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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...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA RICHARD YÑIGUEZ ON ANTHONY QUINN

What is it like to act opposite a screen legend? Richard Yñiguez, star of the classic movie Boulevard Nights and of numerous television shows, learned early in his career when he landed a role acting … [Read more...]

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DAY OF THE DEAD CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONS As most of you may know, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration where family and friends remember the passing of loved ones.  With its origins in Mexico, … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART “WHAT IS CHICANO ART?”

In the 1960s, Mexican American artists were inspired by the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. They began to question their roles as artists and what kind of art they should be making. In barrios … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1949 BOWIE BEARS

In 1949, the Bowie Bears baseball team,  comprised of Mexican American students at  Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas won the statewide baseball championship. The players came from poor working … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1949 BOWIE BEARS 2

The 1940s was a time when segregation still reigned in Texas and the South. In 1949, a baseball team made up of Mexican Americans kids from Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, surprised sports fans … [Read more...]

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ANGELA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK 1.27.13

Angela María Ortiz S. is a Los Angeles-based working photographer who covers many events in the Latino political, entertainment and artistic community for a variety of news services. She is also a … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC LOUIE PEREZ ON “KIKO”

Following the success of their album, "The Neighborhood," the East Los Angeles band, Los Lobos, released "Kiko" in 1992. This break-out album was revolutionary in style, form and content and … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA HERO FRANK SIFUENTES

FRANK SIFUENTES - A REMEMBRANCE BY FRIENDS Frank “Kiko” Sifuentes passed away on Monday, October 8th, 2012. Writer, educator, mentor, and community activist he touched many lives. Following are … [Read more...]