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obamamov(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.]

 

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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. [Mas…]

bol150The 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 writer and director Jorge Gutierrez, executive producer Guillermo del Toro and Lalo at the end, talking about the whole Disney/Pixar Day of the Dead trademark flap.

 

Viva Muerto Mouse! [Mas…]


Remixer KidGusto flips Jungle Fire’s Afrocumbiafunk tune Chalupa into a bumpin’ dancefloor groove.

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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.


“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 say on radio and television [See NSFW video below.] [Mas…]


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: [Mas…]

thepremieresFifty 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 reports:

In the summer of 1964, Beatlemania was sweeping the United States, young men were burning their draft cards and race riots were raging in cities across the country — and wrapped up in all of it was the biggest hit of the summer in Los Angeles. [Mas…]

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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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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Happy July Fourth! ‘Star Spanglish Banner’ by Horchata Ice (audio)

by QUESO QUESEM July 3, 2014 Audio
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Here’s one from the vaults! Is it a lost track from INSANE IN THE BRAIN, the unreleased 2007 album that was the subject of speculation, lawsuits and at least two shootings? Those close to Horchata Ice won’t say. And those ties to Biggie and Tupac? Don’t go there. More cool fireworks GIFs like this one […]

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Is Spanish-language TV futbol play-by-play racist? (audio)

by Especial Correspondents June 23, 2014 Audio
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When American Latinos watch Spanish-langugage FIFA broadcasts from Brazil, some are shocked by the casual use of words like “greña” and “moreno” that would be considered offensive in the U.S. This report from Public Radio International explores the controversy: PREVIOUSLY ON SPANISH TV:

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Did you know? U.S. ‘interned’ Peruvians of Japanese descent (audio)

by Lucida Grandé June 16, 2014 Audio
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Not only did Uncle Sam lock up Japanese-Americans in “internment camps” during World II, but a 1942 regional security pact also became the legal cover for shipping 1800 Peruvians of Japanese descent to the very same camps. Carmen Utako Tochio Villanueva (photo), who was born into one of those families in a Texas internment camp, […]

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Latinos y gringos in Buenos Aires? Eat tacos, watch futbol here (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN June 11, 2014 Audio
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Attention assorted Latinos and gringos: Are you stuck in Buenos Aires far away from home when you’d rather be watching the World Cup with your amigos? Come on down to La Fábrica del Taco (LFDT) at either Gorriti 5062 Palermo or Baez 246 Cañitas for comida, cerveza and futbol! Maybe you’ll miss home a little […]

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American Jews: Maybe your grandparents were ‘illegals’ too (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 28, 2014 Audio
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In my family, they say that Abuelo Abraham Saenz, wearing his WWI U.S. Army uniform, “smuggled” one of his sisters (photo, above) into the country via the Port of Philadelphia, wrapping the girl up in a fur coat so she looked like a rich lady. The scheme was “dress to impress” so the MIGRA wouldn’t […]

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Mexicans + Lexington, Kentucky = ‘Mexington’ (photos, audio)

by Bronco del Camino April 21, 2014 Audio
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Steven Alvarez, POCHO amigo and Assistant Professor (Writing Rhetoric and Digital Media, Latin America Studies, English) at the University of Kentucky, teaches a course called Mexington, about the growing community of Mexican Americans in UKY’s hometown, Lexington. Here’s a student podcast interview with the Profe (he’s on the Twitter, too) and a few selected photos […]

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Alice Bag: ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’ (audio)

by MOON GUAC April 20, 2014 Audio
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Pocha punk pioneer Alice Bag wishes you Happy Easter with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ, Superstar. She uploaded this track late Saturday night. PREVIOUSLY ON ALICE BAG:

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Mexican cuisine? It’s multicultural by definition (audio)

by Barney Asada April 7, 2014 Audio
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Gustavo Arellano (the ¡Ask A Mexican! guy and editor of the OC Weekly) says Mexi food is multicultural by definition. “Beer, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, teriyaki bowls are just a few of the foods that have bounced back and forth across Mexico’s borders, ” he explained to American Public Media’s Splendid Table radio program.

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Immigrants now leaders in town where Chavez began [PRI audio]

by Bronco del Camino March 31, 2014 Audio
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In Delano, the California Central Valley agricultural community where Cesar Chavez began the work that led to the formation of the United Farm Workers (UFW), immigrants and their children are now in charge. Public Radio International Reports:

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BSAA airliner over Andes transmits ‘S T E N D E C’ in Morse, vanishes

by Comic Saenz March 20, 2014 Audio
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They called her Star Dust. The British South American Airways (BSAA) Avro Lancastrian airliner (registration G-AGWH) took off from Buenos Aires, Argentina enroute to Santiago, Chile on August 2, 1947. Star Dust’s final Morse code transmission to Santiago airport, S T E N D E C, was received by the control tower four minutes prior […]

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LatinoUSA w/ @SaraChicaD: Latinas in Tech, Live @ SXSW (audio)

by Comic Saenz March 14, 2014 Audio
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LatinoUSA writes: It can be hard for Latinos to break into the field of tech, they often lack social capital and funding. Tech writer Sara Inés Calderon (photo) and DIY Girls founder Luz Rivas join Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa for our live show in Austin to talk about these obstacles and why they believe […]

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Art ‘Chicano Soul’ Meza loves the ‘Lowriting’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz March 7, 2014 Audio
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POCHO’s favorite photographer — Art Meza AKA Chicano Soul — tells KCRW’s Lisa Napoli about his first book, Lowriting. Lowrider culture, the Echo Park native says, reflects pride in your heritage and pride in your community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti likes his Art Meza photo of the iconic Sixth Street Bridge:

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NPR Audio: Flaco Jiménez and the Legacy of Conjunto

by MOON GUAC March 3, 2014 Audio
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NPR writes: Flaco Jiménez is in his seventh decade as a performer. He’s played with Ry Cooder, Dwight Yoakam, and even The Rolling Stones. Jiménez’s newest album, Legends & Legacies, is a collection of songs that illustrate the legacy of the Latin music style for which he is so well known: conjunto.

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Lalo Alcaraz, Al Madrigal and Maria Conchita Alonso (audio)

by Comic Saenz January 27, 2014 Audio
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POCHO’s Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and Migrant Editor Al Madrigal were on the LatinoUSA airwaves to give a partial “thumbs up” to Maria Conchita Alonso‘s foray in politics with an ad backing a Tea Party candidate for Cali governator. It’s funny, they say, and looking at her entry on IMDB, she probably needed the work. Also, […]

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