THP Episode 5: The Journalist – Alicia Menendez

Angie interviews journalist Alicia Menendez. Named “Broadcast Journalism’s New Gladiator” by Elle Magazine, “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, and a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, Alicia has quickly become a force in American media. She currently works as a co-host of Amanpour & Co., a global affairs show which airs on PBS and CNNi; and a contributing editor at Bustle, the largest media property for Millennial women. She is also the Host and Co-Executive Producer of the Latina to Latina podcast, currently in its second season.

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THP Episode 4: The Wordsmith – Serena Kim

Angie sits down with Korean American scribe Serena Kim, editor in chief of Kore Asian Media, the premiere lifestyle brand catering to the Asian American diaspora. Together they celebrate the incredible artistic achievements of the Asian community in 2018, including the success of Crazy Rich Asians, and discuss why it’s taken so long for Asians to have this lasting cultural moment in the mainstream, Kim’s own journey growing up in Los Angeles amid blatant racism, her inspiring contributions to hip-hop journalism, and the universal human quest for validation.

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THP Episode 3: Filmmaker – Smriti Mundhra

Angie sits down with her Desi sister from another mister, Smriti Mundhra, a brilliant filmmaker and journalist who won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best New Documentary Director Award for her first film, A Suitable Girl. The doc follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Here, Mundhra opens up about her unique journey as an Indian American woman, using her voice to uplift her community and all women of color, and how her late father, the beloved Bollywood director Jag Mundhra continues to inspire the “wokeness” of her life and career.

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THP Episode 2: The Candidate – Deb Haaland

In this episode, Angie interviews Deb Haaland, Democratic candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. If she wins the House seat on Nov. 6th, Haaland, a proud member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, would make history as the first Native American woman to serve in Congress. A voice for women of color, single mothers, military families, the LGBTQ community, and anyone who feels marginalized, Haaland gets personal about what led to her a remarkable life in public service.

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THP Episode 1: The Storyteller – Mimi Valdés

In the first-ever episode of The Hermanas Project, Angie sits down with a not-so-hidden figure in Hollywood (and her own personal mentor), Mimi Valdés. Currently the Chief Creative Officer for I Am Other, Pharrell Williams’ music and entertainment collective, Valdés opens up about her humble beginnings, her Afro-Latina identity, her journey from music journalist to one of the most influential storytellers of our time behind such films as the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, and why she lives by the motto, “embrace the risky.” 

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Meet The Hermanas Project Podcast!

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Welcome to The Hermanas Project, a sisterhood of extraordinary women of color and allies. We share inspiring stories, spread ideas, and have meaningful conversations. 

Hello friends,

Meet my new passion project, THP, short for The Hermanas Project. 

The idea for this podcast was born in the #MeToo and #TimesUp era, in which the gut-wrenching stories of sexual assault, harassment, and inequality awakened a new level of consciousness and solidarity in many of us, and an urgent need to use our voices for something meaningful, something bigger. 

In my case, this meant creating an audio platform for those whose voices and contributions are so often marginalized — women of color — with the goal of empowering each other and younger generations to live out our dreams. 

In the early stages of the project one word kept coming to me: “hermanas” (the Spanish word for sisters). And so it became clear: the Project would shine a light on extraordinary women of color and allies from every industry and bring us together through honest and meaningful conversations. 

In the new Hermanas Project Podcast, available on Apple and Spotify, I’ll be sharing inspiring stories of creativity and courage from these amazing women. Season 1 of the podcast is out now. 

Welcome to the sisterhood. We’re just getting started!

 

At last, meet the Viva Latino Podcast…now on Spotify!

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So excited to share one of my latest projects: the Viva Latino podcast, now on Spotify!!!

It’s been so much fun to co-produce & co-host this with my fellow Spotifier, AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos. Together, we bring you that “arroz con pollo” flavor. Lots of fun conversations in Spanglish, music geekery, laughter, and yes, the occasional “Oprah” teary-eyed moment. In one episode of Season 1 in particular, we all got a little emotional with one of the biggest names in Latin music.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Viva Latino podcast takes you behind the streams of Latin music’s biggest superstars, featuring insightful interviews and unique data stories behind today’s global Latin hits.
  • This is a unique, audio-driven brand extension of Viva Latino—Spotify’s biggest Latin playlist globally, which now features exclusive video content on a weekly basis. Or as we like to say, it’s the “cousin” of the playlist. 
  • Season 1 launched on Nov. 30, with Jennifer Lopez as the series premiere guest. YES. J.LO. JENNY FROM THE BLOCK. LA LOPEZ. I still can’t believe it. But yes, it happened. And now I can die happy. By the way, the JLo episode got a ton of coverage because she gave us so much great stuff. Here’s one article in particular that does it justice on E!.
  • The podcast is currently available in the following territories: US, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay

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So check it out here, be sure to FOLLOW IT so you don’t miss a single episode!!! Enjoy the amazing line-up we have for Season 1.

