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mujeremixedIn Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy Women’s History Month! (Remixed by YUKICITO.) [Mas…]

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bigflacoHappy 76th birthday, Texas accordian star Flaco Jimenez! Why is Mexican music filled with polkas and waltzes and accordions? It’s about immigration, according to Felix Contreras of NPR’s Alt.Latino and Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records on Morning Edition:

 

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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’ stories: [Mas…]

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hollywoodpromo300b“If you want an accurate picture of ethnic and gender diversity in the United States, don’t look to Hollywood,” says NPR.

That’s the conclusion of the “2015 Hollywood Diversity Report” conducted by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

The report quantifies the striking — if not surprising — racial and gender imbalances in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, by comparing the representation of minorities to their actual proportions of the population.

“At every level, in every arena, women and minorities are under-represented in the industry,” says Darnell Hunt, the study’s co-author and director of the Bunche Center. “And the only question really is how serious, how egregious that level of under-representation is.” [Mas…]

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ranchosWhen Los Angeles was a still a little pueblo in the northern part of Mexico known as Alta California, Spanglish was born.

Public Radio International’s Global Nation explains:

…living in the a rancho just north of the pueblo was a young Scottish adventurer named Hugh Reid. In the 1830s he left the old world for the new — Mexico. And in his adopted home he was rechristened with an additional Spanish name, Perfecto Hugo Reid. Reid would eventually settle down on a ranch in southern California near the San Gabriel mission in what’s now Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles, where he married a local woman, Doña Victoria.

Robert Train has been obsessed with Hugo Reid’s backstory for the last few years. Train is a professor of Spanish at Sonoma State University. We met recently at the Huntington Library archives in Pasadena, to read Reid’s extremely yellowed letters.

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jackwhitesguacThe Foo Fighters are very particular about the Mexican food required backstage.

And singer Jack White (ex White Stripes) either is or is not a “guacamole diva,” depending on who you believe. The NPR’s food program The Salt (WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE) serves it up this way: [Mas…]


The ¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? video prompted California Report’s Queena Kim to call POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano for more info.

No, it’s not really pronounced “Kimm,” she explains. It should be pronounced more like “Keeeem.”

C’est la vie.

lalostanfordPOCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz spoke last month with Stanford Hispanic Broadcasting’s Iso Jubes about his nationally-syndicated comic La Cucaracha, his work on FOX’s Bordertown, his books and America’s Latino future.

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What does the farmworker see at the supermarket? (audio)

by Bronco del Camino February 9, 2015 Audio
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You say tomato, I say tomahto, and when a migrant farmworker visits the produce aisle at a local supermarket he sees an entirely different picture. PRI’s Monica Campbell reports: In the produce aisle of a supermarket in Madera, in California’s rural Central Valley, Francisco surveys the fruits and vegetables on display in the produce aisle. […]

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The sad true story behind ‘Spare Parts’ (videos, audio)

by Verdana Bold January 23, 2015 Audio
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In 2004, an Arizona high school team beat the odds by topping M.I.T in an underwater robotics competition. The undocumented team members’ stories inspired a book, a documentary, and now a feature film produced by and starring George Lopez. Spare Parts (trailer, above) is in theaters now. This interview with two original team members by […]

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#TBT Throwback Thursday Frank Zappa ‘Cucaracha’ (1970s audio)

by Barney Asada January 22, 2015 Audio
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ESTRANGE BUT TRUE: It was the tail end of the 1960s and Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention was making Public Service Announcements for “underground radio.” Few examples survive, but this short audio segment warns impressionable young people about a popular Chicano-themed cartoon that had not even been invented yet — a subversive cartoon […]

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DJ for Juárez Catholic radio massages migrants’ feet (audio)

by Lucida Grandé January 5, 2015 Audio
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Migrants seeking a better life in El Norte often pause on the border across from El Paso — in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua — before they cross to El Otro Lado. Jorge Gutierrez, a host on Radio Guadalupana, a religious station run by the Catholic Diocese of Juárez, is there for them. More than just a […]

