Meet Them Mondays hosted by Christian Portilla tells stories of the wins and losses on the road to success. For more stay in touch @CallHerChristian & @MeetThemMondays.
The Litas HTX: A Badass Womxn's Motorcycle Collective
There is something so badass about seeing women on motorcycles.
In this episode we hear from Carolina Paredes one of the co-founders of the Houston Litas. The Litas are a motorcycle group founded in 2015 by Jessica Wise in Salt Lake City, Utah. Paredes talks about the spiritual aspect of riding, empowering women through motorcycles, and the reality of the dangers that come when getting on two wheels.
The litas “inspire and empower women by showing them they can do whatever they set their mind to, whether that’s riding a motorcycle, or building an empire. They aren’t afraid to go against the grain and shatter stereotypes in the process.”
Follow Carolina on all social platforms @MadeByCarolina, @TheLitas @HoustonLitas on Instagram, or check out thelitas.co for more information.
DIOS IS THE STREETWEAR BRAND TO KEEP ON YOUR RADAR
Everyone talks about working for themselves, but few know the journey of starting your own business.
Jorge Casanova @Jorgey co-founded @Diosbrand “Did It Ourselves” with his partner LES aka @steakxshrimp the Houston-based street style brand tells all about taking an idea and seeing it through its inception, surviving the pandemic, and putting on for his Houston community.
He also shares the best business advice he's ever been given and the one piece of advice he swears by on a daily. For more information or to check out their apparel visit diosbrand.com
Big Reeks From Engineer To Houston's Favorite DJ
Rican McGusty aka DJ Big Reeks isn't your typical DJ. The civil engineer almost didn't make it as a creative, but after getting laid off from his corporate job his life took a turn. Now the Houston native is known around the city for his vibey sets and as the founder of The Waxaholics, a collective he started back in 2012 of vinyl-only dj's. In this episode, you'll hear him tell the story of the person that gave him that push to become a full-time creative, being the son of immigrant parents, and how he quiets out the noise as a public figure.
Make sure to give him a follow on IG @DJBigReeks & @TheWaxaholics
Author Cristina Ramos Greene on Embracing Your 20's
Cristina Ramos Greene recently penned the book Embrace That Girl: A Love Story With The Girl In The Mirror. The book retraces Cris' search for meaning, love and gainful employment. She navigates love triangles and career letdowns, feigns bilingualism, and delves into tarot, superstition and Santeria (it's amazing what it takes to date in Miami). Along the way, Cris begins to realize an important lesson: there is no way to get out of doing the work yourself. It's not easy, but it's worth it. To support the book head to amazon and check out more of her writing at TheCrisRamos.com or follow her on IG @CrisRGreene
Growing Up Afro-Latina
It's February, which means it's Black History Month. For this episode of Meet Them Mondays we wanted to talk about the Latino roots in Black culture. It's important to celebrate Black History Month, but we also have to highlight the various human experiences of what being Black is. With Miami being a predominantly Latino city, it made sense to celebrate the Afro-Latinx contributions in South Florida. In this episode, we hear from Jasmely De La Cruz Jackson, entrepreneur and owner of Miami's oldest established Dominican night club and restaurant Club Tipico Dominicano, and Carmen Dorval a medical and non-profit professional. Both women are Dominican but with very different yet similar stories of growing up Black and Latina. Follow all the voices of this episode @ClubTipico / @CarmensitaXoXo @MeetThemMondays and host @RoamFreeWrites on Instagram and for more episodes head to RoamFreeWrites.com for more.
Climate Change in South Florida
It's beautiful to see how passionate the youth is about climate change. They created a movement that has galvanized masses to understand what is happening with the planet. In this episode, you'll meet John Paul Mejia and Gabriela Rodriguez two youth climate warriors who work with The Cleo Institute. Cleo is a non-profit, non-partisan organization exclusively dedicated to climate change education, engagement, and advocacy in Florida. They're also members of GenCLEO's Youth Empowerment program, which engages and empowers high school and college students, as well as young professionals, to take climate action. Our other guest is Lina Castañeda, a self-proclaimed minimalist whose journey to motherhood sparked a complete change in lifestyle and led her to a non-toxic and natural lifestyle. She also represents The Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves, and beaches through a robust activist network. They broke down how climate change has affected us, where we stand and what actions we can take now along with our friends, family, and community to make impactful decisions on climate. Follow them on socials at @johnpaulmejia & @gabionearth of @cleoinstitute and @minima.lina of @surfridermiami . Follow host Christian Portilla @RoamFreeWrites and @MeetThemMondays
Meet Them Mondays is a dope podcast that provided me insights on so many different types of peoples lives and in their communities! I have never been to Miami but after listening to this podcast I want to visit because the host Christian does a great job of painting what it’s like being in those communities!
I wholeheartedly appreciate Christian’s honesty, curiosity, and authentic reporting. The selection of topics for the program are wide and super relevant. I especially love that Christian always mentions local events happening in the area. I moved away from Miami 2 years ago, and this is a great show to keep me connected with what’s happening in my hometown. Can’t wait for the next episode!
Miami’s Bruja Culture!!!
Absolutely Loved the podcast!!! You Brujas killed it!! Each of you have a unique & special vibe... It’s nice to see Brujitas unite! Thank you for sharing your Magic!