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Roots rock singer/guitar slinger and East Los homie (Downey) Dave Alvin sings a classic ode to America, folky roots, broken hearts, independence and Mexican kids shooting fireworks Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July! Alvin is backed in this version by Los Cenzontles, Tex-Mex accordion superstar Flaco Jimenez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.

Here’s the original music video, so old it’s in black and white! [Mas…]


Papas is a short video by DFW, Texas creator German Torres. He explains it much better than we can: [Mas…]


Roots rock singer/guitar slinger and East Los homie (Downey) Dave Alvin sings a classic ode to America, folky roots, broken hearts, independence and Mexican kids shooting fireworks. Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July!

Thank you, eHeritage! Now I can trace my bloodline way back! (video)

by CARLOS DARJUIN July 27, 2016 Cultura
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A DNA blood test from eHeritage.com can help you unlock your past and trace your roots. Native American blood? Related to European royalty? Puro Caucasian like from the Caucusus region? You’ll never know what you’ll find until you try!

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The Blasters’ Dave Alvin: ‘Hey, Baby, It’s the Fourth of July’ (video)

by Soy Capitan July 4, 2016 Cultura
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Roots rock singer/guitar slinger and East Los homie (Downey) Dave Alvin sings a classic ode to America, folky roots, broken hearts, independence and Mexican kids shooting fireworks. Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July!

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Pre-Hispanic ingredients like bugs make Mexican food special (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN October 16, 2014 Cultura
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Long before the European invasion, the original inhabitants of Mexico were making amazingly complex food and taking complete of advantage of every creature that flew, swam, wriggled or crawled. That’s right. We’re talking edible insects. Correspondent Aissa García reports from Mexico, DF for Conexión Global on Caracas, Venezuela network teleSUR:

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But Central America is just lovely this time of year! (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA September 25, 2014 Cartoons
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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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HipHopAlkatraz and Midget Loco: ‘Me-xicano’ (NSFW music video)

by JUAN Q. PUBLIC March 1, 2013 Cultura
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. HipHopAlkatraz and Midget Loco are proud to say Me Xicano. (NSFW language.)

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Why do I discipline my daughter – and dance – in Español?

by Yuppie Chicana September 11, 2012 Cultura
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As a small girl, I refused to speak Spanish with my mother. She was born in Sonora, MX and grew up speaking nothing but Spanish so this must have frustrated her. Now, I think, wouldn’t it have been easier to just learn the language while I was small? Thankfully, I finally realized the value of […]

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New Kiko live Los Lobos video: ‘When the Circus Comes (to Town)’

by VATO BARBIERI August 27, 2012 Cultura
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Los Lobos? We say they’re the best Los Angeles band ever. Others dismiss them as just another band from East L.A. Either way, here they are in a just-released video, lamenting lost love live at the San Diego House of Blues in When the Circus Comes from the masterful Kiko album. More Los Lobos: One […]

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Dave Alvin: ‘Hey, Baby, It’s the Fourth of July’ (video)

by Victor Payan July 4, 2012 Cultura
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Roots rock singer/guitar slinger and East Los homie (Downey) Dave Alvin sings a classic ode to America, folky roots, broken hearts, independence and Mexican kids shooting fireworks. Hey, baby, it’s the Fourth of July!

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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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La Chata’s Music Box: The Lions rock the roar reggae-style

by La Chata March 30, 2012 Cultura
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OK OK so yes I know I was bound to feature a reggae band, but what do you expect from La Chata? The Lions feature members of Hepcat,The Expanders, Orgone, Fitz & The Tantrums, Big Daddy Kane, Tone Loc, Raphael Saadiq, Poncho Sanchez and the list goes on.

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Lalo Alcaraz draws his split personality in ‘La Cucaracha’ (video)

by Lucida Grandé March 22, 2012 Cartoons
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Two years ago, POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz (San Diego State University 1987) told folks at his alma mater how college days during the Reagan era led to his split personality. The two halves of his brain are now the two main characters in his syndicated daily comic La Cucaracha. 

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