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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…]

doyers640Is calling the Los Angeles Dodgers Los Doyers racist? Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano has a video answer:
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streetgangsPublic affairs documentary producer Charles Cahill presents Street Gangs: Challenge to Law Enforcement a 1970s training movie digitized from a 16mm film purchased on eBay, according to YouTube uploader GuilfordGhost.

Who are the OG’s in the video? Recognize anyone? Has anything changed? [Mas…]

happygarcetti¡Feliz Hispanic Heritage Month! – Alcalde Eric Garcetti

Manhole cover image via Buzzfeed.

Salvadoran refugee Alma Velasco fled the civil war to come to America when she was 16. Now she works as a seamstress at American Apparel in Los Angeles. This is her story, courtesy I Am Los Angeles:

As a teenager, Alma Velasco had dreams of finishing school and getting a degree in El Salvador. But her dreams were shattered by the dangerous conditions created by the El Salvadorian civil war which first broke out in 1979, and lasted for almost 13 years. [Mas…]


OMAIGA! Practice makes perfect, as Francisco Hernandez tries to get his Mexican-mom-style driving directions exactly right.

nyfoodscreencapI read jur article ^^^^ on the google about the Los Angeles Mexican food is not better than the New Jork food but different. Tia Lencha’s chonies are in a bunch. Is that how ju say? Ju don know what ju are talking about.

These are the reasons gwhy:

  1. In jur articulo, ju spend mos jur time talking about Los Angeles. That is because it has a long history of Mexican people live there. Even ju say that it used to be Mexico, tonta!
  2. Ju say the Yelpers jelp it, the media and the general peoples all say Los Angeles Mexican food is better. Thas a lot of peoples.
  3. “Get the fuck over it” and “blah, blah, blah” are no legitimate argumentations. [Mas…]

El Conjunto Nueva Ola vs. A-Ha: ‘Take On Me’ (music videos)

by MOON GUAC June 11, 2014 Cultura
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A 1985 A-Ha award-winning music video gets cumbia-nated and lucha-fied in this just-released re-make from hometown heroes El Conjunto Nueva Ola. It’s not Take On Me, they say. It’s Taco Me. Look for the Spanglish captions! Here’s the A-Ha video:

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Your VOA Reports: Chinos + Mexicanos = The new Americanos (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO May 30, 2014 Cultura
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Chinese and Mexican immigrants to the U.S. have a lot in common. And in the Los Angeles area, they live next door to each other. A Chinese-Mexican-American Angeleno explains it all to your official Voice of America (VOA.)

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Jay Smooth: The multi-layered racism of Donald Sterling (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 29, 2014 El Now
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WBAI (NYC) DJ Jay Smooth analyzes the Donald Sterling tape chingadera and wonders why adjudicated racist Sterling needed to get caught saying something before people got pissed. East Los homeboy Sterling has been an evil guy for years. And what about the the girlfriend? PREVIOUSLY ON DONALD STERLING:

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LA’s Edward James Olmos/Jaime Escalante mural (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 11, 2014 Cultura
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Michael Montenegro takes us to MacArthur Park in Los Angeles to see the gigantic mural of an iconic public school teacher — Jaime Escalante — and the actor who portrayed him in Stand and Deliver, the homie Edward James Olmos. PREVIOUSLY ON TEACHERS:

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Pope: ‘Quakes are message from God: Let there be gay’

by Especial Correspondents April 1, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from VATICAN CITY) The recent earthquakes in Southern California are a message from God, according to Pope Francis. The Almighty, he told a visiting delegation of American Catholics Monday, will shake things up until they are more gay. “Lord knows this mortal world needs some bright flashes of color that aren’t suicide bomb […]

