22 episodes

What does it mean to be Brown Enough in America today? That's a question Dominican-Colombian-American actor and storyteller Christopher Rivas has been navigating his whole life. Listen in as Chris discusses identity, careers, and being proud of who you are with other Brown activists, creators and change-makers. Everyone's got a story. Brown Enough is the stories between Black and white.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the feed to find Rubirosa, a ten-part documentary series about Porfirio Rubirosa, the Dominican diplomat, playboy, and international polo champion who was the inspiration for James Bond. The show tells the true story of Rubi’s incredible and complicated life and Chris learns what it can teach him about love, success, family, Hollywood, code-switching, white-washing, and the roller coaster of finding himself in a world not made for Brown folks like him.

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What does it mean to be Brown Enough in America today? That's a question Dominican-Colombian-American actor and storyteller Christopher Rivas has been navigating his whole life. Listen in as Chris discusses identity, careers, and being proud of who you are with other Brown activists, creators and change-makers. Everyone's got a story. Brown Enough is the stories between Black and white.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the feed to find Rubirosa, a ten-part documentary series about Porfirio Rubirosa, the Dominican diplomat, playboy, and international polo champion who was the inspiration for James Bond. The show tells the true story of Rubi’s incredible and complicated life and Chris learns what it can teach him about love, success, family, Hollywood, code-switching, white-washing, and the roller coaster of finding himself in a world not made for Brown folks like him.

    A Right to Laugh with Zarna Garg

    A Right to Laugh with Zarna Garg

    Brown women have a right to laugh and they need to express it, says Indian immigrant and comedian Zarna Garg. Zarna went from being a lawyer, to a stay at home mom to her three kids, to a stand-up comedian and Tik Tok star. Today, she chats with Chris about how her kids convinced her to start a career in comedy, how she mines her culture for jokes, and what it means to be a Brown woman in the world of comedy.

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    Tasting Culture with Mayukh Sen

    Tasting Culture with Mayukh Sen

    Writer Mayukh Sen didn't always like to cook. But he found his way into the kitchen when he discovered seven inspiring women who changed the world of food by making an impact in American cuisine. Mayukh is the author of Tastemakers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food In America, a book that profiles women of diverse countries and cultures. Chris chats with Mayukh about how these seven women helped Americans transform how they cook and eat.

    We are looking for stories about your names. Do you have a name that’s unique, one that’s hard for others to say? Do you have a funny story, an origin story? What do you think is special or beautiful about your name? Let us know! Please, send us an email or a voice memo to BrownEnough@stitcher.com.

    • 34 min
    “What Are You?” with Malaka Gharib

    “What Are You?” with Malaka Gharib

    "What are you?" That’s a very tricky question journalist and cartoonist Malaka Gharib is super familiar with as a first generation Filipino-Egyptian-American. Malaka grew up navigating three different cultures and two religions...something Chris can relate to as a Dominican-Colombian-American who grew up in the vibrant city of Queens, New York. Listen to learn more about how Malaka’s thinking about the question "What are you?" evolved and inspired her to write her first graphic memoir I Was Their American Dream. Her latest book It Won't Always Be Like This is out now.

    • 28 min
    Beware the Donkeys with Kyla Pratt

    Beware the Donkeys with Kyla Pratt

    Listen to this episode to find out exactly who in your life is a donkey and how to pay them no mind. Chris chats with actress and friend of show, Kyla Pratt, about growing up inside the entertainment industry and her long career on groundbreaking shows for Black and Brown folks.

    • 39 min
    Examining the Latin in Latin American with Saudi Garcia

    Examining the Latin in Latin American with Saudi Garcia

    Last time, we started to unpack the complicated history of how Dominicans think about race. Today, we keep that conversation going with Dr. Saudi Garcia, a writer born in the DR who identifies not as white, or latina, or afro-caribbean... but Black. She tells me about the bent towards whiteness she's been trying to fight for most of her life.

    Did you grow up in Haiti or the DR? Or maybe in another place with a similar history of antiblackness? What have you learned and unlearned? Send your thoughts in an email or voice message to brownenough@stitcher.com.

    • 29 min
    Decolonizing Hispaniola with France Francois

    Decolonizing Hispaniola with France Francois

    How can people from two countries in conflict come together? Well that's exactly what today's guest, France Francois, helps facilitate between Haitian- and Dominican-Americans. France's organization runs workshops called Decolonizing Hispaniola, where they deconstruct historical myths and help everyone reimagine a conflict-free future. Today, she chats with Chris about how she got into this work and what Haiti and DR have in common. Plus, producer Baudelaire reports back from one of France's workshops!

    Did you grow up in Haiti or the DR? Or maybe in another place with a similar history of violence and antiblackness? What have you learned and unlearned? Send your thoughts in an email or voice message to brownenough@stitcher.com"

    • 36 min

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