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20 Gifts For The ‘Coco’ Fan In Your Family

Coco” is clearly the box office darling of the holiday season (until “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” comes out), which means there are lots of “Coco” fans out there. If you’ve got a hardcore “Coco” fan in your family, we’re going to make your Christmas shopping a little easier. We’ve rounded up the cutest gifts to give to “Coco” fanatics — even if that means you!

1. “Remember Me” Lotería Game – $14.99

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Play Loteria the Coco way with this “Remember Me” Spanish edition game.

2. “Coco”-Inspired Mouse Ears – price varies

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These are perfect to wear to your Disneyland outing, and you can probably bet no one else will have these. But hurry, they’re selling fast.

3. Miguel’s Guitar – $34.99

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Even if you don’t have an inkling of musical aspirations, you can use this adorable guitar and pretend to be Miguel.

4. “Coco” Deluxe Figurine Set – $19.95

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If you can’t decide which “Coco” figure to buy, why not go with a set that includes the most prominent characters in the movie? This collection features two sets of Miguels (with and without face paint), two Dantes (regular and alebrije), Hector, Mamá Imelda, Ernesto de la Cruz AND Pepita. Not bad.

5. “Coco” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – $13.95

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There’s so many amazing songs in “Coco” — “Remember Me,” “Un Poco Loco,” “La Llorona” — so give the gift of music with the soundtrack. Want more? Try the Spanish-language soundtrack, which includes “El Corrido de Miguel Rivera” by Bronco.

6. Crochet Dante The Dog Doll – $5.00

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Look at that tongue! A crochet Dante is not just for kids but for anyone that loves Miguel’s best friend.

7. “Coco” Backpack – $19.99

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The backpack, good for kids or adults, features embroidery and fringe trim details and measures 12-inch x 10-inch x 5-inch.

8. 3D Bottle Cap Christmas Ornament – $7.99

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Sure, combining Día de los Muertos and Christmas may be a bit strange, but your Christmas tree could be a lot more festive with these ornaments.

9. “Recuerdame” Phone Case – $56.95

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This would make a cool tattoo, but you can save your money by getting this phone case instead.

 10. Skull Calavera Set – $9.99

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Coloring books may have been all the rage last year, but this year it’s all about creating your own calavera.

11. Mamá Imelda “Mama Knows Best” Mug – $16.95

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If you give this mug to your mom, you’ll be her angel forever.

12. Héctor Vynil Collectible Doll– $7.99

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For those who love to collect pop culture memorabilia, brighten up your shelves with Coco‘s Vynil Collectibles.

13. Coco Comic– $5.99

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Now you can also experience Miguel‘s journey in print. Add this colorful comic to your kid’s library or yours.

14. Personalizable Girl‘s Hoodie– $29.95

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This embroidered hoodie will be your kid‘s favorite all year long. You can even include her name stitched on the front.

15. Coco Guitar Necklace – $24.95

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Loved the movie? Well, you can now go out wearing some of that love with this lively guitar and skull necklace inspired by the movie.

16. Ernesto De La Cruz Action Figure – $29.99

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A kid‘s toy chest wouldn‘t be complete without Coco‘s action figures. Ernesto comes with his sombrero and skull guitar

17. Coco Socks – $14.90

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Who doesn‘t love a pair of cool, colorful socks… especially if they‘re inspired by Día de los Muertos.

18. Coco Dessert Plate Set – $39.90

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Having guests for dinner? Wow them with this amazing dessert plate set.

19. Ernesto‘s Guitar – $34.99

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I‘m sure all kids want to be a Mariachi at some point in their lives, so get yours started with this kids‘ size version of Ernesto‘s skull guitar.

20. Miguel‘s Water Bottle – $9.99

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Show your classmates, co-workers or gym buddies how much you loved Coco with this super colorful water bottle.

READ: Pixar Fans Are Getting Very Emotional After It Was Announced That ‘Coco’ Will Make It To The US In Spanish

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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!”

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“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.

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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.

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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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