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Straight Outta Compton Fan-Shot Recording of N.W.A Biopic Trailer PDF Print E-mail
Written by JON BLISTEIN   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:51

Click here to watch trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo5Xcw7Lqr4

Earlier this month, an enterprising Ice Cube fan in Australia uploaded a bootleg recording of the trailer for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which the rapper showed during a concert in Sydney.


Though the video quality isn't the best, the clip offers a clear look at what the movie has in store. Over a montage of a DJ cutting records, LAPD officers patrolling the block and a low-rider bouncing through a crowd, Paul Giamatti, who plays Jerry Heller — N.W.A.'s manager and the co-founder of Ruthless Records — sets the scene. "Let me tell you what I see here: A lot of raw talent, swagger, bravado. People are scared of you guys, they think you're dangerous, but you have a unique voice — the world needs to hear it."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/nwa-biopic-trailer-straight-outta-compton-20141230#ixzz3NS4RIHQU

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 22:00
Homebound — Promoting Movies Starring Chicanos / Latinos Must Begin With Us PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:05

Enrique Castillo (Blood In Blood Out, Weeds, Zoot Suit) 
Photo Credit:  Homebound

By DeeDee Garcia Blase

Homebound is a new independent movie that received numerous awards west of the Mississippi River. It is the story of Richard Lynn, a successful young man who returns to his small hometown, El Campo, Texas. He has to help his father Gilberto who’s ill with cancer, run the family business, a dilapidated bar. Richard Lynn, accidentally falls in love for the first time with Sofia, a Venezuelan immigrant who speaks very little English. It is a heartwarming film, with inspiring performances, unexpected twists and a passionate ending that will delight audiences around the world.


The movie is packed with dynamic Chicano and Latino actors like Enrique Castillo (Weeds, Blood In Blood Out, Zoot Suit) who plays a strong patriarch wanting to ensure his family is taken care of in light of his illness. His character’s background is one of a Vietnam veteran hero reminding us of those who have contributed their service and sacrifice that protects the liberties we all enjoy now.


Although it feels like the current face of Chicanos and Latinos is solely the immigration issue – nothing could be further from the truth. The economy is just as important to us as we have become real contributors to the economic and labor force. According to Partnership For New American Economy: “Hispanic households, both native and foreign-born, account for a large portion of America’s overall spending power. In 2013, Hispanics had an estimated after-tax income of more than $605 billion.”


Chicanos (Americans of Mexican descent) and Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and our passion for movies has shown itself when our demographic group bought 25 percent of the movie tickets sold in 2013 even though we comprise just 17 percent of the population, according to the Motion Picture Association of America’s year-end study. Mexican Americans account for approximately 70% of the entire Latin / Hispanic population pie, which is Chicanos should step up and promote, buy movie tickets that depict our community in a good light.


You don’t have a major hit without Hispanic moviegoers,” Chris Aronson, Fox’s president of domestic distribution, told TheWrap. In addition, it is not surprising to hear Chicanas and/or Latinas are the most avid moviegoers according to an exclusive study.


What will it take for Chicanos and Latinos to have a more dominant role in the entertainment industry? I asked Enrique Castillo that question and he believes “we need more of us involved behind the scenes – from script writing to producing.” He also said, “…too often we are more concerned with being in front of the camera, but we should diversify our roles in other areas because a lot of power to control and change things happens behind the camera, and influence goes behind the writer, producer and investing into film.”


We have a model to pattern ourselves from with regard to the successes of Hollywood. Though Hollywood does not appear eager to create a dynamic movie about one of our Chicano heroes like Corky Gonzales, it is their business decision to make. After all, why would “Hollywood” be interested in creating a new mega Chicano actor that could very well compete with the likes of Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt?


We must on our own accord prove we can handle the entertainment business by demanding what we want to see. Obviously we want to see Chicanos and Latinos starring in movies, and as such we should begin right here within our own communities at a grass roots level. We have the numbers and should have the ability to create our own network that will promote independent movies like Homebound. We don’t do it by playing victim – we do it by promoting our movies with social networking. Indeed, this film has already been to 9 cities already because of the support of our community with less than 5% of all television and film directed by women. Of that 5%– less than 1% are minority women. This is why it is important to support Homebound a film written, directed and produced by a Fanny Veliz. Until there is enough power in distribution, financing and promotion of a film – it will always be a struggle for Chicano and Latino film makers. But for now we should continue to promote movies that impact our communities like Homebound that visit theatres near you, and right now we want to see this movie in Arizona.




