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warcincoThis 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back.

L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, the only original member in the new so-called WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), BB Dickerson (bass, Lowrider Band), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee (RIP, percussion).

[DISCLOSURE: I was WAR’s National Director of Album Promotion for a while and ate so often at the Sunset Grill (like in the Eagles song) I could run a tab.] [Mas…]

“Where have you been, my darling young one.”
A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

U.S. anti-Mexicanism is a race premised set of historical and contemporary ascriptions, convictions and discriminatory practices inflicted on persons of Mexican descent, longstanding and pervasive in the United States.

This essay conceptualizes, historicizes, and analyzes anti-Mexicanism, past and present, concurrent with some references to sources. Here, the emphasis is conceptual, not historiographical. Anti-Mexicanism is a form of nativism practiced by colonialists and their inheritors. Mexicans, being natives, became targets of aggressive practices inclusive of the violence directed at Indigenous and African peoples. The words “Mexican” and “Mexico” speak to Indigenous heritages. The origins of the thought and meaning of “Mexican and “Mexico” speak to historical native roots. White supremacist ideologues have understood this. [Mas…]

Donald Trump: ‘I didn’t start the fire!’ (toon)

by JOHN GRAHAM January 5, 2017 Cartoons
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[John Graham — from OZ — creates cartoons and caricatures. He is on Facebook, and sells his work online.]

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At the Trump Grill, one customer gets served first (CCCP toon)

by RAMDASS CAPITAL December 5, 2016 Cartoons
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War gets served first, then libraries, the arts, education, and healthcare get leftovers, if there are any. [Vintage Communist Russia — Союз Советских Социалистических Республик — toon via Comrade Tweeter Soviet Visuals.]

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Happy 4th of July! ‘Star Spanglish Banner’ by Horchata Ice (audio)

by QUESO QUESEM July 2, 2016 Audio
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Here’s one from the vaults! Is Star Spanglish Banner a lost track from INSANE IN THE BRAIN, the unreleased 2007 album that was the subject of speculation, lawsuits and at least two shootings? Those close to HORCHATA ICE (photo) won’t say. And those ties to Biggie and Tupac? Don’t go there.  

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WAR (the OG band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2016 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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When Robots Go Wrong: The Marco Rubio Story (toon)

by DAN MCCLINTOCK February 8, 2016 Cartoons

[Dan McClintock is an artist, animator and illustrator.]

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In Iran, all eyes are on Iowa (toon)

by DAN MCCLINTOCK February 1, 2016 Cartoons
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[Dan McClintock is an artist, animator and illustrator.]

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Relax! Uncle Sam has everything under control (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA November 19, 2015 Cartoons
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This week on ‘Ask A Slave’: What about the Indians? (video)

by KIM O. SABE November 12, 2015 Cultura
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As she prepares the household for Thanksgiving, Lizzie May, one of George and Martha Washington’s slaves, takes questions from YouTube viewers. Like, for example: “Was your Great Grandma a Cherokee Princess like mine?” [Azie Mira Dungey stars as Lizzie May.]

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Veterans Day Video: ‘Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam’

by Moctezuma Cortés November 11, 2015 Cultura
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Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam is a half-hour documentary based on the book of the same name by Charley Trujillo. POCHO salutes all our veterans for their valor and sacrifice.

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Central American Refugees: Hecho en Los Estados Unidos (toon)

by ERIC J. GARCIA August 4, 2015 Cartoons
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La Cucaracha: All. My. Friends. Love the lowvader (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 3, 2015 Cartoons
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WAR (the original band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 2, 2015 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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For the Vets: Anti-war poetry from WWI: ‘Dulce et decorum est’

by Barney Asada November 11, 2014 Cultura
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Today we observe Veterans Day, AKA Armistice Day, which marks the end of the first World War. Dulce et Decorum est was written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen served as a lieutenant in the conflict. The poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war. They don’t use poison […]

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La Cucaracha: All we are saying is ‘Give tacos a chance’ (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz August 18, 2014 Cartoons
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