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NEW ALBUM “ROOT” SET FOR SPRING 2017 RELEASE, PRODUCED BY DJ ICEWATER

Original Album Art by Jay Michael Jaramillo

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MOLINA SPEAKS IS A RECIPIENT OF AN IMAGINE 2020 AWARD BY THE CITY OF DENVER TO DEVELOP “ROOT” VISUAL ALBUM

Jay Michael Jaramillo and Jerry Jaramillo complete a Chicano Picasso mural on Denver’s westside during a video shoot for the record “Steal Some Time.”

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MOLINA SPEAKS IS THE RECIPIENT OF AN ARTS AFFINITY GROUP 2016 ART TANK AWARD FOR HIS CONCEPT CHICANO PICASSO

Photos by Ric Urrutia

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PODCAST LAUNCH 2017: BROWN GENIUS

Brown Genius is a Podcast in Full Color Spectrum, dedicated to providing a platform for underrepresented voices.  While the white vs. black dichotomy dominates our nation’s media and politics, we seek to bring gray areas into focus.  We highlight the rich diversity of the Americas.  Beginning with our Mestizo, Latino, and Indigenous communities, we host conversations with brilliant folks of all races, cultures and backgrounds.  We invite our listeners to see themselves and their world in new ways.   

Brown Genius is hosted by Molina Speaks and Sheree Lovemestiza Brown, produced by Rodney Sino-Cruz.  

http://browngeniuspodcast.com/  

For iPhone: “Brown Genius” on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brown-genius/id1193049116?mt=2

For Android: “Brown Genius” on Stitcher:  http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/brown-genius-podcast-network/brown-genius  

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DENVER 9NEWS ARTIST FEATURE 2016 http://www.9news.com/news/local/hispanic-heritage-month/hispanic-heritage-denver-poet-finds-inspiration-in-dreams/329260476

 

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DENVER POST POETRY NOW FEATURE 2015  extras.denverpost.com/poetry-now/

 

“Things have changed, and every now and then, an artist puts their account of life’s changes into play, all over phat beats. Molina is that artist. A culturist who balances his revolutionary politics with his ability to rap like no other, Molina is not your average ‘conscious artist’.” – Westword

“Molina may be the only MC in Denver who has transcended being boxed into any particular facet of the scene.” – Denver Post RVRB

BOOKING: Molina@MolinaSpeaks.Com

 

BIOGRAPHY

Molina Speaks is an American Artist, Poet, Musician, Social Entrepreneur and Human Bridge.  He is a Mestizo Chicano Futurist, Live Poetic Scribe, Arts Educator, DIY Publisher and Producer.  Molina has released dozens of volumes of music and poetry.  Each of his Works carries a distinct subject matter, vibe and aesthetic.  Every Performance is unique to the time and space in which it is experienced.

Molina Speaks advocates for Human Rights, Civil Rights, Young People and Creative Spaces.  Molina is a TedX Fellow and has been an Artist In Residence with the National Hispanic Heritage Center, Think 360 Arts, Lighthouse Writers, La Napoule Arts Foundation, and Mizel Museum, among others.  He is a recent awardee of the Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group and the City of Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Fund.  As Creative Director (2012-2016) and now Lead Partner Artist, Molina has played a major role in the establishment of Youth On Record’s youth media studio.  Youth On Record serves thousands of Denver youth each year through it’s music education programs. 

Molina’s work has been critically acclaimed by Colorado Public Radio, 9 News, the Denver Post, and Westword.  He has been a feature artist of the Biennial of the Americas, Jaipur International Literary Festival, Latino Community Foundation, Colorado Thespians, Bioneers, Boston Arts Academy, Colorado Mountain College’s Common Reader Program, and the Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival.  Molina is the Music Director of the documentary film “Papers,” a film about undocumented youth and their struggle for education. 

Molina Speaks has appeared at hundreds of events nationwide, including arts forums and cultural festivals, music venues, universities, junior colleges, public libraries, museums, K-12 schools, community centers and places of worship.  Molina is a vocalist and percussionist with the Afrobeat Latin Punk band Pink Hawks.  He is a co-founder and co-host of the podcast Brown Genius.  In 2017, Molina will premiere a visual album titled Root and a new live hip-hop act called Roots, Rice and Beans.

Email molina@molinaspeaks.com for booking inquiries.