Award-Winning Journalist Janice Llamoca Revisits Her Y2K Party Crew Days and a Crime That Shaped the Narrative of the Scene in New Podcast — Party Crews: The Untold Story
From VICE, LAist Studios and iHeartMedia’s My Cultura Podcast Network, New Limited Series Launches March 14
WHAT: For many Latinx kids in the 2000s, the party crew scene was a safe space to express themselves as they came of age in the grit and glitter of Los Angeles. A space to make friends, forget about your problems and dance the night away. But the scene wasn’t always physically safe. There were shootings, police raids, and many adults saw it as gang-adjacent. The media fueled negative stereotypes of out-of-control kids. One of the teens who got caught in that narrative was Emmery Muñoz, who was murdered in 2006.
In the early 2000s, Janice Llamoca was a member of an all-girl party crew called the Lustful Laydeez. Although she left that world behind as an adult, learning about Emmery’s story quickly pulled her back.
In Party Crews: The Untold Story, Janice goes on a Y2K-filled journey back to her own party crew days to find out what this scene meant for teens like her and Emmery, and why – to this day – Emmery’s case remains unsolved.
WHEN: Party Crews: The Untold Story premieres on March 14, 2023. Listen to the official trailer now, here.
WHERE: Listeners can follow Party Crews: The Untold Story on the iHeartRadio app and all other podcast platforms.
WHO: Host Janice Llamoca is an award-winning journalist and senior podcast producer with VICE. As an audio journalist, Janice explores topics of history, identity, language access, culture, and covers stories that range from LA’s Chicano Movement to profiles of emerging Latinx musicians to the Black TikTok strike. She humanizes her stories with compelling voices from communities of color.
Janice’s work has been featured in Latino USA, VICE News, The New York Times, NPR’s Code Switch, El hilo, NPR’s Weekly Edition, Remezcla and more. In 2020, Janice was a recipient of a Gracie Award and a Livingston Award finalist. Growing up as the child of immigrants in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, Janice identifies as Peruvian American of Quechua descent.
Party Crews: The Untold Story is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.
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