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You’re not going to believe this,
but I was born sitting at the kitchen
table with a tamale already in hand.
Of course, some say, that I was born
on a pool table, but that’s another
story.

I still remember the hogs head
simmering in a pot as my uncle
Louie and his buddies sat listening
respectfully as my grandfather
spoke about times gone by. [Mas…]

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lenchatacosHappy Mexican Thanksgiving Day!

Is Tia Lencha here. Gwhat is Mexican Thanksgiving Day you ask? Is Thanksgiving but with all Mexican food. What?!?! My gringo frends say. Oh no! How you can do that! Is crazy! And Tia Lencha say, no really.

When I help mijo with his homeworks, I learn that Thanksgiving come from a Puritan holiday in Englands. When it was the Reformation the Protestantes wanted to throw away all the Catholic holidays, even Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny! [Mas…]

See this painting that is supposed to depict the first Thanksgiving? It’s wrong wrong wrong. What really went on at that epic feast so long ago? We’ve got eight little-known factoids right here:

8. The frozen string beans in the casserole were past their sell-by date

7. Pilgrim Zephaniah Winslow = silent but deadly

6. Squanto’s “Mezcla de Maiz” was really esquites from the barrio elotero. [Mas…]


What is the deal with White People and why do they love their guns so much? This animated short — A Brief History of the USA— was included in Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine.


Although we root root root for the home team, we can never forget the gente who were forced out of their homes in Chavez Ravine to make way for Dodger Stadium.

Last night Chavez Ravine looked like this … [Mas…]


Amarillo by Ana Pérez López considers the banana, a fruit that has been part of our cultural history for centuries and is now threatened by extinction through monocropping and a looming epidemic. López is an MFA candidate at CalArts.

Schoolhouse Mock! Music Video: I am a slave, yes I’m only a slave

by FREDERICK DOUGLASS October 16, 2017 Cartoons
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From the The Roots and crew at black-ish, this Schoolhouse Rock! inspired video celebrates our proud Southern Confederate Heritage through the eyes of a slave. PREVIOUSLY ON SCHOOLHOUSE MOCK:

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Christopher Columbus Was A Murderous Moron (video)

by Especial Correspondents October 9, 2017 Cultura
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Turns out Christopher Columbus wasn’t brave, he was just really bad at math. Adam Ruins Everything explains.

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Burning Spear: ‘Christopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar’ (video)

by RASTA REFRIED October 9, 2017 Cultura
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I and I all I know I and I all I say I and I reconsider I and I see upfully that Christopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar Christopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar Yes Jah He’s saying that, he is the first one Who discover Jamaica I and I say that, What […]

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La Cucaracha: Homeless Confederate statues need your help (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 25, 2017 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: No one pays for walls better than Mexico! (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 7, 2017 Cartoons
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The Mural at National and Evans, Barrio Logan, San Diego (video)

by JUNCO CANCHÉ August 9, 2017 Cultura
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On the days where I go to Barrio Logan during a special occasion and parking is tight around Logan Avenue and Sampson Street, I park around the corner at Evans Avenue and National Street. Near my destination I see the mural: small in comparison to the murals in nearby Chicano Park, but in no way […]

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8 states are on land that was Mexican (History Channel video)

by Lucida Grandé August 7, 2017 Cultura
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Know your history: The Mayans and the Aztecs developed advanced civilizations and eight U.S. states sit on land that used to be Mexico.

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The Zoot Suits you are looking for are in Ciudad Juarez (photos)

by EDDIE ALMOST July 17, 2017 Cultura
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Just across the Rio Grande from El Paso is Ciudad Juarez, where suits are still zoot and chucos are still suave. Photographer Francesco Giusti shared his Ciudad Juarez photos with Roads and Kingdoms and we’re sharing some with you.

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Molé is the mero mero magical mezcla madre (video)

by Verdana Bold June 29, 2017 Cultura
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An energetic dreamscape captures Mexico’s passion for molé, a signature celebration dish, through the eyes of Mexican chef Enrique Olvera.

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What’s behind all the trouble in Puerto Rico? (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA June 22, 2017 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: Trump debuts new history textbook (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 17, 2017 Cartoons
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Reagan tells Mex Prez on Cinco de Mayo: ‘Mi casa es su casa’ (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO May 3, 2017 El Now
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QUESTION: Why are Mexican rapists and drug dealers streaming North to enter the US of A illegally? ANSWER: They were invited by “The Great Communicator.” Check out this video about the 1988 Cinco de Mayo ceremony at the White House when Republican President Ronald Reagan told Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, “Mi casa […]

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East Los man doesn’t care what Cinco de Mayo is all about, yo!

by Comic Saenz May 3, 2017 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Ruben Covarrubias (photo) astounded family and friends here Sunday night when he admitted that the history of Cinco de Mayo didn’t concern him and he’d always thought “May 5 was Mexican Independence Day, so like so what?!” “I don’t care what it’s about, yo!” he told everyone within earshot of the backyard grill. […]

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Americans stick with traditional ignorance for Cinco de Mayo

by EL PEJIBAYE STAFF May 2, 2017 El Now
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(PNS reporting from the EEUU) Tex-Mex restaurants across the country are banding together this week to ensure the flawed traditions of margaritas, sombreros, maracas, bastardized Mexican food and overall cultural cluelessness are again propagated upon masses of uninformed Americans this Cinco De Mayo.

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