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Naked City
A statewide study shows that racial disparities in vehicle stops are commonplace
News Story  February 6, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the report, three out of every four law enforcement agencies reported stopping black and Latino motorists at higher rates than white motorists, and six out of every seven law enforcement agencies reported searching blacks and Latinos at higher rates than whites following a traffic stop. Researchers used census data, Texas Fair Roads Standards data, and TxDOT survey data, along with the self-reported racial profiling data provided by police as required by the state's racial profiling law to analyze stop-and-search trends...."

TV Eye
For those of us nervously watching the erosion of civil liberties and human rights, the next film in the 'Independent Lens' series, 'Life Matters,' is something of a wistful homage to what seems to be of little value these days
Screens Column  January 16, 2004, by Belinda Acosta
"...Growing exponentially since 1999, NALIP brings together working Latino producers, directors, actors, and industry folk to discuss rapidly changing opportunities for Latinos in film and TV. For more information, go to"

Our readers talk back.
Columns  January 2, 2004
"...The shooting of Jessie Owens by Officer Glasgow was one of many such incidents of excessive use of force by Austin police officers directed at blacks and Latinos. This behavior will only exacerbate existing tensions between law enforcement and people of color...."

Naked City
News Story  January 2, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Conyers wrote to Ashcroft, "It is apparent that you have turned the process on its head by preclearing a Texas ... plan that dilutes the voting strength of 3.6 million Latinos and African-Americans across the state and made the Justice Department an accomplice." Release of the memoranda is normally routine; Conyers set a deadline of Dec..."

TV Eye
Native American actors playing Native Americans? On a major network? With no white guy in sight? This might be a good time to talk about diversity on the small screen in 2004.
Screens Column  December 26, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...According to a Television Week profile of Valdez (Dec. 11), it sounds like Valdez has figured out what the rest of the industry hasn't: Latinos don't need to be approached as an anthropological subject but as viewers -- many who speak little or no Spanish -- who want to see a good story as much as the next viewer and appreciate seeing our experiences reflected once in a damn while...."

APD Must Be Held Accountable
Postmarks  December 23, 2003
"...Dear Editor, The shooting of Jessie Owens by Officer Glasgow was one of many such incidents of excessive use of force by Austin police officers directed at blacks and Latinos. This behavior will only exacerbate existing tensions between law enforcement and people of color..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
"A different brand of law enforcement" doesn't have to be a bad thing.
News Column  November 28, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But maybe the-same-as-everywhere-else is just not good enough, at least for now. Do we need a unique strategy for policing in East Austin that will help black citizens believe, as Latinos apparently do believe, that the police in general are here to help?..."

The Hightower Report
Public financing of elections works; and a Houston firm wants to take American tax dollars without giving any.
News Column  November 21, 2003, by Jim Hightower
"...There have been more challengers to incumbents than before, with more women, Latinos, and Native Americans running and winning -- half of the challengers using the clean-money option say they would not have run without it...."

TV Eye
NBC's Boomtown might be bust, while Independent Lens' Foto-Novelas 2 saves the day.
Screens Column  October 17, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...While the outcomes of the stories are somewhat expected, the journey through each is engaging, and the characters complex and deeply heartfelt. How wonderful, for once, to not see Latinos cast as one-dimensional stereotypes...."

TV Eye
Where does Belinda Acosta come down on the "the whitest black girl on TV"? Find out here.
Screens Column  October 10, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...has seen or known Rita Nash. She's the kid from the poor white family that lives in the neighborhood with poor black folks (or Latinos, or any other ethnic minority)..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  September 19, 2003
"...Guerra will probably also receive our tax dollars to compensate for the wrongs of the UT-Austin administration. It is time for the UT system to be truly colorblind and to allow Chicanos/Latinos to raise concerns without fear of being fired...."

UT Not Color Blind to Mexican Americans
Postmarks  September 15, 2003
"...Guerra will probably also receive our tax dollars to compensate for the wrongs of the UT-Austin administration. It is time for the UT system to be truly colorblind and to allow Chicanos/Latinos to raise concerns without fear of being fired...."

Capitol Chronicle
The fight over re-redistricting is a battle for the civil rights of minority Texans.
News Column  August 29, 2003, by Michael King
"...From Albuquerque, Hinojosa said he had thought that the days of portraying Latinos as "Frito Banditos" were over. Dewhurst and his spokesman Dave Beckwith disclaimed any knowledge of the ad, but Party spokesman Ted Royer stepped into the breach, saying Hinojosa and the others should know better than to describe the radio actors as "too Hispanic." Perhaps Royer is seeking the nomination for "Too Thick." (On Monday, party Chair Susan Weddington apologized for the ad.)..."

