Hold onto your butts, people who think undocumented immigrants are ruining this country. It turns out that not only are undocumented immigrants taking your jobs, they’re class valedictorians with bright futures earning full rides to prestigious universities too. Mayte Lara Ibarra announced as much earlier this week in a tweet from her since-deleted account. “Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented,” she proclaimed.
That exact same day just a few hours north, another class valedictorian, Larissa Martinez, declared her undocumented status during her valedictorian speech.
“America can be great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice,” she said. Apparently, she’s headed to Yale on a full-ride scholarship to study medicine, and perhaps minor in masterful subtweeting.
No sooner had these two bright, industrious teenagers declared their status than Twitter did what it does worst.
The vitriol spread to Facebook, where a woman named Hillary Shay Davis (who claims her daughter graduated with Ms. Ibarra, wrote “I have never thought about deporting a child who graduated from a U.S. high school and fought against the odds to be successful. Until this moment. Something else that I have NEVER thought I would support until this moment is Trump and #buildthatwall.”
You get the idea. The harassment got so bad that Ms. Ibarra deleted her Twitter account.
Gary Susswein, a spokesman for the University of Texas, said he could not discuss individual cases like Ms. Ibarra’s, but did release a statement saying that “State law also does not distinguish between documented and undocumented graduates of Texas high schools in admissions and financial aid decisions.”
In other words, Mayte and Larissa are not taking somebody’s place as undocumented immigrants. They earned everything that’s coming their way.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.