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Collective Excuse My Accent Is Sharing Cultural Stories Of Inclusivity And Embracing The Beauty Of Accents

Although they’re always so self-conscious of it, I love listening to my parents speak English. Their heavy accent, present in every syllable, tells a story of sacrifice, bravery, determination, and love. Along with a new way of life away from all their families and friends, they also had to learn an entire new language. My immigrant parents left their families behind in search for better opportunities, not just for themselves but for future generations as well, and their accent is like a scar that reminds them of the sacrifices and years of hard work to get them to where they are. To get us to where we are. 

The beautiful part of all of this is that I am not alone in this experience, as there are so many other members of my community that have gone through the same thing. In each other, we find strength, love, and family, and when we speak we don’t worry about being judged by others for having an accent or for being from where we’re from. It fills me with so much hope to know that these sentiments are not confined to our gente, but to everyone’s gente from all around the world, and so we are all connected accents and all. 

To honor our differences, mitú has partnered up with Cinq Music for a new collection that is all about owning our accents and connecting with others from all over the world who are doing the same.

What began as a conversation between two musicians who bonded over a mutual love of writing and performing music has turned into something much bigger, and so much more special. Drei Ros was worried about how his Romanian accent would be perceived when RobYoung explained that his accent is actually what made him unique, and made him feel connected to others who felt the same. Thus marked the beginning of “Excuse My Accent — a global media platform designed to share cultural stories of inclusivity, spotlight incredible individuals from diverse backgrounds, and feature organizations that are helping multicultural communities.”

Excuse My Accent is a collective committed to telling stories of empowerment and perseverance to humanize the multicultural experiences of so many around the world. The collective is made up of entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and advocates who believe that sharing our human experiences and celebrating our unique cultural differences empowers us all. It has long been time to change the narrative around accents and celebrate our identities. 

As part of the mitú and Cinq partnership with Excuse My Accent, we are featuring the collection in our mitúShop and the items are perfect for anyone who wants to join in the conversation and make a statement.

Excuse My Accent — Hat

Excuse My Accent

Let others know that there’s more than meets the eye with your own Excuse My Accent hat! The next question you’ll probably be asked is where your accent is from and just like that, you’ve made a connection with someone 😉

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Excuse My Accent — graphic tank

Excuse My Accent

If you don’t like hats and are already bummed about all the connections you’d be missing out on, no worries! The same design is also available in a tank, they got you covered. 

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Excuse My Accent — Worldwide graphic tee

Excuse My Accent

Quick! Someone tell us Pitbull’s size because this has Mr. Worldwide written all over it. Literally. I mean check out the design with a map of the world, how much more worldwide can you be? 

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Excuse My Accent — Inclusivity joggers

Excuse My Accent

Speaking of connectedness, let’s hear it for inclusivity! These inclusivity joggers are the definition of comfort, and the bands around the ankles means you can wear this out and about and not get dirty looks from señoras at the supermercado because they can’t believe you walked out of the house con esas garras. Señora, es fashion!

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Excuse My Accent — Inclusivity tee

Excuse My Accent

And if you would rather say it with your chest (pun intended), the Inclusivity design is available in a crop top!

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Excuse My Accent — Diversity tee

Excuse My Accent

Doves have long been a symbol of unity and peace. This design carries with it a reminder that no matter what walk of life you come from, we are all connected.

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Excuse My Accent — graphic tee

Excuse My Accent

Wherever your accent is from, we hope you embrace it. Just as RobYoung said, it makes you unique. It’s a part of who you are.

Check out the entire new collection here!

Watch below to learn more about Excuse My Accent and its efforts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voNsErt7JY0&feature=youtu.be

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Brian Alvarez Is So Good At An Australian Accent That His Video Went Viral Down Under

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Brian Alvarez Is So Good At An Australian Accent That His Video Went Viral Down Under

@brianjoralvarez / Twitter

We all know people who have attempted the Australian accent several times. It is also so exaggerated and just not it. Well, Australia just told us all who has the best Australian accent and it is Colombian-American actor Brian Alvarez.

Brian Alvarez took to Twitter to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden’s win as an Australian.

