Basic Brown Nerds

Basic Brown Nerds

By Basic Brown Nerds
We’re shaping our own narratives ‘cause we are tired of being a "model minority". We're the nerds with the ultimate glow up, and we are enough. In each episode we are breaking down identity, unlearning, & getting real with a basic brown nerd who is defying expectations.
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Representation through Undocumented Tales

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Empowered in Color: Young People in Politics with Shaniyat Chowdhury
Today more than ever we need to understand how policy affects us. We've teamed up for a cross over episode with Kriselle of Empowered in Color and her interview with Shaniyat Chowdhury who is running for Congress in NY-5 district against a 20-year incumbent.  We talk about his life growing up in Jamaica, Queens, poverty drafted into the Marines, journey into activism serving in the New York state assembly, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's campaign, and ultimately running for office.  You might think politics is too much and rather avoid the topic but the best way to ensure America becomes a better place is by electing people who truly understand the realities of economic, racial, and social inequality. People like Shaniyat.  Thank you to Empowered in Color for this collaboration to get the word out.  You can learn more about Shaniyat and donate on his website at Shaniyat2020.com Follow Empowered in Color Podcast with Kriselle here You can find everyone on Instagram and Twitter as @EmpoweredInColor , @KriselleMG , and @Shaniyat2020 If you are in New York State you can request your absentee ballot to vote this primary HERE To support Basic Brown Nerds and keep us going join our monthly supporters & join our community here subscribe to our newsletter at basicbrownnerds.substack.com Follow & tag us on @BasicBrownNerds and @BasicBrownNerds
52:54
June 12, 2020
Laughter as Healing with Erik Rivera
Welcome back to Season 3! We’re starting off this season with Laughs because, in times of change, trauma, and chaos laugher can be healing. We’re talking with Comedian Erik Rivera, his journey as a first-generation Guatemalan- American growing up in suburban New York, and how he found himself going into comedy as a career - and spoiler alert his mom was not so happy. Erik Rivera just had his Comedy Special “Super White” on HBO where we use comedy to share his story growing up and being a parent. You can follow him on Instagram @ErikRiveraComedy and find his upcoming shows on erikrivera.com We are super excited to bring season 3 and have more to come as we build Basic Brown NErds to become a Patron for early access go to patreon.com/basicbrownnerds subscribe to our newsletter at basicbrownnerds.substack.com Follow & tag us on @BasicBrownNerds and @BasicBrownNerds
58:59
April 3, 2020
Representation through Undocumented Tales
Meet undocumented filmmaker and creator, Armando. He is the creator, editor, and producer of Undocutales a web series going into its 3rd season this October. The series follows the main character, Fernando, an undocumented queer immigrant, and his aventuras in LA. , making us laugh, cry, and understand more about what this experience is in the United States. You can binge and catch up with Fernando on youtube before the next season is out bit.ly/Undocutales and follow Armando along on his  journey on Instagram @ElPeorDelMundo Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter!  Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNxUndocuTalesShowNotes
50:48
September 3, 2019
Learning to Set Boundaries with Grecia and Joy Valerie (Throwback)
In this episode We're going to  revisit a conversation Grecia and I had last season about BOUNDARIES! Now - this something many of us struggle with and really didn't learn especially being an immigrant diaspora kid, Latinx, and growing up in very communal environments where personal space is (stress ) kind of a luxury. Learning boundaries are necessary to respect your self, those around you, and have healthy relationships. So we're talking more about it today with Grecia . You can find Grecia on Instagram and Twitter as @Grecia_Writer  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Find out full show notes here basicbrownnerds.com/setting-boundaries/
46:01
August 15, 2019
Occupying your Mindset with Delilah Dee
We sit down and chat with Delilah Dee the beam of positivity behind Delilah & Co. She aims to a media company that will not only highlight representation but provide experiences & opportunities in the Latinx community to empower. We discuss what it means to believe in yourself and be your own hype woman along with handling being an online creator. Delilah shares her secrets on how she shifts her mindset to be #OccupyingYourMindset and believe in yourself. Follow Delilah along on his journey on Instagram @iamdelilahdee Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMindsetTBShownotes PS: Delilah is offering all Basic Brown Nerds Free shipping with code BROWNNERDS on her shop over at DelilahandCompany.com including her famous "Made by Immigrants" tees and sweatshirts. So be sure to support this Latinx and Philly owned shop.  
46:53
July 18, 2019
Latinas who Hike with Victoria Buitron
Our ancestors were the ones originally in the outdoors and our generation is reclaiming being outside and in nature for recreation. So what does it mean to be a latina who hikes? We sit down with Victoria founder of Latinas who Hike and blogger at a Traveling Translator. We discuss her upbringing in Ecuador and moving to the United States. Her creative passions and pursuits.  Why she started the community online and her journey now pursuing a masters in creative writing.  Follow Victoria along on his journey on Instagram @LatinasWhoHike and blog A Traveling Translator.  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNLatinasHikeTBShownotes 
48:44
July 5, 2019
Breaking into Management with John Henry and Latinx Leaders
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 sponsored by Techqueria we had  Alexandra Paredes, Rafael Mojica, Veronica Genao, Edgar Gonzalez and Viceland's Hustle host John Henry  Listen in to the gems shared and know - we are WORTHY to take up space. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNTechqueriaTBShownotes
