Half-Cuban, half-Puerto Rican, Luis "DJ Disco Wiz" Cedeño is 100 percent Boogie Down Bronx. Born in the 60s, Wiz struggled in a turbulent and violent relationship with his alcoholic father while trying to protect his mother, who was suffering from breast cancer. Raised in the 70s, Wiz learned the code of the streets while hustling with his crew, the East Side Boys.In 1975, Wiz discovered salvation when he hooked up with the legendary Grandmaster Caz to form the Mighty Force Crew, waging some of the biggest DJ battles in the Bronx during hip hop's earliest years.When Hip Hop first hit, the DJ was king. Rockin' the party on two turntables for the b-boys and fly girls on the dance floor, DJs like Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash pioneered an art form that has come to define our times.The first Latino DJ in the game, Wiz, along with Caz, went on to make a "mixed plate" in 1977 which combined sound bites, special effects, and paused beats. An innovator, originator, and a battle-style DJ with no fear, Wiz swept through the Bronx like a tornado.But the streets wouldn't leave him in peace. After being convicted on an attempted murder charge, sentenced to nine years in prison, and forced to leave his baby daughter, Wiz was incarcerated upstate at the tender age of 17, where he learned the true meaning of desperation. But as time went on and he overcame his struggles with violence, drugs and alcohol, and women, Wiz eventually liberated himself from the path of self-destruction through love, self-respect, and self-determination.It's Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop's First Latino DJ is a gritty and gripping tale of one man's struggles to not only survive but triumph over adversity and abuse. It will make your blood run cold. By conquering unimaginable obstacles, Wiz offers inspiration to anyone who has ever wondered, "Why me?" 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Rodriguez. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000829/bk_adbl_000829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ten years ago the hillbilly king of rock-and-roll, Colton Purcell, was cryogenically frozen after his premature death. Or was he? Chicago-based magazine reporter Harry Bauer intends to find out as he becomes involved in a convoluted murder plot stretching from good-old Memphis to glitzy Las Vegas, where the 10th anniversary celebration of Colton's death is in full swing. When Harry's mentor and friend, a Vegas reporter specializing in conspiracy theories, turns up murdered, Harry is intent on finding out why. But in a city where illusion often transcends reality, the truth proves more elusive than a gambler's lucky streak. Not only is there a huge Colton imitator contest going on, but the King's only daughter is set to marry the epicene Prince of Latino Pop (despite her mother's objections), and a mysterious young man has introduced himself to Harry, claiming to be Colton's illegitimate son. The trail leads Harry to the dark side of sin city, crossing paths with a bunch of mob guys, a very efficient (and very large) contract killer, and some unexpected people from Colton Purcell's past. There's also the murder of Colton's famous manager, the abduction of a mysterious figure from a Memphis nursing home, and a host of other problems that make Harry begin to wonder: Is it really Colton Purcell hanging upside down in that cryogenic tube full of liquid nitrogen? If Harry can live long enough, he may just find out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Michael Redman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004928/bk_acx0_004928_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1943, Los Angeles exploded in the infamous Zoot Suit riots, provoked by the Sleepy Lagoon murder case that railroaded young Chicano gang members who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Valdez masterfully synthesizes fact and fiction, using the case to examine Chicano Zoot Suit culture of the '40s, prejudices, the role of the media in the judicial system, and Latino family culture. Passionate and provocative, Zoot Suit pulses with the beat of '40s Big Band Music and traditional Latin songs. Starring (in alphabetical order): Xochiquetzal Candelaria as Alice Bloomfield Raul Cardona as Joey Castro, Marine Daniel Chacon as Tommy Roberts, Cub Reporter, Sailor Estrella Esparza as Della Barrios Spencer Garrett as The Press, Prosecutor Ruben C. Gonzalez as Smiley Torres, Rafas, Swabie Gregory Itzin as George Shearer Alma Martinez as Dolores Reyna Seth Millwood as Lt. Edwards, Guard, Shore Patrol Marco Rodriguez as El Pachuco Al Ruscio as Judge F.W. Charles Daniel Valdez as Enrique Reyna Katrina Valdez as Bertha Villareal, Newsboy Kinan Valdez as Henry Reyna Lakin Valdez as Rudy Reyna, Sgt. Smith, Bailiff, Bosun's Mate Primavera Flor Valdez as Lupe Reyna 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000089/pf_latw_000089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 1992 Los Angeles Riots, also known as the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest, were sparked on April 29, 1992 when a jury (made up of 10 whites, a Latino of unknown nationality and an Asian) acquitted four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of African- American ex-convict motorist Rodney King following a high- speed pursuit. Thousands of people in the Los Angeles area rioted over the six days following the verdict. At that time, similar riots and anti-police actions took place all over the United States and Canada. Widespread looting, assault, arson and murder occurred, and property damages topped roughly US$1 billion. In all, 53 people died during the riots and thousands more were injured.
