Basic Brown Nerds

Basic Brown Nerds

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By Basic Brown Nerds
We’re shaping our narratives ‘cause we are tired of being a model minority. We wanna brunch & build empires. Each episode we’re breaking down identity, society, unlearning & getting real one conversation at time.

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Bonus Episode : Techqueria’s Breaking into Management with John Henry and Latinx Leaders
With 6 months left of 2019, We're super excited and have a BONUS EPISODE for you!  This is for anyone who is looking to further their careers and level up. This episode was done in partnership with Techqueria, the largest online community for latinx professionals in tech - check them out and join the slack.   Joy Valerie was invited to moderate a panel organized by Techqueria called "Breaking into Management" sponsored by Digital Ocean at their Headquarters in New York City.  We're getting raw talking about growing up low income, latinx, and transitioning into entrepreneurship and management. Discussing  their struggles, advice, and experiences in their careers.  On the panel we had  Alexandra Paredes: Ale is the Head of Engineering at Code Climate with over 10 years of technical experience and she is one of the founders of Latinas in Tech NYC.  Rafael Mojica, VP of User Experience at Digital Ocean. Multidisciplinary Interaction Designer with experience in research and strategy. Veronica Genao is Dominican American from Queens, NY, MBA graduate,  and  Sales Director at Veoci, a cloud platform helping organizations prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies.  Edgar Gonzalez: Multifaceted technical career with 25+ years' track of innovation and success. Current iteration: Principal Engineer @StreetEasy. Previously: Director of DevOps & Data Engineering @BlueApron. Co-founder & CTO @ Piictu And our featured panelist  John Henry:  He was Voted to Forbes' 30 Under 30 and Ebony's Power 100 list. He's a Dominican-American entrepreneur and investor from the Bronx, and you've probably seen him as the host of  Hustle on Viceland. Listen in to the gems shared and know - we are WORTHY to take up space.  PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds to let us know you're listening.  Techqueria is a nonprofit community to support them add them on Amazon Smile to donate a portion of your purchases to support the building the community. 
56:24
June 13, 2019
Ep. 4 Only the OG Diasporx will understand
We sit down and chat with Freddy Merlos,  poet & performance artist behind PursuingArete. Freddy's work aims to uplift central american voices and those of inmigrantes to flourish and thrive. We learn more about his families journey from El Salvador to the Pacific Northwest in the 80s. What it meant to be a little basic brown nerd there and navigating an upbringing in a pentecostal home.   We have tons of events and surprises coming this summer so make sure you're subscribed to the Basic Brown Nerds newsletter! Get on the list now! PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents
55:32
May 23, 2019
Ep. 3 The Journey of Two Latina Founders to End Rape Culture
We're talking to Jacqueline Ros & Andrea Perdomo of TechStars who went through an amazing journey to build Revolar, a tech & hardware company focused on preventing rape. Jackie went from teacher in Colorado to CEO and Co-Founder of a Tech Company.  Andrea saw the vision and previously having managed over 100 people, then COO of Live Worldly, and joined Revolar as COO and Co-Founder. We talk about their journey transitioning to tech, going through investing rounds, and how they are now making it  their mission to bring more women and people of color into the Entrepreneurship & technology spaces through TechStars Startup Weekends.   To find out about more about a Startup weekend near you check out Startupweekend.org/ PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
54:00
May 9, 2019
Ep. 2 Building a Future for Us in entrepreneurship, investment, and taking down the patriarchy with cofounder Sage Quiamno
We're talking to Sage Quiamno on what it means to be a woman of color in startup world, learn more about her, founding Future For Us. We start with her journey being a bad ass tearing down the patriarchy and championing for women starting at home in Hawai’i. Learn more about Future for Us here  This episode is sponsored by Sololi Shop. A family owned Mexican artisan shop creating Colorful Boho merchandise. https://sololishop.com/collections PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
49:59
April 25, 2019
Ep. 1 Our Generational Tasks with Mental Health, Finances, and boundaries with licensed therapist Veronica Oliveras
We sit down with Veronica, a clinical psychology therapist, and discuss mental health as it relates to being Latinx. How we can reconnect with our indigenous ways while also taking care of our wellbeing and leaning into new identities as a diasporic generation. We discuss on generational missions. How we have a different task from our families, our grandparents, and ancestors. As well as learning to embrace our traditions and culture while also setting boundaries to be able to prosper here in the USA.  This episode is sponsored by Sololi Shop. A family owned Mexican artisan shop creating Colorful Boho merchandise. https://sololishop.com/collections   PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
51:21
April 11, 2019
Teaser: Mercadito Navideño empowering communities!
