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Latinos: Under Attack and Underrepresented

We did our best to keep this episode free from the Naranja Vieja stinking up the White House but there is certainly enough going on in the world to keep Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado feisty — and that’s exactly how we like them. On this episode the dynamic duo discuss the following:

  • Racist screaming at young woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt gets charged for hate crime.
  • Public Service Announcement: Puerto Ricans are born American citizens.
  • Latinos continue to be attacked both figuratively and literally as evidenced by the horrifying beating of a 91-year-old Mexican man in California.
  • With all that’s going on in the world, now is not the time for civility. Pretending things aren’t as bad as they seem only makes things worse.
  • The real danger is domestic terror, not just for Latinos but for all Americans.
  • A message for wypipo: we know not all of you are racistso STFU about it!
  • Don Francisco and his #metoo moment(s).
  • Latinas are a white man’s Krytonite. (Yes, we went there… LOL!)
  • Hollywood continues to perpetuate the “White Savior” myth and rarely pairs Latinos as leads in romantic comedies. Or in any film for that matter.

A Rough Few Weeks for Us Beaners and Animals

It seems Latinos are under attack from all sides these days. The White House thinks we’re animals, Starbucks calls us beaners and some pendejo racist lawyer in New York City just can’t bear to hear the loveliness that is Castellano — unless, of course, it’s in his law practice. There you can spic it up to your hearts content. All billable hours, ya know.

Be sure to hold onto to something sturdy because Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado are ready to shake the foundation!

RR 20: Social Media Powerhouse, Elianne Ramos

All this time we were aiming to be your garden variety troublemakers.

During our interview with social entrepreneur and Latino community leader Elianne Ramos, Mike and I were confronted with the shocking revelation that we are both social media influencers.

When a nationally recognized expert and one of the most influential Latinas in social media tells you you are an influencer, you better just accept it and learn to deal with the responsibility.

Going by the online sobriquet ERGeekGoddess, Elianne Ramos builds large-scale engagement through social media and PR and looks to inspire Latinos and non-Latinos through her writing.

For over 18 years, Elianne has helped corporations, non-profits and individuals amplify their reach through strategic communications with just the right touch of creativity and heart.

While Robles & Rosado come to grips with our growing online impact, listen to Elianne Ramos layout why it’s more important than ever before for Latinos to find their voice online and in the voting booth.

By the way, do you think “Influential Troublemaker” works on a business card?

RR 19: Ebola Makes Americans Panic and Blame Hispanics

According to an article at BostInno.com I have a better chance at landing on the moon or starring in the role of Batman at your local multiplex than contracting the Ebola virus. There is a much greater chance that one of you reading this will (heaven forbid) suffer and die from influenza or heart disease than from the horrifying effects of Ebola. It is statistically more likely that a U.S. resident will win a Powerball lottery than catch Ebola.

Of course that doesn’t stop some people from blaming Latinos.

Maria Santana of CNN.com writes that conservative Republicans are painting Latino immigrants as Ebola carriers to fan the anti-immigration reform movement.

We here at Robles & Rosado are not shocked by this craven political move, we just want the GOP to make up its mind. Is it Ebola that’s going to flood over the border and devastate this great nation or will it be the marauding armies of ISIS?

Also on this episode we debut a feature highlighting Latinos/Latinas who aren’t household names but who should be. Actor and playwright Marco Antonio Rodriguez joins us to discuss his fabulous new production “Barceló Con Hielo” at Repertorio Español in New York City. 

As always, we walk the walk AND talk the talk. #LatinosForLatinos!

RR 17: The Unforced Confessions of Rick Najera

Rick Najera is not an activist.

That’s not a shot at the actor-writer-director-producer and he’ll be the first to tell you. Rick is a man who is unafraid to speak his mind and is an artist who is pointing out the reality and vagaries of the Latino experience in America.

Also a  playwright, a professional speaker and an acting coach Rick joins us to discuss how far the image and perception of Latinos has come in Hollywood and how much more needs to be done.

AlmostWhite-FINAL_with-Cover-1-1In his recent memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood published by SmileyBooks – a division of Hay House, Rick explores what it means to be a Latino against the ever-changing backdrop of his life as a Hollywood creative.  In the book he advocates for Latinos to realize the potential all 53 million of us have to make a difference politically and in the entertainment world.

Rick took matters into his own hands and started writing his way into Hollywood and suggests all Latinos look to empower themselves in similar ways.

Despite the repercussions of his outspokenness, Rick Najera continues to be one of the most influential Latinos in the United States.

Of course he also knows how to have fun, Robles & Rosado-style.

RR 15: Carlos Mencia Will Blow Your Mind

This week we present a special episode of our show and feature a very special guest.

Mike and I had the very distinct honor and pleasure of a visit from comedian and actor Carlos Mencia.

