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LATINOPIA MUSIC MARK GUERRERO “WHITEWASH”

Mark Guerrero is a singer and songwriter whose lyrics often reflect social issues. He performs here an original composition about the whitewashing of the mural "America Tropical" painted in 1932 by … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD SOÑIA RIVERA-VALDES

Soñia Rivera-Valdés was born in Cuba. Her book, "The Forbidden Stories of Marta Veneranda," was awarded the prestigious Casa de las Américas Award in Havana in 1997. She has published short stories in … [Read more...]

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BIOGRAPHY – MARÍA ELENA DURAZO

MARIA ELENA DURAZO, LABOR ORGANIZER María Elena Durazo is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and savvy union organizers in the United States. On May 15, 2006 she was elected  to serve … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA TEATRO LUIS VALDEZ “EL PACHUCO”

"Zoot Suit" is arguably the most successful Chicano play in theater history.  It derives much of its success from powerful performances by an ensemble of Latino actors including Edward James Olmos who … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA FOOD COCINA HERNÁNDEZ “CHILE RELLENO”

Diane Velarde Hernández returns with another great Lenten recipe: chiles rellenos. Stuffed chile peppers is a favorite staple of Mexican cuisine. Diane walks us through the basic recipe for stuffing … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC LOUIE PÉREZ ON “LA BAMBA”

Los Lobos is an internationally acclaimed Chicano rock and roll music group with multiple Grammy awards to their name. Although the group released their first album, "Just Another Band from East L.A." … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2009 ACTIVIST REUNION 2

The Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s was in response to decades of discrimination and social inequality experienced by the Mexican American community in the Untied States. The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD RICHARD YAÑEZ READS “HYMN TO VATOS…”

The Librotraficante Banned Book Caravan swept through Southwest cities in March of 2012.  The caravan was bringing banned books to the high school students of Tucson, Arizona. It was there that local … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2010 JAIME ESCALANTE MEMORIAL

Jaime Escalante (1930-2010) was a renowned mathematics teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. His teaching success inspired the motion picture Stand and Deliver, directed by Ramón … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC CUÑAO “GAITAN”

Cuñao's frontman is Julio Montero. He born in Ecuador and raised in New York city. His music is very much influenced by the Latin American social protest songs of the 1970s. Here he performs his … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1966 CRUSADE FOR JUSTICE

In 1966, Chicano activist Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales created a community based civil rights organization called the Crusade for Justice. Corky was disillusioned by traditional government agencies that … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA ROSE PORTILLO “EXORCIST II”

Rose Portillo is a gifted actress who starred as Della in the acclaimed play Zoot Suit as well as many roles in television and movies. Her first major role was in the movie "The Exorcist II: The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1968 CON SAFOS 1

Today we take for granted the large body of Latino and Latina literature available in the United States. But back in 1960, there was no extensive body of literature to speak of. That all changed when … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC DAVID GARZA “I-10 CHARM”

David Garza is a songwriter and singer from Austin, Texas. His songs are sparse, emotive and lyrical, his performances soulful and passionate. Latinopia caught up with David at an outdoor bar-b-cue in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA HERO DR. FELIPE DE ORTEGO Y GASCA

Felipe de Ortego y Gasca was a major in the United States Air Force before embarking on a pioneering career as a scholar, literary critic and educator. Ironically, his literary career only began after … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA TEATRO “RANCHO PANCHO 1″

Gregg Barrios is a San Antonio-based playwright who has written a landmark play titled "Rancho Pancho."  At the heart of the play is the explosive revelation that the character of Stanley Kowalski in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA GUEST BLOG DR. ARTURO MADRID

Note: This is the Keynote Address delivered by Dr. Arturo Madrid on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of The Biennial Conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, University of Albany, … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD MELINDA PALACIO

Melinda Palacio is a poet and novelist. Reviewers of her poetry collection "Folsom Lockdown," have said that "her rich expressions were full of passion...the vivid voices of the characters in her … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD MYRNA NIEVES “EMIGRACIÓN”

Myrna Nieves is a New York-based writer of poetry and fiction.  She reads here from her collection, "Libreta de Sueños," (Small Book of Dreams).  The story is a metaphor for the Puerto Rican-- or … [Read more...]