Articles Posted by BESE Staff

Within Reach: Ray’s BBQ

by on August 1, 2018 0

Ray Ramirez went from selling $5 sandwiches in his backyard to owning the most popular BBQ restaurant in town. We met the Salvadorian-American chef to talk about the challenges of small business ownership, and the L.A. food scene.



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Hidden Figuras: Jovita Idár

by on July 26, 2018 0

Over a century ago, a young brown journalist named Jovita Idár stood up to Texas Rangers when they came to destroy her press.

An educator, journalist, activist and sometimes nurse, Idár is one of the most historically significant Texans that you’ve never heard of. And that’s no surprise.



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Sea of Change: Melody Klingenfuss

by on July 5, 2018 0

For our latest episode of Sea of Change, we meet Melody Klingenfuss, a 24-year-old organizer and activist.

Born in Guatemala, Melody came to the states as a 9-year-old girl and only found out she was undocumented while applying to college. She ended up graduating with a masters at 22 and becoming one of the youngest organizers at CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. Today, she dedicates her time to towards fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.



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Folkslore: El Huevo

by on July 2, 2018 0

In this episode of Folkslore, we share how Margaret Renteria, also known as Nini, got better after being cleansed by a healer–with an egg!

The ritual is sometimes called “limpia de huevo.” It is a practice where one spiritually cleanses the body.



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Be You: Sailor Gonzales

by on June 28, 2018 0

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, or where you live, or who you are. It’s just us bonding over skating.”

In this episode of Be You, BESE joins Sailor Gonzales at The Rock, a roller skating park that’s part boxing gym and part active church. We talk camaraderie, jam skating and representation in the roller derby community.



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Point x Point: Letticia Martinez

by on June 21, 2018 0

“Because I’m blind, I’m more aware of where I am in the water.”

After major hip surgery, Letticia Martinez, a multi-record breaking, blind Paralympian swimmer, is back in the water for her first competition since the surgery.

In this episode of Point x Point, BESE joins Letticia at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to understand what it takes to be on top.



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Gimme the Word: Papi

by on June 18, 2018 0

In this episode of Gimme the Word we explore the Spanish colloquialism, ‘Papi,’ and its many meanings.
Amongst Spanish speakers the word is widely used as a term of endearment. But in the 1990s, ‘Papi’ entered the American mainstream. From Junot Diaz to The Notiourious B.I.G. to Jennifer Lopez, how did the term go from our dad’s nickname to Drake’s Instagram handle?
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