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

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! . . 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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‘Latinx Therapy’ Is A New Podcast Destigmatizing Mental Illness And Providing Resources For Our Community

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‘Latinx Therapy’ Is A New Podcast Destigmatizing Mental Illness And Providing Resources For Our Community

While Latinx communities are not immune to dealing with mental health conditions, they’ve long struggled with exactly how to open up about the realities of living with anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness. A 2011 study revealed that Latinx individuals are generally less likely to report mental health concerns, and, although Latinx communities show similar susceptibility to mental illness as other populations, we unfortunately “experience disparities in access to treatment and in the quality of treatment we receive,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

That’s a large part of why Adriana Alejandra Alejandre, a 27-year-old licensed marriage and family therapist, created Latinx Therapy, a podcast dedicated to all things relating to mental health within Latinx communities.

“I had been having a hard time finding bilingual resources, so at first I created a Facebook group with Latinx therapists,” the California-based Mexican-Guatemalan told FIERCE. “I took the initiative to do research and find evidence-based resources in Spanish. Then when I couldn’t find certain things, I would translate it myself and provide it for my group of therapists.”

She began learning about podcasts from her boyfriend, who listened to them regularly. Intrigued, she started studying the art of the medium. Originally, her plan was “to interview anyone that had struggled with something and overcame it,” but she shifted the focus of the podcast to make it more of a resource.

“I rerouted to create a podcast for my clients to have access to therapeutic and professional material,” Alejandre explains. “After ending sessions with my clients, I would be uneasy because I wanted more information for them, and not just from me. So I created this podcast as an interview-based podcast to do this — it was a much better idea.”

Alejandre’s path to becoming a therapist was not exactly planned or clear-cut. She originally studied business administration but switched majors after taking a few psychology courses.

“The class that opened my eyes was Abnormal Psychology because not only was it easy for me to digest the information; human behavior just made sense,” Alejandre says.

But she ultimately decided on becoming a therapist to secure a future for her son. “The fall quarter after I had my son, I scheduled my classes back-to-back Wednesday to Thursday so that I could go back home to Los Angeles Thursday night and be with him until Wednesday morning,” she says. “The on-campus daycare was full, and sitters were too expensive for me at that time. I did that for two years to complete my studies on time.”

The hard work and hustle paid off. Alejandre is a full-time therapist at a private practice in Porter Ranch, Calif., who’s able to give her clients the attention they need while also balancing life as a mother. Now with Latinx Therapy, Alejandre is expanding her résumé to include podcast producer. And although it’s just a few weeks old, Latinx Therapy has already received some notable attention.

“I am definitely surprised. I did not expect the responses I am getting,” Alejandre says. “The day I launched, literally a few hours after, a rep from Apple reached out to feature me on the homepage of the Apple Podcasts app. They gave me the biggest feature alongside Oprah’s podcast.”

Strangers told Alejandre that they discovered Latinx Therapy through this feature and that they were “so happy” to have found a podcast they could relate to.

“My first session was ‘When La Chancla Crosses the Line,’ which explores child abuse, and my inboxes were filled with personal stories of the chancla and what they have had to overcome,” Alejandre says. “Some stories were of family members who received this type of abuse and how it impacted them. Horrific stories were shared, and I know people were triggered. But after checking in with those individuals, many had the same response along the lines of needing to stay in the moment of feeling triggered because this topic has been pushed aside for too long. Even organizations reached out thanking me.”

When it comes to her grand vision for the podcast, Alejandre says that she’s just proud to have created a platform that people are finding useful.

“There is clearly a need,” she says. “My dream is for this information to be heard by all Latinx individuals because it is not a podcast where anyone is being shamed. [I want] to continue providing psychoeducation so that our community can grow and the generations to come can benefit and grow up in a stronger and healthier household both externally and internally.”

Alejandre plans to create therapeutic and professional content for Latinx individuals of all ages, and she’s most eager to explore the psychological perspectives of parents born in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

“There is so much of a cultural and generational difference,” she explains. “And they are doing their best to keep up with this era, but there are many layers from various countries that impacts that day-to-day thinking and living. This is the reality of it.”

Overall, she’s confident that every topic covered in Latinx Therapy is beneficial for a wide range of audiences — from helping parents of all ages, to focusing on teenagers and young children, to understanding life as a modern-day millennial. “My lineup is fire,” she says.

And hopefully Latinx Therapy can be a tool that helps people within our community bridge the gaps that exist in the space of mental health awareness.

“There are pockets of the Latinx community that are hyper aware and that are doing their best to come in for therapy and create a healthier generation,” Alejandre says. “Then there are individuals with the stigmatized mentality of turning the other way and shaming others — and probably themselves — because they do not believe in mental health realities.”

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