Two Latinx Women Are Tackling Major Issues In Their Community One Podcast At A Time

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When Brenda Gonzalez felt there was a lack of Latinx voices and Latinx-lead podcasts, she decided to raise her voice—literally.

What transpired came to be known as Tamarindo Podcast, with a tagline of “Latinx voices at the intersection of politics and pop culture.”

Gonzalez and her new co-host Melinna Bobadilla are bringing commentary on politics and culture that is as tart as the pod-like fruit itself.

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“This is a place for folks to enjoy themselves, be funny and upbeat. I want no part of a revolution that isn’t joyful,” Gonzalez said during a phone interview.

That sense of joy transcends as soon as a listener hits ‘play’ on episodes of the podcast, quickly picking up on the soul sister vibe Gonzalez and Bobadilla share.

The duo has picked the brains of guests including poet Yosimar Reyes, Linda Yvette Chávez and Marvin Lemus of Gente-fied.

NEW EPISODE ALERT! It’s Oscar Week and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite is still painfully accurate, so the Tamarindo team decided to sit down with a pair of visionary Latinx filmmakers who are breaking down barriers in Hollywood by putting Latinx stories and faces front and center. Marvin Lemus @elmarvinlemus & Linda Yvette Chávez @lindayvettechavez , the talented young creators behind the highly anticipated bilingual digital series #GENTEFIED (2017 #Sundance Film Festival Selection, executive produced by @americaferrera & MACRO Ventures), join Tamarindo Podcast to talk about their experiences as Latinxs in the industry, why representation & inclusion matter, challenging the status quo, and even their relationship to Instagram! The conversation was so rich that we couldn’t contain it to just one episode, so we decided to do a Tamarindo Podcast first- a two part episode! Part 1 focuses on their trajectories as filmmakers and Part two (dropping soon) will delve deeper into complex discussions around changing the status quo in Hollywood and making sure that #OscarsNotSoBrown becomes a thing of the past. #Latinos #Latinxs #LatinoFilm #LatinosInFilm #LatinoFilmmaker #LatinasInFilm #ChicanoFilm #Chicanx #Guatemalans #FemmeFilmmakers #FemaleFilmmakers #Diversity #OscarsStillSoWhite #Oscars2018 #Inclusion #RepresentationMatters #LatinoActors #LatinosInHollywood #LatinosOnScreen #Film #TV #SundanceFilmFestival

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While both women share a palpable on-air vibe, their co-host duties started surprisingly only nine months ago.

Back when she launched the podcast in 2016, Gonzalez had linked with Luis Octavio but the two amicably went on different paths when Octavio wished to pursue other passion projects.

Gonzalez’s next desire of the podcast being led by two strong Latinx women could now take shape.

Bobadilla came to the mic after Gonzalez initially reached out for an on-air interview. A couple of months later, when Gonzalez was on the lookout as to who could sit beside her in the host chair, she invited Bobadilla to guest co-host an episode and the two eventually synced up for a permanent partnership.

Bobadilla said her newbie status as a “podcast rookie helped [her] to enter it really authentically and laid-back.”

The duo’s backgrounds may be varied but they both mesh well to add commentary on history, cultural and societal norms, politics and more.

After previously being an undocumented student, Gonzalez went on to receive her M.A. in political science and taught at Cal State Fullerton. Bobadilla cut her chops acting and being a voice-over artist after receiving her M.A. in theater and education at New York University.  

After their podcast 2.0 started in October, the hosts started to receive more recognition, including a guest spot by Gonzalez on Crooked Media’s ‘Lovett or Leave It’ podcast when it aired live from Los Angeles last month.

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Gonzalez said she was “happy to be part of that conversation, to be able to give some diversity for ‘Lovett or Leave It’.”

Fans are starting to be avid followers and take notice. Gonzalez and Bobadilla can often be seen using the #educatedpeleoneras hashtag on their social media, dedicating one of the episodes to educated peleoneras such as Emma Gonzalez.

Listeners have been using the hashtag on everything from t-shirts to graduation caps.

These educated peleoneras have been teaching their audiences and starting dialogues about filmmaking while brown, the state of immigration in 2018 and helping to break society’s norms of beauty—the pair’s ‘Decolonize Your Beauty, Decolonize Your Diet’ podcast has been one of their most popular podcasts to date.

As for upcoming topics, tackling the representation of Latinx in media is on their list.

“Latinx inclusion doesn’t stop at surnames,” Bobadilla said. She added Afro-Latinx and indigenous people should be represented in front and behind the camera as well.

There is still much Gonzalez and Bobadilla want to explore for their podcast, saying they are “focused on the quality and integrity of each episode that comes out.” They name each episode once recording is wrapped up, choosing to see what that episode’s tone and vibe turned out to be.

When asked who their dream guests are, both cited Maria Hinojosa, Gina Rodriguez, Sonia Sotomayor, Beyonce—and a Selena hologram.

Happy #WCW to all the #EducatedPeleoneras out there striving to bring equity, justice and love to the world! Keep thriving in your authenticity, speaking truth to power, pushing the status quo and walking in your truth🙌🏽. We have a powerful collabo episode dropping very soon with the Queens of @waitholduppod hosted by @heyjessmolina & @yarel_ramos! Follow them ASAP & stay tuned for the drop! . XO Brenda (left) (@sweetpixnaranja) & Melinna (right) (@melinnabobadilla) . ✊🏽🧠✊🏾👑✊🏿💖 . . #TamarindoPodcast #SupportBrownPodcasts #LatinaPodcast #ladypodsquad #WomenPodcasters #Latinas #Latinxs #Chingonas #Latina #WomensHistoryMonth #Herstory #Mujeres #EducatedPeleonerxs #EducatedPeleonera #Podcasts #IntersectionalFeminism #RepresentationMatters

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If you want to check out past episodes and keep up-to-date with new episodes following their summer hiatus, listen to ‘Tamarindo Podcast’ here. You might hear one of their dream guests on an upcoming episode.


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