Mas…La Cucaracha: Sitting on a park bench, eyeing student loans with bad intent
We used to have a man in the White House we could be proud of; Joan Baez explains in ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’ (video)
At the memorial service in Charleston, S.C. for the victims of a white wing racist terrorist, Barack Obama, the last real President of the United States, joined the congregation of mourners. What he did on that day became a song by Zoe Mulford, performed here by Xicana OG activist Joan Baez and animated in pastel watercolors by Jeff Scher. [EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s OK to cry.]
Video via The Atlantic.
Mexican immigrant parents: From my shame to my pride
When I first applied to UCLA, I wrote in my personal essay that I didn’t have any positive role models in my violent neighborhood.
Having grown up in East Los Angeles’ Ramona Gardens housing project, I wrote that most of the adults represented gang members, drug dealers, thieves, tecatos (heroin addicts), alcoholics, felons and high school dropouts (or push-outs). I also wrote about my disdain for housing authority officials and government workers for behaving like prison wardens and guards toward us: project residents who depended on government aid or welfare.
Moreover, I decried the police abuse that I had witnessed and experienced, like the time when a cop pointed a gun at me. My crime: being a 15-year-old making a rolling stop while learning how to drive.
What Being Hispanic Means to Me: A Short Story (video)
Live from her bedroom, California-native high school senior Allison Reyes explains the heartaches and joys of Being Hispanic. SPOILER: If she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.
Los Mocosos: ‘Brown and Proud (Soy Moreno, Soy Latino)’ [video]
We missed Brown and Proud when the San Francisco band Los Mocosos released this tune in 1998 — 15 pinche years ago! That’s why it’s on repeat today.
Thanks to Texano78704 for the tip:
Awkwafina: GOP! I don’t have to show you my steenking vag (NSFW vid)
Hands off my lady parts, you GOP pervs. My vag is awesome! (NSFW adult lyrics.)
And from Favianna Rodriguez, this NSFW poster…
Mas…Awkwafina: GOP! I don’t have to show you my steenking vag (NSFW vid)