An alumnus of Christopher Dena Elementary School in Boyle Heights wanted to make someone’s Dodgers dream come true.
Alejandro Herrera is one lucky kid. He won two tickets to game two of the World Series thanks to a generous alumnus of his elementary school. Ricardo Puentes, a Christopher Dena Elementary School alum, wanted to give back to his old school in a special way. Puentes bought two World Series tickets and offered them to the student who could write the best essay about what the Dodgers mean to them. The winner was Herrera, a 5th grader. Herrera, a Dodgers fan since he was 4 years old, says his family loves “Los Doyers.” While his grandfather started the tradition, Herrera gives his sister all the credit for making him the fan he is today.
But with only two tickets and three family members hoping to go, there was only one option. “My mom, my dad, and my sister were fighting [for the ticket] so we had to do a raffle,” Herrera told KTLA. “So they put their names in a cup and I chose it and the one that came out was my sister.”
Herrera and the man behind the tickets, Ricardo Puentes, were interviewed by KTLA and discussed how the Boyle Heights student won the tickets. Puentes, who immigrated with his family to the U.S. as a child, says Christopher Dena Elementary School gave him a safe place to land.
“We were an immigrant family. We came from Mexico,” Puentes told KTLA reporter Lynette Romero. “[I] didn’t speak a word of English. This elementary school was my welcome mat.”
Two YouTubers, “Kimo & Dani World” decided to use Boyle Heights as a backdrop to whatever YouTube project requires the use of cultural appropriation. Boyle Heights is a culturally rich Mexican community in Los Angeles that has long been a haven for immigrants and the Mexican-American community.
Kimo painted on a mustache, used white face paint, and threw on a sombrero and a cheap knock-off serape. Dani was carrying a camera, filming Kimo in a Mexican costume in Boyle Heights. But the community ejected him real quick.
Apparently, the guy thought it was okay to wear a culture as a costume because he’s Egyptian.
Nico Aviña, the Instagram user who confronted the YouTubers in Boyle Heights on camera, captioned the video, “This foo thought he was gonna stroll and be racist and not be called out. Nah! What was worse is he said he ain’t racist cause he is Egyptian. White girl was recording thinking all of this was funny. #boyleheights”
“I do think it’s funny.”
Though posted on Aviña’s account, a woman, named Myra, is recording the video of Aviña confronting Kimo. You can hear Aviña asking the man, “You think this is funny?” He responds “I do.” The man’s accomplice responds, smiling, “I do, yeah.”
This is the moment before the guy tells Aviña, “F*** you.”
Both Aviña and Myra are telling the disrespectful visitors to “get the f*** out” of their neighborhood. That’s the message they’re delivering these guys. Aviña asks him again, “You want to dress like that? You think this is funny?”
In one breath, Kimo responds, “I do think it’s funny. F***k you. I’m not here to disrespect you, dude.” 🤔
As store owners come out to stand their ground, Kimo says, “I’m spreading a f***ing good message.”
Aviña responds by saying, “Spread the good message, motherf***er.” Kimo keeps saying that he’s not trying to disrespect him, but also “it is funny” to wear traditional Mexican clothing. That’s not respect.
Their last project was a mockery of being “Homeless in Dubai.”
In a tone-deaf endeavor, Kimo dresses up like a homeless person, draws white paint on his face, like his Mexican costume, and goes around Dubai harassing locals for money and jobs. It’s not at all a social experiment nor an attempt to understand homelessness. It’s for entertainment.
This is a shot of Kimo acting like a hungry homeless person looking at pastries. 😡
The video on Instagram has left many stunned that this kind of tone deaf “comedy” still happens in 2019.
It wouldn’t matter if the guy was trying to raise money for Boyle Heights or raise awareness on gentrification. It doesn’t matter what the message is when the means involve wearing a culture’s traditional clothing as a costume.
Most folks commenting thank Aviña for disrupting whatever “message” they were sending.
“Bro, thank you,” writes @wordtrav. “damn…que pendejos but you handled it!!! I am glad you and Myra are ok,” comments @polalopez1. “I hope they never come back
Other folks are concerned about the income for serape vendors.
