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Self Evident is here we decide where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. As more Americans are asking, “How do I fit into this time of reckoning with race, power, culture, and identity?” our mission-driven podcast presents reported narratives and radically open conversations that help listeners of all backgrounds take on the tough questions about who we are. Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, made with the support of our listener c ...
 
The San Gabriel Valley is located in the heart of Southern California and is incredibly diverse. The LGBTQ+ community in the SGV is widespread but welcoming. We are many people from many different walks of life and this podcast seeks to share in those differences. Here, you’ll hear directly from LGBTQ+ folks from the SGV as they share their experiences and their minds with us. We’re gonna sit crooked, and talk gay. Welcome to Color Me Queer.
 
The SafeWordSociety Podcast launched in 2017 by QTPOC+ visibility company, SafeWordSociety is heralded for archiving the authentic narratives of QTPOC+ as a social justice initiative for public broadcasting and social networks. The hosts, Kristen McCallum and Lamika Young, use interviews & discussions with thought leaders, influencers and community members to navigate the authenticity of their identity. Their mission is to create a safe space for versatility and self-definition while uplifti ...
 
Your co-hosts, Paul & Shimina, take you through an introspective, educational, and entertaining journey through various conversations surrounding personal and professional success. Our podcast focuses on how to be a "boss," not just in the work place, but in life, relationships, and society; and through the lens of being a queer person of color (QPOC). Episodes are published bi-weekly. Our August Head Boss of the Month goes to Kid Fury & Crissle West of The Read!
 
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We’re sharing this story from one of our favorite podcasts, See Something Say Something, by Ahmed Ali Akbar. Pakistani-American communities in the U.S. rely on dealers on WhatsApp to gain access to their most coveted treasure: Pakistani mangoes. And they pay a premium for it. In part one of this two-part investigation, reporter Ahmed Ali Akbar sear…
 
The phrase “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” is buzz-word-ier than ever, but what does it really take to empower workers and reduce racialized harm in the places where we spend so many of our waking hours? And when is it OK to simply stop trying? In this second episode of a three-part series, guest host Alex Sujong Laughlin (Senior Producer at Tra…
 
The impact of storytelling is often portrayed as a story changing the life of the person consuming it — and changing the world by reaching as many people as possible. But what about the person who offers their story to be consumed? How else can we define the value of our life’s stories, and the importance of how they’re shared? In this second episo…
 
We often take for granted that “seeing people who look like us” — especially in mass media — means progress towards racial justice. But what forms of representation do we see making an impact? And who is that impact for? In this first episode of a three-part series, Senior Producer Julia Shu invites Eliza Romero (co-host of Unverified Accounts and …
 
In this episode of Color Me Queer, Sara Acevedo sits down with Camila Camaleón, and they discuss ALL things QUEER. Listen to Camila talk about her leadership journey as a trans person of color, and her vision as the first Madam President of the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center. www.ColorMeQueer.com Camila Camaleón Pronouns She/Her/Ella President San…
 
Sri Lankan-American Tamil trans woman reporter and martial artist Simi Kadirgamar is the guest on this month's podcast episode. In it, we discuss her reported/illustrated zine on the Indian and Pakistani occupation of Kashmir, a family that peddles Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training to police all over the world, and why she chose hate groups and the far-…
 
Why do Asian Americans have such deep relationships with fruit? Cathy goes on a quest to find the answers — starting with her friendly neighborhood fruit vendor, Cece, then spending time with friends and listeners in our extended podcast fam. Along the way, she hears stories about family heirloom trees, mango sharing techniques, persimmon obsession…
 
When producer Erica Mu moved back to her hometown in 2014, she said goodbye to a past life without any idea what exactly her new life should look like. Looking for the most grounded place she could find, she went to the local mall early one morning, turned on her tape recorder, and started talking to everyone she could meet. As Erica made her way t…
 
What happens when you come to America to marry the person you thought would take care of you, only to find yourself in an abusive family, losing all sense of self? Guest producer Rosalind Tordesillas brings us this story about Joy, a woman whose dream marriage turned into a nightmare — and the advocates for survivors of domestic violence who helped…
 
During this year’s protests for Black lives, the national conversation was filled with calls to have uncomfortable conversations about anti-Blackness. This push, to talk about racism with our loved ones, has been both championed and criticized — but how do these conversations actually go down, and where do they lead? To find out, we spoke with thre…
 
