If y’all have been following me on Twitter or Instagram, you should already know I do the most. On top of my regular job, I write short stories, poetry, articles, have a small zine press and attend events that deal with all that constantly. But I’d been lacking something ever since another podcast I was a part of went on a six month hiatus. So I wanted to create a solo podcast.
Enter Secret Scholar, a podcast focused on giving marginalized voices a dope ass platform to highlight their studies, hustles, hopes, worries, loves– whatever they want. The reason it’s named Secret Scholar (and maybe I’ll get more into it in a future episode) is because of the way I talk and present myself. Many people write me off immediately and underestimate my intelligence. But I’m going to turn it around and use the fact that people assume my level of understanding as a weapon. I want to use this podcast to highlight these voices that need to be heard and hopefully get better at public speaking along the way. You can listen on the player or on Google Podcasts, Audioboom, Stitcher, Tune In, Spotify and more.
The first month of the summer is over and here in Southern California, things are starting to heat up!
Unfortunately, my job is the exact opposite of the school year, so I haven’t been writing as much but don’t worry I have a few events coming up as well as some upcoming pieces that will be published so be on the look out for that!
On Conchas Y Contras:
We talk about the child camps and how the immigrant community is under attack.
We try to stay calm and chill and share our tips on how to do it.
Hello everyone! Another month has passed and I can’t believe it’s almost summer. Last month, I was pretty burnt out and I’m still recovering from it but I’ve slowly felt rejuvenated by just taking time to relax and just consume media instead of constantly produce it. That didn’t stop me from publishing some pieces and working on some of my other projects.
Check out my latest piece from Vain VVitch and their body horror zine.
On The Strange Is Beautiful:
“Finding Your Worth” A Poem
Conchas Y Contras:
The history of Latin America and U.S intervention through politics and culture.
Junot Diaz and the complicity that allowed sexual harassment and assault.
Also big news on a current project. I put out a Call For Submissions for a zine I was creating called “Very Important Dogs”, I am pleased to say that I have finished it for the most part and I am hoping to release it before the end of the June. If you are interested in placing an order, feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com. If not, I will be posting instructions on how to order through Paypal and Venmo as well as opening a shop on the site (fingers crossed). Thank you for joining me for another month of recaps.
April was about stepping back and really wondering where I want to take my work next. What I want to focus on in terms of creating. There are a couple of publications that I’ll be featured in coming out next month so stay tuned for that.
It’s been a long time coming but Brown Girl Travels is finally out! The zine is an amazing 100+ pages of stories, pictures, poems, guides- pretty much everything you could want if you’re a WOC solo traveler. Check it out on Instagram.
On Conchas Y Contras:
We interviewed the creator of the self-help website The Strange Is Beautiful, Shannen Roberts
Our discussion on The Black Panther, in film and in comics
The best highlight of this month was being invited to read in Oakland for The Wandering Song. Here are some pictures of me reading as well as some amazing Central American writers.
My short poem on crying in the first issue of Berry Magazine
This month on Conchas Y Contras:
Growing up as weird brown girls
Discussing our views on feminism