Since 2011, Jemil’s Big Easy food truck has brought savory and flavorful dishes that define Cajun cuisine from New Orleans up to the streets of Seattle, Wash. For Next Generation Radio, Alyssa Mendez Batista hopped inside the food truck to talk to Candace Lachelle Johnson, the food truck’s Positive Reinforcer. Candace is daughter of Chef and owner Jemil Aziz Johnson and has been working on the truck since the summer of 2012 bringing her positive attitude and vibrant personality every day at lunchtime.
“If I did have a counselor who was Japanese from Brazil and he was my middle school counselor, I think I would have had more questions answered then I had at the time. And I think that’s what every student wants is to have somebody that can answer those questions.”
As part of the reporting process for her story on Native American two-spirit identities, NPR Next Generation Radio reporter Imana Gunawan visited a traditional Native American gathering, commonly known as powwows, held in Kirkland, Wash., on Oct. 11, 2014 in order to learn more about indigenous cultures. In American Indian traditions, “two-spirit” is an umbrella term for Native identities that intersect with LGBTQ identities.