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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHI am a mixed-race person. My father’s indigenous ancestors are from multiple tribes of present-day Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Northern Mexico, and throughout the Americas. They’ve been on this land for over ten thousand years. My other ancestors through him hail from Mexico, West Africa, and Spain.

I was raised to believe I am White. My mom is White, of Scottish, Swedish, and French descent, and the man who raised me is a tall blonde man of Dutch-Polish descent. That’s where I get my last name – Vande Panne. It is Dutch in origin, most likely from the village of De Panne on the present-day Belgian coast. [Mas…]

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The ¡Ask A Mexican! Why do Mexicans OVER-PRONOUNCE Spanish? video prompted California Report’s Queena Kim to call POCHO Associate Naranjero Gustavo Arellano for more info.

No, it’s not really pronounced “Kimm,” she explains. It should be pronounced more like “Keeeem.”

C’est la vie.


In an Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Heritage Month special video episode, POCHO amigo Gustavo ¡Ask A Mexican! Arellano answers the perennial question: Hispanics? Latinos? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?


LatinoUSA writes:

In Latin America, it’s a name like any other. But here in the U.S., Jesús is a name that could still raise an eyebrow. So Latino USA producer Michael Simon Johnson spoke with a handful of Jesúses to find out what it’s like to grow up with the holiest name in the book.

PREVIOUSLY ON JESÚS: [Mas…]


Kids today need to learn to respect others, and Mr. T explains why.

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Lamar High junior drops ‘slave name,’ renames self ‘Jennifer Lopez’

by María Purísima June 11, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOUSTON) A local teen has decided to discard her slave name “María de la Paz Rodriguez Ramírez” and rename herself “Jennifer Lopez” after her Latina idol. “I’m tired of being kept down by the man. My slave name ‘María de la Paz’ is clearly a name with Spanish roots and my family […]

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Charlie Sheen debuts ‘Carlos Estevez’ line of Hispanic Charlie Sheen

by Lalo Alcaraz May 24, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) Charlie Sheen today announced the launch of Carlos Estevez, a new line of Charlie Sheen created to appeal to Hispanic preferences and to specifically meet their needs based on the unique way Hispanics approach entertainment. Charlie Sheen’s new product targets the burgeoning Hispanic market, now valued at a trillion dollars a […]

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AP’s Pocho Ocho dropped names beside ‘illegal immigrant’

by Especial Correspondents April 2, 2013 Cultura
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Associated Press (AP), the cooperative news service used by print, broadcast and online media, today dropped the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook: ‘Illegal immigrant’ no more Posted on 04/02/2013 by Paul Colford The AP Stylebook today is making some changes in how we describe people living in a country illegally. Senior Vice President and […]

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Molotov: ‘Don’t call me beaner you pinche gringo’ (NSFW video)

by PENN D. HO March 22, 2013 Cultura
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Mexican rockers Molotov have a NSFW message for Frijoleros/Beaners and/or Pinche Gringos: ♫Don’t call me gringo, you fuckin’ beaner♪ ♫Stay on your side of that goddamn river♪ ♪Don’t call me gringo, you beaner♫ ♫No me digas beaner, Mr. Puñetero♪

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Gringos offended by the term ‘gringo’ are actually pendejos

by Lalo Alcaraz March 20, 2013 El Now
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Megyn Kelly, a news model on FoxNews discussing a proposed ban on Ethnic Studies in Texas, actually said on TV that “gringo” is JUST as offensive as the N-word. That anybody over at Fox News called what they do “News” is more offensive than the “G” word. Last I remember, the N-word is a hateful […]

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Meet my elementary school hero: ‘Facundo the Great’ (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 26, 2012 Cartoons
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Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez narrates: My name was Ramón, but the teachers called me Raymond; Maria was Mary and Juanita was Jane. But everything changed at school when the new kid came — Facundo. More Chunky Sanchez: Ballad of the Pocho by Los Alacranes (music video)

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Inspired by Snoop Lion? Mexico wants to change its name, too

by Lalo Alcaraz November 23, 2012 El Now
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I was once reading a delightful conversation online between inbred racist trolls on their favorite punching bag, Mexico; they joked about making Mexico the “51st state.” One idiot brilliantly observed that this genius plan might not work because “I think they have states, too.” Wow. Yes, Mexico has 31 states, and one Federal District,  presumably […]

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Meet Gustavo Almadovar, live from the O.C. (video)

by LOKI MI November 14, 2012 Cultura
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He’s young, he’s guapo and he’s on TV, mujeres!

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Mea maxima culpa: The Pocho Ocho top Chicano sins

by María Purísima July 24, 2012 Cultura
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It’s rough being a Chicano, one little misstep and you can crap all over the sanctity of your Chicanismo. Here’s a list of the top eight Chicano sins you want to avoid, just in case you have trouble keeping track. 8. Changing your name to an Aztec name: If you’re Rosa, don’t pretend like you’re […]

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GOP to José Hernández: Where’s your space certificate? *Updated

by SOY CAPITAN March 29, 2012 El Now
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CLICK HERE FOR  MORE POCHONAUT COVERAGE *(SACRAMENTO) A judge ruled Thursday afternoon that Democratic candidate José Hernández can indeed call himself an “astronaut” on the official ballots for U.S. Congress, according to a late report from the California state capital. (SACRAMENTO March 26) He’s a NASA veteran who has been to the International Space Station […]

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Ground Control to Major Juan (song for a Latino astronaut)

by Victor Payan March 27, 2012 Cultura
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Astronaut José Hernández is not getting much love from the GOP. Party lawyers insist the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress needs to show his space papers before he can call himself an “astronaut.” MR. POCHO doesn’t play that. He commissioned this song and music video to honor Astronaut José Hernández, an American hero. The complete […]

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