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Narco-Banda – Is Banda Music Stimulating Narco-Trafficking and Adding to Preexisting Sociopolitical Problems in Mexico?

As a reader and member of LatinoGigs you already know, music has tremendous power, and can thus be a strong tool in transmitting important messages to a wide audience. Music moves us as artists to create personal pieces, often times portrayals of real life. However, what happens when music reaches beyond the hearts of fans and it affects the public and the overriding issues that we face in society? Today banda music is undeniably more intertwined with...

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The Real Names of Some of Our Favorite Latin Celebrities

Have you ever wondered to yourself when hearing an usual name of a celebrity, “Is that their real name? If not, what could it possibly be?” Well, here are the real names of some: Bruno Mars’ real name is actually Peter Gene Hernandez. He changed his name to avoid being labeled as a Latin artist.  Prince Royce is actually named Geoffrey Royce Rojas. He said that most friends call him Royce and only his parents actually call him...

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El Spanglish – Forming a New Latino Identity and a New Language?

Que cool somos aquí at LatinoGigs, proveyéndoles with the best música, noticias y more! If you were a little bit confused by the sentence above, you’re not alone. The liberal exchanging between English and Spanish is not an uncommon practice in today’s world. In fact, the concept of Spanglish as a dialect has long been examined and its prevalence within Latino communities in the U.S. is always growing as the number of U.S.-born Latinos rises. When prompted whether or...

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Racial and Ethnic Identities: Are They One and the Same?

The line between race and ethnicity is one that has become very blurred for many Latino-Americans over the past several years. I’ve always been certain of my ethnic identity: I’m Puerto Rican; that much has always been clear to me. However, my racial identity has become a separate conundrum entirely. When faced with the question of my race on any standardized form, or any other such survey for that matter, I’m always left perplexed. “I don’t see...

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Is Illegal Immigration a Thing of the Past? You Be the Judge.

The concern of illegal immigration has been one of the most dominant issues to plague the U.S. government over the past few decades. It has undoubtedly contributed to the massive population growth of Latinos in the nation. However, is illegal immigration a thing of the past? According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the amount of U.S.-born Latinos has grown significantly since the year 2000; so much so, that this demographic has actually...

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