Jezebel Produces “Sh*t Republicans Say to Black People”

Why make a parody when you can use real footage? This week Jezebel produced  "Sh*t Republicans Say to Black People" and it didn't need any joke writers, actors, or funny lines. They just used actual footage of GOP candidates. Click here or on the photo below to watch the video.

SEE THE VIDEO AT JEZEBEL. CLICK HERE.

 

VIDEO: @TheYoungTurks Report That TUSD Student Protesters Had to Clean School Toilets

Maybe Newt Gingrich's vision of students of color becoming school janitors will become a reality. This weekend, The Young Turks reported that TUSD officials told any student who had protested the recent dissolution of the district's Mexican American Studies program would clean toilets. According to The Turks, it happened.

Here is the video. All the more reason to become a Libro Traficante.

Historic National Gathering of Dominicans and Latinos on the National Mall in Washington, DC

FROM THE DOMINICAN AMERICAN NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE

Washington, DC (January 4, 2012).– For the first time, thousands of like-minded Dominicans and Dominican Americans, their families, friends and supporters from the U.S. Latino diverse communities will join DANR, the National Dominican American Council, hundreds of local organizations and leaders on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for a massive national gathering to celebrate Dominican contribution, accomplishments and over fifty years of continuous presence in the United States of America.

 

This historic national gathering is slated to take place on Saturday, July 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM on the Washington Monument.

Organizers advise to make early transportation and lodging arrangements.

Those who prefer traveling in groups are encouraged to sign up for affordable bus ride to Washington, DC.  Reserve your bus round trip by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

The program will feature a comprehensive report about the State of Dominicans in the US, a wide variety of speakers, including scholars, dignitaries, leaders and students, special audio visual presentations, music and well-known entertainers.

To register visit www.danr.org or click here.

For more information contact 202-238-0097 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Become a Libro Traficante! Support the Caravan to Arizona

The Libro Traficantes are going to Arizona, and you can help them! Support them as they smuggle the books banned by Tucson Unified School District back to the AZ.

For more information and to become a Libro Traficante, click here.

VIDEO: Rich Kids for Romney

This is just classic.

Are they serious? Who cares!!!!

Ratings for “ROB” Strong in Second Week: Stereotypes Will Always Find an Audience

Rob, the CBS comedy that was promoted by MALDEF for its Latino actors, earned the network a solid Thursday night and made it the best-rated show since SURVIVOR in its time slot.

As reported by TV.Broadway.com:

 

On Thursday, CBS was first in households (8.7/13), viewers (14.45m), adults 25-54 (4.8/11) and adults 18-49 (3.5/09). CBS posted its best Thursday delivery this season in both households and viewers and its best Thursday ratings in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since Sept. 22, 2011 (premiere week Thursday).

THE BIG BANG THEORY was first in households (9.5/15), viewers (16.13m), adults 25-54 (7.0/17), adults 18-49 (5.3/15) and adults 18-34 (3.8/12). THE BIG BANG THEORY posted its best delivery in households since Nov. 10, 2011, in both viewers and adults 25-54 since Monday, March 8, 2010, in both adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 since Nov. 17, 2011.

ROB (P) was first in households (7.8/12), viewers (13.47m), adults 25-54 (5.4/13) and adults 18-49 (4.1/11). ROB posted the time period's best delivery with a regularly scheduled program since May 13, 2010 (SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS) in households, viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49

 

The ratings success for ROB is seen many in Latino media as a testament to community support from MALDEF and viewers as proof that the show's initial negative reviews did nothing to stem the tide of the show's popularity. Although in a recent column on Univision News, Ed Morales raises a few points that add to the dialogue:

 

 

Then there was the largely unsavory spectacle of Rob Schneider’s incendiary sitcom Rob, which is supposedly based on his real life cohabitation with a Latina. The show, which lacks Latino writers, is scripted from Schneider’s (the schlubby white guy) perspective: “Oh no, I have to meet her family, which is a burgeoning tribe of brown-skinned extended cousins that is openly hostile to gringos!”

