I’m not changing my name to give White people diversity cred

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHI am a mixed-race person. My father’s indigenous ancestors are from multiple tribes of present-day Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Northern Mexico, and throughout the Americas. They’ve been on this land for over ten thousand years. My other ancestors through him hail from Mexico, West Africa, and Spain.

I was raised to believe I am White. My mom is White, of Scottish, Swedish, and French descent, and the man who raised me is a tall blonde man of Dutch-Polish descent. That’s where I get my last name – Vande Panne. It is Dutch in origin, most likely from the village of De Panne on the present-day Belgian coast.

Mas…I’m not changing my name to give White people diversity cred

STIX NIX HICKS PICKS (#WBW Way Back Wednesday POCHO.com 1999)

(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) Latino media crix nix the new prime-time fall tele sked in latest minority tubthump, claiming the nets are ignoring a whammo part of the aud by nixing topline talent of color. They also accuse not only webs, but percenteries, individual percenters, reps, prexies and veeps for the lack of color in the ranks of exex, scribblers, scripters, scribes, helmers and thesps.

Mas…STIX NIX HICKS PICKS (#WBW Way Back Wednesday POCHO.com 1999)

The Kids Я All Right Dept: Taco truck? How about a taco SHIP! (video)


POCHO’s Associate Naranjero ¡Ask A Mexican! Gustavo Arellano wrote a whole book about how tacos are American as apple pie — TACO USA — which you can buy on Amazon.

Taco Truck and Taco Ship, a short commercial for happy, fun futuristic taco technology by students Sum, Quintin, and Samuel of the Blaine County School District in Idaho, proves Gustavo’s point. Also on sale at Amazon. 😉

Hollywood producer’s Twitter feed highlights sexism in scripts

janeinthemoviesrossputmanFilm producer Ross Putman’s new Twitter feed @FemScriptIntros shares the lines from film scripts where female characters are introduced. To protect the innocent(?), Putman has changed all their names to JANE. The excerpts speak volumes about how “The Industry” thinks about women. Unlike all the women, it’s not a pretty picture.

Here is his Twitter feed in real time:

Mas…Hollywood producer’s Twitter feed highlights sexism in scripts

A funny thing happened on the way to ‘Bordertown’

BordertownBarracudaEPNHola. I’m Lalo Alcaraz. You might know me.

I have been a Chicano political cartoonist forever. I know, I know, it’s God’s work, you’re welcome. Now, all of a sudden I’m a primetime TV writer and producer. Huh? Yes, the last two years in my life have been a super WTF. With ten percent LOL. #facepalm

Like it or not, I am now part of a historic pop culture moment: the first season of the first animated primetime TV show featuring a large cast of Mexican and Mexican-American characters: Bordertown.

Mas…A funny thing happened on the way to ‘Bordertown’