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An episode of Soy Chingona

By Erica Martinez
This is Soy Chingona, one on one storytelling with badass POC's and Allies. We talk about everything tu mama told you not to talk about!
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This is Soy Chingona, one on one storytelling with badass POC's and Allies. We talk about everything tu mama told you not to talk about!

More places to listen

High Functioning Anxiety
Bonus Episode! I share with you a reading from my personal journal. I wrote down my emotions and thoughts at the time that I was coming down from an anxiety attack. I've never been able to catch my breath enough to focus on writing out my feelings. I just put pen to paper and didn't think, just wrote. I hope in sharing this someone will find comfort in their own process of anxiety. 
October 2, 2019
Community Through Hope with Rosa
I'm happy to bring you the story of Rosa Vasquez. She is the Executive Director of the organization, Community Through Hope.  Tune in and find out why she is changing the narrative on how we assist our unsheltered in San Diego. 
September 30, 2019
Ale- Surviving Ulcerative Colitis
Wow, what an incredible journey of strength. Ale takes us through her truth of dealing and surviving through ulcerative colitis. She was diagnosed in her early 20's. I have so much respect for how brave she had to be to share the ugly details of what she faced. 
September 16, 2019
Master Chef Claudia Sandoval
Soy Chingona is back with new episodes! So excited to share the story of season 6 Master Chef winner Claudia Sandoval. She takes us through her journey of being a single mom, career before being a chef and all the struggles in-between.  Enjoy! Fist up Chingonas! 
September 2, 2019
Love Thy Neighbor with Ruben Torres
Ruben Torres is the founder of the San Diego nonprofit organization called Love Thy Neighbor. They focus on transforming neighborhoods into communities of HOPE through creative Arts Education. They inspire, empower and above all LOVE. Listen to the journey of Ruben Torres and learn about the roots of this incredible organization. 
July 1, 2019
The mujeres of Las Cafeteras
I love being a podcaster. I got to see these beautiful ladies perform and it was truly inspiring to see how they put heart, body & soul onto the stage. I get to sit down and learn more about the journey it took to become a female musician. From creating safe spaces in their own community, activism and singing powerful lyrics of life. 
June 2, 2019
Suicide Prevention- A mother on a Mission
This episode comes with trigger warnings. We discuss self harm and suicide. Elie shares her story about the loss of her son Anthony. She was so brave to be vulnerable and I appreciate her mission to help spread awareness on mental health. 
May 20, 2019
Healing Our Hearts
Sharing my personal journeying of trying to make a baby. I had the beautiful opportunity of being a guest storyteller at the Healing our Hearts event put on by California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.
May 9, 2019
Border Town with Quino
Such an honor to sit with lead singer Quino from reggae band Big Mountain. I grew up every year going to Earth Day at Balboa Park to support their music. We talk about our current political climate and how his lyrics from a song in 1994 is still relevant today. Quino opens up about his struggle with being an artist, activist, his anxiety issues, parenthood and addiction. 
May 6, 2019
Cafecito Date 2 with Patricia Aguayo
Patricia is a Chicana Activist and an incredible artist. She is the director at the Sherman Heights Community Center. You can view her beautiful murals at Chicano Park. Thank you so much for coming on Soy Chingona and doing a live podcast from Por Vida Café y Cultural. "We are the gate keepers....the streets belong to us!" 
April 26, 2019
Muslim in America with Mohamed
A true honor to sit and learn from Muslim and Civil Rights Activist Mohamed Elnakib. We talk about why "Muslim and Islam" are trigger words for Americans. We discuss the stigmas of women in the Islam religion. Mohamed opens up about the bullying he faced growing up and how it motivated him to take a stand. And one of his proudest moments in life was assisting the youth in San Diego on organizing the 2018 March for Lives. 
April 21, 2019
Cafecito Date 1 with Cesar Fernandez
Welcome to the new segment called Cafecito Dates with Soy Chingona. I will be at Por Vida Café in Barrio Logan every Wednesday from 8:30am-10:30am doing Instagram live chats.  Anyone and everyone is invited to come and have amazing coffee and connect. Every subject is on the table. Hope you enjoy! 
April 11, 2019
Por Vida Cafe y Cultura
On this episode of Soy Chingona I sit with Milo and Caro, the owners of Por Vida Café in Barrio Logan. They take us through their journey from street art to being apart of recreating the community of Logan. Amazing to hear the collaborations and neighborhood support that organically grew to what it is today. And the actual history of their location just connects it all. 
April 8, 2019
Episode 22 Soy Chingona sits with my dear friend Viri who is a very talented singer and an ex-coworker of mine. Viri opens up about the sexist tough industry of music from a Latina's stand point. Why she's embarking on a new adventure to make music in Mexico City from San Diego. And her story of appreciating life enough to follow her dream. Hope you enjoy!
March 25, 2019
Doll Face Club
On this episode of Soy Chingona, I get to sit with the creator Klea of Doll Face Club. We talk about her rough childhood, her rock bottom and her rise to want to serve her community. Klea and I both talk about the imposter syndrome and how it can effect our emotions. We connected over similar childhood traumas and shared a connection. 
March 11, 2019
Behind the smile- Latino's on emotional health
