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muertosmakeupA school in our neighborhood recently held a “Dress as Your Heritage Day.”

For one Friday, students were encouraged to wear items representing their backgrounds, and some did. Students walked around campus in a combination of family heirlooms and seemingly exaggerated symbols to reflect their racial/ethnic groups.

The rationale underlying this day was cultural celebration, and families and students were representing their own heritages in ways that they wanted. On the face of it, this seemed like good ole’ fashion fun where dressing up breaks the routine of school and students show-off their family backgrounds. [Mas…]

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bidibom“What ARE you?” the Indian woman behind the counter asked.

I was at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City grabbing coffee. After handing me my change, the Indian woman wanted to know where I was from.

This happens often — whether I’m at a restaurant, an adult video store or a funeral. Inevitably someone will ask, “What are you?”

They ask in a way as if I look like the Elephant Man.

And then I realize that their question is one about my cultural identity. [Mas…]

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White people can’t help being white — they were born that way! But White Privilege can often get in the way of harmonious social relationships. Before it does, Racism Insurance can step in to ease the way. Call your agent today! [Not available in all states. Prices in Arizona may be higher.]

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(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) Sandra Ceballos made a shocking discovery Friday night when she was out with her girlfriends.

The standards she’d been using to find a good husband were, as her friend Jenny put it, “appallingly low.”

Ceballos, whose family is from Mexico, was raised to believe that if a man is not too much of a drunk, works hard, and doesn’t beat you, he’s “good husband material.” [Mas…]

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cucahhmsadbloguera(PNS reporting from BROOKLYN) Hispanic Heritage Month is over, and without the corporate-approved celebration as a focus, local members of the Hispanic/Latino community here aren’t really sure how they can go on being local members of the local Hispanic/Latino community here.

“What now?” lamented Brooklyn native and prolific bloguera Marielena Gutierrez (photo, right.)

“Should I tell people to call me Mary Ellen for the remaining 11 months of the year? It’s not like they ever pronounce it right anyway,” she wrote on her PobrePickle blog. [Mas…]

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latinavaginaDear Straight Dudes:

Why, hello there, I’m a Latina vagina and I have a message for heterosexual guys. Now I know what you’re going to ask me: “How well-groomed am I?”

No seas cochino! That’s none of your business, that’s personal. But I am here to, uh, talk business because I’m tired of all of these assumptions people make about me! [Mas…]


Dick Tracy’s 1961 TV cartoon partner Go Go Gomez saves the day in The Copy Cat Caper. [Mas…]

When ‘Joe’ became ‘José’ his life changed forever (NSFW video)

by Barney Asada September 8, 2014 Cultura
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Out-of-work Joe Sullivan was having a hard time finding a job until he decided to change his name to José. You won’t believe what happened next! [NSFW adult language.] PREVIOUSLY ON JOBS:

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Official spokesman for U.S. Hispanics quits: ‘It’s a bullshit job!’

by María Purísima September 5, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MIAMI) Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night. “This is a bullshit job and I’ll never be able to please anybody,” he told PNS in a late-night phone call. “I mean, I’ve been at this for a while, and let me tell you, it hasn’t […]

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Anjelah Johnson: No, sorry, I don’t speak Puerto Rican (4 videos)

by BEN WOLVEREEN September 3, 2014 Cultura
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Pocha Anjelah Johnson from San Jose (408 shout-out!) may not speak Spanish, but she doesn’t speak Puerto Rican either. [This video was one of our most popular and then got yanked from YouTube. We just found this alternate version online, apparently video'd right off someone's TV.] Over at LatinoRebels.com, Bella Vida Letty says Anjelah’s new […]

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‘Maybe (I Grew Up…)’ (@SchemeNavarro audio)

by MOON GUAC September 2, 2014 Audio
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Last month we published the powerful essay Maybe I grew up in a Latino and African-American neighborhood by Navarro, the Chicago-based hiphop artist formerly known as Scheme. Now it’s back, with music:

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Jon Stewart: The colorblind death of an unarmed black teen (video)

by Lucida Grandé August 28, 2014 El Now
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Now that Obama has been elected and re-elected, we’re in a post-racial society, right? And the death of an [another] unarmed black teenager at the hand of a white cop isn’t about race at all. Anti-American liberals, you see, are playing the race card again. Jon Stewart explains.

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La Cucaracha: Talking Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 21, 2014 Cartoons
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Maybe I grew up in a Latino and African-American neighborhood

by NAVARRO August 21, 2014 El Now
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Maybe I grew up in a mostly Latino and African American neighborhood because that was where my parents could pay rent. Maybe they could only pay rent there because my parents immigrated into this country with only a bag of clothes. Maybe they worked 16 hrs a day 7 days a week in ranches cutting […]

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La Cucaracha: ‘Latinos, the Movie’ opens this weekend! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 20, 2014 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Where are the Latino movie actors? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 19, 2014 Cartoons
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Oklahoma GOP uses jumping bean in a sombrero on fundraising flyer

by Barney Asada August 8, 2014 El Now
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Come for the (Mexican jumping) “GOP Bean Feed,” read the Oklahoma Republican Party fundraising flyer, and maybe you’ll stay for the KKK lecture. No offense, though. Truthyism has the story: Oklahoma democrats were shocked to see the crude racially charged image of a Mexican jumping bean on a GOP fundraising flyer for governor Mary Fallin […]

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La Cucaracha: What’s worse than an anti-immigrant immigrant? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 1, 2014 Cartoons
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Looking for a lawyer? We specialize in ‘Accidentes!’ (videos)

by Lucida Grandé July 31, 2014 Cultura
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When you’re involved in one or more traffic accidents, or Accidentes as we like to call them, you need a good lawyer. But if you can’t afford one, call us! Wait! This looks somewhat familiar. Haven’t we seen this before?

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Americans demand answers: Is my new neighbor Latino? (video)

by Bronco del Camino June 25, 2014 Cultura
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What do they look like? How can we tell? Is my new neighbor a Latino? Please tell me #whatlatinoslooklike. PREVIOUSLY ON WHAT ARE YOU…

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Wyatt Cenac : Sorry, brown-skinned actors can’t be Hobbits (video)

by Comic Saenz May 30, 2014 Cultura
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The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac reveals a dark (skinned) secret about the casting of background extras for the Hobbit movies. PREVIOUSLY ON CASTNG:

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La Cucaracha: What is the real problem at MSNBC? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 21, 2014 Cartoons
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I got racially profiled for being an Asian (NSFW video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 25, 2014 Cultura
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It’s hard being an Asian in America, Tony Vinh explains to the crowd at Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, TX. For example, you can get racially profiled and people think you have a small penis. [NSFW adult language.] PREVIOUSLY ON ASIANS:

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