Author: Hipolito Munoz

Legendmaking: An Interview with Gregory Esparza on Transcending Language Politics and Racialized Identities in Chicana/o/x Music

By Lani Cupchoy, Ph.D. Lani Cupchoy is a Public Historian-Artivist-Photographer-Filmmaker whose research focuses onChicanx-Latinx Studies, Ethnic and Gender Studies, U.S. Transnational/Global History,Indigenous knowledge, Critical Food Studies, Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and CriticalCivic Engagement. She is also an award-winning filmmaker of Truth Seekers, Urban Seeds,Food Medicine, and Aloha Soul Food, documentaries that illuminate the power of communityengagement and social justice. A former elected school board member for Montebello Unified,Lani led important grassroots policy-making initiatives including the K-12 ethnic studiesrequirement and the expansion of district-wide school-based gardens. She currently serves asAssistant Professor of Chicana(o) Latina(o) Studies at California State University at LosAngeles. For Landscape Latino I sat down with Gregory Esparza, lead vocalist of two legendary Chicano bands, Cannibal and the Headhunters and Thee Midniters, to discuss his musical journey and experiences in the industry as well as a historical exploration of consciousness development for the Chicana/o/x community. Lani: Welcome Gregory Esparza, let’s start with your personal story. Please introduce yourself. Gregory: When I hear the question, I perceive it as, “Who are you?” and right away my mind races philosophically thinking all these things that I am and not sure where to start. But I also drift back to when I was at El Cerrito elementary school in La Habra when I first became curious about who and what I was. As a young kid, I didn’t know it at...

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Apocalypse Now The Final Cut: A Master Class

By Hipolito Munoz Navarrete Sometimes I get lucky. I was teaching in Santa Ana, Ca, and as I was getting settled forthe one-hour traffic horror that was awaiting me, I saw a pop-up for The Frida Cinema’sscreening of “Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut” in the theater! I immediately circled backto find a place where I could have a cup of coffee and wait for the 7 pm screening. 3hours later, as the first Doors, The End, pulled us into melancholy, I immediatelyexperienced the unexpected, a somber thrill that I was about to be all up in my feelingsfor almost three hours. I am a fan of the Marvel and DC films. I have watched all of them several times trying toconnect the stories as they were supposedly designed. I have watched and read theHarry Potter books and am positive about the thoughtfulness that those creativesplace while they produce those stories. They are, at times, spectacular, which I wasreminded by Apocalypse Now, that such spectacles, maybe a distraction to hide thatthere is no real story, that, unlike Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, those stories aredesigned mostly to bring us to a seat and to sell us to pay for the moment.In Apocalypse Now, the story of the madness that engulfs people during war is craftedin such a way that from the opening scene we are brought into a world that if...

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Diversity and Inclusion Is Not Just a Buzzword for President Elect Joe Biden

By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher We are seeing a tremendous example of what diversity and inclusion should look like throughout all institutions in the US and throughout the world. At this moment, the cabinet of the incoming president of the United States, Joe Biden, is truly beginning to look like the demographics of this country. That is what the voters who supported extraction from the last four years of an administration filled with corruption, hate, and incompetence wanted. This is not accidental, President-Elect Joe Biden has been very intentional about his choices, he is considered to be one of...

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Paint the Mic – A Young Artist’s Unforgettable Personal Experience

By Daryan Rodriguez, Filmmaker/Actor, Guest Writer The inspiring partnership of Jessica Just and Hipolito Munoz which founded Creating Creators, goes the extra mile to ensure that the students associated with their program are growing filmmakers.  I had the fortune of being involved with Creating Creators since my sophomore year of high school until graduation. Although I am a graduate, the duo cares deeply that other graduates and I continue to make progress towards a career in film.  During the summer of 2019, Hipolito, often recognized as “Polo”, and Jessica gave me the privilege to further expand my knowledge and...

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The Official Latino Film and Arts Festival – Telling Raw Stories from Authentic New Voices

By Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher “This is an opportunity to tell all people how you see the world,” is the message the creator of the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival and powerhouse photographer Danny Hastings tells those that decide to be part of the 5 year old shorts film festival launched in New York and now expanding its roots to Los Angeles and to the Coachella Valley in California. His unique perspective is one of entrepreneurship molded by his lifetime in the center of one of the most important cultural musical landscapes, Rap, as it developed and evolved...

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