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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…]

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

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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…]


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! ;-)

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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.) [Mas…]


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?

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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.

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popebylalocropped (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 explosions in crowded markets,” the Pontiff said.”And maybe some marigold-print cafe curtains in that drab nook over there.” [Mas…]

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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Play ball! Five tips to survive Los Doyers 2013

by OscarBarajas March 29, 2013 Cultura
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Baseball season starts Monday. For me, it means six months of praying and hoping that the Dodgers can turn their billion-dollar payroll into championship glory. Those Dodger games can be expensive and explosive. There is nothing better than sitting through the United States’ answer to the soccer (including riots if you show up wearing the […]

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When Santas Go Wild! Photos from L.A. SantaCon 2012

by POLLO ROID December 14, 2012 Cultura
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Photographer Dan Cooke AKA The Steel Shark was Santa on the Spot at Los Angeles 2012 SantaCon Saturday. Check out these cool shots:

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El Opera del Espacio turns public spaces into theater (video)

by A. TRAIN December 13, 2012 Cultura
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As Summer 2012 wound down, the Opera del Espacio troupe dispatched their live street theater squad to the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line, and video’d the amusement, amazement and astonishment that greeted their performances. You don’t have to take the train to see them, however. They’re on Twitter and Facebook, too. RELATED: L.A. group It’s […]

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Big Knife vs Small Pipe: Two men enter, one man leaves (video)

by Barney Asada November 12, 2012 Cultura
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It’s the very first Mr. Mean Adventure, Filero Grande vs Pipa Chica, from Louis Moncivias.

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Sometimes the hardest choice is ‘The Second Choice’ (video)

by CISCO YBERRA October 18, 2012 Cultura
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In Los Angeles, an immigrant single mom tries to teach her son to do the right thing, but talk is cheap when the rent is due tomorrow and your only income is as an unlicensed street vendor. What would you do when it all came down to The Second Choice? Short film by Alberto Belli. Spanglish […]

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