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If you’re hanging with the clika, you need a street/hood/gang name. Here’s a handy one-minute rundown.

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Eight bits rule the world in this remixed version of the Beck tune. But what are the words?

Qué onda guero?
Qué onda Jose?

See the vegetable man
In the vegetable van
With a horn that’s honking
Like a mariachi band
In the middle of the street [Mas…]

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flyingufoGina Ruiz’ saga of the space ranflas vs the homies of the barrio continues…

He was tall and white as milk, the red hair on his legs shining like a conquistador’s helmet – he had none on his head.

He spoke with a funny accent and called things like stairs – “apples and pears.”

The barrio didn’t know what to make of this strange vato who ate chile like a Mexican and loved their mom’s chicken “taycos” so much that all the moms in the hood fought to bring him food. [Mas…]

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sexyAt every party I sit in the back.

Once in a while, I do that cholo two-step thing with one of my cousins or some ruca that feels sorry for me. I lift my big panza up off whatever chair is about to break under my weight, listen to it groan, then shuffle off to pull my fists together and slowly, clumsy as a bear, move my feet. I hate those dances. I really do. Everyone thinks that’s all us vatos know how to do. That two-step. Nah man…we all grew up with salsa, cumbia, and more. My abuleos danced valses, polka and even the tango. That makes me stop thinking about food for a minute and smile…just remembering them. How they used to cut a rug when a certain bolero came on, my abuelo bowing to my abuela and her blushing like a young girl, then taking off her apron and putting her tiny hand in his. Off they would go, in great sweeping steps, my abuela light on her feet like a fairy princess and my abuelo – dashing and strong. I miss them. [Mas…]

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British synth-pop band Landshapes shot the music video for their new song In Limbo backstage at lucha libre in Bolivia. There’s a great writeup of the shoot here.

Meanwhile, what’s up with those cholitas all dressed up in Bolivan bowler hats? This video explains: [Mas…]

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Working out is hard to do, as Hey Vato! homie Chuy pumps iron and homie Smiley ponders irony in a backyard in the barrio. (NSFW language.)

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La Cucaracha presents ‘Springtime in the barrio’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 25, 2013 Cartoons
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RELATED: Pocho Ocho top ways to tell Spring has esprung

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Darth Hater vs Hans Cholo: ‘Stare Wars, Episode B12′ (NSFW video)

by COMMANDANTE DATA February 7, 2013 Cultura
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This is the video you’ve been looking for. BAKTUN 12 writes: It is a period of barrio civil war. Darth Hater, owner of El Chingon Body Shop, and his associates — Jar Jar Blinks, Baboso Feo, and Chavala Punk — have every loco, loca, and loquito living in fear of the mal ojo and the […]

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Big Knife vs Small Pipe: Two men enter, one man leaves (video)

by Barney Asada November 12, 2012 Cultura
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It’s the very first Mr. Mean Adventure, Filero Grande vs Pipa Chica, from Louis Moncivias.

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Homies Hip Hop Show: Anti-violence march goes to church (video)

by Comic Saenz September 6, 2012 Cultura
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The Homies pick up some unexpected support when their anti-violence march runs into the Padre in front of the neighborhood church.

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Kid Frost: Don’t mess with ‘La Raza’ (music video)

by Lucida Grandé August 3, 2012 Cultura
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Frost (the artist formerly known as Kid Frost) was tired of dudes just gettin’ over on La Raza when he released this classic Chicano rap track in 1990.

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Anaheim police brutality protest t-shirt fundraiser

by Lalo Alcaraz July 31, 2012 El Now
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Specify Tshirt Size Wanted! Paypal button simplified! Please write in what size Tshirt you want, ie: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL I created the above image as a response to the outrageous and murderous police brutality by the Anaheim Police Department recently against two young men in the Anaheim barrio. The families are not only […]

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The night the mothership came, it was ‘Chanclas & Aliens’ in the hood

by Gina Ruiz July 27, 2012 Cultura
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It was a night like any other in Lincoln Park. The sounds of the drums, pounding feet and chachayotes filled the small gym, but soon the tired Aztec dancers streamed out, got into their cars and left. The park was quiet except for the occasional cricket and the sound of the freight trains pushing through […]

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Vatos gone loco! Two cliquas, ‘mad dog’ stares, a confrontation (video)

by CISCO YBERRA June 15, 2012 Cultura
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The two posses walk the walk, stare the stare and meet up in neutral territory. What comes next?

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Everyone waits, time slows down and then there’s magic (video)

by CISCO YBERRA June 1, 2012 Cultura
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Everyone is waiting; time seems to have slowed down and the air is full of possibilities. As the boy walks home from school, all eyes follow. What comes next? This beautiful video, shot in L.A.’s Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood, celebrates the magic.

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Black & white history: Juvenile delinquents ‘Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me’

by Lucida Grandé May 19, 2012 Cultura
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Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me (1961, 22 mins.) Adult suspicion, pompadours, cigarettes, chromed cars, pool halls, the jitterbug and pinball machines conspire to turn kids into juvenile delinquents, but earnest do-gooders can save the day! Great rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack and candid footage make late 1950s early 1960s gang life look sweet — in the […]

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Is your cholo acting up? You need ‘The Cholo Whisperer’ (video)

by Verdana Bold April 27, 2012 Cultura
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Is your cholo acting up or acting out? Disobedient? Out of control? Just dial up Cholo Rescue Services and they’ll send out…Ignacio de la Cruz, The Cholo Whisperer. When good cholos go bad, you need to be the jefe. The Whisperer will show you the way.

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Letter to the Editor: The Ghetto Manifesto by Lady D (NSFW audio)

by Especial Correspondents April 18, 2012 Audio
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It came in exactly this way via our handy SUBMIT form. (On the go? There’s a NSFW two-minute audio podcast version we created at the bottom of this article): This is to every person who wants to get out and break free to be human and not be a fucking stereotype. I call it the […]

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