America pauses for Ricky Martin Luther King Jr. Day

America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Ricky Martin Luther King Jr., whose “Tengo a Dream y Dance!” speech changed the nation forever.

Post offices and other public facilities will be closed, banks and stock exchanges will take the day off, and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – will be on sale all across America.

Today would have been RMLK’s 41st birthday.

Despite his tragic death in 2007 (he was shot and killed by the president of his fan club), King’s promotion of “love, equality, justice, innocence, malice, refuge, oppression, freedom” has continued to resonate among confused Latinos and Anglos alike.

Mas…America pauses for Ricky Martin Luther King Jr. Day

58 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters


Fifty-eight years go – 1965 – big hair and girl groups were all the rage with the cool kids in East Los Angeles.

Sisters Rosella, Ersi, and Mary Arvizu believed they could be the next Supremes — even before there were Supremes. They called themselves The Sisters.

Mark Guerrero, son of Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero, tells the story:

Mas…58 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters

It’s A Mexican Hat Dance, But It’s Metal: Del Castillo Shreds ‘El Sombrero’

According to Tejas rock veteranos Del Castillo, all a guy needs, really, is his boots, his guitar, and his sombrero. And if his lady leaves, well, he’s still got his boots, his guitar, and his hat.

Brothers Mark and Rick Del Castillo are hard rockin’ up front, and those are our amigas Mariachi Las Coronelas you see in the background.

Check out the band at Annafest (Anna, TX) this Saturday, October 7.

In East Los, They Call It Puppet L.O.V.E.



They’re folks we all know, in a barrio near you. Will El Triste and La Smiley (puppeteer Cain Carias, and his wife, artist Mayra Plascencia) ever find the true meaning of L.O.V.E.?

The answer comes into focus in this silent short from our amigos at Lone Stars Entertainment Jeremiah Ocañas and Gabriela López de Dennis.

POCHO is finally out of Facebook jail and back online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(EAST LOS, AZTLAN, 31 de agosto 2023)

POCHO.COM’S FACEBOOK PAGE FINALLY RESTORED TO RIGHTFUL OWNERS


The POCHO.COM Facebook page is now back in the hands of POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and POCHO Jefe-de-Content Dennis Wilen (aka Comic Saenz).

The page was hacked, disabled, and then stolen in a series of exploits that started in 2020.

Mas…POCHO is finally out of Facebook jail and back online

Happy May Day 2023 from the Workers of the World (video, lyrics)

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Enjoy the Internacional, the world-wide (Get it? It’s international!) anthem of those commie cabrones in Russia and Cuba and Venezuela and China and North Korea (and lurking in secretive LGBT drag queen story hour grooming cells here in the Homeland but the lamestream media won’t tell you that).

Today, May 1, is May Day AKA International Workers’ Day, when the comrades sing this stirring appeal, with its hummable melody and a vague vision of making the future great again that’s hard to disagree with, except maybe the LUCHA FINAL aspect.

Mas…Happy May Day 2023 from the Workers of the World (video, lyrics)

57 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters


Fifty-seven years go – 1965 – big hair and girl groups were all the rage with the cool kids in East Los Angeles.

Sisters Rosella, Ersi, and Mary Arvizu believed they could be the next Supremes — even before there were Supremes. They called themselves The Sisters.

Mark Guerrero, son of Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero, tells the story:

Mas…57 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters

Always Look for the Union Label: Music vids for Labor Day Weekend 2022

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It’s Labor Day Weekend!
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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Sing along with the music that celebrates the ordinary working people who keep this country — and the world — in business: 9 to 5 from Dolly Parton, Look for the Union Label, Workin’ in a Coal Mine, This Land Is Your Land, and Solidarity Forever.

Mas…Always Look for the Union Label: Music vids for Labor Day Weekend 2022

Chief Petty Officer Manuel Ray Perez (1920-2003) was a D-Day hero


Twenty-something New Mexico native Manuel Ray Perez had already been honorably discharged by the U.S. Army, but after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that started World War II, he knew he had to get back in the fight.

That determination, and a toss of the coin, put him on Omaha Beach, Normandy, Nazi-occupied France, on D-Day, 78 years ago today.

OFFICIAL DEFENSE DEPARTMENT BIOGRAPHY:

He was a yeoman on “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach with the 6th Beach Battalion — bullets screaming past him and hitting buddies and strangers all around during the Invasion of Normandy. And he was there because all he won a coin toss.

Mas…Chief Petty Officer Manuel Ray Perez (1920-2003) was a D-Day hero