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rosadiazPhilly 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: [Mas…]

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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 my dad in 10 years ... and no one here loves me.'"

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Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Sometimes, they’ve been welcomed into the country by activists; other times they’ve been turned away by protesters. [Mas…]

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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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bigfifalogoWhen 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:

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Japanese-Peruvian_Credit_MiaWarren-300x200Not 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, tells her story to LatinoUSA’s Mia Warren: [Mas…]


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 less. ["La Fábrica del Taco," they write on their SoundCloud page, "es una taqueria bien chingona en Buenos Aires, Argentina. La única y autentica taqueria al sur de la frontera. Invitamos a todos los melo."]

Does your Argentinan taqueria have a SoundCloud page? The Taco Factory does: [Mas…]

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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 think to question her bonafides. She was illiterate, the story goes, and that wasn’t kosher for poor Jewish would-be immigrants from Ukraine in the early 1900s. The rich bitch trick worked, my great aunt got through immigration and everyone lived happily ever after.

Our family story, it turns out, isn’t unique. There were poor Jews who sneaked across the Mexican border near El Paso, and families smuggled in the cargo holds of ships packed with illegal Cuban rum during Prohibition.

Tablet Magazine explains: [Mas…]

mexingtonheaderSteven 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 from the recent field trip he led to Mexington. [Mas…]

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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Bang Data has mad ‘Amor Califas (California Love)’ [audio]

by MOON GUAC January 24, 2014 Audio
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The Bay Area’s Bang Data is in love ♡ with the Golden State. And Amor Califas California Love is in Spanglish, just like we like it.

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Missing: Little Julian Herrera, East Los Chicano Rock ‘Bigfoot’ (audio)

by MOON GUAC January 7, 2014 Audio
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From Latino USA: Little Julian Herrera was a heartthrob singer in East L.A.’s rock and R&B music scene. But one day, he disappeared, taking with him the secrets behind his identity and his fate. A fascinating story from Alex Schmidt.

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Lord Buckley raps: ‘Scrooge, A Hip Christmas Carol’ (audio)

by AL D. BAGUDI December 25, 2013 Audio
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It’s 1959 and hepcat comic supreme Lord Buckley is on fire: “Yes, me, I’m Scrooge and I got all Marley’s barley, and I’m the baddest cat in all dis world. I been studyin’ all my life how to Scrooge people, and I guarantee I done some fine work in dat direction. Cratchit!” “Yes, sir.” “You […]

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Alice Bag: ‘Christmas is Just Another Day’ (audio)

by MOON GUAC December 24, 2013 Audio
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L.A. puro punk pocha Alice Bag explains why she sings the sads: This is a song I wrote when I had to spend Christmas apart from my husband. Performed by Goddess 13, vocals by Alice Bag, backing vocals by Teresa Covarrubias. PREVIOUSLY ON ALICE BAG:

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What’s it like growing up named ‘Jesús’? (LatinoUSA audio)

by WHO DIO MORENO December 23, 2013 Audio
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LatinoUSA writes: In Latin America, it’s a name like any other. But here in the U.S., Jesús is a name that could still raise an eyebrow. So Latino USA producer Michael Simon Johnson spoke with a handful of Jesúses to find out what it’s like to grow up with the holiest name in the book. […]

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LatinoUSA Audio: Al Madrigal and Lalo Alcaraz’ ‘Big Adventure’

by Comic Saenz December 2, 2013 Audio
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POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal (you may also know him from The Daily Show with Juan Estewart) are thankful for lots of stuff. Al is thankful that his son’s school’s athletic mascot is not racist, Lalo is thankful for his new Bordertown gig with Fox, and POCHO is thankful LatinoUSA […]

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This American Life: Chris Garcia and his dad take a drive (audio)

by Comic Saenz November 14, 2013 Audio
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POCHO amigo Chris Garcia, the man behind our wildly popular Mexican Mitt Romney for President music video, was a guest on radio’s This American Life, an episode on Things You’re Not Supposed to Talk About. One of them is the route you’re driving… Garcia and his dad were driving home, listening to oldies, sharing a […]

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Why Goth Latinos love Morrissey and other stories (audio, video)

by MOON GUAC November 13, 2013 Audio
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NPR’s LatinoUSA (with Maria Hinojosa) writes: Goth culture. Is it in? Is it out? Do they even care? Hear the stories of three Latinos who found a sense of community in Goth subculture while we try to answer the question of the ages: Why are Latinos obsessed with Morrissey? It’s not just the Pompadour. Here’s […]

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