From Calle 13 to Residente: How René Pérez turns lyrics into history lessons

René Pérez Joglar, alias Residente, is on tour with his first solo album after leading the band Calle 13. His first single, “Somos anormales,” caused some controversy for showing a Black woman giving birth to fully grown people as a way to declare humankind’s origin in Africa. But he can care less about people’s discomfort, he cares about the authenticity of his art. Continue reading


“Trabajo” is a short film that captures my parents working in a house they can call their own–except it’s in Mexico. My mother gives a brief insight on how the family decided to migrate to the U.S. permanently–shortly after the birth of the fifth and last child, me.

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A Word With: QVLN, making world music with his blue violin

Stressed and sleep deprived by the pressures of a nearby graduation, you find the homie and videographer, Vladimir and I driving from Westwood toward East Hollywood to catch an interview with Quetzal Guerrero, alias QVLN. Because we much rather document his excellence than suffer through another two hour lecture. And as soon as we step out the car, there he is, waving to us from his window with a welcoming smile on his face.

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