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Cruising with Sunny


Cruising with Sunny

Story and photo by:  Ramón Hernández

Remember the mid-1970s when la palomia started cruising in downtown San Antonio in their lowriders and other vehicles with their speakers blaring out Sunny and the Sunglows/Sunliners hits being played from their “8 Track” & cassette decks. “Back then there wasn’t  ITunes,  mp3’s,  Cds”. With a cassette deck we created something that should have been called “MY TUNE”s !

The same was happening from El Paso to Odessa to Corpus Christi, only the name of main drag changed, but the music was the same – “Talk to Me,” “Put Me in Jail,” “Runaway,” “Smile Now, Cry Later,” and other great lowriding rolas.

Verónique Aims to Carry Tejano Music Torch Forward

 Verónique Aims to Carry Tejano Music Torch Forward

By Ramón Hernández

Verónique Medrano was four and encantadora (charming) when the world lost Selena and was too young to realize what had transpired.

“I was a ‘90s kid, so I grew up listening to Selena, Emilio, La Mafia, regional pop hits such as ‘El Coco Rayado’ and watching Paquita del Barrio on Mexican television,” Verónique said during an interview at the Hispanic Entertainment Archives.Veronique-Encantadora-CD

“You see, I grew up ‘On the Border by the Sea’ in the southernmost part of Brownsville (aka La Southmost).  Besides listening to the radio and cassette tapes at home, there was always music in the house because there’s a lot of artistic nature in the family.

International Chef Waldo is Extraordinaire

Photos by Ramón Hernández

12-13-ChefWaldo-ReducedChef Waldo Frank Óscar Castro Zambrano is so prominent and so much as has been written about him and his famous dishes in countless superlative adjectives that it is hard to describe him and his creations without fear of being accused of plagiarism.

The story of this Wonderful, Amazing, Latino, Distinguished Outgoing human being, who is also Courteous, HHelpful, Exceptional and Flamboyant, is as astounding as its subject.

The world renowned chef’s love for cooking began when he was just a young boy and cooking became a passion that made him the best among his peers. Perhaps his secret is several lifetimes of recipes that his mother passed down to him as a sort of culinary inheritance.

San Antonio Luminaria 2013

San Antonio Luminaria 2013

Story and photos by Joseph Martinez

Rain ,Rain stay away and it did. For the folks who braved the cool night they were treated to an amazing evening loaded with the sight, sound and the aroma of food lingering in the air. Walking the park grounds I came to a opinion wishing there were  two of me so I can see and enjoy twice as much. There were 6 stages and over 600 artist.




SAN ANTONIO (March 8, 2013) – The Sixth Annual Luminaria will take place Saturday, March 9, 2013 in HemisFair Park and downtown San Antonio from 7 p.m. to midnight.  Luminaria will take place, rain or shine.  However, in the event of rain, music and art installations will be moved inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the indoor venues in HemisFair Park will also be open.

 “We are confident that, rain or shine, San Antonio’s Sixth Annual Luminaria will be a night to remember,” says Richard Rosen, Artistic Director of Luminaria.  

Whatever Happened to Sunny (Youngs)?

Published October 7, 2012 | By Ramón Hernández

Remember the late 1980s and early ‘90s when Tejano music was so popular that Black and White female vocalists such as such as Ruth, Jean Le Grand and Sunny started to record this genre.

Le Grand is now on national television and we have unable to locate Ruth. However, Sunny is back in San Antonio as Laura Youngs and last month the Houston-born Air Force brat came to the Hispanic Entertainment Archives to give us her story.

“Las Tesoros de San Antonio” A WestSide Story”

 Las Tesoros de San Antonio”

 “A Westside Story”

Jorge Sandoval is a local actor, filmaker, photographer and technican. He returns to filmaking with the exiting documentary “Las Tesoros de San Antonio”/A WestSide Story.”Experience the sights and sounds.

Saturday, 6th Oct, 2-3:00PM  

Central Library Auditorium

800  Soledad                                                                                                                                                                                               




Sunday, 7th Oct ,2-3:30 PM

Bazan Branch Library

2200 W.Commerce


Vikki Carr to be Grand Marshall of the 62nd Annual Fiesta Flambeau Parade

Its official, Vikki Carr is this year’s Fiesta Flambeau Parade Grand Marshall.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Fogo De Chao Churrascaria inside the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel this Wednesday.

Trina Guevara, FFPA’s public relations director, started the ceremony by introducing KTSA’s Elizabeth Ruiz, who in turn announced Sunny Ozuna as this year’s Honorary Grand Marshall with a rousing introduction.

This year’s theme for the night parade is “Legends in Music” and Ozuna, leader singer of Sunny and the Sunliners, will have his own float in this parade in which the spotlight will highlight the rich artistry of music.