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I spent the past 24 hours with my ancestors: skating and making a beat. One was successful both were really fun. We didn't sleep a lot.


OTWay Home brings me today – en el Dia de Muertos – to my apartment in Tongvataar (the Los Angeles Basin) in the Baldwin Village. I was with my family from August to October and now I find myself making home on my own. I wish I was better about calling fam but I hardly know how to process my own emotions, I get weird thinking about doing that with family; both the sweetest dream and a dense conversation my chest can't fathom. a n d y e t . . .

With b r e a t h e , the chest can return to a slow and divine mmmmmmmm, like a sweet yummmmmmmmm. Anyway, I was finally able to breathe and spend time with myself in the ways that used to make me want to get distracted. f e e l i n g.





As an artist I make art, so without further ado: The first demo from ESTUVE MUERTE:


Bittersweet to have left my immediate family in the MidWest but I'm excited to find new ways to share with them. Meanwhile, I try to find order in how I share with you...

check out what's on the short list.

ToDo:

  1. Returning to LA: Emotional roller coaster that is touching down (w/ mindfulness tips)

  2. counterstorytelling 101: breathing new life into the stories of our lives

    1. (subject+verb_object)

    2. What subjects have dominated

    3. We have all found our own multicultural mix of the

    1. The seed: love & storytelling 101

      1. (1 vid per chapter)

  3. Native American Heritage Month

    1. Reflections on the Frontlines of the fight to protect the environment

    2. Native Leaders and movements we need to follow and uplift

    3. What decolonizing can we do now :: what visions do we dream about for the future


Mindfulness at HOME:

  • If it exists I haven’t experienced it::

  • The relationship with the wound (aka el vacío) has been present in most of my serious relationships :: in a similar way that I imagine you might connect with those you love/yourself

  • My body is hypersensitive to my environment:: some might consider this empathic:: but I know it’s a defense mechanism (aka “subconscious social/emotional intelligence I’ve developed through life’s inherent traumas) to help me feel out the vibe and ride it out safely.


Dia De Muertos: I have no one to answer to but my ancestors. Yet why am I so scared to embrace myself in their presence; or is it that I feel so alone in their absence... blehhhhh. I Am excited to live the best life I possibly could for all of them

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*TW: breathe as often as you can, this writing's a bit dense: meant for adults and critical thinkers



a glitch in the simulation: beautiful brown folk in Chicago

It's been a long month, I'm finally back home in LA; where I'm starting to digest the beautifully complex experiences I had the privilege to enjoy around family this Latinx Heritage month. On previous trips I arrived guns-a-blazing with a love so radical that my cries for justice sounded like accusations that no one could possibly take responsibility for. I didn't mean to make you feel like you were at fault, no one said you were.


Can You fix hundreds of years of White Supremacist genocide? No one asked you to. Am I capable of disentangling the complexity of mestizaje on my own: at least accepting European and Native Blood inside? I can at least recognize the way many lost blood for one group to assert itself the dominant empire.



Can I align on the way to support others in the authentic liberation (and still check my privileges and biases when necessary)?


Hispanics/Latinos/Latin@s/Latinx folks/Latines this month honor the survivors genocide (of the people and the culture). In spite of mestizaje (AKA, the Spanish version of “kill the Indian, save the Man”) many Latinos practice the traditions of these ancestral lands within us and our daily and seasonal rituals.


Let’s first acknowledge: we will never agree on a name. The joys of not being a monolith means that we, pride ourselves as people unique to our own LatinXperiences and context: we love our cultura AND because we love it, we want it to grow.


To grow, we gotta stop centering European ancestry in how we refer to ourselves; upholding white supremacy quietly enables racism towards black and indigenous people.


Yes, the Latine community still has to reckon with White Supremacy (specifically anti-blackness and anti-indigenous) but many of us find love and pride in being a part of “the people” –––(especially in the face of countless oppressive regimes, dictatorships, US lead coups, failed neoliberal projects that have left millions in poverty and continue creating climate refugees). And all of this has been normalized and celebrated through Western pop culture over the past 500 years; in particular Hollywood, history books, Classrooms, and now social media.


Historiography: the study of historical writing –––– historiography helps us examine not only history itself, but also the broader overlying characteristics that shape the recording of history itself. Who is telling the story?

A glimpse at our industry: film, radio to TV, cell phones & Internet, rise of tech, and the misinformation war erupts.  Then in bold letters, White Supremacy under a chart of the 6 biggest media companies.
A slide from a keynote conversation I co-facilitated.

Hollywood Westerns helped normalize the border vigilantism of the Texas Rangers that birthed today's Border Patrols; alongside dirty, lazy, violent “wetback” stereotypes that enabled the violence we’ve witnessed against legal asylum seekers from all over– most recently Haiti. Follow the roots of Latino representation in cinema to our modern screens and you’ll witness dehumanizing misrepresentation or historic under-representation


Authentic liberation - the process of humanization - is not another deposit to be made in men. Liberation is a praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it.
Paulo Freire on humanization

It’s hard to narrow down "what to watch or not watch,” just be. aware. of a White supremacist capitalist, patriarchal agenda that centers whiteness and puritan values and Others everyone who comes from a community with their own cultural values.


If you’re looking to unpack the stereotypes of Latino Cinema; Chon Noriega and Charles Ramirez Berg are your dudes but never count out a Queer Chicana Queen like Gloria Anzaldua to contextualize the culture we consume and create. And finally, one of the most fluent discussions of history's connection to our present day I have ever heard: Settler Colonialism - In The Thick Podcast.


The paths you can take to find the truth are endless;

just make sure you are critical of your sources.


QUE PASA, MI RAZA? “ASÍ PASA LO QUE PASÓ, PASÓ” NOo PUES, TE PASAS! ooops... SE ME PASÓ, ME PASÉ ME PASA. & yet, I won't let another day pass where I don’t check the colonizer's presence in the room: unless the moment calls for safety>pride. Let it go. We can flow, on the way. Your failed attempt to erase indigenous peoples from their own land and world history is being counter-storied.


Overall, The trip across the Americas has been a lesson in unlearning & relearning history; something that starts with accepting and loving ourselves as we are :☯️: without normalizing or desensitizing ourselves from those who have been and still are hurting.


This season, spread love not the virus. Honor your ancestors and those who have made it possible for you to enjoy this life. Most importantly, honor indigenous knowledge that will continue to lead us through to an environmentally just tomorrow. #LANDBACK





Con Mucho Amor,

Josué Emmanuel



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The fruits of this harvest are ripe in the present. All our past trials, have passed like a crescent in the presence of a full moon.
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