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Latina to Latina

Lantigua Williams & Co.

In this interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then thr...Show More

28:03 | Aug 26th

Linda Briceño’s career as a trumpeter, vocalist, and producer has allowed her to rub shoulders with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. It also earned her a Latin Grammy. But all of that success took more practice and hard work; it dema...Show More

23:16 | Aug 19th

"What I'm trying to do is motivate people into their purpose." Easy, right? It is if you're Jess Morales Rocketto, a digital political organizer ninja who helped orchestrate historic runs by Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams. Now she's mobilizing mil...Show More

31:10 | Aug 12th

“I was a comedy junkie at 14,” she admits. And now Gina Brillón is a rising comedy star, headlining tours with the likes of Gabriel Iglesias, premiering an HBO Latino special, “Easily Offended,” and hosting a comedy showcase. Gina tells us how comedy...Show More

28:39 | Aug 5th

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz emerged as one of the most recognizable critics of the Trump administration’s response to the island’s recovery. She tells Alicia how the grit she demonstrated in those moments was...Show More

32:16 | Jul 29th

Jackie Cruz, a star on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, is so much more than people sometimes expect. “Instead of me just being in a box, like ‘Oh. She’s Latina. That’s all she is.’ No, no, no.” For seven seasons, she’s brought Flaca Gonzales to li...Show More

24:00 | Jul 22nd

The executive director of the Latina Institute for Reproductive Health talks about how legislative restrictions on abortion impact our health and our communities. Jessica recalls how a trip to a clinic to get birth control became her first act of pol...Show More

02:13 | Jul 18th

The executive producer of Latina to Latina just launched Feeling My Flo, a reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies across the gender spectrum. Aimed at the 12-16 years in your life, Feeling My Flo wants to ...Show More

34:03 | Jul 15th

Cristela was one of the very first guests on the show. And still one of our faves. With a new book, Music to My Years, due in October and already out for pre-order, we wanted you to hear about her rise to comedic stardom, including her trailblazing s...Show More

29:29 | Jul 8th

Gina Torres is everything we’ve ever wanted to be: brilliant, strong, stylish, and funny. And now, with Pearson, we get to watch her stride into her greatness. In this episode, she opens up about the real and very personal reason she left Suits, how ...Show More

28:47 | Jul 1st

After weeks in television limbo, One Day at a Time has been picked up by Pop, a CBS-owned cable network. And millions of us breathed a little easier. Gloria Calderón Kellett, the co-showrunner and executive producer, very publicly declared the vital ...Show More

32:52 | Jun 24th

Daniela Pierre Bravo has never met an obstacle more formidable than her will. Disqualified from college scholarships due to her legal status, she built a thriving local Mary Kay business to pay for it. Invited to an interview for an unpaid internship...Show More

29:34 | Jun 17th

Gina Rodriguez will always be associated with her star-making and award-winning portrayal of the titular character on Jane the Virgin. And she's so grateful. But she's also ready to move from in front of the camera to behind it as a producer and dire...Show More

30:17 | Jun 10th

After experiencing violence and media censorship in her native Venezuela, Mariana Atencio embarked on her journalist career in the United States. An early opportunity at Univision gave her the chance to hone her skills before making the leap to Engli...Show More

25:46 | Jun 3rd

On Starz’s megahit Vida she plays a determined, smart and sensual woman. And Mishel Prada readily admits her character reflects part of who she is. She talks to Alicia about making it in showbiz as a Latina, growing up in a religious home, and refusi...Show More

23:57 | May 27th

Only the fourth woman to preside over the assembly, Garcés is steadfast in her belief that women should lead at every level--and she’s working from within to make it so at the UN.

28:14 | May 20th

This captain of industry comes from a family of self-starters that has always banded together--from her father’s travel agency to her billion-dollar company. Did we mention she owns 100% of it? But her story is also one of unthinkable tragedy and imm...Show More

27:35 | May 13th

Legal weed is among the fastest growing industries right now. And thanks to women like Gia Morón, from Women Grow, more people will have a chance to enter the business. For her, opening doors to legal weed is about inclusion and the potential for som...Show More

26:02 | May 6th

By the time she was 26, Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton had worked her way from cocktail waitress to being a partner in a bar. She’s now applying her experience in hospitality and natural flare for branding and marketing to grow her new venture, Chillhouse, a d...Show More

25:22 | Apr 29th

Real power players are not always in the spotlight. Alexandra Rojas is one Latina working to change the face of politics thanks to her role as executive director of Justice Democrats, which helped elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other history-maki...Show More

