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The newly-named Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, tells a story and plays a song for Father’s Day.


Martin Sheen, aka President Jed Bartlet, is the narrator in this César Chávez 2006 tribute video from the United Farm Workers (UFW.) César Chávez’ birthday is March 31

seanpenn(PNS reporting from MALIBU) Sean Penn will deliver the keynote address at the City of San Jose’s annual Cesar Chavez Day celebration March 31, friends of the actor say. The ceremony honors the late Mexican-American icon and civil rights leader on his birthday.

Penn told dinner companions here Tuesday night that he plans to open the speech at the San Jose Civic Center with some humorous anecdotes. [Mas…]


The BBC sent a reporter to the Southwest to find out what it means to be a Mexican-American. The answer? It’s complicated.

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alcoconutPOCHO Migrant Editor Al Madrigal’s epic quest for identity — Half Like Me — debuts on FUSION next Thursday.

Coconut Madrigal (white inside, brown outside) knew turning an intensely personal journey into a docu-comedy wouldn’t be one easy trick, but he never anticipated what happened next.

“I set out to dial down my pocho level from a ten to a five,” he told POCHO in a text message Tuesday night, “and ultimately something much greater and unexpected happened. I ended up not giving a shit.”

“I encourage others to try it, feels great.”

Al got some help from three mostly-reliable sources:

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How much better can it get? Will the Wolf Survive? is the 1984 music video that exploded East Los homies Los Lobos into stardom. And don’t the guys look young⁈ Thirty years! Yikes.

Wikipedia:

How Will the Wolf Survive? is the major label debut album of Los Lobos. In 1989, it was ranked #30 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 461 on the magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Los Cenzontles: ‘¡Soy México Americano!’ How about you? (video)

by QUESO QUESEM December 26, 2014 Cultura
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Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) are México Americano. Y ustedes tambien? [Words and music by R. Fuentes.] Mira the lyrics:

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POCHO Holiday Classic: ‘The Story of Felix Navidad’

by Victor Payan December 25, 2014 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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Lalo Guerrero: Pancho Claus (Santa’s cousin from south of the border)

by QUESO QUESEM December 23, 2014 Cultura
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It doesn’t get more pocho than this! Lalo Guerrero, the father of Chicano music, tells the story of Pancho Claus, Santa’s cousin from south of the border, in this 1956 classic.

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POCHO Field Reports: The Real Turkeys of Thanksgiving

by Especial Correspondents November 28, 2014 Cultura
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POCHO’s Especial Correspondents were spread out across the United Estates yesterday and sent in these reports about their familias’ Thanksgiving. Some names were changed to avoid desmadre.

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1940s Style: Orquesta de Don Ramon ‘Chicano Boogie’ (video)

by Comic Saenz November 7, 2014 Cultura
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It’s not much of a video but it rules as a wild examplar of 1940s pachuco “boogie-woogie jitterbug” (like Lalo Guerrero’s Los Chucos Suaves.) This performance features unstoppable rhumba-flavored proto-rock-n-roll beat-me-eight-to-the-bar-boogie-woogie highlighted by shouted Spanglish insanity. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a nice welcoming round of applause to Orquesta de Don Ramon as they perform […]

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Can’t rock harder than Lalo Guerrero’s ‘Los Chucos Suaves’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 6, 2014 Cultura
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Lalo Guerrero is the Father of Chicano Music. His amazing musical legacy (he died in 2005) includes the classic Spanglish “boogie-woogie jitterbug” Los Chucos Suaves – the kick-ass dance-tune inspiration for Zoot Suit (the musical.) We especially like the abstract piano solo that goes off into outer pachucostan and comes back in the nick of […]

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East L.A. Play by Play: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR October 8, 2014 Cultura
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It’s the fall football classic — Garfield versus Roosevelt — the East Los high school football rivalry that has lasted generations; David A. Romero supplies the play by play. Romero goes on a national tour starting next week. Here’s his schedule.

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Ask A Mexican: Hispanic? Latino? Chicano? What’s the deal? (video)

by Comic Saenz October 3, 2014 Cultura
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In an Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month special video episode, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the perennial question: Hispanics? Latinos? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

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La Cucaracha: The child refugee who ate America! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 2, 2014 Cartoons
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Alfonso Ochoca: Don’t hate me because I don’t speak Spanish (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 2, 2014 Cultura
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Ever have an awkward moment when you have to pretend to be an Anglo at the taqueria because you don’t speak Spanish? Alfonso “White Boy Mexican” Ochoa reports.

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Musical pochos: The Premiers rock ‘Farmer John’ (audio,videos)

by QUESO QUESEM August 25, 2014 Audio
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Fifty years ago the biggest summer radio record was Farmer John, a cover of the Don and Dewey R&B hit by The Premiers, a group of pochos from East Los suburb San Gabriel. [Editor’s note: If you cannot access the NPR audio, blame NPR which is still using an outmoded, incompatible Flash-based media player.] NPR […]

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Maybe I grew up in a Latino and African-American neighborhood

by NAVARRO August 21, 2014 El Now
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Maybe I grew up in a mostly Latino and African American neighborhood because that was where my parents could pay rent. Maybe they could only pay rent there because my parents immigrated into this country with only a bag of clothes. Maybe they worked 16 hrs a day 7 days a week in ranches cutting […]

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La Cucaracha: Where are the Latino movie actors? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 19, 2014 Cartoons
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Local Chicano decides to start calling himself ‘Hispanic’

by María Purísima August 19, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from IRVINE, CA) Roland Vega, 33, formerly known as “Rolando,” has come to an important moment in his life: He’s transitioned from a “Chicano” to a “Hispanic.” The decision to change the way he self-identifies came as somewhat of a shock to his family and his homeboys, but not necessarily to Vega’s former […]

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White Boy ChIcano (a poem)

by MICHAEL MONTENEGRO July 8, 2014 Cultura
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White Boy Chicano It’s an identity crisis My parents are Mexican migrants, who stay busy all the time Spanish is my first language, then almost losing it because of time My TV only showed Mexicans involved in crime The stereotypes didn’t represent me My school peers didn’t believe me I wasn’t Mexican or White Being […]

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Chicano anti-war activist found in Canada after 44 years

by Malcolm Mex July 1, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MONTREAL) A Los Angeles man who had not been heard from since he fled to Canada in 1970 to avoid the Vietnam War draft has been found in Montreal, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. When Albert “Sleepy” Dominguez missed the 1970 Chicano Moratorium in Los Angeles, noone knew he had […]

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