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Meet Diosa Femme and Mala Muñoz of Locatora Radio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diosa Femme and Mala Muñoz.

Diosa and Mala, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Like so many millennial romances, partnerships, projects and friendships, our story began on the internet. The two of us followed each other on Twitter and Instagram for several years before we finally met in person at a Downtown LA meet up organized by the founders of Chingona Fire (a women of color focused poetry collective that is run by poets Yesika Salgado and Angela Aguirre) and Latina Rebels (an Instagram account founded by writer and speaker, Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez). We become friends and within a year, Diosa texted me (Mala) and asked me if I wanted to start a podcast with her. I said yes. We met at La Monarca in Mariachi Plaza and began to brainstorm our name, our logo, and our purpose. From there, Locatora Radio was born.

Locatora Radio is A Radiophonic Novela or podcast, hosted by Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme, two self-identified locxs. Also known as “Las Mamis of Myth & Bullsh**t”, Las Locatoras make space for the exploration and celebration of the experiences, brilliance, creativity and legacies of femmes and womxn of color. Each Capitulo of Locatora Radio is made with love and brujeria, a moment in time made by brown girls, for brown girls only. Listen as Las Locatoras keep brown girl hour and discuss the layers and levels of femmeness and race, mental health, trauma, gender experience, sexuality and oppression.

Has it been a smooth road?
Locatora Radio is a completely DIY project. We do everything ourselves and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We have had our glitches and missteps along this journey but we embrace them all as part of the learning process. As independent podcast producers, we finance every aspect of Locatora Radio with money from our own pockets. We are self taught producers and sound engineers. We have also started to film our episodes and are learning to video edit. We are fortunate to have access to a community radio station (Radio Espacio housed at Espacio 1839, a community gallery and event space located in Mariachi Plaza) where we are able to record each Capitulo of Locatora Radio. We would like to be able to grow our podcast by purchasing new recording equipment for the community radio station where we record (Espacio 1839) and to pay for the cost of our website. We also have plans to purchase mobile sound equipment so that we can take our podcast out of the studio and into the streets to further community engagement. In addition, we have begun to design a curriculum to teach podcast production and studio recording to youth of color in Los Angeles. We can say with certainty that our podcast has been a success because of the support of our community, our friends and families, and cultural/community centers like the Mi Vida Boutique in Highland Park, where we recorded our very first episodes and Espacio 1839/Radio Espacio where we continue to record.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Locatora Radio [A Radiophonic Novela] – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Locatora Radio is not only a podcast but an online and on the ground community space for dialogue, news sharing, healing, and celebration for our listeners and the greater Los Angeles community. As a podcast, we conduct artist interviews, moderate panels, FemmeCee events and hold spaces for listening to our online and Los Angeles communities. Central to the podcast is the motivation to create a digital audio-visual archive of the brilliance and creativity of qtpoc, women and survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence. Each capitulo adds to the creation of a femme, woman of color, and survivor centered epistemology. One of our favorite capitulos was recorded in conjunction with the Sounding Out! Sound Studies Blog. This capitulo, titled, “The Sonic Landscapes of Unwelcome: Women of Color, Sonic Harassment, and Public Space” allowed for our listeners to share narratives of street harassment and contextualize that harassment as a form of verbal abuse. The work of the podcasts seeks to not only examine abuses and oppressions leveled against femme bodies, but to celebrate and share the ingenious ways that we survive and thrive in spite of those violence. Locatora has been in existence for a little over one year. With over 10k Instagram followers and nearly 5k average listens per episode (across Soundcloud, Audioboom and Apple Podcasts), we have also begun to utilize our podcast platform to fundraise and provide material aid to survivors of domestic violence in Los Angeles. In addition, we have delivered keynote addresses and conference workshops for our listeners at a variety of Colleges and Universities. We believe that podcasting can be a gateway to a multitude of social justice oriented projects and solutions.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We love that Los Angeles is our home and has given us so much support, inspiration and fodder for creativity. We consider Los Angeles to be a hub of art, culture, fashion and activism. The communities of color that call LA home are filled to the brim with creativity and innovation. Our Latino/Latina communities have provided us so much in terms of love, encouragement and opportunities for collaboration. We want to emphasize that Latino and other communities of color in Los Angeles are, in fact, the heartbeat of this city. We hope that our podcast is reflective of the love we have for this city and the love that this city has for us.

The things we like least about the City of Los Angeles are:
– Police brutality/over policing of communities of color
– Gentrification
– The cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing
– The traffic
– The smog
– The way that the City terrorizes and mistreats our homeless population.
– The amount of violence against women, femmes and queer people that goes unchecked and unanswered.
Street Harassment

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Zuly de la Rose

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