Here is his bio as it will appear in our printed program -
Abelardo de la Peña, Jr. is the editor and founder of
LatinoLA.com, the Web site dedicated to Southern California’ arts,
entertainment, culture and community. He was born in Long Beach
and grew up in Wilmington; his parents came from Jalísco, Mexico.
Out of high school, de la Peña served in the U.S. Army during the
Viet Nam War era.
On the development of LatinoLA.com de la Peña has shared that
he chose the term “Latino” because the large numbers of Latinos in
Los Angeles are from so many different countries. That makes L.A.
the center of the Latino universe, simply by sheer numbers. Rather
than exclude any group, LatinoLA says it all. “We are all Latinos, we
are all proud, beautiful people, and our points of view need no
defining. We know where we're coming from...and now we're letting
the world in on that!"
- Daniel Olivas, “La Bloga”