Exposing the bowdlerizing of local history by politicians and the lords of OC has been this infernal rag raison d'etre since its founding, and while we've seen some whoppers over the years (discredited blogger Matt Cunningham denying that he ever outed sex-abuse victims despite the fact he did, the ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like to play in the street?
I make it a point to read any articles about Orange County written by the national and international press, mostly for the shits and giggles that happen when they're woefully uninformed. So you can imagine the gut-laugh fest I had this morning when reading a piece about SanTana by the usually excell ... More >>
Tony de los Reyes' exhibit at Grand Central Art Center brilliantly captures the never-ending U.S.-Mexico divide
The Mexican maestro was a popular painter in Orange County for decades. Now, his family is fighting to keep his legacy alive
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's the history of the Mexican flag?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why does the media only care about Mexicans when they do bad things?
A vanished neighborhood holds the secrets to Anaheim's simmering discontent
You may have missed it on the tele, but apparently Latinos are being counted on to play a huge role in determining who will be elected president in November.To that end, the liberal Center for American Progress is singling out the top 10 states with the most unregistered eligible voters as well a n ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can I help fight those pendejos?
Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, what's some good Mexican sci-fi?
When it was announced that Arte Moreno purchased your Anaheim Angels to become the first Latino owner of a professional sports franchise, I wrote this piece for your favorite rag excoriating the expectations of local Latinos that Moreno be all Mexican-loving and down with the brown because he's L ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do teachers discriminate against students with Hispanic first names?
Originally posted Oct. 20: We at the Weekly have very little love for the Orange County Register, not just because they're the major daily in town but for many petty battles waged upon us over the years. But I have nothing but love for editors Ron Gonzales and Theresa Cisneros, who man the paper' ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican] And why do Mexicans want to redistrict political boundaries in their favor?
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't more Mexis appear on television news talk shows?
After a summer hiatus, the lecture series (unfortunately titled "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series!"--not my choice) I host at the Fullerton Public Library in conjunction with Cal State Fullerton's Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (where I lecture) returns next week on Sept. 29 with a vis ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Is Spanglish something to celebrate?
The Arcadia series of history books are always hit-and-miss affairs, with amateur historians authoring books on their home regions while excluding that with which they're not familiar. It's no surprise then, that most of the Arcadia books on Orange County don't bother with subaltern histories and ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, is the chupacabra Mexican?
The Mexican earlier riffed on the 2010 U.S. Census and African Americans in Orange County. As he mentioned, the number of white people is down here, but the number of people overall is up. The number of brown people is up countywide but down in Santa Ana (which would still have enough Latinos to ... More >>
Back in 2006, the brand-new Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble took OC's play-loving world by storm with its debut production: The Mexican O.C., a play produced from hundreds of hours of interviews with titans in Orange County's Latino community whom the regular history books had long overloo ... More >>
7-Eleven: A one-stop shop for all your Chicano music needs!Record stores in OC have been in decline this past decade. Tower Records is long gone and the block of the Virgin Megastore in Orange is a fleeting memory--but it's still forever captured in the Sasha Baren Cohen movie Borat. In ... More >>
Over 60 people went to the Fullerton Public Library last night to hear Lalo Alcaraz, the great cartoonist and occasional Weekly contributor. Instead of his usual act--a lecture in which he flips through some of his favorite editorial cartoons and offers one-liners--I proposed something a bit more ... More >>
Lalo Alcaraz, the mad genius behind the La Cucaracha comic strip, the genius Obama-as-Zapata political cartoon, and too many other to mention, will grace this fair county this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fullerton Public Library. But it won't be his usual desmadre--joining him in the Hispanderin ... More >>
Headline: Latino Study: Likely to Vote Democrat, Low Voter MotivationComment by CRANKITUP: Take a close look at the picture in the headline. Is that what you want California to look like. Btw anyone who tells you that illegals are unable to vote in this election are lying through their teeth it's ... More >>
Headline: Sons Subdue Father Accused of Trying to Kill their MotherComment by MICHAEL BOLTON: PAPI ESTAN LOCO!!!!Comment by LINDAV92683: Notice the double last name (Jesus Beltran Millan), that's a sure bet that he's illegal.
Attacking pop culture from sonic margins
We told you here how California Democrats are hopeful the marijuana-legalization initiative will help the ticket in November despite the party's gubernatorial nominee coming out against it.Republicans are hopeful the anti-immigration fervor does the same for their ticket despite the party's guber ... More >>
Special back-to-school edicion
Brian Joseph, the Register's Sacramento reporter, has an online story detailing predictions that "Hispanics will become Orange County's ethnic majority seven years earlier than previously projected, according to new state figures released Monday." Joseph says Hispanics will become the majority in OC ... More >>
The great !Ask a Mexican! naming debate
While the well-moneyed, Republican-friendly overlords of Chapman University celebrate the school's new film studios, trouble is a-brewin' at my alma mater. Last Monday, the school held a faculty-led panel discussion on free speech and civility after African-American and Latino students complained ab ... More >>
Lopez rises from political graveyard to lead immigrants againbut will he harm more than heal?
Ranking the new Latino glossies
An open letter to the former GOP chairman, current college trustee, forever self-destroyer
Hip Hop Hoodios? Jew betcha!
Dispatches from the Latino Morrissey love-in
How a multibillion-dollar corporation played the victim and got its liquor license
Census officials join with OCs street vendors to count Latinos
Bob Dornan, the Times and an 18-Vote 'Scandal'