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Ode to the Class of 2017
In the midst of so much inequality - by Gilda L. Ochoa, Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies

Betos' Aviso Catorce
Radio Del Barrio - by Roberto Tijerina

I Would Do It For You, Man
...another tale from the 'hood as a generation slowly fades into memory - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

Notes from ChicanAztlan: Stop! I Just Look Old!
If you ask me I look pretty hot for a bisabuelo. - by John Edward Rangel

Logan Blue: A Short Story About Logan Heights
"Ponganse a trabajar, bola de grifos flojos!" - by Augie Bareño

The Cheating Chicano Husband Version 2.0
Plucked to pieces by two Chicana Chicken Hawks! - by Frank Solis

Goodbye, My Friend!
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet & family member is never easy. - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

I Have Died Many Times
Parts of me had to die - by Maria Reyna

First You See Her, Then You Don't, Part 3
Her face told my face to move or the attached legs at the other end would kick me hard and far. - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

Afterlife Friendship
No subtitle - by Marcela de Allemand

What Magic Has Lived Here!
I have lived a thousand lives - by Ricardo Reyes

First You See Her Then? Part 2
They talked and talked so I walked and walked. Before I knew it, I was a fair piece down First Street and nearing Ford Boulevard - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

The Waterfall of You
When you hear this song, I hope you can feel the slow dance, as I imagine it of you and I - by Ricardo Reyes

Between the Blinds
I sneak a lingering glance of you in lost elastic memories… - by Ricardo Reyes

First You See Her, Then?
To me, a beautiful woman with a book is something I could only envision in my wildest imaginings - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

The Cheating Chicano Husband
La Suegra and my dog named Vato - by Frank Solis

The Woman Across the Street
Celebrating Doña Tomacita's100th Birthday - by Maria Reyna

Feliz Navidad: Tamales or Gifts?
My mom put so much time and love into cooking tamales for us. I will carry that tradition till I die. - by Maria Reyna

It's OK to Say Christmas, 2016 Edition
Just enjoy the season - by Edie J. Adler

Streets of Blood 2: Drive-by Shootings Should Never Happen
Somewhere a coward will celebrate, until he finds out that it was a child which he killed - by Frank Solis

Open Letter to My Liberal Friends and Family
Grow up! - by Edie J. Adler

The Chicano Warrior's Rules of Empowerment
6. Chicano warriors protect the elderly and the children. - by Frank Solis

Latinas/os Will Coronate President Hilary Clinton in 2016
GOP will pay price in elections - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

Chicanos For Love - Part 7
"Love is sacred to me. I don't kid about it." - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

A Message for Young Mexican Americans
Do not listen to self-destructive people - by Frank Solis

Chicanos For Love - Part 6
She found an ideal website -- Chicanos for Love -- helping you match up with your personal idea of a dream. - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

My Visit to the New Nixon Library
One down, 12 more to go - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

Chicanos For Love Part 5
"I mean, is your brain also made up of one of your pimples?" - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

Chicanos For Love - Part 4
"You have never even met him. How do you know you want to spend your life with him?" - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

La Raza Is My Name Song
The importance of a college education for Chicano youth - by Frank Solis

Chicanos For Love – Part 3
Before either Ramona or Glenda could respond, the Tía stomped off like a prison warden - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

Chicanos For Love – Part 2
"I'm causing you pain? I feel like I was hit by something big and slapped by something bigger." - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

Chicanos For Love--Part One
Relationships are a string of definitions: Long term, short term, casual, experimental - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Editor

Just Because I Take the Bus
Pay for what you take, dude - by Kat Avila

Arte - Art
I google some art galleries and make my way downtown - by Janie Isidoro

The Day My Mexican Father Met Cesar Chavez
Long live the farmworkers! - by Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

Poets Wanted!: Social Justice
Invitation to participate in upcoming live global webcast October 2016 - by Armando F Sanchez

LA RAZA (OUR PEOPLE)
What the Words "La Raza," Really Mean - by Frank Solis

Anthony Doesn't Live Here
July 20, 2016 - by bee martin

weeds
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it -- Psalm 127:1 - by bee martin

Old Town National City and the Matanzas
Old town National City Mexican families formed an industry in San Diego County

El Cuatro de Julio
My Papi's favorite holiday - by Guadalupe González

New Book: Cuba: 50 Years of Playing American Football
The largest Caribbean island will always have a unique imprint on college football - by Christopher A. Perez

We Are One: Preschoolers Know More Than Trump's Supporters
We each hold a piece of the map of ancient and modern migrations of humanity - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

Video: Should Los Angeles Legalize Street Vending?
View the Street Vending Symposium at Cal Poly Pomona - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

Publishing My First Book
My experience writing and my first book, GALICIAN MEMORIES, published by Floricanto Press - by Daniel Otero

Prince, Musical Legend, Pop Icon, Artist
RIP - by Maria Reyna

El Bernie El Sanders
Bernie Sanders March - by Maria Reyna

Why Mexicans Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
The ties between the Irish and Mexicans - by Jim Estrada

Upcoming The Future of Today Series
A new global webcast and podcast series about understanding the future - by Armando F Sanchez

Leaving Boyle Heights
While I knew that I would miss my family and friends, I also knew that this was my beginning, not my ending. - by Robert G. Retana

A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way
An open letter to veterinarians - by Edie J. Adler, contributing writer

Como te ves, me vi. Como me ves, te ver?ís.
I am an immigrant, a minority, a woman, I am college educated. I broke my mother's cycle. - by Mayra Montoya

Artie's Tangled Web Part 5
I walked across the street, wishing I could be like Spider Man and drop a web over the four Rosies. - by Tommy Villalobos

Artie's Tangled Web Part 4
I thought maybe I should wrestle her down and tie her up with the manguera. - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Writer

Artie's Tangled Web Part 3
What I am trying to impart to you before I gallop out of here is that look before you leap. - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Writer

It's OK to say Christmas! (Really)
Lighten up and enjoy the beauty - by Edie J. Adler

Artie's Tangled Web, Part 2
"You are wonderful," she said, like I saved her life or something. I felt like Spider Man. And I was weaving my web. - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Writer

Cruising With the U.S.S. Mann
On our wish list for duty stations after electrician's school I asked for a troop ship out of California. I got my wish! - by Willie Qui??ones

Hear Me
Seize the moment - by Gigi Pew

Saturday Night Live Must Dump Trump
Trump is no laughing matter - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

Just Wanted to Enjoy a Peaceful Sunday Hike
Love your local parks a little harder - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

Artie's Tangled Web, Part 1
I was working on my '58 Chevy Impala when this voice floated into my ears like an oldies rolla. - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Writer

SocialWork@Simmons Presents #MoreThanALabel
Attention Bloggers! Simmons College's online Masters in Social Work Program encouraging immigrant pride, participation - by LatinoLA Contributor

Hiccups
Seize the moment - by Gigi Pew

Notes from ChicanAztlan: A Kid and a Kite
Funny what a buck-fifty can buy when spent right - by John Edward Rangel

Trumped-up Donald
En boca cerrada no entra mosca - by Edie J. Adler

To Sir With Love: The Danny Villanueva I Knew
You embodied the American dream.an amazing athlete, an accomplished business man, but you were so much more than that - by Edie J. Adler

Letter to my Father in Heaven
Still counting my blessings - by Edie J. Adler

Third Language: The Little Known Patois of My Youth
Growing up in South El Paso, we learned and used Cal?? on a daily basis, especially if you wanted to sound like a bad-ass - by Willie Qui??ones

Mi Hermanita de Habana
AUDIO: A song composed in honour of all the women who have their freedom cut off by dictatorships - by Dom Johnny

TOP Ten Signs You Overdid It On Cinco de Mayo
You're still celebrating on Seis de Mayo - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

S: Venganza o Verguenza
Solita wants grand things. She wants big angers and fiery revenges. - by Estefania Zavala

TOP 10 Reasons to Give George Lopez Birthday Props
He makes it look so easy .... but you know it takes hard work and ganas - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Freeway to Nowhere
Logan Heights Noir - Fiction, But Could Be Fact? - by Augie Bareno

Notes from ChicanAztlan: Kites Over Tijuana
If you can't afford to buy your own toys, you make your own toys - by John Edward Rangel

Jordan: A Hoop Story
Ever since my grandson was five years old he has challenged me on the court - by Willie Qui??ones, Contributing Writer

More Than Just A Beauty Pageant, It's A Fight For Women
When you see these ladies go out on stage you see courage and self-esteem. It's a celebration of women breaking barriers - by Bella Sol The Salon

Migration as a Universal Human Right
Death, taxes and human migration - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

For the Love of Music ... and Each Other
The Art of Chicano music is a celebration of life & talent that should be shared & supported for posterity - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

Romantic Love: Valentine's Day Wishes 2015
"Intimate moments shared, by two people caught within Cupid's net" - by Frank Solis

Chicano Love and Barrio Streets
The Virgin and the Rose - by Frank Solis

Where I Am From
I'm an Artist...a painter...a poet...a photographer - by Maria Reyna

Fries With That Shake
'Excuse me, sir. You can't get soda if you have a water cup!' - by Carlos Aguilar, Big Brown Dad

Feeling Blessed
Happy Holiday Season - by Maria Reyna

Christmas Wishes of Respect
A Chicano New Year's resolution of love - by Frank Solis

It's OK to Say Merry Christmas...Really!
An open letter to my atheist, agnostic, fanatics of every persuasion friends. - by Edie J. Adler

What is Chicano Poetry?
Chicano poetry is the spirit of Chicanos - by Frank Solis

Advice for College Students to Succeed
?íSi Se Puede! - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

Rosa Ortiza, No Bull Part VI
Bull riding brought us together - by Tommy Villalobos, LatinoLA Contributor

Letter to Mama on the Holidays
New Mexico spirit never fades - by Augie Bareno

Golden Gate Park: A Veterans Return
A nostalgic return to my youth in this tranquil meadow and the fond memories of my own Summer of Love - by Willie Qui??ones

In the Shadow of Jack's Island
Logan Heights, San Diego - by Augie Bareno

The Right to Die
Death with dignity? - by Edie J. Adler

Rosa Ortiza, No Bull Part V
She could not have looked better to him had he sat down beforehand and written his ideal female specifications - by Tommy Villalobos, LatinoLA Contributor

Grand Park 3rd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Grand Park partners with Self Help Graphics & Art for 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Nov 1 - by Ricky Ricardo

D?¡as de los Muertos, a Living Celebration
Today in L.A., artists transform the social, economic and cultural landscape armed with brushes, paint, skills and talent - by Felipe Agredano-Lozano

Rosa Ortiza, No Bull Part IV
"You did it, the first one of the trainees to cover a bull. You stayed on that crazy animal for eight seconds." - by Tommy Villalobos, LatinoLA Contributor

TOP Ten Things Fired Raider Coach is Thinking
Zero and four ... out the door - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Latino Spoken Word Artist David A. Romero Goes on National Tour
Poet lines up performances in Philadelphia, Washington, New Jersey and New York with celebrations of Latino culture and workshop - by LatinoLA Contributor

The Tortilla Maker
A story of a single mother Hispanic family, his Nana and a history that speaks to many of us - by Jesus Ignacio Loreto de Arvizu

Rosa Ortiza, No Bull Part III
Her next ride, her fourth, was the ride of Rosa's life. She drew Notorious again. - by Tommy Villalobos, LatinoLA Contributor

Rosa Ortiza, No Bull Part II
The time for her first ride arrived one rather cool morning. Rosa had to cowboy up... - by Tommy Villalobos

The Longest Burrito in the World
Excerpt from the memoir "My Ship, The American Dream" - by Abelardo de la Pe??a Gonzalez

TOP 10 Reasons George Lopez Won't Be Dancing with the Stars
Again - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Scaremongering Over Child Refugees is Unacceptable
Children, regardless of legal status, have rights - by Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

Rosa Ortiza, No Bull
Rosa had actually mapped out her future. She was going to be the first female bull rider. - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP Reasons to Watch Dennis Leoni's Los Americans Online
It's back, by popular demand - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

What Gets You Through This Life
Hopefully it doesn't involve cheating - by Kat Avila

Run for the Border
An unexpected adventure In Ciudad Juarez - by Willie Qui??ones

TOP 10 Reasons Dr. Al Carlos Should Present @ 2014 Imagen Awards
Or is it 10 reasons why he shouldn't - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

Book Excerpt: Maria's Purgatorio
Set in the sweltering Central California summer, Maria's journey of self-realization takes her through drug houses ... - by George Fontes

TOP Ten Mistakes Made Last July 4, But Not This Year
With a well-stocked cooler, we declared independence from safety and sanity - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Pedro Infante vs Bobby Blue Bland in Shelltown
For a generation of Chicanos, the American blues man was the sound of Saturdays in the barrio - by Augie Bareno

Her Eyes are Clear & Bright...But She's Not There
Another tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Signs You're Taking the 2014 World Cup Too Seriously
You even sing along to the Pitbull / J Lo "We Are One (Ole Ola)" song - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Birding on the Brain
Rediscover your curiosity and the wild natural places in your 'hood - by Kat Avila, Contributing Editor

Overcoming Tragedy: The Prism
A strong Chicano voice with a positive message in the science-fiction genre, without losing any truth to the art - by Joe Nevarez

TOP 10 Signs Your Dentist is a Old School Biker
You'll never forget to brush and floss after this ride - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Dyana Ortelli Should Replace Barbara on The View
One of the most visible and outspoken Latinas in Hollywood, she's an actress, comedian and a successful talk show host - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Mexican Bread: A Family Biography
A story of my personal family experiences and the journey my family had with Mexican bread - by Maricela Avelar Scott

Don Margarito: Logan's King of Gemco
Old school character of Logan Heights - by Augie Bareno

TOP Ten Rejected Chola Commencement Speech Topics
Unheard words from your school's Summa Cum Loca - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

A Cry For Justice
Warning: This story about Kermit Gosnell, America's Most Prolific Serial Killer, may be disturbing to some readers. - by Edie J. Adler

Top 10 Reasons a Latina Didn't Throw a Shoe at Hillary
Do you know how much a pair of Christian Louboutin's cost? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways MLB Would Be Different If Raiders Played Baseball
And then imagine if the Raiders really played football - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

Toyota Launches CamryOke y 'Canta para Estacionar'
Candid camera video capturing people taking to their limits - singing for free parking - by LatinoLA Contributor

#TOP10 Reasons to See the #CesarChavezMovie
If you never walked a picket line, now's your chance to get into the movie's line - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Last Shelltown Sunset of Bobby de la Tabunares de la Sol
Another episode of the epic Shelltown Stories - by Augie Bareno

TOP Ten Ways to Fix St. George Before It Is Cancelled
The latest from George Lopez needs help. Al Carlos weighs in. - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

Live Interview with Dr. Alvaro Huerta
Armando F. Sanchez interviews Dr. Huerta on immigration, his new book and related topics - by Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

TOP 10 Reasons George Lopez Won't Be Dancing with the Stars
Shows no skills on Canadian casino floor, much less on the dance floor - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Republicans Are Foolish to Ignore Immigration Reform
The Republican Party is hurting itself by taking immigration reform off the table - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Latino Valentine's Day Poems
Recite these to your beloved and he or she will never forget them ... even if he or she tried - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Besos de Fuego
For Sweethearts Everywhere - by Frank Solis

TOP Ten Reasons It's Good for J-Lo To Be Back On Idol
#5 - She wants to work in town until her boyfriend graduates High School - by Dr. Al Carlos

TOP 10 Reasons We Were No Shows at the Golden Globes
Sure, Cuar??n won ... but the exclusion of Latinos at the Beverly Hilton last night is no laughing matter - by Al Carlos

