Early this year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced their 2019 lineup, boasting over 10 Latino acts—including Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Los Tucanes de Tijuana performing on the festival's main stage. Coachella is one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. and one of the highest-grossing annual festivals. Historically, the festival's headliners have skewed white and in English, but that seems to be changing. Latino USA goes to the most Latino Coachella ever and speaks to artists from Chilean pop singer Mon Laferte to local acts like cumbia band Ocho Ojos to find out what this year's lineup tells us about the future of Latin music in the U.S.
Did you know that Marvin Gaye's classic song "Got to Give it Up" is influenced by the cha-cha-chá? And that the cha-cha-chá has been a part of U.S mainstream music for decades? Latino contributions to American pop music are present everywhere from salsa to punk and jazz to hip-hop and they're all celebrated in a book titled "American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in U.S. Popular Music." One of the authors, ethnomusicologist Marisol Berríos-Miranda, joins Latino USA to discuss some of these Latino music histories— from salsa to Selena — that have left a legacy within the American soundscape.
If They Kill Me
On May 3, 2017, a young woman was found dead on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Soon after the Mexico City Attorney General's office sent out a series of tweets—that would be picked up by the Mexican media—that characterized the 22-year-old as a dropout and alcoholic. The response online was immediate: many women saw these tweets and media reports as an attempt to discredit the woman as a victim and in response, thousands of women started to tweet with the hashtag #SiMeMatan or "if they kill me." It was short for: "If they kill me, what will they say to blame me for my own death?" Latin America has some of the highest rates of femicide in the world, and Latino USA dives into a case that demonstrates the deep challenges that remain for women in Mexico.
A Texas Nun's Fight for Immigrants
There's a nun in Texas that is known for being one of the nation's strongest champions for immigrants: Sister Norma Pimentel. Sister Norma is currently the executive director of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, but growing up, she wanted to be an architect. However, a chance encounter with pizza, of all things, changed her life forever. Maria Hinojosa visits Sister Norma in her convent chapel to talk about running the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, and the work she is doing in her border community for immigrants.
Spain's Pact to Forget
Filmed over six years, "The Silence of Others" reveals how survivors and their families have struggled to cope in the aftermath of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco. The film, executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar, follows the victims as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a "pact of forgetting" around the crimes they suffered. Survivors of the dictatorship and human rights lawyers built a case in Argentina that Spanish courts refuse to hear. Maria Hinojosa speaks about the film with its directors, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. To see a schedule of U.S. screenings, visit www.thesilenceofothers.com