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sombraAfter months of secrets leaking out of headquarters, the new hero for Orange County’s Blizzard Entertainment hit game Overwatch has finally been revealed. She’s a Mexican Latina named Sombra (photo). Her name means Shadow.

But does this impact the culture of Orange County? The culture of video game development? The very essence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture?

As a first generation Mexican-American, I think Sombra represents an important and much-needed shift in thought to get Latino people into careers in which we are consistently underrepresented. She is the champion of a new tech-forward identity that uses its own skills to take matters into its own hands. But, most importantly, she’s really freakin’ cool, as you can see in this video: [Mas…]

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In La Graduación | The Graduation by Anna Clare Spelman, we meet an undocumented Latinx DREAMer about to graduate from the Harvard’s Kennedy School with a master’s degree. Thank God Donald Trump promises to deport rapists and narcotrafficantes like her and her mom!

hispanderingOn September 14 a Latina friend of mine who’s also a college professor said to me, “Brace yourself for Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m already getting phone calls about recommendations for mariachi bands.”

I laughed a bit, but her comment stayed with me. See, she’s half Colombian and I’m Puerto Rican, and the idea of becoming the “go to” people about such things struck me as, well, just another example of how stereotypes about Latinos often work.

The fact that people are asking her about mariachi bands reveals how U.S. society usually lumps us together under the umbrella label “Latino/a” or “Hispanic” despite our cultural differences and diversity.

At the same time, her warning (“brace yourself”) fittingly captured how many Latinxs/Hispanics feel about Hispanic Heritage Month (which I prefer to call Latino Heritage Month because I find it more inclusive, less Spanish-oriented). [Mas…]


Why did Samantha Granado cover herself with white wash and post the video online? Here’s the explanation she shared on Vimeo:

I was inspired by the idea of an institutional critique based on my personal experience as a Hispanic female student at TCU. My performance was documented as a short film in which emphasizes the emotional and physical transformation I have endured these past years within the “TCU bubble,” an environment that prevents minorities from feeling included and embraced within the community.

TGIF Music Video: Rock your way into the weekend with Say by Girl in a Coma, an all-woman power trio from San Antonio, TX. The band is made up of pocha sisters Nina (vocals/guitar) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass).


Santa Monica celebrity lifestyle guru Marisol Weaver shows how you can eat all the churros you want and still lose weight — if you follow her Churro Diet.

Dear Dad: I know you’re disappointed I’m dating a woman (video)

by Soy Capitan July 1, 2016 Cultura
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This Cannot Be from Irene Diaz is a poignant tale of love found, family and love lost. Her YouTube page explains it this way:

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True Story: I was a teenaged guera, white like Jesus too

by SYDNEY PRESLEY March 22, 2016 Cultura
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In 1969, my mother registered to vote as a member of La Raza Unida, an independent “third party.” When she came home and shared the news with her father — declaring that she was a “Chicana” — he grew angry. He told her never to use that word, since “Chicano” was a derogatory term when […]

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Versifying in Texas: Rossy Evelin Lima is a poet on a mission (video)

by Verdana Bold March 15, 2016 Cultura
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Rossy Evelin Lima is an award-winning Mexican poet and linguist. She spoke at TEDxMcallen last year about her experience as an immigrant writer in the U.S. Her website is is here.

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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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All I wanted was a quinceañera – instead I turned white (video)

by Comic Saenz March 8, 2016 Cultura
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POCHO’s Elise Valderrama is a Peruvian-American who moved to Florida as kid. That’s where she learned it’s not so easy being white.

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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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What Being Hispanic Means to Me: A Short Story (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés February 23, 2016 Cultura
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Live from her bedroom, California-native high school senior Allison Reyes explains the heartaches and joys of Being Hispanic. SPOILER: If she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.

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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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Tia Lencha’s Cocina: Hot and Sexy Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Salsa

by TIA LENCHA February 12, 2016 Cultura
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I’m Elena Maria Celina Carrillo Martinez de los Angeles Delgadillo Trujillo…Lopez. But you can call me Lencha. Today my son is in his room reading his Naruto muñequito books, so I can chare with you my special recipe for Valentime’s Day. M’ijo don’t like it when I talk about sexy things because me and his […]

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This L.A. pocha wishes she could speak better Spanish (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 16, 2015 Cultura
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Los Angeles pocha Natalie Munguia didn’t learn Spanish when she was growing up, and now she feels left out, as she explains in this video for Sociology 244 at Whittier College. FYI, here’s the course description:

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Hire this animated Mexican ‘bandito’ for only $45 (toons, video)

by Memo Nericcio December 10, 2015 Cartoons
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Yesterday’s Most Pathetic Stereotypes Reimagined for the Digital Age of All our Cyber Tomorrows or Need a Sexy Latina or Bandit for your Animated Video Next generation digitally-borne stereotypes for millennials and their kids! Bandits, sexy Latinas, y mucho mas more…ACK! Does your next CGI animation project need an ugly racist stereotyped Mexican gangster but […]

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Presenting the Frida Kahlo artwork slideshow musical video

by HABLO PICASSO October 1, 2015 Cartoons
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Experience Frida Khalo’s paintings in a musical slideshow by RiZaAnn

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Latino Heritage Month Pochismo Profile: Xochitl Cahuenga-Alvarado

by HABLO PICASSO September 17, 2015 Cartoons
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California artist Xochitl Cahuenga-Alvarado (born in 1988 in Fresno) creates mixed media artworks and performances. By investigating language on a meta-level, Cahuenga-Alvarado tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface. Ooooh, shiny! Her mixed […]

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Dancing with Selena, memories of childhood, and pepperoni pizza

by Estefania Zavala September 15, 2015 Cultura
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Three hours into Selena night at the Regent in downtown Los Angeles, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom starts playing. I feel this deep, animal sense of belonging. This is my song and I need to be on stage. I claw my way up to the stage and slip in a puddle of what is maybe human […]

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Phoenix TV anchor Vanessa Ruiz knows her Spanish, thanks (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés September 3, 2015 Cultura

Newly-hired Vanessa Ruiz of KPNX TV Channel 12 news knows how to properly pronounce her Spanish, thank you very much and no, she won’t apologize. Ruiz’ Facebook page is here. [Pinche Flash video may not play on your device.] We have totally been here before. Mira two videos from Gustavo Arellano and Gustavo Almadovar.

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Love Train: ‘One-Way Trip/Round Trip, Un sentido/Doble vía’ [video]

by Bronco del Camino August 26, 2015 Cultura
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They spotted each other on the subway underneath New York City. Will they be riding home together or is it a classic missed connection? [Enrola TV shot this video with an iPhone 6 with actors Lorena Rodriguez and Alfonso Diaz.]

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‘Dale Evans [the Mexican help] and the Roughneck Romeos’ (toon)

by Cartoonistas April 24, 2015 Cartoons
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“Queen of the Westerns” Dale Evans aka Mrs. Roy Rogers, starred in her own comic book series in 1958. Roughneck Romeos, from Issue #2, features Dale and the Mexican “help.” When two cowboys fight for the favors of sexy Conchita, Chef Gomez’ niece, there’s trouble on the rancho [click on images to enlarge]…

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Meet Biography.com’s ‘Notable Hispanic Women’ (photos, Frida video)

by Andalé Mono March 10, 2015 Cultura
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Biography.com offers up this Frida Kahlo video and a big list of Notable Hispanic Women for Women’s History Month.   Here’s their big list of mujeres:

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