Over the weekend, Calacas, downtown SanTana's clothing and culture store on the corner of Fourth and Birch streets, officially dished its ultimate chisme. In a blog post entitled, "The Evolution of Calacas," owners Rudy and Jackie Córdova started off with the story of how they started their sm ... More >>
Down and Delirious In Mexico City author Daniel Hernandez wrote in his Intersections blog about a recent onstage confrontation between banda queen Jenni Rivera and a fan who allegedly threw a beer at her. The singer had the suspected offender come face-to-face with her during the Puerto Vallarta ... More >>
And Why Do Mexicans Jump So Much?
Daniel Hernandez, formerly of the Los Angeles Times and our sister paper LA Weekly, is what's called a reporter's reporter--one that his contemporaries, colleagues and rivals read religiously. And there were more than a few scribes last night at Calacas in SanTana to hear Hernandez read from his ... More >>
Originally published Feb. 3; updated for the obvious plugging reason . . .Those of us in Southern California fondly remember Daniel Hernandez, the San Diego native who jolted local journalism in Southern California for a couple of years--first, as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, then for ou ... More >>
Culture, Clothing, Curios and soon...Coffee!Rudy and Jackie Cordova were busy setting up paintings by local artists for a Valentine's Amor Eterno exhibit when I visited Calacas early Saturday morning in Santa Ana. The married couple behind the 'culture, clothing, and curios' store on Fourth and B ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do gabachos blame society for pregnant gabacho teens, but culture for Mexi ones?
Dash Snow and daughter, Secret.Former LA Weekly staffer Daniel Hernandez tells of artist Dash Snow's elusive, invigorating essence in a moving tribute today on the LA Weekly blog. Dash, a generous, relentlessly defiant graf artist and photographer born into the arms of art world nobility, who lived ... More >>
Last week, the John half of KFI-AM 640's JohnKen Show railed about how Latinos (specifically Mexicans) would never vote for a black man like Barack Obama because of their inherent racism. He berated the MSM for not emphasizing this supposed truism, assuring listeners that Mexicans despise blacks an ... More >>
Should UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake step down? Drake's decision to drop scholar Erwin Chemerinsky for being too liberal to run UC Irvine's new law school has some faculty members calling for his resignation, reports the Times. More folks sue the sheriff: Last week, a Muslim lady sued Sheriff Car ... More >>
Months ago, while I was in New York for business, I asked my editor at Scribner if the rumor was true: Was the best damn publishing house on Earth really talking with Daniel Hernandez about bringing him into our familia? My jefe said sí, and I rejoiced. Hernandez, for those of you who aren't famil ... More >>
My life as 'The Mexican'
Yesterday, with little or no warning, LAPD officers attacked unarmed Fox News personnel as well as men, women, children and the elderly gathered peacefully in Los Angeles--during the May 1 immigration rallies. Women? Children? Elderly? And Fox News personnel? We can guess that those cops rarely ... More >>
There are few things lamer than Chicano yaktivists whining about negative coverage that shed light on sordid truths. It happened earlier this year when the Los Angeles Times published an epic four-part series on the once-proud United Farm Workers, an organization that went from the moral center of t ... More >>