Michelle Threadgould

Journalist

Michelle Threadgould is a journalist who lives in Oakland, California, and covers the intersection between arts and culture and social justice. She has written for CNN, Pacific Standard, New York Observer, Remezcla, KQED, Racked, Latino USA, and others.

United States of America

Portfolio

CNN

Why passport report strikes a familiar fear in me

Reading reports of citizens being denied US passports gave me a familiar feeling of wondering who will be left in Trump's America when all is said and done, says Michelle...

KQED

With Art, Bay Area Brujas Honor Ancestors and Heal Themselves

When I talk to the dead, sometimes I talk to people I know, like my grandmother. Other times I talk to women who I don't want forgotten, like the immigrants who didn't make it...

Latino USA

Hasta Muerte Coffee and the Historic Struggle of Social Justice Coffee Shops in the Bay Area to...

OAKLAND - Earlier this year, Hasta Muerte Coffee made national headlines because of its refusal to serve police officers. Now, the collective tells Latino USA, it is fighting...

CNN

On sexual harassment: I don't need a thicker skin, you need a conscience.

It was a hot, humid summer, and I was working as an assistant costume designer on a film set in New York City. Every day, sweat poured down my back and legs as I hoisted dozens...

KQED

Bay Brilliant: Quynh-Mai Nguyen

When you turn any corner, you can meet an artist. They could be undercover poets or they could be DJs and you don't actually know until you speak to them. It's warm, there's...

Catapult

Catapult | Mexican/American: The Duality of Growing Up Chicana | Michelle Threadgould

When I think of my abuela, I think of her as a walking gardenia. My grandmother had short, silk-white hair, and would spray gardenia perfume in it as she combed it. She used...

Pacific Standard

National Park Service Employees Are Going Rogue to Save Our Wildlife

Before Trump and the gag order, morale was extremely low [at the National Park Service] because we were paid in rainbows and smiles. We were dealing with fires and we were...

KQED

Hindered by Stereotypes, 'Quixote Nuevo' Comes at a Too-Serious Time

Later, a group of migrant workers is found dead in the desert. One of the bodies is of a young woman, clutching a rosary made of bones. Is the dead woman Dulcinea, or one of the...

Latino USA

The Revolutionary Origins of Café de Olla and the Mexican Americans Keeping the Tradition Alive

Café de olla is a drink steeped in Mexican history. During the early days of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, soldaderas, also known as adelitas, supported soldiers by cooking,...

CNN

Harvey Weinstein allegations: It's all about power, not sex

Harvey Weinstein's excuse for harassing many women in an industry where he holds make-or-break power over careers -- that he came of age in 60's and 70's -- does not get him a...

KQED Arts

Sin Sombreros: A Cinco de Mayo Playlist In the Spirit of Resistance

Contrary to popular belief in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It commemorates the day Mexico's only indigenous leader and president, Benito...

GOOD Magazine

The Fascinating Secret History of Protest Posers

On Wednesday night, I watched in frustration as NBC News fretted about the "out of control" protest at the UC-Berkeley Campus, led by "anarchists" against Breitbart editor Milo...

Pacific Standard

The Pink Ghetto of Women's Issues in Mexico: From Rape Whistles to Subway Cars

"No one ever asks me to take them to graveyards - except on Day of the Dead," my cab driver says as we make our way from the airport to my hotel in Mexico City. He talks...

Racked

Why Wearing Rosary Beads Is Controversial

Since the beginning, rosary beads have been a symbol of rebellion. An early legend asserts that Saint Dominic (circa 1170 to 1221 A.D.), the founder of the Dominican Order, saw...

The Orange Dot

A Day With: Body Dysmorphia

Editor's Note: This piece is part of an ongoing series of personal essays on what it's like to live with a mental health diagnosis. Each piece describes a singular and unique...

Racked

The Cult of Selena and the Fiesta de la Flor Festival

I arrive to Fiesta de la Flor, the Selena tribute festival, right before the Tejano artist and Corpus Christi native Megan Chapa takes the stage. Chapa wears a pink and purple...

Pacific Standard

How U.S. Military Veterans View the Travel Ban

President Donald Trump supports America's troops. The troops, however, are more on the fence about their president. That fact might not have been obvious during the presidential...

GOOD Magazine

Why Kimya Dawson, Killer Mike, And Other Bands Are Standing Up To SXSW Right Now

More than 500 musicians were scheduled to perform at the popular media, film, and music festival South by Southwest (SXSW) kicking off next week in Austin, Texas. Then, on...

KQED Arts

Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson on Being 'Discovered' at 75

"Here I am, at 75 years old, and my work is being seen for the first time," says Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose retrospective Civic Radar is currently on view at Yerba Buena Center...

KQED Arts

For Mexico City Musicians, There's No Hiding From 'El Futuro'

It's Halloween weekend in Mexico City, and my friend Mauricio Mendia is preparing for his DJ set at the American Legion. The theme for the night is disco. As Mauricio sets up...