Get ready to lose your 💩!

An app that includes more than 250 emojis inspired by the food, culture and people of six different Latin American countries has been released by Miami-based Zubi Advertising, according to Ad Age. Now before you ask, no, they’re not an artist’s renderings of his or her own wishful thinking. These emojis are real, and they’re cool AF.



So far, the aptly named Latino Emoji App includes 267 emojis inspired by Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. However, Zubi’s chief administrative officer, Michelle Zubizarreta told Ad Age that the brand is thinking about adding emojis from El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay to the app, as well.

Until now, Latinos have had to make due with the taco, burrito and a handful of Latin American national flag emojis at their disposal. But no más. Now we have emojis ranging from “vivaporú” to all of Celia Cruz’s many looks and expressions at our finger tips. ¡Wepa!

The Latino Emojis can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play. To see the full collection, visit



Let us not forsake one another. Because all we have is each other. And that should be more than enough.


 I look at her…

And she reminds me of a lot of people that I care about.

Friends and family.

And I just wonder…

How can people like ISIS be so cruel.

So heartless.

Yes, those people that they killed were of no importance to them.

They were strangers.

But even those ISIS members have family.

They have friends.

They have people they care about.

People that they don’t want to see hurt.

People that they don’t want to lose.

And if they know that feeling…

Then why would they ever put someone else through that same feeling?

Why would they make themselves be the reason for why a mother and father no longer get to see their son and daughter?

To hold them?

To tell them they love them?

These people are not born cruel.

They are made this way because someone along the way started feeding them lies.

It is not enough to just go to war and kill members of ISIS.

We must also show compassion and lend a helping hand to those that are left behind and that actually want to live in peace.

You cannot just leave children in a wasteland and expect them to be okay.

You cannot expect them to grow up with a kind heart when you leave them with nothing but rubble and devastation.

Yes, kill ISIS, but then help the rest to get back on their feet.

Let us not forsake one another.

Because all we have is each other.

And that should be more than enough.

by Horacio Martinez


Young American Killed in Paris Was Proud First-Gen Mexican American

Family, friends and professors of 23-year-old care mourning the death of a young California woman who dreamed of going to Paris and worked hard to make that happen. Gonzalez was one of the victims of the coordinated French terror attacks that took place Friday night. She was also described as a “shining star” by one of her professors and had recently been part of a team that won an international design competition. The college senior was also a teaching assistant and mentor to other students, said her professors.

In a recent university assignment, this is how Gonzalez described herself, according to the Los Angeles Times:

“I am Mexican American,” she wrote, “and I also happen to be first generation born in the United States. I grew up in Whittier and had a very hard working mother that raised me to be extremely independent. If I had to describe myself in a few words I would say I am very high spirited, clean, orderly and self driven.”

Gonzalez was raised by her mother, Beatriz Gonzalez, who works as a hairdresser. She told KTLA “I feel lost, sadness — she was my only daughter.” Her stepfather, Jose Hernandez, said the family still did not have all the details surrounding her death.

Image: Nohemi Gonzalez

Nohemi Gonzalez, a junior design major at California State University-Long Beach who was spending a semester studying at Strate College of Design, was killed at one of the restaurants struck by the terrorists. Facebook

Her family, reeling from the news, spoke to NBC Los Angeles.

“The last thing we said to each other was ‘see you at Christmas,'” said Gonzalez’s cousin, Shondra Thomas. “There is nothing I can do to bring her back,” said Thomas between sobs. She told NBC’s Jane Yamamoto the two cousins were raised like sisters, and her heart broke when she heard the news.

Gonzalez, who was known as Mimi by her family, was dining out at a restaurant in Paris with other students when she was killed. A senior at Cal State Long Beach, she was studying at the Strate College of Design in Paris during a semester abroad program, according to Cal State.

“She was a beautiful young lady who had so much to offer,” said her aunt Sandra Felt. “Her life was going so well for her; how could this happen to her?”

At Cal-State Long Beach, there was a moment of silence before a basketball game and there is a memorial service planned for her Sunday afternoon.

Gonzalez was a native of El Monte, California. Mayor Andre Quintero said Gonzalez “was living life to the fullest, studying abroad doing what she loved – it breaks my heart that she was an innocent victim of senseless violence.”


Nohemi Gonzalez

Mapping 22 Different Latino Populations Across the U.S.A.

