Articles Posted by BESE Staff

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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Local Noise: Yasi

by on June 14, 2018 0

It’s a sentiment that’s all too common with children of immigrants—our parents brought us here for a better life and thus we must choose “stable” and “safe” careers. It’s hard enough to make it as an artist in this country, but even harder without the support of your family.

Yasi, an Iranian-American musician who migrated to the US as a child, shares with us what it took to defy the status quo and follow her dreams.



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Be You: Keigh Crespo

by on June 7, 2018 0

Before Columbus came into the picture, Puerto Rico was known as Borinquen and its people were known as the indigenous Taino people.”

“When Keigh Crespo, a native to the island, learned about her Taino roots, she was shocked that none of her family, except for her abuelas, had been in touch with their ancestral traditions. As a response, Keigh created Dos Abuelas, a Taino food truck based in Denver, Colorado geared at educating people on Taino cultura through food.



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Folkslore: San Pascual

by on June 4, 2018 0

In our second episode of Folkslore, a series which explores the experiences of Americans living between two cultures, we share the first time Sean Billings watched his mother make a deal with San Pascual Bailón–a Catholic saint.

An old tradition carried from Puerto Rico, Sean’s mom promises to dance for San Pascual in return for help finding a very important object.



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Point x Point: Joseph Koroma

by on May 31, 2018 0

The 2018 US Men’s National Team not making it into the World Cup left a lot of people asking why. According to experts, one of those reasons is because of the inaccessibility of soccer on the youth and inner-city level. The steep costs of joining club and academy teams keeps away talented players who would otherwise excel in the sport.

Joseph Koroma, a 16-year old from Harlem, has managed to beat those odds.


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Hidden Figuras: Mabel Lee

by on May 28, 2018 0

In our latest episode of Hidden Figuras we share the story of Mabel Lee, a Hong-Kong born immigrant who helped the NY suffragist movement gain the support of the Chinese-American community. Her advocacy is one of the nation’s first examples of intersectional feminism.

Despite the fact that women across the nation won the right to vote in 1920, it is unknown if Mabel Lee ever voted herself. Due to the Chinese Exclusionary Act, a federal law barring Chinese immigrants from becoming citizens, many Chinese women never gained citizenship nor did they benefit from the suffrage movement.



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