At my brother's urging, I curled up with HBO On Demand today and watched a two-part series entitled Habla Texas. The series originally debuted in two installments on May 6th and May 13th. Having developed an entire channel solely dedicated to the Latino presence in the United States, HBO is doing their part to bring the Latino experience to the masses. And the effort put into this series is no exception. Directed by Alberto Ferreras, Habla Texas offers up un poquito de todo in terms of the personal and cultural histories of native Texans, including everyone from Carmen Tafolla to our very own Mayor Julian Castro. Mini-monologues are delivered before a bright, paper-white screen, and I felt as though I was in the same room as the person on screen, taking in his or her words and relating them to my own experiences. The show's premise is not to address any hard-hitting issues. You won't hear stories about the war on drugs, gangs, or immigration. Instead, you're invited into the everyday lives of a few Mexican-Americans who have made their marks despite some hurdles along the way, but the stories are almost always punctuated with a bit of comic relief. Though the series has received mixed reviews on the blogosphere, I could not have felt more proud to be a Mexican-American living in Texas after I watched it. I hope you'll let me know if you feel the same. Feel free to send your love letters and/or hate mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow Contemporary Xicana on Twitter.
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