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Thursday, July 29, 2010

CHILDREN OF VIOLENCE




Continuing with my love for old Cholo/a independent films, I wanted to share this documentary done by PBS in 1982 about Chicano gangs in the barrios of East Oakland. It's not the best quality, and a bit long for a youtube video, but I highly recommend you watch the whole thing. This film really shows how hard it is to raise a family in the hood, and how one becomes a product of their environment, in this case gang violence.

Many thanks to homie Jose Rivera a.k.a. El Bago de East Oakland E7th st. Barrio for uploading this video on youtube and sharing it with us!

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

Thursday, July 22, 2010

GANG BOY


I love finding old films... this one is called "Gang Boy"...

The Film, "Gang Boy" (1954). Based on a true story on Anglo and Latino gangs in Los Angeles, California in the early 1950s. The film is also an interesting historical record of west-coast 50s gang life. Cinematically, this film is spectacular, great color and the kids in the film all do a great job in acting. It is one of the few movies that honestly depicts the conflict that often occured between minority youth groups and white youth groups. It examines the Latino American experience and the struggle to attain equality in an unjust society. Creative Commons license: Public Domain.



Monday, July 19, 2010

LOWRIDING SAVES LIVES

Sometimes all you need is a car to change your life for the better...but not just any car, a Lowrider!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

DR. LAKRA PART II

My new amigo Dr. Lakra is currently showing at ICA in Boston, on view April14th-Sep.16th 2010. This is his first major US exhibition, and I'm really bummed I can't make it to the east coast for it. This past weekend he was part of a group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, on view July 18th- Jan 2nd 2010. I was already out of town, and had to miss it too, yeah this made me even more La Sad Girl... but he's coming back up to SF this week, and he promised me a placaso, so hopefully it will happen cuz it would be soooo Super Hella Bomba!
And if you ever wondered what the mysterious Dr. Lakra looks and sounds like, and how he works, check out this video Converse made... Watchale con el Doctorcito!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

TONGOLELE






In a time when it was taboo for women to dress, and dance so provocatively Yolanda "Tongolele" Montes killed it! She is an exotic dancer, and actress of the Mexican Cinema, born in 1932, she has starred in several films from 1940's through the 1980's, and is still very much alive, and acting. All I can say is dayyyumm, girl can shake it, for really realz!!!




Tuesday, July 6, 2010

STYLE KINGS CAR SHOW


A couple of weeks ago el novio and I went to the Style Kings car show "Kings by the Bay" at Cal State Hayward. It was a really nice day out, and I had a lot of fun chilling with the homies. Here's a few flickas of the show...

Angel Baby y Breezy... you like how I talk about myself in third person, hahaha Chale!

Las Bombas all nicely lined up!

Check out the TV Antenna... Chowwwww!!!

Kim and I, chilling in the sun... well me, not her so much, she burns like a lobster lol!!!

Oh Yeah, side to side...





I really need one of these for my bike... when our '53 Chevy wagon is done we gotta get one for sure, it's gonna be sweet!!!

Two Bad Bitches... Tapa y La Breezy don't fuck around ayyy!!!

Thanks for the good times Style Kings!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

TINY LOCAS

Earlier this year I posted about an exhibit showing at The Mission Cultural Center called "Two-Four Homegirls Circa 1980" about the Tiny Locas, you can read the old post here... Well now here are these two videos showing a little bit more about the show, and the history of La Mission's Tiny Locas... Awwww Shit!



CRUISING LA MISSION



Lowriding is back en La Mission!!! You have no idea how happy this makes me. La Mission has a long history of lowriding, it goes way back to the 60's, 70's, 80's, and even the 90's when the homies would cruise Mission Boulevard in their firme ranflas. It wasn't until the Finestein mayoral administration from 1978-'88 that lowriding the streets was banned, and it seemed to drastically slow down the number of ranflas cruising La Mission. I feel like there's this new revival of the lowriding culture happening right now in the Bay Area, and it's very exciting to me. I mean, for a while now there's been the whole Kustom Car Culture and car show circuit, but this is different... I don't even know how to explain it, it just is! Below are a few videos about Cruising La Mission that might help you understand why I feel the way I do...Watcha!!!







So from now on we meet every Sunday at La Raza Park on 25th & San Bruno (were cars can park) 3pm the bbq's start... and we cruise at 6pm down 24th to where evers. See you there next Sunday. Trucha!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

FREESTYLE


Did I ever tell you guys how much I love "Freestyle" music? No, well let me tell you... I freaking HELLA love it! It just brings me back to the dayz... bumping this shit in my room while getting ready to go out, it gives you hella energy, that's why they also call it "High Energy" music. Fuck Redbull energy drank, put on some freestyle and it's on! During the late 80's and 90's you could go to any Lowrider car show, and catch the hottest freestyle performers like Lil Suzy, Stevie B, Angelina, Cynthia, Debbie Deb, and Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam... it was so much fun! Here's a few of my favorite freestyle song... just the videos by themselves are masterpieces, so hilarious, hella throwbacks! hahaha...

Stevie B: Spring Love (video embedding was disabled, but so worth watching, click on link)

Freestyle Super Mix by Dj Pancho Reyes ( click on the link to see video)