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Little Joe Energizes Activists for Leticia Van de Putte

With the help of Tex-Mex legend Little Joe Hernandez, Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat for Lt. Governor, energized activists at a rally held at the Communications Workers of America Hall in Houston.

letijoeAlong with a fiery speech by Van de Putte, Little Joe y La Familia performed for the crowd. Van de Putte has been on a bus tour of Texas that will take her 6,000 miles to dozens of towns and cities. Energetic crowds have welcomed her and have turned into phone banking activists for the candidate and the slate of Democrats.

Van de Putte has challenged right-wing favorite Dan Patrick for his divisive vitriol and attacks against immigrants, women, and others. Calling it a lack of respect for these groups, Van de Putte has vowed to run an effective State Senate, rather than one based on agendas, such as Patrick’s.

Little Joe added that it is Van de Putte who will serve all Texans, especially those who often go ignored–the poor, minorities, women. Hernandez has been a vocal supporter of Van de Putte and Wendy Davis, as is evidenced in the video below, as he performs  the anthemic, Las Nubes.

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Kim Ogg for DA ~ Let’s Make Justice Work

As I was eating a delicious breakfast at Alfreda’s Soulfood Cafe on Almeda this morning (you need to check it out!), this ad popped up on the TV. I must say it’s one of the best responses to an attack ad. The current DA (Anderson) attacked Kim Ogg as “dangerous” without any explanation. Kim Ogg’s response is perfect. Check it out.

Thursday: Leticia and Little Joe in Houston

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He’s been a very public supporter of Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte at his concerts, so, it is great to hear that Jose Maria de Leon Hernandez–Little Joe–will be in Houston on Thursday to rally support for Van de Putte.

Little Joe (and his brother Johnny who now lives in California) has deep roots in Texas political culture and has always been up to the task of rallying the people for anything having to do with voting, legislation, and even public health issues like diabetes. He’s still a prominent voice for change and progress, especially in the Mexican American community.

Here are the details for the rally and performance:

Houston THURSDAY 5:30pm
CWA Hall, 1730 Jefferson St., Downtown Houston
Featuring a performance by Little Joe!
Other speakers TDB

 

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!

Sam Houston for Texas AG: Ken Paxton Broke The Law

Here’s a tough ad from Sam Houston, Democrat for Attorney General, in which he slams Republican Ken Paxton over some his financial dealings. Check it out.

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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.

 

Event Reminder: OCT 26 – Latina American Women in Music Against Domestic Violence

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Tejano Music Awards Announces Top 5 Nominees

From the inbox:

San Antonio, TX (09-09-2014) Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA), producers of the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards Show, has named the top contenders for awards in 12 categories at this year’s ceremonies, set for Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Nominees include fan favorites Bobby Pulido, Elida Reyna y Avante, Shelly Lares, Ruben Ramos, Intocable, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Jesse Turner of Grupo Siggno ,Stefani Montiel, Patsy Torres, Solido, Johnny Hernandez and Albert Zamora. Leading the way with the most Nominations are Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Elida Reyna, Shelly Lares, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Ricky Valenz, Albert Zamora with recognition in various categories.

Special Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Jimmy Edward, from the original Latin Breed and Bobby Butler aka “El Charro Negro”, from Tortilla Factory considered musical trendsetters of the 20th Century.

Live performances are planned at the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards, including: Elida Reyna, Shelly Lares, Solido, Los Desperadoz, Stefani Montiel, Stephanie Lynn, Emilio Navaira, Lucky Joe, Sunny Sauceda, Eddie Gonzalez, Tortilla Factory, Patsy Torres,  David Marez, Jaime y Los Chamacos,  Albert Zamora and a special performance from Dwayne Verheyden from the Netherlands and many more surprise performances.

