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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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LATINOPIA WORD ROLANDO HINOJOSA “THE YOUNG WILL WRITE”

Rolando Hinojosa is a celebrated Chicano author with more than a dozen novels and short story collections including the  highly acclaimed The Valley, winner of the  Casa De Las Americas international … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE VOCES – ERASMO LÓPEZ

Soñia Escot is a journalism major completing her senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. She participated in the 2012 VOCES Oral History Editing Contest sponsored by the Journalism … [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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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE VOCES – LEONARD FUENTES

Since 1999, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez has been documenting the history and lives of Latino veterans of World War Two, Korea and, later, Viet Nam. Each year, Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez conducts an editing … [Read more...]

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ANGELA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK 6.16.14 “LOS ANGELES CITY HALL”

LOS ANGELES CITY HALL here's another view of this old and historic building, of our city of Los Angeles. Continuing from my Instagram series (http://instagram.com/amosart). … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA DOCUMENT – A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHICANOS IN THE U.S.

CONTEXT: The history of Mexican Americans in the United States has been a long and troubled one. Dr. Felipe De Ortego y Gasca puts this history in perspective in this brief history of Chicanos in the … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA JOSÉ LUIS RUIZ “THE UNWANTED”

José Luis Ruiz is a ground-breaking Chicano filmmaker and media activist. As Director of the National Latino Communications Center, he was the visionary force behind the acclaimed PBS documentary … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD MÓNICA TERESA ORTÍZ “HUMAN RESOURCES”

Mónica Teresa Ortíz is a Texas poet representative of a new generation of Latina poets and authors. She is the author of the acclaimed chapbook collection "On a Greyhound Straight from the 915." She … [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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LATINOPIA MUSIC IRENE DÍAZ AND FRIENDS

Irene Díaz is a singer/songwriter who has performed at venues like The Roxy, House of Blues Sunset, and Room 5 Lounge. Recently she performed with friends at the "Espacio 1839" art space in Boyle … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE VOCES – CARMEN CONTRERAS BOZAK

Since 1999, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rdoriguez has been documenting the history and lives of Latino veterans of World War Tow, Korea and, later, Viet Nam. Each year, Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez conducts an editing … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA TEATRO DAN GUERRERO “GAYTINO”

Dan Guerrero is an accomplished actor and producer. In his one-man show, "Gaytino," he recalls what it is like to grow up gay in a macho Mexican society. He also remembers his life-long friendship … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ALEJANDRO MOLINA “SAN VALENTÍN”

Alejandro Molina is a poet and member of "Noches Bohemias," a group of poets from various Latin American countries who meet regularly at the Tia Chucha Cultural Center and bookstore in Sylmar, … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC QUETZAL “VOCES” (VOICES)

Quetzal is a popular East Los Angeles band whose music reflects the struggles of poor people everywhere. . Their original song, "Voces" (Voices) was inspired by the participation of Latinos in a human … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD RANDY JURADO ERTLL “HOPE IN TIMES OF DARKNESS”

Randy Jurado Ertll is a Salvadoran American author and political activist. He and his family fled the civil war in El Salvador by coming to the United States. He grew up in violence-torn South Central … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 2.09.14 “AFTERMATH”

AFTERMATH. The drone of the helicopters driven by the Oñate zombies was still ringing in my ears when I turned to Pearl. We embraced tightly. Vida, whining persistently, wanted to be part of the … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 2.02.14 “BATTLE OF JUMBO ROCKS”

THE BATTLE OF JUMBO ROCKS. The drive back to the Joshua Tree zombie training compound was somber. Pearl and I didn’t look at one another, each lost in our own thoughts. Filomino was convinced … [Read more...]

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MIRÁNDOLO BIEN with EDUARDO DÍAZ 2.02.14 “GALERIA SIN FRONTERAS”

FIRST VOICE, OUR VOICE. I recently attended the opening of Galería Sin Fronteras (Gallery Without Borders), an exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. The show features 92 … [Read more...]

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RICKY LUV VIDEO “OFFICE IS…”

Multi-talented author and filmmaker Ricardo Lira Acuña is back on Latinopia this week with his regular monthly video blog, Ricky Luv Video. This video is all about working in an office and how it … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD ABELARDO DELGADO

Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado (1930 - 2004) is one of the ground-breaking pioneers of Chicano poetry. A social activist as well as an author, he was as comfortable on a picket line or at a political rally … [Read more...]