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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 WORD PAT MORA “MI MADRE”

Pat Mora is a celebrated poet who grew up along the US/Mexico border. Her poetry and children's books reflect the often conflictive nature of being Bilingual and Bicultural but also reveals her love … [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 WORD PAT MORA “LEGAL ALIEN”

Pat Mora is a poet, novelist and author of children's books. Her writings often reflect the conflictive nature of being bilingual and bi-cultural. Here she reads the poem "Legal Alien," which explores … [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 EVENT “1936 PECAN SHELLER’S STRIKE”

In 1937 San Antonio, Texas was the center of pecan production in the United States. More than 12,000 people worked at shelling pecans for America's markets. When management decided to cut back on … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC JOEY’S CHEMISTRY “I WONDER”

Raul Callejo and Daniel Alvarado Jr. are two musicians from El Paso, Texas who perform under the name Joey's Chemistry. Here they render an original song written by Raul Callejo, "I Wonder." … [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...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA PEPE SERNA “AUDITIONS”

How does  an actor audition for a role? This is a question that every actor must ask before they walk into a casting room often facing not just the casting director, but the writer of the film or TV … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART ARIZONA LATINO ARTS CENTER

The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC), in Phoenix, Arizona was created in 2007 to advance Latinos in the state through education, advocacy and the celebration of Latino arts. Latinopia … [Read more...]

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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...]