During the 48 hours of uncertainty after November 3, 2020, our producer James called over a dozen people — not to talk about Trump vs. Biden, but about the more systemic problems that would stick with us after all the votes were counted. These conversations with family and friends led him to reexamine a pivotal moment in his civic education: When h…
 
With so much attention focused on the Presidential race and other federal elections right now, we hope you'll find it refreshing to hear from Yuh-Line Niou, the only Asian American woman in New York's state legislature. In this conversation with Rock the Boat podcast host Lucia Liu, Yuh-Line explains how and why she got involved with local and stat…
 
When New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooklyn-based producer Beenish Ahmed struggled over whether to visit her parents in Ohio or stay put. Her parents — a landlord and hairdresser who immigrated from Pakistan in the ‘70s — begged her to come home. When Beenish finally decided to go in May, she recorded that journey,…
 
Afro-Latina trans woman essayist Princess Harmony stops by the podcast to discuss her writing for Black Girl Dangerous, Wear Your Voice and Workers World. We also discuss what's missing in reporting about the opioid pandemic, the different types of medication-assisted treatment available and whether rehab is a scam. Read the transcript at scribd.co…
 
How can Asian American communities create safety, when the harms of racism and xenophobia are so deeply rooted in our society? We’ve spent time unpacking the simplistic solution of hate crime enforcement, then learning how local activists rallying against anti-Asian hate often reveal a much deeper history of neglect and under-resourcing of immigran…
 
Peppermint is EVERYONE’S favorite flavor! On today’s episode we have an extra-special interview with the iconic, legendary, fabulous Peppermint. Known for her starring roles on Broadway and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9, along with being a musician and a trans activist, Pep won’t let Covid-19 slow her down. Carlos and Zach sit down with Peppermint to…
 
The rise in xenophobic harassment, discrimination, and violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has led to a rise in neighborhood watch groups in historic Chinatowns and other Asian immigrant communities across the country. While these groups have made headlines for speaking out against racism, their motivations and actions reveal a dee…
 
Gobble me, swallow me, drip down the side of me...that’s right y’all, today we are talking about none other than the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion hit “WAP”! And as a song that celebrates Black Woman empowerment, there’s plenty to cover: the double-standard of men versus women being sexual, the debate over where the song empowers or degrades wome…
 
In part two of my interview with Afro-Peruvian Brazilian filmmaker Gabriela Watson-Burkett, we discuss her second film, Baobab Flowers and her new organization, Presente! Media. Baobab Flowers follows the parallel lives of two Black women educators, one who lives and teaches in São Paulo, Brazil and another who lives and teaches in Philly. At the e…
 
Two Asian American olds (Cathy and James) watch the original Mulan for the first time, then join a seasoned fan (Julia) — for an animated discussion about the limitations of Hollywood representation, the saving grace of gender-bending innuendo, and what exactly it is about Mulan that resonates with so many Asian Americans who grew up with it. Resou…
 
Filmmaker and producer Gabriela Watson-Burkett makes work to connect people across the African diaspora. Her first film, Nosotros Afroperuanos, discusses Black history in Peru and its erasure. Her second film, Baobab Flowers, draws parallels between a Black woman educator in São Paulo, Brazil and a Black woman educator in Philadelphia. Her most rec…
 
Two incidents of anti-Asian racism — the beating of an elderly grandfather in a San Francisco park and the harassment of a mourning son in a New York pharmacy — reveal an ugly side of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first of three episodes reporting on Asian American responses to anti-Asian hate incidents. Share your thoughts on the stories with…
 
How has coronavirus impacted the fitness industry? In this episode Nia chats with two queer Black business owners, athletic trainer Mike Watkins and Pilates instructor Teresa Ellis, to find out. They also discuss creating fat-positive fitness spaces, working with disabled clients, and ways they try to make their services accessible to low-income fo…
 
At the intersection of political art and environmental science, queer nonbinary Chinese-American Fèini Yĭn is a celestial presence in a static world. Their work ranges from enthralling pieces in The New York Times, to art processions designed to shake up science communities, to short stop-motion films about the natural world — a praxis that challen…
 
This week we welcome Motoki Maxted, a multi talented content creator and all around "nice guy." In this episode we talk about Motoki's career in social media, his rise to popularity, growing up Asian in a rural and Christian area, and more. Motoki is also the host of the Exposed Podcast. GROW THE COMMUNITY If you believe in the work we are doing, i…
 
