Ana Maria Merino Tijoux was born on 12 June 1977 in the French city of Lille. She is the daughter of two Chilean exiles who fled Chile to France after the 1973 Chilean coup d’état. In 1978, her family moved to Paris, France. It was not until 1983 that Ana Maria traveled to Chile and met her grandparents and extended family who stayed in the country despite the coup.

She became famous in Latin America as the female MC of hip-hop group Makiza during the late 1990s. In 2006, she crossed over to the mainstream of Latin pop after her collaboration with Mexican songstress Julieta Venegas in the radio hit “Eres para mí”.  She gained more widespread recognition following her second solo album, 1977.

Check out links to her music below!! Enjoy! You’re Welcome 😉

Also check out this great interview with Tijoux via Democracy Now,

Artist of the Month: JULY! Paulo Bruscky

Paulo BrusckyOur July Artist of the Month is Paulo Bruscky, a Brazilian artist born in Recife, Brazil, he began his career in the late 1960’s. During the Brazilian dictatorship of this time period he pushed the limits of what art could mean.

pb3If you want to learn more about his art definitely read, The Unlearning. His work was recently exhibited in the Bronx Museum of Arts. 


Spring Recap!

Hi Everyone!

We hadn’t updated the website in a while due to being really busy finishing up the school year successfully and getting into all of our summer plans!

Anyway a little recap on the Spring.

1. We had an amazing cultural show on April 12, 2014. Look out for a specific post about the cultural show to see pictures.

2. We helped Latin America Matters (LAM) from the Harris School of Public Policy put on the 2nd annual Latin American Policy Forum on May 8th, 2014 at the International House Assembly Hall.

3. We held weekly meetings and participated in/attended other campus organizations events. For example hosted a panel about politics in Oaxaca, attended a panel hosted by ALMas, attended Identity Week events, cohosted a workshop about Domestic Violence and Identity during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, and attended S.H.E. ‘s Trauma Center Action Week events.

4. Finally, we had board elections! Here’s the 2014-2015 OLAS Board 🙂

Carlos Guzman
Cristina Ochoa
Francisco Spaulding Astudillo
Freddy Boulton
Coral Sabino
Kent Fernandez
Community Service/Outreach
Daniel Ramirez Raftree
Christian Sanchez
Political Co-Chair
Maya Handa
LAM Liason
Melina de Bona
Cultural Show Co-Chairs
Ada Torres
Jessica Mejia