A few notes:
- Big props to some Latinos doing big things on the scene. First, American Latino TV, the people who brought you my first TV interview, has an online version of their syndicated show: American Latino Uncut starring mi amiga Mercedes Sanchez. Holler!
- Second, Nezua of The JLV’s Blogger of the Year fame, has always been at the forefront of Latino issues such as immigration reform and workers’ rights in the blogosphere. A couple of weeks ago, he and others started a website entitled Presente! under The Sanctuary! The aim is to unite Latinos/as politically, to engage the power of our collective voice. If you’re down, support it.
- Third, there are tons of gossip sites out there, but few dedicated to Latino celebrities. Unlike other writers, I appreciate these sites because they highlight Latino stars, even in their lowlights. Thus, I give a big shout-out to Hissip. (p.s. They report on Salma Hayek; as a guy, that’s enough for me.)
- Fourth, there’s a burgeoning poet out there I’ve been neglecting to shout out here on the blog. My boy, SpeaksBeliefs, has some good works out there. If you’re into poetry and the like, tell him Mr. Vilson sent you.
- Lastly, but certainly not least, I’ve had the pleasure of having good conversation with Raul Ramos y Sanchez, author of the award-winning author of America Libre. Here’s a synopsis:
Time: The second decade of the twenty-first century. As the immigration crisis reaches the boiling point, once-peaceful Latino protests explode into rioting. Cities across the nation are in flames. Anglo vigilantes bent on revenge launch drive-by shootings in the barrios, wantonly killing young and old. Exploiting the turmoil, a congressional demagogue succeeds in passing legislation that transforms the nation’s teeming inner-city barrios into walled-off Quarantine Zones. In this chaotic landscape, Manolo Suarez is struggling to provide for his family. Under the spell of a beautiful Latina radical, the former U.S. Army Ranger eventually finds himself questioning his loyalty to his wife—and his country.“
Oh, and before I forget, because I haven’t, a happy mothers’ day to all the past, present, and future mothers of America. I really mean it. If you’re a mother, going to be a mother, are a mother and grandmother, or just love mothers in general, this is your day. Now, before I get in trouble with my own mother, happy mothers’ day.
Jose, who thinks mothers are the alpha and omega of human civilization, no question …