Fanny Veliz is an award winning female Latina director.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:54
Racial Struggles: Phoenix Manager Ed Zuercher Fires Phoenix Chief Garcia Proving Lack of Diversity PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:22
Mexican Americans To Phoenix City Manager:  Bring Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia Back and Hire More Chicanos / Latinos Representative of Phoenix Demographics


Phoenix, AZ -- There are approximately 20+ director positions within the City of Phoenix but only 2 Latinos held those positions until yesterday.  The demographics in the City of Phoenix do not reflect the leadership under Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher and the City Council.  Mr. Zuercher was unprofessional in the firing of Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia on the heels of Rumain Brisbon's death (an unarmed man who was shot to death by a Phoenix police officer).
There was tremendous outcry from the public who had questions for Chief Daniel Garcia who oversees the operations of the Phoenix PD.  Unfortunately Zuercher fired Police Chief Garcia (for holding a public news conference) when Garcia should have been allowed to answer questions by the public regarding Rumain Brisbon.   Zuercher must now explain why Latinos and Chicanos are not properly represented under his management in the City of Phoenix after firing Garcia.
We believe Garcia should have been able to defend himself considering the horrible criticisms he received no thanks to columnist Laurie Roberts of Arizona Central who wrote a scathing story about  him when he decided to run a tight ship and fire law enforcement officer Craig Tiger (whose job was on the line when he committed a DUI).  We believe Garica made the right decision.   As a former member of the law enforcement community, I believe police officers should be held to higher standards and they must walk the straight and narrow considering they have the badge to charge someone with a DUI, too.  It is hypocritical for police officers to charge someone with a DUI after they themselves are guilty of one and they must not serve as public safety officers when they are guilty of a DUI.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio is another person well known for not agreeing with Chief Garcia, but DiCiccio has no leg to stand on considering it was DiCiccio who supported a repeal via Prop 487.  Prop 487 would have repealed the defined Public Safety Retirement System --  a defined retirement benefit program for Phoenix police.  It is hard to tell what side DiCiccio is on given his hypocrisy.   DiCiccio is considered an extreme Tea Party Republican, who holds many anti-immigrant views his colleagues do, and it does not surprise us to hear he has had it out for Garcia since Garcia stated his department would not tolerate racial profiling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 (anti-immigrant / anti-brown) law.
We are demanding Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher to reinstate Chief Garcia to his position, and have more Latino directors promoted to management forthwith that reflects our demographics in the Phoenix metro area.  Garcia is on the right side of the law to call for “more power over internal disciplinary actions” that will could prevent wrongful deaths like Rumain Brisbon – an unarmed black man who was shot to death by a Phoenix Police Officer.   We believe Phoenix Police Department should have the utmost high standards and we cannot have rogue officers running amok.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 12:26
Hip Hop Menu Gone Wrong: DC Restaurant Plans Odd Biggie, 2Pac Tribute Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ann Brown   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:01

Hmm. Not sure what to make of this.

An Italian-inspired restaurant in Washington, DC is planning to host a hip-hop dinner to honor slain rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac in February. For the menu, which hit Twitter earlier this week, Graffiato is serving “thug rice,” which is cuddle fish ink risotto, crawfish, crispy clams, cauliflower. There’s also “blood money sausage” and “Chocolate Chip Blunts” on the three-course meal.

After Graffiato, chef Mike Isabella, a former Top Chef contestant, heard of the criticism of the menu, he told DCist the menu is simply a “work in progress,” reports The Grio. The menu has since been taken down with the only mention of it in this press release on the Graffiato website.

The dinner is to take place Feb. 2 and cost $65 per person.

“Restaurateur Mike Isabella gave Y&H the following statement via his publicist, who says he’s not available for an interview: ‘The Graffiato dinner on February 2 is a celebration of hip hop from two of the greatest artists of the 90s. The menu is still a work in progress, and dishes will be inspired by songs, lyrics and classic east and west coast dishes’,” reports Washington City Paper.

- See more at: http://madamenoire.com/498567/hip-hop-menu-gone-wrong-dc-restaurant-plans-odd-biggie-2pac-tribute-dinner/#sthash.ksdWyC2n.dpuf

Arizona Senator John McCain’s Legacy: Stealing & Giving Away Native Lands Continuing Racial Struggle PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 11:22

Honor the treaties, Senator John McCain.  Haven’t you read history with regard to the genocide of our Native American brothers and sisters with regard to manifest destiny when white settlers moved westward and stole their lands after killing them?  Haven’t Native Americans and the indigenous gone through enough already? The land deal you were part of was not your land.  Now your legacy will include stealing MORE land from the Natives so that you can give it to a mining foreign company.  The land you stole and gave away was rich in mineral$.

You are sham and a disgrace.  Your legacy includes not supporting the Martin Luther King holiday, flip flopping on immigration, and now stealing more land away from Native Americans to help out foreign greedy corporations.

From Tucson News:

Former San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie said he felt sick when he heard what legislators did last week.

Members of Congress — including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act a controversial land-swap measure that would privatize national forest land sacred to Western Apache tribes.

More than a dozen versions of the land-swap bill have failed to pass Congress since 2005. But now the U.S. Senate is expected to make a decision on the defense spending bill by late Thursday.

After almost a decade of fighting the land swap, Nosie said he couldn’t believe it had been tucked into the must-pass defense spending act.

“I was questioning, ‘Why isn’t anybody listening? Why are McCain and these guys allowed to do what they’re doing?’” he said.

If you are disgusted the way we are, please sign this petition:

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 December 2014 11:23
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