Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well. It’s been a rough week again. We’re going through a lot in this world. My eyes were glued to the TV and yes…I spent a lot of time checking social media. Although I typically write about my own perspective of life, current events and more, I wanted to reach out to DJ Pooh Heff (Manny Rich) this week. Manny is a longtime DJ here in El Paso. He’s been on local radio and runs the Podcast “The Pooh Heff Show” via iHeart Radio, Spotify and others. He also works for his online independent radio station Gecko Bros Radio. Manny uses his podcast to discuss current black issues, music, sports, entertainment and more. He also discusses various issues on his social media pages. I’ve had the opportunity to interview him on other occasions as a freelance writer over the past few years. I wanted to get his opinion about everything that’s going on right now like the George Floyd protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, etc. Here’s what he had to say below:
Me: What was it like growing up in El Paso for you?
Manny: Growing up in El Paso was fun because I was a kid. We did kid stuff and that’s what we did. I lived in an area that was close knit. We were even close knit with the gangsters (aka cholos). I never had a problem growing up here. (Manny grew in the lower valley side of town.)
Me: You left El Paso for awhile but came back. Where did you like living most and why?
Manny: It doesn’t matter where I lived. I don’t have a favorite place. It’s whatever you make it when you’re there. My wife made our house a place that I call home. It’s not about where you live or how you live. It’s what you’re doing when you’re living.
Me: What are you doing these days?
Manny: I’ve been doing my Podcast “The Pooh Heff Show” for a year on iHeart Radio, Spotify, wherever you listen to podcasts. I have almost 80,000 subscribers. I’m trying to add more. I don’t depend on El Paso to support me like that. I created my own pathway to make money.
Me: I caught your recent interview with the local web site Fit Fam the other day. You discussed current events there too. What is your opinion on the George Floyd protests (sometimes peaceful and sometimes not) that are being held worldwide? Why do you think people are still protesting more than one week later?
Manny: We had to deal with Eric Garner’s murder of the same back in 2014. Nobody protested that. The police walked away and that’s what it was. Five or six murders after that were highly publicized. We know that over 50 were not publicized. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. This is what people need to understand.
Me: What exactly is the Black Lives Matter movement? What does it mean to you? Manny: I don’t belong to that movement but I sympathize with it. It’s a group that fights injustices within the black community.
Me: Is there anything you would like to add?
Manny: No, I’m transparent. I’m just trying to make a footprint.
Photo from Manny Rich