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MEET THE HOOD DIGEST TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmer G. Roldan, President & Grand Supreme Chapin

@grand.supreme.chapin

Hood Digest means the world to me. I started it in 2013 because I felt that there was a void in the voices speaking up for Black and Brown people. I felt that our “leaders” were showing lots of restraint while choosing to be too political or cowardly by refusing to call out the institutions or individuals threatening our well-being – be it elected or appointed officials, government institutions, or corporations. Hood Digest is refreshing and speaks what many people think, but don’t often say out loud.

Katherine Trejo, Veep

@katbaggins

I am a Salvadoran-American feminist born in Los Angeles and raised in Historic Filipino Town. I hold a degree from UC Santa Cruz in Politics and Latin American/Latino Studies. My social justice career is motivated by my profound love for my community, other communities of color, family, and friends.

I am a strong believer in accessibility, education, advocacy and civic engagement. Hood Digest is an embodiment of all of that and more. That is the reason I joined the team in 2017. I really believe in us and I hope you will too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berny Orantes, Creative Assassin/Wordsmith

@berny.yo

I entered my physical in 92′ and been keeping it real since. I’m a Los Angeles native with Chapin roots. I am an artivist trying to open eyes, organize, and build power – on a mission to infinitely grow.

My passion for activism stems from my love for our people: the people who are seen as an expendable unit by many politicians. My art takes many forms from photography and graphics to  upcycling and words. I joined Hood Digest in hopes of channeling the voices of the unheard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Mikia Castillo, Podcast Co-Host, Profesora Panameña

@lamikiacastillo

I am a native Angeleno, proud Afro-Latina, fierce activist, strategic community organizer and unconventional educator. I love Black and Brown people and am focused on fighting for our liberation. My life, education and career are dedicated to doing everything I can to help empower our people so we can get free.

I joined the Hood Digest team because I wanted to be part of this effort to elevate the voices of our people in an authentic and powerful way. There is power in our voices and in our stories; I’m excited for Hood Digest to help bring them to light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther Sawyer, Podcast Producer

@esight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Esparza, Illustrator

@mresparzaf

I’m a South LA native. My art has been inspired and shaped by LA’s graffiti and aerosol culture. Since the age of 10, I have experimented with multiple mediums including spray paint, acrylic, marker, color pencils, and charcoal. My work has been displayed throughout the Southland in locations such as South LA, Downtown LA, the Southbay, West LA, and in Denver, CO. In addition, I’ve been contracted by multiple businesses where my original work is now on display. I joined the Hood Digest team in 2017.