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25 holiday gifts under $25 for your familia and friends

Holidays are just around the corner, have you thought already what to get for your abuelita, mom, bff, novio, or for those of us who don’t have a novio, your pet?

1. Rotating Make-Up Organizer

This one would be perfect for mom, it holds up to 30 brushes and 20 bottles of skin care products! Because whose mom is not a vanidosa? Get it on Amazon for $19.69 now.

2. 6 pieces Baking Set your abuelita a baker?

Get her this nonstick 6-piece set for only $22.49 on Amazon. If you are lucky enough, she will bake some cupcakes for ya’!

3. Full Body Massager

We all have that friend or tio who is stressed 24/7. They’ll thank you for this full body massager for the head, necks and shoulders! Get it on Amazon for $23.75

4. Guacardo Case

The most adorable case EVER! This one would be just perfect for bae. Get it on the mitú Shop for $19.99

5. Starwars 8GB USB

Who doesn’t have a geek friend that would love one of these? Get it on Amazon for only $11.77!

6. 3 Balls Pack

The dream pack for any dog! One of them even glows in the dark! Get it on Amazon for $13.95

7. Cat House

Let’s not forget our other furry friends! Your car or your friend’s cat will love this home! Get it for only $18.36 on Amazon.

8. Cards Against Humanity

One of the best party games ever that also makes a gift that everybody will love!Get it on Amazon for $25

9. Tortilla Press

Come on, everyone needs tortillas in their life. With this one your tortilla loving family will be able to make their own! Get it on Amazon for only $15.07

10. Tortilla Warmer

If you are going to make tortillas you need to get a warmer as well. Here is an awesome warmer that keeps up to 12 tortillas hot! (or if for some reason you are not a tortilla fan it works for pancakes, Pita Bread and much more as well. Get them on Amazon for only $10.95

11. Thermal Blanket, Travel Size

This super cozy and comfy blanket is perfect to snuggle up during the winter cold days and also has a perfect travel size if you’ve got some trips going on! You can also get it on bigger sizes and on 9 different colors. Get it on Amazon from $19.90

12. Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones

These super affordable headphones are not only waterproof and include bluetooth, they are comfortable and can be quickly charged to play for hours! They are one of the best seller headphones at Amazon. Get them for only $18.69.

13. Cocktail Shaker

This premium cocktail shaker includes a double jigger with measurements as well! It is made of stainless steel and can be washed in the dishwasher. Get it for your cocktail loving friend for $19.99 here.

14. Knitting Bag

This is just the perfect gift for your knit-lover abuelita! It includes a bag to store the yarn and pockets for needles and cutters. It also has slits on top so the wool won’t tangle! Get it on Amazon for $19.99, it comes in two different colors!

15. The Life of/La Vida de Selena

The perfect gift for the little ones! This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) biography of the Queen, Selena. Because everyone needs to know their latino history! Get the Selena book for $8.59 or get the Cantinflas and Frida biography as well for $27.72!

16. Niño Jesus Special Delivery Onesie

Here is one for the even more little ones! This super cute onesie is the best way to announce your new baby this Christmas. Get it here for $24.99.

17. Chisme Mug

This mug is made of ceramic and is dishwasher and microwave safe, and it comes on two sizes! No other description needed, the message says it all. Get it here from $14.99.

18. Our Lady of Guadalupe Flameless Candle

Because we all need to pray to la Virgensita de Guadalupe at one point of our lives. Get this candle for your mom , abuelita or anyone really. It works with an LED bubble so doesn’t use fire! Get it on Amazon for $6.82.

19. Calaveras Wall Art

Calaveras meet Pop Art! Give this gift to that friend who has a super boring wall. It comes on different sizes and colors. Get it here from $21.99.

20. Tech Travel Case

Keep all your small tech accessories organized with this travel case! It can hold up headphones, cell phones, batteries, etc. Perfect for travel addicts who want to stay organized! It is available on 3 different colors and you can get it for $19.99 here.

21. Frida Kahlo Laptop Bag

We all know that Frida Kahlo lover! Get ‘em this super stylish Laptop Bag that works for laptops/notebooks with dimensions up to 10.6” : 8”x11”. Available on Amazon for $22.95.

22. S by Shakira , Eau de Toilette

An affordable gift by one of our favorite Latina artists ever! This fragrance by Shakira has a fresh and woody scent. Get it here for $21.86.

23. Stylish Poncho/Ruana

This poncho has a very original design and comes in many colors! Best part? It is one size only so no awkward guessings on that side. Get it for $19.86 here.

24. Thermal gloves with Touchscreen

Who hasn’t been so cold that they don’t want to take off their gloves but they don’t want to miss the opportunity to capture the beautiful landscape? These gloves are super lightweight and thermal, also, they are touch compatible so you can use your phone while wearing them . Get them on Amazon for only $9.95.

25. Loteria Mexicana

Can’t think of any family/friends who wouldn’t LOVE this gift It includes 20 tablets, 54 cards and 80 markers! Play it with abuela, play it with your BFF. Never gets old. Get it for $12.45 here.

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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.

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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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