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When you’re named after an infamous chapter in L.A. history, like the band The Chavez Ravine, your musical tour of the City of Angels would be pretty hard core too! ¡Mira Los Angeles!

What’s the story on this band? Their Facebook esplains: [Mas…]

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colbertcolumbus“Secular progressive factions” are getting some traction as they re-examine the real history of Christopher Columbus’ invasion of the New World and the disease, destruction, devastation and depopulation he inflicted.

“Why do these people hate America so much?” asks Stephen Colbert. [Mas…]

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It’s International Talk Sing Like A Pirate Day and we’re please to present not only a “sea shanty” about being a pirate, but one about the Mexican-American war of the 1850s. It’s even in Wikipedia! This video of Santy Anno has music by Forebitter and Lord Cavendish manga-influenced artwork assembled by uploader LordDrakoArakis, probably not his real name.

Here’s the some of what Wikipedia says about this traditional song: [Mas…]

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jesseborregoHispanics across the United Estates are giddy with excitement as they prepare to observe Hispanic Heritage Month 2014, which starts Monday.

But with so much excitement, it’s easy to forget the fundamentals of this Federally-established fiesta.

¡Mira! A checklist! Here are the Pocho Ocho ways to prepare for Hispanic Heritage Month:

8. Reset your calendar so months begin on 15th

7. Purchase and enjoy all 57 bean varieties from Hispanic comida conglomerate Goya

6. Grow a luxurious mustache — you too, mujeres!  [Mas…]

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junglecityArcheologists have re-discovered two ancient Mayan cities deep in the Yucatan jungle — massive cities with plazas, buildings and pyramids, some over six stories high.

One spectacular find was a monster mouth portal carved with a stylized earth monster eye and fangs along the doorway jamb (photo.)

The cities, Lagunita and Tamchen, flourished in what is called the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 A.D.).

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Pocho Ocho top Aztec deities we could sure use today

by Malcolm Mex August 22, 2014 Cultura
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In these troubled times, God[ess] knows, we could use some help from indigenous, culturally-appropriate deities. Here are the Pocho Ocho top Aztec gods we could sure use today: 8. Chingilipochtli, god of payback 7. Guautemoc, god of amazement and wonder 6. Spocktezuma, god of living long and prospering tambien

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The Gay 90s: Hot tamales on Broadway, New York City, 1894 (toon)

by MOSCA MEXICAN August 4, 2014 Cartoons
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This cartoon, from 1894, is by Archie Dunn. The tamalero seems to be wearing a chef’s hat (?) and using a charcoal burner to keep the tamales hot. What do you think his medallion signifies? And aren’t the “Gay Nineties” couple elegant? Are they daredevils eating exotic street food or just another drunk couple with […]

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Want to save the planet? All the cool Mayans ride bikes (toon)

by EresNerd August 1, 2014 Cartoons
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Image via Metzican. PREVIOUSLY ON MAYANS AND AZTECS AND OLMECS, OH MY:

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POCHO History 101: The invasion – how America ‘grew’ (video)

by Verdana Bold July 31, 2014 Cultura
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Via EHistory.org: Between 1776 and 1887, the United States seized over 1.5 billion acres from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. The Invasion of America shows how by mapping every treaty and executive order during that period. It concludes with a map of present-day Federal Indian reservations. PREVIOUSLY ON NATIVE AMERICANS:

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La Cucaracha: Where are the Mexicans in the movies? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 28, 2014 Cartoons
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‘How Tequila Is Made,’ ‘Maguey, Plant of 1000 Uses’ (videos)

by Gabacho Borracho July 24, 2014 Cultura
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Tequila — real tequila — can only be made from the blue agave. This short British documentary explains the process. But wait, there’s more. How about the 1952 Ralph Adams documentary Maguey: Plant of a Thousand Uses:

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Kid immigrants have been arriving alone since Ellis Island

by Andalé Mono July 21, 2014 El Now
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In 1892, the first immigrant to enter the U.S. at the new Ellis Island immigration facility was an unaccompanied 15-year-old minor. Not only was she not greeted by howling racists, their faces distorted with unfathomable rage, but she got a certificate and a gold coin. Bill Moyers reports: An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person […]

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Star-Spangled Beaners: Francisco Scott Quiñones, Jose Canusi

by Victor Payan July 3, 2014 Cultura
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For generations, Americans have revered The Star-Spangled Banner as their National Anthem, singing it at baseball games, karaoke nights and Fourth of July celebrations around the country. It may come as a surprise, however, that the song’s author, Francis Scott Key, was actually a Mexican immigrant named Francisco Scott Quiñones and that the song was […]

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Throwback Thursday: Don’t be the GIRL who has to telephone BOYS

by Chale Knickerbocker June 5, 2014 Cartoons
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Avoid Offending. Girls who want to be popular never risk “undie odor” – they whisk undies through Lux after each wearing. Click on image to enlarge. [#TBT image via the Kitsch Bitsch. Thanks!]

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La Cucaracha: Donner Party – table for 7? 6? 5? 4 (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 3, 2014 Cartoons
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Where do immigrants come from? These days, the answer is ‘Mexico’

by Moctezuma Cortés May 28, 2014 Cultura
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These days in Aztlan — and across lots of the United Estates — most immigrants come from Mexico, but it wasn’t always that way. A hundred years ago or so they were from Germany. The Pew Research Center reports:

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American Jews: Maybe your grandparents were ‘illegals’ too (audio)

by Comic Saenz May 28, 2014 Audio
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In my family, they say that Abuelo Abraham Saenz, wearing his WWI U.S. Army uniform, “smuggled” one of his sisters (photo, above) into the country via the Port of Philadelphia, wrapping the girl up in a fur coat so she looked like a rich lady. The scheme was “dress to impress” so the MIGRA wouldn’t […]

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The Bangles walk like ‘The Olmecs’ (music videos)

by OLMEC DONALD May 8, 2014 Cultura
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Los Angeles “Paisley Underground” band The Bangles’ tune September Gurls gets a remake by History Teachers to tell the story of The Olmecs and those big stone heads. Mira the History Teachers’ lyrics: The Olmec heads From long ago Where they came from No one knows

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Legend La India Maria returns as ‘La Hija de Moctezuma’ (trailer)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 6, 2014 Cultura
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ESPANOL: La India María debe encontrar a toda costa en lo recóndito de una montaña, El Mágico Espejo Negro de Tezcatlipoca, pues el espíritu de su bisabuelo Moctezuma Xocoyotzin así lo ha ordenado para evitar la destrucción de México. Alonso, un atractivo arqueólogo español, Bianchi, un tramposo busca-tesoros y Brígida Troncoso — una ambiciosa gobernadora, […]

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