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From #PueblaYork to #OaxaCalifornia

I live in NYC, and I have to admit, it had been a long time since I spent time in L.A., close to a decade.

In 2008, I visited my tía abuela who lived in Orange County. She drove me up to L.A. to see Olvera Street and a quick drive through Boyle Heights. It’s been a decade since then, and this summer I had a few days and a rental car, so I saw some things. I had some taco literacy work to do, but more than that, I wanted to learn more about the gente, to visit some places that have been mythologized for me, a Chicano from rural Arizona.

Califas, as I heard y’all refer to yourselves, I had come to get to know you better. [Mas…]

La Quirky Nancy’s Cousin Becky from the Bay Area moves in with Nancy, but when they grab some METRO shared bicycles and tour the new hood, things don’t turn out exactly like Nancy expected.

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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…]

yossiberkowitz They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstance conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.

In 1978, a young Chicano actor from Montebello, CA went to tailor Yossi F. Berkowitz to try on a new suit custom-made for his starring role in a Los Angeles play. Right away, he noticed that the coat sleeves were too long.

“No problem,” said Berkowitz, a long-time shop owner in nearby Boyle Heights. “Just bend them at the elbow and hold them out in front of you. See, now it’s fine.” [Mas…]


In this moody, black and white 2 minute study : Mariachi, video creator Kimo Easterwood hangs out at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, on Los Angeles’ Eastside.

Area taquerias are on lockdown as Trump fever heats up

by Comic Saenz October 8, 2015 El Now
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES) Neighborhood taquerias are on lockdown today with customers urged to “shelter in place” as Donald Trump’s immigrant-hating white wing campaign for the GOP presidential nomination heats up. Patrons at the highly-rated Guisados on East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue (photo) said they felt particularly vulnerable as Trump supporters began threatening taco-loving families […]

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Quetzal tells a tale of urban survival in ‘The Coyote Hustle’ (video)

by Barney Asada June 18, 2015 Cultura
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East Los band Quetzal dedicates this video to the street vendors of L.A., the only major U.S. city where street vending is illegal. To learn more about the efforts to help hard-working families like the ones in this video, check out the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign on Facebook. Quetzal is the collaborative project of […]

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Richard Montoya and Edward James Olmos walk into a bar…

by Abelardo de la Peña Jr. May 2, 2014 Cultura
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It was a hot afternoon, much like today. Walking into the cool darkness of East Side Luv in Boyle Heights was a relief. It was crowded, about two dozen people milling about, some busy setting up recording equipment, others huddled in small groups. Waiting. It was “media day” for Water & Power, which comes out […]

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Breaking: Old school papers reveal racist kid Donald Sterling

by SHANDAFODA GOYIM April 30, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, born Donald Tokowitz in Boyle Heights, started off his career in racism early, according to a note uncovered late Tuesday night by the Historical East Latino Los Angeles (HELLA) research project.

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Unsung Heroes of Hispanic Heritage Month: Yossi F. Berkowitz

by GAUCHO MARQUEZ September 30, 2013 Cultura
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They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstance conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. In 1978, a young Chicano actor from Montebello, CA went to tailor Yossi F. Berkowitz to try on a new suit custom-made for his starring role in a Los Angeles […]

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Everything you need to know about ‘Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo’

by Santino J. Rivera December 14, 2012 Cultura
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One of the great things about the Interwebs is that you can literally look up almost anything you want. That’s great right? You’d think with that kind of power there would be no stupid people but that’s just not the case. Instead, we have more stupid people now than any point in history. How do […]

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For undocumented students, every day is a day in ‘Limbo’ (video)

by Andalé Mono October 20, 2012 Cultura
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Three undocumented Los Angeles students were given small video cameras to record their lives for three months. Limbo is their story. Sitting in limbo, eh? Jimmy Cliff knows all about that:

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Can we all just get along? How about ‘CoExist’ bumper stickers? (video)

by Comic Saenz June 6, 2012 Cultura
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You know those “CoExist” bumper stickers with the various religious symbols? In this silent video shot at Mariachi Square in East Los, our hero Vincenzo questions “bumper sticker politics” and discovers the truth behind that over-hyped word.

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The California Mission lost to history: Santa Zipporah de la Culpa

by David Kipen April 3, 2012 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) As Passover approaches, we commemorate a little-known chapter in local history: the story of California’s only Jewish mission, Santa Zipporah de la Culpa. Founded on Passover 1799 by a youthful colony of Spanish Jews fleeing the persecution of their parents, at its height the mission comprised a thriving community of several […]

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Joining a gang is serious business, holmes! (NSFW)

by Comic Saenz March 5, 2012 Cultura
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So you wanna join a gang. Got a resume? (NSFW language.)

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