For the few of you reading this who don’t know who he is, Carlos Mencia is one of today’s most popular entertainers. Notice I didn’t qualify that with “Latino” or “Hispanic”. Carlos is one of the funniest and talented entertainers in the U.S.

Period.

The conversation was surprisingly introspective, brutally honest, and much like Carlos’ standup, edgy, controversial and very, very funny.

We discuss his dramatic weight loss, the art and craft of standup, the lack of Latinos in Hollywood, the devastating loss of Robin Williams, immigration and much more.

Carlos Mencia proves he is a fearless performer, a true student of human behavior, and a man paving the way for Latinos in entertainment.

RR 14: MSNBC Keeps Getting It Wrong

We’d like to give Phil Griffin the benefit of the doubt and we desperately want to believe he wasn’t as insulting in person as he came across in pixels.

In reports from the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists about his apology for this year’s Cinco de Mayo on-air racist shenanigans, the president of MSNBC sounded smug and patronizing.

Comments like “When I walk by a Mexican restaurant, I get nervous,” and “when I see a sombrero, I get upset” seemed needlessly flip.

Mr. Griffin insists that the cable network’s addition of Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart to its lineup is an indication of positive change at the liberal-leaning news network.

While it’s a great first step, MSNBC has miles to go before it can claim their world has changed.

Also on this episode we address Republican congressman Mo Brook’s claim that liberals are waging a “war on whites” and how his colleagues across the aisle Luis Gutiérrez and José Serrano have taken off the gloves while going after the GOP on immigration.

Both major political parties are guilty of “Hispandering” and despite the Dems outrage, Latinos are not offended by that word. In a sincere effort to help, Mike offers his alternatives to the controversial portmanteau.

While Mike plays peacemaker I wonder what exactly are these much sought after jobs anti-immigrant protesters and pundits claim undocumented immigrants are taking from “suffering citizens”?

And we end the show on an up note with much needed positive news about Latinos in the U.S.

Yes, there is positive news about Latinos. Don’t look so surprised.

RR 03: Crabs In A Bucket Con Salsa

Have you ever noticed what happens when you toss a single live crab into a bucket that has no lid?  The crab will kick itself into survival mode and climb out.  Now, what happens when you put more than one crab into the same bucket?  If one of the crustaceans makes an escape attempt the others do everything in their power to drag him back down.

This week on “Robles & Rosado” Mike and Pedro discuss the crab mentality all too prevalent in our community.  Many successful people have been dragged down instead of lauded for their accomplishments by other Latin@s.  Each positive step forward is a success for all  of us but some members of our personal circles don’t see it that way.

Also on the show, Robles and Rosado prove that growing up in The Bronx more than adequately prepares a person to discuss foreign policy as news organizations in Russia make the case for Crimea to become an unincorporated territory much like Puerto Rico. George Lopez endures a rough week leading up to the debut of his new sitcom “Saint George” on the FX Network and Robert Rodriguez proves it’s good to be “El Rey”.

A Podcast and Blog Latinos Need

I really didn’t want to do this.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I really wanted to do a podcast with the terrifyingly talented Mike Robles (he thinks I’m joking when I use adjectives like that but the man is scary talented). What I was dead set against was making it a Latino-themed show.

I’m a fiercely proud Boricua who skews strongly towards the geek / nerd spectrum and genuinely didn’t see the need for what I believed would be just another show eating up bandwidth that explored Latino issues. I felt confident these worries were being adequately and professionally addressed on radio, television, and on the Internet.

Boy, was I wrong!

While there are some admirable attempts currently on the air that address the varied concerns many of us have while doing “Our Latin Thing” here in North America, they barely register on most people’s radar. None of them use humor, NYC attitude, and personal reflection to get the job done.  After having my eyes opened a light bulb went on over my head.

This was the perfect time to debut “Robles & Rosado”. Mike and I are both Latinos de pura sepa, have attitude to spare, and love telling stories.  We both decided it was the right thing to do.  We would create a chat based show with the occasional pre-taped segments featuring guests.

The goals for our show are simple:

  1. We want to entertain
  2. We want to open minds
  3. We want to have fun
  4. And most importantly, we want our listeners to have fun

We have tons of ideas for future shows but will need help. If you enjoy what we do please subscribe to the show on iTunes and please consider leaving a review on whatever podcast catching service you use.  All of it helps keep us doing what we’re doing.

Keep listening and keep visiting this site because the party has just begun!

RR 01: Doing It For Ourselves

In this new web radio series Emmy winning comedian Mike Robles and radio host and journalist Pedro Rafael Rosado give you their humorous, unique, and occasionally controversial take on the Latino Experience.  The focus in this inaugural episode is on the growing clamor from social media savvy bloggers calling for equal Latino representation on U.S. entertainment vehicles.  The rebellious pair also tackle the perennial Latino vs. Hispanic debate, Hollywood starlets playing up negative stereotypes, and “Sabado Gigante”.