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UPLIFTT | January 24, 2018

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About Michael Montenegro

Michael Montenegro

Michael Montenegro

Chicano. Video editor/Producer. Activist. Aspiring Hispanic Marketer. Living in Santa Barbara, California. Always doing my best.

Posts By Michael Montenegro

SQUINTY EYES: A Poem by Michael Montenegro

September 17, 2016 |

This poem is dedicated to all of my squinty-eyed Latinos, Chicana/os, Hispanics, pretty much folks of Latin American ancestry who have Spanish surnames, who have felt marginalized because of their squinty eyes. Also, I hope any of our squinty-eyed humans … Read More

Breaking Stereotypes and Re-identifying Lowrider Culture: Lowrider Roll Models

June 8, 2016 |

Lowrider culture. What comes to mind? Cholos, drugs, and half-naked women in hypersexualized poses by fancy vehicles with the song “Lowrider by War?”

Growing up in Southern California, lowrider culture was a regular affair in my life: from going to … Read More

Embrace of the Serpent: Cultura Occupying Space

March 11, 2016 |

One warm morning in Santa Barbara, California, I coordinated a field trip with my Latino students to see Embrace of the Serpent during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

As we were waiting in our VIP line with … Read More

A Story of Speaking Up by Michael Montenegro

March 20, 2015 |

Growing up,  I was to taught to be quiet because speaking up, causes problems.


When we got dictated in grade school, I wanted to speak up.

When we were pushed out of our neighborhood, I … Read More

Latino Cartoon Characters

January 22, 2015 |

This is a work in progress list of Latino Cartoon Characters in the States. From positive to negative portrayals, from accurate to stereotypical, from great to offensive. You decide.

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Cheech the Chicano Champion in Chicano Multimedia

August 27, 2014 |

Oh, Cheech Marin. That one Mexican stoner guy from the Cheech & Chong film series…WRONG. He is a Chicano Film Pioneer. He’s been in featured films like Lion King, Spy Kids, Cars, and Machete. Also, in TV series such as … Read More

White Boy Chicano by Michael Montenegro

July 1, 2014 |

White Boy Chicano

It’s an identity crisis

My parents are Mexican migrants, who stay busy all the time

Spanish is my first language, then almost losing it because of time

 My TV only showed Mexicans … Read More

A Tale of Two Cities: The White and Brown Treatment in Santa Barbara

May 27, 2014 |

The Isla Vista shooting on Friday night May 23, 2014 left dead seven young innocent people, who had the rest of their lives to live and that night too, for the sake of getting turn’t up, because of a … Read More

Trip to Anahuac 2013 (Documentary)

October 17, 2013 |

A group of people embarked on a journey for a week to Mexico to learn and experience the legacy of Mesoamerica.

About the Trip Mission: There is a growing number of first and second generation under-served immigrants from southern and … Read More

Seeing is Believing

August 9, 2013 |

We live in a visual culture: magazines, billboards, TV, video games, smartphones, movie theaters. In other words, the media. The Internet has become our nation’s number one drug of choice with its trillion of still and moving images. This will … Read More