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🙋🏽👨🏻👱🏾👩🏾👱🏻♀️The Latinx Collective - Issue #39
THIS WEEK'S SIX:
"Radio Indígena" (indígena means indigenous in Spanish) is one of the first indigenous Mexican radio stations in the United States. The community-run station boasts 40 hours of original programming every week, broadcasting music and talk shows in a handful of indigenous languages including Mixteco, Zapoteco and Triqui, as well as in Spanish. The station is a welcome cultural lifeline for thousands of farm workers who speak Mixteco or other indigenous Central American languages. It's hosted and run by the Mixteco Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), a nonprofit formed to provide health outreach, humanitarian support and language interpretation to this underserved community. If you're interested in learning more, want to listen to the station, or join the radio community (they're also looking for volunteer DJs), visit the website: http://mixteco.org/radio.
The historic presence of Latinx performers at Coachella this year (taking place from April 12-14 and then again from April 19-21) has been the source of much media attention, particularly because mainstream music festivals often perpetuate the longstanding industry segmentation of Latinx artists. This year, large-scale festivals like Coachella proved they’re finally paying attention to Latinx talent and working on integrating them into the major festival landscape. J Balvin and Los Tucanes de Tijuana’s sets were particularly historic, as they became the first reggaeton and norteño acts to play at the famed festival. The article features some of the highlights from these performances including a set by Los Tucanes de Tijuana (a Mexican norteño band), a surprise appearance by Dominican-Puerto Rican urbano artist Ozuna, and a performance by J Balvin, who became the first reggaeton artist to play the main stage at Coachella. Plus, here's an in-depth Rolling Stone piece by music writer Suzy Exposito on what made J Balvin's Coachella set so historic.
If you're based in NYC, you've probably visited Smorgasburg, the largest open-air food market in the country which brings up to 30,000 people each weekend to Brooklyn. This year, there are five new Latinx food vendors to check out and they range from Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine, to Mexican and Brazilian street food. Markets are open until October:https://www.smorgasburg.com
Molcajete Dominguero Tienda, a retail space solely dedicated for Latinx vendors to sell their products, has just opened up in Boyle Heights, LA. It started in 2017 as a monthly pop-up event on Sundays and in just two years, has become the largest Latinx popup in the country and has its own retail space. The name, Molcajete Dominguero, is a play on words from the traditional Mexican stone tool used to grind various food products. It's also a representation of the various vendors that have been brought together. Its current database has over 400 vendors from LA to San Francisco that either have their products sold at the store or at popups. Learn more: https://molcajetedominguero.com/index.html
The WCC hired Nevarez on March 19, 2018, after she had spent eight years at the Pac-12 Conference as the senior associate commissioner and senior woman administrator overseeing all conference championships except football. The Berkeley Law grad also served as senior associate athletic director at Oklahoma and on the senior administrator level for the WCC, Cal and San Jose State. The former University of Massachusetts basketball player is now one of 10 female conference commissioners currently in Division I. As the daughter of a Mexican father, Nevarez is also the first Latinx commissioner of a Division I conference. This is an interview with Nevarez, who discusses lessons learned from her experience in sports, advice for women who dream of working in college sports, Gonzaga basketball and more.
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