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LATINOPIA EVENT 2010 MORATORIUM ANNIVERSARY

On August 29, 2010 hundreds of Mexican Americans gathered in East Los Angeles to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium March against the War in Vietnam which originally took place … [Read more...]

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EVENT PROFILE – 1970 NATIONAL CHICANO MORATORIUM

AUGUST 29, 1970 CHICANO MORATORIUM MARCH Historically, Mexican Americans have defended their country and have distinguished themselves in the wars of the United States. Mexican Americans fought in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD NORA NARANJO “MY FATHER’S FEET”

Nora Naranjo-Morse is a Native American potter, sculptor and author who is a member of the Santa Clara pueblo. She read her poem, "My father's Feet" at Denise Chavez's Border Book Festival held in Las … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA WORD JORGE GUILLEN “I WOKE UP THIS MORNING”

Jorge Guillen is a poet, artist and activist from Lamont, California. The son of immigrant parents from Michoacan, Mexico, he attended a rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform in … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA BOOK REVIEW “BIRD OF PARADISE: HOW I BECAME LATINA”

BIRD OF PARADISE: HOW I BECAME LATINA By Raquel Cepeda Reviewed by By Thelma T. Reyna ___________________________________________ Raquel Cepeda’s memoir, Bird of Paradise: How I Became … [Read more...]

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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...]