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Archive for February 11th, 2010

The Economy, Small Businesses and Small Communities

Nationally, the nation’s unemployment hovers around 10 percent. This does not include what some say would be about another 5 to 7 percent who simply have given up trying to find jobs. And the unemployment rate for Blacks and Latinos is higher than the national average.

To examine this complex jobs situation, Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa speaks with two people who bring very different perspectives on the economy.

Paul Cuadros is a journalism professor who has been documenting the economic impact of immigration in rural North Carolina. He also teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lydia Gutierrez is an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan and owner of a tortillería called Hacienda Mexican Foods.


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2010 Grammy Award Winners ‘Los Texmaniacs’

Max Baca formed his San Antonio-based conjunto band Los Texmaniacs in 1997. In Tejano music circles, conjunto is the pairing of a twelve-string guitar called a bajo sexto and a button-accordion. Over the years, the members of Los Texmaniacs have changed. Their most recent incarnation features bassist Oscar García, drummer Lorenzo Martinez, and La Tropa F front man David Farias on accordion.

Los Texmaniacs were asked to record an album for Smithsonian Folkways featuring traditional South Texas conjunto music. The result, a CD titled “Borders y Bailes” earned the group the 2010 Grammy Award on January 31 for Best Tejano Album.

Shortly after their Grammy win, Baca and Farias visited the Latino USA studios in Austin, bringing their bajo-sexto and accordion with them.


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