America pauses Monday for Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) America will pause Monday to remember the life and message of Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr., whose Tengo a Dream y Dance! speech changed the nation forever.

Post offices and other public facilities not already closed by the shutdown will be shuttered, banks and stock exchanges are taking the day off and salsa picante and sweet potato pie – his favorite snack combo – will go on sale all across America. Monday’s holiday honors RMLK’s 41st birthday.

Mas…America pauses Monday for Dr. Ricky Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019

Rick Trevino y Flaco Jimenez: Love, but ‘I Am A Mexican’ (video)


It’s a sad, sad country music tale of a “mixed love affair” gone bad. He needs America, America needs him, Rick Trevino sings, but I Am A Mexican. There’s also La Migra to keep things interesting.

Tex-Mex legend Flaco Jimenez backs Trevino up on accordion, and as chance would have it sings a song on the very same subject:

Mas…Rick Trevino y Flaco Jimenez: Love, but ‘I Am A Mexican’ (video)

And the winner is … METALACHI and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (music video)


Our favorite heavy metal mariachi band — Metalachi — serves up a spectacular video for their version of Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring special guest star Felipe Esparza. Their third album — inexplicably called Tres — is available now.

PREVIOUSY ON METALACHI:

Mas…And the winner is … METALACHI and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (music video)

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


Fifty-three years go – 1965 – big hair and girl groups were what all the cool kids dug 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…53 Years Ago in East Los: ‘Happy New Year Baby’ from The Sisters

Where is The Chavez Ravine? Lost in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ (video)


East Los rockers The Chavez Ravine‘s new music video takes us to the mysterious zone known as the Bermuda Triangle, where being buried in a shallow grave doesn’t mean your love affair is over.

[Video by MANDO+KEVIN. The Chavez Ravine is Manny Nieto (vocals/guitar), Mando Lopez (bass), and Phil Guerrero (drums).]

It took us a while to figure out exactly what was in these tacos (video)


POYO? That’s not how you spell POLLO! What is that brown stuff? Are these corn or flour tortillas?

WHAT EXACTLY IS GOING ON IN THIS VIDEO?

Mas…It took us a while to figure out exactly what was in these tacos (video)

Top Chef’s Katsuji Tanabe makes guacamole at his Chicago place BARRIO (video)

Chicana punk icon Alice Bag: ‘I Believe Her, Do You?’ (new music, lyrics)


East Los pocha Alice Bag aka Alicia “Alice” Armendariz (formerly of the The Bags) just released this track in support of Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Ph.D.’s testimony about rapey Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

MIRA LOS LYRICS:

Mas…Chicana punk icon Alice Bag: ‘I Believe Her, Do You?’ (new music, lyrics)

In San Pablito, Puebla, they still make paper the old-fashioned way – from bark (video)


In San Pablito, a small village in Puebla, in southeast Mexico, the centuries-old tradition of amate paper — paper made from bark — is an important part of the local economy. It also used to part of the resistance to Spanish colonial rule.

Culture Trip explains:

Mas…In San Pablito, Puebla, they still make paper the old-fashioned way – from bark (video)