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A unique look at race in America through the stories of artists, entrepreneurs, educators and culture creators. 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. Dr. Frank Mirabal’s experience as an artist, academic, political appointee, and cultural critic brings a unique aesthetic to the conversation.
 
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Dr. Frank recently had the opportunity to talk with three Latina leaders working in the Albuquerque area about their leadership journeys. Marisa Magallanez, Roberta Ricci , and Meriah Heredia Griego faced significant challenges and showed great resiliency in the face of racial and gender discrimination that has kept the doors of opportunity closed …
 
Soul Divine has been a staple of the Albuquerque music scene since 1997. In this episode, Dr. Frank and the members of Soul Divine share their history from the early days forming the group to opening up for the legendary James Brown. They also discuss their upcoming show "Uncovered", where they will be sharing their catalog of original music with t…
 
Downtown Albuquerque. Along historic Route 66 lies a community at the intersection of what once was, and what could be. Like most places, it has seen its ups and downs. A once in a generation pandemic, a struggling economy, and issues of crime and homelessness are issues downtown residents grapple with every day. Many businesses have boarded up, op…
 
The recent mass shooting in Atlanta remind us of the deep divides that exist in our country. Naturally, given what we know about the case, we have to ask the question: "were the shootings racially motivated." Dr. Frank explores this question and gives insight to why we can't ignore the history of racism against Asian Americans in this country, the …
 
The insurrection at the Capitol Building on January 6th will be forever etched in the minds of Americans. On full display that day were White nationalists with their American and Trump 2020 flags, showing their undying love for a president who promotes hate, while also proudly carrying signs with quotes from scripture. Jer Swigart, Co-Founder of th…
 
What would schooling look like if the school had a symbiotic relationship with the community? What would student engagement look like if we actually asked the students themselves how they wanted to be involved in their school and school community? These are some of the big questions guiding The Reciprocity Project, which is a pilot project of Futur…
 
You never fully appreciate life's simple pleasures until they are gone. For Greg Webb, a world traveler that has visited over 60 countries, COVID-19 has grounded his travel for almost a year now. As he will quickly acknowledge, travel restrictions are a necessary step towards getting a once in a lifetime pandemic under control. However, the itch to…
 
In May of 2018, Tess took a DNA test and submitted it to Ancestry. A sealed adoption at birth left her with no details of her birth parents. However, submitting her DNA test was more about learning her ethnicity than finding new family members. Lacey submitted her DNA to Ancestry in 2015 at the urging of her sister Amy, who is the family historian.…
 
Baracutanga is a seven-piece band representing four countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States. The band was born out of a mutual love for traditional South American music, and a now legendary jam session. Their music is a reflection of the times covering social justice issues, such as immigration and women’s rights. This episode was …
 
In perfect 2020 fashion, this year’s presidential election has been filled with conspiracy theories, allegations of voter fraud, and unprecedented voter counts and recounts in battleground states. As we near the deadline for states to certify their results, one thing is clear: voter engagement during this election cycle--pandemic and all--was at an…
 
Historians trace Lowrider culture back to the early 30’s and 40’s as an extension of pachuco culture. If you’re unfamiliar with pachuco culture, check out Edward James Olmos in Zoot Suit. Yes, he was in other movies beyond Stand and Deliver! Some historians trace its origins to the El Paso/Juarez region, while others say it originated in the barrio…
 
Only 1% of Fortune 500 companies have a Black CEO. Aside from the huge racial gaps in leadership positions, even getting a job for people of color can be a huge challenge. For example, studies have found that when Native Americans are similar to whites in terms of factors such as age, sex, education level, marital status, and state of residence, th…
 
Medical mask wearing has a long history that can be traced back as far as the 17th century. During the Flu Pandemic of 1918, cities around the world passed mandatory mask-wearing orders to help prevent spread and protect doctors and nurses from contagious patients. Historians suggest that Americans widely embraced mask wearing as an “emblem of publ…
 
It’s the inconvenient truth. Wealth in the United States has been accumulated through the ownership and exploitation of Black and Indigenous bodies and the outright theft of land. We are in the midst of a national reckoning with this past. A past that has celebrated oppressors by highlighting nobility, honor, and perseverance in statuesque form, wh…
 
