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The internet is so much about what to look at.

For me, that’s weird. You see the bulk of the first part of my life was bound up with reading—which is all about looking at things, reading words, but has little to do with seeing, with reading pictures.

It is true that as a kid, I was all about reading while seeing, with Richie Rich, Mad Magazine, Vampirella, Batman, Eerie, and Plop! infecting the technicolor corridors of my imagination.

But after that came college and graduate school with a major in literature—so novels took over (that and critical theory), so words came to dominate the scene of my life. [Mas…]

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Have you been watching Highland Park on the YouTube? We’ve got all the episodes right here for your binge-watching convenience. You can start with this trailer (above), or dive right in (below). [NSFW. Adult situations, language.]

In Episode 1, Los Angeles locals Juanita and Diego had a holy vision in Highland Park. Who knew Tonantzin, Aztec mother goddess, had a cousin named Concepción? [Mas…]


Go Out Tonight is the debut release from Boyle Heights band The Tracks. The noir-looking video — with visuals from the 1961 film The Exiles — sets a contrasting stage for the band’s poppy high energy sound and escapist lyrics: [Mas…]

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Los Angeles locals Juanita and Diego had a holy vision in Highland Park. Who knew Tonantzin, Aztec mother goddess, had a cousin named Concepción?

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The reason Trump wants to build a wall? To keep America white

by Paul A. Garcia, Ed. D October 14, 2016 Cultura
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Emilio is a childhood friend of mine who we appropriately call Malo (mean). Usually, Malo and I converse about old times; friends we have lost and experiences we shared growing up. So it surprised me the other day when he asked me, “Poule, why does Donald Trump want to build a pinche (damn) wall?”. I […]

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Hey, Trump! Come down to my barrio and say that again

by Dr. Alvaro Huerta September 16, 2016 El Now
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On the first day of class, I always inform my university students that I hold two PhDs — one from a premier research institution, UC Berkeley, and the other from one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country, East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects (named after the notorious gang). While […]

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This painting says it all about gentrification (toon)

by HABLO PICASSO June 30, 2016 Cartoons
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San Diego artist Ricardo Islas used acrylic on wood to create this miniature 5″ x 7″ gem — Gentrification. PREVIOUSLY ON GENTRIFICATION: SPONSORED: Take the worry out of gentrification – with GENTRÍFIA®

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Bienvenidos a Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aztlan (photos)

by RUSSELL CONTRERAS August 10, 2015 Cultura
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During the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Minneapolis last weekend I decided to take a break and visit East Lake Street. That’s the heart of the city’s Mexican and Somali immigrant communities. I had tacos at Taqueria Los Ocampo then strolled down East Lake and discovered scenes one might find in East Los […]

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Notes from Technotopia, SF:
 On the Cruelty of Indifference


by Guillermo Gómez-Peña July 13, 2015 Cultura
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 On the Cruelty of Indifference


Dear Ex-local artist, writer, activist, bohemian, street eccentric, and/or protector of difference… Imagine a city, your city and your former “hip” neighborhood, being handed over by greedy politicians and re/developers to the crème de la crème of the tech industry. This includes the 7 most powerful tech companies in the world. I don’t need to […]

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POCHO Poetry Corner: Chicano Love and Barrio Streets

by FRANK SOLIS February 27, 2015 El Now
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A rose grows among the cracked sidewalks, of the tear stained barrio streets, where happiness is a luxury and can easily be lost forever. While deep in their thoughts a young Chicano couple are falling in love. A painting of the Virgin looks down upon streets which are so far from heaven, yet not so […]

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Top Cholo Hood Names: Are you on the list? (60-second video)

by Verdana Bold March 26, 2014 Cultura
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If you’re hanging with the clika, you need a street/hood/gang name. Here’s a handy one-minute rundown. PREVIOUSLY ON CHOLOS:

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[TGIF Music Video] Beck: ‘GameBoy Homeboy (Qué Onda, Guero?)’

by MOON GUAC September 27, 2013 Cartoons
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Eight bits rule the world in this remixed version of the Beck tune. But what are the words? Qué onda guero? Qué onda Jose? See the vegetable man In the vegetable van With a horn that’s honking Like a mariachi band In the middle of the street

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Backstage at lucha libre in Bolivia with Landshapes’ ‘In Limbo’ (video)

by MONTE JAINAS April 19, 2013 Cultura
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British synth-pop band Landshapes shot the music video for their new song In Limbo backstage at lucha libre in Bolivia. There’s a great writeup of the shoot here. Meanwhile, what’s up with those cholitas all dressed up in Bolivan bowler hats? This video explains:

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‘Hey Vato!’ returns with all-new episode: The Gun Show (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz April 16, 2013 El Now
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Working out is hard to do, as Hey Vato! homie Chuy pumps iron and homie Smiley ponders irony in a backyard in the barrio. (NSFW language.) Every Hey Vato! video here: Complete ‘Hey Vato!’ NSFW existential angst of Chuy y Smiley (videos)

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La Cucaracha presents ‘Springtime in the barrio’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 25, 2013 Cartoons
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Darth Hater vs Hans Cholo: ‘Stare Wars, Episode B12’ (NSFW video)

by COMMANDANTE DATA February 7, 2013 Cultura
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This is the video you’ve been looking for. BAKTUN 12 writes: It is a period of barrio civil war. Darth Hater, owner of El Chingon Body Shop, and his associates — Jar Jar Blinks, Baboso Feo, and Chavala Punk — have every loco, loca, and loquito living in fear of the mal ojo and the […]

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Big Knife vs Small Pipe: Two men enter, one man leaves (video)

by Barney Asada November 12, 2012 Cultura
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It’s the very first Mr. Mean Adventure, Filero Grande vs Pipa Chica, from Louis Moncivias.

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Homies Hip Hop Show: Anti-violence march goes to church (video)

by Comic Saenz September 6, 2012 Cultura
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The Homies pick up some unexpected support when their anti-violence march runs into the Padre in front of the neighborhood church.

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Kid Frost: Don’t mess with ‘La Raza’ (music video)

by Lucida Grandé August 3, 2012 Cultura
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Frost (the artist formerly known as Kid Frost) was tired of dudes just gettin’ over on La Raza when he released this classic Chicano rap track in 1990.

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Anaheim police brutality protest t-shirt fundraiser

by Lalo Alcaraz July 31, 2012 El Now
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Specify Tshirt Size Wanted! Paypal button simplified! Please write in what size Tshirt you want, ie: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL I created the above image as a response to the outrageous and murderous police brutality by the Anaheim Police Department recently against two young men in the Anaheim barrio. The families are not only […]

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Vatos gone loco! Two cliquas, ‘mad dog’ stares, a confrontation (video)

by CISCO YBERRA June 15, 2012 Cultura
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The two posses walk the walk, stare the stare and meet up in neutral territory. What comes next?

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Everyone waits, time slows down and then there’s magic (video)

by CISCO YBERRA June 1, 2012 Cultura
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Everyone is waiting; time seems to have slowed down and the air is full of possibilities. As the boy walks home from school, all eyes follow. What comes next? This beautiful video, shot in L.A.’s Westlake/MacArthur Park neighborhood, celebrates the magic.

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