Episode 02: Janel Martinez on living healthy in food deserts & how to survive


Everyone is deserving of not only access to good food but also education about their food.” – Janel Martinez.

Episode two of the Healthconscious podcast shares the first part of a two-part conversation with entrepreneur, multimedia journalist, and advocate for afro-latinidad, Janel Martinez, who is a Garifuna Afro-Latina.

During this episode Nory and Janel discuss what is like to live healthy in a food desert, they share their experiences as Garifuna women balancing health, and wellness and the impact social media has on teenage girls.

Listen to part two of the conversation with Janel Martinez.

Meet Janel Martinez

I was introduced to Janel through my best-friend, who interviewed her on her podcast called Joblogues.

She couldn’t stop raving about her and the amazing work she was doing as an entrepreneur, multimedia journalist, and advocate for afro-latinidad.

I immediately began following Janel on social media and reading her award-winning blog Aint I Latina? Which is an online destination celebrating afro-latinas (women of African descent with roots in Latin America).

Why Janel

Her platform has featured interviews with prominent afro-latinas, including Zahira Kelly (bad Dominicana), Singer Amara la Negra who I love, and author and educator Nadia Lopez, as well as everyday chicas.

I’m constantly amazed and inspired by Janel’s passion to fight for the representation of afro-latinos in media. You can catch her in platforms like Buzzfeed, essence.com, Mitu, and Remezcla, NPR, NBC and Sirus XM.

In addition to her work with Aint I Latina?, She is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer at 2020Shift, a startup that connects people to opportunities in tech through training and events. Currently, 2020Shift helps companies like Spotify, Uber, Oscar Insurance, Yelp and more attract and retain diverse talent.

Janel is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a fellow bonxnite.

Learn more about Janel at aintilatina.com or 2020shift.com and connect with her on Instagram @janelm.

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