BAM! Surprise - WE BACK - briefly to tell you about Mercadito Navideno : WHY WE WANT YOU TO SHOP CONSCIOUSLY this season! If you’re in Poughkeepsie, New York December 10th, 2018 10AM - 5PM come to Mercadito Navideño. http://bit.ly/MercaditoNavideno come shop from dope Vendors and enjoy FREE Yoga, Poetry Readings (Spoiler alert The_Next_Heminguey), Open Mic, and Workshops to create community in the Hudson Valley! We’re chatting with Susie from Latinx Project that Joy has teamed up with. We are talking about WHY we want you to #ShopLatinx to #ShopSmallBiz this holiday season. WHY we’re doing this in Poughkeepsie, NY and not NYC We want our communities to view themselves as makers & creators BUT also be FINANCIALLY empowered. To make an impact in our communities BUY from our communities this Holiday season - but even more so to remind others in their suburban + rural communities to BRING and CREATE opportunities in your own communities. We hope you’re inspired to GO AND DO THE THING! PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
17:43
December 12, 2018
Ep.14 : End Of Season 1 and what's next. . .
Joy and Grecia wrap up season one of the podcast. They talk about their summer and their upcoming plans. You can keep up with them during their break by following them on Instagram @joyvaleriee and the @greciahdom PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
48:08
August 19, 2018
Ep. 13 Meet Danyeli the Poet behind AfroDominicanxThings
This week Joy and Grecia talk with Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe. Danyeli (IG: afrodomincanxthings) is a Bronx-based Dominican poet that writes about growing up afro-latinx, Dominican, undocummented, and avoiding dusty men. We discuss her move to LA, she warns us about Dominican men, and gives us the wisest "Take Out the Trash" segment ever. PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
46:49
July 19, 2018
Ep. 12 Let's Talk about Toxic Masculinity & bad sex with Niko
This week Joy and Grecia talk with their friend NIko. Niko is Basic Brown Nerd that likes to dissect chisme intellectually while drinking mate or pumpkin spice lattes. They talk about World Cup and Mexican fans burning the Salvadoran flag, bad sex, and church retreats. PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
59:59
July 5, 2018
Ep. 11 Listeners' Episode P2
We pick up right where we left off and finish answering listener questions while being a little too "happy" . . . oops! We're answering a bit more about our dating history, what being a white ally means, the "extra" woke people, navigating academia, and learning a bit more about each other.  PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
33:54
June 27, 2018
Ep. 10 Listeners' Episode P1
This is our listener episode. We briefly talk about Anthony Bourdain and then answer some of your questions! Look out for Part 2 for the rest! PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
45:49
June 18, 2018
Ep. 9 "Man's Perspective"
This week, we address the men that keep asking us to give the man's perspective. We also talk Royal Wedding, why we do what we want, and we drop a lot of F-Bombs in the process. PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
38:23
May 31, 2018
Ep. 8: Meet Monica - A Professional Hypewoman
This week we chat with the amazing hype woman Monica. We talk dancing, Men Are Trash/ Women Are Trash Too stories, and how we all became friends. So who is Monica? Monica (she/her/hers) is an undocumented DACA recipient and works as a social worker in Sacramento, CA. She loves to travel and write/rant about social justice on and off social media. Our brown girl friendship began off of Instagram, or as we call it the tinder for friends where you can use the internet to find your tribe. While she was visiting she took NYC by storm! Bringing her #FridayDanceParty and letting us join in on the streets of NYC doing the #MonicaChallenge. She is what I like to call a professional hype woman. Always there to hype up and supports latinx creators on and off the ‘gram. She doesn’t just post online talking about human rights but goes out and does the work. In addition to her day job, she is a published writer and self-identified Femme Pansona. Listen in on this amazing human’s story. PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and tag us on twitter and on your in your Instagram Stories @BasicBrownNerds when you listen! 
