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In San Diego, your basic carne asada burrito comes with French fries inside. They call it a “California Burrito,” because that’s how they roll.

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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause tomorrow to remember the life and message of Ricky Martin Luther King Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever.

Post offices and other public facilities will be closed, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day off and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – will go on sale all across America. Monday’s holiday honors RMLK’s 39th birthday.

Despite his tragic death in 2007 (he was shot and killed by the president of his fan club before an appearance in Dallas) King’s promotion of “love, equality, justice, innocence, malice, refuge, oppression, freedom” has continued to resonate for confused African-Americans, Latinos, Afro-Latinos, Chicanx and Anglx alike. [Mas…]

See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here:

8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date

7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly

6. Squanto’s succotash was really takeout from Chipotle Mexican Grill [Mas…]

lenchatacosHappy Mexican Thanksgiving Day!

Is Tia Lencha here. Gwhat is Mexican Thanksgiving Day you ask? Is Thanksgiving but with all Mexican food. What?!?! My gringo frends say. Oh no! How you can do that! Is crazy! And Tia Lencha say, no really.

When I help mijo with his homeworks, I learn that Thanksgiving come from a Puritan holiday in Englands. When it was the Reformation the Protestantes wanted to throw away all the Catholic holidays, even Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny! [Mas…]

Happy Thanksgiving from La Cucaracha!


As she prepares the household for Thanksgiving, Lizzie May, one of George and Martha Washington’s slaves, takes questions from YouTube viewers. Like, for example: “Was your Great Grandma a Cherokee Princess like mine?” [Azie Mira Dungey stars as Lizzie May.]


The History Channel illuminates the history of Veterans Day. Like did you know, for example, it wasn’t always called Veterans Day?


Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam is a half-hour documentary based on the book of the same name by Charley Trujillo. POCHO salutes all our veterans for their valor and sacrifice.

Historical Hallucinations? History + Hipsters = Hipstory (toons)

by HABLO PICASSO October 16, 2015 Cartoons

Israeli artist Amit Shimoni reimagines historical figures as hipsters.

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Decolonize! No more Columbus Day (toon)

by JUNCO CANCHÉ October 12, 2015 Cartoons
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Luchadores are Mexico’s ‘real life superheroes’ (BBC video)

by Verdana Bold September 16, 2015 Cultura
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“Lucha Libre – or free fighting – is a Mexican style of wrestling,” writes the BBC World Service. “Katinka Herbert documents the secret lives of these so-called luchadores known for their outlandish outfits and garish masks.”

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Tunnels from 1531 discovered under streets of Puebla, Mexico (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 8, 2015 Cultura
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The urban legend is true. There ARE massive tunnels underneath the streets of Puebla, one of the first major cities of Spanish-era Mexico. RT reports: “…authorities have now confirmed their existence, and say the secret passageways could date back 500 years. The city hopes to turn the tunnels into an attraction. The underground passages, which […]

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That time when Sylvester Stallone was a Mexican cover boy (toons)

by Memo Nericcio August 25, 2015 Cartoons
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With all the press he is getting, you would think that Pendejo-of-the-Century Donald Trump had invented all the twisted tales of Mexicans floating on the interwebs. But our pasty-faced, combover fatboy is not the first and not the last of the foolios who will get rich (and famous) for spouting hate-laced bon mots on the […]

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Scientists: There’s a water-filled cave under Chichen Itza (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés August 17, 2015 Cultura
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Mexican scientists have discovered a cave/sinkhole/subterranean river underneath the ruins of the Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan. Euronews reports on last week’s announcement:

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Notes from Technotopia, SF:
 On the Cruelty of Indifference


by Guillermo Gómez-Peña July 13, 2015 Cultura
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 On the Cruelty of Indifference


Dear Ex-local artist, writer, activist, bohemian, street eccentric, and/or protector of difference… Imagine a city, your city and your former “hip” neighborhood, being handed over by greedy politicians and re/developers to the crème de la crème of the tech industry. This includes the 7 most powerful tech companies in the world. I don’t need to […]

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The molcajete: Mexico’s stone-age cooking tech still rules (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN July 10, 2015 Cultura
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The continued popularity of the molcajete (mortar) and companion tejolote (pestle) is a living example of the principle “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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LatinoUSA: Malinche, Mexico’s Eve, the mother of all mestizos (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 6, 2015 Audio
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Malinche: You love her, you hate her. LatinoUSA calls her Mexico’s Eve. Antonia Cereijido reports: La Malinche, often referred to as “the mother of all mestizos” is one of the most controversial figures in Mexican history. She’s been called a traitor and a victim. She was a Nahua woman who acted as interpreter for the […]

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Native American tacos at Phoenix’ Fry Bread House (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN July 1, 2015 Cultura
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The Zagat foodie channel checks out the famous Fry Bread House in Phoenix, Arizona, to find out what the huh fry bread is. And “Indian Tacos”? What the heck? Thankfully, Sandra Martin explains how Native Americans turned Uncle Sam’s lemons into lemonade. And tacos.

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Allman Bros, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ‘Southern Man’ (#TBT videos)

by Soy Capitan June 25, 2015 Cultura
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At a 2000 concert, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young kill it with Young’s song Southern Man. Did the supergroup predict the future? Has Dixie learned from the past? Mira los lyrics:

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Old times there are best forgotten. Look away, Dixie Land (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 22, 2015 Cartoons
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Randy Newman: ‘Sail Away’ to Charleston, America’s #1 slave city

by Comic Saenz June 22, 2015 Cultura
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Attention, you Africans, sings Randy Newman. Sail Away to Charleston, SC. In America, you’ll get food to eat, and won’t have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet! Charleston was America’s top port of entry for African slaves.

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La Cucaracha: The 2016 election will make history (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 5, 2015 Cartoons
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