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THINKING LATINA with SARA INÉS CALDERÓN 4.13.14 “TEXAS IS THE NEW CALIFORNIA”

TEXAS IS THE NEW CALIFORNIA. When you think of Texas, “progress” is hardly a word that comes to mind for most, but I can’t seem to get the association out of my head. I see my Californian friends … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELIPE 4.13.14 “LATINO JAZZ”

IN A MELLOW MOOD: ME, MRS. LUCY AND LATINO JAZZ. __________________________________________________________ Recently, I attended a jazz concert that stirred many memories of my days as a jazz … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 4.13.14 “MY MISSION”

“Mija, no te voy a mentir,” La Señora Falcón said gravely. “It’s a dangerous assignment.” The matronly woman settled her plump body into the seat across from me in what once had been a lab supply … [Read more...]

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ANGELA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK 4.13.14 “PLACITA OLVERA CHURCH”

Placita Olvera Church I love the color scheme of the church it has a Caribbean feel to it. Continuing from my Instagram series (http://instagram.com/amosart). … [Read more...]

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MIRÁNDOLE BIEN with EDUARDO DÍAZ 4.07.14 “CÉSAR CHÁVEZ REMEMBERED”

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ: AN AMERICAN LEGEND REMEMBERED. “We need a leader, not a martyr!" pleads the brother of beloved labor leader César Chávez in a memorable scene from the film of the same name. The … [Read more...]

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WHO YOU TALKIN’ TO FANNY 3.31.14 “ENA SUSETH VALLADARES”

Ena Suseth Valladares: An Unforgettable Chapi-nica-dureña Fighting  for Reproductive Rights By Fanny Garcia Ena Suseth Valladares is chaparrita but you quickly forget her diminutive physical size … [Read more...]

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TALES OF TORRES 4.07.14

RIC SALINAS OF CULTURE CLASH IN NEW PLAY TITLED "PLACAS" The culture and customs of the Salvadoran community are at the heart of a new play featuring the mercurial actor Ric Salinas who is best … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 4.07.14 “MIND BLOCK 101″

MIND BLOCK 101. It was almost two months after Mr. Nez announced that it would take only a week or so for Filomino and I to train each Mano Poderosa zombie how to block the intrusion of a Zombie … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 3.23.14

HISPANICS AND AMERICAN EDUCATION. In 1975, Dr. Marta Sotomayor and I authored a work entitled A Medio Grito: Chicanos and American Education, its research funded by the Ford Foundation and … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA GUEST BLOG “CARLOS MUÑOZ, JR. ” VICTORY IS IN THE STRUGGLE”

“VICTORY IS IN THE STRUGGLE" Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and one of the participants in the 1968 high school walk-outs in East Los … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.22.14 “TOGETHER”

TOGETHER. In my dream I was running through an open desert, running for my life. Instead of my usual jeans and sweatshirt, I was wearing the dress my mother had sewn for me when I was sixteen. My … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.17.14 “AWAKENING”

I slowly became aware that I was conscious. That it was dark and that I was screaming. “Hold him down,” someone said. The babble of voices in my head was deafening. It was as if a hundred people … [Read more...]

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TALES OF TORRES 3.09.14 “LATINO BLACKS IN BASEBALL”

LATIN BLACKS IN BASEBALL BEFORE JACKIE ROBINSON.   The start of the Major League Baseball season is just around the corner and that seems like a good time to look back at some of the very early … [Read more...]

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WHO YOU TALKIN’ TO FANNY? 2.27.14 “LUIS ALFARO”

AN INTERVIEW WITH PLAYWRIGHT LUIS ALFARO ABOUT ST. JUDE, A PLAY FIRST LIVED ON FACEBOOK.  BY FANNY GARCIA Luis Alfaro is a performance artist, writer, theater director, social justice activist, … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.09.14 “MY LAZO!”

I was walking behind Lazaro when Mr Neza stopped reached out and grabbed him by the arm. As Lazaro turned to him I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. Lazaro’s face was completely white, like … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 2.27.14 “CRISIS!”

CRISIS! The caravan of zombie vans returning from the destroyed training camp in the Joshua Tree desert approached Los Angeles on the San Bernardino freeway; the setting sun silhouetted the … [Read more...]

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WORD VISION with HARRY GAMBOA JR. 2.17.14 “GIRAFFES…”

GIRAFFES AND OTHER GENTLE CREATURES. The barrels of their rifles and guns are placed against my neck and head as I’m ordered to look ahead and march forward along a gauntlet of jeering citizens who … [Read more...]

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POLITICAL SALSA Y MÁS with SAL BALDENEGRO 2.16.14 “CÉSAR CHÁVEZ & SCABS”

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ TAKES ON SCAB-LOVING GOVERNMENT. Coinciding generally with César Chávez’s birthday (March) and the anniversary of his death (April), a movie about Chávez’s life and work will soon be … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELIPE 2.16.14 “TACO TRUCKS…”

TACO TRUCKS: “STREETAURANTS” AND LE BON PAIN. It seems to me that in the case of most life forms, if not all, food is a function of form. That is, life forms need sustenance to survive. From the … [Read more...]