THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: MARÍA NATIVIDAD REMEMBERING AUGUST 3, 2019; NATIVIDAD ON THE BORDER HOPE INSTITUTE , BURUNDANGA BORICUA ON BARBARA TUCHMAN’S THE MARCH OF FOLLY AND PASO DEL NORTE WITH CONJUNTO LOS POCHOS.
Hola mi gente! This week marks a year since a crazed gunman, obsessed with killing as many Mexicans as he could, opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. He wounded dozens and killing twenty-three people. Noted El Paso artist María Natividad responded to the tragedy by instituting a memorial shrine and doing a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe looking over the people of El Paso/Juarez. In the first of two video pláticas, she recalls the tragic day and the inspiration for her art. In an accompanying video plática, María talks about the work of the Hope Border Institute where she volunteers.
Also this week, Jose Umpierre returns with his Spanish language Burundanga Boricua del Zocotroco blog. This week he reviews the book The March of Folly: From Troy to Viet Nam. The book chronicles four elements that have historically marked US polices: tyranny, excessive ambition, incompetence and sheer folly. If you can read Spanish, checkout his blog, if you can’t check out the book in English!
Also this week, we reprise the border ballad Paso Del Norte, performed by the conjunto Los Pochos.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!