Teen Angels was bold, beautiful, and influential. But its eclectic founder makes it that much more interesting.
Author - Brandon Loran Maxwell
Brandon Loran Maxwell is a writer, speaker, and prize winning essayist. His writings and commentary have appeared at The Hill, Salon, Townhall, The Washington Examiner, The Oregonian, FEE, and Latino Rebels Radio, among others. He regularly speaks on a variety of social topics, and has been cited at outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Vox, and The Washington Post. His personal essay "Notes From An American Prisoner" was awarded a Writer's Digest prize in 2014, and his one-act play "Petal By Petal" about drug and alcohol addiction was performed at The Little Theater in 2009. In addition, Brandon has fronted various punk rock and hip hop groups. He holds a B.S. in political science, and often writes about prison reform, immigration reform, pop culture, music, and Chicano culture.
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A discussion about pachuco culture, modern gangs, discrimination, and nationalism during WW2.
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Those with the strongest opinions about Chicano culture often have the least context.
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Lowrider cars are America's most dynamic underground tradition.
We will never see anything like the sixties again no matter how badly people want it.
Immigrants are the common denominator when it comes to America's "greatness."
There's a reason Mexican American street gangs transcend economic class, geography, and even centuries.
Why don’t violent offenders, like drug offenders, also deserve a second chance?
If government officials colluding to overturn millions of votes in a democratic election is not an affront on our values, then what is?
Trump’s legacy will be dishonesty and disarray.
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Love him or hate him, one Chicano rapper has written the blueprint everyone else follows.
Eazy-E and Gilbert Izquierdo (AKA "Toker") wanted to form a Latino version of N.W.A—and they succeeded.
The critics never did respect Kobe for what he truly was. And now it's too late.
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Is “mumble rap” really the best successor Gen-Z could come up with?
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Bottomless, directionless outrage is a waste of time and a distraction.
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Make no mistake. Special interests want us to conform and forget our histories.
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A discussion about gentrification.
A discussion about the disability community.
Twitter sure seems to ignore a lot of Latinos when it comes to the verification process.
A quick message from the founder of The Daily Chela.
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There isn't just one narrowly defined definition of America. We are all products of our own upbringings and environments.
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A discussion about immigration, "Latinx," and gun laws.
The truth is we are all winners in the 4.5-billion-year planetary lotto.
Maybe Fred, like the rest of us, just wanted to get out and live a little.
A look back at terrorist incidents suggests that citizens taking a more aggressive approach might help save lives.
Trump doesn't care about life. He only cares about his re-election
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