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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.

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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…]

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mexicansattacobellWhen BuzzFeed served some Taco Bell specialties to L.A. Mexicans, reactions were — let us say — mixed. We know it’s L.A. because they mention King Taco in East Los. Try it, you’ll like it. We also recommend Guisado on Cesar Chavez. And Eastside Luv right by Mariachi Plaza offers a great selection of refreshing beverages for an 80°March day like today. [Mas…]


It’s the fall football classic — Garfield versus Roosevelt — the East Los high school football rivalry that has lasted generations; David A. Romero supplies the play by play.

Las Clikas de L.A. according to El Popo (1970s docuvideo)

by JOE LOW October 6, 2014 Cultura
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Public affairs documentary producer Charles Cahill presents Street Gangs: Challenge to Law Enforcement a 1970s training movie digitized from a 16mm film purchased on eBay, according to YouTube uploader GuilfordGhost. Who are the OG’s in the video? Recognize anyone? Has anything changed?

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Las Cafeteras: This Land Is Your Land (music video + lyrics)

by MOON GUAC July 7, 2014 Cultura
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East Los homies Las Cafeteras are back with a son jarocho version of the Woody Guthrie’s classic This Land Is Your land with acoustic aplomb and some updated Spanglish lyrics:

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Watch: Bob Seger’s ballad of ‘East L.A.’ (rare B-side)

by MOON GUAC May 16, 2014 Cultura
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Detroit’s Bob Seger released East L.A. in 1984 as a B-side to a 45 RPM single. This classic rock oldie is dedicated to all the people in East Los looking at those rich Hollywood Hills people living in houses on stilts. Maybe it’s a good thing that they’re only across town yet still “a hundred […]

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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: Japanese actor Bad Badtz-Maru cast as Chicano

by Comic Saenz September 16, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from TOKYO) Japanese character actor Bad Badtz-Maru will star as a gang-banging, tagging Chicano in a new animated feature called Angry Bird O.G., PNS confirmed on Sunday. This could be a comeback role for 20-year-old Badtz-Maru (バッドばつ丸). The spiky-haired method actor has found little work since playing the mascot at the 2006 FIBA […]

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New ‘East Los High’ web series exposes sexrification of East L.A. (video)

by Malcolm Mex May 15, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) A new web series on Hulu is poised to blow the lid off the unprecedented rise of sexy Latinos currently overrunning East Los Angeles.  The series, East Los High, is a riveting expose of the rapid “sexrification” of the historically low-and-slow Chicano community. “The kids at East Los High are […]

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PNS*Hot*Flash: Chicana frets – winged eyebrows or eyeliner?

by María Purísima April 4, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS ANGELES) Veronica Gonzalez has a conundrum: Should she go rockabilly and do winged eyeliner or go chola and do winged eyebrows? “It’s, like, hard, you know? I’m just trying to keep up with my heritage,” Gonzalez told PNS Wednesday. Gonzalez said that if she went rockabilly it would not only […]

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Great pochos in rock history: The Premiers ‘Farmer John’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM March 22, 2013 Cultura
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The Premiers were an American garage band in the 1960s, best known for their 1964 hit, Farmer John. The band was formed in 1962 in San Gabriel, CA by brothers Lawrence Perez (guitar) and John Perez (drums), and neighbors George Delgado (guitar) and Frank Zuniga (bass). They practiced in the Perez brothers back yard, encouraged […]

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Grammy-award winning Quetzal: ‘Imaginaries’ (videos)

by QUESO QUESEM February 11, 2013 Cultura
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Here’s a video about the album Imaginaries by East Los Angeles band Quetzal, which won a Grammy in the “Latin rock, urban or alternative album” category Sunday night. And here’s an actual Quetzal music video called This Is My Home about East Los:

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Around Our Town: Where to go, what to do for the Mayan Apocalypse

by CHALE KNICKERBOCKER, SOCIETY EDITOR December 21, 2012 Doomsday Countdown
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Rancho Pocho and surrounding communities will be alive with excitement tonight as everyone awaits the End of the World As We Know It at midnight local time. Don’t stay at home — party hardy or die Mayan! Here’s what’s going on around town: • FOR THE GENTS: In the Rancho Pocho Downtown Historic District, Club […]

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If you’re gonna be a tagger, at least do it right (video)

by HABLO PICASSO December 3, 2012 Cultura
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When you roll with the East Side Locos, you have to learn proper tagging technique…or else.

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Don Cheto totally does it ‘Puro Gangnam Style’ (video)

by SOL E. TERRY November 8, 2012 Cultura
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East Los shout-out! And where did they shoot with all the cop cars? Careful, pochos, there is a danger of spitting coffee on your screen, so watch out.

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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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Cholas turning Japanese? We really think so! Meet the J-Cholas (photos)

by SEÑOR BLACKWELL September 7, 2012 Cultura
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Yakuza lowriders? Check. Spanish Crip-walking cholo wannabes? Check. Good ole boy Southern Comfort luchador-looking surf rockers? Check. Face it, brown is the new black. Today’s example? Japanese cholas!

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New Kiko live Los Lobos video: ‘When the Circus Comes (to Town)’

by VATO BARBIERI August 27, 2012 Cultura
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Los Lobos? We say they’re the best Los Angeles band ever. Others dismiss them as just another band from East L.A. Either way, here they are in a just-released video, lamenting lost love live at the San Diego House of Blues in When the Circus Comes from the masterful Kiko album. More Los Lobos: One […]

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Stocks are crazy, banks are loco and so is Lil Joker (video)

by Andalé Mono May 31, 2012 Cultura
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A MAD-TV news crew is on the air live from an East Los bank branch. Live TV news can be so unpredictable.

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Starbucks test-markets nopal, chile-flavored drinks in East Los Angeles

by Barney Asada May 14, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from BOYLE HEIGHTS) Starbucks Coffee starts test-marketing their new nopal, chile and mole-flavored coffee drinks exclusively in this East Los Angeles enclave today. Staying true to their gentrified roots, Starbucks based the new varieties on past-the-expiration-date flavors from more upscale stores  — adding chemical food coloring for “eye appeal.”

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Los Lobos ‘One Time, One Night (in America)’

by Comic Saenz January 6, 2012 Cultura
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Our first TGIF music video proudly features “just another band from East LA.” Sometimes homies Los Lobos sound like they are John Cougar Mellencamp’s or Tom Petty’s brothers from another mother. This is one of those times. These all-American stars sing all-American stories. Respect.

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