58:35
June 13, 2019
Only the OG Diasporx will Understand with Freddy Izaguirre Merlos
We sit down and chat with Freddy Izaguirre Merlos,  poet & performance artist behind PursuingArete. Freddy's work aims to uplift central American voices and those of immigrantes to flourish and thrive. We learn more about his family's 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.   Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNOGDiasporxTBshownotes
57:51
May 23, 2019
Latina Entrepreneurs Preventing Rape with Jacqueline Ros & Andrea Perdomo
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 a 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 Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNTwoLatinaTBShownotes
56:08
May 9, 2019
Building a Future for Us with Sage Quiamno
We're talking to Sage Quiamno on what it means to be a woman of color in the startup world, learn more about her, co-founding Future For Us. We start with her journey being a badass tearing down the patriarchy and championing for women starting at home in Hawai’i. This episode is sponsored by Sololi Shop. A family-owned Mexican artisan shop creating Colorful Boho merchandise. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNBuildingFutureTBShownotes
52:13
April 25, 2019
Our Generational Tasks with Veronica Oliveras
We sit down  with Veronica Oliveras, a clinical psychology therapist, and discuss mental health, finances, and boundaries as it relates to being.  How we can reconnect with our indigenous ways while also taking care of our wellbeing and leaning into new identities as a Diaspora 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. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNGenerationalTBShownotes
53:37
April 11, 2019
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. Come shop from dope Vendors and enjoy FREE Yoga, Poetry Readings (Spoiler alert The_Next_Heminguey), Open Mic, and Workshops to create a 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! Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMercaditoTBShownotes
19:53
December 12, 2018
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 Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNEndofseason1TBShownotes
50:15
August 19, 2018
Meet Danyeli the Poet behind AfroDominicanxThings
This week Joy and Grecia talk with Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe. Danyeli is a Bronx-based Dominican poet that writes about growing up Afro-Latinx, Dominican, undocumented, 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. Follow Danyeli along on his journey on Instagram @danyelirodriguezdelorbe Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMeetDanyeliTBShownotes
48:56
July 19, 2018
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. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMasculinityTBShownotes
1:02:06
July 5, 2018
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 is a white ally means, the "extra" woke people, navigating academia, and learning a bit more about each other.  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNDatingHistoryTBShownotes
36:01
June 27, 2018
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! Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNAnthonyBourdainTBShownotes
47:56
June 18, 2018
"Man's Perspective"
This week, we address the men that keep asking us to give the man's perspective. We also talk about Royal Wedding, why we do what we want, and we drop a lot of F-Bombs in the process. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNPerspectiveTBShownotes
40:30
May 31, 2018
Meet Monica, a Professional Hypewoman and UnDACAmented Viajera
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 Persona. Listen in to this amazing human’s story. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMeetMonicaTBShownotes
44:25
May 17, 2018
Setting Boundaries with our Brown AF Families
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 is 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!  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNSettingBoundariesTBShownotes
44:37
May 9, 2018
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 Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMentalHealthTBShownotes
47:55
April 18, 2018
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.  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMimosaRantTBShownotes
42:03
April 4, 2018
¿Y El Novio? Being single, independent, and Latina
This episode is for everyone that has ever had to hear the phrase "¿Y el novio?" from the Tias and Wela.  Joy Valerie 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. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNYElNovioTBShownotes
42:48
March 21, 2018
Latin History for Morons Review & Our First Meet Up in NYC
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-man show "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   Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNLatinxMeetupReviewTBShownotes
40:52
March 7, 2018
Dear Men, Don't be Trash - Be Compost
Joy and Grecia make their argument of how 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. If you're a man, yes you might be low key offended but listen and hear point to start unlearning your own trashy ways.  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNMenAreTrashTBShownotes
32:36
February 21, 2018
Let's Talk about Mental Health with Joy Valerie and Grecia Dominguez
In Episode 1, Joy and Grecia talk about seasonal depression, anxiety, and the taboos of mental health issues in the Latinx community.  Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNLetsTalkMentalTBShownotes
31:31
February 7, 2018
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. Let us know you're listening by tagging @BasicBrownNerds  and host @JoyValeriee on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be updated on all our guests, events, and surprises for you. basicbrownnerds.com/newsletter And support us by shopping or donating at BasicBrownNerds.com/Shop Check out our Show notes here bit.ly/BBNWelcomeTBShownotes
22:03
January 31, 2018