1393665_448970858545634_31820082_nWhere do America’s Latino and Hispanic populations live? Let’s start with where they’re not living: in Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and a whopping chunk of the Midwest that probably hears a sí as often as the cry of an Amazonian toucan.

That’s the picture painted by this absorbing visualization from the U.S. Census, showing where people with ties to south-of-the-border countries reside in the United States. Using people’s self-reported “specific origins” from the 2010 census, the nation’s top head-counters have assembled population maps for 22 ethnic groups from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. If you want to chat with someone of Mexican descent, you’d be wise to head to Los Angeles and multiple cities in Texas, for instance. The main population center for Cubans is Miami, Puerto Ricans mass around New York City and the East Coast, and Bolivians cluster in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Census released these revealing maps on September 30, but as its website went offline the next day due to the government shutdown, they haven’t gotten much attention. They’re quite noteworthy for the demographic patterns they contain, though: Flip through a half dozen or so maps, and you’ll notice that while these groups are spread throughout the country, their numbers are concentrated in just a few major cities, including L.A., New York, Chicago, Miami, and Houston. Here are examples showing that distribution (the size of the circles correlates to the largeness “proportion of the group that lives in a given county,” according to the census):

Folks of Mexican descent tend to live in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, around Chicago and Phoenix, and in western Texas. Smaller populations have made homes in Denver, New York City, Seattle, and elsewhere.

People with Puerto Rican bloodlines bunch heavily around New York and the I-95 corridor, in Florida cities like Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, and in Chicago and on all the islands of Hawaii.

The county’s Cubans are exactly where you’d expect them to be, in southern Florida.

There’s a big Little Guatemala in Los Angeles, and lesser ones around the San Francisco Bay, Houston, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Washington, D.C.

Bolivia represents in a major way in the D.C. metro area:

Ecuador has outposts in all the usual Latino population centers, with outliers in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis (which might explain why local Ecuadorean eatery Chimborazo has an amazing 96 percent positive rating on Urban Spoon).

The Census Bureau has also mapped the populations of “other Hispanic or Latino,” such as Spaniards, who are all over the place, including New Mexico, the mountains of Colorado and Portland, Oregon.


The problem of colonialism from 1492 until today



The vicious cycle of colonialism…the process of assimilation and conquer and divide. 

Im so sick of these bloody boat people!
They come to our country, disrespect our way of life!
Take our jobs!
Take our land!
Disrespect our laws!
Form criminal gangs!
Deal drugs to our kids!
They dong assimilate into our communities…and they
don’t even bother trying to learn our language!

VIDEO: Meet the Undocumented Immigrant Who Works in a Trump Hotel

This is a profile of Ricardo Aca, a young undocumented immigrant who works in a Trump Hotel and who has decided to speak out against Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants.


I may have an accent, but I’m not stupid.

– Ricardo Aca



This Undocumented Worker Works For Trump And Wants You All To Know Something
When it comes to top hypocrites in the world, Donald Trump is probably very high on that list. If you don’t believe me, let’s just take a gander at his latest comments about immigrants coming to the United States illegally.
Trump has said he’s going to deport all immigrants who are here illegally. Calling them “rapists,” “murderers,” “criminals,” “drug dealers,” seemingly thinking all who come here illegally are terrible people, so we need to deport them. He’s playing into his base of xenophobic bigots, who hate everything non-white, and would likely build a wall around their homes to keep everyone out if they didn’t need to get food every once in a while. Trump has even gone so far as to now say that children, who were born in the United States, but to illegal immigrants, must be deported. So, Constitution be damned, I suppose.
However, here’s the problem with Trump’s “illegal immigrant” hullabaloo — it’s a heaping pile of hypocrisy.

Trump actually employs several undocumented workers, and one who works at the Trump Hotel in New York City is speaking up against the Republican candidate. He knows the risk that comes from speaking out, but he also knows he needs to say something.
Ricardo Aca, from Pueblo, Mexico, works in the restaurant at the Trump Soho building. He works very hard while still lving with his family in Brooklyn, and fully owns that he is NOT a murder, drug dealer, or rapist. And as far as the Republican adage that “Mexicans are lazy,” Aca works three jobs, while his step father works two jobs. They work hard to try to get ahead and have a better life. Something that used to be knows as “the American Dream.”
Aca has also gone to college and earned his associate’s degree in commercial photography, and is now using his skill to show everyone what immigrants are really like. He is proud to be Mexican, and he is proud of the work he has done.

