Archive for August, 2014

Talib Kweli Puts Don Lemon On Blast

August 24, 2014

I have respect for Talib Kweli for holding it down and for doing what others have wanted to do and that put Don Lemon in check!
Check the whole video.

Here is one of my favorite songs where Talib Kweli makes an appearance on The Coup’s My Favorite Mutiny.

Organizers Successfully Block ZIM Ship From Entering Port of Oakland

August 21, 2014

My dear friend Reem Assil from AROC, organizers from the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and people throughout the Bay Area who support the Palestinian cause successfully blocked the ZIM ship from entering the Port of Oakland. Here is a beautiful short video of the amazing demonstration that happened in Oakland.

If you support this demonstration, please consider making a donation to Arab Resource & Organizing Center at:
Please spread the word. To learn more about the BDS movement go to:

Street Soccer L.A. Brings Home The Street Soccer USA Cup Championship Trophy

August 18, 2014

Over this past weekend, Street Soccer USA held its national tournament in San Francisco at the Civic Center. Street Soccer is a tournament held once a year where several states are represented in teams made up of current or former homeless individuals. Their is a men’s tournament and a women’s tournament. This year Street Soccer Los Angeles took a men and women’s team to San Francisco and both teams won their championship game, making it the first time that Street Soccer L.A. are crowned the Street Soccer USA National Champions. Some members from the men and women’s teams will now have the opportunity to represent Team USA in the Homeless World Cup in Santiago, Chile later this year. Congratulations to both teams for their hard work and for making history.

Here is an article about the weekend’s street soccer tournament in San Francisco.

For those who want to know how the USA Homeless World Cup team started, here is an article. The first team was back in 2003. The article shares stories on how people came to being homeless and the type of players that make up a team. Great read.

Street Soccer LA started in 2008 just in time when Street Soccer USA held its 1st National tournament (formerly known as Homeless USA Cup) in DC. During our first year, Street Soccer L.A. went undefeated and lost the championship game to street soccer twin cities. Youth from Jovenes,Inc have represented Team USA in the Homeless World Cup in the past couple of years going to countries such as Melbourne,Australia, Paris,France, Rio de Janeiro,Brasil, and Mexico City.

For those who are interested in learning more about Street Soccer LA, click on the link below. You also find a very inspirational video about street soccer Los Angeles.
Please consider donating by clicking on the link below. Any amount makes a difference.

Happy 80th Birthday, Roberto Clemente!

August 18, 2014


Happy 80th Birthday to Roberto Clemente! As a baseball and Dodgers fan, Roberto Clemente is one of my all time heroes. This is what I wrote about Clemente last year, so will include it below in addition to couple videos on the pride of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!

Roberto was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At an early age, Roberto started playing baseball. In 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract to play for their Triple-A team, the Montreal Royals. While with the Royals, Roberto didn’t play that much. He was often bench. Some say that the Dodgers were trying to guard him from the Rookie Draft of 1954. But, Clyde Sukeforth, a baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates observed that Clemente was being bench and encouraged the Pirates to draft him. On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Roberto Clemente in the Rookie Draft.

Roberto Clemente made his major league debut on April 17, 1955 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He didn’t do well in his rookie season due to being involved in a car accident midway thru the season. Roberto Clemente really exploded with the Pirates in the 1960s. He led the Pirates to a World Series victory over the Yankees in 1960. Clemente led the National League in Batting in 1961, 1964, 1965 and 1967. He was the Most Valuable Player in 1966. He received numerous Gold Glove awards throughout the 60s for his outstanding defense. Clemente had a canon of an arm. He could throw a guy out at third base or home plate from right field. Players knew not to run on Clemente. He was one of the most amazing players to watch. He helped the Pirates win a second World Series in 1971 when the Pirates beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in seven games. He was named World Series MVP after hitting .414 and hitting a solo home run in the Pirates 2-1 victory in game 7 of the World Series.

Roberto Clemente struggled with injuries and in 1972 he only played in 102 games but ended batting .312 in the season. Roberto collected his 3,000 hit, a double of the Mets’ Jon Matlack in front of the Pittsburgh Pirates fans at Three Rivers Stadium. That would end up being his last hit in the major leagues.

Roberto Clemente was not an ordinary baseball player. He used the diamond to expressed one of his many gifts. Clemente was a great soul. He cared for the most marginalized. He demonstrated tremendous compassion to the poor. Following the 1972 season, there was a catastrophic earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua. Upon realizing that some of the aid that he had previously sent to Nicaragua was not reaching those affected by the earthquake but intercepted by the Somoza government, Roberto Clemente boarded a small airplane that was taking aid packages to the victims. The plane left from Puerto Rico on December 31, 1972 but mechanical problems forced the plane to crash into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Everyone from the Pirates attended Clemente’s memorial except his close friend and teammate, catcher, Manny Sanguillen, who decided to jump into the ocean in hopes of finding Roberto’s body. Roberto Clemente’s body was never found.

Roberto Clemente was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, becoming the first Latino to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Roberto was an amazing man. It takes a special man to go out of his way and coordinate emergency relief for victims of an earthquake in another country. Not only did Clemente orgazined relief funds but he put his family aside to personally go to Nicaragua and deliver the aid to the victims.

Major League Baseball (MLB) owes a lot to Roberto Clemente. I know that they have an award name after him for players who best follow Clemente’s humanitarian work but the award is not enough. It is time that Bud Selig, the commissioner of Baseball pays tribute to Clemente just the same way he did to Jackie Robinson. It is time for Clemente’s number 21 to be retired by all major league teams. Having his number 21 retired will send a powerful message that MLB truly honors and respects Clemente’s humanitarian work.

As a Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente fan, I think its only fair that 21 and 42 be the only numbers to be retired by all teams. Having 21 retired paves the way for MLB to have Roberto Clemente Days’ to be celebrated on August 18th as days where MLB will partner up with local community organizations and sponsor an organization that is doing amazing work on issues impacting that baseball’s town. In Los Angeles, it could be a grassroots organization working to end homelessness. In San Francisco, it could be an organization that advocates for equality when it comes to same sex marriages. In New York, it could be an organization that advocates for equal distribution of wealth and holds Wall Street thugs accountable to pay their share of taxes. In Pittsburgh, it could be an organization that brings awareness to the health conditions of the miners in Pennsylvania. If Major League Baseball had Roberto Clemente Days’ on August 18th, we will once again be demonstrating that Sports serves as a vehicle to address social issues that are not only impacting communities but putting the spotlight on community organizations who are making a difference in the lives of many Americans.

May we continue to keep Clemente’s legacy and spirit alive by living our lives for the greater good of others. Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Roberto Clemente lived by that quote. More importantly, he lived by his own quote, “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth,”

Happy Birthday Cantinflas!

August 12, 2014

Happy birthday al mejor humorista Mexicano, Cantinflas! Su humor me ha cobijado de alegria en varias etapas de mi vida. Sin quererlo el tambien ha sido un gran terapista a millones de personas ya que a hecho a millones de personas reir en tiempos donde la risa era la medicina que muchos necesitaban para sobresalir tiempos duros y amargos. No hay ningun Mexicano o mejor dicho Latino que no se haiga “cagado de la risa,” con sus cantinfleadas. Todavia siguen siendo remedios para personas que buscan reirse para darle mas sabor a sus dias cotidianos.

Cantinflas siempre seguira presente en nuestras memorias. Aqui les comparto unas peliculas que me encantan de el. Disfrutenlas!

Videos of Las Cafeteras and Chicano Batman 7th at Fig. Concert Performance

August 6, 2014

Here are the videos I took of their concert performance this past Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy!