An Afro-Mexican dressmaker embroiders a tablecloth in her home in San Nicolas in the coast of Guerrero state, July 6, 2005. Afro- Mexicans are considered one of the three ethnic roots that comprise Mexico. Photo by Heriberto Rodriguez
I have thought about this whole thing about young people like me that are considered “pochos” or “pochas”. I suppose it has a different meaning to everyone but it generally refers to someone who comes from mexican descent but is born in the U.S. I am considered a pocha because my parents are…
Cancun-based journalist and human rights activist, Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.
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Selena | Fotos y Recuerdos
Doesn’t this song just make you want to dance around like Lizzie McGuire in The Lizzie McGuire Movie?
The one where the person was basically like “I don’t like Mexican people because one time I took a Mexican kid’s seat, and when I refused to move, he and his Mexican friends made fun of me, so I started calling them racist slurs and stormed out of the room like a spoiled, pampered brat”
Selena’s ‘Amor Prohibido’ returns to radio tomorrow
The heartwarming duet, with Mexican singer Samo, embodies the musical evolution of the original classic
The song is the first single from a new album, Enamorada de Ti, in stores on April 3rd
Miami, FL (February 8, 2012) – In celebration of Selena’s legacy, Capitol Latin announces the release of Enamorada de Ti, an extraordinary new album from the superstar featuring collaborations with some of today’s hottest artists and showing how Selena would sound today.
With contemporary arrangements and new sounds, Enamorada de Ti comes to light with the first single ‘Amor Prohibido’, a duet with Mexican vocalist Samo, which within its subtle chords, revives one of the biggest hits of the superstar.
Enamorada de Ti also includes unique collaboratins with Cristian Castro, Don Omar, Selena Gómez and Juan Magán, introducing Selena’s classics to a brand new generation of fans.
Today, Selena Quintanilla continues immortalized through her music, which continues to top the charts all over the globe. Her accomplishments are still admired by both fans and renowned musicians worldwide. Among the most outstanding achievements include, being named ‘Top Latin Artist of the 90s’ and “Best selling Latin Artist of the Decade” by Billboard for having 14 songs in the Top 10 Latin Songs chart, including seven number one hits. In 1995, Selena made history by becoming the first artist to simultaneously place five Spanish releases in the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
Enamorada de Ti will be available on April 3rd.
A group of well known Mexican actors, including the internationally acclaimed Diego Luna, launched an ad campaign on Monday, that is calling on people in Mexico and elsewhere to empathize with victims of the war on drugs, and to support their struggle for justice and peace.
Lila Downs is a Mexican singer-songwriter. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music.
She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in indigenous languages .
Lila Downs was born on September 19, 1968 in Tlaxiaco, Mexico, the daughter of Anita Sanchez, a Mixtec cabaret singer and Allen Downs, a British-American professor of art and cinematographer from Minnesota. From an early age Lila showed interest in music; at the age of eight she began singing rancheros and other traditional Mexican songs. She began her musical career singing with mariachis. At fourteen she moved to the United States with her parents.
She studied voice in Los Angeles and learned English, which her father helped her to perfect. When she was 16 her father died and after this event she decided to return to her native Tlaxiaco with her mother.
One day while she was working in a store in the Mixtec mountains a man came in to ask her to translate his son’s death certificate. She read that he had drowned trying to cross the border into the United States. This so deeply affected her that it continued to influence her work throughout her career. She talked about this in an NPR interview Lila Downs: ‘Border.’
Although today Downs is proud of her origins there was a time when she felt shame regarding her Native American roots. “I was embarrassed to have Indian blood. I was embarrassed that my mother spoke her language in public.” This lead her on a path to find herself, which included dropping out of college, dying her hair blonde and following the band, The Grateful Dead. After some time Downs found herself back in Oaxaca working at her mother’s auto parts store where she met her future husband and musical collaborator, Paul Cohen.
“I learned classical music,” Downs relates. “But I felt so distant from this because the training pushed me away from the direction I felt I had to go-I wasn’t being true to what I was. The reason I dropped out of school was the rigid nature of the classical tradition, not being able to express myself with freedom. Slowly I realized [performing] the music from Oaxaca was what I wanted to do.”
Lila Downs’ journey of self-discovery and overcoming her own cultural shame is something that many Latinos (and other people of color) go through in their own lives.
Video series “Improving Education in Mexico”, segment “Improving Education: Strategies for Action in Mexico”.
11 Year-Old Carries On Family’s Aztec Dance Tradition
San Francisco Mission District resident Connie Xochiquetzalli “Xochi” Peña has been an Aztec dancer all her life.
As a 2 year-old, she danced an entire parade route. Now 11, Xochi sometimes steps in for her mother and teaches dance class at the Mission Cultural Center.
She comes from a long line of Aztec dancers. Her great-grandfather on her mother’s side was also a dancer in her family’s native Toluca, Estado de Mexico.
Xochi has big plans for herself, ones that include practicing either law or medicine. If dancing parade routes as a toddler and teacher classes while still in the sixth grade is any indication, we’re sure she can do anything she sets her mind to.
via SF Gate
Photo: Rod Yip/The Chronicle
How Mexicans Celebrate Christmas by Sergio Razta