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LGBTQ + Christianity with Alfred Brown

Alfred is part of the LGBTQ community and a devoted Christian. He runs a ministry in Chicago and The Alfred Platform, a business dedicated to enriching the relationships that members in the LGBTQ community have with themselves, each other, and with God.

In this episode, we dig deeper into the complex layers of identity. We discuss the miseducation on both the LGBTQ and Christian communities.

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10 Years Sober with Manuel Leguizamo

Manny celebrates his tenth year of being sober this year. Manny grew up in California and was in and out of jail for most of his teenage and early adult life. He was deported to Mexico more than once and was heavily addicted to drugs. One night, after a few days of binging on drugs, he came across a 24 hour rehab home. He knocked the door at two in the morning and they allowed him in. He has been sober ever since. Today, Manny lives in Cancun, is self-employed, travels, and gives most of his time back to the rehab home that changed his life.

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Ep. 69 Trabajadoras - Liliana Buenrostro

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Liliana Buenrostro.

Liliana is an artist and founder of DopeMatik, a customized fashion brand.

Liliana graduated from the University of Kentucky. We talk about the inspiration behind DopeMatik and her journey as an entrepreneur. We discuss mental health and the importance of self care.

Instagram @dopematikbrand

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Ep. 68 Trabajadoras - Deputy Maria Nava

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Deputy Maria Nava.

Deputy Nava was born in a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico. Her family brought her to Chicago at the age of four. Deputy Nava talks to us about her life, how and why she became a Sheriff’s Deputy, and the positive impact she is able to make for the community.

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Ep. 67 Trabajadoras - Jacqueline Priego

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Jacqueline Priego.

Jaqueline is the writer, creator, co-director and actress of PinkSlipped.

PinkSlipped is a Latinx web series that follows the lives of three best friends navigating their careers while coming to terms that they are greater than the sum of their stifling jobs, self-sabotage and cultural stereotypes. 

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Ep. 66 Trabajadoras - Irene Marquez

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Irene Marquez.

Irene is a recovery specialist for a pharmaceutical company and runs her business, “Sparkle by Irene Marquez,” as a freelance makeup artist. After our conversation, I would describe Irene using these three words:

Passionate. Persistent. Resilient.

Irene faced setbacks that can easily lead someone to self destruction. Instead, she used those challenges as stepping stones to turn her life around.

Today, she is a mother, a wife, and a successful entrepreneur.

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Ep. 65 Trabajadoras - Esmeralda Silva

Esmeralda has her bachelor's  in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University and went on to earn her master's degree in Criminology, Law, & Justice from the University of Illinois.  Esmeralda always knew she wanted to have a career serving others. She started as a Bilingual Intake Coordinator in Chicago, where she worked with abused children. Then after, she was a Crisis Counselor for domestic violence in Lake County. She currently is a Community Resource Specialist in anti-human trafficking.

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Episode 45 - Daniela Castellanos

Daniela shares her educational journey that lead her to become a molecular biologist. We discuss her upbringing, the challenges she faced as a latina student, and her motivation behind her future career goals. A big thank you to Daniela Castellanos for sharing her story with us. 

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Episode 44 - Pedro Salazar

Joining me this week is Pedro Salazar, the artist behind Diskuuhvery Photography. Pedro shares a personal experience that completely changed his life. One mistake lead him to focus on his professional career as a full time photographer.  After finding out about the most recent earthquake in Mexico, Pedro booked a flight to Mexico to help and shares his experience with us. 

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Episode 40 - Hendel Leiva

Joining me today is Hendel Leiva, the producer of the documentary film 'From One Mistake.' In his film, Hendel shares his one mistake he made as a teenager of targeting day laborers, despite having immigrant parents, to his transformation from being an offender to an immigrant activist. 'From One Mistake' is a film about the journey to self-awareness, empowerment, and action, in today’s hostile political atmosphere. Hendel is also the host of 'Immigration MIC; Moving Immigration Conversations.' 

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Episode 34 - Germain Castellanos

Joining me today is Germain Castellanos, the director of SHINE educational leadership program at Waukegan High School. Germain grew up in the south side of Waukegan and shares how he was able to break the cycle and develop a program to service his community. Through his story, we speak on persistence, hard work, not giving up, and servicing of others.

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Episode 32 - Manon Lespinasse

Manon is a French traveler who studied in three different countries and earned her Masters in Business Analysis at Depaul University in Chicago by the age of 22. She joins me to share more about her upbringing and her educational journey.  Rock on Manon!!!

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Episode 31 - Goals, Goals, Goals I Do Adore

Joining me today is....me, myself and I. We look back to the beginning of the year, reflect back to all the guests we've met so far, and have exciting news about our first year anniversary coming soon.  I go over the process of creating goals and accomplishing them, analyze '30 Minutes With Neddy' and share how I connected more dots in my life through my recent trip to Mexico. 

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Episode 30 - David Villalobos

David Villalobos is the 4th Ward Alderman in the City of Waukegan. David, is one of the youngest aldermans and one of the first aldermans of Mexican descent. He volunteers with Clean Power Lake County, Green Town Waukegan, and Waukegan Main Street, among other organizations. He joins me to share more about his childhood, growing up in Waukegan, and why he decided to stay and make a change in his community. 

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Episode 28 - Alfredo Isaac Zires

To kick off Pride Month, I invited Alfredo Isaac Zires (aka Freddy) for today's episode. Freddy is an open gay christian man who shares a little bit of his life with us. Freddy is an entertainer at heart; Lola Madison is his drag queen stage name and Isaac Zire is his singer stage name. We talk about his childhood, family, his artist journey, le gays, religion,  stereotypes and lots more.... you do not want to miss this episode!

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