About AIDS
Study Confirms Secret Bisexuality as HIV Threat to Hetero Women
Columns  August 15, 2003, by Sandy Bartlett
"...Latinos had more bisexual encounters than white men, and black men had the most. Homophobia in Hispanic and African-American cultures coerced men into a bisexual closet..."

Oye Como Va
This trio of brothers from San Angelo aren't gonna be lonely for long.
Music Story  August 1, 2003, by Melanie Haupt
"..."Some people ask why we don't speak more Spanish, but we don't figure we have to have a whole album in Spanish to prove that we are Latinos or Texicans," he stresses...."

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
News Story  August 1, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...31, 2002, black males between the ages of 20-39 accounted for one-third of all prison inmates; in Texas, private prison operators held nearly 17,000 inmates, more than 10% of the state's total prison population. For more on prison stats, see "Latinos, Texas, and Justice," p.17..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  July 18, 2003, by Michael King
"...Alvarez said he intends to apply what he learned about the shortage of bone-marrow donations available to Hispanics needing transplants, as well as the utter scarcity of funding for HIV/AIDS-prevention programs, by pursuing new policies and programs geared toward increasing local supplies of both vital resources. Latinos, and minorities in general, remain underrepresented in marrow-donation collection banks, Alvarez noted..."

The Rude Mechs take Lipstick Traces to Europe, Austin Civic Wind Ensemble finds a new conductor, Mexic-Arte makes art for the bus station, and the city is looking for artists to mark up South Congress.
Arts Column  July 11, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...has a Greyhound Community Reflections Mural Program through which the company, the National Council of La Raza, and our own Mexic-Arte Museum are creating a mural for permanent display at the bus station. Artist Fidencio Duran will lead a group of student artists from Martin Middle School to create a mural that will "capture the pride and influence of Latinos in the Austin community." Work on the mural will take place at the NCLR Annual Conference on July 12, 11am-3pm; July 13, 11:30am-3pm; July 14, 9:30am-5pm; July 15, 9am-noon at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E..."

Have You Ever Been to Carrascolendas?
The Bilingual Education Act in 1968 sparked an unprecedented number of bilingual television programs for children, and the Austin-produced children's series Carrascolendas, which premiered in 1970, was among the first.
Screens Story  July 4, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...In 1974, the program began airing nationally, in color, with an operating budget of $1.5 million. The increased support allowed for location shoots across the U.S., expansion of the cast to include Cuban and Puerto Rican Latinos, and more writers, designers, and puppets..."

Naked City
Operation Tarmac: Overkill?
News Story  March 14, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...The federal government thinks so, hence its recent sweep -- code-named Operation Tarmac -- of some 100 airports across the country, resulting in the arrests of nearly 700 Latinos from Mexico and Central America. All of the indicted ABIA employees were from Mexico, authorities said..."

The Hightower Report
Bush ignores the terror of tainted meat -- and Americans are revolting.
News Column  March 14, 2003, by Jim Hightower
"...But have heart: We're stronger than you think. Even in Congress, 23 senators and 133 house members voted NO on the war resolution, including 90% of African-American members, 80% of Latinos, 60% of House Democrats, and 59% of the women in Congress...."

On the Way to Anywhere
Sarah Hepola talks to the three panelists of one of the Texas Book Festival's most eagerly anticipated panels, "At the Crossroads: Mexican-American Literature."
Books Story  November 15, 2002, by Sarah Hepola
"...I mean, the other guy, he's dead. How did that happen? A DEAD man got elected!") He grouses about a culture that talks down to Latinos..."

Short Cuts
A new Vietnam Film Series, a Cine Las Americas call for entries, aGLIFF's "Secret Cinema," and a fond farewell to AFS film programmer Salvatore Botti.
Screens Column  November 15, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Call 916-5137 for more info... Another week, another call for entries: Cine Las Americas Sixth Annual Festival of the Americas -- showcasing films by or about Latinos and other native groups of the Americas -- is coming up this spring, and wouldn't you know it, they're looking for feature and short films "of all forms": narrative, documentary, experimental, animated, etc..."

A Better Tomorrow
For years, the city of Austin's arts funding process has been mired in perpetual gloom, but with the city reviewing its Cultural Contracts Program, artists and arts companies talking with each other about collaborations and a shared vision of what the arts mean to Austin, there are glimmers of light on the city's arts funding horizon.
Arts Story  October 11, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...17, high noon. The idea was not to force a showdown with council over its actions the fortnight before or even to discuss the city funding process, but, in the words of Salvage Vanguard Theater Artistic Director Jason Neulander, who led the meeting "to discuss a larger picture of arts advocacy." This was the first step in articulating a community-wide vision for the arts in Austin, one that drew on ideas and sentiments of those many diverse contributors to Austin's cultural wealth: individual artists and representatives of large institutions; Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Anglos; newcomers and longtime residents; emerging artists and those in the middle of their careers; city staff, volunteer panelists, and commissioners, and the citizens who support the arts...."

