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…]
When 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…]
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 million miles away.” [Mas…]
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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
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!
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 […]
(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.”
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.