Hola queridos! Literature and Film this week on Latinopia! First, it’s a visit with Arizona poet Alberto Ríos as he reads to us from his collection of poems “The Theater of Night.” This poeta is very pesado so pay close attention and reflect on what he is telling us. And in cinema we visit with veteran actor Richard Yñiguez who starred in the classic movie Boulevard Nights. Now this film was released before your Tia’s time but it still resonates with our community. The figures of the two male leads Richard Yñiguez and Danny de la Paz are still iconic in the barrio. The film also starred Marta Dubois and was directed by Tony Bill. Latinopia was surprised to learn that Richard turned down the role when it was first offered to him! Check it out. Oh, you may also want to check out Latinopia’s Danny de la Paz’s interview on Boulevard Nights as well.
And those of you who responded to our Latinopia quiz, the correct answer to our quiz, when was the first Latino seated in Congress, was 1822! Yes, in 1822 Joseph Marion Hernández was a delegate from what was then known as the Florida territory. And today look at us, the largest ethnic minority in the United States with 29 Latinos in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate!
So here’s another quiz for you. The celebrated actress Rita Moreno won which of the following awards? A) An Oscar (for films) B) An Emmy (for television) C) A Tony (for theater) D) A Grammy (for music) E) Two of the above F) All of the above. What do think? Bueno, get on with checking out this week’s new videos. Oh, and many of you have been asking about the newsletter. It’s coming, de veras, we’re just really busy at Latinopia keeping our exciting videos coming at ya! Abrazos from your Tia Tenopia.