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    64 Representation Matters with Roxanne Martinez

    64 Representation Matters with Roxanne Martinez

    EPISODE NAME: “Representation Matters” with Roxanne Martinez 
     
    Host: Diane Gil, KeKey Moore, DJLG
    Executive Producer: DJ LG
    Special Guest: Roxanne Martinez, FWISD Trustee, District 9
    0:00 - 1:10: This is a follow up to episode 63 with special guest Roxanne Martinez. If you have not listened to Episode 63, make sure to do so. In this episode Roxanne shares her personal experience with America’s healthcare programs, the government’s systematic approach to oppress those who are most in need, the poor, and the sick and why representation matters for communities of color at all levels. Roxanne also shares a glimpse into the politics behind a 2021 run off election victory as FWISD Trustee District 9. 
    1:11:  Diane begins the show recognizing the inspiring story Roxanne has shared so far. She comments that Roxanne did all things America expects of citizens, following the steps to achieve success. 
    2:02:  Roxanne shares about her experience in Corporate America, the  healthcare system and social programs that are designed to oppress the most vulnerable and needy citizens. 
    6:50:  Key reminds listeners that over 66% of all bankruptcies in America are a result of medical bills. 
    8:02: Roxanne shares her experience and thoughts about America’s healthcare system, and it’s failure to provide support and resources to those in need. 
    9:15: Roxanne, Key and LG discuss poverty and the inequities our healthcare creates in our communities, and how ObamaCare was critical to her livelihood.
     Roxanne explains how her experience in Corporate America during her cancer treatment, the disappointment with our government's health care programs, and the support of her community in her darkest moments inspired her to reflect on what she wants her legacy to be.  
    11:20: Key and Roxanne discuss what the role of a school board trustee is and the constituents they serve. 
    12:07 Roxanne shares the important role of a district school board trustee and its responsibilities such as establishing a district's financial budget, policies, and academic goals. Roxanne shares three key focus areas for FWISD, elementary literacy, middle school mathematics, and high school college and career readiness. 
    19:20: Unsure of whether Roxanne would survive her cancer diagnosis, she shares her cancer journal that helped put words to the most important things in life, and what she wants her legacy to be. During this time, Roxanne shares her motivation to become an entrepreneur and the founding of Roxstar Marketing. 
    19:36 After surviving breast cancer, Roxanne devotes the next 10 years in her community leading grass root initiatives to help her community overcome the educational and healthcare inequities. 
    20:50 Roxanne explains how title 1 schools in her community do not have the financial resources to support its students. She rejuvenated a debunk booster club, and organized school PTAs and booster clubs. Her deep commitment to her community cultivated a strong student led movement to march to the polls and vote. 
    21:50 Roxanne is asked by the students why her name wasn’t on the ballot, and who was their community's representation. This sparked a personal call to action to lift her community up in a broader capacity. 
    22:30 Roxanne begins to educate herself on the elected officials who did not reflect the makeup of her community and makes a plan to run for a future local election. 
    25:00 Key and Roxanne discuss the process and challenges of running a political campaign, and how team Roxy led her to a run-off victory for FWISD trustee district 9 against all odds in a political process that was not built for people like Roxanne. 
    29:00 Key and Roxanne discuss their shared experiences in political campaigns, and the reality of the run off process designed to oppress and maintain a white power structure that disenfranchises minority candidate and minority voters. 
    30:00 Roxanne shares her campaign strategy and why represen

