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LATINOPIA DOCUMENTS: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S IMMIGRATION SPEECH 1.29.13

CONTEXT: The on-going efforts in Congress to pass a definitive immigration bill may continue for some time. Latinopia thought it would be important to remind ourselves of the vision for such … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC LAS CAFETERAS “EL CASCABEL”

Las Cafeteras is a Los Angeles based musical ensemble whose edgy alternative and political vision informs their performance of traditional son jarocho from Vera Cruz, Mexico. At the opening of the Tia … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD JORGE GUILLEN 2 “PEACE MEAL”

Jorge Guillen is a poet, artist and activist from Lamont, California. The son of immigrant parents from Michoacan, Mexico, he attended a rally in Bakersfield on August 14, 2013. The rally, part of a … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “MEET JULIAN GONZÁLEZ”

The Voces (Voices) Oral History Project at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, was created by Dr. Maggie Rivas Rodríguez and has now recorded more than 800 oral histories of Latino veterans of … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2010 MORATORIUM ANNIVERSARY

On August 29, 2010 hundreds of Mexican Americans gathered in East Los Angeles to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium March against the War in Vietnam which originally took place … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD NORA NARANJO “MY FATHER’S FEET”

Nora Naranjo-Morse is a Native American potter, sculptor and author who is a member of the Santa Clara pueblo. She read her poem, "My father's Feet" at Denise Chavez's Border Book Festival held in Las … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD JORGE GUILLEN “I WOKE UP THIS MORNING”

Jorge Guillen is a poet, artist and activist from Lamont, California. The son of immigrant parents from Michoacan, Mexico, he attended a rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD FRANCISCO ALARCÓN ON POETRY

Francisco X. Alarcón is a poet, educator and social activist who resides in the San Francisco Bay area. His collection of poems, "Snake Poems" won the 1993 American Book Award.  In 2010, in response … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “TENDER LOVE”

Multi-talented Joe Hernández-Kolski  is a two-time HBO Def Poet, an accomplished actor and a hilarious stand-up comedian. "Tender Love," which Joe wrote and stars in, is a hilarious commentary on our … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC RUBÉN MARTÍNEZ “IN THE SHADOWS OF BLACK MESA”

Rubén Martínez is a journalist, author and musician whose recent book “Desert America” chronicles, among other things, the high rate of heroin addiction among Hispanos in New Mexico’s rural … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA EDWARD “JUNIOR” GONZALEZ

Edward "Junior" Gonzalez is a director and cinematographer from the San Francisco bay Area who is a second-generation Salvadoran American. In his recent documentary, "Words of Revolution," he … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART JOHN VALADEZ

John Valadez is a pioneering artist and muralist renowned for his photo-realistic rendering of Chicano life in Southern California.  His subject matter is marginalized people and he uses his … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART “ASCO COLLECTIVE

ASCO (Spanish for "nausea") is the celebrated avante garde Chicano art collective founded by Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie Herron and Patssi Valdez in 1972. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s ASCO was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “WORDS OF REVOLUTION”

Edward “Junior” Gonzalez is a second generation Salvadoran American who is also a director and freelance cameraman working in San Francisco. He is concerned about the negative perceptions many … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART “ELSA FLORES 2″

Elsa Flores Almaráz is an accomplished visual artist who works in paint and photography. She is also the widow of the late celebrated Chicano artist Carlos Almaráz (1941-1989). All the time she was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC CONJUNTO HUEYAPAN “EL ZAPATEADO”

Conjunto Hueyapan is a jarocho music group from Oxnard, California that was founded by Fermín Herrera in 1973. The jarocho music tradition from Veracruz replies on the interplay between the string … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ALEJANDRO MURGUÍA “NINETEEN MEN”

Alejandro Murguía is a poet and narrative writer who has won the coveted American Book Award twice for his short story collections Southern Front (1990) and This War Called Love (2002). In 2013 he was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD JOSEPH JULIAN GONZALEZ “SECURING AN AGENT”

Joseph Julian Gonzalez is an accomplished music composer for films, television as well as classical and popular works. He has scored the music for features film such as The Cisco Kid and Price of … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA MARÍA JIMÉNEZ HENLEY “ON WEST SIDE STORY”

María Jiménez Henley pioneering Latina actress, choreographer and stage manager. She began her career when she played  the role of "Teresita" in the motion picture WEST SIDE STORY. Latinopia learned … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC OLMECA “GO TO HELL!”

Olmeca is the performance name of Los Angeles-based David Barrgán, an incredibly talented song lyricist, poet, performer and rapper. His powerful imagery reflects the issues and concerns of today's … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE LOS ANGELES WARD #3 “COCKFIGHT”

Actress and director Jade Puga and writer/director Richard Montes are the creative duo behind Safada y Sano Productions, an independent company that produces webisodes and long form dramas. The Los … [Read more...]