Portraits in Color

Portraits in Color

A unique look at race in America through the stories of artists, entrepreneurs, educators and otherwise really cool people! The series takes a provocative look at what it's really like to survive and thrive in a society that has been built without people of color in mind. Hosted by Dr. Frank Mirabal, a musician, storyteller, public servant, and 12th generation New Mexican. ... Show More

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Since the Reagan-era 'War on Drugs,' which expanded Nixon-era policies, our nation has seen a dramatic increase in the prison population. Despite increasing evidenc... Read more

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November 19, 2019 33 min

We live in a world where we constantly seek affirmation, whether in the form of "likes" on social media, or through our relationships. Andrew Garrison, author of the award winning book, Read more

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November 3, 2019 34 min

Upon completing a doctorate in education, Lee Francis IV was faced with a career decision--follow the path of his father, who was an academic, or create his own path. He chose the latter. A self-proclaimed "Indigenerd," Lee tells the stories of Nat... Read more

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October 20, 2019 38 min

Representation matters. The recent emergence of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and presidential candidate Julián Castro demonstrate the power of intentional leadership development efforts. In this episode, Marco Davis, President/CEO o... Read more

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October 7, 2019 25 min

One of the  major catalysts behind the My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBKA), an initiative of the Obama Foundation, is Michael Smith who serves as the Executive Director. In this episode, Michael shares his deeply personal experiences with racism as a youth i... Read more

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September 23, 2019 52 min

Isaac Aragon's new single, Love Bless America delivers a unifying message of love and truth in these divisive times. His music hearkens back to a time when soul singers could showcase virtuosity and social message in the same breath. A time when artists were producing concept albums as messengers of social change, like Marvin Gaye's classic What's going on?

In this episode, we di... Read more

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September 9, 2019 32 min

Hateful rhetoric is creating a dangerous climate for immigrants and refugees in America. Eli Cuna has experienced the harmful effects of this rhetoric first hand. That is why she fights for immigrant rights as National Field Director for the largest immigrant, youth-led network in the country. United We Dream is equal parts aspirational message, call to action, and social justice advocacy with a membership surpassing 400,000. Read more

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August 25, 2019 55 min

Carlos Medina’s unique cultural voice has led to comparisons to legendary musical storytellers like Tom Waits.  A unique, boundary spanning entertainer, Carlos captures the essence of northern New Mexican culture through traditional mariachi music and a brand of comedy that reflects the spirit of the Rio Grande and the El Camino Real.

In this episode, we discuss his collaboration with Meow Wolf Entertainment and what it me... Read more

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August 12, 2019 38 min

Just a week removed from mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Representative Deb Haaland stopped by to discuss the dangerous rhetoric of President Trump and how it has fueled senseless violence in communities like El Paso--which is predominantly Latino and immigrant. She delivers sharp criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's inaction on recent gun legislation, referring to the Senate as a "graveyard" f... Read more

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May 12, 2019 44 min

In this episode, we preview the new album Psychadelic State by Jak, discuss that time Rick James gave him a "noogie", and explore the 20 year history of the group Soul Divine.  Jak Bailey is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist with major label album credits and shared stage experience with James Brown, Buddy Miles, Lakeside, and the Dazz Band.



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April 14, 2019 45 min

Dr. Gabe Sanchez shares his insights on the Latino vote, immigration, and health care policy as a key driver to the 2020 presidential election.  Dr. Sanchez is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and also serves as the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Institute of Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) at the University ... Read more

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In this episode, we discuss creative placemaking, artists in government, and the gig economy.  Carlos Contreras is a national champion poet, artist, and public servant.  He currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Innovation in the Mayor's Office for the City of Albuquerque.  



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March 16, 2019 42 min

Frank Blazquez and John Acosta, creators of the docuseries Duke City Diaries, provide an unfiltered look at life on the streets of Albuquerque. In this episode, we delve deep into the stories of the 'hood and how these stories represent tragedy, truth, and redemption.  Frank and John also provide useful insight for up-and-coming creators as they develop their passion for film and the arts.  



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March 4, 2019 48 min

From childhood star to his return back to Mexico, Lorenzo Antonio's musical journey spans over 30 years.  In this episode, we discuss the rich musical legacy of his family, the current state of the music business, his collaboration with the late Juan Gabriel, and his recent return to Mexico.  



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February 17, 2019 47 min

Check out Episode 2 of Portraits in Color with my very special guest Vanessa Roanhorse, President/CEO of Roanhorse Consulting and Co-Founder of Native Women Lead.  We will be discussing her work with entrepreneurs in tribal communities, the challenge of accessing capital in communities of color, and the historic election of Native women to congress.  



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February 4, 2019 44 min

In this episode, Charles Ashley III talks candidly about the state of the tech industry from an African-American founder's perspective.  We will also discuss government cheese, the Chicago Bears, mishaps with man-made "Slip n Slides" and what the term "fail forward" really means to entrepreneurs of color.  Enjoy! 



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February 2, 2019 4 min

Welcome to the Portraits in Color Preview!  In this short, less than 5 minute edition, I will describe why I chose to do the series, and give a sneak peak of the type of content I will be covering.  Enjoy and help spread the word!

-Dr. Frank



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