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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 3.22.14 “PEARL – 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 4.20.14 “LAZARO – MIND BLOCK 401″

MIND BLOCK 401. The next day I began working with Pearl and La Señora Falcón on developing their mind blocking skills. We met above ground at the quiet empty boathouse at Lincoln Park. Situated … [Read more...]

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ZOMBIE MEX DIARIES 4.13.14 “PEARL – 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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RICKY LUV VIDEO “THESE ROSES FOR YOU”

Ricardo Lira 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 this … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA CARLOS AVILA ON “PRICE OF GLORY”

Carlos Avila is a director, writer and producer. In 2002 he directed the motion picture "Price of Glory" starring Jimmy Smits, Maria del Mar, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Jon Seda. Avila … [Read more...]

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POLITICAL SALSA Y MÁS with SAL BALDENEGRO 4.20.14 “WORLD WAR TWO GENERATION”

WW II GENERATION GETS IT DONE! It is beyond ironic that teaching young people about the patriotism of the Mexican American community—e.g., that Mexican Americans/Latinos have earned more … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “THE BRICK PEOPLE”

Alejandro Morales is an acclaimed author whose novel "The Brick People" is the story of the Mexicans who worked at the Simons Brick Yard. Their work was crucial to the growth of Los Angeles and … [Read more...]

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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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LATINOPIA MUSIC LOUIE PÉREZ “LOS LOBOS”

Los Lobos is the premiere band of East Los Angeles. Formed in 1973, the band has won three Grammys and an international following. Latinopia asked the group's drummer and songwriter, Louie Pérez, how … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA “THE LATIN HEAT STORY 1″

Bel Hernández is known in Hollywood as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Latin Heat Magazine, the premier source for Latino entertainment and news. Since its inception in 1992 it has grown from a … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA “THE LATIN HEAT STORY 2″

Having successfully launched a major Latino entertainment magazine, Latin Heat, and then transformed it into a digital version complete with on-line red carpet interviews, Bel Hernandez and her … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD HECTOR TOBAR “THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES”

Hector Tobar is a Pultizer Prize winning journalist and author. In his first novel, "The Tattooed Soldier," he examines the experience of two Guatemalans immigrants to the United States as they … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1993 CÉSAR CHÁVEZ AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART

United Farm Worker's President and American civil rights icon César Estrada Chávez died on April 23, 1993 at the age of 66 years. A week prior to his death, he was on a national tour to call attention … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1968 CÉSAR CHÁVEZ FAST

In 1968, the United Farm Workers were in the third year of a struggle to get California grape growers to sign just contracts with the union. But the strike was becoming ever more violent. Beaten by … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA REY VILLALOBOS CÉSAR CHÁVEZ FUNERAL

Rey Villalobos is the acclaimed Director of Photography of such motion pictures as "Urban Cowboy," "Nine to Five," "A Bronx Tale," and "American Me." He has also directed numerous episodic television … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD CÉSAR CHÁVEZ IN HIS OWN WORDS

“It is not enough to know why we are oppressed and by whom. We must join the struggle for what is right and just.” “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA BOOK REVIEW “MAKING HISPANICS”

MAKING HISPANIC: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American by Dr. G. Cristina Mora, University of Chicago Press, 2014. Reviewed by  Dr. Claude S. … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 3.23.14 “HISPANICS AND EDUCATION”

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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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...]