Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet. Her newest book of poetry, Corazón, is an intimate look at her childhood, her parent's home country of El Salvador, and personal experiences of love and loss as a self-described "fat brown woman" living in L.A. On this installment of Latino USA's "How I Made It" segment, Salgado breaks down her love poem to Los Angeles titled, "What I Know."
"Cholo Goth" is a term coined by Leafar Seyer as a way to identify himself as a person living in multiple worlds. Born Rafael Reyes, he rose to fame with the electronic band Prayers in 2013. The band's dark visual aesthetic and often brutal lyrics are inspired by his tumultuous personal life as a former gang member and Luciferian. That pain has crossed over to art; he's currently exhibiting his first art show, "The Pain Isn't Over," in L.A. Maria Hinojosa sits down with Leafar Seyer to discuss the intersection of his identities and the pain that he's currently grappling with.
On the campaign trail, President Trump said that he wanted to revoke birthright citizenship for so-called "anchor babies," aka the children of undocumented immigrants. Today, Latino USA looks at the story of a country where that actually happened: the Dominican Republic. After a court decision in 2013 that stripped citizenship from the children of Haitian immigrants, one young man embarks on a quest to get documented—in the country where he was born.
While the world may know Luis Fonsi for his massive single, "Despacito," the Puerto Rican singer has had a thriving 20-year career in the Latin music industry. From his first album in 1998, Comenzaré, to his latest release, "Échame La Culpa," featuring Demi Lovato, Fonsi has showcased his wide-ranging love for music that led him to become the artist he is today. Maria Hinojosa sits down with Luis Fonsi to discuss everything from his childhood to his influences and yes, "Despacito."
A violent crime and a teenager from New York. What kind of punishment should a young person get for committing a horrible act? That's the question we try to answer today with a story from "Caught," a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the lives of kids caught up in the juvenile justice system.
The '60s and '70s are known as a golden age of music in the United States: the age of rock, funk and salsa. But more than 3,000 miles down south in Peru, there was another golden age brewing, a style of Peruvian cumbia called "chicha." Over the past decade, there's been a chicha revival outside of Peru. One of the people involved is Jason Zepeda, the lead vocalist of a Los Angeles band called La Chamba. In this segment of "How I Made It," Zepeda recalls how La Chamba covered a 1979 chicha classic, "Cariñito," with the help of a Peruvian music veteran.