Education: A New Year's Resolution for Success
A light in the darkness of life - by Frank Solis

Honestly, It Is Still OK to Say Merry Christmas
The war against Christmas - by Edie J. Adler, Contributing Writer

Oro & Elo Were Buddies
The beginning of the end of the beginning - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Writer

Mexico City Azul "Part Dos II"
Chillin' with the Chilangos - by Rudy Gandara

Huellas de la Tierra
Vivian Calder??n Bogoslavsky: A print can transform itself into multiple things; a gesture, a step, movement - by LatinoLA Contributor

TOP 10 Reasons Latin Grammys Exclude Chicano Bands
But Gringo's Cantina in Montebello doesn't ... every Thursday night - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Barrio Trick or Treat Do's and Dont's
Don't get spooked! It's only Al Carlos .... - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

Has Halloween Lost It's Spark?
Spooks and scares everywhere! - by Hermana de la Calle

Mexico City Azul Part I
Chillin' with the Chilangos - by rudy gandara

Once We All Wanted to be Pio A
Tragedy of Porfirio Arellanes Jr - by Augie Bareno

TOP Ten Ways LA Should Celebrate El Editor's Birthday
"Aw, shucks" ... El Editor - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

We Begin Our Travels to China" Part 2
We start our 18-day travel today - by Armando F Sanchez

My Mother Spoke Money
Strong mujeres in the home - by Augie Bareno

Shelltown Reflections: St. Judes, the Beacon of Boston Ave
Through the years, St Jude has had many outstanding priests who have done a wonderful job on behalf of the parish and the school - by Augie Bareno

Our Travel to China
Preparing to begin a 18-day trip to China, Part 1 - by Armando F Sanchez. Contributing Writer

La Bamba on Dewey & Logan
The bar was a place where friends, relatives and parientes could come to get the latest word on work, who was fighting with who - by Augie Bareno

Red Scare
Stories From Logan Heights - by Augie Bareno

Dottie: A Tribute to the Best Dog Ever
It was a crisp, Spring morning when a beautiful puppy was born in a barn not too far from Los Angeles, CA. - by Edie J. Adler

TOP 10 Signs You Overdid 16th of September
First mistake: You thought it was Cinco de Mayo - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

The Tiger at Caliente
Contemplating the dog races and divisions of Tijuana, Mexico - by Erica Garza

Parents Anxious on Getting Kids into Elite Universities
It's never too early to start - by Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D.

A Leap of Faith
Upholding your traditions - by Edie J. Adler

Life in the 1940s: Wondering Who We Were
I guess we didn't really think of ourselves as Americans - by Esther Bonilla Read

TOP Ten One-liner Thanks for Imagen Award Winners Tonight
Still sarcastic after all these years - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Ways Fidel Castro Celebrated His Birthday
Looking forward to ruining Cuba for another 60 years or so - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

Chapito's Lament
Barrio Logan Folklore - by Augie Bareno

The Graduation
A moment to remember - by Esther Bonilla Read

TOP 10 Reasons Dr. Al Carlos Should Present @ Imagen
The Imagen Awards aims to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media ... enough said - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Eat Your Veggies -- There are Starving Artists in LA.
With $5 in her pocket and her phone service suspended due to nonpayment, a Latina actress/activist has nowhere but the internet - by iliana carter

East LA Classic and Immigrant Rights Go All Def Digital
Poem about undocumented student athlete and legendary local game shared on Russell Simmons' new YouTube channel - by David A. Romero

A Latina in Paris
Filming a short non-sequentially and sporadically allowed me to immerse myself into this magical city - by Lidia Pires

TOP Ten Latino Reactions to Royal Baby
Thoughts on His Royal Highness Prince ... no, not me, mom. - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

We Don't Appear on LinkedIn's Influential List, Again
Once again, Latinos do not appear on the LinkedIn Influential list - by Armando F. Sanchez, Contributing Writer

An Angel in My Life
They do exist - by Esther Bonilla Read

Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Saying goodbye to a loved one and memories are never easy - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

Shelltown Cucuy: Barrio Folklore
Neighborhood chisme, has it, that at the 38th and Z Street bridge part of the creek, there have been three deaths - by Augie Bareno

"Not Feeling Rich or Wealthy? Perhaps I Can Help You"
Let me begin with a question. What is the most expensive thing you have on you right now? - by Armando F Sanchez

Share Your Expertise on Leadership and Entrepreneurship
National call for podcast show presenters - by Armando F. Sanchez, Contributing Writer

Hiking to Californio History
Flores Peak and the Portola Expedition campsite: Remnants of older California history that many residents are unaware of - by Kat Avila

Latina Author Finds Her Voice
When life gets hard, you self publish! Result: "Flowers in the Dust", now on Amazon - by Myriam Alvarez

Like Living Life in a Sepia Tone Photograph...
Everytime I saw my family, it was like coming home. - by Eric Arzaga

Lessons in Life and Auto Repair From an East L.A. Dad
Me, I'd always be asking questions about the new things I'd see on our outings and my father would give me an answer - by C. J. Salgado, TheEastsiderLA.com

Who Should Sing the National Anthem?
I would love to see all nationalities in their traditional wardrobe respectfully sing our National Anthem - by Toby de la Torre

Let's Have A Chisme Session
Or, I am serving "cheese" sandwiches today. Topic: "Prancercise" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Latinos Banned From Speaking Spanish at Whole Foods?
I am angry that our language is being monitored and, allegedly, banished from a perfectly fine place - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

"Undocumented for a Day" ... Cultural Misappropriation
Is DoSomething.org's "game" misguided? - by Priscila Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Al Carlos Hernandez Is:
A loving tribute to writer / teacher / story teller extraordinaire by his sister - by Susan Aceves

My Cinco de Mayo: The Fiesta Cupcake
My one chance at a "Do-Over" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Moctezuma's Crown: Captive for 500 Years
Why is the ornate and jeweled gold crown with beautiful tall feathers at the Museum of Ethnology in Vienna? - by Willie Qui??ones

All I Wanted To Do Was Write About My Recipe
And the world this week Is racist, proven once again by the Heritage Foundation - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

And, Yes, I Am Latina
What is going on here, rude man in the Simi Valley and the Walt Disney Company? - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

TOP Ten Ways TOP Changes Its Set for Cinco De Mayo
Tower of Power busts out the Mexican moves to celebrate el Cinco - by Dr. Al Carlos, Contributing Editor

My Bruja Nurse
I Threw Her Out of My Room -- "Should I Feel Bad??????" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Protestors Badger H.S. Cast, Crew & Staff
St. Genevieve High School students confront Cabaret "morality" protestors with dignity, courage and conviction - by Elia Esparza, Latin Heat Entertainment

Mother's Day
Despite everything she has done, she is still loved and does have a reason to go on living - by Robert G. Retana

Breaking News: Victory Has Been Brought
Special Report: "This isn't the 1800s anymore, we're living in the 21st century." - by Liliana Mota

Going Somewhere
"Dad, I'm going to open a torter?¡a, that's it!" - by Tommy Villalobos, Contributing Writer

The Boston Marathon: How Did This Happen?
Yesterday, life changed, yet again. For people who stood on a street, waiting to see someone run by them. - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

She's Not There...Another Tale From the 'Hood
Anthony could not bear to watch Yolanda strut her stuff at school and at parties in the company of other guys - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

Mi Coraz??n Esta Con Mi Gente
My heart is with my people as I await my procedure - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

But I'm a U.S. Citizen!
Not If University of Houston has its way - by Kat Avila

Positive Caregivers Help Children Prosper
First 5 LA developed a checklist parents can use as a guide when interviewing potential caregivers - by LatinoLA Contributor

Note to Self #2: Life is Full of Lemons
Staying optimistic, in a pessimistic world, may be the hardest thing one can endure - by Liliana Mota

Professional Flamenco Dancer Transitioning to LA
After many years of dancing I definitely understand and tener duende while performing - by Linsey A. Daman

Self Actualization: Enjoy Life
We should look at the past with gratitude, mind the present, and prepare but not worry about the future - by Phillip Nolasco, Ed.D

My Cousin is A Dead Woman
She's a victim of domestic violence and no one will help - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Tremendous Grace Under Azure Skies
Pope Francis I assumes office of pontiff on Feast Day of Saint Joseph - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

TOP Ten Ways Chicanos Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
They say the Irish are the Chicanos of Europe...or is it the other way around? - by Al Carlos O'Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Recovering From an All-time Low
A word of advice. - by Liliana Mota

Heaven Welcomes Another LADY...and Our World Loses a Great Soul
Ode to my prima Debra Lara Braga - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

The Visit...a Love So Fine...
Even through the struggles of life, their love has been eternal ... we should all be so lucky! - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

L.A. Has Work to Do on Literacy
Support Literacy First! Campaign - by Mari Riddle

Heavens Tears
Domestic violence must stop! - by Frank Solis

Bless Me, Ultima: Personal Reflections of the Movie and Book
As a teacher, I was able to incorporate this beautifully written book by Rudolfo Anaya into many parts of the curriculum - by Norma de la Pe??a

A Boyle Heights Icon: The Zepeda Mobile
The 1957 Ford Country Squire Wagon: We had many adventures in that station wagon growing up - by Ronnie Zepeda

The Prodigal Daughter Returns
To find her faith, waiting for her - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Happy Valentines Day: Find Your Happiness
Whether you are dating, caring for others or taking a break from romance, never give up on love - by Belinda Quesada, Contributing Writer

Happy Valentine's Day: Missing You, Mi Amor
I've never loved a man the way I loved you, nor will I ever love anyone like you - by Maria Reyna, Contributing Writer

It's a Wonderful Life?
When I look at the lives of C?®sar, Galarza and my deceased friend, I ask whether their lives made a difference. - by Rodolfo F. Acu??a

On The Abdication of A Pope
Paying for the sins of the "Fathers?" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

The Fuchsia Dress at the Grammys
A harvest of love and creativity embrace the singer of Quetzal as she is transformed by a lovely, delicate, hand-painted dress - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Bittersweet Love: To Follow My Heart or My Head?
As far now, I can't be rushing to find love, good things happen to those who wait ... - by Liliana Mota, Contributing Writer

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Words: "Dream Big!"
Part Dos: She is the personification of each and every one of us, the shining example of what each one of us can become - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Una Vida Tremenda
Part One: I cried during most of that 60 Minutes interview, because it touched so many sentimental chords in me. - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Sally and Mugz Got "Pugged"
As parents -- pet parents included -- we have a visceral need to protect those we love - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Hello, Golden Globes? Is Anybody There?
En busca de mi gente en los Golden Globes - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Travelogue: Returning To A Country Left Behind
I did not expect to find the level of warmth and friendship offered to us in Cuba - by Bessy Reyna, CTLatinoNews

How Much of a 'Goody Goody' is Too Much?
A shout out to all the straight edge kids - by Liliana Mota

Curses and Blessings: Reflections for the New Year
I truly believe that most gifts given to us are both curses and blessings. These past few days I have been thinking of mine. - by Edie J. Adler

Post Elections and Holiday Thought
 Latinos will change America for the better. We matter. - by Rick Najera, Latin Heat

A New Year's Resolution of The Heart
Technology vs. human interaction In our daily lives - by Frank Solis

Broken Promises & Disappointments at Year's End
Good music and a positive attitude will just have to get some of us through the Holidays... - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

A Prayer In the Still of Winter For the Hope of Spring
I wish you many blessings, and hope for you kindnesses... - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

I Left My House Yesterday
There is a whole world out there: The Grove, a hugger, Urth Cafe, Sonny Ray and Ethpa??a! - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Roses, Not Guns
Recoiling from the "reality"of assault weapons - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Innocent Angels: Lives, Changed in An Instant
Our world, shaken to Its very core by the Sandy Hook shootings - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

What Jenni Rivera Meant For "Us"....
La muerte de nuestra Diva goes far beyond just that... - by LRE

Adi??s JenniRemembering "La Gran Diva de la Banda"
Latinos all over the world are mourning the passing of another idol that was their pride and joy - by Antonio Velasco, Lethal Fatal

The Great Benefits of Erasing All College Loans
The total amount of student college loans is approximately $1 trillion dollars. - by Armando F. Sanchez

A Puerto Rican Christmas
Nowhere else is Christmas celebrated like in Borinquen - by EL BORICUA

Light Riders E-Book Now at Amazon and B&N
Fictional adventure incorporates biblical verses and excerpts to tackle kid's modern day issues - by Casandra Moreno Lombera

Spicy Cilantro's Holiday Gift List
From handful of great books, nature's jewelry to education for everyone and anyone - by Elia Esparza, Spicy Cilantro

Proceed to Read Only if You Will Not Freak Out
It Is "That Time of Year" again, when ChimMaya gets "All Holiday-ed!" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Please, Somebody Stop Me!!!!
Spellbound by the sugar free apple pie with a lattice crust, there was no orchestra to "Play Me Off" the stage - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Giving Thanks to All My Relations
An act of thanksgiving - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

It's Still OK to Say Merry Christmas
Open letter to atheists: Get a life! - by Edie J. Adler

I Have A Few Questions...
What If....? A Latina who wants to know stuff - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

I Guess That's Life
We all have that one crush we'll "love" forever. - by Liliana Mota

Life Lesson #1 - Beans
Life is short ... let's share our embarrassing moments - by Liliana Mota

Did Someone Say Tamales?!
'Tis the season to be jolly, tamale season is here! - by Liliana Mota

Las Salseras Extraordinaire: For Isabel
A beautiful tribute to a Latina mom who loved her salsa! - by Belisa Serna Mayorga, Spicy Cilantro

It Started With "Love Your Life"
The story behind the '8 Ways to Say I Love My Life' ... See the play. Buy the book. Meet the authors. - by Susan Orosco

Poetic Justice
I am a poet. I do slam. I do Move You. I proudly stand on behalf of all Poets - by Danny Boy

Dia De Los Muertos: A Celebration Like No Other
Honoring loved ones who have passed - by Maria Reyna

On The Selection of A President
Taking on "Round Two Goes To The President" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

A Latina Love Letter
Love above the chaos - by Lisa Serna Mayorga, Spicy Cilantro

Do Not Judge A Book By It's Cover
On the selection of a president - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Tengan Miedo, Mucho Miedo
Fear and disgust colors United Nations' "Day of the Girl" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Am?®rica Tropical Speaks Truth to Power
Am?®rica Tropical Interpretive Center opens at El Pueblo .... a long arduous journey is realized - by Luis C. Garza

A Month of Cultura and Pride
I like to think that Hispanic Heritage Month lasts 365 days for my gente - by Lisa Serna Mayorga, Spicy Cilantro

What's All the Fuss About Christopher Columbus?
He was just a pawn in a major chess game of power and wealth by Spain - by Armando F. Sanchez

Get In Where You Fit In: A Silly Identity Crisis
I'm Different, Pap?í! What, who am I? - by Lisa Serna Mayorga, Spicy Cilantro

Let Them See You at the Polls!
Do we live in a democracy or not? - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

TOP 10 Reasons ?íHOLA! LA Should Go National
Here's four: Bel Hernandez-Castillo, Naibe Reynoso-Hodsden, Dyana Ortelli and Kikey Castillo, coming to KCAL9 Sep. 30 - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Inspiring Warrior Spirit Book Trailer Released
Our dreams are sacred, and we must do all that we can to follow our life's vision. - by Mary Rivas

The Meeting: A Soldier's Story
I walked to my car with the honored feeling of making a new friendI had a new profound respect for ALL VETERANS - by Juan Sifuentes Jr.

