THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: CASA 0101’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, DON FELIPE ORTEGO ON THE MECHA STUDENT OCCUPATION OF UTEP BACK IN THE DAY, BURUNDANGA BORICUA ON MAY DAY IN PUERTO RICO, AND ADOLFO GUZMAN LOPEZ’S NOTHING TO DECLARE.
Wow, International Workers Day and Cinco de Mayo–all in one week-end! This week we begin with a a preview of a new production by CASA 0101, a full scale production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Latinopia visited CASA 0101 as they rehearsed the musical numbers in the show under the direction of musical director Caroline Benzler. Check out the cool singing.
Don Felipe de Ortego returns with his Brave Road blog, this week looking at the hard fought creation of Chicano Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso back in 1970. And Don Felipe was no idle observer, he was in the think of the fray when 3500 student occupied the President’s office and held it for 36 hours! But they got their Chicano Studies! Check out this amazing story.
Jose M. Umpierre brings us a look at International Day of the Worker celebrations this year in Puerto Rico. It was last year that police came down heavy on the demonstrators. What will happen this year and what does it all mean for the island’s struggling economy today?
NPR reporter/journalist Adolfo Guzman López brings us another side of his creativity–his poetry. Check out the first of several poems Latinopia will be posting from this multi-talented writer.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia and HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!