Archive for September 7th, 2011

September 7, 2011

Revenge of La Colombiana

by Greg Martinez

My wife and I decided to go see a movie for our date night last week. I scanned the listings at our local theater and saw they were showing a movie named Colombiana. I checked the user reviews on Yahoo and they seemed decent enough so we went to see the movie. The professional critics generally panned the film, but I don’t care what they say because they tend to be a group of elitist snobs. They seem more interested in promoting movies that fit their world view rather than pure entertainment. If you are one of those who hang on to what movie critics say, I suggest you just stop reading now and just mindlessly decry the excessive violence of the movie, as you have become conditioned to do.

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September 7, 2011

Alternate consequences of Mexico’s drug-related violence

by Cristopher Rubio

In the years following President Felipe Calderón’s 2006 election, drug-related violence in Mexico has soared to nearly unfathomable heights. It’s almost as if things can’t get any worse…and yet, they do. It’s to the point where doing everyday things like going to school or attending a sporting event has become a risky endeavor. 

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September 7, 2011

“You can be Mexican, AND you can be on TV!”

The 2010-11 TV season premiered a sci-fi show, The Event. One member of the cast fascinated me. A Latino? Could it be? I Googled cast names, and there it was Clifton Collins Jr., no, not Latino I guess. Months later there he is again in Brothers, barely recognizable; a testament to his talent perhaps? Google again, and there it is…he’s part Mexican. A Latino actor who’s managed to escape being typecast. It would be easy to to assume it’s because of his name, and perhaps it is, but the story is not that simple. He has roots, his name notwithstanding, his is a proud Latino. The grandson of Mexican-American actor, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez.

Pedro and grandson Clifton

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September 7, 2011

The nondiscriminatory power of addiction

by Nick Baez

In a recent interview with Teresa Rodriguez of “Ahora y Aqui” on Univision, boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya revealed the full details of how his life had become unraveled over the past few years, as he became mired in alcohol and drug addiction. During the broadcast, de la Hoya described a life that had come to be defined by alcohol and drug dependency, pain, a broken marriage, suicidal ideation, and many other hardships that ran contrary to the seemingly “perfect” life that most had assumed he lived.

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