42:15
May 17, 2018
Ep.7 - Setting Boundaries
This week we talk boundaries! Boundaries are a form of self-care. We talk about how to set them with strangers, friends, and even our families. Even how we navigate this growing up in a latinx family. It's so important to communicate our boundaries in relationships. We're also saying NO! to the Tias and Fam that shames us on our weight and everything that it behind that. To quote our fav CardiB "Let me Fat in Peace" Some added content, we're talking about why CardiB's pregnancy makes people uncomfortable, cause we always talk about how revolutionary she is!  PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and follow us on Instagram @BasicBrownNerds
43:18
May 9, 2018
Ep.6 Mental Health Check - In
This week Joy and Grecia have a Mental Health Check-In. They discuss some of their coping mechanisms, being aware of their symptoms, and how they're trying to get their lives together. read more on our website PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and follow us on Instagram @BasicBrownNerds
45:48
April 18, 2018
Ep.5 - Mimosa Rant with Joy Valerie and Grecia Dominguez
This week Joy and Grecia talk about traditions, religions, quinciañeras, some Latinx history all while drinking some mimosas.  PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and follow us on Instagram @BasicBrownNerds
39:53
April 4, 2018
Ep.4 - ¿Y El Novio? Being single, independent, and Latina
This episode is for everyone that has ever had to hear the phrase "¿Y el novio?" This week Joy and Grecia talk about being single, Latina, and career oriented and how their families have reacted to this through the years. Joy starts a new segment called Taking Out the Trash. PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and follow us on Instagram @BasicBrownNerds
40:38
March 21, 2018
Ep. 3-Latinx NYC MeetUp/ Latin History for Morons
This week, Joy and Grecia talk about the Latinx NYC Meetup and disrupting the spaces on Broadway and Brunch. Along with their thoughts on John Leguizamo's one-manshow "Latin History for Morons."  Touching about African erasure & homophobia in Latinx history and teaser to Juana Inez de La Cruz on Netflix. And what is peak wokeness? Are we ever woke enough? And how do we stop ourselves from being the woke-police (cause they really don't wanna be the woke-police). Oh and Fangirling to LatinosWhoLunch Podcast that created spaces for Latinx and inspired us to start!!!! Link to required reading/ books mentioned for Latin History for Morons Shout out to everyone involved! Susie from Latinx Project David from Techqueria  See more from the event & pictures on our website http://basicbrownnerds.com/ep3-latinx-meetup-review/ And follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/basicbrownnerds . PS: This episode we're partnering with Rizos Curls to bring you 10% off their products! Rizos Curls is sulfate, silicone and paraben free. Even more it’s the first Latina Owned curl company and focused on empowering our community! They’re giving all basic Brown nerds 10 % off with code BBN10So join the movement and try out their products, tag us and #RizosReinas to show your results! Find the solution to gorgeous Rizos here -> http://bit.ly/BBNxRizosCurls PPS: To our New York City Basic Brown Nerds, On June 1st, 2019 Joy Valerie will be the Executive Brunch panel dropping some Gems along side some amazing young executives crushing the game hosted by @thePeoplesCPA ! Come join us networking, eating, and yes an open bar! Get your ticket here --> http://bit.ly/BBNBRUNCHNYC
38:39
March 7, 2018
Ep. 2 - Men Are Trash
Joy and Grecia make their argument of why men are trash, how to rise above and be the compost of the man world, and they discuss their experiences with trash men and not so trash men. *Warning: May not be suited for fragile men egos. PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents  and follow us on Instagram @BasicBrownNerds
31:17
February 21, 2018
Ep. 1 - Let's Talk about Mental Health with Joy Valerie and Grecia Dominguez
In Episode 1, Joy and Grecia talk seasonal depression, anxiety, and the taboos of mental health issues in the latinx community. read more on our website http://basicbrownnerds.com/episode-1-lets-talk-about-mental-health/ And follow us on Instagram @BasicBrownNerds PS: we have tons of events coming up in NYC to make sure you're the first to know sign up to our newsletter http://bit.ly/BBNEvents
29:21
February 7, 2018
Ep. 0 - Welcome to Basic Brown Nerds!
Welcome to Basic Brown Nerds hosted by Grecia from @GreciaHDom and @JoyValeriee introducing themselves and what the podcast will be about. We're excited to get to know you all and deconstructing identity, talking current events, and the intersections of being a latina in suburbia in biweekly episodes.  In Episode 0, we introduce who we are and talk about why we are Basic Brown Nerds and what we want to talk about! In this episode, we talk about how we met, DACA, growing up undocumented, immigration, the surprising effects the Trump phenomena having on our generation, rising up as people of color, nerdy latinx, CardiB, and of course our brunch addiction in suburbia. Here we are disrupting spaces, so feel free to shoot us over questions at hello@basicbrownnerds.com and follow us on Instagram at @BasicBrownNerds
19:53
January 31, 2018
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