ALMA de mi Alma Awards
The ALMA Awards, after all, is a truly American event. I was proud to a part of it. - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Brooklyn & Mednik: Hot Ice
His design was to whirl her around, grab the jewels, stick out his tongue, then run home - by Tommy Villalobos

The Miracle in The Skies: Space Shuttle Endeavor
A once in a lifetime opportunity, looking for a tangible, unifying miracle - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Alma Awards After Party Observations
She really shouldn't have left her ALMA Award laying around - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Mi voto - mi voz: Mi poder es tan fer??z
A PSA project is to reach out to the Latino community and encourage YOU to vote on November 6, 2012 - by Martha Lipton and Shirley Scott, ASCAP

The Day We Escaped The Convention
While our Papi was barricaded in his hotel room, we had a San Francisco-style parranda - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

"Yo Soy La Wedda"
Growing up In a Mexican family looking different - by Piper Coolidge, Spicy Cilantro

Shipping Love
A thought about the cross section of street art and love. - by Sonia Sanchez

Labor Day Weekend in Aztlan
Can't beat the weather, music, places, and people in the Land of 1000 Dances on a hot holiday weekend - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

Dreams Became Reality, Then Died on June 6, 1968
A look back at Robert F. Kennedy: The man I saw and heard - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

TOP Ten Reasons We Weren't Asked to Cover GOP Convention
"Boisterous" conventioneers would have thrown cacahuates at us - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

A Mexican Mother And Her Virgin Daughter
A bride to-be recalls receiving the sex talk - by Elia Esparza, Spicy Cilantro

Jon Voight at RNC Compares Obama to Cesar Chavez Huh?
Guess we all look alike! ?íQue Idiota! Proves just how much GOP dislikes, misunderstands #1 growing minority - by Elia Esparaza, Latin Heat Online

For the Love of Dog
Who rescues whom? - by Edie J. Adler

Back Home in the Old Neighborhood Again
A true tale of brown from da 'hood - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

Summer in the Chaparral
Don't forget water and sunscreen - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

"Stay Away From the Mojitos!!!"
A sad tale of our times: A dead crow/raven-ish type of bird, a governmental agency and West Nile Virus - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

PAYBACK! Service With A Snarky Smile
People complain about the Post Office for a reason: People are at the helm. - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

I Have a Dream of a Chicano......?
The struggle between stone and marmol - by Jimmy Centeno

Snow in the Desert
Excerpt from the Introduction to "Desert American: Boom and Bust in the New Old West", the new book by Rub?®n Martinez - by Rub?®n Martinez

TOP Ten Reasons Los Americans Should Have a Major TV deal
Just won a major award, advertisers should get a clue - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Unions...the working man's last line of defense
Jobs have been outsourced. Pay and benefits out the window. The last act dismantle the unions and enslave the American worker - by Jesse Perez

The 15-Minute, 10-Dollar Day
A strategy for using your shrinking free time and money wisely - by Kat Avila, contributing writer

The Joy of Being a Paperboy
Los Angeles' lost newspaper was my family's economic support - by Ronnie Zepeda

The Pol-Iceman Cometh
Lupe and her private revolution - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Apathy on the Metro
Freak outs become invisible because Metro riders are more concerned about their own business, rather than everyone else's - by Sara In?®s Calder??n, Contributing Writer

A Newborn and His Mami
What I saw when I went to the Post Office - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, contributing writer

TOP Ten Reasons Lupe Ontiveros is an American icon
She even made ?íRob! halfway watchable - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Reflections of a Veterano Chicano Activist
Stories from My Book, "Tiempo Robado" - by Agustin Cebada

The Books Did It!
Or: how I was led astray by words - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Out-and-Out, Think Different, Way Different!
My debut as an artist-photographer, with three of my pieces of work to be displayed at ChimMaya, July 28 - by Antonio Velasco, Lethal Fatal

LatinoLA: Your Ads (and Articles) Are Magic
Yosicles, Sea World, Chim Maya, Frankie Firme, Para Los Ni??os ... I Want It All! - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

The Love of a Lifetime
My Mami, my books and me - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Riding the Suicide Line
Or: My nine years on public transportation - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

"All the Days of My Life"
A moment of awakening - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Ear Buds are Everywhere ... on the Metro
Not only do riders live in their own little universe on the Metro, many also have their own soundtrack - by Sara In?®s Calder??n

Chalking the Street
Fun with Chalk Street Festival - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

TOP Ten New Products for Trillion $ Latino Buying Power
On El Editor's wish list: National network of websites like LatinoLA. Let's call it ... LatinoCities! - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Power of Choice
How the choices we make each day help us achieve success - by Frank Solis

TOP 10 Reasons a Chola Will Never Be The Bachelorette
2. Dream date would include Lowrider Car shows and County Fairs. - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Chapter III: The Announcement
Part 3 of the Lizzy and Carlos love story - by Jessica Martinez

On the Metro, We Are All Top Dogs
We all adjust accordingly to the law of this underground land - by Sara In?®s Calder??n

There Are No Friends In Politics
The insights of a political daughter - by Lisa Serna Mayorga, Spicy Cilantro

One Year Ago Today
My favorite memory with the love of my life - by Jessica Martinez

Luckily I Have My Health (Mostly)
A visit to the Lestonnac Free Clinic - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

The House at the End of the Street
Another tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

It's Crazy What Some People Talk About In Public
Does the public space of the Metro feel private to them? Do they even care? - by Sara In?®s Calder??n

TOP Ten Mistakes Made Last July 4, But Not 2012
Strips and stares, forever - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Latinos Don't Believe in UFOs
While 80 million others do - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The First Couple
Part 2 of the Lizzy and Carlos love story - by Jessica Martinez

The Most Memorable Man Meeting Day I Ever Had
The ones you don't forget - by Elia Esparza, Spicy Cilantro

I Need to be Sedated
I was convinced that a root canal was an up-sell scam. That is, until I really needed one - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Metro: When LA Freedom Goes Underground
You can't squeeze LA into a box, but when you do, strange things happen - by Sara In?®s Calder??n

Los Ricos Y the Rest of Us
A poem inspired by the book, "The Rich and the Rest of Us." Written by Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. - by Emmanuel John Cervantes

The Bonding Effects of Mariachi Music
A relocated father finds paisanos who share the passion for mariachi - by Maria Almeida

The First Dance
The Lizzy and Guillermo love story...of sorts - by Jessica Martinez

What Do Legislators Know About Vagina Moxie?
Absolutely Nothing! - by Elia Esparza, Spicy Cilantro

The Power of Mariachi: Reconciling a Love Affair
A memorable mariachi moment rekindles a marriage - by Albert Esquivel

Mariachi Music: Reflections of Years Gone By
The music has a way of getting into your soul and opens a floodgate of feelings - by Jesus M. Perez

My Big Fat Mexican Music Moment
What mom taught me - by Luiza Padilla-Mavropoulos

Mi Mariachi Experience
Mariachi means home to me - by Teresa Espinoza

My Most Memorable Mariachi Experience
A high school mariachi honors a loved one at a Little League's opening ceremonies - by Margie Provencio Contreras

My First Mariachi Performance
... and thankfully my last - by bee martin

Under a Rainbow Sang the Unicorn
A daughter's tribute - by Elia Esparza / Spicy Cilantro

TOP Ten Good Things About Obama Not Deporting Kids
They are Americans, after all - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

From Mr Gene to Tata - Chapter 3
The life and times of a blue collar Chicano living in East Los Angeles - by John Edward Rangel

Chasing the Dragon Lady
The curse of drug and alcohol addiction is a battle one can win...if and when one wants to! - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Spread The CLAP-Conservative Latino Alliance for Prosperity
Get involved in the most influential conservative Latino organization in the nation. - by El Guapo

A Star is Shining Brightly Tonight
The loves in our lives - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

"Soy Latino"
A video addressing the perspective of a Latinos in college. - by Eddie Zapata

I Am 60 And I Know It
A man who lives or dies by the motto: Don't start nothing, there won't be nothing. - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Top 10 Signs Private Space Cargo Ship Wasn't Latino
Besides, astronaut Jos?® Hernand?®z is busy running for U.S. Congress - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

From Mr Gene to Tata - Chapter 2
The life and times of a blue collar Chicano - by John Edward Rangel

TOP Ten Reasons "?íRob!" Got Canceled
Left unsaid: It really wasn't that funny. - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Chanting for the Life of the People
Not all rainbows are in the sky, but in the heart - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

The One That Got Away
Another tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Features of Latino Driverless Car
??Qu?® artificial intelligence software, a global positioning system and an array of sensors, qu?® nada? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

It May Be a Season for Poetry
I need to start writing poems again with my life. How about you? - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

Cinco de Mayo
The Spirit of the Underdog - by Henry K. Priest

From Mr. Gene to Tata - Chapter 1
The life and times, of a blue collar Chicano, in southern California - by John Edward Rangel

My Awesome Trip Along the Expo Line
You're lucky LA, to have such a great resource to help you get to know the vast and evolving environment that we all create - by Sara In?®s Calder??n

Pobre Dude: Another Tale from the 'Hood
At age 48, Benny had become quite the pathetic loser..as he dreamed, something told him he had to get his shit together or di - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways Marco Rubio is Relating to West Coast Chicanos
Besides trying to avoid the ticket - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Bald by Choice, Not Genetics
Nowadays, how you wear your hair or not is irrelevant - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Distance Between Us, a Memoir
Reyna Grande's latest: An inspirational coming-of-age story about the immigrant experience - by LatinoLA Contributor

TOP 10 Reasons for Historic Drop in Immigration
The number of Mexicans leaving rose sharply, while the new flow of migrants into the U.S. fell steeply ... ??por qu?®? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Mi Abuelita: Una Mujer Sencilla y Llena de Valor
My grandmother: A simple women, filled with courage - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

The Great Getaway
The "Bonnie and Clyde" of perritos make a break for it - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

TOP 10 Things Hillary was Thinking While Partying in Colombia
Secretary of State gone wild - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Beastie Boys, Not Tierra, in the Hall of Fame
They call it Rock and Roll and I don't like it - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Dear Abuelita: I Howl Like a Dog When I Sleep
Pocho.com's Dear Abuelita answers your preguntas because she wants to help - by Dear Abuelita, Pocho.com

Where Hummingbirds Land
Searching for sanctuary in places of violence - by John Edward Rangel

Apret??n de manos
I am happy that we live in a time when people literally reach out and touch each other in giving respect - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons After Pope Talk, Fidel Thinks Communism Failed
Castro popped the question: "So what do you do?" The pope thought: "So what have you done?" - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons Susan Aceves is Having Great B'Day
The Chicana copy editor has got a way with (Al Carlos'} words - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Things When a Chicano Wins the Lotto
Besides buying a fistful of scratchers - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Day We Got Ex-Cathedraled
On a quest to cure mi perrita - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

"Se Llamaba 'Commando!'" ... Our Code Word
The search for quiet, sedate room for a convalescing sister takes a snickeringly sultry turn - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

TOP 10 Signs your Narcocorrido Lyrics are Whack
Racketeering, extortion, drug smuggling, muerte? These narcocorridos are mucho m?ís urbane - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

I Was Not Dead, I Was Just Sleeping
Stinky flowers from borderline best friends - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Top 10 Reasons Gabachos Won't Gas Up In Mexico
8. Mexican gas is stronger (Insert your own joke here) - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Charrer?¡a, Cultura y Tradici??n ... at its Best!
?íPatria, tradici??n, honor y espiritu deportivo! Have you ever heard that? - by "Toby" de la Torre

deep down..
down inside my coraz??n - by mia soto arzola

TOP Ten Reasons Conan has more Hispanic viewers ...
....than other late night talkers - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons Daniel D. Portado Won't Be on Dancing WTS
Who's Daniel D. Portado? What's Dancing WTS? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons the Oscars Sucked for Latinos
When Jennifer and Cameron showed their nalgas, we knew we had no chance - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons LatinoLA/Pocho.com No Shows at the Oscars
Who wants to go to Oscar's house on a Sunday night, anyway? - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

So You Wanted To Be A Rock Star?
Ask someone who they listen to and I'll tell you who they are . . . or at least who they had hoped to be. - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Standing While Brown
A white lady tried to get Lalo Alcaraz to valet her car - by Lalo Alcaraz

TOP Ten Reasons I Hate Hispanic Magazines
Paper or plastic? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

I'm Curvy ... And I'm Proud!
I love where I've been because it's made me the woman I am today & I love where I am right now! - by Denise Vasquez

TOP Ten Reasons to Boycott the Grammys
Best Latin Jazz, Best Latin Alternative categories among 28% eliminated ... and we don't like that - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

From E.L.A. Housing Projects to UC Berkeley (Ph.D.)
Overcoming tremendous obstacles to attend elite universities - by Dr. Alvaro Huerta

A Girl Needs Her Amigas
Las hermanas de mi coraz??n - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

Chhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttt!
A word for therestofus!!! - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, Contributing Writer

TOP Ten Reasons to Check Out Pocho.com
Latino nerds, ??ews and satire, Rent-A-Latino, Daniel D. Portado and Yakity Yak ... need we say more? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing editor

When it's Gloomy, Always Shine
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow - A. Einstein - by Luisa Gracias

TOP 10 Things Taco Loving Connecticut Mayor Meant To Say
Asked: "What are you doing for the Latino community today?" He said: "I might have tacos when I go home." - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

A Gravedigger's Lament
A conversation with the Sun - by Slowjoe

Infringed Rights: Anywhere, Anytime
The daughter of a 55-year old Latina arrested for petty theft asks: "Is it because of the color of our skin?" - by LatinoLA Contributor

The Day Mi Mami Rear-Ended Me
And It was not in a car - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP 10 Reasons to Attend Ylse's Valentine Fundraiser
There's no reason NOT to be attend this Red Carpet event - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Batos and Dolls
The changing part is the pothole in my camino - by Tommy Villalobos

One Non-Snowy New Year's Eve
Kindness is all about us ... and a loaf of stollen - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Homie Improvement
The day I hoped for my first class to begin was the day I started the garage painting project - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The One Who "Got Away"
"You mean you hooked up with him, right?" - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Signs Mitt Romney is Mexican
Mitt Romney's father, former Michigan governor George Romney was born in Mexico - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Una Amistad Breve
Solo hablamos unas palabras y nunca la volver?® a ver - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Alone at Last
Some guys just don't get it....another tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme~ Contributing Editor

Mis Tres Misas
And, no, I am not stalking the priest!! - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, contributing writer

?íNuestro Milagro de Navidad y Chanukah!
Our miracle man is given another chance - by Guadalupe Gonzalez, contributing writer

Top Ten Signs You Married a Chola
You looked into her eyes and said, "I do." She rolled her eyes and said, "?íPues sim??n, guey!" - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Top 10 Signs a Latino Overdid It During X-Mas
Who knew the champurrado was spiked? - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Resolutions: Stick With Them!
Challenge yourself and most importantly, give yourself a chance. - by Cindy Pulido

The Chaparral in Winter
What you can do besides shopping - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

Fe, Hope and Courage
Pase lo que pase - by Maria Reyna

Gone for the Holidays
...another tale from the 'hood from back in the day... - by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor

How About A Latino Fear Factor?
More sophisticated stunts would include repossessing a relative's mini-van or serving a summons to an ex-lover - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Santa Claus and the Yellow Taxi
Jolly Old Saint will always exist in the most important place ÔÇô the heart of a little girl - by Ronnie Zepeda

Moon Gazing in December
Witnessing the eternal mythological battle - by Kat Avila

And a Merry Christmas to You, Too!
What the heck is a "winter" tree? - by Edie J. Adler, Contributing Writer

