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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 LIBROTRAFICANTES 2

After leaving Houston, Texas, the librotraficante banned book caravan arrived in El Paso, Texas on March 14, 2012. They were met with open arms by local poets and community activists who welcomed the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2012 AMÉRICA TROPICAL PRESERVATION

After forty years of painstaking effort, the mural titled "America Tropical, originally painted in 1932 by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, and later whitewashed, has been preserved with a new … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC CUÑAO “LA OVEJA NEGRA”

Ecuadorian Julio Montero is the frontman for Cunao. Born in New York and now transplanted to Los Angeles, his socially conscious original music is is influenced by the Latin American social protest … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC DAVID GARZA ‘SHELLFISH”

David Garza is a singer and songwriter whose evocative lyrics reflect a thoughtful subtlety. He performs here an original composition, "Shellfish," a song about a bittersweet break-up. … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART CARLOS ALMARÁZ

Carlos Almaráz was a ground breaking artist and political activist who passed away in 1989. Twenty three years after his passing, Karen Rapp, the premiere curator at the Vincent Price Museum of Art … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD AMARILIS MARTÍNEZ

Amarilis Martinez is a poetry and prose writer who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Education at Alverno College. In 2010 she participated in Michael Sedano's … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA FOOD “FIVE FAVORITE MEXICAN RECIPES”

FIVE FAVORITE MEXICAN RECIPES LATINOPIA offers five popular Mexican entree recipes. The first of many to come. … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC MARK GUERRERO “NOBODY TOLD ME”

Mark Guerrero is a prolific songwriter and performer whose songs often reflect a heartfelt social passion.  In his original composition "Ay, yi,yi,yi, Nobody told Me," he reflects on the unjust plight … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD DIANA LÓPEZ “QUINCEANUNCA: NEVER FIFTEEN”

Diana López is a Texas author whose works include the adult novella, "Sofia's Saints," as well as her middle school books "Confetti Girl, and Choke."  In her short story, "Quinceanunca: Never … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC OLMECA “RAISE YOUR HANDS!”

Olmeca (David Barragán) is a song lyricist and rapper whose high energy performances propel a deep seated love of humanity. He performs here his original composition, "Raise Your Hands!" at the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA RICHARD YÑIGUEZ “BLVD. NIGHTS”

Richard Yñiguez is a veteran television and motion picture actor who has starred in Boulevard Nights, Raíces de Sangre, The Deadly Tower and River of Promises as well as numerous television series. … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ALBERTO RIOS “THE THEATER OF NIGHT”

Alberto "Tito" Ríos is an Arizona poet whose works include ten books of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir. He reads here the title poem from his collection "The Theater of … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENTS 1937 PONCE MASSACRE

Following the conclusion of the Spanish American War in 1898, the island of Puerto Rico became a colony of the United States. Soon nationalists like Luis Muñoz Marin and Pedro Albizu Campos were … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC CUÑAO “LUCHADOR”

Julio Montero is the frontman for Cunao. Born in New York and now transplanted to Los Angeles, his socially conscious original lyrics expand on the Latin American social protest songs of the 1970s and … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA DANNY VALDEZ “LA BAMBA”

Ritchie Valens (Richard Valenzuela) was the first Latino rock star in music history. He died at age 17 in a tragic plane crash in 1959 along with two other rock legends, the Big Bopper (J.P. … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENTS 1970 EL RIO PARK

In 1970, the Mexican American communities of Tucson, Arizona, came together to fight for a public park for the children of two of the poorest barrios in the city.  What began as a struggle for a local … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA EVELINA FERNÁNDEZ

Evelina Fernández is a versatile actress and playwright whose acting roles include such motion pictures as Zootsuit, L.A.Confidential, and American Me. Frustrated over the lack of true depictions of … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD FRANK SIFUENTES

Frank Sifuentes (1932-2012) was a pioneering writer, educator, community activist and mentor. He passed away on October 8, 2012.  Latinopia documented Frank's reading of his short story, "The Bean … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART “LETTERS TO SIQUEIROS”

2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the unveiling of the mural,"America Tropical," painted by Mexican muralists David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1932.  The mural was later whitewashed because of its … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1932 AMÉRICA TROPICAL WHITEWASH

In 1932, the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros was invited to Los Angeles by the Chouinard Art Institute.  During his six month stay, he painted three murals, the most controversial of which was … [Read more...]