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LATINOPIA WORD FRANCISCO ALARCÓN ON POETRY

Francisco X. Alarcón is a poet, educator and social activist who resides in the San Francisco Bay area. His collection of poems, "Snake Poems" won the 1993 American Book Award.  In 2010, in response … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “TENDER LOVE”

Multi-talented Joe Hernández-Kolski  is a two-time HBO Def Poet, an accomplished actor and a hilarious stand-up comedian. "Tender Love," which Joe wrote and stars in, is a hilarious commentary on our … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA BOOK REVIEW “THE OLD MAN’S LOVE STORY”

THE OLD MAN'S LOVE STORY By Rudolfo Anaya University of Oklahoma Press 170 pages Reviewed by Luís R. Torres _______________________________ Rudolfo Anaya’s Latest Book a Little … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA GUEST BLOG MANUEL MEDRANO “EL PLAN DE SANTA BARBARA”

Dr. Manuel F. Medrano is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Brownsville specializing in Mexican American history and culture. In this guest blog he brings his historical perspective to … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC RUBÉN MARTÍNEZ “IN THE SHADOWS OF BLACK MESA”

Rubén Martínez is a journalist, author and musician whose recent book “Desert America” chronicles, among other things, the high rate of heroin addiction among Hispanos in New Mexico’s rural … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA EDWARD “JUNIOR” GONZALEZ

Edward "Junior" Gonzalez is a director and cinematographer from the San Francisco bay Area who is a second-generation Salvadoran American. In his recent documentary, "Words of Revolution," he … [Read more...]

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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 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 “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 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...]