Despite COVID-related restrictions, PCC students and on-campus groups are finding new ways to embrace their Latinx pride and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In-person events may be scarce compared to previous years, but student-led PCC groups, along with faculty and staff, have organized a handful of events aimed to honor Hispanic culture and benefit Latinx students. Kicking off the festivities on-campus is the Shatford Library at PCC which is currently offering a curated selection of books, ebooks and videos about Latinx culture, food, music and more. …
The warm morning sun highlighted vibrant pops of color on traditional Latinx dress being worn by young people in Pasadena’s Washington Park. PCC’s marching band rehearsed on Prescott Street to warm up their instruments. Members of a youth dance troupe twirled in place. Drivers stood near shiny restored classic low-rider vehicles on nearby North Los Robles Avenue, ready to carry local officials and dignitaries on the route.
With Latinx Heritage Month ongoing, Pasadena City College has been commemorating it with several Latinx events. This past Tuesday saw a new organization that was presented to help Latinx students to succeed in their academic and professional endeavors.
New semester, new podcast. Join Anthony Martinez as he discusses the usage of Latinx in the community, fitting in and campus events celebrating the month with Carlos “Tito” Altamirano, president of the Association for Latino Employees, and Dr. Michaela Mares-Tamayo, director of student equity.
The smell of incense filled the quad as the Aztec dance group, Yankuititl performed in traditional indigenous garb honoring Dia de los Muertos. Colorful feathers extended from their headbands and bounced as they danced. Calavera (skull) face paint drawn on the faces of students—all signifying an appreciation for their ancestors and those who have passed.
New Filmmakers Los Angeles film festival is held every month across the city. NFMLA brings together hidden talent in filmmaking by underrepresented groups such as the Latinx and Hispanic community. The film festival provides film makers with a venue to showcase their work and connect with writers, actors and producers to help them finance and distribute future films to the public. “It has been very lovely. I haven’t been to many of these events, but my friend invited me tonight.” Jennifer Duarte an attendee said. …
If you were itching for real Latinx representation, I think they finally gave it to us. Starz’s new television series “Vida” takes the cake. The show explores the complexities of Latinx and queer identity and gentrification in East Los Angeles.
The familiar sound of cumbias blared in the background skirts swaying to the beat of the music, as varying dialects of spanish excitedly chattered over the notes-characteristic of any good family party. Bright, framed paintings of pan dulce and earrings made from loteria cards conjured powerful images of childhood.
Five large, unblemished pieces of paper hung on one side of the room, framing the seated audience. The papers are stark and barren except for a single term written across the tops of each page, a term denoting some demographic of the Latin American community.
Chelo Manchego saw his home country El Salvador as “another world”. His family lived in a gated community due to the dangers in his neighborhood, however, he had his own ways of escaping reality. He spent hours in nature with his friends and loved to be outside as much as he could. In El Salvador, there are earthquakes constantly, so he would make a tent outside because he was convinced it was safer than being inside a building. His family was always supportive of his …