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LATINOPIA WORD SARAH RAFAEL GARCÍA

Sarah Rafael García is an educator and poet who resides in Santa Ana, California. In 2010, she participated in the Festival de Flor y Canto literary festival at the University of Southern California. … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA EVENT 1930 LEMON GROVE INCIDENT

In 1930, the all-white school board of Lemon Grove, California voted to build a separate schoolhouse for children of Mexican descent. This provoked a community response, a boycott of the "Mexican … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA ART IGNACIO GÓMEZ “ZOOT SUIT POSTER”

Ignacio Gómez is an acclaimed artist, designer and sculptor. His images reflect prideful depictions of the Latino community, especially children and family. On the eve of a monumental lifetime … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA SHOWCASE “THEY ARE STILL THERE”

Liz H. Colunga is completing her MFA degree in Film Production at the University of North Texas. Her compassion for Latinos who are serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan fronts inspired this moving … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC FLACO JIMÉNEZ “MY START”

Legendary accordionist and Tex Mex music icon Flaco Jiménez grew up listening to the music of his father, Santiago Sr. and of his grandfather, Don Patricio Jiménez. The lives of three generations of  … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA CINEMA MARÍA JIMÉNEZ HENLEY “ON WEST SIDE STORY”

María Jiménez Henley pioneering Latina actress, choreographer and stage manager. She began her career when she played  the role of "Teresita" in the motion picture WEST SIDE STORY. Latinopia learned … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC JUAN TEJEDA ON CONJUNTO MUSIC

Juan Tejeda is music director of the San Antonio Conjunto Music Festival held each year and sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Center. Now in its 30th year, the festival brings together Conjunto … [Read more...]

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LATINOPIA MUSIC SIHASIN ‘MOVE ALONG”

Sister and brother, Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the Navajo (Diné) Nation in Northern Arizona are Sihasin, a musical group that combines bass, drums and original lyrics into songs that empower and … [Read more...]

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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 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 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 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...]