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LATINOPIA MUSIC OLMECA & FRIENDS 2

Olmeca is a songwriter and spoken word artist whose lyrics, at times in Spanish and at times in English,  reflect the issues of urban Latino youth. This is the second installment of a recent jam with … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE LOS ANGELES WARD 2 “SOMEONE’S GOTTA PAY”

Los Angeles Ward is a futuristic web drama series starring Jade Puga.  The series is produced by the creative team of actress/writer/producer Jade Puga and writer/director Richard Montes.  The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD RUBÉN MARTÍNEZ “DESERT AMERICA”

Rubén Martínez is an author and performer.  His books "Crossing Over" and"The New Americans" have been widely acclaimed. In his latest book, "Desert America," he recounts a ten-year spiritual and … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ROLANDO HINOJOSA “THE USELESS SERVANTS”

Rolando Hinojosa Smith is a pioneering Chicano author of more than a dozen books. He has won numerous national and international awards including the prestigious Casa de las Américas award given to … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD DENISE CHÁVEZ “CORRINE”

Denise Chávez is a New Mexico author whose novel "Face of an Angel" won the American Book Award. Her coming of age novel, "The Last of the Menu Girls" is a classic of Latina literature. In her piece … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA TEATRO JOSEFINA LÓPEZ “REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES”

Josefina López is an accomplished poet, playwright and screenwriter whose play, "Real Women Have Curves," was made into a movie in 2002. Latinopia asked Josefina how she came to write "Real Women Have … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1968 SAL CASTRO & THE E.I.C.C.

In March, 1968, Mexican American students from four high schools in East Los Angeles walked out in protest of the inferior education they were receiving. Parents, community activists and clergy met on … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART NOPALITO’S GALERIA

When he's not managing his parent's popular Las Cruces restaurant, "Nopalito," Victor Gallegos is managing one of the first art galleries in Las Cruces to be owned and operated by Mexican … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ROLANDO HINOJOSA “KLAIL CITY”

Dr. Rolando Hinojosa Smith is a pioneering Chicano author whose writings transcend genres. His novel "Klail City" won the prestigious Casa de las Americas literary award. Hinojosa has created the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE LOS ANGELES WARD “THE VOICELESS”

Jade Puga and Richard Montes are a writing/producing/directing team whose company, Safada y Sano Productions, has produced webisodes as well as long form dramas.  Their webisode series "Los Angeles … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC LITTLE JOE ON IMPACT OF CHICANO MUSIC

Little Joe Hernández may be the foremost innovator of Tejano music, taking elements of the conjunto sound of Santiago Jimenez, Narciso Martinez and big band sound of Beto Villa and elaborating an … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MOMENT IN TIME CÉSAR CHÁVEZ FUNERAL

Renowned labor leader and President of the United Farm Workers Union César Chávez died on April 23, 1993.  On April 29th, more than 50,000 people attended his funeral in Delano, California. This was … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA JOHN VALADEZ ON ‘FIRE”

John Valadez is an accomplished documentary filmmaker who directed and produced the award-winning PBS documentary "The Chicano Wave" and the highly acclaimed documentary "The Longoria Affair."  … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE KENNETH CASTILLO “COUNTERPUNCH”

Kenneth Castillo is a director whose dramatic short "Day at the Theater" won the 2007 Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Shot Film. Since then Kenneth has been busy directing features, the latest of … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC OLMECA & FRIENDS 1

Olmeca is a songwriter and spoken word artist whose lyrics, at times in Spanish and at times in English,  reflect the issues of urban Latino youth. Recently he jammed with other spoken word artists at … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 2009 CHICANO ACTIVIST REUNION 3

In this third and final report on the 2009 reunion of Chicano Movement activists,  convened in Dallas, Texas and attended by hundreds of activists,  we hear from reunion organizer José Angel Gutíerrez … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1969 DENVER WOMEN’S CAUCUS

Latinos and Latinas today take gender equality as a given. But in the early days of the Chicano Movement for Civil Rights of the1960s and 1970s, Chicana women activists were often  the unrecognized … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD DAGOBERTO GILB “ON AWARDS”

Dagoberto Gilb is one of America's leading authors of short stories and novels.  His short story collection, "The Magic of Blood" won the 1994 PEN/Hemingway award. His writings have appeared in The … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ALBERTO RÍOS “SPANISH”

The struggle for bilingual education that respects a child's native language while teaching him English has been a hard fought victory. But there was time when Mexican American children were subjected … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART CÉSAR MARTÍNEZ

César Martínez is a ground-breaking artist and one of the founders of the Chicano Art Movement.  His work goes back to the 1960s when he pioneered in such San Antonio-based art collectives as Con Safo … [Read more...]

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RODOLFO “CORKY” GONZALES “IN HIS OWN WORDS”

RODOLFO ‘CORKY GONZALES IN HIS OWN WORDS 1)  “I am Joaquin,/ Lost in a world of confusion,/ Caught up in a whirl of a gringo society/ Confused by the rules." -I Am Joaquin, epic poem 2)  “I am … [Read more...]