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Saturday in Houston’s Northside: Loteria The Vote!

Click image to enlarge. This sounds like a fun event–Food, Music, Voting! Democrat for Lt. Governor, Leticia Van de Putte, will be there to shake hands and speak. Now, this is democracy!
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Wendy Davis: Nuestro Momento (Ad)

Even Wendy adds some Español to this positive ad. Check it out.

Leticia San Miguel Van de Putte: No Te Dejes, ¡VOTA!

I love it when my favorite candidates speak Spanglish!

Did You Check Out Cristela?

Cristela_ABCI’ve gotta admit, I didn’t know what to think in the run-up to the premiere of Cristela, the new ABC show about the trials and tribulations of a Texas Mexican American woman who wants to be a lawyer–in comedic format, of course.

Everytime we’ve had a show about Chicanos or other Latinos, our hearts have either been broken by the TV execs or by a show’s lack of funny. I still remember my first heartbreak when AKA Pablo starring Paul Rodriguez was cancelled a few episodes in. Ultimately, while Chicanos ate it up, the big bad gringo execs and audiences didn’t catch on; if anything, they were offended by it. Whodathunk it was produced by the great and legendary Norman Lear, right?

Well, enter Cristela, in what is considered a history-making show by Mexican American, Texan comedian Cristela Alonzo. The synopsis:

The series will chronicle the life of a Mexican-American law school graduate who must balance her chance to live the American Dream by working as an unpaid intern at a law firm, with the concerns of her family, including her sister (a call center operator at a cable TV company who wants her to get a real job), her brother-in-law (who sees her as a freeloader and wants her to find another place to live), and her mother (who wants her to settle down).

The show has everything Chicanos and other Latinos might experience:  Extended families, judgmental old-school mom, politically incorrect gringo boss, and above all, everyday struggle. In other words, it is like the beginnings of Roseanne, except with a mostly Latino cast, backed up by some zany gabachos.

One episode in, I’m sold (click link to watch it online). I can identify with a lot of what the show offers that the Huxtables, Seinfeld, and Friends never attempted to offer (I still liked those shows, though). I’m pretty sure a lot of Chicanos and Latinos of my generation can identify with it and will enjoy it. Mostly, I’m glad that a bunch of Latinos are employed in Hollywood because of Alonzo’s efforts.

Let’s face it, we don’t have a lot of Latino programming on TV, especially quality programming. Cristela has a lot of potential to gain a wide audience. And that’s what it needs. Latinos are just part of the equation for this show’s future success. The viewership needs to be diverse; and not just because it is a good show, but because it really is an opportunity to learn. But mostly, to laugh. There aren’t a lot of new shows out there that make us laugh.

As funny as Alonzo is, there’s also Fluffy (Gabriel Iglesias) to add to the laughs.

So, if you missed it last night, you can still watch it online.

 

Comedian Mike Robles Interviews David Lee Garza

I was spending some time on YouTube and found this gem of an interview. Comedian Mike Robles interviewed 2013 Latin Grammy winner and Tejano Music legend David Lee Garza. It’s a pretty good platica about DLG’s career, the future of Tejano music, and even a short instrumental by this accordion king. Enjoy!

Credit: Mike Robles TV

Latin Grammy Tejano Noms Announced

There are a lot of categories in which the Latin Grammys nominate performers, but DosCentavos really only has one favorite:  Best Tejano Album.

Officially, I only reviewed one of the nominees (Jay Perez), but later on, I discovered Chente Barrera’s production, which included an all-star list of guest vocalists. Needless to say, they are my two favorites on the nominees list, with Grupo Alamo featuring former Musicales vocalist Mark Ledesma and Jimmy Gonzalez with great efforts. I’ll have to give Lares a listen, since it wasn’t on my radar, but one song I found is pretty darn good, too.

And the nominees are:

¡Viva Tejano!
Chente Barrera
Label: Q-Vo Records
 
Forever Mazz
Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz
Label: Freddie Records
 
Seguimos Soñando
Grupo Alamo
Label: Ro’ Records
 
De Mi Corazón
Shelly Lares
Label: Shellshock Records3
 
Anthology Back In The Day (DosCentavos Review)
Jay Pérez
Label: Freddie Records

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The 2014 Tejano Music Awards Results

From the looks of all the pics I’ve seen, it looks like the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards was a huge success. Congrats to the Texas Talent Musicians Association, and thanks for keeping Tejano music lovin’ blogueros like me in the loop.

