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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) At a time when Washington, DC was still segregated and people of color were being lynched in the

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...

Friday, February 19th, 2016

At Oscars, the name on lips and envelopes is “Chivo”

*El Chivo Lubeski was the eye behind the lens for the Oscar winning films Gravity and Birdman, he’s nominated once again for The Revenant. VL By Jake Coyle, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — No name resonates...

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Houston-Based Book Publisher Celebrates A Milestone

*¡Felicidades Nick and Arte Público Press! By the way . . . we’re excited that NewsTaco will soon be partnering with Arte Público. Watch for an announcement soon. VL By Amy Bishop, Houston Public Media In his...

Monday, February 8th, 2016

‘Lucha Underground’ captures diverse L.A. in a wrestling ring, with tights and melodrama

*Cool read. “Latino culture is very pop culture now,” it says. It’s about time, I say. VL By Jeffrey Flaishman, The Los Angeles Times Across the Los Angeles River, in a warehouse of ghosts and corrugated steel,...

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Jose Zelaya Went From Doodling El Salvador’s Civil War To Disney Animator

*Inspiring. Read this, it’ll make your day. VL By Yara Simón, Remezcla As a child in the 80s, José Zelaya drew what he saw: El Salvador’s civil war. Even then, Zelaya knew he wanted to work for Disney....

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