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.
Priscilla Villarreal, who calls herself "Lagordiloca," has become a highly controversial social media sensation in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Each night, Lagordiloca drives through the streets of Laredo chasing and live-streaming violent crime scenes, accidents and immigration raids. She has never had any training as a reporter, yet she has almost as many followers as Laredo's largest daily newspaper. But her unfiltered reporting style has landed her in trouble with the local police.
Latino USA sits down with Guadalupe Rosales of Veteranas and Rucas and Map Pointz, two archival projects focused on the backyard party scene of 80's and 90's Los Angeles, that celebrate big hair, house music and endless nights. Rosales is joined by Eddie Ruvalcaba who photographed the scene with Streetbeat Magazine and attended parties as a teenager. The two speak about the power of documenting youth culture and why those parties still mean so much to them— and everyone else.