Disruption is the name of the game. When it comes to media, people of color represent a very small proportion of people in all facets of the industry from radio/TV personalities to people behind the camera. Dana Cortez, host of the nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Show is a trailblazer when it comes to disrupting the radio industry. She is one of …
 
According to the Urban Institute, the median wealth for a White family is $171,000. For a Black family, it’s $17,000. That’s a ten-fold difference in median wealth. As we know, home ownership is a key driver to building wealth. It’s part of the American dream. Recent data suggests that White families are almost 25% more likely to own a home than Bl…
 
Some would say that the last two weeks have awakened the masses to the injustices Black Americans have been facing for centuries. The peaceful protests combined with the anger, rage, and frustration of the Black community is sparking a civil and human rights revolution unlike anything we have seen in recent decades. While the Black Lives Matter mov…
 
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are releasing the most deeply personal episode of Portraits in Color yet. This episode is a candid conversation between a father and daughter about how mental illness impacts an entire family. Analisse, daughter of Portraits in Color host Dr. Frank Mirabal opens up about her every day challenges l…
 
Elias was a joker and a prankster. He loved getting a "rise" out of people by playing practical jokes. He had an intellectual curiosity that could be both a blessing and a curse. Like most kids, if he wasn’t being challenged in school, he could easily turn the classroom into his personal performance space. He definitely knew how to command a room. …
 
We live in an age where artists are becoming adept at using all of the tools at their disposal to express themselves. Cloudface is no different. In fact, Cloudface has also been able to integrate B-Boy, Hip Hop, and dance culture with his native roots to create an interesting amalgam of visual, sonic, and rhythmic art. Coming from a family of artis…
 
All Chola kind of happened by accident. “I would have conversations with my friends about chola sayings that we thought were funny, says Michelle Sena, founder of the All Chola lifestyle brand. “I never thought it would actually turn into a business.” All Chola embodies a strong Chicano/Chicana cultural aesthetic. From the low riders, the fashion, …
 
The rise of a global pandemic naturally elevates feelings of fear and anxiety. With the spread of coronavirus rising and death tolls across the globe multiplying, it is natural to feel a sense of hopelessness and uncertainty. These are unprecedented times for us. Ironically, it is also it perfect time for healing and transformation. So, how do you …
 
A bill to legalize recreational marijuana was tabled in the Judiciary Committee during the 2020 New Mexico legislative session. The year-long lead up to the bill created a comprehensive 187 report that laid out economic forecasts and a regulatory framework to enforce intoxicated driving, work place use, and restricted access to youth. Over two thir…
 
Ryan Montaño recalls learning a valuable lesson from reading legendary producer David Foster’s memoir. The lesson? Compromise breeds mediocrity. It was a lesson that guided his songwriting and production in the early days of his solo career. Admittedly, Ryan says this dictum no longer fully applies and that it actually made him averse to collaborat…
 
At age 9, Marc Quiñones was introduced by a family friend to salsa legend Tito Puente. Along with long-time collaborator Bobby Allende, Marc was seen as somewhat of a child prodigy in New York salsa circles. Quiñones comes from an impressive lineage of musicians, including father Tony, late uncle Rafael, and younger brother Camilo. The musical root…
 
What are the possibilities when community-based organizations have the space to be creative and innovative with funding? In this episode of Portraits in Color, you will hear about an interesting collaboration between city government, philanthropy, and nonprofits that create economic opportunities for boys and young men of color (BYMOC). Próspero re…
 
Mentor Me is a powerful collaborative of grantees, funded by the Albuquerque Community Foundation that pairs young men of color with adult mentors to build healthy relationships, learn valuable leadership skills, and become leaders in their communities. Its origins are rooted in a national movement, spearheaded by President Obama, in response to th…
 
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 evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety, our nation continues to "cage" men and women of color at disproportionate rates. The problem has no…
 
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, Being Image stopped by the studio to share simple exercises to claim your authentic being and remove the distractions in our lives to enter a more fulfilling sense …
 
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 Native American superheroes and indigenous icons through comic books. He is the founder of Native Realiti…
 
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 of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) shares his insights on leadership and how CHCI is building a pipeline…
 
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 in western Massachusetts and how some of these formative experiences fuel his social impact wo…
 
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 …
 
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, ca…
 
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 episod…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 dev…
 
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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