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17 Popular Brand Logos If They Looked The Way Your Parents Pronounce Them

If your parents primarily speak Spanish, you know they probably have a bit of trouble pronouncing some American brand names. It doesn’t really matter though, because their unique pronunciation becomes the standard when referring to those brands.

Obviously, “con fleis” is the classic – and it applies to EVERY brand of cereal.

When you need coffee in a pinch, you may go to this place:

Credit: Starbucks / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Estarbucks is probably the only chain-fast food place our parents let us enjoy on the reg. You never hear, “Hay comida a la casa” when you ask about going to the coffee joint. Instead, mami gets really excited because she can’t wait to get her hands on some of this deliciousness.

And this is the spot where you get an hamburguesa or two.

Credit: Mc Donald’s / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

MackDonals is a Latino kid’s dream come true. Many Sundays were spent driving home from church and staring longingly at the most popular fast food chain to ever exist. Rarely did you stop because “eso no es comida” wor whatever. But for those few times you did, it was ultimate bliss.

Sometimes you go here for deals:

Credit: Walmart / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Gualmar is your abuela’s favorite place (just behind Target). She loves nothing more than walking down every aisle filling up the cart until it took the both of your to push it. Oh, thos fond memories.

And this is one of the sodas you drink.

Credit: Pepsi / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Water is fine and all but there was nothing like an ice cold Pecsi on a hot summer day. These blue cans were all your little heart desired when mami would call you in from an afternoon of playing outside.

When you can’t put down your phone, your parents assume you’re on this:

Credit: YouTube / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

When the video sharing platform first came out, we honestly didn’t know what to do about it. Now, it is way too common to walk in on your father watching his conspiracy theory videos on YuTu. It’s like he doesn’t understand that the videos are not fact checked or help to any kind of ethical clause. They just post what they want and people eat it up.

Even though they’re secretly addicted to this:

Credit: Facebook / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Feisbuu has come under fire for the lack of privacy, which makes it mom and dad’s favorite. JK. But they never let you have any alone or private time because they didn’t want you getting into trouble. Our parents are basically Feisbuu. Always spying and telling everyone what you did.

This is the spot where the fam stocks up for parties:

Credit: Costco / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Cosco is legit a ngithmare. The lines are always too long and the time spent there seems like an eternity. The fact that abuela buys you clothes from there is something you still aren’t over. Admit it.

And this is the brand all the kids in your family are obsessed with.

Credit: Disney / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Deesney will always have a special place in your family. It got you all through some dark times and, when your parents needed a break, a moment of silence and sirenity. Legit, we all still get lost in the movies from our childhood and there is a good reason for it.

Your parents have no trouble pronouncing “Takis,” but they have their own version for this:

Credit: Lay’s / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Who isn’t down for a Parti Sais bag of Chetos? These orange batons of delicousness are the most iconic part of your summer days. Nothing like slurping down a Pecsi and licking Chetos dust of your fingers to trigger your nostalgia.

Maybe you’ve had a sandwich at this place:

Credit: Subway / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Another fast food place that your parents were okay with is definitely SubGüey. Why? Well, sandwiches are healthy and these were big enough fro you to split with your hermano and be full.

Or owned a pair of these:

Credit: Nike / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

That Naik swoosh is burned into your brain and something you instantly recognize. We all owned the windbreaker when we were in grade school and it was the best outfit to wear on those cold rainy days.

You probably can’t buy just one thing at this place:

Credit: Target / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Anyone up for a trip to Tarchet? Trick question. Of course, you are. Latinos have a fascination with this store and it is not clear why. It might be the $5 aisle right when you walk in the door.

And you’ve probably had to explain the difference between MackDonals and this burger spot…

Credit: Burger King / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Burguer Keen is the ultimate MackDonals competitor and it tore our families apart. Perhaps we didn’t do the fast food thing because we just wanted to keep the peace. Way to go mom. You should be celebrated for your ability to keep everyone happy.

And this one, too:

Credit: Wendy’s / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Güendy’s was a very rare treat for the best of days. Got an A on a hard test? Güendy’s for you. Won the spelling bee? Güendy’s for you. It was the best motivator to make good things happen.

You probably spent most of your childhood having your mom tell you to turn this off:

Credit: Sony / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

No matter what the game system, it is always Nintendo. Why? Maybe because it was the first and the easiest to say.

Or this:

Credit: Microsoft / Illustration by Sayuri Jimenez

Yeah. See. Another way of our parents saying Nintendo for something that is not Nintendo.


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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

El Charro Negro
Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

El Charro Negro
Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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