Shout out to everyone who makes this possible: Natalie, Baron, Whitney, Andrew, Ayleen, William, Fred, Jack, and of course, Rocio for the opportunity.

Thanks for listening!!!

King of Streams: Daddy Yankee is Now #1 Artist on Spotify Worldwide

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It’s taken me a while to post on here again, but I can’t think of a better reason to come back and say something…

History has been made. A heartfelt congrats to the one & only Daddy Yankee, the #1 artist in the world on Spotify (and the first Latin artist to hold that position). Forgive me if I get a little sentimental but it seems appropriate…

From its inception, and much like hip hop, reggaeton was dismissed as a passing fad, a trend that would burn out. At times it retreated from the spotlight. Because frankly it needed to evolve, like most things. But it never disappeared. What DY and the other true pioneers of the genre have proven is that it was always supposed to be more than just fiesta, perreo & mucho dembow. These are the storytellers of a generation. And the first chapters of these stories were born out of the ghetto, depicting what it was like growing up in the caserios of Puerto Rico. It was raw and it was often not pretty. But it was real. The party vibes came much later, as DY will tell you. And it was one song in particular that busted down the doors for the world to pay attention. That song was “Gasolina.”

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I’ll never forget a quote DY gave me during our first sit-down interview for Vibe magazine back in 2004. He told me that Nas was an MC he deeply admired and this next part I remember so clearly. He said: “Blacks and Latinos have the same struggles, in different languages.” So it’s no surprise, all these years later, that the spirit behind these musical movements, whether it be hip hop, reggaeton, etc, is indestructible, mainly because they had to fight for people’s respect. Now the world can’t seem to get enough but let’s not forget where it all started. Daddy Yankee’s journey to the top has been anything but an overnight one.

This is a win for DY, his formidable team, for Latin music & for everyone in the industry who continues to work hard to represent our culture through music.

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Watch this video in which Yankee talks about what it means to be #1.

And also, be sure to check out DY’s “This Is” playlist on Spotify, with the best of his music.

It’s all about #LatinosOnSpotify!

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So proud of our Hispanic Heritage Month campaign on Spotify! It was a true team effort and the first of many big things to come on the platform as we seek to give Latin music lovers the best experience. 

About #LatinosOnSpotify:

Data shows that Latin music is now one of the most popular genres globally on Spotify. To mark this milestone and to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, on September 15, Spotify launched #LatinosOnSpotify, a month-long campaign featuring, for the first time in a category’s history, Latino-centric video, podcasts and specially curated playlists all in one place.

Debuting just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Spotify.com/Latino celebrates the diversity and nuances within the culture, offering music for every taste and catering to different Hispanic audiences within the United States.

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Fans of Regional Mexican, Tropical, Latin Urban, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Jazz, and more, will have a chance to experience the music they love like never before and connect with their favorite artists in a unique way. Enrique Iglesias, Prince Royce, Marc Anthony, Los Tigres del Norte, Maluma, Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Yandel, Gloria Estefan and many other superstars have all come together with Spotify to bring you an unforgettable musical experience.

 

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Artist interviews with the biggest Latin stars in the world are available for streaming in the new Latino hub alongside Spotify’s most popular and beautifully redesigned genre-specific playlists and special one-off playlists such as “Latinos, Let’s Vote!”, our collaboration with Voto Latino to mobilize the vote among Latino millennials in this upcoming election. Also, for the first time ever inside the Latin category on Spotify mobile, people are able to enjoy some of the best podcasts on a range of topics of interest to Latinos!

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The first thing you see when you visit the new Latino hub is “La Familia, With Marc Anthony & his Father Felipe Muñiz,” Spotify’s first ever Latin music documentary. The 3-episode short doc profiles legendary recording artist Marc Anthony as he delves into the story and process behind one of the most exciting passion projects of his career: recording the new bolero-flavored track ‘Dejé de Amar’ with his father, Felipe Muñiz, who makes his recording debut at 81. Joining them is multiple Grammy Award winning producer Sergio George. In this intimate session, Marc and his father come together to discuss family, play music, and to celebrate the sound that was passed down from father to son, a gift that ultimately produced one of the biggest Latin stars in the world.

Press play now for Hispanic Heritage Month and join the conversation using #LatinosOnSpotify.