When you grow up in a segregated community and poor, often times, you’re not aware of your ethnicity and class status. Growing up in tight-knit Mexican communities, from Tijuana, Mexico, to East Los Angeles, I didn’t realize that I was Mexican and poor until my first day of junior high school.
As part of federal integration programs, I — along with classmates from Murchison Elementary School in East Los Angeles — was bused to Mt. Gleason Jr. High School in Sunland-Tujunga. Nervous about leaving the notorious Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects for a strange place, I braced myself for the unknown. [Mas…]
Striking footage shot at San Diego’s Chicano Park sets the stage in the dramatic new music video Mexica, so that alt-goth-punk-Chicano-rap duo PRAYERS can decolonize your mind with music. [NSFW F-bombs, etc.]
On September 14 a Latina friend of mine who’s also a college professor said to me, “Brace yourself for Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m already getting phone calls about recommendations for mariachi bands.”
I laughed a bit, but her comment stayed with me. See, she’s half Colombian and I’m Puerto Rican, and the idea of becoming the “go to” people about such things struck me as, well, just another example of how stereotypes about Latinos often work.
The fact that people are asking her about mariachi bands reveals how U.S. society usually lumps us together under the umbrella label “Latino/a” or “Hispanic” despite our cultural differences and diversity.
At the same time, her warning (“brace yourself”) fittingly captured how many Latinxs/Hispanics feel about Hispanic Heritage Month (which I prefer to call Latino Heritage Month because I find it more inclusive, less Spanish-oriented). [Mas…]
San Diego International ComicCon starts tonight, but tomorrow is the Historic! First! Ever! Chicano Comic Art panel at #SDCC! Join us! Also, ChicanoCon is in effect Saturday at BorderX Brewery in Logan Heights. See you there!
Chicano Comic and Public Art in San Diego, Thursday, 7/21/16, 6-7PM, Room: 25ABCA Panel discussion on San Diego’s vibrant popular arts scene in Barrio Logan, SDSU and UCSD. Discussions on Chicano comics and strips, public murals, Chicano superheros, magic and mythology. Moderated by Peruvian muralist and Chicano Park curator Mario Torrero, with me, Lalo Alcaraz, Border X gallery owner David BorderX and POCHO’s Chicano Punk Rock Artesano Junco Canché. [Mas…]
POCHO amigo Gary J. Baca introduces pioneer Northern California Chicano rappers the Funky Aztecs to the cameras on Viacom public access TV’s New World Videos. In Barrioism, the impossibly young homies list all the vatos in the neighborhood. The video list of personalities is from 1991. Does it still sound familiar?
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®
[Editor’s Note: When we shared our Happy Birthday Ritchie Valens story on Facebook last Friday, FB user Danna Carina commented, “Ritchie was the subject of my senior thesis and I graduated with my Bachelors yesterday ON HIS BIRTHDAY. Good omen I suppose!” We wanted to see what she wrote, and to share it with you. […]
White folks in sombreros and serapes. Spanglish beer commercials every few minutes. Yup, pretty ridiculous, señor. I agree with most of my friend Gustavo Arellano’s Cinco de Mayo video rant, mas o menos. He says it’s ridiculous, only serves some limited purposes as far as educating about the evils of Imperialism, or the promotion of self-determination, […]
It’s time again for Cinco de Mayo, the holiday whose popularity no one really understands, except for the beer companies. But now you can celebrate by getting your Grito on with the ¡Grito! app. Get it here. What is the ¡Grito! app? It’s an app a native Texan and lover of her Mexican heritage Kathryn […]
On September 14 a Latina friend of mine who’s also a college professor said to me, “Brace yourself for Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m already getting phone calls about recommendations for mariachi bands.” I laughed a bit, but her comment stayed with me. See, she’s half Colombian and I’m Puerto Rican, and the idea of becoming […]
The Maya, as we all know from Stand and Deliver, were bad ass – one of few ancient civilizations to create the concept of zero. Since I am an awesome Latina nerd myself, I must share this awesome official Chilean government education ministry photograph of an actual ancient awesome Maya dude counting some stuff out in […]
In New Jack City, proactive pranksters have set Hipster Traps to snare unwary hipsters. The NYC traps are baited with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, American Spirit cigarettes, a bike chain and neon-pink Wayfarer sunglasses. When trapping chipsters (Chicano hipsters), our experts recommend these Pocho Ocho Best Ways to Bait Your Chipster Trap: 8. Suavecito® Pomade and Beard Wax […]