Articles Posted by BESE Staff

BESE Explains: Why Are People Still in Jail For Weed?

by on December 18, 2019 0

People of color are about four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than whites—despite the fact that it’s used by different races at similar levels. But the majority of U.S. states have legalized the plant in some way, so why are people—particularly people of color—still getting arrested and jailed for cannabis? Abdullah Saeed breaks it all down in this episode of BESE Explains.



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Sea of Change: Las Fotos Project

by on December 11, 2019 0

Eric Ibarra saw there was a lack of creative spaces for young women of color in East Los Angeles—so he founded Las Fotos Project, a photography mentorship program that gives young women who are aspiring photographers, the tools they need to reach their goals. Watch the latest episode of Sea of Change for more.



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Sea of Change: Familia TQLM

by on December 4, 2019 0

Angela was forced to leave Guatemala to escape death and persecution when she was just 15 years old. When she finally arrived to the United States, she was sent to a detention center where, as a trans woman, she faced even more hardships. But her story is not uncommon. Undocumented trans-Latinx women are often left out of the mainstream immigration narrative, despite their difficult— and sometimes fatal—experiences. Familia TQLM is doing everything it can to change that and more. Check out our latest episode of Sea of Change to learn more about Familia’s work.



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Folkslore: The Sangoma

by on November 21, 2019 0

 In this episode of Folkslore, a caller from Johannesburg tell us about the time a traditional South African healer saved their parent’s farm and solved the mystery behind a series of unfortunate events. If you have a Folkslore story, share it with us! Call 1-833-GOT-LORE or send us a message at



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Connected: Glenn Cantave

by on October 30, 2019 0

This New York City activist is using augmented reality to erect monuments of notable people of color. Glenn Cantave created Movers and Shakers, an organization that uses tech for change. He uses skills he learned from the Verizon Innovative Learning Program to further his cause and now his programs will be in Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country.



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Connected: Yerenia Barajas

by on October 23, 2019 0

Compton is often associated with guns, violence and gangs, but 15-year-old Yerenia Barajas is passionate about changing the perception of her community. From coding to creating videos about climate change and gun violence, Barajas is using the skills she’s learned through the Verizon Innovative Learning program to create change through technology.



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HERSTORY: Rita Moreno

by on October 17, 2019 0

Rita Moreno is the first and only Latina to have ever won a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. But those accomplishments didn’t come without their sacrifices. Diane Guerrero breaks it all down in our new series, HERSTORY

To learn more about the accomplishments of the many Latinxs who have contributed to this country, watch our new series HERSTORY, and ask your representative to support the creation of the National American Latino Museum, because it’s time U.S. history became a true reflection of ALL Americans. You can also get more information by visiting:






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Folkslore: Bad Apples

by on October 9, 2019 0

In this episode of Folkslore, one woman tells us about the time she used a batch of apples to reveal that her brother’s girlfriend was up to no good.



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BESE Explains | Why Is Cannabis Illegal?

by on September 23, 2019 0

Human beings have been using cannabis for thousands of years. Yet it’s illegal in most of the world, including right here in the U.S. So how did we get here? Abdullah Saeed @imyourkid breaks it all down in this episode of BESE Explains.



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