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LATINOPIA EVENTS 1967 PUERTO RICO PLEBISCITE

Following the conclusion of the Spanish American War in 1898, the island of Puerto Rico became a colony of the United States. Since that time, Puerto Ricans have debated the best course for the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA FOOD COCINA HERNÁNDEZ “SOPA DE FIDEO”

Welcome to Cocina Hernández! In this episode Diane Velarde Hernández shares another one of her great Mexican recipes with us. This time it's "Sopa de Fideo," a traditional rendering of vermicelli … [Read more...]

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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 DIANA GARCÍA “BITTERSWEET HARVEST”

Diana García is a poet who grew up in the agricultural community of Merced, California. Her poetry often deals with the lives of farmworkers as well as feminist and family themes.  In September of … [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 BOOK REVIEW “THE ULTRAVIOLENT SKY”

THE ULTRAVIOLET SKY Written by Alma Luz Villanueva Publication: 1988, Bilingual Press; 1988, Anchor Books, Doubleday 379 pages ISBN: 0-385-42014-5 Review by Thelma T. Reyna Book Review … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1968 L.A. SCHOOL BOARD SIT-IN

Following the 1968 East Los Angeles high school walk-outs, thirteen individuals were indicted and charged with conspiracy to disturb the peace.  Sal Castro, a teacher at Lincoln high school was one of … [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 BOOK REVIEW “AND THE EARTH DID NOT DEVOUR HIM”

“…y no se lo tragó la tierra” aka “…And the Earth Did Not Devour Him” Written by Tomás Rivera Published by Arte Público Press 1987 First published in 1970 by Quinto Sol Review and reminiscence … [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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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELÍPE 4.06.13 “PASARON POR AQUÍ

PASARON POR AQUÍ. New Mexico reminds me a lot of Spain, especially northeast Spain going towards Asturias. Maybe that’s why the early Spanish explorers and settlers sought to make New Mexico into … [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...]