Top 10 Ways a Chicano Can Ruin a Hispanic's Xmas Party
"On Donner! On, Blitzen! On Chewy! On Tavo! C'mon, Beto!" - Cheech Mar?¡n - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Thank You, Doctor!
You know who you are - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Find the Joy!
The holidays can be rough going - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Finding Holiday Spirit Wherever You Are
It doesn't mean you have to live in a gated community - by Kat Avila

TOP 10 Reasons the Grammys Dropped Best Tejano Album Category
Tejano music artists keep it real, even as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences skips a beat - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Black Friday 2011
I know these are desperate times for many companies, but Xmas decorations were up just after Halloween. Enough already. - by The Son of Los Angeles (El Los Angelino)

TOP Ten Signs You Are at a Homeboy-themed Thanksgiving
Better than being at Target - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Occupying the O.C. Bus Stop
Three transfers and a long walk - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

What Are You Grateful For?
Remember your blessings this Thanksgiving - by Edie J. Adler

Calendar? What Calendar?
I plan to start over: ?íV?ímonos! - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Howling at the Moon at Santa Ana College
A nighttime walk in the neighborhood - by Kat Avila, Contributing Writer

My "Not So Good" Perritos: Traviesos!!
The "Dog Whisperer" gets an award? - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

El Dia de Los Muertos
Our connections to those who loved us and whom we love, still - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

"Treeak o Treeak!"
Our first Halloween - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Ways Gringos Celebrate Day of the Dead
That's "Dia de los Muertos" to t?? y yo - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

I ask myself if this is what my life will be
challenges - by mia soto arzola

TOP Ten Barrio Trick or Treat Do's and Dont's
#11: If La Llorona comes to your door, don't let her in - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Respect: A Tough Lesson From the Beyond
"Joselito tried to hold on, but a strange force pulled him to the ground." - by Edie J. Adler

Top Ten Consejos from Familia When Astronaut Went Into Space
Jose Hernandez: Journey from Stockton to outer space now into politics - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Te gusta la mala vida....
getting the TREATMENT!!! es lo que me dice my lil' hermana (aka lil' mama) - by mia soto arzola

TOP 10 Reasons Astronaut Jose Hernandez Should Be In Congress
This son of immigrants is still shooting for the stars - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Gorgeous Body But An Ugly Face To Protect It
Fashion seems to work from the head down - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Origins of My Shame
Retracing the past - by Cindy Pulido

Along the Way
Astray - by Melinda Ramsay

A Brilliant Star - Una Estrella Brillosa
Steve Job's dreams opened up a whole new world for me, as it did for millions of others - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP 10 Ways/Reasons to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
There are many, many more, but we only have room for 10...?íaj??a! - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

California Sage
Passion Vine - by Melinda Ramsay

What's Your Name in English?
Just another world culture lesson - by Kat Avila

What has Facebook Done For You Lately?
Fed up with the seemingly unending changes? You might want to reconsider! - by Edie J. Adler

TOP 10 Things Overheard on Buses Showing Los Americans
One million daily riders of the Los Angeles Metro bus system are in...how about you? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

How a Bar Saved My Vacation
And quite possibly my life - by Daniel J. Hernandez

An Artist Shines
Young students learn from another - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP 10 Things Spanish Speakers Shouldn't Say After Tequila
Nobody makes much sense after the first dozen shots or two - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Return of Fidencio Hemento
"You never heard about my sobrino?" - by Tommy Villalobos

PIeces of L.A. / A Novel
An Excerpt: Chapter 17. Jack Morales, our 'hero', becomes inspired... - by Jim Marquez

A Place I Feel Where I Belong
Thoughts before keynote speech at Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, Casa del Mexicano, Santa Paula, CA - by Rodolfo F. Acu??a

TOP Ten Ways for Latinos Not to Get Busted in Alabama
#11: Avoid the state if possible - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing editor

2012 is Coming...Are You Ready? Part I
Apocalyptic possibilities for the near future - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

my drug of choice
addiction sucks..... - by mia soto arzola

TOP Ten Things Kat Williams Needs to Realize
Getting into a yelling match with a Latino heckler, the comedian lets loose...again - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Am I Too Old to Love Hip Hop?
You got to be you and follow what you love... and keep it real - by Belinda Quesada

Hospital Hijinks
Or: How to pass the hours when your loved one is sick - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Beastly Bus Tale #2: Drunk Woman on the Bus
An excerpt from Jim Marquez's upcoming collection "Beastly Bus Tales: The Further Semi-Nude Adventures of Jack Mora&am - by Jim Marquez

Raiders vs 49ers Fan Violence
Why some fans choose fighting over watching - by Daniel J. Hernandez

TOP Ten Signs the Hispanic Conference is Lame
Been to one... - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

There is Something That is Bothering Me
And I do not know exactly what it is: Can you help? - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Play Dating: Seeds of Pre-school Classism
Like-minded parents finding like-minded parents hoping to produce like-minded kids - by Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

A Soldier's Story
"I am sorry Dad that I didn't understand but you have always been my Hero" - by Juan A. Sifuentes Jr.

"Luminarias": Our Reader's Write
Our amigas y amigos sound off on the groundbreaking film's 10 Year Anniversary Screening with VIP tix on-the-line - by Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.

My Annual Deep Fried-Twinkie
Or: The getaway from H-E-Double hockey sticks - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Reasons Lopez Tonight Was Cancelled
"Because, sabes qu?®...?" - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing editor

"Vamonos, Lupita": Mi Primera Pluma
Mi Papi wanted me to be ready for anything and everything that I might learn that first day of 16 years of education - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Ways Afro-Latino Spiderman is Going to be Different
Not too many high rises in the barrio to swing from, for one - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Me Estoy Sacando el Pelo
A tale of a secret haircutter - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

What is Happening to Our Country?
Al Pie del Ca??on - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

Top 10 Signs You Have Telenovela Addiction
Your every move is accompanied by sappy love songs en Espa??ol - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

It's Starting NOW!
The first installment of a column/blog/journal chingadera from a single lady parent in LA - by Chela

Where There's Esperanza, There's Hope
"I've known her since we were in kindergarten ... and I love her" - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP Ten Differences if Rupert Murdoch's Wife was Latina
Trophy wife gets the win, no matter the ethnicity - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Los Peregrinos del Sentimiento
The sentimental journey: Our gift to our parents - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Signs You're Taking the Copa Mundial Too Seriously
Besides watching the Women's World Cup - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Room 666: Be Afraid, Be Very Chicken
My tenth wedding anniversary sorpresa, in Hawaii - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

La Negra y Blanca: Fugue and Commentary
An excerpt from her novel aiming to understand the end of journalist Victor Perera's life - by Deena Metzger

Telenovelas: ?íCuidado! They May Be Habit Forming
Los trapitos de mi familia: our family's dirty little secret - by Guadalupe Gonzalez

TOP Ten Reasons Not to be Mad at Latino Attorney Jose Baez
Casey was guilty of four counts of lying. Baez wasn't charged because the jury couldn't count that high. - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

A Pink Slip Feels Like a Death Warrant
Always have a "plan B" job to fall back on that can pay quick cash - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

La Reina de Taos
Taos Royal Pageant, 2011 - by Teresa Dovalpage

?íYa Basta! We Need to Stop Blaming Immigrants
It's clear that brown-skinned immigrants have become the targets of the day - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Mistakes Made Last July 4, But Not 2011
Be safe this cuatro de Juiio ... but just who is this Julio and why does he have just cuatro? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Happy Father's Day, Papito!
Go hug your dads! - by Edie J. Adler

TOP Reasons to Watch Dennis Leoni's Los Americans Online
It's the story of a modern, affluent, suburban Mexican American family living in the U.S....no joke - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Things Arnold's Latina Baby Mama May Be Thinking
From terminator to sperminator - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Pieces of L.A.
Excerpt from his latest novel (mature audiences) - by Jim Marquez

Top 10 Signs a Latino Male is Too Old to Wear an Earring
Time to let go the pony tail, too? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

From the Barrio to the University
Here's what it takes to help disadvantaged students succeed - by Alvaro Huerta

Celebrate Your Mom on Mother's Day, and Every Day
Still missing Mamita - by Edie J. Adler

TOP Ten Signs Clown at Latino Birthday Party is Al-Qaida
Dripping in sea weed - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways TOP Changes Its Set for Cinco De Mayo
We came to jugar back en la calle with East Bay manteca - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Born to Loose
A word of caution: Tattoo artists do not need a college degree or even a decent credit score - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Signs Your Dentist Used to be a Cholo
He's not joking, you're going under - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Man I Never Knew
My name at birth was Peter Richard Lopez and my dad was Richard "Scar" Lopez from Cannibal and the Headhunters - by Peter Sampson

Leprechaun are Real
i would like to see my uncle from Michoacan again to hear more about those leprechauns - by Cristina

Top Ten Issues With the USA-Mexico Border Fence
Border patrol agents are complaining that the job's too boring now - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Danz??n Studio Club, Remembered
It was a Latino supper club in Pasadena during the 1940s and 1950s - by Roberta H. Mart?¡nez

Defend Hawaii!
How fringe elements have loud voices on the Big Island of Hawaii - by Daniel J. Hernandez

Love Thy Neighbor--?íPero No Te Dejes!
"Don't sit there making speeches. This isn't Cinco de Mayo." - by Tommy Villalobos

Top 10 Signs You Shouldn't Be a Parade Samba Dancer
When dancers attack themselves, it's not very pretty - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

We're Here for the Party?
Si buscas resultados distintos, no hagas siempre lo mismo/If you're looking for different results, stop doing same things - by Jim Estrada - The ABCs & ?æ

Top Ten Differences between Hispanics and Latinos
We're practically the same, only different - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Don't Mess With the Old Dude
This is a story from the upcoming compilation from "When Vatos Locos walked the Earth" - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Parking Jihad
There is nothing more irksome then a car that stays all weekend parked in front of a house while taking up two parking spaces - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Hugo Chavez Won a Journalism Award
Censoring and controlling the media, closing independent TV stations, harassing journalists...what's not to love? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Signs Spring Break in Mexico Was a Mistake
Next year: staycation in Pacoima - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons George Lopez Won't Be Dancing with the Stars
Vato shuffle, anyone? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Fifty Plus Three, Enjoy the Ride
The longer I spend on this earth, the more I look for happiness - by Belinda Quesada

Top Ten Signs a Rich Kid was Raised by a Latina Nanny
Best of both worlds, perhaps? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Generation Text
Why are the youth of today always on their phones? - by Daniel J. Hernandez

Cultural Diversity: How Latin@ are you?
Is there such thing as a typical Latino guy, an emblematic Latina woman, or a Latino family as those portrayed in the movies? - by Teresa Dovalpage

TOP Ten Consequences of Protesting at a Latino Funeral
Just because it's legal doesn't make it right - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Open Letter to Leeza Gibbons
Not alone in the fight against Alzheimer's - by Edie J. Adler

hiPsters
It's cool to live in the ghetto - nOw - by mia soto arzola

Top Ten Signs You Married a Salsera
When she talks about Casino, she ain't talking about Vegas - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Slurred in LA... Maybe
Is it offensive to be mistaken for the valet? - by Daniel Cubias

TOP Ten Ways for Latinos NOT to Impress Lover
To have a happy Valentines Day ... - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The "Male Friend Zone" on Valentine's Day?
What a woman can do! - by Gil Contreras

Is al-Qaida Really Trying to Recruit Latinos?
Latinos could move in and around the U.S. at will, after all - by Daniel Cubias

TOP 10 Ways to Honor the Memory of Tony "Ham" Guerrero
He was a pioneering musician who shaped the Tejano-Chicano sound with Tortilla Factory and Little Joe & the Latinaires - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

lloro por nada
or is my heart really broken - by mia soto

The Class That Never Should Have Been......25 Years Later.
A graduate looks back at both the darkest and brightest moment of his school's history. - by William Gallegos, CHS '89

Cycle Therapy
Three hours a week, ride it like you stole it - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Duct Tape, a Pickup, and Some Rubberbands
...damn we're genius! (Now why don't we vote?) - by El Los Angelino

Ya, Della...??qu?® paso?
Another tale from back in the day in the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Signs Your Prima Will Get Cut From American Idol
She ain't going to Hollywood - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

CONTRA-TIEMPO's 6th Annual Gala!
Help support arts education in Los Angeles public schools, February 12

Holiday Weight: Pretty and Plump
Stay lean and mean if you want to get the green - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons Latinos are Excluded From Golden Globe Awards
...except for Sofia Vergara, of course, but as Supporting Actress? She carries "Modern Family"! - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

What's Wrong With Age and Experience?
Today's youth driven job market is losing out on some valuable revenue increasing human resources - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

When News Goes Hollywood
Do our currents events really need razzle-dazzle? - by Daniel J. Hernandez

Hard Hearts and Hard Heads
Can love and be wise at the same time? - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP Ten Indications You Shouldn't Dance Salsa
You think it's something you put on your chips - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Translating our Souls
Translating one's own work vs. translating others - by Teresa Dovalpage

Crushed by a Handshake
Proof that time heals all wounds - by Daniel J. Hernandez

Soy Morena
A testimonial in support of bilingual and bicultural education - by Julia Syla, Esq.

TOP Ten Barrio Post-Holiday Workouts
Shedding pounds the really e-z way - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Dream Act: Investing in the Future of America
10 reasons why it is in the best interest of the United States to pass the Dream Act - by Beatriz Schiava MTS, MAc

GOP Denies DREAM to Immigrant Youth
Defeat of DREAM Act will hurt opponents - by Alvaro Huerta

Christian And Christ-Like: There is A Difference!
Catholic healthcare? - by Christian Henriquez

My Mom Makes the Best Tamales
And champurrado and bu??uelos and... - by El Los Angelino

TOP Ten Reasons Senators Voted Against The DREAM Act
Many of us are still dreaming - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Yo, Bitch!
I reply, "Yes, honey!" - by mia soto - arzola

X-m?ís Story
"I say, let's unwrap the package and let fate give us the big surprise." - by Harry Gamboa Jr.

left my heart
in da' hills.... - by mia soto arzola

It's Still OK to Say Christmas!
Enough with the political correctness, already! - by Edie J. Adler

Legitimate Ad Service Wanted
Craigslist people have no respect for the rules. - by Daniel J. Hernandez

TOP Ten Reasons Santa Wants to Avoid Oakland
Way to close to Alameda and Emeryville - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

A Sojourners Christmas
My culture tells me that the best gift I can give is unconditional love - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Sinverguenza Spotlight: Parents
Perhaps you were raised by sinverguenzas and you're a parent yourself having yet to discover that, yes, you are shameless - by El Guapo

The New Minority: Can't We All Just Get Along?
Being bi-racial, multi-ethnic, cross-cultural, or whatever words you chose to identify yourself is a very personal statement - by Belinda Quesada

A Plea to Teachers for Special Education Students
Parents need teachers to advocate for educational services - by Norma Pedregon, Rey's mother

I Went to the USC/UCLA Game and a Hockey Game Broke Out
Is possibility of life in prison over someone disrespecting your hoodie worth it? - by El Los Angelino

Speaking in Taose??o
How Spanish is spoken in Taos, New Mexico - by Teresa Dovalpage

??Como Qu?® "We the People"?
Like inept management, some public servants are taking people with them as the ship of public trust continues to sink - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Salma Hayek Made It as An Undocumented
Talk about a dream act - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Las Posadas
A Mexican tradition worth adopting - by Edie J. Adler

Working Below Your Pay Grade
I've have learned to say please and thank you because you never know when the economy is going to turn bad for you - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

When Did the American Dream Get Outsourced?
I can really have the American Dream that I saw on TV as a child. All I have to do is move to a country like the Czech Republic, - by Daniel James Hernandez

