and hispanic workers are more likely to have low paid service positions and some of those jobs were automated during the pandemic tulane university economist. Gary hoover says we won't see those jobs again remember There was a time when we had elevator. Operators that's a job. Once it left it never came back and never will who says it could take more than four years for the unemployment rate for black and hispanic workers to get back to where it was before the pandemic which even then was higher than the overall jobless
Environmental Racism is Real
"Are going to talk about environmental justice and along with that environmental racism and which describes the fact that people of color and low income people are most likely to be situated in your sources of contamination and away from clean water air and soil so research by the la times finds that in the us. The best predictor of whether you live near hazardous waste site is the color of your skin. That is wild but not surprising right. This is america so now from not far from where i live here in the very latin next community vernon here in los angeles families have been waiting for over three years to have lead contamination. Cleaned out of their community. Contamination came from the exile plant which melted down. Used lead acid car batteries. You don't want that in your backyard. But that's what these families had in their backyard which state regulators had allowed to operate on a temporary permit for more than three decades so state regulators like thirty. But you keep doing it. And then they kept letting them do it for over thirty years. It's crazy right. And what can i tell you. More about this. Despite history of air pollution and hazardous waste violations. They were still continued to operate ex. Able to operate it. California health department analysis found that nearly three hundred children under six years old living near exide have elevated blood lead levels in two thousand twelve. We've known this for a while. The last year the plant was in full operation in twenty twenty. A court allowed exide to walk away from its clean up responsibilities leaving us the taxpayers with the bill to clean this up and i wanted to echo this example or highlight these example because a heard of exits. Its own backyard but too because you see the failures of the government time and time again in airing on the side of corporations and this is an example of environmental racism at play and unfortunately as a nation points out this is. There's nothing you this has been happening for decades and decades and a few insights here about specifically about the us fifty six percent of the population. You're toxic waste. Sites are people of color. People of color have thirty eight percent higher nitrogen dioxide exposure compared to white people. There are two times more likely to live without potable water and modern sanitation and ninety five percent of people of color that have claims against polluters denied by The environmental protection
Lin-Manuel Miranda Apologizes for Lack of Afro-Latinx Actors in 'In the Heights'
"Heights creator. Lin manuel miranda has apologized for the lack of dark skinned afro latino actors featured in the film the movie was initially celebrated for putting latino stories the forefront and giving afro latino culture a rare spotlight in hollywood but after the film premiered in theaters. And on hbo max. Many people took issue with the lack of dark skin actors in leading roles director. John defended the movie noting. How many of the backup dancers were effort. However on monday miranda posted a response to the backlash on twitter quote. I hear that without sufficient. Dark skin afro latino representation. The work feels extractive of the community. We wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. He apologized adding. I'm learning from the feedback. And i thank you for raising it and i'm listening. Okay so again. I mean i feel like after you apologize. Like what else can you do. The movie has been made but it does feel like. I don't know. I kind of expected more from him. No no i totally get what you're saying it's like yes. He was like leading this charge. So it's like it is on him. And then you know on the other hand it really is on casting and producers as well you know it takes this whole machine to really make it work and obviously a ball was
How NASA engineer Diana Trujillo's Pursuit of a New Life Led Her to Space
"For diana through a life in a different place in just bring her to the united states. it brought her to space. Diana is an aerospace engineer. She works at nasa where she's one of flight directors for nasa's perseverance rover which is looking for signs of past life on mars. Her journey to get here is remarkable. It was fueled by some really powerful women and her deep conviction. That latina's need to be in the room. When we learn that there is life on this planet. I want to start with the women in your family because it seems to me that the entire trajectory of your life is informed by your mom and by the women who raised you. So would you start by telling me about them. My mom my grandma. My great grandma any general. My grandma's sisters my cousins. This was a group of women that will get together on my grandma's house which was a block away from my house and we will always have you know it got his seat. Though in the kitchen they will talk about their marriage life but was going on with her husband what was going on with their kids and it was funny because all of them were older women and i think that the only kid was me and sometimes my mom's cousin but jimmy. Their home wasn't like first second thirty. I was like mighty s watching them. Talk to each other about the dig. Said they wanted in their lives that they wanted to keep for their own personal development but at the same time how hard it was for them to make that trade with their significant others. So i think that hearing all of that but at the same time hearing them try to find a way to get what they wanted made me think two things one of them was. Why are you not choosing the thing that you wanna do. Why are you not going for that thing. I hear you say one. But i wanted but i can
Flamin' Hot with Richard Montaez
