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Yolanda Machado

Yolanda Machado is a Los Angeles–based first-generation Peruvian Mexican American entertainment writer, editor, and critic. She is a digital editor for Entertainment Weekly. Before her time at EW, she was a film critic for the Wrap, and she has also written for publications including GQ, Elle, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

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La Bamba: American Dreaming, Chicano Style

In this vibrant, music-filled portrait of an artist and his community, director Luis Valdez gathers what little is known about rock-and-roll idol Ritchie Valens and fuses it with a lived-in understanding of what it is to be Chicano.

By Yolanda Machado