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Just like I promised the Washington Post, here are some photos from Comic-Con in San Diego:

Let’s start with the first of several selfies.  Here I am with Ramon Ramirez of Smarty Cartoons:

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This dude? Photo speaks for itself. Maybe: [Mas…]

mokellykfiMr. Mo Kelly of KFI 640 AM interviewed me live at Comic-Con.

 

 

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.

Here’s the radio report: [Mas…]

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Babalu? Who was Babalu? Isn’t that a song? And the monkey took the money and ran away? Que what? [Mas…]

starexpodeHere’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 right here at Tumblr.

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gaymariachisSomos here, somos queer, somos Mariachi Arcoiris de los Angeles — Rainbow Mariachi of L.A.

Maria Hinojosa and Camilo Vargas of LatinoUSA tell the story: [Mas…]


Southern California pochos Chicano Batman started out in the hood, lucked out with a spot at Coachella and then went on the road opening for Jack White. They shared their story with LatinoUSA.

The band’s latest video is Cycles of Existential Rhyme: [Mas…]


“The Zorro story, invented in 1919 by pulp fiction author Johnston McCulley, tells the tale of an aristocrat in Spanish California who dons a mask to fight against corrupt colonial officials on behalf of the oppressed,” writes Marlon Bishop of Latino USA. [Mas…]

POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz explains ‘Bordertown’ to ‘The World’ (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 22, 2015 Audio
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Carol Wills of PRI asked POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz to explain himself and this Bordertown thing to The World. Let’s listen in as Lalo, at Pasadena’s KPCC, talks with Carol, at WGBH in Boston….

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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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WAR (the original band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 2, 2015 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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Latino USA: What would Frida Kahlo eat? [Hint: Mole] (audio)

by Andalé Mono April 27, 2015 Audio
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What would Frida Kahlo eat? Latino USA’s Von Diaz reports.

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Chinese-Mexican food and a side order of history (audio)

by MOSCA MEXICAN April 20, 2015 Audio
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After the United States passed the openly racist Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, migrants from China went to Mexico instead. And the legacy of those immigrants is still found today on both sides of the border: Chinese-Mexican food. Lisa Morehouse of KQED reports:

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A Day in the Life of a Woman: Las Cafeteras: ‘Mujer Soy’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 16, 2015 Audio
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In 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.)

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Listen: Why does Mexican music have polkas, waltzes and accordions?

by Soy Capitan March 12, 2015 Audio
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Happy 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:   PREVIOUSLY ON FLACO JIMENEZ:

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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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Diversity sells, but Hollywood is overwhelmingly white, male (audio)

by Lucida Grandé March 3, 2015 Audio
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“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 […]

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Spanglish is no Juan E. Come Lately to California (audio)

by Andalé Mono February 19, 2015 Audio
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When 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 […]

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Mexican food contract rider #2: Jack White’s guacamole recipe (audio)

by MOSCA MEXICAN February 18, 2015 Audio
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The 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:

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Why does @GustavoArellano say his name so Spanish? (audio)

by Comic Saenz February 17, 2015 Audio
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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.

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POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz explains himself to Stanford (audio)

by Andalé Mono February 11, 2015 Audio
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POCHO 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. The interview starts like this:

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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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