TOP Ten Reynaldo Decerega's Thoughts When He Elbowed Obama
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Director of Programs accidentally cut President in pickup basketball game - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Raising Yesenia
ADHD X's 2 - by Belinda Quesada

For my girlz....
Amigas - trust, it does get better - by mia soto arzola

?íFeliz Dia de Gracias!
What I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving - by Edie J. Adler

TOP Ten Things a Barrio Turkey is Thinking
If, that is, a Barrio Turkey could think - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Dia de Gracias: Every Day is a Blessing
On Thanksgiving Day, share your reasons why that special someone will live in your heart forever - by Belinda Quesada

All For My Lucas
A love story - by Cynthia Nicole Sandoval

TOP Ten Reasons Latin Grammy's Need To Be Canceled
A clownish spectacle - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Who Says We're Always Late?
For once we weren't on Mexican Time - by El Los Angelino

Hard Work, Tough Lesson
Learning from Latino day laborers - by Alvaro Huerta

We Are Bilingual, ??Qu?® No?
Educators, artists and administrators speak about the state of bilingualism in New Mexico - by Teresa Dovalpage

La Lllorana at Universal Studios - Yeah, Boy, We Made It!
Is it me or are we the only ethnic group with a child killer as our standard bearer in the horror genre? - by El Los Angelino

Top Ten Latino Explanations For the Mystery Missile
?íQu?® "aircraft condensation trail", qu?® nada! - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons a Parrot was Arrested in Colombia
Jailbird called Lorenzo caught in drug raid had been trained to call out "Run, run " whenever it spotted a police unif - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

love or lust......
follow your heart.......... - by mia soto - arzola

The Official El Los Angelino Voter's Guide
May it bring us good fortune and a blistering end to this economic Category 5 recession. Read 'em and weep. - by El Los Angelino

Calavera, calavera regresame con ella
Never say goodbye, always I'll see you later - by DiAnna Villanueva

A Virgin for Cachita
A short story - by Teresa Dovalpage

TOP Ten Things Latinos Must Know Before Trick or Treating
10. It's "Trick or Treat", not "Trick or Tree..." - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Respect - Discipline from the Grave
An excerpt from "My Yiddishe Grandma" - by Edie J. Adler

Another Mining Story
A no happy ending mining story - by Andy Porras

Superstitions, Creencias and Wacky Remedies
What's the point? - by Cindy Pulido

Things That Bug the Hell Out of You...But Nobody Knows It
Just a taste of the goofy side of political correctness in the real world... - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Latinos Live Longer Than Other Americans
Latino longevity exceeds all others...our lives aren't boring - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Tommy Garcia Story
A true triumph of the spirit story. - by L. Garcia

Give Credit to Paid, Diligent Latino Gardeners
All honest workers deserve respect - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Reasons Victor Perez is a Major American Hero
Victor who? He's the unemployed construction worker from Fresno whose car chase lead to a little girl's freedom - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Looking For Familia
I was getting more attention since my mother licked me from top to bottom when I was a small pup - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP Ten Reasons Latinos Don't Encounter UFOs
Which is surprising, considering Eddie James Olmos is admiral of Battlestar Galactica - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons It's Good for J-Lo To Be On Idol
Gives her something to do while waiting for a singing career - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Celebrates 16th of Sept
"Joe" just don't like Mexicans, any day of the year - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Fidel Castro Thinks Cuba's Communism Failed
It occurred to him as he stroked his beard... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Boot Camp
Rite of Passage 1960 - by Guillermo "Willie" Qui??ones

The Bitter Man
A first person account on domestic violence - by Cindy Pulido

Why You Must See MACHETE This Weekend
Stream of consciousness by El Editor - by Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.

TOP Ten Ways Latinos Celebrate Labor Day
Editor's note: Isn't every day Labor Day? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

I Ain't No Anchor Baby
Ya Basta! - by Alvaro Huerta

The Dances at Saint Anthony's Hall
Memories of days gone by or bye - by Frederico (El Mariachi Poet) DeHerrera

Mi Orgullo de Ser Chicana
La Vida de mi Abuelita, Pauline A. Garcia - by Manette Garcia-Avalos

Upon My Return
I left to college and now I return and the same things still plague my community - by L_Poeta

TOP 10 Things Mexican Miss Universe Was Thinking When She Won
Editor's note: I know what Al Carlos was thinking ... !Qu?® viva Mexico! - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Bookworm Rebel
An early love for reading helped a future writer discover the true power of books - by Margo Candela

Chicano Moratorium: A Glimpse Back
Memorial to Vietnam War veteranas and veteranos of East LA - by Sepur?¡

Four New Bilingual Travelogue Books for Kids
"We're Off" ... books for kids about Kenya, Peru, Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands - by Georgette Baker

TOP Ten Reasons LatinoLA.com Never Gets Invited to Imagen Awards
Editor's note: With columns like this, no wonder! - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Evaluation
I'm a little older and a little wiser now - by Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer

Arizona Gov. Brewer's Mexican Nightmare in the Future
A tale of Brewer's obsession with Mexicans - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Signs a Gay Homeboy Chicano Marriage Won't Work
But at least it's legal - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Parts of Arizona New Law Not Blocked
Lawmakers can still write stupid laws - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten New Arizona State Motto Ideas
"It's Too Hot for Latinos" didn't make the cut - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Flowers For Henrietta
"I could never figure out how she can be hep to all the happenings perched on the hill way up in City Terrace." - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP 10 Signs They Want You as a Presenter at the Imagen Awards
The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

What People Can Learn from Animals
Loyalty comes in many shapes and forms - by Edie J. Adler

To Think
From a broken heart - by Christian Henriquez

TOP Ten Signs Russian Spies Were Latinos
Not Moscow ... m?ís cow - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Boys From Little Mexico
A season chasing the American Dream - by Christian Henriquez (@Monumental_1 on Twitter)

A Place to Stand
A place to stand is what I seek - by DiAnna Villanueva

Pieces of L.A.
An excerpt from a first novel-in progress - by Jim Marquez

My Visit to the Zoo
Chicano teacher chronicles his day in the life (fiction) - by Armando Cepeda

TOP Ten Signs Long Weekend in Mexico Was a Mistake
Local policia know you by name - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Signs a Latina Should Know Baby Too Big for Stroller
Baby starts pushing her - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Initiating An Artwalk Stop
A selection from Jim's new book "Citizen ME:L.A.Stories!" - by Jim Marquez

Is It Still Father's Day After You've Lost Your Dad?
Honoring his blessed memory - by Edie J. Adler

como duele
wish i could take the pain away - by mia soto

Arizona Meet British Petroleum
Toxic Twins - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Signs You're Taking the World Cup Too Seriously
You're actually watching Univision - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Handout
Can you spare some change? - by Jose-Gabriel Almeida

A New Birth of Freedom
Juneteenth: another Independence Day - by Andy Porras

TOP Ten Latino Solutions to Fix BP Oil Spill
Just get it done - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Ramona Gardens Sluggers
Tales from the Eastside - by Alvaro Huerta

Make Yourself Count
When the Census workers come calling, be nice to them! - by Edie J. Adler

Welcome to the United Hates of America
Life in the U. H. of A - by Andy Porras

For the Fellas That Ain't Here
Memorial Day for me is a day of sadness - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Things a Latino iPhone Could Do
Yes, there's an app for that - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

A Modester Proposal
To save this nation we must grind the children of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. into a thick, congealed paste - by El Guapo

SB 1070
Poetry: "So, when you see The Colorado River dry ... Remember the people that once cried for you!" - by Krystal Diaz

Brooklyn and Mednik - Happy Times
It is the duty of a Historical Storyteller to present all particulars, no matter how seemingly unimportant to the reader - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP Ten Signs Clown at Barrio Birthday Party is Al-Qaeda
Where's TSA when you need them? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Rejected Chola Commencement Speech Topics
Well, at least they're graduating - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

A New Look at an Old Health Care Remedy: a Pet Dog
Another stereotype bites the dust - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways Cinco De Mayo Will be Different in Arizona This Year
Official drink: Old Crow - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Feliz Dia de las Madres
Don't forget to call your Mom! - by Edie J. Adler

TOP 10 Ways for Latinos Not to be Racially Profiled in Arizona
Do I look illegal to you? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

SB1070
One pissed off Latina - by svivar9087

Feliz CInco de Mayo and Happy Independence Day, Israel!
Why I'm a proud Mexican-American Jew - by Edie J. Adler

The Love Story
This is the story of true love - by Theresa Corella

Jose, El Mar
En espa??ol - by N. G. Rodriguez

TOP Ten Reasons Latinos Don't Get Invited to Tea Parties
Now, if they served champurrado, that would be another story - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Racism on Campus
What post-racial America? - by Alvaro Huerta

Blue
A short story from the collection "Anywhere But L.A.". Book signing on April 17, downtown L.A. - by Daniel A. Olivas

TOP Ten Reasons to See "La Mission" Movie
Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera has always had to be tough to survive. Just like Al Carlos - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Death of a Bookstore In the Afternoon
An Excerpt from the 2nd Editon of "Citizen ME: L.A. Stories!" by JIm Marquez - by Jim Marquez

TOP Ten Signs a Latino Overdid It at Costco
Al Carlos is still standing in line - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Latino Responses to Ricky Martin's Gay Announcement
She bangs or he bangs, no big deal - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Happy Cesar Chavez Day !!!
Today marks the 10th official year CA joined w/ other states to celebrate, honor & teach about the late labor social leader - by Carlos San Miguel

Republicans' Hypocritical Criticism Cannot Continue
Let's stop with the nonsense of conservatives - by Alvaro Huerta

One Voice Radio
New Internet radio show, powered by the people - by Christian Henriquez

Finally Became the Person I've Always Wanted To Be
I have exceeded my expectations and achieved mostly everything reasonable that I ever wanted - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

President Obama Should Fight on Many Fronts
A progressive agenda is needed in this country - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP 10 Benefits of Having a Chola As Prom Date
The challenge: Will it be Sad Eyes, Giggles or La Lady? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Core "the heart of the apple" part ll
Amor Eterno - by Mia Soto

some might say I'm back.. but i never left....
good to be here... - by mia soto arzola

Men's Zone Coming to Your Supermarket, Chulo
In spring a young man's fancy turns to . . . - by Andy Porras

Culver City Police Department - Gangsters with Badges?
Shaved head Chicanos harrassed by Culver City PD - by Camilo Arenivar

Marry the Pig for a Little Sausage
Advice for the lovelorn - by Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer

Where's Ricardo?
Why wasn't he mentioned? - by Jesse Perez

Tejano Monument May Turn Recognition into Respect
Texas about to recognize Tejano contributions - by Andy Porras

TOP Ten Reasons Toyotas are Number One with Latinos
Just get out of the way - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

In My Nothingness
no soy nadie - by Maria Reyna

No More...
Poetry For The Heart - by coraz??n

TOP 10 Reasons George Lopez Won't Be Dancing with the Stars
Vato shuffle not officially sanctioned by USA Dance - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Doctoral Dilemma for a Campus Graduate Student
A Chicano Plh.D. candidate gets asked one too many times: Hey, Alvaro, when are you getting a real job? - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP 10 Winter Barrio Sports Not in This Year's Olympics
You, ese! You, ese! You, ese! - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Last Drunkard on Earth
An excerpt from the forthcoming book "Citizen ME: L.A.Stories-Suckling the Urban Teat!" - by Jim Marquez

A Broken Kiss
A Poetic Story of Deceit - by Coraz??n

Continental Airlines - ?íAdelante! U.S. Education Essay Contest
Hispanic education organization announces "Destino: Latinoam?®rica" contest, deadline May 28

TOP Ten Reasons There Are No Latinos in the Winter Olympics
Cold, cold, cold - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Recognizing Latinos' Triumphs
Viva the late Bobby Salcedo: educator, UCLA doctoral student and public servant - by Alvaro Huerta

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
It's going to be alright because we are going to make it alright by our vision, our work, and our attitude - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

NFL: Nena's Football League
She was not big, only five feet five, hefty, but not heavy, only one-hundred fifty-six and a half pounds - by Tommy Villalobos

TOP Ten Latino Valentine's Day Slogans
It's Valentine's day, and it's really quite heavy; I can't wait to get you, into my Chevy - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Top 10 Signs You Should No Longer be a Brazilian Carnaval Dancer
Maybe it's time to waddle down to Mardi Gras - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Fear and Loathing In East LA
A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson - by Jim Marquez

Who Wants to be a Maid?
Hollywood stereotypes continue - by Lisa Zion

Jury Duty: Civic Responsibility or Major Intrusion?
It's as if all the court employees had total disregard for the people complying with their civic duty - by Edie J. Adler

TOP Ten Reasons Hispanics Shouldn't Take LA Gang Tour
If you don't act right, they might break the cease fire - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Remember
Love poetry for the heart - by coraz??n (Robert A. Ch?ívez Jr.)

TOP Ten Things Overheard at Sheriff Arpaio Protest in Arizona
When's "The Toughest Sheriff in America" getting run out of town, anyway? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Seasons of Change
In the twinkling of an eye! - by Hermelinda Ramsay

Do You Can You Will You
Poetry For The Heart - by coraz??n (Robert A. Ch?ívez Jr.)

North of The Stars & South of Your Heart
Poetry for the heart - by Coraz??n (Robert A. Ch?ívez Jr.)

Immigration Bill Adds Little to Reform
A case against a temporary guest worker program - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Signs Your Tia Won't Make It on American Idol
"In NOT going to Hollywood? ?íQu?® mierda!" - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Zoot Suit: Time for a Revival
This play was "mas chucote que la cingada!" - by Lucilla Gonzalez-Borik

Borderlands
The border battle in Phoeniz, Arizona - by Christian Henriquez

The Orator
A Chicano's view - by J.J. Koehler

Dog Presents
Ula Jones, a 7 year-old Latina, 2nd grade author - by Ula Jones

New Beginnings: Metamorphosis
Zippity-Do-Dah! - by Hermelinda Ramsay

The Headache
An excerpt from Jim Marquez's forthcoming self-published book "Citizen Me: L.A. Stories!" due out Feb 14th. - by Jim Marquez

TOP Ten New Years Texts Latinos Don't Want to Get
LMFAO - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Alviso
A barrio story - by Nancy Alvarado

Happy 2010!
Do you have any New Year's Resolutions? - by Edie J. Adler

A Week in December
Though the news may not have garnered headlines, it captures my attention for its added twist of fate - by Luis O. Sotelo, aka "Trulatin"

The Obligatory Dance
An excerpt from "Writer on the Storm" - by Luis O. Sotelo, aka "Trulatin"

La Amada
The Loved One

Fell In Love With My Parents Again
If I had seen those pictures back in the day I would be different now - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Outta Da' Way, Gold Line Coming Through!
An Excerpt from Jim Marquez's revised book "From East Los" - by Jim Marquez

Miracle on 39th Street
A long time ago in a place far far away - by Alberto Marrero Salas

What Happened to Christmas?
Christmas shopping isn't what it used to be! - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

The Winter Rose
A story to celebrate all of the season's miracles! - by Edie J. Adler

Christmas Eve Light
There is always enough light, enough love, enough hope to make it through another day - by Hermelinda Ramsay, MBA

TOP Ten Signs the Cholo at the Xmas Party is a Rookie Cop
Asks for a martini instead of a 40 - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Reasons Santa Claus Wants to Avoid Oakland
And certain parts of L.A., too - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Bear Hunt with Spanky
The family camping trip - by Tristan Ramsay with Nana Ramsay

TOP Ten Signs a Latino Didn't Throw Tomatoes at Sarah Palin
She does like to wear red - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Barely Illegal Blondes
The dyed-blonde Latina epidemic - by Omar Mengano, EthnicAvenue.com

