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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 is it any less meaningful. [Mas…]

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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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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. [Mas…]

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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.

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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Mexican-American Studies 101: The History of Cinco de Mayo (video)

by José Canusí May 2, 2017 Cultura
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5-Second Films is all about explaining things in 5 seconds, like their 5-second video The History of Cinco de Mayo.

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What language is that? Funny, you don’t look Nahuatl (video)

by GUADA FOKTL May 1, 2017 Cartoons
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Languages around the world share similar characteristics, but how do we know if they are related?

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Old time stereographic slides show early 1900s Mexico (video)

by Lucida Grandé March 31, 2017 Cultura
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YouTube user Chubachus created an “animated” video using stereographic slides of life in Mexico in the early 1900s.

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FDR died before he could deliver on his ‘Second Bill of Rights’ (videos)

by NADA TUFIR March 27, 2017 Cultura
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On January 11, 1944, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the country a Second Bill of Rights when World War II was over, but he died before the conflict ended. America’s future security, he said, demands citizens have a right to good housing, good healthcare, good education, a living wage and more. POCHO FACTOID: FDR […]

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The San Patricio Batallón: Aztlan’s Irish heroes (4 music videos)

by Soy Capitan March 17, 2017 Cultura
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This corrido by Orange County Celtic-rock homies The Fenians tells the tragic story of the San Patricios, the St. Patrick’s Battalion. The unit of 200 mostly Catholic Irish immigrants deserted the United States Army and fought with the Mexican Army against the U.S.A. in the Mexican–American War. Scots-British post-punk The Wakes Band offer their version […]

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La Cucaracha: Twitler is making a list (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 16, 2017 Cartoons
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International Women’s Day: Las Cafeteras ‘Mujer Soy’ (video)

by Soy Capitan March 8, 2017 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 International Women’s Day! (Remixed by YUKICITO.)

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Exploring ‘The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema’ (student video)

by CALLE DE CINEMA February 17, 2017 Cultura
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Antioch College student Cristian Perez-Lopez put together this cool short video for a history of film class. How many of these films have you seen?

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Encyclopædia Britannica: Immigration to the U.S.A. (1946 video)

by Comic Saenz February 9, 2017 Cultura
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This 1946 educational film from Encyclopædia Brittanica presents a period look at immigration to the New World. “Negroes” are mentioned once, Native Americans are invisible, and Mexicans don’t show up until the very end, but it’s an interesting film pitching the “nation of immigrants” meme. Good public schools are important for the Melting Pot, they […]

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La Realidad: The Realities of Anti-Mexicanism

by Dr. Juan Gómez-Quiñones February 1, 2017 Cultura
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“Where have you been, my darling young one.” – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan U.S. anti-Mexicanism is a race premised set of historical and contemporary ascriptions, convictions and discriminatory practices inflicted on persons of Mexican descent, longstanding and pervasive in the United States. This essay conceptualizes, historicizes, and analyzes anti-Mexicanism, past and […]

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POCHO History 101: Alternative Facts by George Washington (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz January 24, 2017 Cartoons
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