Tbh, a lot of good points are made in this video. However, the best part of the video is Alvarez’s stellar Australian accent. Alvarez has graced our screens for years as different characters. Most recently, Alvarez played Jack’s Spanish flight attendant boyfriend turned fiance turned husband. It seems that moving forward he has a strong chance to play an Australian.

His accent is so spot on that he even did some news shows in Australia.

Australians are big fans of this man’s accent. He is being praised on social media by Australians who are excited to see an American do the accent properly. It is truly so hard to have someone do an Australian accent without doing an exaggerated, Outback accent. It is like using just the southern accent to represent all Americans. It might be the most recognizable but it is not the most common accent.

The actor claims to be from Melbourne while doing the accent but he is not from Australia. The actor was born in Manhattan but that accent is just as authentic as any other. Way to go, mijo!

One news channel gave us a mashup of Americans attempting Australian accents to compare it to.

It is clearly heads and shoulder above the rest of the pack. Not only do the anchors know the magnitude of Alvarez’s accent, Aussies on social media are going crazy. His subtle nuances in the accent deliver the accent like few other American entertainers can. Truly an amazing feat for the actor.

To be fair, Alvarez’s portrayal on “Will & Grace” is kind of amazing.

He nails the over-the-top gay Spaniard accent. It is so good that it is funny because we have heard this accent at one point or another. It seems that Alvarez is just good at doing all kinds of accents. What an incredible talent, tbh. We all wish we were this good at accents.

READ: Have You Heard Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz Do Cuban Accents? Here’s Your Chance

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From Swimwear To Summer Tanks, These Are The Brands Owned By Women Of Color To Buy For Your July Look

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From Swimwear To Summer Tanks, These Are The Brands Owned By Women Of Color To Buy For Your July Look

Twitter / Glamlindo Artesania

Birthdays are always an excuse to blow a little money and do some shopping. In our capitalist-based society, America’s birthday is no exception. However, if we’re going to dip into our bank accounts we can at least make sure to support Latinx and Black-owned businesses.

We’ve compiled a list of July buys you should shop to support these POC and Black entrepreneurship.

Let the shopping spree commence!

1. Chigona

Instagram / @soychigona

Established in 2013, Chigona is owned and operated by boss Latina entrepreneur, Julia Carrillo. Whether you need bags, jewelry, notebooks or sunglasses, this shop’s apparel is designed for chingonas of all walks of life. Chigona is celebrating America’s birthday and its owner’s birthday at the same time with a double discount of 20%. This will be applied automatically to your total purchase.

2. AC Cosmetics

Instagram / @accosmetics_

AC Cosmetics is a Black-owned beauty, cosmetics, and personal care business. It specializes in translucent powder but the company also sells lashes and hair care products. For the 4th of July, all cosmetics are 40% off with the promo code “FIREWORKS.”

3. Maldición

Instagram / @maldicionbrand

Focusing on the Xicanx and Mexican communities, Maldición explores the spaces where our Mexican and American identities meet. An apparel company that caters to both men and women Maldición’s colorful graphics make for substantially beautiful clothing. Starting today, the clothing brand will offer 15% total purchases through the 4th of July weekend. Just use promo code “CorazonDeLaGente” to redeem the deal.

4. Hey Mijita

Instagram / @heymijita

San Antonio-based Hey Mijita is a clothing and accessories shop with las mujeres in mind. A lifestyle brand that promotes Latina entrepreneurship, empowerment and self-worth, you’ll especially love Hey Mijitas fun tees and flirty skirts. On Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th, the entire store will be 15% off.

5. Miradela

Instagram / @miradela

One part podcast and one part apparel shop, Miradela is a hip Houston-based, Latina owned brand. As if that wasn’t “fetch” enough, it’s also home of the “You’re Like Really Bonita” shirt. For America’s birthday, Miradela will have a 24-hour sale on all apparel. Use code “Sparkler” at checkout for your discount.

6. Cha Cha Covers

Instagram / @chachacovers

If you need your nails to be as on point as the rest of you, check out Cha Cha Covers’ 4th of July sale. Created by the crafty Ana Guajardo, these decals are both kind to your skin and really mesmerizing. For 25% off your purchase, use code “Stranger” from July 3rd through the 5th.

