Party Crews: The Untold Story

By iHeartPodcasts

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.

Category: Documentary

Open in Apple Podcasts

Open RSS feed

Open Website

Rate for this podcast

Subscribers: 21
Reviews: 0


For many Latinx kids in the ‘00s, 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 and police raids. Many adults saw the scene as gang-adjacent and the media fueled negative stereotypes of kids who were out of control. One of the teens who got caught in that easy narrative was Emmery Muñoz, after she was murdered in 2006.

Host Janice Llamoca goes on a Y2K-filled journey back in time 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. From iHeart, VICE, and LAist Studios in partnership with My Cultura Podcast Network

Episode Date
Bonus: Eddie Ruvalcaba on Capturing Party Crew Life

Photographer Eddie Ruvalcaba started his professional career capturing snapshots of party crews for Street Beat Magazine, an indie magazine for party crew teens of the ‘90s. His photographs have become part of an archive of ‘90s LA Latinx teen life. Thirty years later, Eddie reflects on his beginnings with Street Beat and how photography became a staple in his life.

*A note that Eddie was the staff photographer at Homeboy Industries from 2016-2021, and this interview was recorded in 2021 when he was still on staff. You’ll hear him mention it in the interview. He continues to work as an independent contractor for Homeboy Industries.

See for privacy information.

Mar 28, 2023
Bonus: Carribean Fragoza on Writing “The Vicious Ladies”

Carribean Fragoza is a writer, artist and co-founder of the South El Monte Arts Posse. She writes about Latinx women and girls whose narratives aren’t always portrayed in the mainstream. In 2014, she wrote a short story for Bomb Magazine titled “The Vicious Ladies'' — inspired by the news coverage surrounding Emmery Muñoz’s real-life party crew following her murder. 

See for privacy information.

Mar 21, 2023
Ep. 8 Safe Space

What does the party crew scene ultimately tell us about what it means to have a safe space - and how might that shape the way Emmery is remembered? Janice looks back and learns that the rosy memories are not the only ones worth remembering.

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 7 Desahogar

In 2022 – more than sixteen years later – we hear from Emmery’s entire family who gather and re-hash more than a decade’s worth of information when an investigator joins the case.

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 6 Searching for Digital Traces

Before TikTok, Instagram and even – MySpace, party crew teens found ways to create communities online. One of these early social media sites was called — where Janice and Emmery both had profiles once upon a time. In T4’s heyday, party crew kids all over LA and beyond would connect through colorful and chaotic digital profiles where teens were showing their lives uncensored and on their own terms. 

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 5 Cat & Mouse

A year after Emmery’s death, a now-notorious Los Angeles City Council member became interested in her unsolved case and led a rallying cry for LA to crack down on party crews. But the battle between the city and party crews wasn’t new. In this episode, we learn of LAPD’s strategies in the 2000s to police party crews and attempt a citywide crackdown. For the kids, dealing with the cops was just part of being in the scene.

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 4 Anatomy of a Party

We go behind-the-scenes in the making of a mid-2000s flier party with an entrepreneurial teen party crew promoter from South Central to understand how parties were major money makers, but more importantly how they were created by kids who wanted to be the architects of their own worlds. Consider this your official invite to a ~*flier party*~. 

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 3 The Investigation

Emmery was last seen on a Friday afternoon in January of 2006. In this episode, we delve into the investigation into Emmery’s unsolved murder. Emmery’s link to the party crew world was part of why her killing got a lot of media attention. But what evidence was there that her murder was tied to party crews? And why is her case still unsolved?

A warning that this episode gets graphic and talks in detail about a violent death.

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 2 Welcome to the Party

Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Janice saw the party crew scene as a little slice of freedom, a place to let loose, and a break from her religious, immigrant household. But the scene was also complicated for her and holds painful memories.

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Ep. 1 Emmery

Janice Llamoca was one of the hundreds of mostly Latinx kids that made up LA’s underground party crew scene in the 2000s. But as an adult, she thought she had left all that behind. Until one day when she learns of the unsolved case of Emmery Muñoz, a 14-year-old high school student whose body was found in a warehouse that authorities claimed was used for throwing parties. And Janice gets pulled back in.  

Additional special thanks for this episode to Marlon Bishop, Nadia Reiman and Maria Garcia.

See for privacy information.

Mar 14, 2023
Introducing: Party Crews: The Untold Story

All episodes coming March 14, 2023. For many LA Latinx teens coming of age in the 2000s, flier parties and the party crew scene were an escape from the pressures from immigrant parents and the harsh realities of the world. From VICE and LAist Studios as part of the My Cultura Podcast Network, a series that explores what happens when your safe space isn’t always safe. Hosted by Janice Llamoca.


See for privacy information.

Mar 07, 2023