JFK, DOÑA JULIA’S CHILDREN, RICKY LUV, CHICANO SCIENCE FICTION Y MÁS!
Hola my gente! We got a great week of Latinopia coming at you! Our two videos involve our home grown Latinopia bloggers, Ricardo Acuña and Luis Torres. Ricardo brings us another of his Ricky Luv videos. As you know Ricardo Acuña is an accomplished writer but also, as you will see, quite a filmmaker as well. This month’s Ricky Luv video comments on the hard path of struggling screenwriters in Hollywood, or as he calls it “In The City.”
Your Tia is delighted to announce that Luis Torres has just published a biography of educational reformer Vahac Mardirosian. I didn’t know much about this guy Mardirosian so I asked my Tio Braulio–you know, he prides himself on being Mr. Movimiento. My Tio Braulio told me that back in 1968 when Chicano kids were walking out of the four East Los Angeles high schools to protest the inferior education they were receiving, it was Vahac Mardirosian who brought parents, teachers and students together to tackle educational reform. He led the Educational Issues Coordinating Committee which brought about many changes for Mexican Americans in the Los Angeles school system. Luis Torres tells the story of how this Armenian Mexican came to the United States, got involved in the movimiento and did so much for American children. Check the video on Luis’s book, Doña Jullia’s Children, and then go out and buy it!
Our monthly and weekly bloggers are also back. We start with Sergio Hernández’s and his remembrance of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. As you know this week marks the fiftieth anniversary of his death in Dallas, Texas. We also repost a classic and quite historic MOMENT IN TIME photo of President Kennedy meeting with Latino members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on the night before his death. Quite a telling photo and read the interview with a Latino who was there that night. His recollections are chilling.
Angela Ortiz’s Photo of the Week is titled “When Nature Takes Over.” Check out this humorous photo. And Lazaro De La Tierra brings us a NEW Zombie Mex Diaries blog…vegetarian zombies? Go figure.
Last but not least we have a book review by our Arizona Irish Chicano author Ernie Hogan. He reviews the speculative fiction novel Afro-6 written in 1969 by the late Chicano activist attorney Hank Lopez who, among other things is arguably the FIRST Chicano to attend Harvard University! Anyway, don’t miss Ernie’s review and be sure to tell your friends about his Chicanonautica blog at http://labloga.blogspot.com.
Lots to enjoy, so get with it!