7. Glamlindo Artesania

Instagram / @glamlindo_artesania

Mixing artesania with modern fashion, Glamlindo Artesania embraces Mexico’s Indigenous communities. Founded by a Latina mother-daughter duo, Glamlindo partners with artisans to create unique items. On the 4th of July, the brand will offer 15% off your total purchase on their website.

8. Frida Inspired Shop

Instagram / @frida_inspired

Frida Kahlo is one of the most beloved Latina artists to ever live. Honoring the artist, the Frida Inspired Shop is filled with all things Kahlo. To get your hands on discounted artista jewelry or accessories, visit the Frida Inspired Shop on July 4th for 20% off your total purchase.

9. Mija Culture

Instagram / @mijaculture

The Texas-based Mija Culture is all about Emo Chola energy mixed with street wear. The Latina-owed shop offers hats, tees and accessories for both mijas AND mijos. Swing by their online shop on July 4th to get a 20% discount on your total purchase with promo code “Cuetes.”

10. Alni Body Care

Instagram / @alnicbd

CBD is beginning to find it’s way into more of our health and beauty products. It’s soothing power is awesome for aches and pains. That’s why Alni Body Care uses it in their homemade salves and oils. Through out the month of July, you can get free shipping on your order of CBD-infused body care items. Just use code “JulyFreeShip” at checkout.

11. Valfré

Instagram / @valfre

If you’re looking to add some hip new pieces to your summer wardrobe, Valfré is for you. Mexican artist Ilse Valfré founded the clothing, home goods, accessories and makeup brand. As such, you’ll find her creative cuties slapped on to most of her goods. From now until 11 PM on July 4th, you can get an additional 30% off of already on-sale items. CV

12. Viva La Bonita

@vivalabonita/Instagram

Viva La Bonita, the Latina lifestyle and apparel brand that is “inspired by the women who are fearless” has a delightful collection of one-piece swimsuits in any color that suits your fancy. Sizes run from XS to XXXL. Shop for your Bonita-wear here.

13. Night In Gail

Instagram / @nightingailcollection

Night In Gail wants you to take your self care to a whole new level. The California-based bath and body company was founded by a Black woman and uses CBD in their products for women, men and pets. Until July 8th, Night In Gail is offering 20% off of all orders. Use code “Summer” at check out.

14. Eye Candy Boutique

Instagram / @heyeyecandy

If you’re plus-sized, it can be especially hard to find awesome clothes that actually fit. Eye Candy Boutique have made it their mission to help ease this burden with their gorgeous clothing and shoes offerings. The Latina-owned boutique offers a live shop in San Antonio, Texas as well as an online store. Both will be open and offering a BOGO half-off promo until July 8th. Just apply code “BOGOFreedom” at check out.

15. Bruja Shop

Instagram / @OnceUponABruja

Something wicked this way comes. If you’re a little witchy and are looking for the perfect accessories to show it, check out the Bruja Shop. Specializing in Bruja-inspired jewelry, you can find rings, necklaces and other shiny things. The Bruja Shop will be offering 20% off your total July 4th order.

16. Vive Cosmetics

Instagram / @vivecosmetics

The fireworks won’t be the only things dazzling on July 4th. Latina-owned Vive Cosmetics wants to help you find the perfect shade from their cruelty-free and vegan product line. On July 4th and 5th, use code “HereToStay” for 20% off. Also. To celebrate the contribution of Latinx Immigrants, Vive Cosmetics will be donating an additional 20% from each sale to nonprofits helping with the border crisis.

17. Hija de tu Madre

Instagram / @hijadetumadre

If we’re going to acknowledge everything that makes the US great, we need to point out its atrocities as well. Lifestyle brand Hija De Tu Madre is doing just that with their new shirt. Dropping on July 4th at 8 am, their “Fuck Ice” shirt will be available for purchase. There’s no discount here but a portion of proceeds from this tee will go to Border Kindness.

18. Cholas x Chulas

Instagram / @cholaxchulas

Get your face glamorous just in time for the neighborhood 4th of July party with discounted goodies from Cholas x Chulas. The Latinx makeup brand features to-die-for eyeliner kits and fashion accents gems. Cholas x Chulas is going big for their 4th of July sale with 50% off of your total purchase. Use code “CXC50” at checkout to redeem.

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