Project Enye (ñ) Podcast 007: My name Matters


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Hello! This is Podcast Episode # 007! Where we share the behind the scenes look at our journey. NOTE: You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here on the website. Denise and Henry discuss the significance of one's name, how it connects with identity and the people around them. We share a clip of an interview with Gerardo Lopez, a gang violence prevention advocate who recalls his struggle with people mispronouncing his name and how he used to long for a name that was easy to pronounce like Zach or Slater. Next, we  share Jenny Anna Santos' story, who recalls her grandmother pronouncing her name with a soft 'J', her birth certificate showing her name spelled in a more 'American' way, and struggling with how other's pronounce latino names and how this can directly connect with how one connects with their own culture. Denise and Henry continue to discuss how the appreciation for the Spanish language has expanded over the decades and pronouncing Spanish names is moving slowly in that direction. This week, Project Enye (ñ) spoke at the Denver Inner City Perish. While there, we asked the students to discuss their names with a partner and record the conversation. If you feel inspired, tell us the story of your name with: The Project Enye (ñ) Name Exercise Answer the following questions and audio or video record using your smart phone. Email us the clip at
  1. What is your full name?
  2. What is the story behind your name?
  3. What do you like to be called?
  4. What does your mother call you?
  5.  How do people pronounce your name?
  6. How do you feel when people don’t pronounce your name correctly?
Finally, we are headed to San Diego this week for Traffic and Conversion then off to LA to visit the set of East Los High and actor and writer Rick Najara. Stay tuned for our next podcast, recorded en route in California! Thanks for tuning in! Items Mentioned in This Session: Action Items:
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