Also, congrats to my good friend, the legendary Johnny Hernandez on his nomination for song of the year. I was going to request a recount, but decided to stay respectful and do like him and congratulate Elida Reyna on her win for Muevelo Asi. Also, a tip of the DC Sombrero to Dwayne Verheyden and The TexMexPlosion from The Netherlands on their win for Best New Artist (Group).

And the People of Texas have chosen:

2014 – 34th Tejano Music Awards Winners

Song of Year/Artist/Group
Muevelo Asi – Elida Reyna y Avante

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jimmy Gonzalez

Female Vocalist of the Year
Elida Reyna

Entertainer of the Year
Elida Reyna

Album of the Year – Tejano
EYA Nation – Elida Reyna y Avante

Album of the Year – Conjunto
Ayer y Hoy – Albert Zamora

Album of the Year – Norteño
Inolvidable – Solido

Vocal Duo of the Year
Jimmy Gonzalez/Elida Reyna – Canciones de Amor

Best New Artist – Male
Lucky Joe

Best New Artist – Female
Crystal Torres

Best New Artist – Group
Dwayne & The Tex Mexplosion

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bobby “El Charro Negro” Butler
Jimmy Edward

Because Hispanic Heritage Month!

 

 

 

GOP Explains Dan Patrick’s No-Show to Univision Debate

Funny stuff on why Patrick didn’t show to Univision debate:

“Sometimes candidates that aren’t fluent in Spanish maybe are concerned about the way that it’s translated, the way that it comes out,” [Bexar Co. GOP Chair Robert] Stovall said. “So it’s probably a good thing he didn’t show up in this case.”

Because there’s only one way to say that immigrants come to the US with “Tuberculosis, Malaria, Polio and Leprosy” or with “third-world diseases,” right, Dan?

Republican Latino outreach – You’re doing it wrong!

On the other hand…”The people need get out and vote because if they don’t vote, we will return to the past.”

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Lalo Alcaraz Takes Houston

laloCartoonist, author, and 21st Century Renaissance Man, Lalo Alcaraz, spent a day and a morning in Houston giving several presentations, appearing on a radio show, and on several interviews. After being unlucky at catching him all day Tuesday, luck was on my side when I found out he had one more presentation on Wednesday morning at HCC-Central.

Alcaraz regaled the audience of mostly college students with stories about his development as a cartoonist, his style, and his recent achievements. Alcaraz’s strips appear on numerous print- and web-editions of newspapers around the country.

Seven years ago, as I mentioned yesterday, the local fish-wrap basically banned him (although it still appears online). As Dr. Alan Ainsworth of HCC stated, it was because he was edgy and political. And as Alcaraz stated, his intent is not to bring one to his way of thinking, but just to the point where they are actually thinking.

Alcaraz spoke briefly about a recent published history book in which he is paired up with academician Ilan Stavans.  A Most Imperfect Union, A Contrarian History of the United States adds some truth-telling to historic tales of the U.S.’s development and founding. The book was on the New York Times’ best seller list for a couple of weeks.

A new project, which if one follows Alcaraz on Facebook, one would have gotten an almost daily update on its development, is the creation of a new Fox animated series, Bordertown. Alcaraz serves as a writer and consulting producer on the series which was developed by the creators of Family Guy and is about the daily lives of an Anglo border patrol agent and his successful Mexican immigrant neighbor. With the Family Guy guys involved, and five Latino writers (which is probably some world’s record to have on a series), I’m sure funny will be achieved. The series takes off in March, 2015, so, get ready.

By the way, Lalo had me when he stated that Hank Azaria will play the border patrol agent, Bud Buckwald.

The rest of his presentation took us through many of his hard-hitting and thought-provoking dailies and color-Sundays. Alcaraz admits that some of his best works begin to appear on his digital canvas while watching the evening news. While the internet has certainly helped spread his works, he was still amazed when one of his works was slightly changed and turned into a protest flier during the demonstrations in Egypt.

Now, I don’t want to give away everything he talked about since he’ll be in San Antonio next. But the next group of folks and fans to see him should expect an interesting conversation with a lot of comic relief.

Alcaraz has a couple of talks and a meet and greet at Palo Alto College, and on Saturday will serve on a panel at the Voto Latino Power Summit, along with State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Wilmer Valderrama, and MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar. You can’t get more star-studded than that!

UPDATE:  Big kudos should go to Dr. Lydia French of the HCC Mexican American Studies Program, Dr. Alan Ainsworth, Tony Diaz and the Librotraficante Crew, and everyone else involved in supporting Lalo’s tour-stop in Houston.

It was great seeing Lalo and talking to him for a bit. It had only been seven years since I saw him last, but it looks like we haven’t aged much–or at all. (No one asked you!)

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