26:22 | Apr 22nd

She came to Miami on vacation from her television job in Colombia and, while visiting Telemundo with a friend, walked herself into an opportunity of a lifetime. Then Ilia Calderon really went to work, leading the country’s premier Spanish-language ne...Show More

28:01 | Apr 15th

Some of us daydream about what we want in our lives. Some of us pray about it. Actress Angelique Cabral writes it down as literally as she can and puts it where she can see it every day. Then she goes to work making it happen. Her beautiful home, her...Show More

28:10 | Apr 8th

Dr. Laura Scott and her close cohort of friends created a bond that strengthened and protected them as they navigated and excelled at Harvard University and beyond. Today, under her Instagram handle LauraLacquer, she has a large and growing audience ...Show More

26:39 | Apr 1st

Knowing that “beauty is hard to sell on the internet,” this subscription box CEO still pursued a breakthrough company model that would eventually redefine beauty buying habits. But it was not a straight line from a business-school idea to a multi-mil...Show More

27:40 | Mar 25th

Before you follow her on social media or try out her tailored fitness routine, there’s one thing you need to know about fitness coach and entrepreneur Melissa Alcantara: “I approach everything in beast mode.” And why shouldn’t she? She went from bein...Show More

25:51 | Mar 18th

As a young reader, she didn’t realize people who looked and lived like her were missing from some of her favorite books. “It felt to me like I was reading science fiction in a lot of ways because it was so outside of my own childhood,” award winning ...Show More

30:08 | Mar 11th

Her body was really sick and giving up on her--fast. Indifferent doctors recommended unthinkable treatments. But her natural instincts were pushing her in a different direction. In a way, by taking charge of her health, lifestyle guru Fran Medina too...Show More

24:53 | Mar 4th

"What I'm trying to do is motivate people into their purpose." Easy, right? It is if you're Jess Morales Rocketto, a digital political organizer ninja who helped orchestrate historic runs by Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams. Now she's mobilizing mil...Show More

27:24 | Feb 25th

There's a direct connection between climate scientist Nicole Hernandez Hammer's childhood in rural Guatemala and her tireless work to teach the rest of us how to adjust our lives so we can preserve the planet for our grandchildren. And the life that ...Show More

26:26 | Feb 18th

She handed her law degree to her mother to thank her, and quit an elite Miami law firm on her first day. Then she headed to culinary school--in France. Might be easy to say the rest is history, but that’s not the case with this Venezuelan powerhouse ...Show More

25:08 | Feb 11th

After getting her heart broken, and finding zero advice that was actually useful, Elle Huerta decided to build her own “personal trainer for heartbreak.” Her self care app, Mend, guides users on how to handle and move on from a breakup, a divorce, th...Show More

27:09 | Feb 4th

She has written about Latinos in Washington Heights, about her close cousins and extended family, about what it means to be Latina. And now she’s writing about herself in her first memoir. Quiara is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by t...Show More

26:36 | Jan 28th

Gina Rodriguez will always be associated with her star-making and award-winning portrayal of the titular character on The CW’s Jane the Virgin. And she's so grateful. But she's also ready to move from in front of the camera to behind it as a producer...Show More

26:22 | Jan 21st

Growing up the descendant of Holocaust survivors, keynote speaker and influencer Michelle Poler says fear is practically in her DNA. And that being raised in Venezuela during turbulent times only made things worse. While in grad school in the US, she...Show More

24:26 | Jan 13th

As a teen, Jillian Mercado hoarded fashion magazines. She idolized designers and always looked stylish at school. Never did she imagine she’d one day grace magazine covers, tower over New York fashion central as a billboard in Times Square, or sit am...Show More

24:26 | Jan 7th

Here’s the thing about Stephanie Beatriz: she doesn’t fall for traditional messages. Growing up in Texas, blond contest queens reigned, but she understood there was more to beauty. Catholic church told her being bisexual was a sin, but she knew there...Show More

22:05 | Dec 31st, 2018

With faith and hard work, Iris Beilin has gone from the MAC counter at the mall to makeup maven with a million YouTube subscribers. But her life hasn’t always been glamorous. Iris opens up about immigrating from Panama to the US, an eating disorder a...Show More

27:14 | Dec 24th, 2018

Latasha tells Alicia, “I’m in the most found place I’ve ever been.” And her sense of self, her deep connection to her work, and her artistic genius seem to radiate in waves around her. The lyricist, singer and self-described “energy worker” knows the...Show More

26:01 | Dec 17th, 2018

She says growing up Latina in Miami gave her the cojones to face life in Hollywood. Her career so far, including roles in Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor, FX’s The Americans and Freeform’s Young & Hungry is ample proof of that. Aimee tells Alicia th...Show More