He Was Dancing With A Beautiful Woman
A poem from the book "Heart of the Beast: Collected Love Stories" - by Jim Marquez

Maybe the Real Thing is Not So Real After All
The Coke vs Costco controversy stands to benefit drinkers of Coke hecho en Mexico - by Andy Porras

A Green Immigration
Appreciating paid Mexican gardeners in L.A. - by Alvaro Huerta

Top Ten If Tiger Woods was Married to a Latina
He'd have a hole in one - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Non-scheduled Male Body Maintenance
If you are a middle aged man, you need to get your blood work done, prostate test, BMI and, oh yes, the invasive colon procedure - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Thank You...Whoever You Were
A true 2009 Thanksgiving holiday story - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

How to Be A Black Friday Survivor
Holiday shopping survival guide - by Lares NYC

I Survived the Gold Line
nov 24 2009 - by bee martin

The Kindness of Strangers
What I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving Day - by Edie J. Adler

I Dream of the Day...
November 30, 1995 - by bee martin

The Right to a Great Education
Advocating for Quality Education for All - by Alvaro Huerta

Mi Dia
Mujeres si pueden - by Vanessa Rodriguez

TOP Ten Reasons You Should Watch Lopez Tonight, Not Conan
As if you really need a reason - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Core: "The Heart of the Apple"
El corazon de la manzana - by Mia Soto

This Little Cat Named Charlie
Cats are amicable just as long as they don't live in the house and sleep next to your head - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

War Memorials of the New Germany
An excerpt from the book "The Beast from the East" - by Jim Marquez

TOP 10 Reasons Latino Sammy Sosa went from Black to White
Home run king has skin like cream - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Artie's Next Book
Artie's next book would not be about weight or gambling--just Dodger baseball, favorite foods and laidback lowriding - by Tommy Villalobos

Honoring Ourselves, As We Honor Our Veterans
Fighting racism is one of the many battles our Veterans have fought and died for - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

The Ying and the Yang
It is important to embrace who we are and where we come from - by Lisann Valentin

Finding You In The Distance of My Dreams
Poetry For The heart - by Coraz??n (Robert Ch?ívez)

TOP Ten Latino-themed Caskets for Sale at Wal-Mart
They're gonna bury good old Al Carlos for this one - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Girl in the Cafe
A portrait - by Jim Marquez

The Reader
A creative approach for parents to encourage reading - by Alvaro Huerta

WHY?
Another senseless tragedy! - by Fred Magallanes

The Legend of Agustin Lorenzo
A story for the Day of the Dead....truth or fiction? You decide! - by Edie J. Adler

Post-projects Halloween Misadventures
The tradition of kids going door to door trick or treating is passing away because of the times we live in - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Barrio Halloween Trick or Treat Do's and Don'ts
#11 - Don't go dressed as Al Carlos - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

L.D. Buster
The case for adopting a shelter dog - by Edie J. Adler

Franz Kafka in Fresno
A short story - by Daniel A. Olivas

Oh Say, Can You See
Can you really see what's truly going on within our America family? - by Joe Ortiz

My Love Affair with the Latino Community
Why I think I should have been born a Mexican - by Neal C. Adler

Dog Day Afternoon at the DMV
I knew there was going to be a problem when the parking lot was filled with cars sporting homemade tinted windows - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Dia de Los Muertos
The spirits are flying high this year. - by Maria Reyna

Forgiveness
Do you have to forgive in order to be forgiven? - by Edie J. Adler

TOP Ten reasons to watch Latino Music USA on PBS
No joke: "The Chicano Wave" on October 19 - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

She Will Live More Than Half Her Life Without Me
Born in a broke country with a black president - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Success from Failure
If you fail, try, try again! - by Hermelinda Ramsay

TOP Ten Reasons Latinos Do Not Believe in Cryogenics
Now, that's cold - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Finding Motivation
The little things in life motivate me - by Hermelinda Ramsay

TOP 10 Reasons the ALMA and Latin Grammys Exclude Chicano Bands
It ain't because of the music - by Al Carlos Hernandez

The Mentors in My Life
Passing on learned wisdom - by Hermelinda Ramsay

Soaring Around, Above and Through Life
"Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep." -Carl Sandburg - by Luisa Gracias

TOP Ten Reasons CNN Needs to Drop Lou Dobbs
Really don't need 10, but here goes ... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Excerpt from "America Libre" by Raul Ramos y Sanchez
First chapter from the controversial novel America Libre, a cautionary tale envisioning a Latino liberation movement in the U.S. - by Raul Ramos y Sanchez

En el Barrio de Los Mangos
Algo de memoria, de historia, ensayo y ficcion para proteger a los inocentes y llevar al lector que conozca mi mundo de ni??ez - by Leonel Men?®ndez ?ülvarez

TOP 10 Reasons Los Lobos Will Not Be Dancing With the Stars
Don't worry, Baby - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Are There Really Hispanic Colors?
It's easy to stereotype a culture with a particular color palette, and Hispanic cultures, like Mexico are often seen. . . - by Cristina Acosta

TOP 10 Consequences if Kanye West was Rude to a Chola Singer
Uh, uh, uh ... you didn't say that! - by Al Carlos Hernandez

El Grito
Will the real Mexican Independence Day please step forward? - by Edie J. Adler

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
Career choices: Listen to your heart, pray diligently, and take time for meditative reflection - by Hermelinda Ramsay

So Much to See, So Much To Do
Downtown Santa Ana: A place where I feel I belong - by Maria Reyna

Great Deception
What happened between a father and his son - by Jose-Gabriel Almeida

The Opposite of Bravery is Not Cowardice but Conformity
We have found that if you want to improve the quality of life, make an effort to let your creative juices flow - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Success
I found strength to rise above my past. - by Hermelinda Ramsay

TOP Ten Signs Your Cat May Be Latina
They call her "Cat Eyes" - by Al Carlos Hernandez

To love you is pure bliss...
My Love - by ....DHOC

Spent My Life Maladjusted
Sounded like an elephant sat on a bag of walnuts - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Can We "Tawk?"
The case for Toast Masters - by Edie J. Adler

Any Other Way
Things you notice when you watch the ground - by Juan Carlos Ledezma

nunca mas...
July 9, 2008 - by bee martin

Top 10 Words of Advice for Latino Astronaut from Familia
Jose Hernandez: from Stockton to outer space on a rocket - by Al Carlos Hernandez

I'm Just a Little Angel on the Way to Heaven
Too many children have died at the hands of others. In LA alone, several children died last week. Here's their voice - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

The Dreamer
Mayto challenges the critics - by Alvaro Huerta

Dreams Do Come True
A cyber fairy tale - by Edie J. Adler, contributing writer

A Beautiful Day in the Land of 1000 Dances
What a wedding! What a memory!...what a relief! - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Sola.......
pondering thoughts.... - by mia soto

The Jew of Dos Cuentos: A Short Story
The pueblo has now grown so accustomed of Mr. Schifrin that it finally granted him the honor of an epithet - by Daniel Olivas

The Bully
The rise and fall of a bully - by Alvaro Huerta

TOP Ten Reasons Hugo Chavez Wants to Ban Golf in Venezuela
Once again, he's out of bounds - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Once Upon a Time in America
The little school house is where I learned to speak and read English - by Hermelinda Ramsay

Bashful
The cat that came to dinner - by Edie J. Adler

I Channeled Edward James Olmos
Look at me when you talk to me Ese - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons You Should Watch George Lopez on HBO
He's tall, dark and Chicano...see for yourself on August 8 - by Al Carlos Hernandez

One Bad Cop
Sometimes knowing right and doing right are not the same thing - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing editor

TOP Ten Helpful Hints for a Successful Latino Picnic
First, stake out the benches and tables two days before the big day - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Peanut Butter
How a little kid from the projects fights back - by Alvaro Huerta

lost for words
still heartbroken - by mia soto - arzola

pink slip
disposable - by Jesenia Chavez

TOP 10 Signs the Paleta Salesman is on Steroids
Muchas gracias, Se??or Paletero - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Love At First Bite
The crunch of teeth meeting food came from the kitchen to underscore the enchanting scene - by Tommy Villalobos

desesperada
sad - by mia soto

Some White Guys Ain't That Bad....or Different...
A couple of Caucasian veteranos share menudo, coffee, love of women of color, laughs and support to LatinoLA in surprising ways - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing editor

Second Chances
Have you been here before? - by Edie J. Adler

Such Wisdom!
God sent an angel to watch over me - by bee martin

TOP 10 Signs You Have a Bad Panader?¡a
Some refer to Pan Dulce as Mexican Bread. What do they call it in Mexico? - by Al Carlos Hernandez

"Your call is important to us!"
Suggestions for telephone etiquette - by Edie J. Adler

On a Run
Don't look back... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways a Cholo Prepares for the Summer
It's gonna be a long, hot one - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave
Freedom is never free - by Edie J. Adler

La Tormenta at the Lost Souls Caf?®
a poem after the paintings by Gronk - by Daniel Olivas

TOP 10 Mistakes You Made Last July 4, But Not This One
But it happens every year, anyway - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Fourth of July is for Real Americans
Why La Raza has a right to celebrate the Fourth - by Andy Porras

El Robo
In memory of my Mexican mother - by Alvaro Huerta

Not So Common Courtesy
Lo cortes no quita lo valiente - by Edie J. Adler

Who Needs Obama Care?
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. UNCF - by Kinko Da Clown

TOP Ten Ways a Harlista Dad Celebrated Fathers Day
With the wind whipping through his snow-white hair - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Still Missing Papito
Don't forget to call your Dad - by Edie J. Adler

My Daughter's Wedding
And I didn't cry... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

The Gift of a Childless Father
To all of those men who selflessly give of their hearts, thank you and wish you a Happy Father's Day

La Pistola
Tribute to my Mexican father - by Alvaro Huerta

Lessons Learned From Judge Sotomayor's Confirmation Process
These lessons, while most were apparent all along, should be loud and clear at this point... as in crystal clear - by Ralph de Unamuno

Latino College Students Receive Prestigious National Scholarship
Six Latino college students pursuing degrees in advertising, marketing or public relations awarded LAGRANT Foundation funds - by Veronica Potes

Echo Park Symphony No.2
A reaffirming of perspective in verse - by Slowjoe

Top 10 Signs Barrio improvement Committee Chairperson is Nuts
Al Carlos never misses a meeting - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Before you say something or do something that you'll regret later: Be kind, rewind - by Lisa Zion, Contributing Writer

Don't Dress To Regress
If you don't know, you need to ask somebody... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Reasons Sonia Sotomayor Will Be Best Supreme Court Judge
Republican haters? Bring 'em on! - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Cruising with Mayto
Memories of a homeboy - by Alvaro Huerta

El Verde Corn Contest!
Corn is everywhere, take a picture. - by Arturo Sanchez

As I Go Grey
Waiting for another day - by M . Reyna

Post-mod Caf?® Culture
Wise up, you are renting a chair - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Signs You Went To a Lame Hispanic Protest
What do they have to protest about? - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Remembering ...
What Memorial Day means to me - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Nine
the boombox on top of the milk crate - by Sof!a Teodoro

TOP Ten Signs a Mariachi May Be Gay
Or maybe bi - by Al Carlos Hernandez

what can i say
i could love you more than anyone else..... - by mia soto

Head of McDonald's Marketing Tells All: Latino Hamburglar
"...so we slapped some prison stripes on some pajamas and merged zoot suit attire with a Zorro sorta thing and that's - by El Guapo

The Art Of Avoidance
Don't think they didn't see you... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Mom's Are Special Because
Even at a young age, children know how special their Mom's are: Tributes to Mommies by kindergartners - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Letter to Mamita
Enjoy your mothers while you can - by Edie J. Adler, Contributing Writer

Prejudice and Ignorance are Nothing to Sneeze At
Blaming all things Mexican for H1N1-Virus - by Andy Porras

Being A Mother of a Soldier, How Life Changes
A mom of a daughter soldier talks about being the mother of a soldier - by Emma Lopez

perdon de todo corazon Xty!
she's my hermana my Joan of Ark....... - by mia soto

TOP Ten Things a Mexican Pig is Thinking
Why they calling it 'swine flu' anyways? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

same story
when will i get over it.... - by mia soto

Brick by Brick
Ode to my Mexican mother - by Alvaro Huerta

I Thought You Were My Penguin
I will wobble through the Antarctic alone - by mia soto

Situational Awareness
Never take a hungry man food shopping - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP Ten Ways Prominent Latinos Celebrate Earth Day
El Editor is staying offline - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

On birthing poems.....
...........para Cesar - by Sofia Teodoro

Top 10 Reasons Cholas Shouldn't Be Pirates
Yo ho - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

otra ves
heartbroken - same chapter..... - by mia soto

Dancing with a Dweeb: A Love Story
My body simply does not multi-task when it comes to physically expressing myself to music - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Top 10 Good Things About 50% New Citizens Being Latino
And there's millions more waiting in the wings - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Que Dios lo Bendiga
You are already missed Don Alfonso Nava..... - by mia soto

love
it's a beautiful word...... - by cindy

Fluent in Spanglish
Ask me no questions, I'll give you no jive... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

TOP 10 Ways Latinos celebrated C?®sar Chavez Day
Should be a week ... make it a month - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

My Brother's My Keeper
Can love transcend time, distance and death? - by Edie J. Adler, Contributing Writer

I Want To KIll My Neighbor
A look into the playground of the mind - by Slowjoe

The Journey of a 5'2" Latina in the Military
I believe no obstacle can hold me back from fulfilling my hopes and desires - by Senior Airman Natalie J. Lopez

A Pain Only A Loved One Can Feel
A young life taken with so much to offer - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

El Cari??oso, A Sensitive Narco
El Guapo's journey into the world of drug cartels - by El Guapo

Top 10 Signs a Vato Loco is Too Old to Wear an Earring
Now, is it the left ear, or the right ear? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Rolling off my back
lil' white lies add up to a huge amount of disappointment - by DiAnna Villanueva

Arms 2 Short 2 Read
Not farsighted, a pragmatic opportunist... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

I feel it's time to bounce.....
skate...... - by mia soto

Top 10 Signs Your Chihuahua is Nuts
Warning: Don't let him/her anywhere near that Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Two Peas In A Pod
Side by side they take care of each other - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Watching the Old Dudes Dance
A generation passes by us...almost forgotten - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Papa Al and Miss Sally
What a long strange trip it has been... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Forever Young
To my wife. She who completes me. - by Juan D'Aquisto

Top 10 Signs You Watch Too Many Telenovelas
Don't EVEN try to call me between 7 and 10 pm, Monday through Friday - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Hey You!
Why can't you play nice? - by Fanny Garcia

The Demonization of a Young Prince
Senseless murder of Eric Zamarripa in Echo Park - by Slowjoe

Top 10 Signs a 90210 Kid was Raised by a Latina Nanny
All lined up, stroller-to-stroller, at Beverly Hills Park - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Time to Come Clean
So what if you're from the other side - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

A poem called "YOU"
You the illumination of the nation - by Kristi Pallino

Never Give Up, Never Give In
God is no respecter of a person's life and/or work status. For that matter, I am no exception - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Replay
The tape keeps playing - by Roxy Moreno

miss ya' much
lookin' up..... - by mia soto

Top 10 Reasons It Took So Long for Hilda Solis to be Confirmed
All kidding aside ... congratulations Secretary Solis! - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing editor

You Must Forgive
In order to be forgiven - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

??De d??nde eres, chica?
Latina having a hard time with "latina-ism" - by Melissa Renee Cerda

