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Gustavo Arellano

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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......
Irene Montano's father-in-law taught Taco Bell's founder everything he knew about tacos.

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,......

Special April Fool's Edicion

DEAR READERS: Rather than me punk ustedes with a prank, I give you the cruelest joke of all — ex-congressman and eternal Know Nothing Tom Tancredo! In return fo...

Make a Run for the Altar

The names of the couples in this story have been changed to protect their identities. If Juan and Juana were going to stage a fake marriage to help Juan get hi...