THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: SAL BALDENEGRO ON “VOTING AND SELF-DETERMINATION,” LATINOPIA PROFILE ON MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY, XOCHITL JULISA BERMEJO “OUR LADY OF THE WATER GALLONS,” MUSICAL INFLUENCES ON LITTLE JOE HERNANDEZ AND MOMENT IN TIME EAST LOS ANGELES 16THOF SEPTEMBER PARADE.
Well, its that time of year again! The 16th of September and Mexican Independence Day celebrations. But what brought on Mexican independence from Spain? Check out our Latinopia Event profile and you’ll get the whole story. Also this week, in the wake of the third Democratic candidates debate, Sal Baldenegro weighs on the power of the vote in an unexpected way. While 2020 may be all about getting out the vote, Sal opines that it is people who DON’T vote that may be the swing factor. Check out his considered essay.
Also this week, poet Xochitl Julisa Bermejo reads her poem about a situation that continues to this day, the needless death of immigrants crossing into the United States and dying of thirst. Check out her powerful poem, “Our Lady of the Water Gallons.”
And don’t miss the interview with music legend Little Joe Hernandez as he speaks about the many influences that helped him create his unique Tex-Mex big band sound.
And lastly, visit a Latinopia Moment in Time from the past: the 16th of September Parade in 1961.
Enjoy your week on Latinopia!