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The Bad Filipino

By Myki Angeline

Hosted by Myki Angeline, a queer, vegan, music journalist, and activist. She's half Filipino who is 100% bad at being authentic to her culture, but is always authentic in her life. Join the pillow talk when Myki exposes her guests to the parts of each topic that most folks choose to ignore - like why pineapple is bad on pizza or how it's so hard for people to look themselves in the mirror. Video Livestreams on FB, YT, Twitch:
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How Disney Got It Right Culturally with Encanto

The Bad FilipinoJan 28, 2022

How Disney Got It Right Culturally with Encanto

How Disney Got It Right Culturally with Encanto

In Season 3, episode 1 of the Bad Filipino podcast, I talk with my dear friend Jennifer C. about the Disney animated feature Encanto, focusing primarily on the women who bring this film to life and the incredible representation of Colombian culture throughout the movie. Jennifer C. is a Colombian American blogger, content creator, speaker and creative. As one-half of the sister duo @CurlyCurvyPassion on social media and the web since 2016, Jennifer advocates for empowerment through real talk about natural hair, body love, community & culture. You can read her blog and follow her social media at: CURLY CURVY PASSION

Encanto is Disney's first film that truly encapsulates the culture and nuances of Colombia. From the storyline and historical references to the symbolism of the costumes and music soundtrack. Encanto is the 60th film by Disney with all original songs written by multi-award-winning playwright/producer/director Lin-Manuel Miranda. Every effort was made in being as true and authentic to the creation of this animated feature. The Co-director and Co-writer Charise Castro Smith is from Miami, Florida and raised in a Cuban family. Germaine Franco composed the film and has shattered the glass ceiling for Latina composers. She is the first female composer for a Disney animated feature, the first Latina composer invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences music branch and to receive the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature (COCO). Plus, Franco is the first female composer to be hired by DreamWorks Animation and Pixar.  

The soundtrack for Encanto hit the ground running upon its release in November 2021. Within two weeks, it reached number 1 on Billboard 200, dethroning Adele's 30. It is the first Disney film since Frozen II to top the chart. Up for several award nominations, it has won seven so far. An impressive seven songs from the album appeared on the US Billboard Hot 100, led by "We Don't Talk About Bruno" - which was the soundtrack's most popular song. it reached number one on the Spotify Top 50 US chart on January 10, 2022. The single "Surface Pressure" reached number 10, making Encanto the first Disney animated film to have generated multiple top-10 songs on the Hot 100. "We Don't Talk About Bruno" is the first-ever original Disney song to top the chart. On the UK Singles Chart, "We Don't Talk About Bruno", "Surface Pressure" and "The Family Madrigal" have peaked at numbers one, five and fifteen, respectively.  

Nearly all the female voice roles were cast by Latina artists who act and sing on the soundtrack, and all of Colombian or Cuban descent.  Actress Angélica María Cepeda Jiménez who voices Julieta (Maribel’s mom), is born in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Carolina del Pilar Gaitán Lozano who voices Pepa Madrigal (Aunt) is born in Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia. The main character Maribel Madrigal is voiced by Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), who was born in Neuquén, Argentina. Maribel's sisters are voiced by Jessica Darrow (Luisa, a Cuban American born in Miami) and Diane Guerrero (Isabela, Colombian born in New Jersey). The only character with a separate voice actress and singer is 'Abuela' Alma Madrigal. She is voiced by actress Maria Cecilia Botero Cadavid (Colombian), with actress Olga Merediz (Cuban) providing the vocals.  

I came away from our conversation completely inspired and mesmerized with Colombian culture, learning how much Disney got it right with Encanto. It is a beautiful and powerful story that opens the doors for conversations on healing from trauma, embracing one's culture... even finding the strength to be true to one's identity.

