Articles Posted by BESE Staff

Be You: Sebastian Hernandez

by on December 7, 2018 0

In this episode of Be You, we take a visual journey into Sebastian Hernandez’s multi-faceted art practice. They show us how the complexities of the brown migrant experience and trans femme identity inform their material based performances in an effort to challenge traditional perceptions of space and the brown body.



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BESE Explains: Asylum

by on December 5, 2018 0

Thousands of Central Americans have arrived at the southern border to seek asylum in the U.S. But what exactly is asylum and how does one get it? In this episode of BESE Explains, Zoe Saldana takes a closer look at the issue and its role in American history. For more information on how to help get supplies to asylum seekers at the U.S. Mexico border, visit



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State of Mind: My Thoughts of Suicide

by on November 28, 2018 0

Suicide rates have increased by 25% in the last 17 years. That’s nearly 45,000 Americans that took their lives in the year 2016. For Latinx, this number was at its highest in 2015 among young Latinas. Slam poet Poetic Moment shares her past struggle with suicide. It’s time to talk about our mental health issues. Share your story in the comments below or tag someone who you think would appreciate this piece.



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Hidden Figuras: Althea Gibson

by on November 26, 2018 0

In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black woman invited to Wimbledon. She left with multiple wins and broke down barriers for athletes of color like Arthur Ashe and more.



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BESE Explains: Representation in Politics

by on November 21, 2018 0

American politics is more diverse than ever, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

Women, LGBTQIA people and non-white communities shattered records during the 2018 midterm elections, but was it enough? In this episode of BESE Explains, Zoe Saldana breaks down how diverse American politics truly is.



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BESE Meets: Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada

by on November 9, 2018 0

Vida, a six-part series on Starz written entirely by a group of Latinas, has become a crucial milestone in the push for Latinx representation on television. In the show, sisters Lyn and Emma, played by Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada, respectively, return to their home on the Eastside of Los Angeles to pick up the pieces after the sudden death of their mother. The show tackles queerness, gentefication, colorism and predatory loans in a subtle yet unapologetic voice.

BESE met the Vida co-stars in Prada’s backyard, where the two opened up family, queerness and the intricacies of playing complex personalities.



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BESE Meets: Lilian Martinez

by on November 7, 2018 0

Lilian Martinez was the first of her siblings to be born in the United States. Growing up, she didn’t feel like she quite fit in to either culture. From this intersection of identities, her art was born. The Chicago-raised artist now takes things that resonate from her childhood and mixes them with classical elements to create idyllic worlds that celebrate brown bodies. The artist also runs BFGF, a small business where she sells woven blankets, pillows and towels that she designs digitally. Knowing that not everyone can afford expensive paintings, BFGF is her way of making more accessible art objects that people can integrate into their daily lives. On this episode of BESE Meets, we catch up with the artist at her studio in Los Angeles, CA.



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Folkslore: Worry Dolls

by on November 5, 2018 0

In this episode of Folkslore, Flor Peralta shares how she used worry dolls to get through the night when her mother left to the States. But was it the mythical dolls, that are said to originate from a Mayan princess with the ability to solve any human problem, or something else that helped Flor to sleep?



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