Over a decade ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for what was called Pacific News Service but is now New American Media bemoaning how pathetic the Latin Grammys were due to their lack of Mexican music. "The definers of Latin culture," I wrote then, "have decided that the most popular Latin music genre in t ... More >>
Don't believe the hipsters: the true throbbing center of SanTana life is the corner of Bristol Street and McFadden Avenue. This is where wabs flock to whenever the Mexican soccer team wins a big game (which, nowadays, ain't often). This is where a massive shopping plaza hosts a Northgate González m ... More >>
ORIGINAL POST, 11:36 A.M.: Tragic news is emerging from Mexico this morning as authorities have confirmed that an airplane carrying Mexican regional music superstar and Long Beach native Jenni Rivera and her family is missing.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Houston to do a book signing for my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Afterward, I went with friends and fans to enjoy some awesome Tex-Mex at El Real Tex-Mex, and among those who attended were two colleagues/pals from our sister paper, the Houston P ... More >>
Yesterday, a humongous statue of Mexican ranchera legend Antonio Aguilar was unveiled near Olvera Street thanks to the efforts of Los Angeles councilmember Jose Huizar, who's probably related to me somehow like Jessica Alba because he comes from the rancho in Zacatecas right between the ranchos of m ... More >>
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
Reporter Conor Friedersdorf got quite a bit of media play last month for his roundup of the best journalism stories he heard, watched or read in 2009. Really interesting list, but what none of write-ups mentioned is that Friedersdorf is an OC native, raised in Newport Beach (if I remember correct ... More >>
'Thoughtful, argumentative, loyal and kind'
Seven ultra-violent Mexican songs to put you in a bueno spirit
"I bet you someone's going to be playing that music," my girlfriend said with resignation as we saw the KTLA-TV Channel 5 News at 10. The music: "Dos Locos," the klezmer mestizaje masterpiece by pasito durangüense icons Los Horóscopos de Durango. The occasion: a man escaped from the Ora ... More >>
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