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And with us. Today is Dr Lee Francis the fourth he is the CEO and founder of native realities and the director of indigenous Pop X. Also here with us today to is Johnny J and She is the founder of a tribe called Geek She was also scheduled to present at indigenous. Pop Ex. My pleasure to have both of them here with us and also on introduce you to maybe a familiar voice to you. You know what I'm just going to ask him to say. Hello let's see if we can guess who he is. Sir. Please say hello. I'll give you a hint. His name starts with the Jay. Go ahead and say hello to native America. That's how you know this is live because you don't plan stuff like that We're just going to check the line again. But if you'd like to join us one eight hundred nine six two eight. Four eight is number. Let's go back to another person's whose name starts with J Johnny j In in just a little bit about you know when this focus comes to indigenous representation in pop culture how it's really critical because it leads to other things Johnny J Takeaway. Well it does You know we've always been storytellers. We've always been artists and so to see these celebrations especially I did. Did you pop x? Of Our contributions to mainstream pop culture is so wonderful. And it's also inspiring two are native us because they don't often see themselves represented and you know just like us growing up. You know they WANNA be story tellers. They WANNA be artist. They WANNA be musicians and to see themselves in that role or to see natives in that role Gives them the belief that is possible and they can pursue that and be successful and be what they want to be that there's no limits to their potential? So you know. That's one of the reasons. I really look forward to India jazz. Pop Acts and because it's just a celebration of who we are as indigenous people in our creativity and innovation So that's one of the reasons that I really love it. Because the more that we get that representation the more that we see ourselves being represented the more we believe that anything is possible for us. And so that's that's one of the things that I really love about it and I think something they is also exciting to is meeting. The different folks who were creating different things and and it goes all kinds of mediums. You know people who are doing visual arts People who are wearing wearable art People who dress up Cost play and our emulating some of the things that you read. So you like. You're really seeing the comic book characters come to life. It's really interesting Johnny Jay. Thanks for that and let me. Let me try this again. This man is so famous all he has to do is say hello. You might even know who he is. Sir. Police say hello everybody. There's a hole in my pocket. Were money she'd go. There's a whole there's a big on wall very nice. Jj can you guess who that is? Oh I know exactly did I did. That is the amazing Jonathan John. Hi everybody welcome to number ten and Jonathan You're joining us today. Out of San Antonio Texas folks who may are meeting in for the First Time. He is an actor and a musician you might know him from. King of the hill The magnificent seven and parks and recreation My pleasure to have this Donahue Mara artist here with us today and Jonathan Booy when people see you at gatherings like this they all flock. They got a million questions and they're actually meeting somebody who has a direct connection to You know what what some people call Hollywood or or the mainstream media and Jonathan. Why is it important for you to let are indigenous nations? No they have space in this big mix of stuff. I think it's very important to begin with. I mean we are the original storyteller embedded in our DNA to share our stories. This year believes is share our dreams to share our history and within an industry that is basically a storytelling business. Why not have you know the original storytellers being represented in Hollywood? You know whether it be in Film Television Radio Comics You know I I do. A couple of other. Smaller indigenous are smaller comic con. And you see so much in the marvel world you see so much in the DC or and Their whole structure I think is based on the indigenous people of the world. I MEAN WE ARE FAMILY ORIENTED. We do have superheroes AMONGST OUR OUR TRIBES. We have superheroes amongst our our storytelling. So it's for me. It's very important for people to understand that we are here We're still hiller. Still here and we will remain here in Jonathan to hold the spaces that you do especially in Hollywood is important in for you. What are some of your goals? What do you want to shake up? What do you want to bring more indigenous voice to? I WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED. Not only for my talent but I think in other indigenous people need to be recognized for their talent and understood that a lot of Hollywood is based on stereotypical Characters I mean. Our voice is usually written by someone. Who's not even part of our culture? But you'll have people like Georgina lightning. You'll have other individuals like that step. In and write the words that would be spoken by indigenous person or an idea process that that that that has our formation because I indigenous people. We think different We see things differently. And it's so important that that the mainstream people Seeing and here you know from us through us not just works at the slum non native individual gave us so For me to try to break that stereotype I mean majority of my career has been based on playing stereotypes. But there's a small window of opportunity where there's a character there's the actor and there's the person and it's so important writers directors producers. See us as a person first and then recognize as

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