The Unknown History of Latino Lynchings


The Unknown History of Latino Lynchings
(Warning: this article contains images that some may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.)

The following is a summary & analysis of Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review article, “Law of the Noose: A History of Latino Lynching” by Richard Delgado.


Delgado attempts to shed light on a largely unknown history of Latinos, particularly Mexican-Americans in the Southwest U.S., who were lynched between the years of 1846 and 1925. This is roughly the same time that many Blacks were lynched in the U.S., as well. While many know of the ominous and horrific fate that Blacks and African-Americans saw in the U.S., few know of the lynchings that Latinos were met with. Delgado challenges scholars and institutions by trying to unveil the truth on this shameful past, while exploring the history of these lynchings and explaining that “English-only” movements are a present-day form of lynchings.

Although research on Latino lynchings is relatively new, circa 2006-2009, lynchings have a deep rooted history. Such acts can be described as mob violence where person(s) are murdered/hanged for an alleged offense usually without a trial. Through reviewing of anthropological research, storytelling, and other internal & external interactions, there is believed to have been roughly 600 lynchings of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans beginning with the aftermath of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (this document essentially ended the Mexican-American war, where Mexico surrendered half of its land to the U.S.). This grim fate of Blacks & Mexicans in the U.S. was intertwined; both groups were lynched by Anglos for reasons such as “acting uppity,” taking jobs away from Anglos, making advances toward Anglo women, cheating at cards, practicing “Witchcraft,” and refusing to leave land that Whites coveted. Additionally, Mexicans were lynched for acting “too Mexican;” for example, if Mexicans were speaking Spanish too loudly or showcasing aspects of their culture too defiantly, they were lynched. Mexican women may also been lynched if they resisted the sexual advances of Anglo men. Many of these lynchings occurred with active participation of law enforcement. In fact the article reiterates that the Texas Rangers had a special animus towards persons of Mexican descent. Considering that Mexicans had little to no political power or social standing in a “new nation,” they had no recourse from such corrupt organizations. Popular opinion was to eradicate the Southwest of Mexicans.

Many of these lynchings were treated as a public spectacle; Anglos celebrated each of these killings as if the acts were in accordance with community wishes, re-solidifying society and reinforcing civic virtue. Ringleaders of such lynchings often mutilated bodies of Mexicans, by shooting the bodies after individuals were already dead, cutting off body parts, then leaving the remains on display perhaps in hung trees or in burning flames.

These lynchings took place in the Southwest U.S., in present-day Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada, amongst other states. The killings were carried out by vigilantes or other masked-men, as a form of “street justice.” These killings became so bad that the Mexican government lodged official complaints to the U.S. counsel in Mexico. Given that this region of the U.S. was at one time Mexican land, and it was shared with Indian/Indios, Mexicans, and Anglos, protests against the lynchings emerged. As legend has it, Joaquin Murrieta took matters into his own hands by murdering the Anglos responsible for the death of mythical figures Juan Cortina and Gregorio Cortes. Such acts were short-lived and perpetuated the conflict between Mexicans and Anglos.

Delgado goes on to cite that only some U.S. historians have written about these Latino lynchings and have pointed out that they occurred due to racial prejudice, protection of turf, and Yankee nationalism left over from the Mexican-American War. However, it has been concluded that such lynchings are a relatively unknown history due to a global pattern of shaping discourse as to avoid embarrassment of the dominant group. Those in power often have the ability to edit official records.

Further exploration reveals that these lynchings were not only edited & minimized outright, but were also ignored or misrepresented due to primary accounts in community newspapers being written in Spanish. Since very few mainstream historians read Spanish or consulted with these records, they were left to flounder. Also, many Latinos knew of these lynchings; their accounts were maintained, shared, and solidified as Mexican lore through ritualistically songs (corridos, actos, and tumblr_inline_niy0w78Vz21spho4vcantares). Many oral cultures have equivalences of such interpretations. Today, Latino scholars are not surprised by history’s ignoring of such events; postcolonial theory describes how colonial societies almost always circulate accounts of their invasions that flatter and depicts them as the bearers of justice, science, and humanism. Conversely, the natives were depicted as primitive, bestial, and unintelligent. Subsequently, colonialists must civilize the natives, use the land & its resources in a better fashion, and enact a higher form of justice. The “official history” is written by the conquerors, thus showing them in the best possible light.