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Artist marks rap history at Los Angeles’ intersections (NSFW video)

by MOON GUAC Y HABLO PICASSO January 9, 2014 Cultura
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Los Angeles locations like Pico and La Brea, 108th and Crenshaw, The House of Blues and Dockweiler Beach were all featured in rap lyrics. Now New York’s Jay Shells wants to make sure these landmarks get the respect they deserve. [Some NSFW lyrics.] PREVIOUSLY ON PICO BOULEVARD:

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Alice Bag: ‘Christmas is Just Another Day’ (audio)

by MOON GUAC December 24, 2013 Audio
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L.A. puro punk pocha Alice Bag explains why she sings the sads: This is a song I wrote when I had to spend Christmas apart from my husband. Performed by Goddess 13, vocals by Alice Bag, backing vocals by Teresa Covarrubias. PREVIOUSLY ON ALICE BAG:

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Latino Stereotypes 101: Arsenio Hall and Felipe Esparza (video)

by Bronco del Camino December 12, 2013 Cultura
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Arsenio Hall and (Last Comic Standing) Felipe Esparza head to Santee Alley in L.A.’s Garment Fashion District to see if they can pin down some Latino stereotypes. Hot sauce, Home Depot and “No hablo ingles” here we come! PREVIOUSLY ON ARSENIO:

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (photo)

by Comic Saenz October 11, 2013 Cultura
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¡Feliz Hispanic Heritage Month! – Alcalde Eric Garcetti Manhole cover image via Buzzfeed.

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Cholafied Virgen: The barbed wire is a nice touch (photo)

by Sara Inés Calderón July 25, 2013 Cultura
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Virgen de #Guadalupe #mural #streetart in #Highland Park. I think the barbed wire is an especially nice touch. #Latinas #latism

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Dave Alvin (ex-Blaster): ‘Hey, baby, it’s the 4th of July!’ (music video)

by Victor Payan July 4, 2013 Cultura
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Here’s to all the lovelorn working stiffs and Mexican kids shooting fireworks below. Hey, baby, it’s the 4th of July!  Keep your fingers and barbecue eyebrows safe! [Downey homeboy Dave Alvin]

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Looks legit! UFO spotted over Mulholland Drive (video)

by ROD ESTERLING June 17, 2013 Doomsday Countdown
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The view is from Mulholland Drive, the fabled road that follows the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, looking north into the San Fernando Valley toward Pacoima, hometown of Ritchie Valens. But wait, what’s that, up in the air…

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Villaraigosa’s proposal to new L.A. mayor Garcetti: ‘Be my wingman’

by María Purísima May 22, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from LOS ANGELES)  Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villariagosa has a proposal for incoming mayor Eric Garcetti: Be my wingman. Villariagosa has been contemplating life after being LA’s mayor — and it’s not looking good. Reviewing his taste for power and dating attractive women who would be out of his shorty league if […]

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In LaLa Land, in 2005, we were ‘Livin’ Villagairosa’ (audio)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 22, 2013 Audio
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Antonio Villaraigosa came into the Los Angeles’ Mayor’s office with so much promise in 2005. My radio show on KPFK, The Pocho Hour of Power (heard Fridays at 4PM PST on 90.7 FM) produced and played this also hopeful and playful tune, Livin’ Villaraigosa, to document the excitement and also skewer the anti-Mexican conspiracy theorists […]

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Los Master Plus, Mexican hipster music duo, loves pochos

by Sara Inés Calderón May 13, 2013 Cultura
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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for a Mexican hipster to remake some of your favorite English-language songs in an alternative cumbia style while wearing hipster mustaches and silver sneakers, you need look no further than Los Master Plus. I first heard of the Guadalajara duo with their remake of King of […]

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PNS*Hot*Flash: Chicana frets – winged eyebrows or eyeliner?

by María Purísima April 4, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES) Veronica Gonzalez has a conundrum: Should she go rockabilly and do winged eyeliner or go chola and do winged eyebrows? “It’s, like, hard, you know? I’m just trying to keep up with my heritage,” Gonzalez told PNS Wednesday. Gonzalez said that if she went rockabilly it would not only […]

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