LA Originals – Chicano culture, appropriation, feminism and more

Originally slotted to debut at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, but currently made available on Netflix, the documentary L. A. Originals chronicles the partnership between director Estevan Oriol and master graffiti artist and high profile tattooist, Mark Machado, aka Mister Cartoon. Join us as we share some of our thoughts and reactions regarding storytelling, cultural appropriation vs appreciation, and the intersection of cultural identity and feminism, as we explore this intriguing, if somewhat rambling, story about the rise of two prominent Chicano artists over the shifting landscape of 25+ years.

Time Stamps:

1:34 – Isolation updates: movement and fashion
3:57 – Main Discussion on L. A. Originals
40:13 – What’s Your Freq Out?
* Ebony on McMillions documentary series on HBO
* Carolyn on Colombo episode, “Try and Catch Me” –
* Anita on In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
* Guest Freq Out from Chris on Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) game by Popcannibal

Links Mentioned:
* Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hoop Diaspora by Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón –
* “Carmen Maria Machado Takes Us ‘In The Dream House’” – episode of NPR Code Switch –
* Twitter thread with Natasha Lyonne, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Sheen talking about playing Columbo –

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