About AIDS
Columns  October 11, 2002, by Sandy Bartlett
"...Their narrow niche focus often ignores the reality of populations which are at high risk but which may be politically unpalatable. Getting especially short shrift are Latinos/as and gay men..."

TV Eye
Fall is falling … or rather, fall TV is falling into our laps. The question is, will it be as welcome as a purring li'l kitty cat digging in for a nap, or as rank as last week's bong water seeping in to your new chinos?
Screens Column  September 6, 2002, by Belinda Acosta
"...That, and the performances of the CSI: Miami cast are more stylish than its predecessor's. What's not so good about CSI: Miami: It's set in Miami, so where are the Latinos? Oh yeah, Adam Rodriguez has a small role..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 26, 2002
"...Bennett's commentary on that exact subject. If you follow your argument, it should also be difficult for blacks and Latinos to be Republican as well, as their causes have often been at odds with Republican doctrine and policy..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 5, 2002
"...And I can give you a list of acts of cowardice from APD officers against blacks, women, and immigrants, but I'd drift from the subject. It's the breakup of the family structure that some fools (blacks and Latinos) are practicing now, catching up with modern times..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  June 28, 2002
"...And I can give you a list of acts of cowardice from APD officers against blacks, women, and immigrants, but I'd drift from the subject. It's the breakup of the family structure that some fools (blacks and Latinos) are practicing now, catching up with modern times..."

Blade to the Heat
The Nushank Theater Collective produces a cast of powerful performers for its production of Oliver Mayer's glove love drama Blade to the Heat.
Arts Review  April 12, 2002, by Rob Curran
"...Set in the 1950s, in a city like Los Angeles, the play deals with three Latinos and one Latina fighting each other and the macho stereotype of their culture. An anglicized Chicano, Pedro Quinn (Sergio Moreno) scores a surprise points-win over Cuban-American Mantequilla Decima (Raul Castillo) to take the World Championship belt..."

Been Around the World
Cine las Americas enters its fifth year as the premier festival of Latino filmmaking … only they're not calling it "Latino" anymore.
Screens Story  April 12, 2002, by Belinda Acosta
"...Her uncle and former Congressman Henry B. Gonzelez dedicated his career to representing Latinos..."

St. Michael's Passion
Whose truth prevails at Austin's Catholic high school?
News Story  December 14, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Catholic schools do typically outperform public schools, particularly in inner-city areas where Catholics (Irish, Italians, Poles, and now Latinos) traditionally have been concentrated and where the public schools are lacking in resources and results. Were it not located in Barton Creek, far away from Austin's neediest neighborhoods, St..."

Capitol Chronicle
Federal judges denounce gerrymandering, but then leave us with the same old bunch of white guys.
News Column  November 30, 2001, by Michael King
"...That sounds reasonable enough, until you consider the raw numbers. As Nina Perales, attorney for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), told the San Antonio Express-News: "The court declined to draw a new seat for the Latinos, even though they accounted for 60% of the [state population] growth..."

Naked City
News Story  October 5, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...One of those "Got Milk?" billboards has popped up on MLK, this one depicting Ronald McDonald and two children. Nothing special -- except that both of the little cuties are brown-skinned, and many African-Americans and Latinos are lactose-intolerant..."

Pride of the Yankees?
Evan Smith translates a New York pedigree into the editorship of Texas Monthly.
News Story  July 20, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Smith's overtures to Sandra Cisneros fall in the same category, and he recently met with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which was outraged that the magazine's biennial Worst Legislators list included three Latinos. (The Best Legislators list featured two.) "I just go to listen..."

Dancing About Architecture
Butthole Surfers and Austin City Limits suffer set backs while Riverfest marches on.
Music Column  June 29, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...I convinced him otherwise, however, so I better help him push the tentatively titled "Bob at 60 Looks at a Pirate at 50," now slated for Wednesday, July 18 from 7 to 10pm. Interested artists ready to perform "Cheeseburgers in Paradise #12 & 35" or something equally psychedelic please contact the club at… Mexic-Arte Museum will present a "Farewell" Concert to the Santo Niño de Atocha by the Jovenes Latinos from the EBS San Francisco de Asis this Saturday at 7pm..."

The Art of Being Dagoberto Gilb
What's a successful writer like Dagoberto Gilb got against the establishment?
Books Story  March 23, 2001, by Clay Smith
"..."He's a very pugilistic person," Dubose says. "But I also think he has heightened sensibilities to Latinos being screwed by the establishment, by white men ....."

