Author Archives: Jade Esteban Estrada

Jade Esteban Estrada: Meet Joe Gonzales, Who’s Defying Political Gravity

Jade Esteban Estrada: Meet Joe Gonzales, Who’s Defying Political Gravity

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Joe D. Gonzales is sitting across from me, giving me a much-needed refresher on his favorite Broadway musical Wicked. A silver statue of Lady Justice, one of the finest I’ve ever seen, stands behind him. The Democratic nominee for Bexar County district attorney gleefully explains the popular storyline,

Sitting Down with Unerasable Graciela Sanchez

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. I’m sitting at Sweet Yams Café on the city’s East Side with Graciela Sanchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. The sunlight cascades down the right side of her face through the adjacent window, giving her a resplendent glow. Sanchez, who has devoted her life to

Too marvelous for words: Ken Slavin turns 25*

“I’ve lived a lot since I was 29 and I understand the songs better now than I ever did.” Jazz singer and public-relations pro Ken Slavin is San Antonio’s rara avis—a very animated anachronism from a time when gentlemen sported impeccably fitted jackets for daily wear, and equally well-tailored manners. Onstage and off, this 6-foot-two-inch

A conversation with poet Richard Blanco

“We forget that to be an intelligent, thriving human being means to pull from all sources of information, knowledge, and understanding.” Richard Blanco received our democratic society’s version of literary knighthood in 2013 when President Barack Obama chose him as the nation’s fifth inaugural poet. He is the first Latino, the first openly gay man,

Unbreakable Molly Cox

The SA2020 CEO on kicking dominos and coming out It was only 11 years ago that Molly Cox took an exacting look at herself in the mirror and once again sensed a feeling that something was “off.” Holding her gaze, she picked up her toothbrush and began brushing her teeth. Cox, a counter, was finishing

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