Tamarindo podcast is Latinx voices at the intersection of politics and pop culture. It is hosted by Brenda Gonzalez and Melinna Bobadilla, two #educatedpeleoneras, that dish out comedic and critical interventions. Hosts focus on race, gender and representation, and also delve into relevant political topics, but always with refreshing and hilarious commentary. Guests of Tamarindo represent diverse voices making cultural and political waves locally and nationally.
Tamarindo podcast has been featured in mitu, Remezcla, Latino USA, Latina Magazine, and Hip Latina. Tamarindo participated in the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference and Variety magazine's Entertainment and Tech Summit.
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Co-Creator & Host
Brenda Gonzalez is a nonprofit capacity builder and podcaster. She is passionate about civil rights and the role that community based organizations play in advancing rights and equity. Her experience as a formerly undocumented student shaped her interests in politics and she earned a M.A. in Political Science by age 23. Before she was even eligible to vote, Brenda taught American Government at Cal State Fullerton. She is obsessed with podcasts, her dog Frida, and urban hikes in downtown LA. She was born in Mexico.
Melinna Bobadilla is a Chicanx actor, educator, voice over artist and activist who is passionate about the intersection of social justice and media/arts, focused on equity in the representation of race & gender. In addition to being an on-camera artist, Melinna is proud to have honed her skills on the stage, after having performed in theaters across LA, the SF Bay area, New York City, and abroad. She holds an M.A. in Theater & Education from New York University and a BA from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Mass Communications. Most recently, you may have seen her portraying the tough Pachuca ‘Bertha’ in the historic revival of Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum in LA. Read more at www.melinnabobadilla.com.
Jeff Devoe provides original music and sound engineering for Tamarindo Podcast. When he is not adding chanclazo sound effects on Tamarindo, he is producing electronic music. You can find his music at https://soundcloud.com/devoe.