Soy Chingona is so excited to bring you my first one on one with a man's perceptive on emotional health. Juan Carlos is a local community leader in San Diego. He takes us through his journey as an immigrant child living in the rough streets of Chicago, being bullied as a teen and an emotional divorce all while trying to keep a smile because Latino's are not allowed to show their feelings. 
February 25, 2019
Mi Vida, Mi Verdad
This is a personal episode. I start with an update on some things in my life that I last shared in Episode 4 My 36th Birthday. I also talk about my experience with the pro's and con's as a podcaster.  And how my platform has hurt  or angered some of my family & friends and the boundaries I work hard to keep firm. 
February 13, 2019
Marleez Koffee
On this episode of Soy Chingona I have the pleasure of sitting with owner Marlene of Marleez Koffee. She takes us through her powerful journey of battling caner back to back with her husband and creating the dream of owning a coffee shop. Her positive look on life is moving. Visit her shop today! Enjoy!
January 27, 2019
Brujas Del Barrio
On this episode I get to sit with the three beautiful souls from Brujitxsdelbarrio. They share their journey to opening a healing collective for the community of Barrio Logan.
January 13, 2019
Lorena Gonzalez
On this episode of Soy Chingona, Lorena Gonzalez sits with me and talks about her journey to becoming California State Assemblywoman of the 80th district. She opens up about her childhood and road to education. 
December 31, 2018
Soulz and Gspotz
In this episode of Soy Chingona Myisha and I talk about WOC, masturbation, self love and some spiritual connection. She is the creator of soulz and gspotz. This is not what tu mama wants you to hear. Enjoy!
December 17, 2018
Somewhere in Mexico Con Andres y Paco
This is the final episode in the Somewhere in Mexico series. We discuss a few topics to wrap up my time in Aguascalientes. This was recorded at dinner on my last night. We talk about the political climate change in Mexico, the VISA process to come visit the US, Gay's in Mexico and much more.
December 3, 2018
Somewhere in Mexico Part 3
This is a recorded conversation between myself and the 3 roommates I stayed with during my time in Aguascalientes. Paco, Andres y Chava discuss the Mexican language, the female movement and the use of the "N" word in Mexico.
November 26, 2018
Somewhere in Mexico Part 2
In this recorded conversation we talk about the history of Mexico, the pope's hand in slavery and why Mexicans believe that they are America's Boarder Wall. Thank you to Andres, Paco & Chava.
November 17, 2018
Somewhere in Mexico Part 1 of 4
During my time in Mexico I recorded 3 conversations on different topics. And on my last night I did a full show with my incredible host Andres y Paco. Warning: topics may offend you but these are the opinions of how Mexico might see the US.
November 11, 2018
Educated Immigrant
In this episode of Soy Chingona, Mari shares her journey of immigrating to the US, domestic abuse in her marriage, and being a single mother. Now she is a college student trying to figure out her next brave move.
October 22, 2018
Amigas y Primas Part 2 White Friends
On this episode we finish up our talk about White Friends. We go over the difference of our perception living in the same neighborhood.
October 10, 2018
Shop Mi Vida
So excited to have Chingona Noelle on this episode. She is the beautiful creator and owner of Shop Mi Vida in Los Angeles. She takes us through her journey of life aligning itself for her to open her shop and we talk about what's in store next for Mi Vida.
October 7, 2018
Amigas y Primas Part 1 White Friends
New segment for Soy Chingona with my co-host and best friend Mo. Will be ranting and venting about different topics while we enjoy some booze. Part 2 of White Friends will be out next week. Enjoy!
October 4, 2018
Taking the D- women on Divorce
Chingona Veronica Reynosa opens up about her journey through 2 divorces and why she still believed enough in Love to do it a 3rd time. She talks about her early years with drug abuse in her first marriage and adultery committed in her 2nd marriage. Enjoy!
September 23, 2018
Mujeres on the Corporate Ladder
On this episode we have Chingona Carolina Burquez who takes us through her journey as a young Latina financial advisor. She opens up about sexual assault and how that has factor into her professional life. Carolina also shares about her new adventure and what her and her partners are doing to help women in our community.
September 10, 2018
My 36th Birthday
Today I am ready to share my healing journey. This episode is not an easy one for me but it is a birthday gift to myself. Time for reflection, lots of self love and knowing in my heart that the battle with depression and anxiety will never end and that's ok.
August 30, 2018
Racist Kids with Lily Zaragoza
On this episode of Soy Chingona, badass Lily Zaragoza shares her daughters story of facing racism as an Afro-Latina at the age of 5. She takes us through her journey of decision making to do what's in her daughters best interest.
August 27, 2018
MANA De San Diego with Venus Molina
Venus Molina is the current president of MANA De San Diego. MANA De San Diego is 1 out of 18 chapters of a National Latina Organization that leads women in every stage of life through education, community engagement and advocacy. Venus takes us on her journey through MANA and how it all came full circle for her.
August 12, 2018
Pot Moms with Moni Santana
Welcome to my first episode of Soy Chingona! My guest today is Moni Santana and will be talking about moms who smoke pot and moms smoking weed while pregnant. Hope you enjoy. Fist Up Chingonas!
July 29, 2018
Allow me to introduce Myself...
Introduction to our Soy Chingona host Emarie (Erica Martinez). Learn about why this podcast is important to her and about the badass shows to come. Fist up Chingonas!
July 16, 2018
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