THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: CINCO DE MAYO, JERRY VELASCO ON THE FOUNDING OF NOSOTROS, DANIEL ACOSTA’S HOMEBOY, ROSALIO MUÑOZ ON VIETNAM AND ANGELA ORTIZ’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK–Y QUE MAS QUIERES?
Hola mis queridos Latinopians. I did a selfie of myself with a Mexican flag for this week’s posting but couldn’t resist doing barrio joke with the sink and mayo. This week we have two excellent videos. Jerry Velasco, who was President of the Nosotros actor’s organization from 1979 to 2006, tells us all about the founding of the group by celebrated actor Ricardo Montalban. This is part one of a two-parter on the organization and the important work it has done for our community in advancing Latinos in Hollywood. Our second video is the completion of Daniel Acosta’s reading of his short story “Homeboy” at the 2010 USC Flor y Canto Literary Festival. Check out our videos!
And, yes, WE ARE celebrating Cinco de Mayo this week. And when people ask you, what is Cinco de Mayo all about anyway? Well, now you can just direct them to our Latinopia Profile of the event written by blogger Margarito J. Garcia III. And we have a guest blog from Chicano activist Rosalio Muñoz who weighs in on the Federal Government’s plan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Vietnam War. Yep, forty years ago the war with the nation of Vietnam came to an end. It was a costly war in which Latinos suffered casualties far beyond their make up of the American landscape. Well, Rosalio puts it all in perspective. Check it out.
And, of course, another wonderful Photo of the Week by Angela Ortiz, this week she titles it “Reaching Higher.”
Enjoy your week on Latinopia.