OLD BOOTS, IMMIGRATION REFORM, THE DNA OF HERITAGE AND MORE!
Greetings, salutations, howdies and que’huboles to all you Latinopians out there! Your Tia Tenopia is back with another week of you know what–great videos and blogs on the Latino experience in the United States! Our videos this week are literary but in vastly different ways.
From the Las Cruces New Mexico Border Book Festival, we eavesdrop on a reading by Native American potter, sculptor and poet Nora Naranjo-Morse. Nora is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and is renowned for her artful pottery and clay figurines. But Nora is also an imposing poet and she proves it with her reading of “My Father’s Feet,” a poignant remembrance of her father that we all might keep in mind.
Our other video this week is hot off the presses. Last week, union and pro-immigrant activists gathered in Bakersfield, California, the home of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. The Representative, whose district is heavily Latino, may play a key role in passage of the comprehensive immigration reform legislation presently in the Congress. Calling attention to the need for immigration reform, poet Jorge Guillen read a two-part poem to the hundreds assembled at the rally on August14, 2013. We present here the first part, “I Woke Up This Morning.” Next week, we’ll present the second part of the poem.
And yet one more literary treat this week–a review of Dominican American Raquel Cepeda’s memoir “Birds of Paradise: How I became Latina” by Dr. Thelma Reyna. The memoir is a profound bit of writing about Raquel Cepeda’s experiences growing up in an abusive environment and then finding her way to self-expression and success is not to be missed. Check out this important review and then go out an buy the book! No sean flojos!
Hay, and our lovely and lovable bloggers return once more! Angela Ortiz has another wonderful photo of the Week, one that will make you think twice the next time you have chicken for dinner.
Sergio Hernández returns with a new cartoon commentary on recent events affecting Latinos. This week he calls our attention to certain statements made by Iowa Representative Steve King about immigrants and the Dreamers.
Zombie Mex Diaries will return in a couple of days with a surprising narrator–that’s all we’ll say for now. But it will make you wonder, what the heck is happening to Lazaro De La Tierra?!
‘Nuff said, enjoy this week’s show!