Flava In Ya Ear: Latinx Podcasts To Drown Out White Noise

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Podcasts have quickly become our generation’s favorite form of media. It seems like everyone and their tía is chopping up the chisme online these days or reporting on stories that can sometimes get lost in translation. That is why it’s so important that, as Latinxs, we use the mic to broadcast our own stories.

This list has no shortage of just that: Latinx creators and hosts sharing our narratives and highlighting what matters most in our communities. So the next time you need something to turn up during your trek to trabajo, tune into one of these Latinx podcasts.

 1. Con Las Comadres

Con Las Comadres is a “multimedia project centering the voices, experiences, and work of women of color.” Co-hosted by three mujxrs — each representing different cultures, Guatemalan, Mexican and Puerto Rican — who are not afraid to tackle critical issues facing Latinxs today. Their first episodes focused on anti-blackness in the community and revolutionary motherhood. These are some comadres you’ll definitely want to keep up with.

2. Locatora Radio

You can’t have a podcast list without featuring everyone’s favorite “mamis of myth and bullshit,” Locatora Radio. The podcasting power couple of Mala Munoz y Diosa Femme pump out capitulo after capitulo celebrating the power and legacies of women of color. These hosts love to stay busy creating workshops, doing keynotes at universities and femmecee-ing events all over Los Angeles. With Las Locatoras, every hour is brown girl hour.

3. Let There Be Luz

Let There Be Luz is the spiritual podcast created by Luz Warrior. With a heavy focus on healing through intentions and working with your moon cycle, Luz brings the spirit through your speakers. In her arsenal of episodes, Luz covers everything from the dangers of common brand pads and tampons to meditations that aid you in delving deeper into your moon-tuition. So, tune in and bring a little more luz into your life.

4. Latinx Therapy

Mental illness has always been a hot button topic in the Latinx community. Lucky for us, Latinx Therapy, the podcast on a mission to demystify mental health stigmas in our communities, is here to normalize the conversation. Featuring a wide range of guests with knowledge and experience on mental health issues, as well as treatments, host Adriana Alejandre is providing necessary space for Latinxs to share their stories and experiences. May we all find more ways to mend our mente.

5. Bossy Bonitas

What do you get when you combine a Boricua, a Chicana, and a mic? Bossy Bonitas! This podcast focuses on sharing the stories and accomplishments of Latinxs from all walks of life. While this project is still in its early phases, we are so excited to watch the glow-up of this hilarious Latinx duo.

6. Bag Ladiez

This week we talk about the toxic waste Arecibo,PR residents have to live in after Hurricane Maria, the murder of #SaheedVassell by the NYPD, and the fact that FLINT STILL DOESN’T HAVE CLEAN WATER. For baggage we discuss being “nice” NICE FOR WHY? NICE FOR WHAT?? And we put in our bag Cardi B and Estephanie! . . AND DON’T FORGET TO BUY TIX TO OUR LIVE SHOW ON JUNE 9th IN BROOKLYN!@bgladiezlive.eventbrite.com . . Check us out on itunes, soundcloud, googleplay, or stitcher! . . . #UnpackBG #Podcastincolor #Supportlatinxpodcast #AfrolatinxPodcast #supportafrolatinxpodcast #afrolatinxpodcast #afrolatinx #podcasttuesday #nyc #thebronx #blackgirlmagic #yosoyafrolatina #afrolatina #intersectionalfeminist #afrolatinxpodcast # #LatinxPodcast #fuckwhitesupremacy #MFOUL #JusticeforSaheedVassell #Niceforwhat #NiceforWhy #FlintWaterCrisis #EnviromentalRacism #PuertoRico #HurricaneMaria #PRselevanta

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With episode titles like “2 Tired Ass B*tches” and “Univision Run Me My Money,” Bag Ladiez is the perfect podcast to listen to after a long day of having to code switch. Hosts Estephanie and Lina are sure to become your new Bronx, Dominic-omadres with their takes on everything from police brutality and anti-Haitianism in the DR to border policies and Kanye’s trashability. We can’t wait to tune in and hear what these Ladiez pull out the bag next.

7. Jotxs Y Recuerdos

Jotxs y Recuerdos is a podcast that archives LGBTQ+ stories, experiences and social movements in the Rio Grande Valley, a border town in South Texas. Creator Alexandra Salazar Vasquez took the name of her podcast from Selena’s “Fotos y Recuerdos.” We love the powerful and emotional stories that this podcast gives space to,and also its Instagram page blossoming with vintage photos of brown and Black queer love.

8. Unravel

Unravel is the first fashion history and culture podcast, and it was co-created by Afro-Latinxs. Seriously, these mujxrs uphold some pretty amazing credentials. Host and researcher Dana Goodin is a textile conservator, archivist and enrolled member of the Comanche Nation. Alongside Goodin, there is Jasmine Helm, host and researcher who is studying the dress and textile culture of the Afro-Indigenous groups in the Bluefields of Nicaragua. To round out this impressive crew, there’s Joy Davis, sometimes host and producer, bringing her knowledge of the fashion histories of people of color to the show. Tune in and get schooled by these first femmes of fashion.

9. Bitter Brown Femmes

If you love to dismantle sh*t and talk sh*t, then we have got the podcast for you. Xicanx comrades Cassandra and Ruben tear down everything from politics to pop culture on Bitter Brown Femmes. These two come so correct with the chisme, they’ve got us questioning if Shakira is really Shakira?!? Seriously, give your ears the gift of gab with this podcast.

10. Radio Menea

Radio Menea is the awesomely dysfunctional mixtape you would only give to someone you truly loved. Amigxs and hosts Veronica Flores y Miriam Perez are true taste-makers. So the next time you’re undecided on what to listen to, you can catch up on Radio Menea and play that episode’s mix of artists. Now that’s what we call a bonus track.

11. Cabronas y Chingonas

Representation matters, and no podcast is making that clearer than Cabronas y Chingonas. Hosted by two queer Latinxs with a mission for finding the best media representation, for us and by us, this podcast is a weekly favorite. These two aren’t afraid to keep it chingona when it comes to bashing popular shows they deem problematic or calling out a producer here and there, which is why we would trust these self-proclaimed cabronas to curate our Netflix queue.

12. Morado Lens

Morado Lens is the feminist podcast shedding light on our inner bruja, sex and culture. Hosts and childhood besties Cindy and Nat chop it up about the poder of our palabras to the brujería of Cardi B. Seriously, you couldn’t dream of comadres with better chemistry. You’ll never miss an episode with these two brujitas casting a spell on your speakers.

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