Within twenty-four hours a nightmare will be unleashed that could cause the death of untold millions and devastate a great nation. It's a plot being carried out by the unlikeliest of allies. A powerful mole within the deepest reaches of U.S. Intelligence has secretly conscripted the very criminals he's been charged with investigating -- former IRA terrorists, Latino and Asian gang members, Middle Eastern assassins and others -- creating one of the most insidious terrorist networks law enforcement has yet to take down.One man stands between the destroyers and the death tide: Jack Bauer, lone wolf operative for America's brand-new elite Counter Terrorist Unit. But he's three thousand miles from the CTU command center without backup in a strange city, New York. He's been artfully set up and is being hunted by the FBI for the murder of two of its agents. And time's almost up . . .
Alfredo Mirande, a sociology professor, Stanford Law graduate, and part-time pro bono attorney, represents clients who are rascuache--a Spanish word for 'poor' or even 'wretched'--and on the margins of society. For Mirande, however, rascuache means to be 'down but not out,' an underdog who is still holding its ground. Rascuache Lawyer offers a unique perspective on providing legal services to poor, usually minority, folks who are often just one short step from jail. Not only a passionate argument for rascuache lawyering, it is also a thoughtful, practical attempt to apply and test critical race theory--particularly Latino critical race theory--in day-to-day legal practice. Every chapter presents an actual case from Mirande's experience (only the names and places have been changed). His clients have been charged with everything from carrying a concealed weapon, indecent exposure, and trespassing to attempted murder, domestic violence, and child abuse. Among them are recent Mexican immigrants, drug addicts, gang members, and the homeless. All of them are destitute, and many are victims of racial profiling. Some 'pay' Mirande with bartered services such as painting, home repairs, or mechanical work on his car. And Mirande doesn't always win their cases. But, as he recounts, he certainly works tirelessly to pursue all legal remedies. Each case is presented as a letter to a fascinating (fictional) 'Super Chicana' named Fermina Gabriel, who we are told is an accomplished lawyer, author, and singer. This narrative device allows the author to present his cases as if he were recounting them to a friend, drawing in the reader as a friend as well. Bookending the individual cases, Mirande's introductions and conclusions offer a compelling vision of progressive legal practice grounded in rascuache lawyering.
Within twenty-four hours a nightmare will be unleashed that could cause the death of untold millions and devastate a great nation. It's a plot being carried out by the unlikeliest of allies. A powerful mole within the deepest reaches of U.S. Intelligence has secretly conscripted the very criminals he's been charged with investigating -- former IRA terrorists, Latino and Asian gang members, Middle Eastern assassins and others -- creating one of the most insidious terrorist networks law enforcement has yet to take down. One man stands between the destroyers and the death tide: Jack Bauer, lone wolf operative for America's brand-new elite Counter Terrorist Unit. But he's three thousand miles from the CTU command center without backup in a strange city, New York. He's been artfully set up and is being hunted by the FBI for the murder of two of its agents. And time's almost up . . .
'Borges and Mathematics is a short book of essays that explores the scientific thinking of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Around half of the book consists of two 'lectures' focused on mathematics. The rest of the book reflects on therelationship between literature, artistic creation, physics, and mathematics more generally. Written in a way that will be accessible even to those 'who can only count to ten,' the book presents a bravura demonstration of the intricate links between the worlds of sciences and arts, and it is a thought provoking call to dialog for readers from both traditions. The author, Guillermo Martinez, is both a recognized writer, whose murder mystery The Oxford Murders has been translated into thirty-five languages, and a PhD in mathematics. Contents: Borges and Mathematics: First Lecture; Borges and Mathematics: Second Lecture; The Golem and Artificial Intelligence; The Short Story as Logical System; A Margin Too Narrow; Euclid, or the Aesthetics of Mathematical Reasoning; Solutions and Disillusions; The Pythagorean Twins; The Music of Chance (Interview with Gregory Chaikin); Literature and Rationality; Who's Afraid of the Big Bad One?; A Small, Small God; God's Sinkhole. This book was originally published in Spanish as Borges y la matematica (2003). It has been translated with generous support from the Latino Cultural Center at Purdue University'--
Dr. Roth's book provides 'unique insight into the feelings underlying school crisis response and the skills needed to do this work with integrity and competence.' -Melissa A. Reeves, Co-Author, WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN SCHOOLS When bad things happen to students and educators, crisis responders must be prepared to help them cope and guide them back to a sense of safety and security. School Crisis Response: Reflections of a Team Leader describes traumatic events with lessons learned and reflections on best practices. This resource prepares students, crisis responders, and teams for the hard decisions, emotions, and challenges of response. It encourages reflection and strengthens both new and experienced responders. It celebrates the work of school psychologists, counselors, teachers, administrators, social workers, and nurses who provide extraordinary service in the most difficult circumstances. Situations include: * When a popular middle school student suddenly collapses in the classroom, his classmates witness the school nurse trying in vain to revive him. * When a teacher revered in the Latino community suffers an accidental death, the response team demonstrates cultural sensitivity. * The murder of a high school senior is the most recent in community violence that devastates students and staff. * A principal and counselor prepare a school community during the terminal illness of a beloved kindergarten teacher.