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Livie was lost. She thought she was “Hispanic,” a meaningless category created by the U.S. government for the census, but after she tested her DNA with Ancestry, she found out she was — wait for it — all mixed up. Mestizo, so to speak.

Well, I got bad news for you, Livie. Olivia, possibly? You look Mexican to me. In fact, you kinda look like my Tia Chayo from Tijuana. [Mas…]


The internet is so much about what to look at.

For me, that’s weird. You see the bulk of the first part of my life was bound up with reading—which is all about looking at things, reading words, but has little to do with seeing, with reading pictures.

It is true that as a kid, I was all about reading while seeing, with Richie Rich, Mad Magazine, Vampirella, Batman, Eerie, and Plop! infecting the technicolor corridors of my imagination.

But after that came college and graduate school with a major in literature—so novels took over (that and critical theory), so words came to dominate the scene of my life. [Mas…]


Pocha Tatiana Maya ❤️ Being Mexican-American.

salsainabowlI’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 daddy are divorce because his daddy like to stick his weene ebrywhere.

M’ijo usually checks my espelling but oh gwell. Since I have a little gwhile, I give you the recipe for Aphrodisiac Salsa. [Mas…]

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POCHO is glad to welcome RentALatino to the echelons of our Premium Sponsors.

To learn how you might qualify for RentALatino‘s latest discounts and see the full message from our sponsor, read on! [Mas…]

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).

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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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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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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How gringas, gringos, gabachas y gabachos can pass as [email protected]

by Yuppie Chicana August 25, 2015 Cultura
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If there’s one thing I’m pretty experienced at, it’s navigating between Gringolandia and Mi Raza. “Osea,” being pocho. As the racial landscape of our country darkens, for the better, and Latinos become the majority, proving your pocho-ness will become a valuable skill for all gringos, whether Trump likes it or not. Follow these three simple […]

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Born in the USA: The secret downside of espeaking Spanglish

by Estefania Zavala August 3, 2015 Cultura
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“Wow, it’s so cool you can speak Spanish,” people tell me after they hear me on the phone with my mom. I say thanks and try to shrug it off, but I worry that letting them think that gives a mistaken impression. I mean, yes. I can speak Spanish. My parents taught me Spanish when […]

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Hey Vato! Let me show you ‘how to talk to a hyna’ (video)

by Comic Saenz May 21, 2015 Cultura
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Sure that fine chica gave you her number, but what are you going to do to seal the deal? Hey Vato’s Chuy gives Smiley a lesson in how to talk to the hynas.

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Pocha Yari Rodriguez wants to live (and die?) on Mars (video)

by Comic Saenz March 9, 2015 Cultura
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California-born Yari Rodriguez wants to be a crew member on that one-way trip to Mars – but she’s scared. For Smith College engineering grad Rodriguez, the most terrifying thing about a one-way trip to Mars isn’t a rocket malfunction, lack of oxygen, or the probability of death on Mars, she told Fox News Latino. It’s […]

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Tia Lencha’s Cocina: My Hot Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Salsa

by TIA LENCHA February 12, 2015 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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(Jo) Raquel (Tejeda) Welch: ‘One Million Years B.C.’ (1966 video)

by Andalé Mono January 21, 2015 Cultura
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This sci-fi fantasy B-movie trailer is so old-school it’s prehistoric! Pocha pin-up (Jo) Raquel (Tejeda) Welch co-stars in One Million Years B.C.

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TSA at LAX stops POCHO editor for ‘red powder’ in purse (photos)

by Comic Saenz June 16, 2014 El Now
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Transportation Security Adminstration officers at Los Angeles International Airport stopped and questioned POCHO Music Editor La Chata Monday afternoon, allegedly because of a suspicious substance in her handbag (photo.) Her Facebook status explains:

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Pocha Playmate of the Year speaks Spanish AND American (video)

by CHUCK FULLOVNATZ May 14, 2013 El Now
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Playboy’s first Pocha Playmate of the Year, Raquel Pomplun, is bilingual. Hugh Hefner notes (after the one-minute mark) that the Chula Vista, CA native speaks both Spanish and “American.” (Totally nonironic video via Brussels, Belgium’s Jewish News One Network. Who knew?)

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Pocha Podcast: WTF is up with these catcalls? (NSFW audio)

by Soy Capitan April 8, 2013 Audio
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POCHO’s Subcommandanta del Ñews Sara Inés Calderón in Los Angeles and New Jack City Burro Jefe Elise Roedenbeck got together in audioland to see if they could figure out WTF is up with guys and their weird catcalls and come-ons. Is it different in New York vs. L.A.? Are Spanish catcalls different from English? What’s […]

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Tia Lencha’s Cocina: Delicious aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day salsa

by TIA LENCHA February 13, 2013 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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Pochas y pochos, beware! Aqua Net hairspray may cause mutations

by JUNIOR WENCES Ph.D. June 26, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from NEW NEW YORK CITY) Attention, pochas y pochos! Interstellar starship captain and Mutants’ Rights advocate Turanga Leela is warning of serious side-effects from a popularly-priced hair care product you may be using at this very moment. Leela thinks her late mother Munda’s use of Aqua Net hairspray is the reason she’s a loveless […]

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Free download/stream from TX rockers Girl In A Coma ‘One Eyed Fool’

by QUESO QUESEM June 12, 2012 Audio
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Girl In A Coma, the all-chica metal power trio from Texas, just released this surprisingly pop track One Eyed Fool. Girl in A Coma is sisters Nina (vocals/guitar) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass). Check it out! And if that’s not enough, we ran a cool video from the band in […]

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Pocho Ocho ironic nicknames that aren’t as insulting as they seem

by María Purísima May 3, 2012 Cultura
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8. Gordo/a – This word (it means “overweight”) seems like an insult, but  it’s just another way to say, “Hey you!”  You don’t have to be fat to get this nickname. 7. Flaco/a –  And you don’t actually have to be skinny to get this nickname. Of course, you could be relatively skinny compared to […]

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Dear Abuelita: Does my extensive toy frog collection scare off men?

by Dear Abuelita April 18, 2012 Cultura
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Dear Abuelita, For the last 20 years of my 30, I’ve been collecting toy frogs. My apartment is so full of frogs there is barely a place to sit down. I’ve never had a long-term boyfriend because I can never invite them over for fear they will freak out. How can I find a man […]

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