Oldschool Economics
How working poor dealt with a declining economy - by Slowjoe

Down and Dirty Looks
Don't look at me in that tone of voice - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Top Ten Ways Your Cholo Boyfriend Ruined Valentine's Day
I love you baby ??Y qu?®? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Don't Want To Lose Her
She's my sister, she's my friend - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

When Times Are Tough, Ask: What Would Julio Iglesias Do?
Recession trouble? Look to El Padrino for guidance...Julio, the man who allowed for the evolutionary leap that is El Guapo... - by El Guapo

Todos Mis Amores
two heart that have finally met - by Maria Reyna

Falling Down The Stairs in House Shoes
A family tradition that needs to be updated - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Age Is But a Number
The over 30 crowd checks in - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Top 10 Reactions to Encountering Busboy Tio at Business Lunch
The boss is treating, of course - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing editor

Univision Planning Judicious, Money-Saving Boob Cut-backs
"Male cleavage is definitely cheaper," Don Franscisco argues. "When possible, we may use overweight men..." - by El Guapo

If I Was in Your Shoes
What would I do? - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Rollin' With the Times
Two veteranos from two different paths of life agree - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Dangling Culture From a Rear View Mirror
Driving while stupid is still not against the law - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Top 10 Things Not to Hear at Daughter's Quinces
This column could sure use a padrino or madrina - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

when you're drained
you can't move forward and don't know where to go - by mia soto

Las Cosas Que Me Produce Tu Presencia...
Suspiro al despertar en las madrugadas esperando - by Shirley G Cordero

Can't Wait To Get Home
Mustn't miss that train - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Love Without Borders
An excerpt from new novel by same name - by Vincent D. Perez

Top 10 Issues With the USA-Mexico Border Fence
Good fences make good neighbors, don't they?!? - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing editor

Krack Babies All Lined Up
Some just need a little love - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Bowling for Ballers
Don't try it in Stacy Adams shoes - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Presidential Apprehension
I have lived my entire life with a crusty old white man in the oval office - by El Guapo

Top 10 Seen and Heard at the Latino Inaugural Gala
They let US in? - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Top 10 Ways Local Spanish Radio Will Cover the Inauguration
Maybe better watch it on TV - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing editor

My Day with History
Recolllections of RFK are forever embedded in my memory - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Great Deception
What happened between a father and his son - by Jose-Gabriel Almeida

Doesn't Love Her Anymore
Paradox of Love - by Tia Maria from Maravilla

Top 10 Ways Richardson Subtly Turned Down the Secretary Nom
Took the fall before somebody pushed him - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

We Could All Use a Laugh
When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him I wanted to enroll in Clown School - by Lisa Zion, contributing writer

TOP 10 Signs a Chola Planned Your New Year's Party
Can't wait for Valentine's Day - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Living Large, Ozzy and Harriet-Style
Norwalk, California. New Years Eve 1956 - by Slowjoe

Editor: Living and Working in L.A.
Sharing our stories during the holiday season - by Henry Torres

Another Piece of Brown Christmas
Memories are more valuable than gift cards - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Dreaming of a Brown Christmas
Peace and blessings to you and yours - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

We Are Noble Bandidas
L.A. Latinas proudly proclaim their singularity

Top 10 Ways a Latino Can Ruin a Hispanics Xmas Party
That is, if you get invited in the first place - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

being sad
thoughts..... - by mia soto

See the Mexican
I thought I was like everyone else, only with a year-around tan, until the day I realized that I was the Mexican - by Cristina Acosta

The Virgin Mary Visits Brooklyn Avenue
How the power of myth accommodates the faithful - by Slowjoe

Top 10 Reasons It Wasn't a Latino Who Threw Shoes at Bush
The chanclaso heard 'round the world - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Throwaway Piece
The beginning - by Jo Ann Hernandez

A Christmas Poem
Remember our military men and women during these times - by Evelyn Martinez

inspiration
i still might have some hope.. inspired by Frankie Firme :) gracias - by mia soto

When Your Down
Kickn' me when I can't get up - by mia soto

Thinking About a Buzz Cut
I'm told that hair always grows back, but luck has never been that good - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Top 10 Thoughts on De La Hoya's Mind While on the Stool
This has got to hurt - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

My Abuelita was One Talented Mujer
Multi-Cultural Chicano musical history in Southern California with classical music Indianist composer and Chicana pianists in LA - by Cristina Acosta

Top Ten Messages on Bill Richardson's Voice Mail
His mailbox is filling up fast - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Through
Will I miss you at all? - by Celeste Gonzalez

Ride It Like You Stole It
Live to ride, ride to live. You never see a motorcycle parked in front of a psychiatrist's office. - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

For Frank
I was your only Flor - by Flor Gonzalez

See the Rain
You need me - by Maria Reyna

i've been down this road before
one too many times...... - by mia soto

Palin Power
Guapa, pero media tonta - by El Profe Loco

Top 10 Reasons a Latina Won't Head Homeland Security
Chancletas as a weapon of mass destruction - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Dia de Gracias
??Guajalote o Pavo? - by El Profe Loco

Falling Asleep Counting My Blessings
Waking up empowered to fix this country one person at a time - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing editor

but he said he cared
and he still put his hands on me - by mia soto

Slowjoe Makes Love to Salma Hayek?
How dreaming can evoke the past - by Slowjoe

If Tomorrow Never Comes
Alone against an industry, a songwriter and author fights to regain control of his life - by Robert Cota

when it hurts so bad
it really hurts - by mia soto

Top 10 Latino Reactions to the Recession
To be fair - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Older Middle Age, I Decided, is a Gift
I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Top 10 Ways Hispanics Are Dealing With the Recession
It's a tough world, after all - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

The Continental Look
How some of us Chicanos rolled in the 60's - by Slowjoe

Top 10 Latino Reactions to the Election of Barack Obama
Astute observations by our resident loco - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Top 10 Gay Fashion Tips for Latino Immigrants
Too shameless for a subtitle... - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Why?
just need an answer.... - by mia soto

Dia de Los Muertos
My favorite time of year - by Maria Reyna

Top 10 Responses: Do You Have a Green Card?
When asked about your lawful permanent residence identification document - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Message from a Chicano
My take on the article by Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor, which I sent to all my friends - by Tomas Gonzales

Cell Phone Spits Salsa
Attempts in clicking over has caused me to speed dial order pizzas, Chinese food, and calling my wife at wor - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Yo soy CHICANO !
Something you just don't grow out of, and nothing to be ashamed of! - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Top Ten Differences Between Hispanics and Latinos
Yes, there is a difference - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

A Ride Not Taken
Another fantasy ride through the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Who Are We?
The different type of Latin experience: life in the 50's being Mexican, we were not yet Hispanic - by Cheri

Al Carlos's Top Ten
Top ten baby names when your spouse is not Latina or Latino - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Fear and Loathing Behind the Sales Counter
Don't hate: The way things are going, you could be next... - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing editor

love is death heart n' soul
la llaves de mi alma........the dedication to the man i am in love with..... - by Mia Soto

History of Survival
Sitting and crying or stand up and smile! - by Claudia L.

Another Take on 10 Top Reasons To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
?íQue Viva La Raza Humana! This month and every month. Ethnic humor Si! Ethnic cutdowns No!. This is a Latino/Raza hemisphere - by Rosalio Mu??oz

Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
In case you didn't know - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Living Well is the Best Revenge
Another heartbreak tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Top Ten Reasons Latinos Should Vote for Obama
Who needs debates? Al Carlos lays it on the line - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

Some Friends Never Go Away
Another tale from the early days in the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Yancey Arias
How I found LatinoLA.com - by Maria Reyna

Jazz and the Sexual Revolution
How I managed to get through high school - by Slowjoe

The Grass is Always Greener
I never realized that a lawn is a living thing - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor

La, La, La, La, La
A song for a Lady and the times.... - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Support Group for Stand-Up Comic's Wives
I threatened my stand-up comic husband I was going to open a support group for wives of stand-up comedians - by Bobbi Miller-Moro

Support a Real Clown for President
So you want change? - by Kinko Da Clown

Adjunct Professor Benz
First day of school butterflies - by Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing editor

Who is Messier: Men or Women?
Let the debate begin! - by Lisa Zion, contributing writer

Just One Shot....
...another tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Routine Macho Man Maintenance
If you are a middle aged man, you need to get your blood work done, prostate test, BMI and oh yes, the invasive colon procedure - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Just Another Day on the Job
Two veterans come to a conclusion - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Bush On Immigration
El Mero Rasquache gives a speech on one of the most important issues of our time - by El Profe Loco

Parking Wars
There is nothing more irksome then a car that stays all weekend, parked in front of the house taking up two parking spaces - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Rat Bike
Men need to show their sons the way by example - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

A Peaceful Day of Unity
The Farce of July: the overall tone and theme was that not everyone in the United States is free - by M. Reyna

Talent lost
TC got smoked... - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Esther
Everyone knows what they will never say - by Celeste Gonzalez

Capoeira's Volta ao Mundo
Brazilian martial arts makes a global mark - by Valeria Berumen

Para Mi Mami
...and never again be confused on what it is you gotta do... - by Celeste Gonzalez

Kitchen Table Folks
Time to come together as a family and help each other to ride out the storm - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Letter to My Father
Enjoy your dads while you can - by Edie J. Adler

Somebody Please! Part 2
Three veteranos talk about the Gente, the hard times, the music and the barrio - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing editor

My Dinner With Alicia
A Tuesday night ritual with her old man - by Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.

First Hicky
A fictional tale from the 'hood - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Qu?® Cribs, Qu?® Nada
Don't buy the hype - by Al Carlos Hernandez-Contributing editor

sadness
el dolor de un coraz??n - by mia soto

An OG's Memorial Day Tribute
I am of a generation where over 50,000 precious lives were sacrificed during Viet Nam - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

I Visited With The Great Spirits Today
After 48 years of life in Gringoland, I have achieved peace. because the spirits knew me and what I needed - by Mexitli

la carta de amor
love letter - by mia soto

Motorcyle Mania
Ride to live, and live to ride - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

Paloma Negra
No excuses No apologies - by M. Reyna

Slings and Arrows of Today's World
It's time we started shooting back! - by Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor

Career Choices
Do I really want to be an actor? - by Lisa Zion

Street Ballad
surrending to the turbulence of your water....... - by Sofia Teodoro

no matter where life takes us
we're under the same sky.... - by mia soto

Protesting for Dummies
One's right to protest should end and/or be amended when it affects one's ability to earn a living - by Al Carlos Hernandez, Contributing Editor

confused
n' dazed..... - by mia soto

could this be love
it must be..... - by mia soto

What Happened to My World?
An older vato ponders change... - by Frankie Firme

The Every Other Weekend Ordeal
Children ARE NOT Pawns! - by ....by DHOC

A Cat With Major Game
No matter how much I liked cats, I couldn't like them consciously - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Nice Hat
What, They Couldn't Guess Your Weight? - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Time to Say Goodbye?
Grief has no timeline - by Edie J. Adler

Latinos and Valentine's Day
Living the Vida Amorosa - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Happy New Year!
Has anybody seen little Maria? - by M. Reyna

Yes Edie, There Is A Santa Claus
Let your kids enjoy the magic - by Edie J. Adler

Success
If emotions manifest thought, thoughts manifest words and words manifest action and reality - by Miguel Angel

Ape Hangers for Xmas
It's all about the ride... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Unleash the Artist in You
Art happens if you let it... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Friends, Family and Gratitude
Give thanks for what you have.... - by M. Reyna

Change is Coming
Ya me voy - by M. Reyna

Broken Heart
el corazon no manda - by mia soto

Chicana Writer Strikes Back
The beauty of the WGA strike is that you don't have be a WGA member to join us; we don't discriminate - by Jessica Lopez

Noose on the Loose . . . Again
Tejanos remember lynchings - by Andy Porras

White Writers Strike
Raza si, guerra no... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Behind the 8 Ball - Response
This fairy tale reeks - by Jesse Perez

Small Prize to Pay for a Green Card
My journey towards naturalization - by Rosa Lila

Day of The Dead
I have been making Altares for as long as I can remember - by M. Reyna

Roller Skating on Thin Ice
It is amazing that many of us survived fun as kids - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Tonight's The Night
An evening in the life of El Editor - by Abelardo de la Pena Jr.

Having a Heat Wave
Hot climate stagnates and pollutes the air like the sitting political regime - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Long Hair
Player hating pelons... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

The Amusement Park
Angelo's birthday - by M. Reyna

Think You Look Like Antonio
When you really look like Cruz - by Al Carlos Hernandez

What's In a Song?
The art of music as a cultural tool - by Frankie Firme

Poetry that erupts....
When two hearts can't part - by DHOC

sens-i-bility
Looking through Shizu Saldamando's work at Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space - by Adrian Arancibia

Perro Park
The Homies walking the yard would have been proud of Miss Sally - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Chicanos Contained in Cubicles
White collar camarada - by Al Carlos Hernandez

i like you a lot of bitzzzzz
full circle...... - by mia soto

The New Miami Vice
It's the official road-rage capital of America - by Andy Porras

Mexico: Beautiful, Beloved and Broke
World's richest man, Carlos Slim Helu, is a Mexican - by Andy Porras

Happy Belated Fathers' Day 2007
It Takes a Special Man to be a Dad - by BarujBraja aka RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Church Shoes, Jogging Suit, Need to Ask Somebody
Household decorum and or personal dress is largely decided by the relative proximity to time away from the homelan - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Play Dating is for Democrats
Any structured play time, aside from recess, should be avoided like a root canal - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Why-Porque
I need to let go...set him free as he came one day to me - by M. Reyna

Depression: My Perspective
The deception that manifests itself differently for all of us - by Carlos Chavarin Chavez

YO!! ADRIANNE!!
Rocky Delgadillo Takes a Public TKO - by The Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla

It's Too Salty
Next time you reach for the salt, save it for holy water and exorcism - by Kat Avila

?íQu?® Chiropractic, Qu?® Nada!
I screamed like a rabid hyena setting off a few car alarms - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Is the Marine Corps for My Son?
I can understand why my son wants to join, yet the fears will never leave my side - by E.V.

My Memorial Day
We should fight the good fight and wage war against community violence, drugs, aids, and miseducation - by Al Carlos Hernandez

The Bigger Vision
Wake up to the reality - by LPoeta

My Father Was an Old Fashioned Tough Guy
Things probably wouldn't have changed much between us had he lived another eighteen years - by Alejandro Diaz

Keeping It In The Family
Admirable Intentions are Fine, But It's the Green that Counts - by Margo Candela

Beaten By Silence
My personal expressions - by Linda Granillo

Eh? What Did You Say?
One-third of Americans have hearing loss due to noise - by Kat Avila

?íFeliz Dia!
Mis Tres Angelitos - by M. Reyna

Dressing for the Occasion
What you wear speaks volumes without you having to say a word - by Margo Candela

Second Chances
Is it deja vu or hidden memories? - by Edie J. Adler

Quit Clowning
If they say its funny, it is not, if they laught it is funny - by Al Carlos Hernandez

A Day at the Ballpark
T-ball Little League, and other joys of life - by Frankie Firme

Plain Jane, Fancy Nancy, or Crude Jude?
Maybe I'll wear something dressier than an old T-shirt and sneakers - by Kat Avila

Cinco De Mayo en San Clemente
This year I will have a table full of Art Activities for children to participate in and enjoy! - by Maria Reyna

What About the Victims?
Remember to forget evil - by Edie J. Adler

A Visit to the DMV as Penance
Longest 75 minutes of mi vida broka - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Pretend You Don't See Them
Incognito on the down low - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Cash Money is Redundant
Don't leave the house with half a yard - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Bush Signs Explosive U.S./Mexico Secret Pact
The Burros will remind Americans that Mexicans are hard workers - by Roberto Rodriguez & Patrisia Gonzales

Revisiting Resistance: 2000
I am leaving with a weapon of my own, a Schools not Jails sign and a new sense of empowerment - by Sofia Teodoro

Two Quarters
The ghettoized view of the world has become unbordered - by L_POETA

Renting Freedom
I'm driving again - by Kat Avila

Letter to Latino 96.3
Perpetuating ignorance and further desensitizing the Latino community to violence and negativity is not why you're on the radio - by Alyssa O.

