Que Lo Que Podcast

Que Lo Que Podcast

People who hail from the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic are the fifth largest ethnic group in the United States. Their contributions to the American fabric of life are felt daily in every industry, including politics, sports, entertainment, law and medicine. And while they've changed the face of places like Boston and New York, they are energizing all kinds of places around the nation -- and the world. Join Venus ahd Elbert from Miami, as we talk to our Dominican community's most gifted leaders - from old school veterans to rising trailblazers. Get a glimpse of not just to their personal journeys, but also to their take on some of today's hottest issues in the U.S. and abroad. Whether its about the history we've made or the history we're making, you are sure to learn about something -- or someone -- you didn't know.

Episodes

November 9, 2020 52 min

Venus and El B ask a couple of their friends to talk about what happened on Election Day, nationally and in Florida.

Special guests include Eva Facundo, Deputy Director of Affiliate Fundraising at Emerge America and Rafel "Ray" Collazo, Director of Political Campaigns at UNIDOS US Action Fund.

The week that was and the week that lies ahead -- all from a Dominican perspective....

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Our families are such an important part of the work that we do. So what better way to head into Election Week that listen to the woman who inspired Boston City Council Member Julia Mejia to not just run for office, but to be a tireless advocate for her community. Her mother, Mirta Peña.

As fans recall, Mejia became the first Latina -- and Dominicana -- to win a seat on the Boston's City Council last year. It was a race that wen...

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Tom Perez is the first Dominican to chair the Democratic National Committee, hoping to lead the party to success in national and local elections this November. It's the culmination of a career full of firsts. one that connects him with a family tradition of public service that stretches back decades to the DR.

Venus and El B sit down with the former Secretary of Labor to talk about family, his childhood in Buffalo, NY and what ...

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October 21, 2020 39 min

Dominicana Laura Jimenez cut her teeth working on local campaigns and for elected officials here in Florida. But when former Vice-President Joe Biden asked her to lead up his Latino Engagement effort, she had no doubt stepping up and joining his team.

With less than two weeks to go in the Presidential race, she talks to us about her journey, what's at stake this November and her reaction to seeing the local Dominican community ...

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October 14, 2020 29 min

Its been more than six - wait 8 months - since we've been on the air.

 

¿Coño, que paso?

 

What hasn't?

 

Elbert & Venus update fans as to how they are doing personally and professionally, comment on what they have seen in the our COVID-19 dominated world since March and tell fans what they can expect in the next couple of weeks for the podcast -- and the nation.

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February 23, 2020 30 min

Special Episode: As many in the diaspora know already, municipal elections in the DR were recently cancelled and we at Que Lo Que were like "¿Pero que e la vaina con eso?" Venus couldn't be with us this week because she's en route to Chicago, so we turned to award winning journalist Marcia Facundo, editor of Entravision's Politica Ya website, to give us a little bit of background on what's going on con las #...

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As hundreds of Dominican Americans professionals descend on Washington, DC for the second annual Dominicans on the Hill, we talk to Dominican Health Care Association of Florida Executive Director Daisy Baez about the roots of the event and why the second one is just as important as the first.

Former Florida State Representative Baez also reflects back on her resignation from elected office, the lessons that she can pass along to as...

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We can’t think of a better way to open 2020 than by sitting down with Cecilia Gutierrez, Deputy Director of the MBKA Network and Partnerships at the Obama Foundation. The former Executive Director of Miami's Children's Initiative talks to us not just about what to takes to raise young boys and men of color and help communities heal from the struggles and trauma of poverty. She keeps it real about her personal journey balanc...

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(Episode 12) - As we begin to wind down 2019, we're pleased to have a chance to sit down with renaissance journalist and  media advocate Claudia Cruz, Director of Internships and Experiential Learning at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

We talk to Claudia about her bicoastal journey working as a community and digital storyteller, the challenge and responsibility of connecting with first-gener...

