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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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frito-bandito“Hispanic” Heritage Month, the officially-approved celebration of Latinx and their contributions to the United Estates of America, started Thursday.

Donald Trump’s GOP has proposed their own list of praise-worthy Hispanix for next year’s fiesta — assuming Trump wins — and POCHO has gotten a sneak peek at their nominations.

Peep this Mexclusive list of the Pocho Ocho Top GOP Picks for Latinx Heritage Month 2017:

8. The Frito Bandito

7. The Taco Bell Chihuahua

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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.

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mexican-wedding-traditions1AAAIt was very interesting growing up in a Mexican household yet being educated in predominantly “white” schools.

For example, a sleepover is almost like a rite of passage for young children.

But my Mexican parents could never understand why I’d want to sleep at someone else’s house when I had a perfectly good bed at home. Needless to say, I never had many sleepovers growing up.

But the biggest difference between the two cultures I grew up in wouldn’t arise until my early 20’s.

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Long live the farmworkers!

My late father, Salomón Chavez Huerta, first arrived in this country as an agricultural guest worker in the mid-1900s, during the Bracero Program. The Bracero Program represented a guest worker program between the United States and Mexico. From 1942 to 1964, the Mexican government exported an estimated 4.6 million Mexicans to meet this country’s labor shortage not only in the agricultural fields during two major wars (WWII and Korean War), but also in the railroad and mining sectors.

Like many braceros of his generation from rural Mexico, my father didn’t speak too much about the horrible working / housing conditions he endured while toiling in el norte. This included low pay, overcrowded housing, terrible food, limited legal rights, lack of freedom outside of the labor camps, racism, verbal / physical abuse and price gauging from company landlords / stores. [Mas…]


Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata was born on this day in 1879. POCHO amigo Eric Holland tells one of Zapata’s stories in a song.

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La Cucaracha: How is Donald Trump doing with Latinos? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 4, 2016 Cartoons
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You can’t deport me! I’m Scotch-Irish, like President Obama! (toon)

by MR. POCHO July 29, 2016 Cartoons
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Herr Trump can’t deport me! I’m of Scotch-Irish descent, just like President Obama. Here is my official CLAN POCHO tartan if you don’t believe me.

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Two minutes with the mariachis in Boyle Heights, East Los (video)

by EMO MONTAGE July 27, 2016 Cultura
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In this moody, black and white 2 minute study : Mariachi, video creator Kimo Easterwood hangs out at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, on Los Angeles’ Eastside.

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#TBT 1999 Video Classic: Delinquent Habits ‘Tres Delinquentes’

by Soy Capitan July 14, 2016 Cultura
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East Los homies Delinquent Habits made people pay attention with Tres Delinquentes, the music video for a song on their self-titled first studio album. This music video has it all! English, Spanish, Spanglish, hiphop, rap, mariachi, moshing, hynas, scratching, lowriding, little people, Blaxicans, and, of course, burros.

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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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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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Savage Wild West Adventures of the Border Patrol (1951 toons)

by Memo Nericcio June 29, 2016 Cartoons
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“Heroic” Border Patrol Agents of Lore: Or “That’s Not the Migra I Know!” More Tales of Greedy “Mexicans,” “Savage” Native Americans, and “Heroic” Uber Gringos! Pappy’s Golden Age of Comics Blog is at it again — posting delectable artifacts from American comic book history that are also revelatory chronicles unraveling the collusion of race, ethnicity, […]

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Philosophy for kids: English y Espanol in El Paso and Juarez (video)

by José Canusí June 24, 2016 Cultura
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Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands is an educational program in El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, designed to lead children in philosophical discussions related to the ethics and philosophy of the borderlands region. The El Paso Herald Post has the story:

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Mexican farmer built pyramid because space aliens from Orion (videos)

by ESKY PILOT June 3, 2016 El Now
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Raymundo Corona built a stone pyramid on his farm near the Mexico-U.S. border on orders from a tall alien from the Constellation Orion named Herulayka, who had honey-colored eyes and white hair, like many Orionians, except for those other Orionians with honey-colored hair and white eyes, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Out of the night when the full moon is bright: La Llorona (video)

by THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE May 30, 2016 Cartoons
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La Llorona? It’s just a legend, mijo, a ghost story told by a traveling puppet show. Still, if you think you hear a weeping woman in the night, don’t come running. [Video by Matthew James Tebbutt.] PREVIOUSLY ON LA LLORONA:

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Got milk? Not without immigrant farmworkers! (video)

by Verdana Bold May 27, 2016 Cultura
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Check out this trailer for Farmworker: How Immigration Feeds America from freelance journalist Diana Prichard. She’s working on a film telling the story of how immigrants are critical to American agriculture. And always remember who worked hard to get you that next glass of leche or bowl of hot queso.

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Regular gente plus Los Cenzontles: ‘I’m a Mexican-American’ (videos)

by Moctezuma Cortés May 13, 2016 Cultura
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Mexican, American or both? Residents of Elkhart County, Indiana, talk to The Elkhart Truth. And this wonderful music video from Los Cenzontles expresses the same sentiments in song:

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Back from the dead and live on stage! ‘Frida Kahlo In Slow-Mo’ (video)

by Verdana Bold May 10, 2016 Cultura
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Frida Kahlo is back from the dead and live on stage in this slow-motion Portuguese fashion show video from State of the Art.

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Happy Inko! It’s National Cartoonists Day AND Cinco de Mayo

by Lalo Alcaraz May 5, 2016 Cartoons
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Happy Inko de Mayo from La Cucaracha! Yes, today is the day where we celebrate cartoonists, as it is National Cartoonists Day. Serio, the National Cartoonists Society started this event a few years ago, apparently  because they had no Latino members at the time who might have mentioned May 5 is already Cinco de Mayo, […]

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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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@SaraChicaD gets her Cinco de Mayo ¡Grito! on (videos)

by Sara Inés Calderón May 4, 2016 Cultura
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It’s time again for Cinco de Mayo, the holiday whose popularity no one really understands, except for the beer companies. But now you can celebrate by getting your Grito on with the ¡Grito! app. Get it here. What is the ¡Grito! app? It’s an app a native Texan and lover of her Mexican heritage Kathryn […]

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