Thursday, August 21, 2008

Are Mexican Americans a race or an ethnicity?

Sheryl Luna reviews "In Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race," (NYU Press 2007) by law professor Dr. Laura E. Gómez on Latina Lista.

Sounds interesting: "The book is a close historical account of institutions, colonization and violence that was, in her view, propagated based on views of Mexican-Americans as an inferior race. She supports this argument with clear researched documents that indicate American acquisition of the area was anything but peaceful."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Highlights of the Hecho en Dallas Show

This is what the book Hecho en Tejas has created. The writers and artists in the anthology have been working on this show for the past two years. Here you can see just a few of the highlights of the two-hour literary fest. The crowds Hecho brings in have been no less than 200 people. Imagine 200 Mexican Americans in a room digging the arts. It’s a beautiful thing. What is also beautiful is the array of talent Hecho offers, mixing the old with the new and allowing the new to shine, our future to spring forth.

Hecho en Tejas-Dallas event from Rick on Vimeo.

Bernie Mac Funeral

The public memorial for comedian Bernie Mac was held on August 16, 2008 at Salem Baptist Church's The House of Hope in Chicago. Fellow King of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer, reflects on Mac