The Embers Podcast show

The Embers Podcast

Summary: The Embers Podcast is hosted by Ernesto Yerena Montejano. Ernesto is artist based in Boyle Heights,CA and is the creator of Hecho Con Ganas. The Embers will be a weekly podcast and will feature guests ranging from artists, musicians, actors, comedians, working people, nerds, etc. Please follow us if you want to listen in on some interesting conversations. HECHENLE GANAS!

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 EPISODE 13 : DANIEL GONZALEZ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:12:29

In this episode I sit down with my good friend Daniel Gonzalez who is a amazing printmaker here in Los Angeles. Daniel is originally from Boyle Heights which is where my studio is at and where this podcast was recorded. I had a blast with Daniel talking about how he became a print maker, being raised in Boyle Heights / East Los, political philosophy, papel picado, and many of his past and upcoming projects. Thank you for Listening. Please follow Daniel on Instagram; @printgonzalez Please visit his website:

 EPISODE 12 : VANESSA ACOSTA / FROMABOLIVIAN | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:40:54

I recently hung out and had a great and hilarious conversation with my guest Vanessa Acosta who is a talented photographer and fashion designer. Listen in as we discuss the influences in her fashion design, camping / glamping, indigenous women of Bolvia, effects of colonization, burning man, astrology, brujeria, etc. Thank you for listening! Follow Vanessa's photography on Instagram: @fromabolivian Follow Vanessa's Fashion on Instagram: @paragondesert

 EPISODE 11 : NAHKO BEAR | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:29:22

I had the honor of sitting down for a chat with Nahko Bear of Nahko and Medicine for the People. Nahko is Apache, Puerto Rican, Filipino, Chamorro who was raised by a middle class white family in Portland, Oregon and just as intense as his background mixture is his life story. Please tune in as we touch on themes of forgiveness, him hanging out with Stic.Man of Dead Prez, his mentors Winona LaDuke and Auntie Pua, where his name comes from, his farm in Hawaii, ALIENS and much much more! Please follow Nahko on instagram: @nahkobear Visit his webiste: Please listen to his music on Spotify or iTunes by searching: Nahko and Medicine for the People The song I played of his is titled "7 Feathers" off the album "Dark As Night" Photo by Josue Rivas. Follow him on Instagram: @josue_foto Follow me on Instagram: @ernestoyerena

 EPISODE 10 : LIZ SANCHEZ / WILD LIVING FOODS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:43

I had a great conversation with my guest Liz Sanchez of Wild Living Foods in Downtown LA. Wild Living Foods is a organic raw vegan restaurant in the heart of downtown that offers healthy food in a beautifully designed space. My good friend Jaque Fragua designed and created all the murals, menu, neon signs, etc. Please listen in as me and Liz talk about growing up as a Bolivian in a Mexican neighborhood, getting into DJ'ing, hip hop, being healthy, and being a entrepreneur. Please Follow Wild Living Foods on Instagram: @WildLivingFoods

 EPISODE 09 : VINCENT VALDEZ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:30:28

Vincent Valdez is legendary Chicano / American painter from San Antonio, TX. Listen in as we talk about being in Cheech Marin's art collection, the Late Richard Duardo, growing up in San Antonio, apprenticing under Alex Rubio, and his latest painting titled “The City” which depicts the KKK. Follow Vincent on Instagram:@vincentvaldez77

 EPISODE 08 : ANGÉLICA BECERRA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:20:37

Angélica Becerra is a talented artist, nerd and PHD Candidate at the UCLA Chicana Studies Department. Angélica is known for her water color portraits of Revolutionary Women. Please listen in as we discuss everything from her journey across the border, resilience, astrology, patriarchy, femmes, being a artist, etc. Follow Angélica on Instagram: @angelicaisaibecerra Please support Angélicas work here:

 EPISODE 07 : CARLOS VALENCIA / YAQUI PRIDE | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:39:16

As some of you may know, I have Yaqui roots, the only problem is that I wasn't really raised submersed in the culture. I really only know that I have Yaqui ancestry because when I was a young child I vividly remember my Great Grandparents speaking it at their house in the outskirts of Mexicali. Over most of my adult life I have made it a personal mission to recover as much knowledge be it historical, cultural or spiritual of the Yaqui tradition. When I lived in Phoenix I had my studio in a artist building and by coincidence my neighbor in that building happened to be Yaqui and on that same quest for knowledge. That neighbor was Carlos Valencia from the Yaqui town of Guadalupe, AZ right outside of Phoenix. At that point he was starting his YAQUI PRIDE clothing line / movement. If you are part Yaqui this gonna be a fun and informative episode, if your not it still is cause Carlos is one cool native nerd! Please Visit: Follow Yaqui Pride Instagram: @yaquipride

 EPISODE 06 : CHEF SILVANA SALCIDO ESPARZA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:07:47

I had the please of sitting down with Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Café in Phoenix, AZ. This was a really fun and informative episode, please listen in to hear Silvana drop knowledge about Mexican Food, her own roots, growing up, living on a bus in Mexico, arts and culture. If your ever in the Phoenix area please make sure to visit Barrio Café on Calle 16 aka 16th Street, you can't miss it cause its the building with all the murals on it! This episode was recorded in the Phoenix, Arizona. Follow Chef Silvana on instagram: @chefsilvana Barrio Café:

 EPISODE 05 : CHEF NEPHI CRAIG | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:26:00

I took a trip out to the White Mountain Apache Reservation specifically to get this interview with my good friend Chef Nephi Craig. This is one of my brothers that has a had a huge influence on the way that I see the world and in turn on how I approach my work. Please listen in and hear us talk about life struggles, decolonizing food, vocabulary of violence, vocabulary of affection, giving credit to indigenous farmers and surviving historical trauma. This episode was recorded in the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. Follow Nephi on instagram: @nephi_craig

 EPISODE 04 : JANDI CRAIG | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:29:27

Jandi Craig is a badass Indigenous Woman (White Mountain Apache to be exact) that is a healer, traditional artisan, cowgirl, mother, and knowledge keeper. In this episode I had the honor to talk to Jandi about life, indigenous traditions, resiliency all mixed up with humor and storytelling. Hope you Enjoy! This episode was recorded in the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. Follow Jandi on instagram: @janditawn

 EPISODE 03 : YOSIMAR REYES | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:34:52

My conversation with poet / activist / udocumented / hilarious / hood queer brotha Yosimar Reyes. Listen in on Yosi's stories of growing up in the hood, being undocumented, watching novelas and his relationship with his 85 year old grandmother. Please follow him on instagram at: @yosirey Please follow my instagram at: @ernestoyerena

 EPISODE 02 : NEZA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:16:30

I had the chance to have a interesting and at times funny conversation with the talented Guitarrón player / Mexican Folk musician Neza. We dive into talking about music, growing up catholic and crazy stories! Please follow her group La Victoria on instagram at: Please follow my instagram at: @ernestoyerena

 EPISODE 01 : RAFA CARDENAS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:12

This is the very first episode of The Embers Podcast. I had the honor of speaking with our good friend and amazing photographer Rafael Cardenas aka RAFA. Rafa got to speak on his experiences growing up in East LA and what drives him as a artist. Please follow him on instagram at: Please follow my instagram at: @ernestoyerena


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