Mia Estrada

Mia Estrada is a 2021-2022 Kroc Fellow. She will spend the year rotating through different parts of NPR, including the Culture Desk, National Desk and Weekend Edition.

Estrada was born in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. She is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. In 2021, she was selected for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, where she reported on racial justice under the guidance of Times journalists. She was an arts and culture contractor and former intern at KERA, the Dallas-area NPR and PBS Member station. While there, her work was featured statewide on Texas Standard and the regional NPR Consider This podcast. She was named the 2017 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Two-Year Reporter of the Year and was the first high school student to win the award.

She is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In her free time, she loves to watch Tiny Desk, bike ride and play video games with her brothers.

This week kicked off not with a bang, but with a series of turbulent tweets announcing the winners of the Golden Globes, after a year in which the awards have been mired in controversy. The soundtrack to Encanto reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and the Library of Congress announced the 2022 Gershwin Prize winner: Lionel Richie.

Updated January 10, 2022 at 7:55 PM ET

Henry Barajas laughs when he describes how he pitched his recent Latinx fantasy book, Helm Greycastle.

"What if Mordor had a southside?" Barajas says. "What if the world of The Lord of the Rings had a southside?"

The 32-year-old graphic novelist imagined a world where the Aztec Empire still stands and a group of misfit comrades come to the rescue of the last dragon prince.

It's official. The 64th annual Grammy Awards are postponed and the Sundance Film Festival has been moved online.

A joint statement on Wednesday by the Recording Academy and CBS blamed the Grammy rescheduling on the omicron variant.

This week, viewers commemorated the finale of HBO's Insecure and the film world mourned the loss of director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check out this weekend.

Director Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the award-winning film Dallas Buyers Club and the hit HBO show Big Little Lies, died in his cabin outside Quebec City, Canada, this weekend, The Associated Press reported. He was 58.

His publicist Bumble Ward said on Sunday night that she was still in shock.

(Heads up: This story contains spoilers about the movie House of Gucci.)

In House of Gucci, Lady Gaga's character, Patrizia Reggiani, is famous for two reasons. She was married to Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the company's founder Guccio Gucci — and she was convicted having the fashion heir killed in 1995.

To prepare for the role, Gaga said she spent months studying Reggiani for director Ridley Scott's new film.