Las Golondrinas
Always someone - by M. Reyna

Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Pi??ata Woman And
Other Super Hero Girls, Like Me. - by Frankie Colmane

The Growing Season
From lemons to children, my dad tends to them the same way - by Margo Candela

Machos to Mush
I been seek - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Trippin' and Slippin'
Laughing at the wrong time again... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

W's Monument to 9-11
It is permanent war that is immoral and illegal - by Roberto Rodriguez

Eastside Land
Under the California sun - by Fanny J. Garcia

Retail Hell #8: The Finish Line's in Sight
Amazing how a new pair of shoes can improve your outlook - by Kat Avila

Like a candle in the wind...
The passing of Anna Nicole Smith - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Deuteronomy Tales
In the desert I've left behind - by Fanny J. Garcia

The Kiss
My little boy is just growing up and now I hope that he turns into the man I tried to raise him to be - by Roxanne Acosta

We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock
Or maybe not - by Jesse Perez

Where Are You From, Ese?
Reflections on a Sunday afternoon - by Jesse Perez

A Eulogy, Forgiveness and Congas
Poncho Sanchez-A Living Legend - by M. Reyna

Shopping Cart Chivalry
Duck tongues and gopher lips - by Al Carlos Hernandez

In the Bedroom
A woman's work is never done. - by Margo Candela

Welcome to the Jungle
We got fun and games... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Do??a Tomacita
I would spend hours at her house playing and learning about the plants and flowers in her garden - by M.Reyna

X-Mas Y Mas
Tis the season... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Merry Little Christmas!
We played with that ball all day till the sun went down - by Maria Reyna

Great Deception
What happened between a father and his son - by Jose-Gabriel Almeida

Cribs Indeed
Morally broke ballers... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

A Tale of Christmas Woe
Some guys still don't get it, except at Commonwealth Ave. - by Frankie Firme

To Tree or Not to Tree
Christmas tree or Hannukah bush - by Edie J. Adler

Retail Hell #7: Store Returns
Most stores will take back almost everything to keep customers happy - by Kat Avila

A Breech of Privacy
Is your information for sale? - by Edie J. Adler

Tasting South Central
And when it was time to leave you, silver chain and all, I wanted to turn back - by Sofia Teodoro

Day of The Dead
The Woman of Juarez - by M.Reyna

Marine Response to John Kerry
En Boca Cerrada No Entran Moscas - by Edie J. Adler

The Riddle that Death Brings
No man is a failure who has friends - by Jose G. Flores

Routine Maintenance
Humans, like cars, need to get checked on a regular basis - by Al Carlos Hernandez

You Say Potato, I Say Latina
What's in a word? A lot when race, socioeconomics and class have something or everything to do with it - by Margo Candela

Trick or Treat, Barrio-style
Blast from the past... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Maria's Garden
I want to see the metamorphosis as the seasons change - by Maria Reyna

My Beautiful Little Girl
You have made a difference in many people's lives - by BVH

To Quote Freddy Fender
A little bit is better than nada, sometimes you want the whole enchilada - by Jesse Perez

Del Mercadito al Parral a la Cama pero Sin Ti
...and fall asleep with Chente on my mind - by Sofia Teodoro

Who's Side Are You On?
Building a Black / Brown coalition - by Lizette Escobedo

Don't Vote, Don't Snivel
Majority should rule... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

The Stupidity of Stupidity
Why leaving the 9 to 5 works for real Gente - by Frankie Firme

The Brocha Got to Go
Zap that whip... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

love of my life...
u are.... - by mia soto-arzola

No to Amnesty!
Bush is selling our country out! - by Kinko the Clown

Edie Get Your Gun
Why I'm becoming a card-carrying member of the NRA - by Edie J. Adler

Prose to White Sheets Used on the Brown Side of LA
the conversation of whiteness we never had - by Sofia Teodoro

Little Shoeshine Boy
I wish he had a better life - by Maria Reyna

Sera Normal
Que soledad, que tristeza, que angustia - by BVH

Home Alone
La vida sola - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Hope
Living life with passion - by Sra. Maria Reyna

Yo' Beanie May Look Like a Turban
I know a Persian girl who calls herself Mimi Celantro - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Gracias Fidel
Arriba nuestro maximus lider - by Alberto Marrero Salas

Un D?a Especial
Buenos d?as Se?or - by BVH

Happy Birthday
Tata Comandante Fidel - by Jimmy Centeno

Too Short for My Weight
Pretty and plump - by Al Carlos Hernandez

I See Your Face, I Hear Your Voice
Come closer - by Roxanne Acosta

Mel, Ya No Le Hagas Tanto Al Chupe
Open letter to Mel Gibson from your friendly neighborhood Mexican-American-Jew - by Edie J. Adler

Doom is Here....GMAT
A former student of Josefina Lopez tells the tale of.... - by The Great Gazooo!!

Punked at the Pump
No one rides for free - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Orientation
I have to prove myself - by LPoeta

Telephone Etiquette
How to be profesional on the phone - by Edie J. Adler

Parking Space Jihad
Tiradano ranfla... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Having a Heat Wave
Tirando Chicano cutoffs to beat the heat - by Al Carlos Hernandez

I Was a Yo-Yo Dieter
How I lost 90 pounds...and counting - by Maria Reyna

Graduation
A new outlook on life - by LPoeta

Happy Father's Day
Not baby daddy day - by Al Carlos Hernandez

The Man
Our time - by M.Reyna

?Viva Espa?a!
What shameful ancestry? - by Juan D. Aquisto

Hispanic or Latino?
What's the best way to describe your background? - by Edie J. Adler

Hard to Hold On To, Yet Harder to Let Go?.
A love that lost its way? - by Roxanne Acosta

Lies of the Colonialists, Part 2
An English-Only drama - by Kat Avila

Coincidence or Miracle
I believe there is a purpose for everything in life - by BVH

Take Action to Defend Academia Semillas del Pueblo
Disney Company should know their racist employee is hate mongering on KABC Radio - by Josefina Aguilar

Nostalgia
Los rayos de sol quemaron, las pocas flores del jard - by Shirley G Cordero

Adios - See You Later
Para Mi Papa - by m.j.padilla

There's a Poet in America...
The Aztlan renaissance movement - by Joaquin

El Espiritu y el espiritu
Hay poder - by m. j. padilla

Future Leader
An award that I question - by LPoeta

My Memorial Day
For the fellas that ain't here... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Los Amigos De Mi Hijo
Todos tienen su historia - by BVH

Celebro Ser Madre
Para todas las Madrecitas - by Maria Reyna

Lies of the Colonialists
My new adventure comic story - by Kat Avila

La vida no vale nada
La ternura de tus luceros, reflejara la alegr?a de tus cielos - by Shirley G Cordero

No mower
A day without ignorance... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Divide and Conquer: That's the Plan.
The immigrant community does not hurt the African-American agenda, nor do the African-Americans hate all immigrants - by Sandra Habr-Valle

A Sad Cinco de Mayo
Sometimes you have to ir contra la corriente - by Edie J. Adler

A Gift from my Brother and God
Proof of devine interventions - by DHOC

Propina Prop's
Tripping on tipping... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Desgraciadamente aun
?nete a la lucha por un cambio positivo - by Shirley G Cordero

Gracias, Alegria, Esperanza
When you want more out of life, stop carrying around the baggage, pain and regret and give thanks, be joyful and create miracles - by Laura De Anda

We are One/ Somos Uno
We March For Many Things - by LPOETA

Is That a Guy or a Gal?
Not funny when they're talking about you - by Kat Avila

My Brother
My everlasting strength - by DHOC

Moctesuma's Revenge
Students should try walking out...to the library - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Today and Yesterday
Hoy en este dia - by Jimmy Centeno

Sugarcane Fields
Will be my last resting place - by Fanny J. Garcia

Race Matters
HR 4437... how do I deal? - by Lizette Escobedo

Raw
I have never been with anyone at their final hour...I wonder what it's like? - by Maria Reyna

Unconditional Love
You're going to be an abuelita - by Mia Soto-Arzola

?Quien me busca?
En el mar se depositaron viseras de mis hermanos - by Shirley G Cordero

El Ultimo Pendleton
Puro buttoned to the top... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Ditching the Real Issue of Walkout
Organize and not vandalize or disrupt L. A.'s daily activities - by Oscar G. Rosales, LCPL/USMC (ret.)

Walkout/1968-2006
It's like going back to the future - by Mita Cuaron

What If There Was No Southern Border?
One way to make our country stronger - by The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla

A World in Which Many Fit
Will the Mexican flag really create a backlash? - by Ollinkoatl

Volteando Guia
The hour is here! La Gran Marcha - by Maria Reyna

Taxed to the Max
All shook down... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Otra Vez
soy hembra en celo de tu pene amigo? - by Shirley G Cordero

I Have Died Many Times
Forgiveness and Self Love - by Maria Reyna

El Puma Was My Dad
And he was on Siempre En Domingo at night - by Fanny J. Garcia

Officious Starbuck Conduct
People try to act all smart in cafes - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Chicana in Heaven
We have all come a long way! - by Maria Reyna

Cell Phone Sounds Like A Rooster
Clicking not, clucking over... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

life
vida - by Timoi

Pink and White Lace
And the stains left behind - by Fanny J. Garcia

La carta del recuerdo
Me acobarda la idea y este papel tendr? un destino?tus manos - by Shirley G Cordero

The Mexican Invasion: The Leprechauns
Tales from a land filled with many activities and a host of strange stories - by Edwardo Cruz

Jessie James is Puro Chicano
El Vato, estan de aquellas... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Mardi Gras as Public Healing Ritual for Wounded New Orleans
I urge you to fly, drive & run to New Orleans - by Jose Torres Tama submitted by RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina

Pink Lip Gloss Kisses
On foreign lips of lovers - by Fanny J. Garcia

Power
I pray for my brothers because I must believe - by Herman Barahona

The Truth Hurts
Tearing down facts from our past - by LPoeta

Ain't it Funny
That thing called love - by Roxanne Acosta

Knowing When to Say Goodby
Half of me is ready to move on the other half is obsessed with thoughts of sadness - by Jake Torres

Shot Caller
I channed Edward James Olmos - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Los Hermanos
A Fable - by Daniel Olivas

Ain't Love Funny?
Sharing the good with the bad - by Roxanne Acosta

New Policy for Latino Employees
We don't really talk like this, do we? - by Author Unknown

Children Left Behind
The other side of the immigrant experience - by Reyna Grande

Free Of Pain
Now I have a reason to live and fight back against any obstacles - by B.V.H.

Dork of the Dance
This article was rejected by Latino Chicken Soup for the Soul - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Some People
Leaving a lasting impression on memory - by Maria Reyna

Retail Hell #6: Go Home Already
The further adventures of a service worker trying to stay sane - by Kat Avila

How About a Slipper Olympics?
Tirando chancla... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

A Soliloquy of Regret
inside of me - by Fanny J. Garcia

Y Hace Frio...
Happy Birthday, Pops - by Lu Si

Retail Hell #5: Hell is the Kids' Department
Seeking books for a girl about six years old that featured generic heroines with dark skin - by Kat Avila

I'm LOUD But No One Hears Me
My struggle to begin a cultural club at school - by LPoeta

Gota
La vibraci?n de la luna dejo caer las lagrimas de ser interno - by Shirley G Cordero

Con mi querer muy adentro
Y en las paginas de mis poemas - by Fanny J. Garcia

Smoke
Inhale the rich nicotine - by Fanny J. Garcia

The Woman Across the Street
And other childhood memories - by Maria Reyna

Angels in the Mist!
They really do exist.... - by Juan A. Sifuentes Jr.

X-mas, y Mas
Deciding to remember the faces, the smiles and the warm hugs of the season - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Music, My Love, My Inspiration
My vinyl and 12 twelves - by Mia Soto-Arzola

A Different Kind of Christmas Poem
Remembering once again who we owe - by Frankie Firme

Some People Come Into Your Life for a Reason
You know the saying... - by Roxanne Acosta

Perception is Deception
Reflection on a teacher's first impression - by L Poeta

My Niece Kathleen
She feels the love and she gives us love in return - by Steven Chavez

Hispanic Out of Line
Latino lay offs untimely, but can lead to better things - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Brave Little Girl
Irene had to cook, clean, and take care of herself and her two sisters when her mother was away - by Maria Reyna

Find the Artist in You
The expression of the artistic muse vastly improves the quality of life and keeps us vital - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Se estrellan...
Caen las constelaciones, dormidos los tomar - by Shirley G Cordero

last breath....
You are so missed my dear mother? - by Mia Soto-Arzola

Where the Smog Creeps In
The words come from out there - by Fanny J. Garcia

A Poem
Today I saw, I smelled, I felt, I heard, I learned - by Maria Reyna

Desk Jockeys
Messing with the gente at work - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Risk
Why do we take them? - by Roxanne Acosta

My Friend Liz
Playing a symphony with all the pots and pans and a big steel spoon - by Maria Reyna

Es de madrugada
Observo como la naturaleza dibuj? detalles - by Shirley G Cordero

That Special Girl.....
Why she wouldn't look my way is still a mystery - by Javier J.

Thankful....Once Again
It's holiday time, folks! Time to remember who we owe... - by Frankie Firme

Lola
La due?a del manzano - by Shirley G Cordero

Looking At Me
The hope of love - by Roxanne Acosta

La vida tiene que continuar
Continuara despu?s de mis besos en los suyos - by Shirley G Cordero

Just Walking the Dog
If you don't know to do it I'll show you - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Stuck in the Middle
in love...... - by Mia Soto-Arzola

A Paradise Trek to Tejas
Texas welcomes Frankie Firme & crew with open arms - by ~ DHOC ~

Belonging
I have never felt so at home - by Fanny Garcia

Al caer la lluvia me recordaras
Un beso en tus labios - by Shirley G Cordero

Going Up Was Worth The Coming Down
A Latino remembers the L.A. Courts - by Jose H. Varela

A Message to My Mother-in-law
To a strong mujer that has gone through struggles - by Mia Soto-Arzola

Tia Chuy
Dia de muertos in Guadalajara - by Abelardo de la Pe?a Jr.

Detalles de mi pluma
Nada nos cuesta con abrir un libro y leer - by Shirley G Cordero

Choloization
Cholo means more than a gangster - by L Poeta

Me Fui, Quedando
Pa' los que vinieron con intencion de volver. - by Diego F. Palomino

Poeta amigo
Se van dibujando caminos en nuestras vidas - by Shirley G Cordero

Feminist Decrees
Underneath my nervous bravado - by Fanny J. Garcia

Que Trick or Treat, Que Nada
A la brava, barrio style... - by Al Carlos Hernandez

Why You Do That, Ese?
Things guys do, that bug other guys, and others besides - by Frankie Firme

End Of An Era
Passing of Simon 'The Diamond' Molina - by Crazy Chuy Hernandez

Retail Hell #5: California Has Seasons
Sell the card, sell the gift, sell the gift bag - by Kat Avila

Valuable Lessons
Engraved for an eternity - by ~ DHOC~

Se siente frias tus manos
Tibio como el caf? negro - by Shirley G Cordero

Beauty