Sin Fronteras
Most observers would agree that Austin has a Latino visual arts community, but within that community are many voices, many points of view, many styles -- and no borders.
Arts Story  February 16, 2001, by Rob Curran
"...Connie Arismendi, an Austinite with Filipino and Mexican roots, sees a parallel with Latin American visual artists. "I think many Latino artists share a mission: to promote the work of other Latinos," she says..."

Global Warming, Public Schools, and Jazz a la Zorn.
Columns  January 26, 2001
"...Chavez complained about Washington's so-called game of "search and destroy." No one needed to do any searching, she already had a bad reputation among Latinos, Blacks, women, and working people. It seems that she has been out to destroy the efforts of Americans to gain equality, fairness, and better wages..."

Defending the death penalty, the new Gov, the schools, and all that Jazz.
Columns  January 19, 2001
"...Chavez complained about Washington's so-called game of "search and destroy." No one needed to do any searching, she already had a bad reputation among Latinos, Blacks, women, and working people. It seems that she has been out to destroy the efforts of Americans to gain equality, fairness, and better wages..."

Cubana Be Cubana Bop
Field guide to Cuba's second-biggest export after cigars
Music Story  January 12, 2001, by Harvey Pekar
"...During the mid- to late Fifties, it became common for Latin and jazz musicians to work side by side and develop considerable abilities in both areas. During this period, the mambo was extremely popular, and many American musicians played in bands led by Latinos...."

The Years With Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes says he can not imagine a world without Shakespeare and Cervantes, but it is impossible to imagine a Mexico without Fuentes.
Books Story  November 24, 2000, by David Garza
"...AC: Let me ask you, since you mentioned George Bush and Al Gore, it's very trendy these days for politicians to spout off a few words in Spanish. It's fine to do that sort of thing, but what are they really doing for Mexico or Mexican-Americans or Latinos in general? What do you think really needs to be done between the governments of Mexico and the U.S.?..."

Election 2000
Chronicle Election Preview
News Story  November 3, 2000
"...New Mexico, 5, Big test of Bush's appeal to Latinos, who comprise 38% of the voters; traditionally Dem..."

Gorgeous George
George P. Bush capitalizing on Latino roots to stump for Uncle George.
News Story  August 11, 2000, by Russell Contreras
"...and Ricky Martin. People en Español magazine labeled him "hunky" and pronounced him a "buzz" among Latinos..."

Reel Women Presents Real Stories
Screens Story  August 11, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...¡AMERICANOS!: LATINO LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES: Last year, the most popular name in Los Angeles for newborns was Jose. Susan Todd and Andrew Young's documentary focuses on the undeniable Latino presence in modern America as well as the continuing struggle for Latinos to find their identity (one humorous sequence finds subjects arguing about the Chicano/Latino/Hispanic moniker)..."

Not Boxed In
Although filmmaker Carlos Avila grew up in Echo Park, only 10 miles from Hollywood, it couldn't have seemed farther away. With Price of Glory, Avila has finally arrived.
Screens Story  March 31, 2000, by Belinda Acosta
"..."New Line is interested in our world," Nava said at a recent SXSW Film panel on Latino filmmakers. "They see Latinos as a niche market and a way to expand their audience."..."

SXSW Music Festival
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 17, 2000
"...CYPRESS HILL: Buenos dias, Latinos y gringos. CG here comin' at ya live in Spanglish with the straight dopa on Sen-Dog, Bobo, B-Real, and Muggs' Los Grandes Exitos en Espanol..."

Naked City
Mining the Golden State
News Story  October 29, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...A poll taken last month by the Public Policy Institute of California showed that Bush is starting to win over Latino voters, who make up 15% of the state's population. The poll found that Gore's support among Latinos has dropped from 50% to 39%, while Bush's support grew from 16% to 20%..."

TV Eye
From Ethel Mertz to Margaret Cho, we examine how the small screen has portrayed big women; also, a look at Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends.
Screens Column  October 15, 1999, by Belinda Acosta
"...African-Americans and Latinos have been shown to be more accepting of larger-sized women, so I thought I was in for a treat when I tuned in to an episode of The Parkers on UPN. Although the mainstream press seems hesitant to trash this show, I have no problem..."

Something Completely Different
Comedy writers Bob Odenkirk and David Cross took everything they’d learned from past comic masters and made their Mr. Show variety show into something completely different.
Screens Story  October 8, 1999, by Ron Deutsch
"...BO: We needed to find the hook because the theory was that no one was going to buy a sketch show without a hook. At the time it was stuff like all women or all Latinos -- and well, we weren't that..."

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