This conceit was more gracefully handled in the 1997 film Fools Rush In (also based on a real-life culture clash between a Hollywood producer and his bride’s family) starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, but that’s not saying much. Even if you don’t find Rob Schneider charmless and infantile, it’s hard to find redeeming social value in allusions to a) Mexicans having large families because they’re Catholics and don’t believe in contraception, b) someone like the beautiful Spanish actress Claudia Massol, who plays his bride, being attracted to him, and c) seeing him hump the 69-year-old Lupe Ontiveros after spilling hot wax on his, uh, manhood.

The only thing Rob has going for it is a sizable array of Latino actors. It is nice to be reminded of the comedic range that Cheech Marin still possesses, and, despite the repellent smarminess of his character, Eugenio Derbez shows charisma, but it’s hard to see this show lasting long enough to get pre-empted by March Madness. Maybe Paz Vega and Schneider-buddy Adam Sandler can show up as guest stars, reprising their roles from the awkward 2004 filmSpanglish.

Despite all this, Rob garnered blockbuster ratings in its first week, almost twice as much as Work It, which may have more to do with its being scheduled adjacent to the hit comedy Big Bang Theory and the advent of the first cold weather snap of the winter. But it also could be that the sudden filling of the small screen with a roomful of Latino actors, heavily stereotyped or not, had something to do with the big numbers.

The future? As far as I’m concerned, the jury is still out on Sofia Vergara’s character in Modern Family. Despite her often topical rants and her charming, if relatively deracinated son’s zen loquaciousness, she is still so shrieky that she makes Charo look demurely cerebral. And you can make a good case that Napoleon Dynamite’s Pedro is a postmodern revival of what scholar Charles Ramirez Berg would call the Male Buffoon stereotype.

Stereotypes are often used in comedy, but Latinos, who have unfairly taken a beating as a result of anti-immigrant backlash, are consistently over determined by their use in the mass media. So while it seems evident that Latinos are no longer missing in action, it will take time for Hollywood to develop well-drawn characters that begin to convey something of the truth of Latinos who don’t just happen to be Latinos.

The answer could be a grassroots push from independently produced online series like Los Americans and East WillyBBut until we get some real stories to stick in the heads of American viewers, the harmful insults will be the only ones that do.

As for us, we have watched both episodes of "ROB" and we still think that the show is a regression of Latino stereotypes, just like the wildly popular Jersey Shore portrays Italian Americans in a stereotypical lens. But as we have always said, ratings are ratings, even if the show's Facebook marketing shows images of piñatas and conga lines. Stereotypes will always be prevalent in mainstream media, no wonder we are starting to watch more independent shows on the web that are just good shows and don't rely on stereotypes to gain viewers.

As He Enters Florida, Newt Gingrich Video from 2005 Shows His Support for Puerto Rico as 51st State

Now that the GOP race goes into Florida, a place that is 30% Latino and where the Puerto Rican vote is one of the fastest-growing in the state, it is pretty safe to guess that issues important to these voters will be discussed. With Puerto Rico prepared to vote on its political status yet again in a non-binding plebiscite in November (the island has had a 114-year-old colonial relationship ever since the United States invaded the island during the 1898 Spanish American War), Latino Republicans will very likely want to know where the GOP's top candidates stand on the issue of the island's status.

A flag with 51 stars?

This video from 2005 shows where Newt Gingrich stands. Looks like Gingrich might need to convince some of his fellow Republicans in Washington, who were against the passing of a Puerto Rico Democracy Act two years ago.

New Video: Obama Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

So it looks like Obama Girl is back, with a Swedish twist.

However, it looks like after the Newt thrashing of Mitt Romney in South Carolina, he might need more tattoos.

VIDEO DEL DÍA: “Lupita’s Taco Shop” de MC Luka 1492 Army

Tremendo rap de México y el gran MC Luka 1492 Army.

Soy mexicano que adora su panza.