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…]

Vero Higareda made this video for a class she’s taking at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Like so many others, she has been told that she doesn’t look Mexican.

Elise Roedenbeck (@Buttronica on the Twitter) reveals the one little secret to happiness that can change your outlook forever. After all, the lower your expectations, the less chance you have of being disappointed.


Eddie Gee (@omgitseddieg on the Twitter) is all about the pochismo and explains why. Don’t miss the quick graphic shoutout to POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz.


When you ASSUME you make an ASS of U and ME. Also him and her. He and she tambien. Both of them. [Video by Elaine Del Valle.]


noodles(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Paola Lopez’ dreams were shattered and her heart was broken Friday after she prepared sopa de fideo for her boyfriend, Sunny Vargas.

“I just thought it would be nice to make him a quick snack before we went to the movies,” the 28-year-old woman tearfully recounted to PNS. “Then all of a sudden he got all mad and left me. He broke up with me in a text that night.”

The tragedy began Tuesday when Vargas, a  sales representative for a Pico Rivera power tools importer and distributor, told Lopez that one of his favorite dishes (and thus a requirement to be considered “wife material”) was sopa de fideo, like his mom Victoria makes.

The shocking conclusion came Friday evening. [Mas…]

2 Pochas Podcast: Adios, June — damn wedding bells! (audio)

by Especial Correspondents July 1, 2013 Audio
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Elise Roedenbeck and Sara Inés Calderón are happy June is over with all those damn weddings! But now the gays are back in play! What’s a modern single woman to do? [The podcast is at the bottom of this post after this list of oldies…] Previously on the 2 Pochas Podcast:


Flans: You’re not the boss of me AKA ‘No controles’ (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 24, 2013 Cultura
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Ivonne, Ilse and Mimí of Flans aren’t about to let you run their lives. Even in 1985, ain’t nobody got time for that!


Sarah Silverman is so totally not a racist (video)

by Comic Saenz March 25, 2013 Cultura
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Sarah Silverman is so totally not a racist. RELATED: Sarah Silverman explains the ‘voter fraud’ fraud (NSFW video)


Beverly Hills Mexican restaurant where Lalo got profiled shuts down

by Comic Saenz April 18, 2012 Cultura
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One night in February, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz was waiting for the valet to retrieve his car outside a Mexican restaurant in Beverly Hills when a white lady repeatedly thrust her parking valet ticket in his direction. Lalo was at the restaurant to speak on a panel for DigitalLA Latino Content professionals on the need […]