So many people in the U.S., including Latinos, are uninformed about Puerto Rico. I’m not an immigrant, and by the way, neither is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor even though several elected officials called her that during her nomination hearings. Countless times I have been asked by people who should know better what kind of money is used on the island (yeah, the U.S. dollar), do they need a passport to travel there (um, no), and how is that I speak English so well.
East Los Angeles is home to Hispanics and Chicanos alike, so CALÓ News met new people on the street, and asked East LA locals what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them, and what they love about their culture.
September is for salsa (both music and food), Spanish, sabor (taste), salud (health), and símbolo (symbol).
Well, September 15 (specifically the second half of the month) kicks off Latino Heritage Month. It runs from September 15 to October 15. The logic for starting in the middle of this month is that certain countries (like Mexico, Chile, and other Latin American nations) celebrate their independence in mid-September through mid-October.
As we begin to prepare our Latino heritage celebrations, it’s worth noting that 2023 is uniquely different. Why? Because our culture has had a remarkable year thus far.
Felix Muñoz was still a teenager when Fernando Valenzuela parted the sea of fans lined up to shake his hand on Olvera Street in the 80s as the world champion beelined it towards the taquitos. He is one of the many merchants on Olvera Street, who for decades, have continued to preserve the essence of Olvera Street.
I went to Mexico to look for relatives of my great grandfather, who left there in 1890. My grandfather was a cowboy who rode cattle from Texas to the Midwest. I told a woman, who could have been a cousin, how my mom was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas and grew up in a migrant worker family. They picked cotton in Texas and beets in the Midwest and then wound up on a tomato farm outside Chicago. My mom’s sisters convinced the family to move to the city where they could make more money working in factories. My mom was the youngest, so she was allowed to go to high school if she got an after-school job. She found a job in a department store. My mom and dad, also a migrant from Texas, met in the high school cafeteria. They married and had five children, all who went on to graduate from college.
On August 16th, Latino Media Collaborative (LMC), the parent company behind CALÓ NEWS, hosted its second annual Latino Media Summit in Sacramento. The summit included a variety of distinguished speakers, media experts, journalists, city officials and local representatives.
The Andrés y María Cárdenas Family Foundation (AMCFF) will host its fifth annual fundraising event, LA Tequila Festival, on Sept. 9 at the Los Angeles Center Studios, where attendees will be able to taste and enjoy more than 75 tequila brands. But more than enjoying libations, the annual tequila event is organized to continue its efforts in supporting Latino and first-generation students to pursue their dreams.
The Chicano Moratorium movement of Aug. 29, 1970, was built up from years of frustration among community members who united against educational and social inequalities, with emphasis on the disproportionate percentage of Chicanos killed daily in the war. Today, Chicanos and Latinos continue to celebrate and remember the moratorium.
Blue Beetle” opened at the top spot of the United States box office, with the film making $25 million in its debut weekend, beating Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” movie. Latino culture and values were strongly represented and characterized on the big screen with DC’s new movie, “Blue Beetle.”
CALÓ NEWS would like to honor all Latinas all around the world on this special day. It is also our goal to help them gain recognition and representation in sectors such as business, entrepreneurship, media, the arts and many others. Happy National Latina Day today and every day.
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Antonia Sevilla and the Mexican folkloric ballet Grupo La Rosa performed for over 400 people in Santa Monica, California, this past June 17, to celebrate their 25 years career in music and dance.
Although Sevilla founded and named Grupo La Rosa in 1997 after the passing of her mother, Rosa Sevilla, she has been practicing Mexican folkloric ballet in Los Angeles for over 50 years.