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Monday, June 27th, 2016

David Bowie in Aztlán

*Fantastic! The a story of a Bowie-inspired rock opera, created by Chicano students in Crystal City, Texas. Well worth the 6 minute investment. VL By Gregg Barrios, The Texas Observer (6 minute read) The sudden and unexpected death of David Bowie this year touched me personally. He had been more than an influence, more than an

Monday, June 6th, 2016

BuzzFeed Backs Out of ‘Significant’ Ad Deal With RNC Over Trump’s Rhetoric

*I wonder how much money they left on the table? VL By Christopher Heine, Adweek (2.5 minute read)  What’s worse for our nation’s health? Donald Trump or cigarettes? They’re about equal, per an email from BuzzFeed CEO...

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Houston news anchor called ‘un-American’ for saying ‘buenos dias’ during newscast

*Mayra Moreno’s Facebook post about the incident has received more than 20,000 likes since Sunday. VL By Fox News Latino (1.5 minute read) A Houston news anchor came under fire by her viewers for saying “Buenos Dias” on-air...

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Why Hollywood Can’t Put Real-Life Mexicans on TV

*There’s a very good point in the second layer of this story, about how the use of the word “pocho” revealed a telling lack in decision-making Hollywood. The fact that there was no one in the network...

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Washington Perspective: I Love Lucy should be required for all candidates

*Bill Valdez thinks all presidential candidates (read here Donald Trump) should be required to watch I Love Lucy reruns, where Latinos aren’t depicted wearing sombreros, sleeping under a cactus. VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco (4 minute read)...

Friday, May 20th, 2016

George Lopez, Edward James Olmos And Jackie Cruz On The First Latino They Saw On TV

*This is kinda’ cool, like a game. Who was the first Latino I saw on TV? It was Desi Arnaz, on I Love Lucy. On a U.S.-made film it was Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez. I liked Pedro better because...

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Political Shows Lack Latino Voices

*Here’s what works: I wrote a weekly opinion column for the San Antonio Light and later for the San Antonio Express News for a total of 20 years. I got the opportunity because another columnist, Carlos Guerra,...

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

It’s 2016 and Latino Representation on TV Is Finally Starting to Reflect Reality

*Well that’s a step in a good direction. VL By  Ellie Kaufman, Mic Latinos make up 17% of the U.S. population. They account for 32% of frequent moviegoers. But as Flavorwire put it bluntly last year, Hollywood...

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Rosario Dawson Pens Forceful Open Letter To Dolores Huerta (is that news?)

*I post this story about the Rosario Dawson letter to Dolores Huerta, and not the letter itself, for a specific reason. I’m not interested in what Dawson has to say. Neither am I interested at this point in...

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Gael Garcia Bernal, Gregory Nava among new diversity Academy appointees

*There are 51 members of of the AMPAS board of directors, three new members are from minority communities. Three out of 54. It’s a start, but Latinos purchase 25% of movie tickets, so is it enough? VL By...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Norteño Music Among Efforts To Get Latinos To The Polls

*I loved this story, because I could hear the music while I read it. It’s about how Los Tigres del Norte have been promoting voter participation at their recent concerts. I’ve always equated Los Tigres with people dancing,...

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Esai Morales And Jesse Borrego On ‘Mi Familia’ And Hollywood’s “War Of Images” Against Latinos

*Jesse Borrego, Elpidia Carrillo and Esai Morales on the business of Hollywood, the importance of seeing movies on opening weekend, and Latinos boycotting the Oscars. The responsibility, they say, isn’t on Hollywood, it’s on Latinos to create...

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Hollywood is missing a big opportunity with Latinos

*There’s an incongruity when Latinos are 1/4 of the nation’s moviegoers and big industry executives say that Latinos are driving retail sales but Latinos are almost invisible in the entertainment industry. It’s called show business for a...

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

“Give Us One of Those Latin Bombshell Dances” : Lupe Velez Comic-Generated!

*We’re big fans of Memo Nericcio’s take on Mexican-American stereotypes in mass media. He keeps us current and sharp. VL Another Great Chapter in the History of Mexicans in American Mass Culture From the textmex obsessed imagination...

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