A little over a week ago, on a Saturday, a punk show took place across the street from my apartment in the Los Angeles Latino stronghold of Boyle Heights. The venue was a strip mall that used to house a Domino’s Pizza and a laundromat, but burned down in an electrical fire back in January (which just so happen to precede the closure of the Sixth Street Bridge, which fed into the little business area, by a couple of weeks).
A couple of hours into the makeshift show, the cops showed up and did what they do best: they shut down the fun and sent everyone home.
That this show took place was news to me, a non-Los Angeles native that only recently moved to Boyle Heights. But as soon I soon found out, DIY punk shows in East and South Central Los Angeles have been taking place since the late ’70s. Now, thanks to shoemaker Vans, this scene has gotten the recognition it deserves in the form of a documentary. “Los Punks: We Are All We Have” highlights the importance that these punk shows held in unconventional places like garages, backyards, and burned down buildings have for those that attend them.
It’s a really wonderful film that you should see largely because it challenges the conventional view of what Latino kids are supposed to be into, and it showcases how more often than not these chaotic shows tend to be lifesaving. The doc is currently streaming on Netflix. Go watch it now, and then go break some s**t.
In cities across the US, people continue to die due to senseless gun violence. Los Angeles is no stranger to shootouts and, unfortunately, three more people fell victim to gun fire on Wednesday – leaving two of them dead and their friends and family in mourning.
The shooting spree took place in South Los Angeles and one of the victims has been identified as a talented scholar full of big dreams.
Gun violence has struck again in Los Angeles, killing two and injuring a third.
Two men were killed and another injured in a drive-by shooting into a vehicle in South LA.
When police arrived at the scene, they found two men with multiple gunshot wounds. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A third man, suffering from a single gunshot wound, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Investigators said the two deceased victims were standing outside of a parked car when the suspect’s vehicle drove up and a passenger opened fire, striking both men. The suspect shot the third victim a short distance away as the suspects fled the scene.
Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting.
One of the victims was Jose Flores Velazquez who was working towards his doctorate at UC Irvine.
Distraught family members who arrived at the scene told KTLA the man who died there was Jose Flores. He and the second man killed, Alfredo Carrera, grew up together six houses apart on the street where they were shot.
Carrera, meanwhile, was about to become a first-time father with his girlfriend, his aunt Michelle Garcia said.
The baby shower was set for Saturday, Garcia added.
Family said Carrera had been shot at least once in his back.
Investigators have yet to release information on the suspects and declined to release a description of the vehicle involved. The relatives say they have no idea who would want to target the men.
Police say the men were victims of a drive by shooting.
A 911 caller told officials a vehicle drove up and the passenger pulled out a handgun. An argument ensued, then shots rang out, said Lt. Derrick Alfred.
It appears that they had driven up and were saying goodbye outside the car to each other when the car drove up (and) some words were exchanged,” Rubenstein said. “Somebody from inside the suspect vehicle fired multiple rounds, striking both the men.”
Velazquez was a nationally recognized scholar who eventually wanted to work for NASA.
Flores was a physics doctoral student at UC Irvine and had his sights set on a job at NASA, a family member told KTLA.
“He was one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met,” said a former sister-in-law at the scene who asked not to be named.
Many took to social media to share their shock and died about the loss of such an accomplished young man who was full of dreams.
While fellow grad students shared in their disbelief.
People who knew Velazquez have been sharing memories and talking about what a kind and caring person he was. They also talk about his many talents, skills, and dreams – of which, he had many.
If you’d like to support Velazquez’ family during this time, they have a GoFundMe page setup here.
If you’ve ever visited Mexico, you know that copyright laws seem pretty lax. There are all kinds of Pokémon, Disney, and Cartoon Network inspired goods from piñatas to costumes in most mercados. The same can be said for tv ads. Takesabroso, a taquería in Veracruz, México, has jumped on the trend and created a stellar ad for their food using Thanos and his unknown twerking skills. Jorge Lajud produced a commercial for the taquería that artfully mashes up a scene of villain Thor from “Avengers: Endgame” and a montage of tacos and other Mexican food. Like any other art form, you have to see it to appreciate it.
The video has gone viral with over 5.5 million views thanks to it being posted on Twitter.
The commercial starts with a scene we’re all familiar with–the moment Thanos thinks he has all the Infinity Stones and offers a build-up to the moment he wipes out all of mankind. Spoiler: he doesn’t. Thanos says, “Yo soy inevitable,” snaps his fingers, and nothing happens.
Then, instead of the scene cutting to superhero Iron Man, we see Takesabroso owner, Luis Vazquez, dramatically saying, “Yo soy Takesabroso.”
He snaps his fingers and saves the day with a montage of Takesabroso’s menu items. In the bottom left-hand corner, supervillain Thanos seems to be happy with how terribly his plan failed and is twerking up against the lechón on screen.
Yup. Thanos is twerking to cumbia.
Fans are here for it. As video rolls on burritos, tacos, and rotating meat, Thanos just keeps on dancing cumbia in the corner. “It’s the twerking thanos that really tied it all together,” commented one fan.
It’s official. Thanos is now Thaños and is clearly invited to every carne asada.
That little tilde on the “n” goes a very long way in making Thanos a true dancing Latino icon.
Some folks are worried that Takesabroso isn’t going to get away with using Marvel footage.
Personally, we think Thaños is far more appealing than his evil twin, Thanos. Mexicans have basically responded to this tweet with pure laughter. “Marvel lawyers trying to stop a Mexican restaurant from stealing intellectual property? Good luck,” tweets one fan.
This has prompted a whole other thread about different ways folks have seen Mexican restaurants “give precisely zero f***s.”
One person seemingly well versed in copyright infringement tweeted their two cents, “Well it’s not illegal the clip used is not long enough to be considered plagiarism and its transformative enough to be fair use but Disney has sued for less and won lol.”
Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” was the final installment of the “Avengers” franchise and is the highest-grossing film of all time. The timing of the video is smart given that Disney released “Avengers: Endgame” on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
The rest of Latin America has also chimed in to share ways their countries don’t care about copyright.
“My fave: Harry Potter y el Orden del Taco,” read one reply. Nope, we’re voting for “Harry Potter y el trompo de pastor” for the win.
“In Mexico City, we have a place named “Tacos Goku” or also there’s “Tacos Megaman” the copyright is like a joke for them,” one Mexicano tweeted. Another said he ” remembered a tortilleria called “El Thor-tillero” on León, near the bus station (central camionera).”
This isn’t the first time Takesabroso has ventured into hilarious advertisements…
Takesabroso’s video editor in resident, Jorge Lajud, recast the restaurant owner in a scene from Venom and then had his form be overlayed by a Ricardo Milos dancing. Note the floating images of tacos and burgers floating around him. It’s pretty clear Vazquez is also absolutely delighted by these commercials.
Takesabroso has welcomed the wide response from folks and even dedicated a Facebook post to its fans. “Takesabroso not only seeks to bring flavor to your life, but it also seeks to bring joy to your heart,” Vazquez posted. “This meme is viral, thanks to all.”
The woman responsible for gifting the video to Twitter, which took it viral, is using her platform to promote non-profit RAICES Texas.
The Refugee Aid Project, commonly known as RAICES, is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. It’s staffed with 130 attorneys, legal assistants and support staff whose sole job is to offer legal representation to immigrants at risk from America’s current immigration policies. In 2017, they closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client.