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My mother, Carmen, often sent me to La Paloma Market, while my brother Salomon watched I Love Lucy re-runs. We lived in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, where I had to be selective about the routes I took.

Since I feared the barking dogs along the alley, I always took a shortcut through the hill that was controlled by a local gang, the Hill Boys. The homeboys never bothered me on my daily trip for groceries, especially since we attended Murchison Elementary School at the same time. [Mas…]

La Quirky Nancy’s Cousin Becky from the Bay Area moves in with Nancy, but when they grab some METRO shared bicycles and tour the new hood, things don’t turn out exactly like Nancy expected.

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Tacos y Trifecta‘s official horse and taco lover Jose Contreras stops by one of the famous King Taco restaurants and says the carne asada is a solid 8.4. And the red salsa? Aiyee!

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In 1964, East Los Angeles pochos The Blendells had a hit with a Latin-tinged cover of Stevie Wonder’s La La La La La.


East Los Homies Cambalache takes the traditional son jarocho sound, adds futuristic costumes and settings for the stunning new video Butaquito Lindo.

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mujeremixedIn Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy International Women’s Day! (Remixed by YUKICITO.) [Mas…]

Las Cafeteras: ‘If I Was President’ (audio)

by Soy Capitan February 23, 2017 Audio
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Tastes Like L.A. by Las Cafeteras East Los musicians Las Cafeteras have long made political progress a signature element of their sound and the band’s new single continues the tradition. If I Was President — released on Monday, Presidents Day — starts with the son jarocho song Señor Presidente and “then flows into a bilingual […]

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Play by play from East LA: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR November 4, 2016 Cultura
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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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Unsung Heroes of Hispanic Heritage Month: Berkowitz the tailor

by Comic Saenz September 20, 2016 Cultura
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They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstance conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. In 1978, a young Chicano actor from Montebello, CA went to tailor Yossi F. Berkowitz to try on a new suit custom-made for his starring role in a Los Angeles […]

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Massive Attack and Hope Sandoval: ‘The Spoils’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM August 1, 2016 Audio
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Our favorite East Los singer, Hope Sandoval, teams up with Massive Attack in this release of The Spoils. The new music is officially available via the band’s smartphone app. Sandoval and Massive Attack also collaborated on this 2010 song, Paradise Circus:

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Two minutes with the mariachis in Boyle Heights, East Los (video)

by EMO MONTAGE July 27, 2016 Cultura
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In this moody, black and white 2 minute study : Mariachi, video creator Kimo Easterwood hangs out at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, on Los Angeles’ Eastside.

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La Cucaracha: Leonardo DiCaprio cast as ‘Scarface’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 10, 2016 Cartoons
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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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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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Quetzal tells a tale of urban survival in ‘The Coyote Hustle’ (video)

by Barney Asada June 18, 2015 Cultura
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East Los band Quetzal dedicates this video to the street vendors of L.A., the only major U.S. city where street vending is illegal. To learn more about the efforts to help hard-working families like the ones in this video, check out the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign on Facebook. Quetzal is the collaborative project of […]

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Food blogger La Quirky discovers the joys of Mexican mangos (video)

by Chale Knickerbocker June 10, 2015 El Now
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La Quirky Nancy discovers mangos in East LA and lives to tell about it. #laQuirky #Columbusing PREVIOUSLY ON DISCOVERING MEXICAN MANGOS: Quirky food video blogger katie q discovered this totally delicious new healthy food treat LOL OMG. Latino-style people eat this all the time, I’m so sure! It’s a fruit they call a “mango” and […]

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When life is a video game, love is your secret weapon (video)

by JAI ESCORR April 15, 2015 Cartoons
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In the Great Video Game of Life, a little love from (plus tortillas, cumbia y nopales) can help you escape the zombies and crush the bullies. A true story from Los Cenzontles. PREVIOUSLY ON LOS CENZONTLES:

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A Day in the Life of a Woman: Las Cafeteras: ‘Mujer Soy’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 16, 2015 Audio
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In Mujer Soy, by Las Cafeteras, we see a day in the real life of Maryann Aguirre, a woman from East Los Angeles. Happy Women’s History Month! (Remixed by YUKICITO.)

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Watch: BuzzFeed serves Taco Bell to L.A. Mexicans + @RoValderrama

by Barney Asada March 11, 2015 Cultura
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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 […]

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Los Lobos: Will the Wolf Survive? (classic music video)

by Comic Saenz January 7, 2015 Cultura
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How much better can it get? Will the Wolf Survive? is the 1984 music video that exploded East Los homies Los Lobos into stardom. And don’t the guys look young⁈ Thirty years! Yikes. Wikipedia: How Will the Wolf Survive? is the major label debut album of Los Lobos. In 1989, it was ranked #30 on […]

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Watch: The Sisters wish you a ‘Happy New Year, Baby’ (Firme Oldie)

by Soy Capitan December 30, 2014 Cultura
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It’s 1965 and big hair and girl groups are all the rage. In East LA, sisters Rosella, Ersi and Mary Arvizu, who had been singing and playing music together all their lives, thought they had the right stuff to be the next Supremes — even before there were Supremes. They call themselves The Sisters.

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The Fung Bros go to East Los for ‘Mexican Refreshments’ (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN December 17, 2014 Cultura
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Does tamarindo cause duck face? Are elotes better on or off the cob? They don’t eat this stuff in Panama? YouTube video stars The Fung Bros try the exotic Mexican treats at Garcia’s Fruit in South El Monte and live to vlog the tale. PREVIOUSLY ON THE FUNG BROS:

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East L.A. Play by Play: ‘Undocumented Football’ (poetry video)

by GUILLERMO CHESPIR October 8, 2014 Cultura
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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.

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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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