Episode 94 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast is out! I interview journalist and educator Emilly Prado about the complicated politics of assimilation, how to shift your voice when writing across genres and formats, the ways Latinx DJs are cultivating new music spaces, and why documenting the vibrant Black and Brown arts and activist scenes in Portland is how Emilly imagines otherwise.
You can also read the transcript and show notes on the Ideas on Fire website, which have links to Emilly’s work and all the concepts, people, and events we discuss on the show (great for teaching!).
Guest: Emilly Prado
Emilly Prado is an award-winning journalist, writer, and educator living in Portland, Oregon.
Her work as a freelance journalist has appeared in over two dozen publications including NPR, Marie Claire, the Oregonian, Bitch Media, Eater, and the Stranger. Emilly’s work focuses on amplifying the voices and experiences of people from traditionally marginalized communities in music, art, and social justice.
When not writing or hosting an event, she makes zines, takes photos, and DJs as Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.
“The world that I want, at the core, is a world where people feel safe and feel seen, whatever that means to them specifically. So a lot of the work that I do centers around encouragement and encouraging people that their voices matter, their stories matter, their musical tastes matter. They have a right to come together and have joy and have dance parties. So I think ultimately I’d like to see a world where folks are all encouraged and all have resources to do these creative endeavors.”
– Emilly Prado on episode 94 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast