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bigramiroWe first met West Hollywood artist Ramiro Gomez when he began placing his hand-painted cardboard figures of immigrant laborers in prominent public spaces in Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Even as his audience has expanded via out-of-town art exhibits and a documentary film, he still plants cutout cardboard workers in places where their real-life counterparts have been before. Gomez’ aim? To make workers who are normally INVISIBLE become visible to passersby who look away or look but never see.

This gardener with a hose popped up Wednesday just before sunset in Beverly Hills near that famous hotel. Like all Gomez’ creations, he has a name. Meet Sergio. [Mas…]

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ngramHispanic or Latino? This question comes up all the time, and not just during Hispanic Heritage Month, which we insist on calling Latino Heritage Month.

Is there a trend? We asked the Google NGram Viewer to search their big index of published books to see how many times the word “Latino” and the word “Hispanic” were used over time. [Mas…]

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Pocha Anjelah Johnson from San Jose (408 shout-out!) may not speak Spanish, but she doesn’t speak Puerto Rican either. [This video was one of our most popular and then got yanked from YouTube. We just found this alternate version online, apparently video'd right off someone's TV.]

Over at LatinoRebels.com, Bella Vida Letty says Anjelah’s new video has her performing in “brown face.”

Here’s the video she objects to. What do you think? [Mas…]

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, Machines, This Land Is Your Land, I’m Stickin’ to the Union and Solidarity Forever. [Mas…]


Drones are chasing our Emeritus Editor Elise Roedenbeck (she’s @buttronica on the Tuiter) for all the wrong reasons. Here’s how she hides, and how you can hide too. [Editor's note: I can't tell you the right reason because then Ms. Buttronica would have to kill me and I think that could be quite painful.]

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Been indicted and it feels so good: The Governor Rick Perry Story

by Comic Saenz August 18, 2014 El Now
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When news broke Friday that GOP presidential nominee wannabe Texas Governor Rick Perry (photo) was indicted on two counts of abuse of power, we were pissed off because we were in the middle of a conference call and didn’t that grand jury know our meeting schedule and publishing deadlines? We realized later, however, that we […]

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Openly-Latino Lalo Alcaraz explains himself and ‘Bordertown’ (video)

by Comic Saenz August 15, 2014 Cartoons
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FUSION Live’s host Mariana Atencio came to POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz’ studio to get up close and personal with the openly-Latino cartoonist. FUSION’s story is here….

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The Bodega: Attention NYC hipsters, get turnt here! (videos)

by Comic Saenz August 14, 2014 Cultura
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Two brothers working in their dad’s New York City Bodega try to get rich quick by turning the store’s back room into an underground “Bodega Bar” night club for hipsters. Will their plan make enough bank get them out of working at the bodega? What happens next? Here’s episode two:

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RIP Robin Williams aka Ramon the singing, dancing Mexipenguin (video)

by Comic Saenz August 11, 2014 Cultura
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There will never be another actor and comedian like Robin Williams, and there will never be another Ramon, the animated, singing, dancing Mexican penguin Williams brought to life in Happy Feet. Williams, 63, was pronounced dead at his home by first responders today in Tiburon, north of San Francisco.

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‘Hey Vato!’: One does not just ENJOY a Doyers game! (video)

by Comic Saenz August 7, 2014 Cartoons
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The Hey Vato! show’s Chuy and Smiley wonder if it’s possible to put away those childish things, like that Corinthian dude said, and enjoy an afternoon of beisbol with Los Doyers. PREVIOUSLY ON ‘HEY VATO!’:

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Political Science 2014: How a bill becomes a law (toons, video)

by Comic Saenz August 5, 2014 Cartoons
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Last week, the Republican-uncontrolled House of Representatives failed to pass a minimal spending bill to help with the unexpected crush of Central American refugees, adjourned, and then reconvened to approve a mean-spirited barebones measure that also would reverse President Obama’s DACA relief for DREAMers, and worse. Then they adjourned again. Of course the bill has no […]

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Al Madrigal explains comedy to a pinche puppet (video)

by Comic Saenz August 4, 2014 Cultura
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Star of stage, little screens and even littler screens, POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal tries to stay cool, calm and collected during a Green Room interview with FUSION’s “Talking Hot Dog.” [SWF: F-bombs bleeped.]

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NPR: Who are the refugee kids at the border? (audio, video)

by Comic Saenz July 30, 2014 Audio
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Researcher Elizabeth Kennedy interviewed a 12-year-old boy who returned to El Salvador barefoot; he had been robbed of everything he owned. “I asked him if he was going to try again,” says Kennedy, “and he just burst into tears and said, ‘What would you do if you were me? I haven’t seen my mom or […]

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Cheap Chinese chanclas choke Chuy’s Choo Repair

by Comic Saenz July 25, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CHICAGO) Chuy’s Choo Repair on Ashland has been fixing heels, stretching boots and giving new soles to tired oxfords since 1956, but owner Eddie Calderon doesn’t know how long he can keep his shop open. Calderon (photo, right), whose father opened the business when he returned to Chicago after the Korean War, […]

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The rise and fall of a Homies vending empire (NSFW video)

by E. Z. KOMM July 24, 2014 Cultura
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Danny Gonzalez’ East Los-styled cholos and hynas Homies toys were a big hit for a while in New York-based vending machines, and then not so much. [NSFW adult language.] VICE explains:

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Jorge Ramos: Let’s treat child refugees like children (video)

by Comic Saenz July 23, 2014 El Now
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Jorge Ramos, of Univision and FUSION, says there is but one moral choice for America: We have to treat child refugees like the children they are — with love.

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Illegals ride luxury limos to invade our country (video)

by Comic Saenz July 16, 2014 El Now
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This Reuters news video spotlights the luxury transportation the brown-skinned, drug-smuggling, disease-spreading, job-stealing illegal invaders use to travel across Mexico to infect our God-given homeland, all part of the Kenyan Muslim Obummer socialist plot to destroy America. POCHO ÑEWS SERVICE PNS IS A WHOLLY-FICTITIOUS SUBSIDIARY OF POCHISMO INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, WHO IS A PERSON […]

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Deja vu all over again: Welcome to Murrieta, Arkansas (photos)

by Comic Saenz July 16, 2014 El Now
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No, ancient Peruvians didn’t have alien DNA because science

by ROD ESTERLING July 15, 2014 Cultura
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Pochos, we have the sad. When we reported in February that the famous ancient elongated skulls of Paracas, Peru contained alien DNA, we thought it was all scientific and stuff. Here’s what we wrote.

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#TBT Throwback Thursday 2000: Lalo Alcaraz on ‘Illegal Interns’ (video)

by Comic Saenz July 3, 2014 Cultura
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Amigo Flavio Morales of Big Vida Entertainment just uploaded this gem to Vimeo. Here’s how he describes it: [Oct. 2, 2000] Lalo Alcaraz interview supporting his projects and video from the ILLEGAL intern 10 year anniversary from the El Rey Theatre part of La Banda Elastica’s concert series Las Noches del Dragon.

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My ‘To Do’ List by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts

by Comic Saenz July 1, 2014 Cartoons
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