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cortezmalincheMalinche: You love her, you hate her.

LatinoUSA calls her Mexico’s Eve. Antonia Cereijido reports:

La Malinche, often referred to as “the mother of all mestizos” is one of the most controversial figures in Mexican history. She’s been called a traitor and a victim. She was a Nahua woman who acted as interpreter for the conquistadors in the early sixteenth century. She had a child with Hernan Cortes named Martín and he is often called the “first mestizo.” Mestizos are the mixed race people of Mexico that make up 60% of the country. Her legend led to the creation of the term “Malinchista.” A Malinchista is a traitor, or someone who denies their Mexican culture in favor of another.

But since the 1950s, female writers have been trying to reclaim and vindicate the story of La Malinche – not just in Mexico but also here in the U.S. Chicana writers relate to La Malinche. They too are stuck between two cultures: their Mexican heritage and the U.S. culture they live their daily lives in.

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googledfWhen in Mexico City, do like the Mexican Citians do — with Google Maps. [Mas…]


The newly-named Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, tells a story and plays a song for Father’s Day.

eastcoastelotesThen there was the time chef Jonathan Pimental popped up a restaurant on the roof of an LA building and served “East Coast” elotes, designer sopes and elegant churros. [Mas…]

cristelacomedyBefore she was a TV star, Cristela Alonzo wanted to make sure the haters and racists got their stereotypes right! [Mas…]

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Mexico’s Colima volcano is erupting again, and the spectacular explosions attracted the attention of our Space Brothers, whose recent visits were captured by the 24/7 webcams pointed at the magic mountain.

vivaluchaWhen El Rey, the greatest Luchador ever, leaves the ring to live a normal life, things don’t go as planned. Nevertheless, VIVA LUCHA! [Mas…]

hairymanYou call him Bigfoot. The Arizona White Mountain Apache Nation call him the Big Hairy Man. In this suspiciously-truncated and undated local video news report, eyewitnesses including law officers say the tall humanoid is venturing out of humanoid territory and into human territory lots more lately. The reports seem to date from 2009 with scant news since. Coincidence…or conspiracy? [Mas…]

Rep. Sanchez mocks American Indians in talk to Indian Americans

by KAY PENN DEJA May 19, 2015 El Now
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Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, from Orange County, put her foot in her mouth on Saturday, and she used her hand to do it. In a speech to Indian American Democrats, she whooped up an “American Indian war cry.” She was confused, she told a group of Indian American at a party convention in Anaheim, about […]

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Latino USA: Favorite Spanglish words and Ilan Stavans (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2015 Audio
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Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish.

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Dance along with The 1491s: ‘I’m an Indian, too!’ (music video)

by KIMO WASABI April 27, 2015 Cultura
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If you’ve got to dance to keep from cryin’ — well then, dance to I’m an Indian, too! by the 1491s.  All the kool kids are doing it! Careful listeners will note actual Native Americans cracking jokes with stereotypical Indian names like “Running Nose,” the same jokes that offended the sensitive extras on Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous […]

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Perhaps you should consider advance funeral planning (video)

by RON FLOSS April 10, 2015 Cultura
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Book your final ride in advance, pochos, or you could be stuck with Uber…or something slower…and lower!

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Talk show caller outs the EPA’s anti-Christian gay Latino agenda (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 3, 2015 El Now
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A concerned viewer from Georgia called CSPAN to expose the Environmental Protection Agency’s secret anti-Christian pro-abortion gay Latino agenda, planned in conjunction with the Sierra Club. The international conspiracy seeks to reduce human population. It happened in Rio, as it turns out.

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Stray dogs hold vigil at coffin of woman who fed them (video)

by CHE JUAJUA April 2, 2015 El Now
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A funeral for a woman in Mexico took an unexpected turn when a number of stray dogs unexpectedly showed up to pay their respects, according to this robotic announcer and some still photos as well as the Daily Mail.

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Mexico’s witches, brujas, shamans get down at Lake Catemaco (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés March 10, 2015 El Now
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Witches and sorcerers and brujas oh my gathered for Ritos, Ceremonias y Artesanias (Magical Rituals, Ceremonies and Handicrafts) at Lake Catemaco in Veracruz, Mexico early Saturday morning.

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In Pittsburgh, PA writers from Venezuela, El Salvador are free (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés March 9, 2015 Audio
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Leftist loonies like Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela don’t much like criticism or mockery (i.e., reality) so they throttle creative freedom. Israel Centeno, who fled the Venezuelan Bolivarian socialist paradise, is among the exiled writers who have found a safe place to live and write in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Latino USA’s Erika Beras brings us the writers’ […]

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El Chupacabra: Dangerous beast or mythical monster? (video)

by ZORRO MULDER March 3, 2015 Cultura
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Why are sightings of El Chupacabra on the rise? KOB 4 Eyewitness News in Albuquerque, New Mexico found an “expert” with an “answer.”

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Rain can’t stop Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro (video)

by MORTY GORDO February 18, 2015 Cultura
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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval parade was still spectacular Sunday despite a tropical deluge that soaked thousands of spectators, as well as feather-clad samba dancers and musicians.

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BBC Video: What does it mean to be Mexican-American?

by Moctezuma Cortés February 9, 2015 Cultura
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The BBC sent a reporter to the Southwest to find out what it means to be a Mexican-American. The answer? It’s complicated.

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Mexico City street art is full of anger, longing, regret (photos)

by HABLO PICASSO January 26, 2015 Cultura
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Over at FUSION, Rafa Fernandez De Castro curated a nice photo gallery of street art in Mexico DF — beautiful and haunting and angry. Here are some of the photos she found that we especially liked.

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Bananas! How Uncle Sam raped Latin America for cheap fruit (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés January 22, 2015 Cultura
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Why are imported bananas so cheap while apples grown next door are expensive? I’m Chiquita Banana and I’m here to say: I’ve got your answer and it’s CIA.

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Feets don’t fail me now: Quebradita dance-off in Zacatecas (video)

by DOE SI DOUGH January 15, 2015 Cultura

A nine-year-old niña with dirty-blonde hair and commando pants wins the Quebradita competition in Quebradita, a Mexican analog to Square Dancing. She enters with her 26-year-old partner at 0:35, at least according to video uploader rubicon_cube.

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Mexican Word of the Day: ‘Chicken Wing’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés January 6, 2015 Cultura
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Ruben Trevino and little Alex practice the Mexican Word of the Day: “Chicken Wing.”

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Popocatépetl volcano explodes 3 times in 24 hours (videos)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 29, 2014 El Now
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Mexico City’s volcano next door, Popocatépetl, erupted three times Sunday. (Note: You are not losing your hearing. This webcam video is silent. You’re welcome.) Milenio.com reports: El volcán Popocatépetl presentó en las últimas 24 horas, tres explosiones que generaron columnas de más de 800 kilómetros sobre el cráter, una de ellas, la mañana de este […]

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