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[POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz received the RUBEN SALAZAR AWARD Monday night at the NCLR Annual Conference in Phoenix.]

yossiberkowitz 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 play. Right away, he noticed that the coat sleeves were too long.

“No problem,” said Berkowitz, a long-time shop owner in nearby Boyle Heights. “Just bend them at the elbow and hold them out in front of you. See, now it’s fine.” [Mas…]


Math teacher Jaime Escalante teaches Hey Vato’s Chuy and Smiley a lot more than just mathematics in this lost scene from Stand and Deliver.

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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 today.

I’d watched the movie the night before in a small screening room somewhere in Hollywood. Dark, unsettling, violent, suspenseful, heartbreaking, redemptive … I had questions, but so did everybody else.

I was finally called over, and before long, the movie’s writer and director Richard Montoya and Edward James Olmos, the film’s presenter, were seated in front of me. I had 15 minutes, more or less.

Abelardo de la Peña Jr. (AdlpJr): What got you involved in Water and Power?

Edward James Olmos (EJO): The single most important thing about movies: The script, the story, the writing. Richard is a genius. Go watch the movie. You watch the movie, and you see, all of a sudden … [Mas…]


Michael Montenegro takes us to MacArthur Park in Los Angeles to see the gigantic mural of an iconic public school teacher — Jaime Escalante — and the actor who portrayed him in Stand and Deliver, the homie Edward James Olmos.

PREVIOUSLY ON TEACHERS: [Mas…]

Unsung Heroes of Hispanic Heritage Month: Yossi F. Berkowitz

by GAUCHO MARQUEZ September 30, 2013 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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This shocking scene was deleted from ‘Stand and Deliver II’ (video)

by Andalé Mono August 23, 2013 Cultura
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Somehow this scene from the sequel Stand and Deliver II never made it to the big screen. Gracias a elbatmanuel for the link!

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WTF? ‘Latina’ magazine picks 30 ‘most iconic’ Latinos on TV

by Santino J. Rivera May 2, 2013 Cultura
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Boy, these are fun times, huh? Everyone wants to either be Latino or market Latino things. Let’s all Hispanicize! I mean, just look around! The GOP is embracing Latinos (har, har) and there are products everywhere like Tide Latino, Ford Latino, Clorox Latino, Latino socks, Latino water, Latino sunlight. Hell, there’s even a PETA Latino […]

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Unsung Heroes of Hispanic Heritage Month: Yossi Berkowitz

by GAUCHO MARQUEZ October 1, 2012 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 Berkowitz to try on a new suit custom-made for his starring role in a Los Angeles play. […]

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Deadly mercenaries and landscapers: ‘The Mexpendables’ (video)

by CISCO YBERRA August 16, 2012 Cultura
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The world’s deadliest team of mercenaries/landscapers. Their lives. Their Hollywood careers. All…Mexpendable. (From The Latino Comedy Project.)

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Mainstream media wants to know: WTF are ‘pochos’ and ‘nacos’?

by Lalo Alcaraz July 12, 2012 Cultura
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I have long said it is a Pocho Planet, and maybe you can make the case that it’s a Naco World as well! We all know what a pocha or a pocho is, and the greatness and prestige that designation implies. But if you aren’t clear, or wondering what the hell naco means, watch this mun2 video featuring Gustavo […]

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