25:48 | Dec 10th, 2018

The Mexican actress’ crossover has been years in the making. Raised in Monterrey, Melissa attended NYU, then found fame back home as a telenovela star. But even as she built a career in Mexico, Melissa knew that her future was in the States. She reve...Show More

26:41 | Dec 3rd, 2018

She launched her first startup at 20, and made lots of mistakes. Today, she runs Brava Investments, which only funds companies that have the potential to put money in the pockets of millions of women. Nathalie satisfied her “need for freedom” by laun...Show More

26:13 | Nov 26th, 2018

On The Today Show and while covering red carpet fashion for Access Hollywood, Lilliana Vazquez has become one of the most sought-after style experts. With her blog, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style, as a foundation, she built a fashion brand at “the ...Show More

23:19 | Nov 19th, 2018

This episode gets real quickly. Alicia talks to journalist Janel Martinez, founder of Ain’t I Latina, about how forming her Afro-Latinx identity was an intentional act--often in defiance of the “resistance to black identity within the landscape of La...Show More

26:52 | Nov 12th, 2018

The Brazilian-American novelist says she never had to claim her Latina identity because “it embraced me” as she grew up bilingual, bicultural, and multinational. On tour for her latest novel, The Air You Breathe, de Pontes Peebles tells Alicia about ...Show More

28:39 | Nov 5th, 2018

Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera was an executive at Estée Lauder when she became First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications director. The devoted mother of a one-year-old, her mother, and her husband, headed to DC where Maria Cristina committed herse...Show More

23:31 | Oct 29th, 2018

Let’s talk about money. The average Latina earns 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. Alicia talks to Carmen Rita Wong about what drives the wage gap, the attitudes about money and self-worth that hold Latinas back, and what i...Show More

27:38 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Gloria Calderón Kellett runs the show. Literally. She’s the co-showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, and with each season, she’s adding more credits to that list: writer, director and actor. She talks with Alicia about her...Show More

24:50 | Oct 14th, 2018

Amara La Negra knew she was destined to be a star at five years old. And she started putting in the work then. From her first big break on Univision’s Sabado Gigante, to her scene-stealing role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Miami, Amara’s larger-than-life...Show More

23:18 | Oct 8th, 2018

After decades of beaming into our homes from her perch on the Univision anchor desk, Maria Elena Salinas is enjoying finally speaking for herself and pursuing her own ideas and work. She jokes that she didn’t want her legacy to be that “I worked at U...Show More

21:32 | Sep 30th, 2018

As a child, Christy Haubegger knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a boss. As the founder of the iconic Latina Magazine, a film producer, and now an agent at one of the most powerful talent agencies in Hollywood, Creative Artists Agency, Chri...Show More

24:47 | Sep 24th, 2018

Film director and activist Paola Mendoza embodies today's political resistance. As Creative Director of the Women's March, her visionary work helped galvanize millions around the world, and continues with the "I Am a Child" campaign and efforts to st...Show More

24:40 | Sep 17th, 2018

A rising star in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black as Maritza Ramos, Lina in Jane the Virgin, and Sofia in Superior Donuts, Diane Guerrero embodies quintessential Latina powers. She's grounded in her strong family roots but still shaped by the trauma...Show More

02:06 | Sep 13th, 2018

We're baaaack!!! And we're now a Latina-owned podcast. For months, we've been talking to incredible women who inspire us, and have been itching to get these fresh episodes to you. So, settle in for your weekly dose of Latina realness.

15:05 | May 22nd, 2018

US Senator. Mentor. Deal-maker.  How Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto drives Washington D.C. into the next era of politics

27:13 | May 15th, 2018

Strategist. Connector. Talent magnet. How Daisy Auger-Dominguez creates a space in corporate America for the rest of us.

25:05 | May 8th, 2018

Singer. Broadway star. Revolutionary. How Mandy Gonzalez commands — and captivates — on stage and in person.

19:34 | May 1st, 2018

CEO. Coach. Boundary breaker. How Natalia Oberti Noguera disrupts the world of angel investing.

32:46 | Apr 24th, 2018

Writer. Actor. Trailblazer. How Cristela Alonzo makes room for stories like hers in every medium.

26:01 | Apr 17th, 2018

The View host. Former federal prosecutor. Future politician. How Sunny Hostin takes on today’s most controversial topics — on live TV.

30:00 | Apr 10th, 2018

Actor. Musician. Activist. How Jackie Cruz creates her own path (in and out of the spotlight).

01:10 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In this new interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then...Show More