Articles Posted by BESE Staff

BESE Meets: Tomasa del Real and the Underground Neoperreo Scene

by on January 30, 2019 0

In a corner of Iquique, Chile, successful tattoo artist Tomasa del Real began recording herself on Photo Booth singing songs she made for fun. She started uploading those videos to YouTube. At the same time, across the ocean in Spain, Ms Nina was doing the exact same thing. Both artists are now considered the biggest names in neoperreo; a new subgenre of reggaeton that was born out of those DIY bedroom recordings across the globe. In this episode of BESE Meets, we explore the underground scene of neoperreo through the voices of the genre’s biggest names: Tomasa del Real, Ms Nina, King Jedet, La Flavia, Ulises Lozano and Rip Txny.



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State of Mind: My Relationship with Self-Harm

by on January 28, 2019 0

In this episode, Matthew Cuban opens up about his experience with self-harm and its relationship to his other mental health issues. The poet reminds viewers that it’s important to speak up about mental health struggles, and that it’s the first step toward daily healing. Cuban’s poem serves as a reminder of all the blessings he would have missed out on if he would have given in to his impulses towards self-harm.



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Local Noise: Alexander Spit

by on January 23, 2019 0

Whether it’s creating an entire album in 10 hours or mixing jazz with rap and synth, Alexander Spit rarely shies away from a creative challenge. Writing music in the basement of a warehouse, Spit opens up about how his music has become a creative outlet for him to express his emotions.



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BESE Explains: Title X Family Planning Program

by on January 21, 2019 0

span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The Title X Family Planning Program was enacted in 1970 to make affordable reproductive health services accessible to everyone in the U.S. Since then, thousands of health centers around the country have received Title X funding, and more than 4 million people use it every year. But newly proposed rules could put that access at risk.



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Be You: Gabriella Sanchez

by on January 16, 2019 0

Artist and graphic designer Gabriella Sanchez is best known for pairing vibrant, feminine colors with male figures. While much of her work is reflective of her complex family history, the concept of duality is present throughout every piece she creates—whether it be the type face or object symbolism. In this episode of Be You, Gabriella Sanchez wades through her family archives as we come to understand the process in which she collages her multifaceted familial history with her present day self.



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BESE Explains: Tribal Sovereignty

by on January 2, 2019 0

There are currently 573 federally recognized Native American tribes in the U.S. and every one of them has the right to govern themselves and their lands. But maintaining that sovereignty hasn’t always been an easy task. In this episode of BESE Explains, we look at the impact that U.S. policies have had on tribal nations.



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State of Mind: Dealing with My Trauma

by on December 26, 2018 0

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Black Americans are more likely to experience certain factors that increase their risk of developing a mental health condition, like environmental trauma. In this episode of ‘State of Mind’, Alyesha Wise-Hernandez tells us how her childhood environment still affects her in her adult years.



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Local Noise: Kelman Duran

by on December 21, 2018 0

LA-based artist Kelman Duran’s latest album, “13th Month” is based off of the lunar calendar and his time spent on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In this episode of Local Noise, we take a voyeuristic journey through Duran’s musical process and what he hopes to achieve with it.



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BESE Explains: The Climate Gap

by on December 19, 2018 0

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, 73 percent of those displaced by the storm were black. Climate change affects everyone, but not equally. It’s called the climate gap, and in this episode of BESE Explains, Zoe Saldana breaks it all down for us.



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Hidden Figuras: Bill Melendez

by on December 17, 2018 0

José Cuauhtémoc “Bill” Melendez was one of the most influential animators of our time and is a part of all of our childhoods. His credits include “Pinocchio,” “Dumbo,” “Bambi,” and the beloved, “A Charlie Brown Christmas Special.” But being one of the few Latinx in his industry did not come without its challenges.



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