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As 2019 ends and the political campaign season of 2020 heats up, we sit down with Emerge America's Eva Facundo to talk about the wave of grassroots digital fundraising that is allowing a slew of new candidates to have a shot at elected office. We also talk about the difference between being Dominican in Miami and Southern California and what's it like to have a mother for a journalist. 

Dominican-born and Miami-raised, Facu...

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December 4, 2019 37 min

Club Tipico Dominicano is more than just an anchor business in Miami’s Little Santo Domingo neighborhood of Allapattah. For nearly 35 years, it has been a community hub, local business booster and a cultural gatekeeper.  The first and last stop where people could find authentic Dominican music and meals in a city that often forgets there is more than one island in the Caribbean.

It’s a responsibility of food and fun that founder Lu...

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So many Dominican-Americans are student leaders early in their life, either at their schools or in their neighborhood communities. Yet, what happens after graduation? This week, we talk to Sanctuary for Families’ Lucero Jorge about being a leader after college, (re)defining Latinidad and what she has learned working with families dealing with gender-based violence.

It's our way of leaning into this holiday season of thanks, pay...

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Phillip Jerez is a former teacher who got involved in local politics as a way of trying making a greater impact outside the classroom. That led him to stints working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz and serving as a Political Director for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's historical 2018 gubernatorial run.

Today, the Bronx-born, Columbia University graduate is President of Progress for Florida, a campaign consulting firm, which...

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November 13, 2019 48 min

Miami's Gabriela “Gaby" Guzman is helping women see and own their power through connection, community, joy, and authenticity via "Las Comadres" network. She also hosts masterminds and other online experiences that enable women to achieve the clarity, support and courage that they need to start and grow their own businesses.

Ir's not the road that she anticipated moving from Santo Domingo at the age of 19. We tal...

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November 10, 2019 30 min

Born in DR, Julia Mejia made history Election Day when she became the first Latina and Dominicana to win a seat on the Boston City Council.

For us here at Que Lo Que, the victory was emocionante from afar because we can connect so much with her story. Rising from poverty to be the first in her family to go and graduate college. Returning home to get involved in non-profit, education and civic engagement work. Stepping up to meet t...

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Here at Que Lo Que, we know that supporting and training the next generation of leaders involves not just sound judgement, but also a commitment to looking in the mirror and challenging our own perceptions and perspectives. So, this week, we sit down in a crowded Harlem café to talk with educator and Wesleyan University alumnus Marvin Cabrera about his work helping students get to college, the shifting definition of manhood and th...

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With Election Day less than a week away, we continue on the politics theme, introducing you to a young woman looking to make waves in Florida Politics and flip a seat blue in Florida’s State House of Representatives.  

Gabriela “Gaby” DeJesus was born in PR and grew up in Santo Domingo, the child of Puerto Rican and Dominican parents before settling in Miami via a brief stop in NYC. Her dreams of being the next hot shot chef were d...

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For the first time in a long time, Miami's traditional Dominican community of Allapattah will get a chance November 5th to elect a new city commisioner. 

With early voting starting this weekend, Venus & El B sit down at Tipico Dominicano Restaurant with The New Florida Majority's Electoral Field Director Melanie McRae and Gender Justice Organizer Ysabella Osses to discuss what's at stake in this election and the iss...

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Politics in any country is often a matter of who you know. But how do you break in, especially when you can't lean on family or college connections? If you are Miami resident Teresa Guzman Pagan, you take your love of Anderson Cooper and the West Wing and just jump in.

We discuss with the Manhattanville College alumnus what it was like to work on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run and how her work in local races since then have...

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Episode 3: One of the reasons why we created this podcast was to uplift the stories and work of Dominicans who are doing some great work here in Florida. People who might be thought of as working behind the scenes but whose efforts are having a great impact.

One of those folks here in Miami is Darwin Rodriguez. Darwin is a public historian and arts educator that believes in breaking down barriers that often separate communities.

A ...

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