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Before the big-budget Hollywood people came along, Martin Sheen narrated this César Chávez 2006 tribute video from the United Farm Workers (UFW.)

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googlestraitPOCHO’s Comic Saenz wasn’t 100% sure where the Crimean Peninsula was on a map until last week, when Russia grabbed it, and he had no clue about the Strait of Malacca, where that Malaysian Airlines flight may have disappeared.

He had to look this stuff up on the Internets (photo), and maybe you did too.

That’s when we realized our geographical memory banks — and yours — might need a little shot of phresh knowledge, like this list of the Pocho Ocho Weird Geographical Chingaderas You Probably Never Heard Of:

8. Lake Tiacaca. Nowhere near the Andes, this stinky mess was discovered in your Aunt Anna’s bathroom after that thing with the sewer pipes.

7. The Chicano Triangle. This tortilla-chip-shaped segment of Southern California goes from Oxnard to San Diego to Indio. Many (traditionally) black and (predominantly) white neighborhoods formerly located in this area have disappeared from demographers’ charts.

6. The Straights of Esai. These large ribbed rock formations just north of Malibu bring ALL the boys to the yard.

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It is important that one pronounce “Chicano” properly, is it not, Sir?

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Chicano_Pride_by_fokrWho are we?

In my journey as a community activist and Chicano advocate, I’ve experienced many fascinating elements that have inspired me but also scarred me to my very soul.

I have fought the Chicano politician who capitulated in the selling out of his community, broke bread with the “Old Man” whom lent the little he had but gave unselfishly of his wisdom, and have shared space with our sons who have fallen victim to a privatized prison system.

I have fought the white dragon of racism and today… today will begin the telling of those many travels.

There are many obstacles preventing the Chicano people from achieving American uni-culturalism, but none more profound than the many differing points of view available within the Chicano community itself on what it means to be Chicano. [Mas…]

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Lighter Shade of Brown is an iconic group for Latino Hip-Hop.  The Southern California duo of Robert Gutierrez and Bobby Ramirez entered into the Chicano consciousness in 1990 with their album, Brown and Proud. Featuring the singles, On a Sunday Afternoon and Latin Active, the album is a modern day classic.

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meza3Art Meza sent us three photos from Lowriting, like this shot of a Chicana who knows you can’t go lowrider cruising without the hoop earrings and ink. Click to enlarge. In case you didn’t see it, the Lowriting book review is here.

This lowered Chevy Bel-Air coupe with fender skirts is a sweet ride: [Mas…]

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Are they really ‘Beta Males’ — slackers without a cause? (NSFW video)

by Soy Capitan January 17, 2014 Cultura
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Two brothers and one amigo wonder what it’s all about, being responsible adults with degrees and stuff. From Hijo De Mi Madre Productions. [One F bomb.]

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Survey says? Pocho Ocho top Chipster New Year’s Resolutions

by Especial Correspondents January 15, 2014 Cultura
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To be a Chipster (Chicano + Hipster) is not a destination, but a journey, and seekers must never rest. These are the Pocho Ocho Chipster New Year’s Resolutions our readers shared with us: 8. Despite the Indio heritage that gives me a sparse Fu Manchu facial hair configuration, I resolve to grow a Chente-strength bigote […]

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A True Story: How Gustavo and Lalo got on Fox’s ‘Bordertown’

by GUSTAVO ARELLANO January 8, 2014 Cultura
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Want proof that Jesus does more than appear on tortillas? Refry this: Lalo and I are part of Bordertown, the Fox animated show that’ll satirize the Mexicanization of America through the lens of—yep!—a border town. Think about it: two of America’s most locos Mexicans, outrageous cartoonist of La Cucaracha and POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and […]

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Poetry for Christmas: The Amazing Story of Felix Navidad

by Victor Payan December 24, 2013 Cultura
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Not so long ago And not very far Lived a jolly young man With a lowrider car His name it was Felix Navidad was his name And he was known round the world So great was his fame He was just a man Just like you or like me He couldn’t fly through the air […]

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War on Christmas: ‘Pancho Claus’ by Lalo Guerrero (video)

by QUESO QUESEM December 20, 2013 Cultura
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Pancho Claus? He’s Santa’s cousin from south of the border! Long before he recorded novelty tunes, Lalo Guerrero was a star. Some call him the Father of Chicano music.

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POCHO Estaff Reports: Mi casa? Real Thanksgiving turkeys!

by Especial Correspondents December 2, 2013 Cartoons
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POCHO’s Especial Correspondents spread out across America to celebrate Thanksgiving and sent in notes about their day. Some names were changed to avoid unpredictable results.  Read their stories and share your own in the comments! Homeboy in East Los: My family’s so Mexican we carved the turkey with a switchblade ·IN MEMORY of SMILEY· Dateline, Austin: MEChA […]

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RIP Sam Coronado (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA November 26, 2013 Cartoons
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Mexclusive: Hollywood has called my bluff with ‘Bordertown’ at Fox!

by LALO ALCARAZ, JEFE=IN-CHIEF November 13, 2013 Cartoons
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Fox has just announced the pickup of a new animated TV show called Bordertown, debuting in 2014. It was created by the showrunner of Family Guy, Mark Hentemann. I was offered a gig writing and consulting on the show, and I happily accepted. This will be the first animated prime time network TV show with […]

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Mom puts cross on son’s front lawn to mark another failed relationship

by EresNerd October 14, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOUSTON) Sara Maestas placed a two-foot-high cruz on her only son’s lawn early this morning — a cross in remembrance of his latest failed relationship. The 32-year-old transactional lawyer got dumped Saturday night by his novia, less than 20 minutes after he blew off a dinner date. And now his mother’s white […]

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Casting director to actor: Can you act more ‘Mexican’? (video)

by Lucida Grandé August 29, 2013 Cultura
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Frank Lucero could get more Hollywood gigs if he could just act more Mexican!

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MAS Whitewashing: Tucson OKs textbook list with NO Chicano authors

by Santino J. Rivera August 28, 2013 Cultura
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Let me tell you a joke. Ready? The Tucson Unified School District. Get it? No? Allow me to me explain. On Tuesday night the TUSD approved a textbook list for their now defunct Mexican-American Studies program, which they have dubbed “Culturally Relevant US History and US Government.” The list, which consists of 25 books, has absolutely […]

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My Shocking True Confession: Yes, I am a ‘Chipster’

by Magally Miranda August 26, 2013 Cultura
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I’m a textbook Chipster. I ride a pink road bike named Rosita or a commuter folding bike, rock the thrift store combat boots with floral print dresses, listen to independent local artists like Chicano Batman, L@s Cafeter@s, eat vegan burritos, etc. As a matter of fact, one or more of my closest companer@s can check […]

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