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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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RICKY LUV VIDEO “MIRACLE”

Ricardo Acuña is an author of three books of poetry and recently published a graphic novel, "The Realm." Ricardo offers Latinopia visitors a monthly video blog "Ricky Luv Video." Here is his touching … [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 BOOK REVIEW “HOW FIRE IS A STORY, WAITING”

How Fire Is a Story, Waiting by Melinda Palacio Reviewed by Thelma T. Reyna ___________________________________________ Melinda Palacio’s first full-length volume of poetry was birthed with … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA GUEST BLOG TONY DÍAZ 7.07.13 “KING OF FAR RIGHT AGENDA”

TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY VIES FOR KING OF FAR RIGHT AGENDA. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent actions reveal a Texas G.O.P. agenda to disenfranchise Mexican Americans. The Librotraficantes … [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 GUEST BLOG IRENE DANIEL 6.16.13 “AMERICAN HEARTH”

FAREWELL TO  THE AMERICAN HEARTH. Senator Frank Lautenberg was the last surviving veteran of WWII to serve in our United States Congress. I mention this not only to honor him and his service to our … [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...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1930 LEMON GROVE INCIDENT

In 1930, the all-white school board of Lemon Grove, California voted to build a separate schoolhouse for children of Mexican descent. This provoked a community response, a boycott of the "Mexican … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA TEATRO CARMEN TAFOLLA “TERE”

Carmen Tafolla is an acclaimed poet and playwright who was named Poet Laureate for the CIty of San Antonio, Texas in 2012. In her one-woman show she depicts an array of barrio personalities. Latinopia … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART IGNACIO GÓMEZ “ZOOT SUIT POSTER”

Ignacio Gómez is an acclaimed artist, designer and sculptor. His images reflect prideful depictions of the Latino community, especially children and family. On the eve of a monumental lifetime … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “THEY ARE STILL THERE”

Liz H. Colunga is completing her MFA degree in Film Production at the University of North Texas. Her compassion for Latinos who are serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan fronts inspired this moving … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC FLACO JIMÉNEZ “MY START”

Legendary accordionist and Tex Mex music icon Flaco Jiménez grew up listening to the music of his father, Santiago Sr. and of his grandfather, Don Patricio Jiménez. The lives of three generations of  … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC JUAN TEJEDA ON CONJUNTO MUSIC

Juan Tejeda is music director of the San Antonio Conjunto Music Festival held each year and sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Center. Now in its 30th year, the festival brings together Conjunto … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC SIHASIN ‘MOVE ALONG”

Sister and brother, Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the Navajo (Diné) Nation in Northern Arizona are Sihasin, a musical group that combines bass, drums and original lyrics into songs that empower and … [Read more...]