What can the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 teach us about anti-immigrant, anti-Latino sentiment in the US today? Before today’s concept of “fake news”, how racist and inflammatory was yellow journalism during this dark period in California history? The LMC finds out on this episode when we speak with Gerardo Licon on what the riots can teach us about today. Gerardo Licon is an assistant professor in the Program of Latin American Studies @ the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Go Go music in Washington DC is under attack by gentrification. Recent events have led long-time residents to protect the musical identity of DC with the #DontMuteDC movement. So the LMC speaks with freelance writer Natalie Hopkinson about the Latin roots of Go Go music and the ongoing struggle to keep Go Go alive in DC. Natalie Hopkinson is also the author of, “Go Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.”
Working-class hero, Fashionista, LGBTQ icon, Selena!!! The LMC finally does a tribute show for Selena and how a new generation has re-imagined her life, music, and legacy. A great discussion with NACLA web editor Lauren Kaori Gurley about how Selena is more popular now than ever before.