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The corn gods are not pleased.

In a year of increased hate crimes against immigrants and people of color, and also rampant xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, and anti-Semitism, I’m not surprised that the ire of mouth breathers has turned to street vendors. [Mas…]


Hot sexy salsa dancers! A party — or is it a fiesta? Hopping lowriders! Flags of many nations! Something for the kids! Did Charter/Spectrum/TimeWarner/RoadRunner miss any Latinx cliches?

We asked our favorite ad maven Bernadette Rivero what was missing and what was happening in this spot:

“Missing?” she emailed back. “An abuela kicking a soccer ball with her feet while batting a piñata with one hand and making a call to Latin America.”

warcincoThis 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back.

L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, the only original member in the new so-called WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), BB Dickerson (bass, Lowrider Band), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee (RIP, percussion).

[DISCLOSURE: I was WAR’s National Director of Album Promotion for a while and ate so often at the Sunset Grill (like in the Eagles song) I could run a tab.] [Mas…]

Casting Call: Do it again, but this time act ‘Mor Mexican!’ (video)

by CALLE DU CINEMA October 25, 2016 Cultura
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In Mor Mexican! Mexico City-born actor Ricardo “Pekas” Aranda eats a McXican Burger for the casting director. But is he acting Hispanic enough? Maybe makeup and wardrobe can help.

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He made a new GIF about L.A. every day for a month (video)

by HABLO PICASSO September 19, 2016 Cartoons
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Artist James Curran explains the method behind his madness in creating LAGifAThon: In July I spent a month in Los Angeles where I animated a new GIF every day for 30 days inspired by something that happened during my stay. See all the looping GIFs on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with #LAGifathon or follow me […]

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Pocho Ocho Best Ways to #MakeMoviesMexican (via Twitter)

by Comic Saenz May 27, 2016 Cultura
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Very late Wednesday night, I created a Twitter hashtag — #MakeMoviesMexican — and asked the Tuiteros if they had suggestions. Huh? What do you mean? Like this: #MAKEMOVIESMEXICAN. Gone With the Migra. White Men Can’t Cumbia. Get the idea? (It turns out I wasn’t the first with this idea. Superstar pocho comic Felipe Esparza tried this […]

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La Cucaracha: Scarlett Johansson stars in new Paramount flick (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz May 10, 2016 Cartoons
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[Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post misidentified the studio as Pixar. My bad. – Comic Saenz.]

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WAR (the OG band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2016 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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La Cucaracha: Orale! An Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 17, 2016 Cartoons
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Dear Donald: Here’s my audition tape for your Internet video

by Bronco del Camino March 14, 2016 Cultura
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Remember how Donald Trump or somebody like him put out a casting call for a Latina to play the Donald’s executive assistant in an internet video? SoCal actor Diana Burbano sent in this audition tape.

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Casting Call: Latina actress to play Donald Trump’s assistant (photo)

by LUKES LEGIT March 6, 2016 El Now
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Are you an attractive and passionate Latina actress, 21-35, with perfect English and a slight Hispanic accent who wants to deliver scripted monologues talking straight to the camera about your experiences working as an executive assistant for Donald Trump for an Internet video of some sort? Don’t apply if you’re in the Screen Actors Guild, […]

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Playing near you? ‘Jesus Christ: The Musical’ Parts I and II (videos)

by SELMA CAHUENGA February 24, 2016 Cultura
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Jesus is back, this time on Hollywood Boulevard, in the person of Argentine actor Miguel Mas, fabulous star of Jesus Christ: The Musical.

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La Cucaracha: Diversity In Hollywood – The Movie (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz February 23, 2016 Cartoons
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Hollywood Casting History: The ‘Latina Bombshell’ (toons)

by Memo Nericcio February 22, 2016 Cartoons
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Time and again I have tipped my sombrero to the remarkable treasures to be found at Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine, but now he has outdone himself with a post that gibes/gels/fuses with my #textmex and #mextasy researches/art/presentations and more. One of his latest entries is a comic book from 1951 that fictionalizes the life […]

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The Beandcocks: Now that’s what you call ‘acting!’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz February 17, 2016 Cartoons

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Ultimate ‘Mexican Standoff’ movie mashup has no Mexicans (videos)

by CALLE DU CINEMA February 17, 2016 Cultura
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“A Mexican standoff,” according to Wikipedia, “is a confrontation among two or more parties in which no participant can proceed or retreat without being exposed to danger.” ¡Orale! Let’s get some of those cinema standoff scenes and mash them up! [POCHO only presents this video after receiving assurances from responsible parties that “no actual Mexicans […]

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Hollywood producer’s Twitter feed highlights sexism in scripts

by Comic Saenz February 11, 2016 Cultura
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Film producer Ross Putman’s new Twitter feed @FemScriptIntros shares the lines from film scripts where female characters are introduced. To protect the innocent(?), Putman has changed all their names to JANE. The excerpts speak volumes about how “The Industry” thinks about women. Unlike all the women, it’s not a pretty picture. Here is his Twitter […]

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