Jan 28, 202254:06
Ahead Of The Curve with Franco Stevens, Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow

Ahead Of The Curve with Franco Stevens, Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow

Myki Angeline is thrilled to talk with Franco Stevens, Jen Rainin, and Rivkah Beth Medow from 'AHEAD OF THE CURVE' documentary! Franco is the founder/creator of the legendary lesbian circulation Curve Magazine. Jen is the Director and Co-Producer of the documentary, and Rivkah is the Producer and Co-Director. You can learn more here at

With a fist full of credit cards, a lucky run at the horse track, and chutzpah for days, Franco Stevens launched Curve, the longest running, best-selling lesbian magazine ever published. AHEAD OF THE CURVE tracks the power of lesbian visibility and community from the early ‘90s to the present day through the story of Franco’s founding of Curve magazine. Decades later, in the wake of a disabling injury, Franco learns that Curve will fold within the year and questions the relevance of the magazine in the face of accelerating threats to LGBTQ+ community. To forge a path forward, Franco reaches out to women working in today’s queer spaces to understand what queer women need today and how Curve can continue to serve the community.

Jen Rainin founded 'Frankly Speaking Films' with Rivkah Beth Medow in 2020 to produce media that centers strong LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people to increase visibility and spark change. Jen focuses her filmmaking on building community, deepening understanding of social justice issues, and telling great stories.

Oct 31, 202158:29
Sara Floor, Activist, World Traveler, and Epicurean

Sara Floor, Activist, World Traveler, and Epicurean

In this episode, I take it back to December 2016 from an older podcast I hosted (the MANA Show). I interviewed good friend Sara Floor who just returned from her trip to Havana, Cuba during Fidel Castro’s untimely passing. Sara had spoken with Cuban natives to get their personal reactions, and went live on Facebook to share what was really going on. In 2016 live streaming was a new feature on Facebook, and a vital way to see the unedited truth. We also give our opinions on the recent election results, and how other countries reacted to Donald Trump becoming our next U.S. President. If only we knew just how chaotic and deadly Trump's term would end up. #CaughtitinCuba

Sara has been an activist/ally since the 1980’s for the LGBTQ Community, the Fight for AIDS epidemic, and more currently SURJ, Black Lives Matter, ACLU, #NoDAPL / Standing Rock, ND.

Opening theme brought to you by singer/composer/violinist- looper Joe Kye, “Christmas Gift”. To hear more from this wonderful artist and friend, go to Joe Kye’s website:

Feb 06, 202129:48
Beatie Wolfe, Musical Visionary in Time And Space
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Mike King, Musican, Producer, Creator Of The Ruling Note
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Jillian Elizabeth, A&R at Die Laughing Records

Jillian Elizabeth, A&R at Die Laughing Records

In this episode, Myki talks with Jillian Elizabeth,  A&R at Die Laughing Records. Originally established in 1988 in the San Francisco Bay Area localized in the East Bay, Jillian joined the team in 2017 and takes part in representing over 30 unsigned bands. She is also the co-founder of Chicanery Chick Records. Chicanery Chick Records is all about girl power driven Pop, Punk and Garage. We like to provide a platform for unsigned bands and special projects as an offshoot to our founding label, Die Laughing Records.

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Carly DuHain, ShelterFest 2020

Carly DuHain, ShelterFest 2020

Myki chats with good friend, and local musician Carly DuHain of Drop Dead Red! Join us in the chat room as we get raw, real, and tell us why we must support the upcoming Sacramento ShelterFest online benefit concert on October 10, 2020.  #saveourstages is an important cause all across the nation. Here in Sacramento, the local musicians, fans, and businesses are working together to prevent longtime music venues from having to close their doors forever.


The Bad Filipino is a podcast hosted by Myki Angeline that dips just the tip into satire, cradles your feelings with a tad bit of empathy, and dives intensively into reality. She's half Filipino who is 100% bad at being authentic to her culture, but is always authentic in her life. Spend whichever day of the week she decides to post content as Myki exposes her guests to the parts of each topic that most folks choose to ignore - like why pineapple is bad on pizza or why it's so hard for people to look themselves in the mirror. Video Livestreams on FB, YT, Twitter.

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April Henry, Singer, Actor, Vocal Instructor
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