A Red Carpet Gala will precede the awards show where fans and media can greet the artists upon their arrival for Tejano music’s biggest night of the year, confirmed to walk the carpet Abel Talamantez, Angel Gonzlaez, Lisa Mar  Cacy Savala y Fuerzzo, Ricky Valenz, Sesi, Oscar G, Juan P Moreno, Tropa F, Tejano Roze, Marlissa Vela and many more.

For tickets to the 2014 Tejano Music Awards Show visits ticketmaster.com.  Prices range from $28 to $100 for VIP seating. For the latest updates and announcements on the 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards check the official TMA website at: TejanoMusicAwards.com.

Top 5 Nominees for this year’s 34th Annual Tejano Music Awards are…….

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
Accurrucate – Johnny Hernandez
Ella Sabe – David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
Muevelo Asi – Elida Reyna
Perdoname – Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
Que Te Vas De Mi – Ricky Valenz
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Bobby Pulido
Gary Hobbs
Jimmy Gonzalez
Ricky Valenz
Ruben Ramos
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Cacy Savala
Elida Reyna
Patsy Torres
Shelly Lares
Stefani Montiel
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Albert Zamora
David Lee Garza
Elida Reyna
Jimmy Gonzalez
Shelly Lares
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – TEJANO
De Mi Corazon – Shelly Lares
El Tiempo Ha Llegado – Ricky Valenz
EYA Nation – Elida Reyna
Forever Mazz – Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
Just Friends – David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – CONJUNTO
Ayer y Hoy – Albert Zamora
La Pura Verdad – Los Garcia Brothers
Mis Polkas Favoritas – Boni Mauricio
Puro Conjunto Carnal – Los Dos Gilbertos
Reedifica Su Musica – La Tropa F
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – NORTEÑO
En Peligro de Extencion – Intocable
Inolvidable – Solido
Libre Por Naturaleza – Duelo
Vamos Al 100 – Servando Ramos y Los Nuevos  Leones
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Elida Reyna/Jesse Turner – Siempre Te Recordare
Jimmy Gonzalez/Elida Reyna – Canciones de Amor
Jimmy Gonzalez/Marcos Orozco – Cantinero
Shelly Lares/Ram Herrera – Baby Don’t Go
Stefani Montiel/Gabriel Zavala – Copa Tras Copa
BEST NEW ARTIST – MALE
Angel Gonzalez
Dwayne Verheyden
Frankie Caballero, Jr.
Lucky Joe
Rey Reyna
BEST NEW ARTIST – FEMALE (THERE WAS A TIE)
Crystal Torres
Laura McGill – La Distancia
Lisa Mar
Savannah
Silvia Navarro
Veronique Medrano
BEST NEW ARTIST – GROUP
Dwayne & The TexMexplosion
Grupo Imagen
Grupo Vidal
Marcos G. Orosco y Extremo
Zamorales

 

Lalo Alcaraz Is In Houston Today

Well, I finally got a complete line-up of just where Cartoonista and creator of LA Cucaracha, Lalo Alcaraz, will be today and tomorrow morning.

You all might remember that back in 2007 Alcaraz was banned from the Chron because a few readers couldn’t take his sharp wit and biting political commentary through art. The Chron even called him “inappropriate for a family newspaper,” which I thought was a load of crap. It’s just one of the reasons I no longer order the print version.

 

 

Anyway, here’s his intinerary:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9:30am-10:30 am
Houston Community College Eastside Campus
Mexican American/Latino Studies program.

UNIVISION INTERVIEW 11am

12:30-1:50 PM
Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, Texas 77073
ACAD 222
Campus Map:
http://www.lonestar.edu/maps-nharris.htm

3pm – 4pm: University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies

6 pm – 7pm Live Interview on: Nuestra Palabra Radio Show
90.1 FM KPFT
419 S. Lovett, Houston, Texas 77006
www.kpft.org
www.nuestrapalabra.org

Meet and Greet for Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
East End Studio Gallery
708c Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023
Light appetizers served.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

900am-10:30 am
Houston Community College Central Campus
Mexican American/Latino Studies program.