NAUSEA, HIP HOPPERS, GOLF HEROES AND THE BLACK LEGEND.
Oh so much good stuff this week on Latinopia, mijos! To begin with we have two striking videos. In Latinopia Art we visit with pioneering Chicano artists Harry Gamboa, Jr. And Gronk. They were co-founders in 1972, along with Patssi Valdez and Willlie Herron, of the avante garde art collective named ASCO. Now as most of you know “asco” is Spanish for “nausea.” How did this group get its name and how did they get together in the first place? These are all questions answered in this profile of the art collective ASCO. Hey, a heads-up, the take away you’ll get from this video is, “Never ask permission for doing what you want to do in life.”
An on-going debate I have with my Tio Braulio is all about just who constitutes Latinos in the United States. My poor Tio is old school, he grew up in the sixties when Mexican Americans were the dominant population. In his mind the US is 99% Mexican American and 1% the other Latino groups. Of course, this is completely false. While Mexican Americans still comprise the majority of Latinos in the United States, Puerto Ricans Americans, Cuban Americans, and Americans from many other Latin countries now reside in cities throughout the US.
One major group is Salvadorans. Many came to the United States during the horrible civil war of the 1980s. Their children are full fledged American citizens who are now grappling with what exactly it means to be Salvadoran American. Edward “Junior” Gonzalez is one such Salvadoran American who has recently completed a documentary on the new identity of Salvadorans in the Unied States as defined by a young hip hop generation of Salvadoran youth. Check out the trailer for “Words of Revolution.” You’ll learn a lot!
Great bloggers this week. Don Felipe returns with his monthly blog, Bravo Road with Don Felipe, on happenings in the state of New Mexico. This week he reminds us that the anti-immigrant hysteria has deep roots in how the British and other Europeans perceived of the Spanish and the so-called “Black Legend.” Check it out.
And from Tucson, Arizona Sal Baldenegro weighs in on a local homeboy, Bobby Gaona, who made it big on the PGA golf tour circuit. Check out his Political Salsa y Más with Sal Baldenegro.
As always Angela offers a new weekly photo, this one with a rather sad origin. We’ll let her explain on Angela’s Photo of the Week.
Sergio Hernández returns with another weekly cartoon on the Arnie and Porfi blog. This week Serg takes a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling affecting civil rights.
And in Zombie Mex Diaries, our boy Lazaro escaped the aerial attack by the Oñate zombies but what will happen now? And who is the traitor in the group that gave up La Familia to Oñate and his ghouls?
So enjoy another rollicking week at Latinopia.com where LA CULTURA CURA!