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They spotted each other on the subway underneath New York City. Will they be riding home together or is it a classic missed connection? [Enrola TV shot this video with an iPhone 6 with actors Lorena Rodriguez and Alfonso Diaz.]

argosythrillfWith 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 hygiene, sexual practices, and criminality of Mexicans or any other Latina/o for that matter.

Here, in some graphics from the 30s, we see some early 20th Century meditations on Latina/o/Hispanic subjectivities from the pages of Argosy Weekly.

As you can see, pulp magazine editors and illustrators were not ethnographers and whether the subjects depicted are Spanish, Argentine, or Mexican (or Italian — Sylvester Stallone?) is impossible to determine — though I am pretty sure the Buzzard Bait issue features some prehistoric Califas bandidos, and Señor Flatfoot’s “pampas” rogues look like they stepped out of the Mexico conjured in John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (which had not been made yet! Time travelers?) [Mas…]

leticiajuarezThe Buenas Vibras (Good Vibes) festival last weekend in Lake Elsinore was a benefit for cancer patients. Why did the U.S. Border Patrol show up?

Leticia Juarez of ABC7 Los Angeles reports: [Mas…]

fruitvendorWe can all sleep easier now that a guy selling fruit from a little carrito on a street corner in San Bernardino has been busted by the cops. Facebook member Jason Gomez was there: [Mas…]

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zapcomicstopOne of the peculiarities of my tendencies when it comes to semiotic hoardings, as you well know, are cameos by Latinas/os in mainstream American media artifacts.

Now Zap Comics were anything but the mainstream back in the day, but they have, over time, entered the effluvial, miasmic flow of pop culture leavings that typify a certain moment, a certain groovy time in American cultural history.

So it is that I chanced upon this cover at the REMARKABLE site, The Golden Age Site. [Mas…]

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Latino? Hispanic? Spanish? What’s the difference? (videos)

by Moctezuma Cortés July 17, 2015 Cultura
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Hispanic, Latino and Spanish are often used interchangeably in describing ethnicity. But what’s the right terminology? Feminist, vlogger and “critical thinker” Kat Lazo sets people straight. Nice Venn diagram, too.

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Affirmative Action is keeping me down! (#TBT 2003 toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 2, 2015 Cartoons
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Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera: ‘A Father’s Day Tale’ (video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR June 11, 2015 Cultura
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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.

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Cartman of ‘South Park’ and JLo, who eats tacos y burritos (video)

by Soy Capitan June 2, 2015 Cultura
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Bootleg video of a South Park scene (it looks to be cellphone video of a TV screen) shows Cartman’s presentation for the Latino Endowment Committee, featuring special guest star Jennifer Lopez, who eats tacos y burritos, even though she is Puerto Rican. The actual, official clip is here, but for some reason they don’t allow […]

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How to sell stuff to passionate, emotional Hispanics (1-minute video)

by Comic Saenz May 28, 2015 Cultura
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You’re passionate, Mr. and/or Ms. Hispanic, and emotional. You like stories, and web video stories under one minute long especially. Do we have some stories for you! Also tacos, which all Hispanics love, futbol ditto, and la musica, piñatas and burros tambien. HEY! WHAT ABOUT SPICY?

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Memorial Day: In 1918, this Latino war hero swam until he died

by TIO SAM May 22, 2015 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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Latino USA: Favorite Spanglish words and Ilan Stavans (audio)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2015 Audio
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Like puro pochos, the peeps at Latino USA talk Spanglish. In this episode they talk about their favorite Spanglish vocabulary words and also check in with expert and POCHO amigo Professor Ilan Stavans, who literally wrote the book on Spanglish.

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Pocho Ocho changes to expect after Indios + Chinos > Mexicanos

by Especial Correspondents May 12, 2015 El Now
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China and India now top Mexico as leading sources of new immigrants to the United Estates, new data reveals. What are the Pocho Ocho top changes we can expect from these evolving patterns in immigration? 8. Indian actors will replace Puerto Ricans playing Mexicans on TV 7. San Jose, California will be known as Sanjay, California 6. […]

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Descance en paz Eduardo Galeano (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA April 16, 2015 Cartoons
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Latinos, at least according to the mainstream media (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 14, 2015 Cultura
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Mainstream media is full of Latinos — Latino criminals, Latina maids and exotic Latino sex machines. Ordinary people just like you? Not so much. [Video by David Viramontes.]

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