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Archive for September, 2011

Gael García Bernal

Gael García Bernal is one of Mexico’s biggest Hollywood exports — known for such films as Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Y Tu Mama Tambien. His box-office and critical success has allowed him to pick his share of projects. It’s a luxury he uses wisely. With a passion for social and political justice, Gael raises awareness about human rights issues in his work behind the camera as a producer and director. Now he takes a closer look at the violence now plaguing his native Mexico in his latest film, Miss Bala.

Maria Hinojosa sits down Garcia Bernal to talk about his career and recent work in Washington DC, where he was awarded the 2011 Human Rights Award for his work on telling “Migration and Development: Stories that make a difference” by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA.)

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Instituto Familiar de la Raza

For many Latinos, mental health was once a taboo subject. But in the 1970’s, Dr. Concha Saucedo Martinez did her part to change that by founding the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District. Dr. Saucedo revolutionized mental health practices by providing her clients with spiritual and culturally sensitive workshops and services. More importantly, she made therapy and psychiatric care more accessible and affordable to the Latino community in San Francisco.

Reporter Robynn Takayama profiles Dr. Concha Saucedo Martinez, as part of our series on Latinos and health.

Latino USA’s year-long look at Latinos and Health is made possible by funding from Pfizer Helpful Answers®, a family of patient assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines.


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The Latino List: Behind The Scenes

In time for Hispanic Heritage month, HBO’s documentary The Latino List offers an illuminating glimpse into the richness and diversity of the Latino life in the United States. Interviewed by Latino USA’s own Maria Hinojosa, along with Sandra Guzman, it features highly personal video portraits of accomplished and influential Latinos from the worlds of culture, politics, business, and sports – including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria, Pitbull, and more.

This week on Latino USA, Maria takes us behind the scenes of The Latino List with executive producers Catherine Pino and Ingrid Duran to talk about the inspiration of this ground-breaking documentary.

HBO’s Latino List is directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the acclaimed photographer and director of the three editions of HBO’s Black List. The Latino List premiers on Sept. 28th at 9pm on HBO Latino and Sept. 29th at 8pm on HBO.


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Choro: The New Popular Music Style from Brazil

The up-tempo music from Brazil called choro [shor’-oh] is finding a growing audience in the U.S. Independent producer Reese Erlich met up some choro players in Berkeley, California, who say it sounds a little like samba crossed with jazz.


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Latino Perspectives 10 Years Later

The sights and sounds of 9/11 are seared into our collective memories. Dazed and exhausted rescue workers rushing toward the rubble. Ash-covered office workers lining the streets of Lower Manhattan. Tear-streaked faces of onlookers searching for loved ones. It was a national nightmare that has been difficult to awaken from… even now, a full decade down the road.

Yet sleepwalking through these times is not an option. Particularly in the Latino community, there is a need to stay uniquely aware of where we are and where we’re going as a community and country. Maria Hinojosa talks to the ACLU’s Executive Director Anthony Romero about our civil liberties.


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Hispanic Republicans of Texas

It’s expected that Latinos will be the majority in Texas in about a decade. Yet the state has one of the lowest Latino voter turnout rates in the country. That is why the GOP is making a play for permanent political dominance in the Lone Star State. In collaboration with the Texas Observer, reporter Melissa del Bosque has this profile of Juan Hernandez and the Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC.


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Los Rakas

Raka Dun and Raka Rich are originally from Panama. They came to the US in their teens with their “camisetas bordadas” or fly embroidered tank tops. But now the two cousins are making it big with their own twist on Bay Area indie Hip-Hop by adding Panamanian Folk influenced reggae.

It’s a unique sound that’s making the Oakland-based Los Rakas one of the hottest up-and-coming duos. Los Rakas join Maria Hinojosa to talk about their new album, Chancletas Y Camisetas Bordada.


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