Our weekend was full of political conversations with folks who we never have political conversations with; let us tell you, we couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. We decided we were going to try and convince everyone we knew back home to fill out the census. Three different conversations: one with our mother, who didn't vote in a presidential election until this last historic one - she's now going to participate in this census; one with our grandmother, who had already sent in her census form (jaw-dropping) and another with our boy, David, at a house party. He was another who had already sent in his Census form before we could even get on our soapbox.
Never have we've seen this type of political awareness in our community. So now that we get to leapfrog that discussion, we can get to immigration reform, an extremely divisive issue and one that Houston hip-hop is no stranger to. That's right. About three years ago our own Chingo Bling took to America his "They Can't Deport Us All" campaign, that landed him on the covers of major U.S. newspapers and made him the target of fuckheads like Fox News. We'd like to see this campaign reignited. The video to his track "Like This and Like That" was the musical flag-carrier for the movement. We'd like to see more hip-hop artists in the Latino community incorporate more political content in their lyrics. As long as they're pro-immigration reform, right Chingo?
While waiting to pick up our daughter from Hobby airport on Sunday, we dove into John Dyer's
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Fifteen years after Selena's murder, the article features testimonials from people in her life, from the time she was a young girl in Clute to the time of her death. In our mind, we couldn't help but draw comparisons between Selena's death and that of South Park Mexican's incarceration and how the sudden and dramatic losses of the two stars - on the verge of something bigger than just Texas - had such similar impacts on the Mexican-American community. While their ending circumstances probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath, it's amazing to me how each of their names are so etched in the hearts and minds of those Mexican-Americans who followed their music. Our nine-year-old daughter, who is half-Korean and half-Mexican-American, is listening to Selena as we speak. It's her first time. She says, "She's sooooo goooooooood, Dad." Yes she was, Grace. Yes she was. Here's the video she has us putting on repeat. In fact, it was the last time we saw Selena in concert.Rolando Rodriguez is the managing editor of RedBrownandBlue.com. Follow him on MySpace and Twitter.