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Ronny Quevedo

What do Sonia Sotomayor, Jennifer López, Anthony Romero, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mario Vázquez and Jon Oliva have in common? These Latinos called Bronx their home. So did Tito Puente, Prince Royce, Willie Colón and many others. I’ll throw in a…

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The Gospel of John Oliver and Ashley Madison

John Oliver 

Last year I received a handwritten invitation with a well-organized brochure to go to an unprecedented religious prophet-palooza, where I had a one-and-only chance to meet the “Prophet.” Mind you, I’m the one with numerous witty signs…

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Federico Peña: ‘My Country, My Vote’

Federico Peña, former secretary of Transportation and of Energy under Clinton 

Our community has few iconic and powerful leaders in American politics. One of those political heroes is Texan Federico Peña. 

Peña graduated from The University of Texas…

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Rick Najera: A Latino Thought Maker

Rick Najera: A Latino Thought Maker 

Writer, actor, comedian and activist Rick Najera 

In Hollywood, as in Broadway, if you can do it all you’re called a “triple threat.” Rick Najera, on the other hand, is a ‘multiple…

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Calle 13 Mark Bayanga and his Psychodeli

I know. I heard. We all remember what we were doing, at the exact moment we heard the disturbing rumor—that Calle 13 would be no más. I personally was attempting to cook arroz con habichuelas when my comadre called. I…

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Rodrigo Solo

Rodrigo Solo 

El 4 de febrero de 2014, una serie de protestas comenzaron en Venezuela contra el gobierno presidido por Nicolás Maduro, dejando un saldo de 42 fallecidos, más de 486 heridos y 1854 detenidos, entre ellos, Leopoldo López…

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Lance Canales & the Flood

Music could easily be a blessing and a curse. Lance Canales & the Flood are making damn sure you remember that with their next album The Blessing and the Curse. With songs like “Deportee,” “The Farmer” and “Stomp It Out,”…

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The Blessing and the Curse

The Blessing and the Curse 

Out today is Lance Canales & the Flood’s new album The Blessing and the Curse (Music Road Records), a true blues-Americana-folk masterpiece. As mentioned in the Latino Rebels interview early in the week, Canales…

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Márcio Faraco: Bossa Nova Virtuoso

World music wouldn’t be complete without the mesmerizing sound and virtuoso guitar skills of Brazilian singer-songwriter Márcio Faraco. This performer’s voice is hypnotic and ethereally beautiful. The rhythms of his songs are generally mellow, with touches of playfulness. His sound…

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Cuñao: Blood, Sand and Solidarity

 

Cuñao is a Latin folk, multi-ethnic group from Los Angeles, California. Their second album Sangre y Arena transports the listener right out into the unforgiving wilderness of the desert. The sociopolitical lyrics merge seamlessly with the African rhythms, Latin…

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Helado Negro: ‘Young, Latin and Proud’

Helado Negro (or “Black Ice Cream,” whatever suits you) is subtle transportation through space and time, manifested in intricate harmonious sounds with infectious lyrical content. Ecuadorian Roberto Carlos Lange delivers his Double Youth, a contemporary electronic slow-motion sound, inviting Latinos…

San Patricio, Puerto Rico: My St. Patrick’s Day


Every year, we all celebrate the now universal holiday of St. Patrick’s Day: an original Irish tradition now commemorated with copious amounts of beer and blinding amounts of shocking green attire.  Everyone, however, is always surprised to see Puerto Rico…