by Kathy Garcia
AFO Guest Contributor
Kathy Garcia is an aspiring attorney who hopes to use her education to serve undocumented immigrant communities. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and a first-generation Latinx college graduate.
As a recent college graduate, I miss many things about campus life, the biggest being discussions about social justice with other young People of Color. I have struggled to find these conversations post-graduation, and when I do find them, I am reminded of the power they hold in renewing my sense of purpose and direction. Hence my excitement when I stumbled across Another Round with Heben and Tracy.
Another Round has been a blessing in several ways. First of all, it provides the critical discussions that I have sorely missed, addressing topics ranging from Beyonce to Afrofuturism to personal finance to mental health . Their conversations are funny, informative, and extremely necessary.
Another Round provides a break from the monotony that I encountered when I began listening to podcasts. While browsing top rated lists, I found that most podcasts are hosted by white males who could not hold my attention well enough to make me forget I was sitting in traffic. I could not picture myself being a part of their conversations, which were often dry, humorless, and ignored the role of race and gender in society. In contrast, Another Round is hosted by two Black women, and intended for a Black audience. Although I am not Black, I often find myself nodding along, and reacting to their discussions. I feel extremely privileged to be allowed to eavesdrop on their conversations, which manage to deal with serious issues in a way that is both respectful and entertaining. As a Latinx, I have found so much of their content relatable, especially the ongoing discussion of Heben's experience as a child of immigrants. At the same time, there is a lot of content that I cannot relate to, and I have learned a lot by being forced to sit and listen and reflect on my own light-skinned privilege. I would like to think that this podcast has made me a better ally, or at least a more informed person.
After listening to all the available episodes, I proceeded to sign up for the Another Round newsletter, which definitively proved that Another Round is the gift that keeps on giving. Their newsletter led me to the amazing podcastsincolor.com, a treasure chest of podcasts made by and for People of Color. In this way, Another Round has opened up a whole new world of podcasts that talk about topics that I care about, in a way that recognizes and respects my own experiences, as well as those of my community.
If you listen to podcasts, and you do not listen to Another Round, you are missing out. If you don't listen to podcasts, you should start listening to Another Round because it will revolutionize your life, and your commute.