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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…]

picoheadshotPio Pico, an African-Mexican, was the last governor of California under Mexican rule.

His name is everywhere. There is the city of Pico Rivera, Pico Park, Pico Canyon, and, of course, Pico Boulevard. The corner of Pico and Sepulveda in West Los Angeles even has its own music video: [Mas…]

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Happy Day of the Dead! Is Tia Lencha here. Many people ask me questions about Dia de Los Muertos. I answer the questions today.

Question numero one: Tia Lencha wass this Dia de los Muertos? Is it the Mexican Halloween?
Gwell, kind of, I say. Except that the Day of the Dead celebrations come from the indigenous pagan rituals that trace back 2,500 to 3,000 years ago. Way before Duane Reade sold Halloween candy.

Question numero two: Tia Lencha, wassup with the calaveras (“skulls” for you pochos)?
Bueno, before Jesus came along, people used to keep skulls of their loved ones (and maybe not so loved ones) as trophies. They showed off the skulls during the rituals as symbols of death and rebirth. Kind of heavy, no? I never say my history was all tequila shots and tacos.

Also, calaveras can be short poems, like epitaphs like to mock your friends. Like you can make fun of them on their tombstones. Like for mijo’s daddy, I wrote a calavera about him call “Oscar Meyer” because he like to stick his weenie ebrywhere! He no think it was so funny. [Mas…]

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This DF family has been making piñatas for generations (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 21, 2016 El Now
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Hugo Mena and his family make and sell piñatas in Mexico City, a family tradition for generations

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Talk and Sing Like a Mexican Pirate Day: ‘Santy Anno’ (music video)

by MOON GUAC September 19, 2016 Cultura
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It’s International Talk Sing Like A Pirate Day and we’re please to present not only a “sea shanty” about being a pirate, but one about the Mexican-American war of the 1850s. It’s even in Wikipedia! This video of Santy Anno has music by Forebitter and Lord Cavendish manga-influenced artwork assembled by uploader LordDrakoArakis, probably not […]

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La Cucaracha: History is hard (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 16, 2016 Cartoons
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We Are One: Preschoolers know more than Trump voters

by KAT AVILA August 16, 2016 Cultura
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In the lobby of the school where I work, there is a huge image of Earth taped onto the wall. It is made of kraft paper and crisscrossed with colorful broad strokes of tempera paint. Circling the perimeter of the planet are cutout drawings of children holding hands. No two children are the same, partly […]

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Kids learn traditional music at free mariachi summer camp (video)

by Soy Capitan August 5, 2016 Cultura
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A free mariachi summer camp in the city of Santa Rosa spreads the love for Mexico’s music in Northern California. KQED public TV explains:

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DON’T MISS! Latino Comics Expo this weekend at MOLAA (toons)

by HABLO PICASSO August 5, 2016 Cartoons
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Tomorrow and Sunday the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach hosts the fifth annual Latino Comics Expo. Featured artists include POCHO contributor Eric J. Garcia, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz, New York’s Stephanie Rodriguez and more. Javier Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame, is the ringleader. KCET’s Matt Stromberg explains the cultural significance of […]

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LatinoUSA: The mysterious origins of Navajo fry bread tacos (audio)

by MOSCA MEXICAN August 5, 2016 Audio
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What is the deal on these so-called Navajo tacos, anyhow? NPR’s Anne Hoffman and Maria Hinojosa of LatinoUSA are looking for answers:

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La Cucaracha: ‘Yefferson’ (the hiphop musical) makes history (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 3, 2016 Cartoons
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WANTED FOR MURDER! The notorious Pancho Villa (1950 comic book)

by Cartoonistas July 26, 2016 Corporate
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“Western” adventure comics, true crime comics, and gringo-written history all came together when publisher Avon gave birth to a Pancho Villa issue as part of their notorious outlaws series: Steve Lopez explains:

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This painting says it all about gentrification (toon)

by HABLO PICASSO June 30, 2016 Cartoons
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San Diego artist Ricardo Islas used acrylic on wood to create this miniature 5″ x 7″ gem — Gentrification. PREVIOUSLY ON GENTRIFICATION: SPONSORED: Take the worry out of gentrification – with GENTRÍFIA®

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Yanga: African slave who rebelled in Spanish ‘Mexico’ (video)

by Especial Correspondents June 16, 2016 Cultura
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Gaspar Yanga was stolen from West Africa to work as a slave on a Spanish plantation in colonial “Mexico.” But not for long.

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Lewis Black explains why ‘Redskins’ is offensive (NSFW video)

by Bronco del Camino May 17, 2016 Cultura
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Washington, D.C. native and football fan Lewis Black explains to fans why the name “Washington Redskins” for the hometown football team is offensive to Native Americans. [NSFW F-bombs.] (If the Facebook video doesn’t play, click here to view it on Facebook.)

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My SUNY Senior Thesis: Ritchie Valens and the Creation of Chicano Rock

by DANNA CARINA May 16, 2016 Cultura
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[Editor’s Note: When we shared our Happy Birthday Ritchie Valens story on Facebook last Friday, FB user Danna Carina commented, “Ritchie was the subject of my senior thesis and I graduated with my Bachelors yesterday ON HIS BIRTHDAY. Good omen I suppose!” We wanted to see what she wrote, and to share it with you. […]

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Here’s what I thinko about Cinco in one ranty, illustrated post

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2016 Cultura
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White folks in sombreros and serapes. Spanglish beer commercials every few minutes. Yup, pretty ridiculous, señor. I agree with most of my friend Gustavo Arellano’s Cinco de Mayo video rant, mas o menos. He says it’s ridiculous, only serves some limited purposes as far as educating about the evils of Imperialism, or the promotion of self-determination, […]

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Me? Today I’m drinking a cerveza and contemplating Cinco de Mayo

by ABELARDO DE LA PEÑA JR. May 5, 2016 Cultura
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I approach el Cinco de Mayo with excitement and ambivalence. I learned the history of the Battle of Puebla as the son of proud Mexicans, who happened to be immigrants. The story goes: On the fifth of May 1862, a small Mexican army kicks French butt. Bueno. My dad and grandmother worked at the Cinco […]

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In Puebla, MX, narco cartel killers crush French gangsters

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2016 El Now
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(PNS reporting from PUEBLA, MX) Federales have finished cleaning up the streets of this southeastern city after a three-day battle between area gangsters and a French gang left 83 locals and 462 gabachos dead, PNS has learned. The  Marseilles gang (“La Eme”) — sent to collect a drug debt allegedly owed by the Puebla-based Ignacio Zaragosa clika […]

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