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Grand OM: ‘FOR THOSE’ who protested, for those they arrested (video)

by MOON GUAC December 12, 2014 Audio
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This song and video is FOR THOSE, for those 43 kids who were “disappeared” in Mexico. It was filmed at their college, Rural Normal School Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero. Participants in the project, organized by graphic artists Grand OM, were musicians Lengualerta (México), Wally Warning (Aruba-Alemania), Ana Sol (Argentina), Dj Saeg (México) and Eduardo Morris (Argentina-Suiza). […]

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Has your Baby Jesus lost his head? The doctor is in! (audio)

by Especial Correspondents December 5, 2014 Audio
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In the Plaza Mexico shopping center in the working class Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, a specialty store advertises “Vestimos y Reparamos Niños Dioses.” The dresser and doctor, Cuban-American Concepcion “Connie” Rivero, told her story to KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez:

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RATM’s Tom Morello: ‘Marching On Ferguson’ (NSFW audio)

by Soy Capitan December 2, 2014 Audio
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Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) writes: I’ve witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it’s time to say ‘Enough!’ in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused. For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in ‪#‎Ferguson‬, and beyond, give ‘em hell. This […]

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Behind closed doors: Obama’s REAL anti-Ebola strategy (NSFW audio)

by COWARD STERN October 30, 2014 Audio
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON) While Republicans and FOX News have been quick to attack President Barack Obama’s anti-Ebola strategy, they didn’t hear this behind-the-scenes recording of the President’s remarks to health workers Wednesday. An un-named aide leaked this recording to POCHO this morning. [NSFW adult language.]   POCHO ÑEWS SERVICE PNS IS A WHOLLY-FICTITIOUS SUBSIDIARY […]

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From Italy via the DR: Electrochill ‘Cumbia de Pierda’ (audio,video)

by MOON GUAC October 28, 2014 Audio
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Cumbia de Piedra is an abstract chillaxed electro-cumbia video by Benetton’s Fabrica, for MOHS, the second album from violinist Jhon William Castaño Montoya. Animation by by Tomás Pichardo, from the Dominican Republic.

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NPR Audio: ‘The Book of Life’ is spooky fun for whole familia

by Chale Knickerbocker October 14, 2014 Audio
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The Book Of Life movie premiere was this weekend, and POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz was there. He thinks it is a beautiful, lush and fun familia film. Lalo spoke to National Public Radio’s national reporter Mandalit del Barco after the film. Check out this brilliant report that explains the origins of the pelicula and features […]

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Chalupa Tuesday: Jungle Fire’s tasty ‘Chalupa’ (KidGusto remix)

by QUESO QUESEM October 14, 2014 Audio
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Remixer KidGusto flips Jungle Fire’s Afrocumbiafunk tune Chalupa into a bumpin’ dancefloor groove. PREVIOUSLY ON JUNGLE FIRE:

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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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Felipe Esparza: The Seven Spanish Cuss Words (LatinoUSA audio)

by CHING AH September 29, 2014 Audio
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“There are some words, not many, just a few — that we decided, we won’t use them all the time,” said the late comedian George Carlin in his famous routine about the “seven dirty words.” If you aren’t familiar with it –– the skit tries to pinpoint a definitive list of words you can never […]

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‘Maybe (I Grew Up…)’ (@SchemeNavarro audio)

by MOON GUAC September 2, 2014 Audio
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Last month we published the powerful essay Maybe I grew up in a Latino and African-American neighborhood by Navarro, the Chicago-based hiphop artist formerly known as Scheme. Now it’s back, with music:

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Musical pochos: The Premiers rock ‘Farmer John’ (audio,videos)

by QUESO QUESEM August 25, 2014 Audio
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Fifty years ago the biggest summer radio record was Farmer John, a cover of the Don and Dewey R&B hit by The Premiers, a group of pochos from East Los suburb San Gabriel. [Editor’s note: If you cannot access the NPR audio, blame NPR which is still using an outmoded, incompatible Flash-based media player.] NPR […]

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Rosa Diaz goes ‘method’ on Charles Bukowski project (audio, video)

by MOON GUAC August 15, 2014 Audio
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Philly singer-songwriter Rosa Diaz started a Charles Bukowski-themed project, and to make it authentic, she became a Method Actor — actually living the writer’s hard-drinking life style until it almost killed her. LatinoUSA’s Nadia Reiman reports: In this recent a capella music video, Diaz sings about Pain:

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