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Here Are The Podcasts All Of Our Readers Are Obsessed With

There are seemingly an endless amount of podcasts out there. If there was ever a topic you were curious about, there is likely a podcast out there to give you all of the in-depth knowledge you’ve ever wanted. Now that we are all home, we wanted to find out what you are listening to and you provided the answers.

Here are your responses to our question about what podcasts you can’t get enough of.

Now is a great time to check out some new podcasts. Whether you live alone or want to get a break from your family, here are some podcasts you all love to listen to right now.

“Crime Junkie”

Brit and Ashley host a podcast by and for crime junkies. It is for people who just can’t get enough of listening to and learning about true crime. If you are one of those people who love to follow link after link to learn about true crime cases and stories, this podcast promises a chance to fully explore those interests.

“Latino USA”

“Latino USA,” an NPR podcast, is dedicated to all things Latino. We’re talking about politics, culture, food, art, history, and so much more. Maria Hinojosa, the host of the podcast, is here to explore all of the things that make the Latino culture the vibrant and important population that it is in the U.S.

“Ear Hustle”

“Ear Hustle” is a podcast by “Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams.” The podcast brings you stories from within San Quentin State Prison to show the daily life of prisoners. It tackles some serious and sometimes uncomfortable issues.

To Live And Die In LA

“To Live And Die In LA” is all about the disappearance of Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress who disappeared on Hollywood Boulevard. The host of the podcast, Neil Strauss, interviews the family and friends of Shabani and tries to piece together the last moments of her life. There are moments of disbelief and pure heartbreak as Strauss tries to figure out what happened to the young woman who moved to Hollywood from Macedonia to become a star.

“Bitter Brown Femmes”

“Bitter Brown Femmes is a podcast hosted by Ruben (Queer Xicano Chisme) and Cassandra (Xicanisma_) that tackles social, political, emotional, and community issues,” reads the podcast’s website. The hosts want to take the Latinx/Chicanx narrative beyond the surface conversations they believe are oversaturating social media discussions. Instead, Ruben and Cassandra want to dive deep into identity and aim to be critical of the community and society.

“Leyendas Legendarias”

Who doesn’t love some creepy stories? José Antonio Badía narrates stories from the paranormal, true crimes, historical events and so much more. Produced in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, the Wondrey-backed podcast will give you the creepiness you didn’t know you needed before bed.

“The Charro Azteca Podcast”

Charro Azteca is a company built to celebrate and continue the charro culture. Hosts Francisco and Conrad dig into several topics while discussing the world around them.

“2 Black Girls, 1 Rose”

If you are obsessed with all things “The Bachelor” and “Love Is Blind” then this is the podcast for you. The two hosts are here to share in all of the chisme and wtf moments from some of the world’s most celebrated relationship competition reality shows.

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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