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ngramHispanic or Latino? This question comes up all the time, and not just during Hispanic Heritage Month, which we insist on calling Latino Heritage Month.

Is there a trend? We asked the Google NGram Viewer to search their big index of published books to see how many times the word “Latino” and the word “Hispanic” were used over time. [Mas…]

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spokesman(PNS reporting from MIAMI) Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night.

“This is a bullshit job and I’ll never be able to please anybody,” he told PNS in a late-night phone call. “I mean, I’ve been at this for a while, and let me tell you, it hasn’t gotten any easier. Que effin’ lastima, right? I’m throwing up my hands!”

“The truth is it’s ridiculous to expect one person to be able to speak for millions from diverse backgrounds, geopolitical situations, economic castes and region-specific cultures,” he said. “Rachel Maddow calls, Fox News calls, Esteban Colberto calls, and even your guy Al Madrigal from The Daily Show calls. Thank God for Caller ID!” [Mas…]

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Pocha Anjelah Johnson from San Jose (408 shout-out!) may not speak Spanish, but she doesn’t speak Puerto Rican either. [This video was one of our most popular and then got yanked from YouTube. We just found this alternate version online, apparently video'd right off someone's TV.]

Over at LatinoRebels.com, Bella Vida Letty says Anjelah’s new video has her performing in “brown face.”

Here’s the video she objects to. What do you think? [Mas…]

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hispanicguy(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 Hispanic fraternity brothers.

He made the announcement on Facebook Sunday night.

“You know, Roli — er, I mean, Roland — was always the most radical Chicano in the fraternity, but c’mon man, he was studying accounting. I kinda always knew he was going to end up a Hispanic,” said Ed Taboada, Vega’s college roommate. [Mas…]

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NPR: Who are the refugee kids at the border? (audio, video)

by Comic Saenz July 30, 2014 Audio
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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 […]

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As the Illegal Mexicans and Muslims Invade (a poem)

by KEN July 29, 2014 El Now
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AN ILLEGAL POEM By Illegal Immigrants I cross river, Poor and broke, Take bus, See employment folk. Nice man Treat me good in there, Say I need Go see Welfare.

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Stop the gay Muslim Chinese terrorist illegal aliens! (video)

by Andalé Mono July 25, 2014 El Now
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Conservatives explain how gays, Muslims, Mexicans and President Obama are all working together to destroy the moral fabric of America. Video’d at an anti-immigration protest in Houston, pro-immigration supporters also chime in while dancing.

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Watch: A song – ‘Besame Mucho’ – grows in Bushwick, Brooklyn

by MOON GUAC June 26, 2014 Cultura
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Peep this sweet, short video: Singer Juan Bautista sings Besame Mucho while waiting for the G train and director Randy Gordon-Gatica adds footage of openly-Latino Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

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Americans demand answers: Is my new neighbor Latino? (video)

by Bronco del Camino June 25, 2014 Cultura
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What do they look like? How can we tell? Is my new neighbor a Latino? Please tell me #whatlatinoslooklike. PREVIOUSLY ON WHAT ARE YOU…

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Memorial Day: 19-year-old World War I Tejano hero swam until he died

by TIO SAM May 23, 2014 Cultura
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He was only 19 when he died in 1918, a kid who would become America’s first Latino Medal of Honor Recipient. His posthumous Medal of Honor for heroism came in 1919, but his acknowledgement as a Latino had to wait until 1989. Wikipedia explains: David Bennes Barkley was born March 31, 1899 in Laredo in […]

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Census Bureau considering new race/ethnicity questions

by Moctezuma Cortés March 25, 2014 El Now
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The tricky choose-your-own race/ethnic questions in the 2010 United States Census didn’t work out as planned. “As many as 6.2% of census respondents selected only “some other race” in the 2010 census (photo, top), the vast majority of whom were Hispanic,” the Pew Research Center reports. The 2010 Census form asked two questions about race […]

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Don’t call me a ‘Mexican,’ America! Also, I’m not a ‘Latino’

by Comic Saenz March 24, 2014 Cultura
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It’s a phenomenon older than the United Estates of America. We’ve named it Looking Down On More Recent Immigrants Syndrome: In 1751, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, a North American colonial with British roots, disparaged “stupid” and “swarthy” recently-arrvied German immigrants, who, he wrote, were too dumb to learn English, and did we mention they were […]

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Lowe’s Home Improvement, Latino style (Vine video)

by Lucida Grandé March 11, 2014 Cultura
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It’s Rudy Mancuso, for Lowe’s. [Hover and click on the top left corner of the image to hear the audio.] PREVIOUSLY ON RUDY MANCUSO:

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Hispanic Superman! (Vine video)

by Chale Knickerbocker February 19, 2014 Cultura
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Cold outside? Snow on the ground? Tied to the train tracks as a locomotive approaches? No worries? No makes! Hispanic Superman Rudy Mancuso is on the job! [Remember: The Vine videos need you to click on the top left of the image to hear the sound.] PREVIOUSLY ON CRAZY COLD AND SNOW:

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Um, excuse me…we prefer to be called ‘white folk’ (photo)

by Especial Correspondents February 5, 2014 Cultura
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We can’t track the original of this photo to give its creator props, so we’ll just heartily thank all Internet-enabled photographers, wherever they are. And whatever they want to be called, tambien. After all, what’s in a name? PREVIOUSLY ON WHITE PEOPLE: Aamer Rahman: What’s the deal with white people? (video) These black people are […]

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My friend’s stupid Chevy Nova has Hispanic GPS (Vine video)

by RON FLA January 17, 2014 Cultura
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Rudy Mancuso’s Hispanic-voiced GPS navigation amigo knows where Rudy needs to go, even if Rudy acts stupid. [With these Vine videos, there's an audio/speaker/volume icon that pops up when you hover over the top-left corner on the video.]

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Fashion Forward Victims: Miss Universe ‘National Costumes’ (photos)

by EDITH CABEZA November 5, 2013 Cultura
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The Miss Universe 2013 competition begins this weekend in Moscow and the pre-show festivities Monday included a photo session to show off the “national costumes” for each country’s entrant. Above is Miss Mexico, Cynthia Duque, (left) and Miss Ecuador, Constanza Báez. Meet Miss Brazil, Jakelyne Oliveira:

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La Cucaracha: Their month over, Hispanics get the sad (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 21, 2013 Cartoons
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SPAIN AND ‘LATIN AMERICA’? IT’S COMPLICATED:

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Hispanic Heritage Month ends, many Hispanics unsure how to go on

by Elise Roedenbeck October 16, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from BROOKLYN) Hispanic Heritage Month is over and without the corporate-approved celebration as a focus, members of the local Hispanic/Latino community aren’t really sure how they can go on being members of the local Hispanic/Latino community. “Where do I go from here?” lamented Brooklyn native and prolific bloguera Marielena Gutierrez (photo, right.) “Should I […]

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Government shutdown halts Hispanic Heritage Month in mid-month

by Lalo Alcaraz October 16, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, DC) Effective immediately, all Hispanic Heritage Month observations have been halted due to the current Federal Government shutdown. HHM activities have been classified as “non-essential” and Washington has issued guidelines on toning down loud festivities and colorful displays as the U.S. Treasury runs out of funding. As of midnight, October 15, […]

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