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Narco Rap: Keeping Up with the Mexican Drug Cartels

BuzzFeed News

Almost 10 years into Mexico’s war with drug cartels, a sub-genre of hip-hop has made its way through the most embattled border towns — and into the rest of the country, the US, and even the military.

A Rescue Dog Named Frida Has Become a National Hero in Mexico

PRI’s The World

Photos of Frida wearing her special protective goggles or “doggles,” a vest and boots have been making the rounds all over Mexico and even the world.

Join Celebrating the Power of Girls for Social Change

Global Fund for Women

For International Day of the Girl on October 11th, Global Fund for Women is celebrating girls as the unstoppable, resilient, and creative changemakers and leaders that they are by sharing girls’ stories, quotes, and images.

‘Chavela’ Documentary Profiles Mexico’s Iconic Female Ranchera Singer


When American filmmaker Catherine Gund met Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas in 1991, both women were at major crossroads in their lives.

Oaxaca FilmFest Works Around Three Major Quakes


The eight edition of the International Film festival Oaxaca FilmFest has been restructured due to the recent earthquakes throughout Mexico.

How the Black Decree Led to Mexican Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian’s Doom

Smithsonian Channel

The French-backed Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian of Mexico was losing the raging civil war. In 1865, this prompted him to issue a savage decree: all armed opponents of his rule were to be executed without trial.

Alebrijes: Oaxacans Turn Ancestors’ Craft Into Artworks

Al Jazeera

Brightly colored folk art crafted in a remote Mexican town can sell for thousands of dollars. Months can be spent creating the fantastical wooden creatures, called the Alebrijes.

Transgender Supermodel Carmen Carrera Fights Inequality in Latin America

Disruption Mag

When Carrera first gained fame on a reality TV series, she identified as a gay male. Now, five years later, she’s married. She’s a step-mother to two young girls. And, most significantly, her body also matches her soul.

Beyonce Sings Spanish for Relief Efforts on ’Mi Gente’

The Associated Press

Beyonce has released a surprise single on which she sings in Spanish, English and French to raise relief money for those affected by hurricanes in the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico.

The Forgotten Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, Norton I


Joshua Abraham Norton, known as Emperor Norton, was a citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States". He later expanded his pretense by claiming to be "Protector of Mexico" as well.

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