It's a This QPOC Life summer special with none other than Bob the Drag Queen! The Black Lives Matter movement has taken center stage in the national conversation in America. And as many White people (and brands, sports teams, etc.) are “waking up” to the ills of systemic racism, we can’t help but wonder if it’s real or if it’s all for show. On toda…
 
You’ve said the words, “Black Lives Matter.” You’ve put your money where your mouth is. You’ve shown up for the marches. What next? What exactly is the change we’re showing up for, and how exactly can we commit to making that change in our own communities? In this bonus episode, we’re passing the mic to Jaime Sunwoo (a Korean American interdiscipli…
 
On the Season 3 Finale of This QPOC Life, we talk about the goals we set at the beginning of the season and the changes we had to make. We discuss Zoom exhaustion, Zoom bombers, and how COVID-19 disproportionately affects BIPOC. As a note: This episode was recorded prior to the homicide of George Floyd. As we march to demand justice for Black lives…
 
To say that Vo, a nonbinary trans masc Vietnamese immigant, is an artist is to dance to the arrhythmic tune of understatement: they are a traveler, social worker, and wizened anarchist soul who not only dabbles in various artistic media, but transforms each discipline they encounter. Their galvanizing work in the zine underground with the internati…
 
Michael Roberson discusses the ballroom community -- which drew mainstream notice courtesy of Madonna's 1990 "Vogue" video and Jennie Livingston's 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning -- and its ability to unify traditionally excluded individuals. These self-made families forge bonds that span a lifetime and has developed into a global subculture. He …
 
Black Boricua Taíno queer and trans artist Ignacio Rivera is a poet, performer and activist working to end child sexual abuse, or CSA. They are also a grandparent. In this interview, featuring their baby grandson, Ignacio discusses growing up in Brooklyn, becoming politicized in Massachusetts, and the connections between sexual liberation and endin…
 
Bisexual Latina writer, comics artist and musician Suzy X has gone from making zines to drawing comics for Rookie Mag to writing for MTV Iggy (RIP) to being the Latin music editor at Rolling Stone in the short time (approx. 7 years) I've known her, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this success. In this interview we discuss her zines M…
 
The struggle to save lives from COVID-19 is far from over, and neither is America’s struggle against racism. As we report on hate crime and anti-racist action, Cathy and James hop on the phone and check in with a couple of our friends in podcasting: Paola Mardo (who tells stories from the Filipino diaspora on Long Distance) and Ahmed Ali Akbar (who…
 
Queer Indian-American author Rahul Mehta discusses his award-winning collection of short stories, Quarantine; growing up Asian in Appalachia; and how LGBTQ audiences in India have received his work. We also try to sort out why he's so drawn to unlikeable protagonists. Photo by Matthew Hamilton. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Supp…
 
You, dear listener, might have wavy, curly, coily, or kinky hair. TODAY, we're talking about the obsession with our hair. Not our own obsession with our hair, #TeamNatural. Rather, the obsession non-POC seem to have with touching our hair. You probably had a variation of this conversation at least once in your life: “I just love your hair! It’s so …
 
Alex Smith is a queer, Black sci-fi writer, musician and visual artist. In this interview, we discuss his collection of short stories, ARKDUST, as well as his many influences, ranging from Public Enemy to Nirvana and Marvel Comics to the Black Panther Party. Photo by Shane Jenkins. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podca…
 
Working a corporate gig can be complicated and political enough. Now add being POC to the experience. Okay, now add being queer. NOW, add being a woman. Today, Carlos is flying solo with a special guest, Ashley Nesby. Ashley shares her experience as a black woman and a lesbian navigating her way through the corporate world. She also shares her comi…
 
Leaning in (and leaning over) to 2020, you might be examining your relationships and grappling with people who are toxic in your life. The blurring edges between social media and real life don't make that a walk in the park. As the conversation about "cancel culture" heats up, is it okay to cut those people from your life? The Core Four dive pretty…
 
The Core Four are joined by the illustrious Raffy Regulus. It's Carlos's first time rolling the d20s. For vets like Johnathan, Zach, and Jo, it's still an adventure we didn't expect. Raffy takes us on a Dungeons and Dragons adventure as only a QPOC could. What twists and turns await our aspiring adventurers? What lurks in the forgotten places of Wa…
 
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