THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: SAL BALDENEGRO ON CHICANO HISTORIANS, BELINDA HENRY ON RUDY ANAYA TO BE HONORED, JOSÉ UMPIERRE ON THE VALUE OF PUERTO RICAN SAINTS, HEROES AND ELECTRICAL POWER, LUIS GARZA ON MURALIST DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS AND LOS FABULOCOS PERFORM “EL ORANGUTAN.”
This week we have an eclectic collection of videos and postings. We begin with Sal Baldenegro’s Political Salsa y Más blog. This week he asks us to honor our historians. After all, they make us aware of what is important historical events and people, rescue events and people that have been forgotten and remind us of what needs to be remembered. And Sal concludes reminding us of some key events in our past that deserve to be remembered again. Check it out!
Also this week, el Zocotroco returns with his Burundanga Boricua blog. This week he asks what is happening to the Puerto Rican patrimony? Puerto Rican heritage itself, he tells us, is under assault as privatization takes standing institutions like landmark Puerto Rican buildings and resources, educational facilities and even the church, and privatizes them for the sake of financial gain. Latinopia is happy that someone is paying attention to what is going on and defending Puerto Rican heritage. The post is in Spanish.
Also this week, Belinda Henry, the niece of acclaimed New Mexico author Rudy Anaya who passed away a year ago on June 28th, announces some good news. The University of New Mexico will set aside a room or sala at the University’s Zimmerman Library to honor Rudy, his prodigious writings and his legacy. Belinda Henry tells us all about it in this new Latinopia Platica.
Veteran photographer and filmmaker Luis Garza, who curated the 2017 La Raza Magazine photo exhibit at the Autry Museum of the American West, brings us a thoughtful remembrance of a chance meeting with the great Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1971. Siqueiros was one of the three giants of Mexican muralism. The encounter left a lasting impression, as you will see, in this Latinopia Art video.
And lastly, the Los Angeles-based musical group Los Fabulocos perform a rocking version of the song “El Orangutan.”
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!