THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: RICARDO ROMO’S TEJANO REPORT: “LATINO HEALTH AND COVID -19,” CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF RESURRECTION BLVD WITH DENNIS LEONI, JOSÉ UMPIERRE ON “REMOVIENDO ESTAUAS PERO QUE DE LA COLONIZACIÓN,” MARK GUERRERO’S CHICANO MUSIC CHRONICLES WITH ROCK LEGENDS EL CHICANO, AND FRANK BERUMEN ON NATIVE AMERICANS AS MOST OPPRESSED AMERICANS.
Hola mi gente! Your Tia Tenopia here with another week of Latinopia. This week we get a thoughtful look at Latino health in the time of pandemic with Ricardo Romo’s Tejano Report. Ricardo informs us of the Latino health paradox (we’re actually better off than we thought) and the urgent need for Latino medical professions.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first broadcast of the Showtime drama series, Resurrection Blvd, the first English language national drama series to feature an all Latino cast. On Saturday, July 11th, Executive Producer Dennis Leoni will host an online of the Resurrection Blvd cast. You can access it by going to Hispaniclifestyle.com This week we feature an interview with Dennis Leoni talking about how he came to create the series and with actor Mauricio Mendoza talking about his experiences on the show.
Our regular blogger from Puerto Rico, José M. Umpierre, weighs in on the controversy surrounding the removal of statutes of Columbus, reminding us that the broader and still formidable question of Puerto Rico’s colonial status still remains. Vaya, José!
Also this week, Mark Guerrero bring us his Chicano Music Chronicles, This week he features an interview with Fred Sanchez and Jerry Salas of the legendary Eastside band, El Chicano. Cool legendary music and the platica is not to be missed!
And at a time when the media is focusing on Black Lives Matter, Dr. Frank Ramon Berumen reminds us that Native Americans historically and in the present have been and are the most oppressed minority group in the United States. Check out this Latinopia Document, The Most Oppressed Minority.”
Stay healthy, wear your mask (I’m doing it) and keep your six foot distancing.