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Yes, Mexican Music is Violent. Get Over It

From Movimiento Alterado's "Sanguinarios del M1"BuKnas de Culiacán singer doing what he does best--vamping!America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are...…
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Columnist Andrew Youssef Passes Away

We'll miss you, Amateur Chemist...Andrew Youssef, the writer-photographer whose valiant battle against colon cancer he documented for us in his "Last Shot" column, passed away peacefully this weekend surrounded by family and friends. He was 38. We at the Weekly are devastated, and our thoughts and prayers are with him...…
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Why the Latin Grammys Are Still a Joke

Chente, sad that the Latin Grammys suck so muchBy Gustavo Arellano 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...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A New Documentary About Lucha Libre: 'Like Bill Simmons Channeling Octavio Paz'

A New Documentary About Lucha Libre: 'Like Bill Simmons Channeling Octavio Paz'

In the long, tortured, maddening relationship between Southern California and Mexico, we have only wholeheartedly accepted three things from the Empire of the Sun: "96 Tears," the taco, and lucha libre. From the moment Mexican wrestling movies started airing on late-night movie matinees during the 1960s, through the rise of...…
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News, Features Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner: Even White Supremacists Can't Resist a Good Burrito

Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner: Even White Supremacists Can't Resist a Good Burrito

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Restaurants, Counter Intelligence Our Tacos, Ourselves: How Southern California Reinvented the Taco

Our Tacos, Ourselves: How Southern California Reinvented the Taco

Click here to order Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, by Gustavo Arellano. The corner of Mount Vernon Avenue and Sixth Street in San Bernardino isn't the prettiest intersection in this working-class city. One corner is an empty lot; another has two abandoned businesses. Graffiti sullies fences, light posts,...…
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LA Life, ¡Ask a Mexican!®

Special April Fool's Edicion

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Can a Gabacho Become President of Mexico?

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News, Make a Run for the Altar

Make a Run for the Altar

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Chinese Girls and Fat Mexican Kids

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Mexicans: The New Jews?

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Insults Across the Divide

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Transparent Behavior

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Why Do Mexicans Hate Salvadorans?

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Finish School — and Shut Up During the Mariachi

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Why Do Mexicans Drive Uninsured Cars

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Keeping Up With the Lopezes

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Garfield in a Sombrero: Mexican Bashing?

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Mexican Pride and the Reconquista

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Don't Mix Tequila With Irish Stout

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