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Tamalada, a lithograph by Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza, is in the collection of the Smithsonian. Looks sorta like your family, right, primo? [Mas…]

Where have all the brown folks gone?

I sit at a bar and I count how many are like me, I count two in a room of 30, one is a bar back Latinx and one is an African American bartender, I’ve done this since I realized that I am the other, and I need to find allies quick, in case shit goes down, in case there’s a race war

I order thai food from a food truck and the señor making the food could be my primo, while the Asian owner takes my order [Mas…]


On the outskirts of Mexico City, over 50 years ago, a family began making and selling piñatas to the local community. Nowadays, the whole town is involved. The Piñata King takes a look inside the life of this town, and the head of the family who started it all.

See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here:

8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date

7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly

6. Squanto’s “Mezcla de Maiz” was really esquites from the barrio elotero. [Mas…]

Currently, the focus is on Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of harassment, attacks, and/or rape by over 70 women. This evil industry. Hollywood.

Shocking, no?

No, carnales. Before the Weinstein story broke, Bill Cosby, the sweater-wearing, jello-eating [alleged] rapist, was accused of attacking or raping 41 women. Did we forget about him? To date, he has not been convicted. People still defend him. [Mas…]

2007 Toon: La Cucaracha: Is It Halloween or Day of the Dead?

by Lalo Alcaraz October 31, 2017 Cartoons
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Freaky Frightful Friday #FFF: The Nahual (toons)

by JUNCO CANCHÉ October 6, 2017 Cartoons
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The nahual is a human who can shapeshift or manifest in the form of an animal.

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Happy Rosh HaShana from the Jews of Tijuana! Happy 5778! (video)

by Comic Saenz September 18, 2017 Cultura
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Mexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.” In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate, and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast. Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShana (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shana rhymed with Tijuana in […]

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In Chicago’s Pilsen barrio, gentrifiers destroy beloved murals (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA June 30, 2017 Cartoons
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It’s a classic of Mexican art — La Selfie (toon)

by Jake Prendez June 15, 2017 Cartoons
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La Selfie is one of the newest additions to my contemporary codices series. The series asks: “If we were still creating codices like our ancestors what would they look like? What would our community look like?” [More like this @ JakePrendez.com.]

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La Cucaracha: Cinco de Mayo is a big American holiday now (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2017 Cartoons
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What language is that? Funny, you don’t look Nahuatl (video)

by GUADA FOKTL May 1, 2017 Cartoons
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Languages around the world share similar characteristics, but how do we know if they are related?

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April showers bring May flowers — and ‘El Paletero’ (toon)

by Jake Prendez April 26, 2017 Cartoons
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El Paletero is the newest edition to my contemporary codices series. The series asks if we were still creating codices like our ancestors what would they look like? What would our community look like? [More like this @ JakePrendez.com.]

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The Beandocks: Behind the scenes at Pepsi, Inc. (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 25, 2017 Cartoons
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…and that’s how they make tortillas in Mexico City, D.F. (video)

by Barney Asada January 11, 2017 Cultura
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Ritual ordinario mixes the sounds of Mexican streets with visuals of the process of making, baking, and selling tortillas. This video was shot and the ambient audio recorded in Mercado Cartagena in Mexico City, D.F. [Video by Ricardo Martinez Roa.]

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Student Video: ‘Making tamales with Yamelith’ (and her mom)

by JEFE BOYARDEE December 2, 2016 Cultura
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We bet this looks familiar! Yamelith made tamales with her mom over the Thanksgiving weekend and shared her experience in this student video, uploaded by the Charles W. Harris School in Phoenix, AZ.

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‘Happy Asian Thanksgiving’ from the Fung Brothers (video)

by WONG GUEY November 24, 2016 Cultura
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American children of immigrants are all the same when it comes to dealing with Thanksgiving. Y digamos: “Amén​​.”

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Dear Trump Voter Ashley: We are real people, not your ‘Taco Tuesday’

by Sandra C. Muñoz November 22, 2016 El Now
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Dear Ashley, I don’t really know you very well. I met you for the first time when my family and I travelled to Rogers, Arkansas to see you marry my nephew. I knew my nephew at some point. I saw him grow up here in Los Angeles until my brother and his wife thought the […]

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Election Day? LET’S DO THIS! ‘Good Morning, Aztlan!’ (Videos X 3)

by Soy Capitan November 8, 2016 Cultura
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You can’t run to try to hide away Here it comes, here comes Election Day Where you are, never really far away Good morning, Aztlan! Mira los lyrics:

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San Diego y TJ band PRAYERS represent for ‘Mexica’ (NSFW music video)

by Soy Capitan October 11, 2016 Cultura
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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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Happy Rosh HaShana from the Jews of Tijuana! Happy 5777! (video)

by Comic Saenz September 29, 2016 Cultura
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Mexico, like the United Estates, is a “nation of immigrants.” In the 1900s, Tijuana welcomed Jewish refugees fleeing wars, hate and poverty in Europe, Asia and the Mideast. Tijuana Jews, the story of the extended Artenstein family, has become a POCHO Rosh HaShana (New Year) tradition ever since we noticed rosh-ha-shana rhymed with Tijuana in […]

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This DF family has been making piñatas for generations (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 21, 2016 El Now
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Hugo Mena and his family make and sell piñatas in Mexico City, a family tradition for generations

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Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet

by Especial Correspondents September 7, 2016 Cultura
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Decolonizing your diet is more than a trendy Chicanx meme, it’s a book, and a chingon idea. If you want to just say “No!” to the comida of the Conquistadors and eat what Tlaloc intended — the authentic food of your ancestors — here are the Pocho Ocho Top Ways to Decolonize Your Diet: 8. […]

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