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sombraAfter months of secrets leaking out of headquarters, the new hero for Orange County’s Blizzard Entertainment hit game Overwatch has finally been revealed. She’s a Mexican Latina named Sombra (photo). Her name means Shadow.

But does this impact the culture of Orange County? The culture of video game development? The very essence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture?

As a first generation Mexican-American, I think Sombra represents an important and much-needed shift in thought to get Latino people into careers in which we are consistently underrepresented. She is the champion of a new tech-forward identity that uses its own skills to take matters into its own hands. But, most importantly, she’s really freakin’ cool, as you can see in this video: [Mas…]

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Today is the big game — Roosevelt vs Garfield — the Boyle Heights East/Los Angeles high school football rivalry that has lasted generations. The Roughriders meet the Bulldogs this evening at Weingart Stadium on Avenida César Chávez in Monterey Park.

In this 2013 poetry video, David A. Romero supplied the play by play.

lalo_chunky_sanchezI was sad to hear that San Diego and Barrio Logan Chicano icon Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez passed away Friday at the age of 65.

Born in 1951 in Blythe, California, Chunky learned to play music from his family, and lived his childhood as a migrant farmworker. He left the farm he worked with his father soon after hearing the owner tell his dad that Chunky would make a great foreman when he was gone.

He decided to go to college, and eventually landed at San Diego State. Chunky and his brother Ricardo’s band Los Alacranes Mojados were a fixture when I was a MEChista at San Diego State; I can’t tell you how many events they played for us and for the entire movimiento. [Mas…]

salomon_y_carmenWhen 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.]

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Today in Latino Heritage Month: First lowrider, 1880, Durango (toon)

by GARY LARSON October 4, 2016 Cartoons
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Take back Latino Heritage Month and #EndHispandering!

by Marisel Moreno September 30, 2016 Cultura
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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 […]

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Here I am, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief @LaloAlcaraz, at #SDCC 2016

by Lalo Alcaraz July 20, 2016 Cartoons
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LALO ALCARAZ SD COMICCON SCHEDULE 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! THURSDAY Chicano Comic and Public Art in San Diego, Thursday, 7/21/16, 6-7PM, Room: 25ABCA […]

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The Funky Aztecs live 1991: Name the homies in ‘Barrioism’

by Soy Capitan July 19, 2016 Cultura
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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?

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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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Finals Week is finished and now school’s out for Junco! (toon)

by JUNCO CANCHÉ June 29, 2016 Cartoons
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Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera: ‘A Father’s Day Tale’ (video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR June 19, 2016 Cultura
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Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, tells a story and plays a song for Father’s Day.

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My SUNY Senior Thesis: Ritchie Valens and the Creation of Chicano Rock

by DANNA CARINA May 16, 2016 Cultura
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[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. […]

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Here’s what I thinko about Cinco in one ranty, illustrated post

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2016 Cultura
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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, […]

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@SaraChicaD gets her Cinco de Mayo ¡Grito! on (videos)

by Sara Inés Calderón May 4, 2016 Cultura
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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 […]

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Smokey the Cholo 4/20 Video Blog: ‘Guess Who Is A Mexican!’ (NSFW)

by FAY PORIZER April 20, 2016 Cartoons
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Smokey the Cholo, a veterano from East Los, shares his cultural knowledge — Guess you didn’t know so-and-so is a Mexican! — and plenty of, uhm, atmosphere. From Raul Aguirre, Jr. (NSFW language.)

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In San Diego, burritos include fries and tacos come with poetry (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés April 1, 2016 Cultura
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In San Diego, where the “California Burrito” has fries inside, the taco shops have poetry, thanks to the

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Los Salvajes (The Savages): ‘Downpressor Sh1tstem’ (NSFW music video)

by Soy Capitan March 7, 2016 Cultura
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O.C. Chican@ activists-artists-musicians Salvajes’ new music video Downpressor Shitstem has a message: “Stand up for your rights and f___ the police!” [NSFW. language.]

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New Las Cafeteras Remix: ‘La Bamba Rebelde’ (audio)

by Andalé Mono November 4, 2015 Audio
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East Los homies Las Cafeteras are back with another rebellious La Bamba Rebelde, this one a danceable remix. Here’s the original 2012 video:

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It’s Time to #EndHispandering! Take Back Latino Heritage Month

by Marisel Moreno September 21, 2015 Cultura
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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 […]

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Pocho Nerd Pride Alert: The Maya counting system is awesome (toon)

by Sara Inés Calderón September 14, 2015 Cartoons
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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 […]

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