HERE Flamenco
Ser bailarina de flamenco es una responsabilidad de vivir. Stephanie Narváez habla de su pasión después de su presentación en la vinoteca Pause.
HERE Los Rakas
There have been many talented artists hailing from the Bay Area, and a Panamanian group by the name of Los Rakas can be added to the list.
HERE Padilla
From a life of anger and crime to a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice, Eddie Padilla is beating the odds.
HERE Rodriguez
Oakland based graphic artist pushes boundaries, comfort, and political ideals with her vibrant posters.
THERE Diaz
From banned books in Arizona to the Trujillo dictatorship in Dominican Republic, Junot Díaz talks about it all after his book signing in Corte Madera.
THERE Rubio
La vida del ‘hijo americano’ Marco Rubio.
THERE Bezos
Una mirada a la vida del fundador de Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, y su conexión a la comunidad latina.
THERE Vergara
Eat your heart out Ms. Kardashian this Latina Beauty Queen has more then just junk in her trunk, and at 40 years young Sofia Vergara has taken her seat as the "Covergirl" of the America's.
THERE Smits
The key to success in Hollywood is balancing diversity and controversy and Jimmy Smits is blazing a trail for Latino actors in the U.S.
REVIEWS Heroes and Saints
A review of Heroes and Saints, the first Chican@ play performed on campus in USF history. Plus, an interview with the play’s director Professor Roberto Gutierrez Varea.
REVIEWS Precious Knowledge
Precious Knowledge chronicles ‘la lucha’ of Latino students in Arizona defending their right to Ethnic Studies in school. Read what producer Eren McGinnis has to say about the film and his experience.
REVIEWS Reacciones Adversas
In this gripping account of depression, director David Michan, challenges the cohesion of reality and the mind.
REVIEWS How You Lose Her
Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz is at it again with his latest book, This is How You Lose Her.
EVENT Mission Jazz
In October San Francisco held its first annual Latin Jazz Festival in the Mission District.
EVENT No Papers No Fear
People migrate to the US in search of better economic, social, and political situations. And they should be able to do so with or without papers, and certainly without fear.
EVENT Mexican Museum
The Mexican Art Museum in San Francisco showcases fine art, contemporary art, and ancient art dating back to 500 BCE.



Welcome to Divisadero

“Divisadero” is a Spanish word derived from divisar (to discern). It refers to a place of high elevation from which one can view an extensive area. “Divisadero” is also a street that marked the boundary between the City of San Francisco and The Presidio. According to some sources, the original Spanish name for Lone Mountain was “El Divisadero.”

This is what we strive to accomplish with Divisadero, a collaborative publication of the Latin American Studies Program. With the unique perspective afforded to us by the city in which we live, we attempt to truly see our surroundings. To discover or recognize, with curious eyes and open minds, people, cultural events, social phenomena, and general affairs related to the Latino community of San Francisco, of the Bay Area, and of the United States. We reach beyond the clouds that obscure our view and contemplate the horizon from our lone mountain. In English and Spanish.

 

 

THIS ISSUE

Now more than ever, Latinos and Latinas are an undeniable presence in the culture and society of the United States. Latin@s are influencing the stream of politics, business, and the arts. They are activists for the rights of undocumented immigrants. They are politicians. They are television and movie stars, dancers, directors, and passionate artists.

From the highest paid woman in Hollywood, to a gang-banger turned college grad, Latin@s today are influential, diverse, and above all, visible. Whether or not you’ve heard their names or know their faces, the Latino identity is being defined by groups and individuals like those featured in this edition of the Divisadero.