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Twenty-something New Mexico native Manuel Ray Perez had already been honorably discharged by the U.S. Army, but after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that started World War II, he knew he had to get back in the fight.

That determination, and a toss of the coin, put him on Omaha Beach, Normandy, Nazi-occupied France, on D-Day, 75 years ago today.

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He was a yeoman on “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach with the 6th Beach Battalion — bullets screaming past him and hitting buddies and strangers all around during the Invasion of Normandy. And he was there because all he won a coin toss.

Retired Yeoman Chief Petty Officer Ray Perez has asked himself why he was there many times since then. He started asking in the hours after he and the 367 other enlisted men and 42 officers in his battalion cleared the way for the coming allied forces behind them. He wasn’t just there on D-Day, Perez was in one of the first units to hit the beach. [Mas…]

The Hip Hop Hoodíos drop new/old EP (3 videos!)

by Comic Saenz May 16, 2019 Cultura
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Do you know the Hip Hop Hoodios — North America’s leading Jewish Latino bi-coastal hip hop collective?

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La Cucaracha: Whats so good about speaking two languages? (toon)

by LALO ALCARAZ Y JUNCO CANCHÉ April 5, 2019 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: What is the greatest threat to our nation? (toon)

by LALO ALCARAZ Y JUNCO CANCHE March 21, 2019 Cartoons
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A love story for Valentine’s Day: Amor Mio

by Janie Isidoro February 13, 2019 Cultura

Yes, I’ll admit it. I have had six Coronas too many. I’m at the moment where everything is hilarious and I love everyone. I hug random people and tell them how great life is. I hug my brother and tell him how much I love him and hate him for reading my diary when I […]

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America pauses Monday for Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

by Comic Saenz January 18, 2019 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever. Post offices and other public facilities not already closed by the shutdown will be shuttered, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day […]

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POCHO OVAL OFFICE THEATER TRIPLE FEATURE: Blood In, Blood Out; El Norte; y Mi Vida Loca; PLUS Our Hero, Speedy Gonzales, in Mexicali Shmoes

by Comic Saenz January 8, 2019 Cultura
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Anything good on tonight? Why yes there is, and thank you for asking:

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La Cucaracha: We’ve Still Got More Great Moments in Latino History (toons)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 30, 2018 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON YOU WANT GREAT MOMENTS? WE’VE GOT GREAT MOMENTS:

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La Cucaracha: Even More Great Moments in Latino History (toons)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 27, 2018 Cartoons
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PREVIOUSLY ON A BRIEF HISTORY OF LATINO TIME:

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La Cucaracha: Great Moments in Latino History (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz September 25, 2018 Cartoons
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Not racist trainer: ‘I was only giving free coffee to that Mexican worker’

by Lalo Alcaraz August 17, 2018 El Now
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(PNS reporting from CENTURY CITY) The area “villain” of a viral video — she was filmed transferring some delicious hot coffee to a Latino contractor at a condo complex here — has denied being a racist.

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Anthony Bourdain visits ‘Little Guatemala’ in L.A.’s Westlake District (video)

by Barney Asada May 24, 2018 Cultura
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Multi-ethnic sanctuary city Los Angeles is full of ethnic neighborhoods — Little Tokyo, Little Armenia, Tehrangeles, and more. In this episode of his CNN series, Anthony Bourdain stops by the nighttime food market in L.A.’s Westlake District – Little Guatemala.

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Prudential courts Latinos with nonsense ‘Spanish’ #hashtag

by LAURA MARTINEZ March 22, 2018 Cultura
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I can only imagine what went on at the marketing pitch meeting for the above Tweet: — Prudential Executive 1: We need to connect with Spanish-speaking latinos *and* let them know we can help them be prepared and get financially fit. – Prudential Executive 2: Yeah, but the Prudential brand has to be prominent, and […]

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