Articles Posted by BESE Staff

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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BESE Meets: Mid City Signs

by on October 24, 2018 0

Hand painting signs is an art form as old as Los Angeles itself.

Meet Javier Matias of Mid City Signs, as he traces his roots in graffiti culture to the last remaining sign graphics class in the world at LA Trade-Tech Collegetaught by his mentor, the legendary Ralph “Doc” Guthrie.



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Folkslore: Freezer Spell

by on October 22, 2018 0

For centuries, an Afro-folk magic called Hoodoo was secretly practiced all across the America’s. Today it is still used by certain Hollywood conjurers. In our latest episode of Folkslore, actress Zoe Saldana shares the time she crafted a Hoodoo spell to stop negative energy in its tracks.



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