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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
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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…]


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.)


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 mal lube job. [Mas…]


It’s the very first Mr. Mean Adventure, Filero Grande vs Pipa Chica, from Louis Moncivias.


The Homies pick up some unexpected support when their anti-violence march runs into the Padre in front of the neighborhood church.

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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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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‘Hey Vato!’ In the hood, a moment of self-reflection (NSFW video)

by Cloche Cargoa April 11, 2012 Cultura
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Hey Vato! stars “two puppet cholos who have discussions about everyday “hood” issues and question their ghetto instincts,” director Juan Rodriguez emails. In the first episode, the “struggle within” captures the boys’ attention. Chuy (on the left) is in the jersey and Smiley is wearing the Pendleton. Ralph Waldo Emerson is also involved. (NSFW language.)

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Scientists ID Chicana who hasn’t seen ‘Blood In Blood Out’

by María Purísima February 27, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from ALTA CALIFORNIA)  Ethnic anthropologists recently discovered the last living Chicana who has never seen the coming-of-age movie Blood In Blood Out. The woman, not named in the report, was spotted and identified last summer in the Los Angeles suburb of Cudahy, according to a study published in the prestigious journal Science. The subject, […]

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La Cucaracha Oscars Comics Toonfest!

by Lalo Alcaraz February 26, 2012 Cartoons
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Everyone’s a critic…

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