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The Jewish festival of Hanukkah חנוכה starts Tuesday night, so Hebrew hermanos Jaquann and Luis prepare potato latkes (pancakes) one of the season’s signature treats. (Totally NSFW adult language.)

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♫ ♬ Masa roasting by an open fire… ♫ ♬

Wait; that masa thing doesn’t sound right. Dear Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano: Why do Mexicans eat tamales during Christmas?

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Fusion’s Pedro Andrade talked to POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz about fighting for racial justice, and Lalo spilled the beans.

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gustavohandsGustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano recalls America’s history of police brutality against people of color in his latest video: Why Mexicans Should Care About Michael Brown and Ferguson. The author and editor (OC Weekly) reprises a 2007 toon from POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz to prove his point. One additional pregunta, though: Is Gustavo’s hoodie fashion forward, rain gear or a political statement? [NSFW F-bomb.] [Mas…]

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Beware of El Lado Oscuro!

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Is there one question you can ¡Ask A Mexican! that you can’t get an answer for? Gustavo Arellano always has something to say, and inquiries about Thanksgiving are a good example.

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Elise (@buttronica on the Twitter) Roedenbeck clears up all the old misconceptions about the first, OG, Thanksgiving. Did you know Ms. Roedenbeck has her very own content section here on POCHO? Click here for the immersive Buttronica Experience.

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We couldn’t be prouder! Congratulations to one of America’s best bands, East Los homeboys Los Lobos, on accepting the Latin Recording Academy Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award last night.

Which video to feature? How about Kiko and the Lavender Moon from the tour-de-force album of the same name, “one of the best albums ever recorded.”*

* Comic Saenz. November 20, 2014.

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Ask A Mexican: Why do Salvadorans and Mexicans hate so much? (video)

by Comic Saenz November 20, 2014 Cultura
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Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano steps back into the video limelight to ponder the question: Why do Mexicans (and Mexican-Americans) and Salvadorans (and Salvadoran-Americans) hate each other so much? Is it because Salvadoran horchata is better than Mexican horchata? And the fact that pupusas kick gorditas’ culinary nalgas? Or are they just following an age-old […]

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Breaking: U.S. perverted peaceful Mexi-Drone robot plan

by Comic Saenz November 17, 2014 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from LOS ANGELES) Newly-uncovered video confirms allegations that the U.S. Government stole and perverted POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz’s 1998 plan to use remote-controlled robots (now called drones) for peaceful purposes. The short informational piece, which Alcaraz made for the United States Department of Labor, aired only once — on local access cable TV […]

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It’s beginning to look a lot like … (toon)

by Comic Saenz November 14, 2014 Cartoons
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Mad as Hell Mariachi El Bronx has a brand ‘New Beat’ (lyrics video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 10, 2014 Cultura
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Pocholandia homies Mariachi El Bronx are mad as Hell and are not gonna take this anymore. There’s a New Beat in town, tu sabes. Advanced music appreciators — please correct us if we’re wrong, but we think the New Beat is in 7/4 and 3/4 and 6/8 and 12/8 time, but “it’s complicated.” This newly-released […]

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1940s Style: Orquesta de Don Ramon ‘Chicano Boogie’ (video)

by Comic Saenz November 7, 2014 Cultura
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It’s not much of a video but it rules as a wild examplar of 1940s pachuco “boogie-woogie jitterbug” (like Lalo Guerrero’s Los Chucos Suaves.) This performance features unstoppable rhumba-flavored proto-rock-n-roll beat-me-eight-to-the-bar-boogie-woogie highlighted by shouted Spanglish insanity. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a nice welcoming round of applause to Orquesta de Don Ramon as they perform […]

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Can’t rock harder than Lalo Guerreros’ ‘Los Chucos Suaves’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 6, 2014 Cultura
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Lalo Guerrero is the Father of Chicano Music. His amazing musical legacy (he died in 2005) includes the classic Spanglish “boogie-woogie jitterbug” Los Chucos Suaves – the kick-ass dance-tune inspiration for Zoot Suit (the musical.) We especially like the abstract piano solo that goes off into outer pachucostan and comes back in the nick of […]

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Speedy Gonzales vs Sylvester El Gato in ‘Mexican Boarders’ (toon)

by Comic Saenz November 3, 2014 Cartoons
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When country cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez comes to visit Speedy Gonzales, our favorite Mexican meece has to use every tool at his disposal to fight off Sylvester the Cat in this Looney Toons cartoon from 1961, Mexican Boarders. H/t to POCHO amigo Memo Nericcio, who literally wrote the book on Speedy Gonzales. PREVIOUSLY ON SPEEDY GONZALEZ:

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Alternate Universe: Honest Advertising Slogans (toons)

by L. DON DRAPER October 27, 2014 Cartoons
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Somewhere, over the double rainbows, there’s a place on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. And Honest Slogans, perfectly realized, from the Honest Slogans Tumblr.

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Clip & Save: POCHO’s Handy Visual Field Guide to Spice Identification

by Comic Saenz October 17, 2014 Cartoons
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Print, clip and save this handy field guide to visually identify spices at the store, on the street, on a horse or wherever you may find them.

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The Daily Show: For the GOP, Latino is the new gay (video)

by Comic Saenz October 10, 2014 El Now
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With the Republican realization that exploiting homophobia can no longer bring their hate base to the polls, the GOP is looking for a new group they can use to scare potential voters. POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal explains to Jon Stewart why Latino is the new gay.

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How to pronounce ‘pocho’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz October 9, 2014 Audio
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It’s on the Internetz so it’s got to be right! Here’s how to pronounce “pocho,” according to Forvo.com. It’s a Spanish word, don’t you know. “What exactly IS all this pocho talk?” you might ask. Click for the answer.

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Sex change operation helps Sarah Silverman close wage gap (video)

by Comic Saenz October 8, 2014 Cultura
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My girlfriend, self-admitted vagina owner Sarah Silverman, finds a way to close the wage gap between men and women – with a sex change operation. [TOTALLY NSFW VIDEO.] If you don’t think a penis transplant is right for you, help working women close the wage gap here. PREVIOUSLY ON NSFW SARAH SILVERMAN VIDEOS:

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Latino Field Studies: Understanding the ‘Lip Purse’ (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO October 7, 2014 Cultura
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This short Latino Field Study video examines a culturally-distinctive mannerism many Anglos find confusing – the often hard-to-discern and sometimes confusing Lip Purse mouth gesture.

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Morrissey: Why do I wear red? (photo)

by MORRISSEY October 7, 2014 Cultura
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Based on a photo by Tim Griffin © 2014

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Ask A Mexican: Hispanic? Latino? Chicano? What’s the deal? (video)

by Comic Saenz October 3, 2014 Cultura
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In an Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month special video episode, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the perennial question: Hispanics? Latinos? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

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In Beverly Hills, a cardboard gardener ‘represents’ (photos, video)

by HABLO PICASSO September 25, 2014 Cultura
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We 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 […]

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