America pauses for Ricky Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON) America pauses 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 take the day off, and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – are 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 before an appearance in Dallas) 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

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


Fifty-six 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…56 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters

PNS Hot Flash: Apartment 2B loud sex stops, neighbors worry

(PNS reporting from SANTA MONICA) Neighbors in the south wing of the Casa Sanchez Apartments on South Lincoln Boulevard are concerned that the nice couple in apartment 2B has stopped having the nightly loud sex that intrigued, amused, and stimulated everyone else in the building.

“Everyone hopes they’re OK,” 2C tenant Scott Alvarado (photo, right) told PNS Monday.

“They seemed like such sweet kids and very much in love. Relationships are hard.”

Mas…PNS Hot Flash: Apartment 2B loud sex stops, neighbors worry

L.A. OGs WAR (the ORIGINAL band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

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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, the only original member in the new  WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), B.B. Dickerson (bass, RIP), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee Allen  (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…L.A. OGs WAR (the ORIGINAL band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

Happy May Day 2021 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 corona-is-a-hoax 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 2021 from the Workers of the World (video, lyrics)

¡Feliz César Chávez Day!

Cesar Chavez Day is a U.S. federal commemorative holiday, proclaimed by President Barack Obama in 2014.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a version of the “evergreen” feature we run every Cesar Chavez Day. This version lacks the listing of what’s open and what’s closed because everything is closed. Stay safe at home, pochos!


The holiday celebrates the birth and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez on March 31 every year. [Wikipedia.]

Who was Chavez?

Mas…¡Feliz César Chávez Day!

New Smithsonian video celebrates the art of POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz


The Smithsonian American Art Museum writes:

Artist Lalo Alcaraz created the striking digital portrait “I Stand with Emma” of Emma González after watching the high school senior advocate for stronger gun control in an impassioned speech days after surviving the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Mas…New Smithsonian video celebrates the art of POCHO Jefe Lalo Alcaraz