Our Crew

 Necia Media began as a love project amongst hermanas, sistars wanting to see themselves in media and mentorship. Understanding the struggles of being a womxn of color in the media field, Necia Media was born in conversations and comadrehood. Meet the creatives behind the Necia Media Collective!

 

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Perla Farias Portugal,

Multimedia Editor

Perla is a Xicana visual creative. She specializes in photography and videography. Her focus is in portrait work with an emphasis on emotional artistry. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A in Journalism & Mass Communication and a B.S. in Justice Studies

She has journalism experience documenting advocacy work and producing films for justice oriented campaigns. She's worked in curating blog content for brands and using her photography for lifestyle documentation.

Perla hopes to continue and expand her work as a visual creative director and audio storyteller. You can find her on Instagram @perlafariasphoto 

 

 

 

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Vero Ann Salinas,

Copy Editor

 

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Emily Cavazos,

Communications Coordinadora

 

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Michelle Patiño-Flores,

Bilingual Editor

Michelle is a writer and researcher with interests spanning several themes. She is primarily interested in the intersection of education, culture, + language as they relate to liberation. At Necia, she copyedits and curates content in English + Spanish. Her favorite things to talk about are food, books, and museums. 

Michelle hopes to publish a couple pieces of introspective + retrospective nature while exploring new writing styles. IG: chinchorroz 

 

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alida cardós whaley,

Co-Founder

alida cardós whaley is a xicana bruja based in the midwest lands of milwaz con raíces en el yucatán. a mamá and medicine maker remembering ancestral traditions and ways of life, alida seeks to collectively dream and realize spaces for decolonial healing, radical love, and liberatory joy. alida uses words to transport, unearthing dimensions of selves and surrounding generations. 

alida is a birth and afterbirth doula sharing ritual of mexican traditional medicine. alida is also a member of the Strawberry Moon Women Singers, an Indigenous women of the world hand drum group united to heal through music.

alida is co-founder and corazón organizer with the all-muxer run STITCH collective where they dream up intergenerational, radical alternative spaces to practice the world they wish to live in.

you can find alida on IG @quetzallida and her makings @hamacahumilde.

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Jeanette Martín,

Co-Founder

Jeanette Martín is a first generation queer Chicana, born and raised on Milwaukee's Southside.  Driven by her lived experience as a child of economic refugees from México, her personal journey has been using art and cultural organizing as a healing tool with and for her community.  A painter and printmaker in training with her unyielding passion for accessibility to cultural arts, social justice and transformation, moves her to co-create sustainable and dignified projects and cultural spaces with STITCH

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Jessica Diaz-Hurtado,

Co-Founder

Born and raised in the DC area, Jessica Diaz-Hurtado is a poet, journalist and multimedia storyteller. With roots in Colombia and El Salvador, her work focuses on the immigrant experience, diasporic feminism, race, education, transnational identity and culture. 

She received her B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while participating as a First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Scholar. She also received her M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Her research has intersected global hip hop studies, critical race theory and spatial relations. 

In 2014 she directed and produced her award winning documentary series, Ta Ligado: Rodas e Hip Hop no Rio, on Rio de Janeiro's youth hip hop culture. 

In November 2015 Jessica served as the multimedia artist in residence with VoKaribe, a community run radio station in Barranquilla, Colombia. 

She is currently a 2016-17 NPR Kroc Fellow and based in the Washington D.C. area.  

Rebecca Jackson,

Co-Founder

Born and raised in the El Paso/Juárez borderlands, Rebecca is a queer fregona Colombian-American media scholar, guerilla documentary maker, film producer, and academic organizer. She took “Race and Silent Film” her first semester at Macalester College and has been making moves in media and cultural studies ever since. She is currently pursuing two Master’s degrees in Media Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She has worked with Radio Trono in El Alto, Bolivia; Latinitas online magazine; KLRU the PBS affiliate in Austin, TX; and world renowned concert series Austin City Limits.

This summer Rebecca will work with community media outlets engaging issues of social justice and human rights in her mom’s hometown Barranquilla, Colombia. She loves learning, dancing with familia, arroz con coco, and discussing representations of mujeres of color.