Delgado questions whether such remnants of Latino lynchings may still be present in society today. This can best be exemplified through movements to make English the official language of the U.S., forcing immigrants to assimilate to the dominant Anglo culture. Such actions can be illustrated in movements to end bilingual school opportunities and enforce English-only speaking at jobs, businesses, etc. Postcolonial scholars argue that such movements facilitate children to reject their own culture, acquire English, and forget their native language. These actions have far dire [documentable] consequence, like social distress, depression, and crime. As such, Delgado ventures to say that these actions are an implicit form of lynching.

Delgado ends the piece by saying that hidden histories of aggression, unprovoked war, lynchings, and segregation are corroborated/proliferated today by the mass media and entertainment industry. These groups, along with other scholars, have the opportunity to redress this history and reject further practices against Latinos. Otherwise, marginalized groups find themselves in a position where they are alienated from their family/identity/culture, co-opted, and unable to resist further oppression.


Such history is imperative to the framework of Americana and for acknowledgement purposes, not only because it is a matter of fact, but because this history is relevant to the ancestors of the land. History has always been exploited to benefit those who are in power, so to maintain their structures. However, today, I would argue that current powerbrokers would gain more respect & credibility by being honest with themselves and the actual history. Continuing to deny or ignore the history does an injustice to all. Current Chicanos, Mexican-Americans, and Americans alike would most benefit from this restoration for a few reasons.

First, a corrected version of history helps the people better understand themselves. Americans, Mexicans, the fusion of the two, in addition to people of the world, would recognize a better sense of their true identity & culture. The exploration of such history can perhaps allow for analysis of current rates of depression, crime/incarceration, and socioeconomic status(es). If we, the people, want to understand ourselves, we need to know the truth.

Secondly, if we want to understand why things are the way they are today, we can look to history. This shameful past can assist us in the interpretation of Mexican/American relations. Additionally, I believe that this understanding will help both groups reach a common ground with current relations. Since the year 2000 alone, the FBI has reported over 2,500 hate crimes against Latinos based on race and ethnicity. The U.S. is marred with a nasty & stalled immigration battle that is masked for hatred against Mexicans. In 2014, there is a continued, on-going crisis at the Southwest border affecting many children and families. With the history of these lynchings, it is now time for the “greatest country in the world” to make the wrong things right.

Again, we know that history can repeat itself, but only if we let it. Thus, the entire world needs to be educated on the true history of these lynchings. The more we are educated on such atrocities, the less likely we will allow them to happen again. Attacking the access of this knowledge is the third reason to explore this history. Ignoring the disastrous past does not make the history go away. With the knowledge of the truth, the Latino people can empower themselves to conquer stereotypes and achieve further greatness. Most Chicano/Latino studies programs in schools allow students to learn about their past while achieving higher marks. But in states like Arizona, educational officials have banned Chicano/Latino Studies in schools, and as a result have not allowed students to know the true history of the land they currently inhabit. This is not only a further atrocity, but it reaffirms Delgado’s point that current lynchings, lynchings of the mind, are happening today. This is blatant lying and it is unacceptable; when we lie to our government, we go to prison. When our government lies to us, it’s no big deal.

Furthermore, for those who are tired of people of color in the U.S. raising points of contention about racial issues in this country, you now see the justification. This is why we won’t be quiet about racism, racial prejudice, discrimination, etc. This is why we’ll march in the streets for the Trayvonn Martin’s, reject the school to prison pipeline, and continue to spread awareness until administrative action is taken on a grand scale. Today’s generation is a bi-product and reflection of this history; not only are these “lynchings” continuing to happen, but the masterplan has worked. In order to achieve our full capabilities, we need to reject a fragmented history and seek a personal revolution, which starts with ourselves. And we can achieve this revolution through education & knowledge.

Be empowered.

Maximo Anguiano is a scholar, actor, and creative. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.


The Law of the Noose: A History of Latino Lynching. R. Delgado (2009). Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 44, 297-312.

Lynchings in the West, Erased from History and Photos. K. Gonzalez-Day (2012). New York Times.