    • 36 min
    63 Against All Odds with Roxanne Martinez

    63 Against All Odds with Roxanne Martinez

    EPISODE NAME: Against All Odds with with Roxanne Martinez 
    Host: Diane Gil, KeKey Moore, DJLG
    Executive Producer: DJ LG
    Special Guest: Roxanne Martinez, FWISD Trustee, District 9
    0:00 - 1:00: This episode spotlights a small business owner, non profit leader, and community advocate. She is the President of Roxstar Marketing, serves on numerous non profit boards and committees in Fort Worth. 
    A true civic leader, elected in 2021 by the people to serve as the FWISD Trustee for district 9.
    1:42:  Diane opens the show to welcome a special guest Diane refers to as the Godmother of Diamond Hill and is a fellow alumna, Roxanne Martinez. A social shout is made for all fans of the show.
    2:39:  Roxanne shares about herself and her childhood with the listeners. 
    4:10: LG and Roxanne discuss being a first generation college student in their families and Roxanne’s inspiration to pursue a degree in communications and journalism.
    5:10: Roxanne discusses the makeup of the Diamond Hill community and how one teacher's advice and encouragement shaped who she became as a student.
    8:52: Roxanne’s shares the obstacles she faced not having the money to pay for her housing deposit, and the family responsibilities she carried on a daily basis her senior year.
    15:50: Roxanne, Key and LG discuss poverty and the inequities it creates in our communities and education. 
    20:30: Roxanne and Key discuss the guilt felt when leaving community, and the sorority navigating through the culture shock experienced
    27:00 Roxanne talks about life after college and her achievements climbing the corporate ladder.
    28:41: Hard work and resilience pays off. Pregnant with her first child at the age of 30, working her dream job in Corporate America, becoming a homeowner was everything she worked for. Then she is given news that would change it all
    30:00: Fighting for the life of herself and unborn child, Roxanne undergoes chemotherapy and is terminated from her employer leaving her with no health coverage.
    32:00 Diane asks about the dollars and cents for cancer treatments. Where does this money come from and how much can it cost to complete treatment?
    34:00 Team Roxy rallies across the country to fundraise money on Roxanne’s behalf. Roxanne learns first hand the inequities in our healthcare system and shares her deepest gratitude to team roxy, non profit organizations such as Susan B Komen, Cancer care services, her family and community to aid Roxanne’s treatment. 
    37:00 Roxanne owes her life to her community, sorority and family
    The Now What podcast is a space where we give a platform to honor and share these voices and stories. 
    Tune back in to our next episode to hear more details about Roxanne’s personal experience and circumstances as she faces being diagnosed with breast cancer
     
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    62 Cannabis Cultivation

    62 Cannabis Cultivation

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    Host:s Diane, Kekey, LG
    Executive Producer: DJ LG
    Special Guest: CCG 420 LLC
     
    "Stimulate Your Mind" 
     
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    61 An Ancestry DNA Story: Rhoena Johnson Pt.2

    61 An Ancestry DNA Story: Rhoena Johnson Pt.2

    An Ancestry DNA Story: Rhoena Johnson Part 2
    Host: Diane Gil
    Executive Producer: DJ LG
    Special Guest: Rhoena Johnson
    Episode Introduction: 
    In this episode of ‘Now What’ Diane and special guest, Rhoena Johnson continue the discussion with Rhoena as she shares what happened after she discovered her results. 
    Rhoena shares her story in hopes to inspire and encourage you to embrace who you are, and seek to understand the lives of those who lived before you with compassion and love. 
    The Now What podcast is a space where we give a platform to honor and share these voices and stories. 
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    60 An Ancestry DNA Story: Rhoena Johnson

    60 An Ancestry DNA Story: Rhoena Johnson

    EPISODE NAME: 
    An Ancestry DNA Story: Rhoena Johnson
    Host: Diane Gil
    Executive Producer: DJ LG
    Special Guest: Rhoena Johnson
    Episode Introduction: 
    In this episode of ‘Now What’ Diane is joined with a special guest, Rhoena Johnson who shares her experience in finding out about herself through her Ancestry.Com results. 
    Rhoena shares her story in hopes to inspire and encourage you to embrace who you are, and seek to understand the lives of those who lived before you with compassion and love. 
    The Now What podcast is a space where we give a platform to honor and share these voices and stories. 
    If you enjoyed hearing about Rhoena’s Ancestry DNA experience, tune back in next week to hear part 2 where Rhoena shares what happened after she discovered her test results. 
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    59 RI¢H & W£ALTHY : Alfredo Parra Jr. MBA, CPA

    59 RI¢H & W£ALTHY : Alfredo Parra Jr. MBA, CPA

    Hosts: Diane Gil, KeKey Huessein & LG Executive Producer: DJ LG
    Special Guest: Alfredo Parra Jr. MBA, CPA
    Episode Introduction: 
    In this episode of ‘Now What’ we discuss money and wealth with a special guest, Alfredo Parra Jr. who specializes in helping individuals and business owners to create, build and preserve wealth. 
    Episode Summary: 
    This episode continues the conversations of the almighty black and brown dollar, deepening the concept of “the more you learn the more you earn”.  Alfredo Parra joins the discussion as a registered financial professional who is licensed to manage client transactions in the securities markets. Alfredo shares his experience navigating public education at Kennedale ISD.  Alfredo understood at an early age the importance of setting himself a part in the classroom, as a student athlete and first person in his family to go to college. Alfredo pursued his undergraduate degree at Abilene Christian University  #gowildcats where he played collegiate football, was a recipient of a IronCat award and earned his degree in Finance and Accounting.  Alfredo has also earned a Master’s degree from Texas Christian University specializing in Finance and Supply Chain, and a CPA license (Certified Public Accountant).  Alfredo’s inspiration to serve individuals and businesses in his current role as a registered representative is his son and the urgent need for stronger Latino representation in the fields of Finance.  Listeners are informed on the difference between being rich and wealthy and when you should contact a financial advisor.  The Now What podcast is a space where we give a platform to honor and share these voices and stories. 
    Contact Alfredo Parra at: 
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    Phone 817.403.3535
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