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Getting Gritty with Andrea

Getting Gritty with Andrea

By A.I. Ramos
This podcast discusses a plethora of important issues that we need to discuss and dissect as a society so as to alter, challenge, and improve these issues that primarily affect marginalized communities and even privileged communities in subtle and overt ways. We need to heal as a collective and de-colonize the system from which we operate within. Let’s talk about the taboo, the uncomfortable, the harsh, the gritty and the beauty and healing to be found in it all.
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The Big Scary Virus Pt.2 and How Covid Affected the Holidays
Guest: Brittney Marie. Brittney is a poet and author of The Big Scary Virus. You can follow and find more information on her children's book and upcoming projects via Instagram and the book website. Instagram:,, Website: Back again and talking about the wonderful and informative children's book written by Brittney and its necessity in your household. We discuss how Halloween changed this year and how we think Christmas will be. We reveal a sneak-peek into another episode where we will talk about our Covid weddings and how this unique experience has been.
November 5, 2020
Eating Disorders
Guest: Abel. They are a Wiccan, an actor/playwright, and Kink enthusiast. We discuss their experience and issues with an eating disorder so that we can take the stigma off this topic and see what its really like, at least from one perspective. This is not to generalize but understand and try and learn to be supportive (rather than demonize or belittle those suffering) as well.  Trigger warning for those who are recovering or still struggling. 
October 4, 2020
The Big Scary Virus
Guest: Brittney Marie. Poet and author of The Big Scary Virus. This book is "The Big Scary Virus is an illustrated early reader children’s book. It’s a children’s book for children and parents to help them feel connected, seen, and cope during the Coronavirus. The main character is 8 years old and a member of the family is an essential worker. All profits from the book will be used to donate more books to places in need. We’re all in this together". You can purchase and learn more about Brittney and this wonderful book on their website and follow on Instagram and Facebook @thebigscaryvirus. 
September 28, 2020
Latinx Stigmas
Guest: Millenial Amor. Follow them on IG: millenialamor.  We discuss the stigmas latinas and latinx folx have faced for years in society, media, and on personal levels. 
September 20, 2020
LGBTQ Identities
Guest: Mac. Mac is a queer non-binary spoken poet. They've been writing for about 9 years now. Their handles are: IG @macthemilkdud, Twitter Macanne_!  We discuss LGTBQ identities and Mac's experience growing up and struggling with their own and dealing with family and friends. Share this episode with others you think might find it useful or could learn more about this topic to gain more compassion and awareness. 
September 13, 2020
Poetry Reading
Guest: Hailee. Today's episode is a special poetry reading with Hailee, follow her on instagram @thehaileeb_ and @facebyhailee where she does beautiful makeup looks. Share this episode with other poetry lovers! Trigger warning: topics such ad domestic violence and more is discussed.
September 7, 2020
Black Maternal Health
Guest: JB. We talk about the issues and racism black womxn, and specifically black mothers, face with the medical community. Listen to JB's witness to this firsthand and how countless others endure this daily. 
September 1, 2020
Romantic Relationships: What is healthy?
Guest: Brenda Villanueva. We discuss how we grew up learning what romantic partners act, what we should expect, what standards can we have, and the toxic relationships we endured that eventually showed us our strength and helped grow our self love as we left and found new love with ourselves and then with others. 
August 24, 2020
Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety
Guest: Kaelin Miller, mental health advocate. Follow her @kaelinashley on IG. We discuss Kaelin's experience with BPD and the stigmas and how to support loved ones with this disorder and my experience with anxiety and how to support others that have anxiety.  TRIGGER WARNING: mention of self-harm, suicidal ideations, and suicidal attempts. 
August 17, 2020
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Guest: Sunlight System. Following are a couple of youtubers and videos to watch to get more insight on DID:,,, and  We discuss what DID is, their personal experience, and breaking stigmas about this disorder that is primarily hidden or demonized in media.
August 10, 2020
DACA: A Recipient's Experience
Guest: Anonymous. We discuss what it's really like to have DACA and living in fear in this country. 
August 3, 2020
Eclectic Witchcraft
Guest: Jessica Streek. Jessica is a reiki practitioner, witchcraft enthusiast, and actress. Follow her on IG @Jessie_Streek! We discuss her experience and practice as an eclectic witch, tips for new witches, along with its stigmas and breaking down stereotypes. 
July 25, 2020
BDSM and its Dynamics
Guest: Abel. They are a Wiccan, an actor/playwright, and Kink enthusiast.  We discuss BDSM and the realities and complexities this plays in sexual relationships, connection, love, desire, and intimacy. 
July 18, 2020
Creating a Safe Space
Guest: Rhiannon Barela. Rhiannon, a strong and intelligent Latina who holds an MA in Business Administration, sits down to discuss with me how our tough upbringings and traumas have helped shape how we continue to construct and firmly maintain a safe space for our creative, emotional, mental, and spiritual selves. 
July 13, 2020
Feminism: How to be an Ally
Guest: my partner. We talk about the harsh and violent realities of womxn in order to understand and how men can be true allies, stop perpetuating rape culture, challenge male privilege, and stop the injustices against womxn a step at a time.  
July 6, 2020
Youth Criminal and Education System
Guest: Joseph Vazquez. We discuss Joseph's work in the youth criminal justice and education system. We touch on the differences in low income communities, the difficulties of working with disadvantaged youth but also the many rewards and progressive approaches to educating. 
June 28, 2020
Therapy & Education
Guest: Ciara, MSW. We talk about her work as a behavioral therapist with "troubled children" and my work as a sub assistant, usually working with  high school special education kids. We point out the discrimination and issues with the education system for special education children and teens and teachers. 
June 20, 2020
Being a Lesbian: What is the truth?
Guest: Kaelin Miller. We discuss what being a lesbian is really like, the coming out process, the stigmas, how lesbian relationships work, and challenging heteronormative standards. 
June 15, 2020
Parental Alcoholism: How does it affect loved ones?
Guest: Joseph Vazquez (writer, poet, and activist). We discuss the issues and different childhoods we faced with alcoholic parents. 
June 7, 2020
Trans Folk: What do they face? How can we help?
Guest: trans brother. We discuss what stigmas and troubles trans folk face, what he endured, and how we can help as allies. 
May 31, 2020
Drunk Conversations
Drunks conversations and thoughts are the most truthful and fruitful. Multiple guests featured.
May 28, 2020
Forgiveness: Necessary for Healing?
Guest: my partner. We discuss forgiveness and how do we interpret it and apply it? Challenging what we’ve been taught.
May 25, 2020
Lashing Out: Adult Tantrums
What does it mean to lash out as an adult? Are we allowed to? How do we help our inner child?
May 20, 2020
“Daddy and Mommy Issues”
How do these issues manifest themselves in our relationships with others?
May 18, 2020