The incident took place near Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, where vendors are sometimes seen selling serapes and sombreros. In a barrio where that vendor may exist and other people won’t tolerate the costume, this does spark an internal dialogue.
One person struggles to grasp how stereotypes are a manifestation of racism.
There is no footage of Aviña touching Kimo, but at the start of the video, Kimo says, “Don’t f***ing touch me.” The majority of comments are positive, some offer a jumping off point for a dialogue, and, now, the trolls are coming in.
See for yourself. What would you do?
The real message here is that you can’t go up into Boyle Heights mocking Mexican culture. Latinos are allergic to racists and will not tolerate this en el barrio.
Believe it or not, it’s only been a year since Starz debuted critically acclaimed “Vida” had its first season, but fans feel like its been a lifetime. Inspired by the short story “Pour Vida” by Richard Villegas Jr., Starz is giving us all what Eastside LA really is: brown and queer woman building our futures.
The trailer for Season 2 is finally out with just a few weeks left to wait until we can binge all ten episodes of the GLAAD award-winning series. That’s right–an extra four episodes than last season.
The writer’s room is going to be all Latino again.
Virtually everyone in the room is female-identified and half of them are queer. Showrunner Tanya Saracho has explicitly said that this is a show about gentefication, but as a queer Latino, the queerness “had to be there.”
Emma is really working out that internalized homophobia.
Which means that Season 2 is going to be less panic attack-inducing and more steamy than the last season. We also get glimpses into a queer wedding–whose, no nos sabemos.
Fans are really, truly screaming for Emma and Cruz’s ship.
Yes, Cruz and Emma met at Emma’s mother’s funeral, but together, they’re creating life for #VidaStarz fans everywhere. If we’re to believe what this trailer is dishing out, these scenes are just a teaser for what’s to come.
Emma and Lyn finally begin to rebuild their late mami’s business and maintain its identity.
The sisters didn’t know that their mother, Vidalia (“Vida” for short) was queer and owned the bar with her nonbinary partner, Eddy. Now, Eddy, Lyn, and Emma are all working together. Of course, in Season 2, it seems Eddy will be recovering from the assault that left them in the hospital at the end of last season.
The trailer alludes to more conversation around colorism both in our own culture and outside it.
We see the new addition, Raúl Castillo, as a handyman telling Emma “Mexicans, we don’t usually do things like that. When she claps back that she is Mexican, he’s quick to tell her: “Could’ve fooled me.” We see Emma confiding in her friends who tell her directly that she’s “passing,” which quickly cuts to a scene of Emma crying.
Other themes certainly include the tremendous amount of financial stress the sisters are under. We hear Emma talk about foreclosure and we see flashes of emotion across everyone’s face.
Oh, and the tagline for the season is that it’s “operating on Chingona level.”
Mari asks a friend if she feels like she has her shit together. Answer: “F**k yeah, I’m operating on chingona level.” We also see Mari wearing a bandana around her face, marching in the street at night. This is the kind of energy we could all use in our lives.
It also looks like Lyn is going to take to the stage this season.
The first scene in the trailer shows Lyn tapping on a mic. What will the sisters make of their mom’s bar this season? What will Lyn make of herself?
The sisters are “ready to buck” this season.
Don’t think when Emma tells Lyn that they have to “really buck up if this is going to work” that Lyn doesn’t reply with, “I’m ready to buck.” It sounds like they’re going for a “swanky, Instafamous lounge” look for the renamed bar, “Vida.”
The first two episodes already premiered at Tribeca Film Festivals, and writer Chelsey Lora made a statement at the panel.
Caption: “New red carpet clutch tradition. On my way to our amazing @VIDA_STARZ premiere at #Tribeca. Please support our show by binging it May 23, I promise you will laugh & cry. #FuckICE. #supportLatinx #abolishICE #VidaStarz”
However, you’re honoring this Season 2 trailer.
Light your candles, brujas. Channel the poderosa chingona vibes Starz is giving u all.