"Though we have this gomez like behold ball and like. Put your head down to get to work. I think and you share it in the book. When the ceo said think like an owner richard back then was like okay. He asked us to like an owner. And then you started developing distinct and you got the courage to make that phone call roy. So we'll explore that later. Let's take it back a second. Who is literature. What's his heritage mexican. And i was. I was born here. My dad com from a water s. And he moved out paso from el paso. He went to new mexico and from new mexico. He went to southern california where he met my mom. And that's where it all started. But i was born in in what was called a farm. Count everybody in the area that was born. Take greater wass to california's probably about two thousand people. You know what the pretty cool about the history. There's people don't know this. The area that i was born in the ontario airport guadalete california rancho cucamonga. All that was acting the biggest wine producing area in the country. It was bigger than napa valley. That's where i was born in a one room apartment. I was gonna say my birth certificate doesn't have an address. It has a house number cost number eighteen. 'cause you know the gwozdecky. I never met him of course but know he from what i was told you know my grandfather stories of him was he was a good a good man you know. He built the housing for the latino. He built the school he built a grocery store. He built a church. He came from italy so everything was replicated of his hometown which was pretty cool You know my grandpa and my dad really grew up with a challenge. I got a little bit because we got out of there. Like eight years old or something. But you know i'd go back and visit but it was know a wonderful place to for me as a child. You know there was. There was no bathrooms inside. The one room. Bathrooms were outside. You know it was like a college or a school showers and all that and then there was no kitchens. The kitchen again were across the hallway. They were community kitchen. It was big stoves like a restaurant so every morning i had lunch or dinner with ten fifteen different families and you know i learned community because as mama grandma was cooking if you ran out of something the lady next to you would pass it on and she needed something you you pass it on. So i i saw community for san the other thing too that i wanted to say to is a. I'm not an immigrant. But because of being latino in the sixties i was treated as an
The Return of "Bennifer"
"Here. The nineties the nineties are back dude. The nine back there like early. Two thousands vendor for is like the early two thousands And i have been dying to talk about truth. The early two thousands are badly to thousands. Thousands are back in every way we have benefactor. We have the straight leg jeans sash. We had the fashions the tiny person once. Hang on the now whom i. Who am i kidding but there. Yeah it's back in so many different ways but ivan super excited to talk about benefactor. Because i am like rooting for benefit. Twenty twenty one. To be honest. I am too and i feel like the entire internet is reading preventative for. Everyone seems to be happy about it. Everything i've seen on. My timeline has been very pro for team benefactor. Were happy about it. We're proud of j. Lo were like relieved for band. And i feel like yellow is just like i feel like she was reading her engines waiting to get out of that relationship Again when she like got out of it she really got out of it like sprint. I mean obviously like we can only make assumptions about celebs because we don't them. But yeah i feel i feel like when j. is done with a relationship. She's like done with it like she doesn't waste time. She moves on like at least like to the public. I right of course we never know blah blah blah what goes on internally or like in her little circle but i do feel like again. I don't know j. Lo but i feel like she really really loved ben affleck. She had like the album she on her album when they were together. I'm blanking on the album. Title right now but like That's like the jenny from the block album. She had she was in the videos. She had the salt a little song named bed. Yeah like the song was like an dedication to him. The album a dedication to him. And so i feel like she really loved him and i feel like the rumor was at his parents. Didn't want him to marry her. Which like he called off. The engagement allegedly
What In the Heights Melissa Barrera Learned by Playing an Iconic Character
"The first time. I spoke with melissa bed. She was getting a lot of buzz for her role in either and i walked away from that interview. Certain that melissa star was only going to rise. And that one day i'd be able to say at interviewed a mega talent when she was still sharing an apartment with a roommate and doing self taped auditions in a corner. That day has arrived sooner than i'd imagined. Melissa is no sparkling on the big screen as vanessa in in the heights. A role that has taken. Melissa backed her musical theater roots and forced her. Summon the confidence that is. Owed a login triple threat melissa. I am so excited to see you again. Oh my gosh you remember that coroner where selves our that is crazy. It's doing a half years two and a half years. Okay okay link of an ira legit. I loved in the heights. I watched it two times back to back. I did all cried sheets of fears so fine. But let's start at the beginning. Tell me about your audition for the film. The first time. That auditioned for the movie. I had just booked vina. I went back to mexico city after shooting the pilot to get my visa stopped at the consulate and to close out my apartment in mexico city to tackle stuff because i was like definitely now moving to la. And i got the self state requests while. I was in mexico city and i freaked out because i was like. Who's going to help me do this software in english. Who's going to help me play the piano for me. How i had a couple of my friends come and they helped with the scenes. And then i had our orchestra director for when i did young frankenstein in mexico helped me with the piano and i must have sang in. Won't be long now Like seventy times. Because i just hated it.
Corporate Media vs. Bolivian Democracy
"The on the show. We put the spotlight on bolivia as we examined the hypocrisy of western media towards the return of bolivia democracy following the two thousand and nineteen coup against evil morales in two thousand nineteen a right wing coup with support of both the us government and the organization of american states overthrew the government of evil morales following presidential elections that showed no proof of fraud or irregularities the resulting coup government led to several people getting killed following a wave of protests and arrest. This of course is a summarize consensus by the global south and certainly from the bolivian. People of what took place in two thousand nineteen western media on the other hand paints the picture of yet another authoritarian leader disliked by the us being quote unquote asked to step down from their post now following the two thousand twenty presidential election. Victory of evo morales maas party and the recent arrests of cool leader. Janine on years the corporate media is still following the same playbook of presenting bolivia as a country in turmoil with the type of objectivity that conveniently ends in a conclusion that favors the powerful