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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: [Mas…]

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dignidadlaloWhen I first applied to UCLA, I wrote in my personal essay that I didn’t have any positive role models in my violent neighborhood.

Having grown up in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, I wrote that most of the adults represented gang members, drug dealers, thieves, tecatos (heroin addicts), alcoholics, felons and high school dropouts (or push-outs). I also wrote about my disdain for housing authority officials and government workers for behaving like prison wardens and guards toward us: project residents who depended on government aid or welfare.

Moreover, I decried the police abuse that I had witnessed and experienced, like the time when a cop pointed a gun at me. My crime: being a 15-year-old making a rolling stop while learning how to drive. [Mas…]

articles-31071_recurso_jpgThe Maya, as we all know from Stand and Deliver, were bad ass – one of few ancient civilizations to create the concept of zero.

Since I am an awesome Latina nerd myself, I must share this awesome official Chilean government education ministry photograph of an actual ancient awesome Maya dude counting some stuff out in front of a chart of the awesome Maya counting system. [Mas…]


After futebol, soltar pipas, is Brasil’s most popular sport. In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying the pipa is more than a leisurely escape from on-the-ground realities — it’s a venue for battle, with the entire sky as the arena. Pipa designs and airborne “cutting” strategies have been passed through generations, from rooftop to rooftop.

Filmmakers Guilherme Tensol and Leandro HBL spent time in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela, among its young pipa warriors and elder statesmen, absorbing their secrets and documenting their stories.


In the Great Video Game of Life, a little love from (plus tortillas, cumbia y nopales) can help you escape the zombies and crush the bullies. A true story from Los Cenzontles.

PREVIOUSLY ON LOS CENZONTLES: [Mas…]

Student stunned to learn blue contacts don’t make her look white

by María Purísima June 7, 2013 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) Marisa Rodriguez just wanted to look “fresh” for the summer. What she didn’t want was the public humiliation from finding out the blue contact lenses she bought at the Mothers’ Day car show and swap meet at Traders’ Village didn’t actually make her look fresh, or more white. “It happened at […]

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Hey, honky! The origin of the world’s most heinous racial slur

by Santino J. Rivera April 17, 2013 Cultura
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Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor on SNL POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz‘s recent article about the word gringo ignited a shitstorm of debate. White people came out of the woodwork to declare how they’ve been traumatized all these years because of it. This got me thinking about racial slurs and how we use them in these […]

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La Cucaracha: Argentinians humbled by humble new Pope (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz March 28, 2013 Cartoons
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Shocking FLA sex scandal makes Romney bid ‘gayest campaign ever’

by Trey Buchet July 17, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from LA FLORIDA) Shocking allegations that Florida Lieutenant Governor and Mitt Romney supporter Jennifer Carroll had a torrid lesbian affair with a Latina staffer has political wonks declaring the 2012 Romney campaign the “Gayest Presidential Campaign Ever.*” The Carroll controversy comes on the heels of the scandalous Spanish-language Craig Romney commercial, in which […]

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Pan-Latino underground club in Queens: Welcome to Metal Kingdom

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2012 Cultura
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Hey! It’s a Cinco de Mayo Sabado Pochonte video shoutout to the heavy metal head banger pochos in New York City — no banda for you! Welcome to Metal Kingdom is a short documentary on an underground Pan-Latino heavy metal club in Queens, NY. Filmed, directed and produced by Denise R. Gaberman. (NSFW language, etc.)

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Letter to the Editor: The Ghetto Manifesto by Lady D (NSFW audio)

by Especial Correspondents April 18, 2012 Audio
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It came in exactly this way via our handy SUBMIT form. (On the go? There’s a NSFW two-minute audio podcast version we created at the bottom of this article): This is to every person who wants to get out and break free to be human and not be a fucking stereotype. I call it the […]

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The importance of ethnic studies and thanks, Sandra Cisneros

by Julio Salgado January 7, 2012 Cartoons
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I honestly don’t remember the first book I ever read. It probably wasn’t that good if I can’t remember it right? But I do remember the first time I read a Sandra Cisneros book. I was in the tenth grade and I picked up House On Mango Street because of one thing: Sandra’s last name. […]

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