THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: JESÚS TREVIÑO HONORED WITH AMERICAN BOOK AWARD, MOCTESUMA ESPARZA ON HOLLYWOOD, AMALIA MESA BAINS ON DAY OF THE DEAD AND STILL THE STANDING ROCK PIPELINE.
Ordinarily Latinopia doesn’t like to feature the work of our founder and chief bottle washer, Jesús Salvador Treviño. But this week he received an unusual honor and so we feature his acceptance speech for the 2016 American Book Award given by the Before Columbus Foundation. Check out what he has to say about storytellers and storytelling.
Also this week, acclaimed film producer Moctesuma Esparza reflects on the lack of Latinos in Hollywood movies and what it will take to change this sad situation. Check out Moctesuma’s prescription for how we can get more Latinos in front of and behind the cameras.
And, as we all know, this is Dia de los Muertos. Check out scholar and artist Amalia Mesa Bains as she explains the origins of the Day of the Dead celebrations and the profound significance for our culture and ourselves.
Sadly, as many of you will know from the news, the standoff between the United States government and the peaceful protesters of the Standing Rock Sioux nation continues. Sergio Hernández’s recent cartoon is still poignantly true.