Sunday Afternoon: Dad And Indiana Jones

NewsTaco August 9, 2011

I was walking with my father down the long corridor that leads to his apartment (he insists on independent living) when he stopped and turned to look at me with a wry […]

News Taco To Go: “Latinos”, Ceviche, Obama And Lesbians

Mary Mata

Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins

Mary Mata August 8, 2011

Note To LA Times: I’m A “Tejano Genius”


Here’s some navel-gazing to start off your week: How do you self-identify? Latino, Hispanic, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican…? In the interest of full disclosure I’ll admit that I’ve long lost interest […]

Happy Friday From King Changó!

Mary Mata August 5, 2011

I remember back in the 1990s when I first heard King Changó’s frenetic single, “Don’t Drop Your Pants” I thought I had stumbled onto the best thing to his Latin […]

The $1 Theater Sets The Stage For Family Memories

Mary Mata

I grew up watching movies. My dad is a hard core movie buff, and since he usually got to pick the movies, right from the time I was a kid […]

Minorities Dream, Work Hard With Different Outcomes


If you’ve ever wondered, what is this world coming to? Check out my neighborhood. It’s a model of new residential integration. My neighbors to the right are ethnic-Palestinian, from Jordan. […]