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25 Times Latinos Have Graced The Google Doodle

Google has become well known for it’s regularly tributed to some of the most famed people in history. Unsurprisingly, Latinos make up a massive bundle of Google’s over 900 doodles. Here’s a list of the most popular Latinos most recently immortalized by Google and their Doodles.

Gabriel García Márquez

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Feature date: March 6, 2018

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist and journalist, known across the Latin American community as Gabo throughout Latin America. He is considered one of the most influential and acclaimed authors of the 20th century.

Age: (1927-2014) Died at 87

Place of birth: Aracataca, Colombia

Katy Jurado

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Feature date: January 16, 2018

Katy Jurado, was a  famed Mexican actress whose career in film helped her make a name for herself in Mexico and Hollywood. She was already an established an actress in the 1940s when she moved to Hollywood and became a regular in Western films of the 1950s and 1960s.

Age: Died at 78 (1924-2002)

Place of birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Elvia Carrillo Puerto

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Feature date: December 6, 2017

Elvia Carrillo Puerto was a Mexican woman who had been married by the age of 13 and became a widow by the age of 21.  She was a socialist politician and feminist activist that founded Mexico’s first feminist groups in 1912.

Occupation: Activist, mother

Age: Died at 86 (1881-1967)

Place of birth: Motul^! Yucatán, Mexico

José Clemente Orozco

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Feature date: November 23, 2017

José Clemente Orozco was a Mexican painter whose mural work inspired a generation and kicked of a Mexican Mural Renaissance. Orozco was the most complex of the Mexican muralists, fond of the theme of human suffering, but less rea …more

Occupation: Painter

Age: Died at 66 (1883-1949)

Place of birth: Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco, Mexico

Rachel de Queiroz

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Feature date: November 17, 2017

Rachel de Queiroz was a Brazilian journalist and writer whose book O Quinze was made into a film in 2004..

Occupation: Journalist, Writer

Age: Died at 93 (1910-2003)

Place of birth: Fortaleza, Brazil

Nellie Campobello

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Feature date: November 7, 2017

Nellie Francisca Ernestina Campobello Luna was  born María Francisca Moya Luna, and was a Mexican writer known for being a  ballet dancer.

Occupation: writer

Age: Died at 86 (1900-1986)

Place of birth: Ocampo Municipality^! Durango, Villa Ocampo^! Durango, Mexico

Selena

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Feature date: October 17, 2017

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer and fashion designer who gained international iconism and was called the Queen of Tejano music.

Occupation: Actor, Singer

Age: Died at 24 (1971-1995)

Place of birth: Texas, USA, Lake Jackson

Violeta Parra

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Feature date: October 4, 2017

Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval was a Chilean songwriter and folklorist who revitalized Chilean folk music.

Occupation: Songwriter, Folklorist, Composer, Singer, Ethnomusicologist, + more

Age: Died at 50 (1917-1967)

Place of birth: San Carlos, Chile

Dr. Atl

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Feature date: October 3, 2017

Gerardo Murillo Cornado was a Mexican painter and writer born in Pihuamo who gained attention for his book “How a Volcano is Born and Grows – Paricutín”.

Occupation: artist

Age: Died at 89 (1875-1964)

Place of birth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Gloria E. Anzaldúa

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Feature date: September 26, 2017

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was a queer, feminist and Chicana cultural theory scholar. Her best-known book  Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza raised awareness of Chicana issues.

Occupation: Poet, Scholar, Author, Writer

Age: Died at 62 (1942-2004)

Place of birth: Rio Grande Valley

Cora Coralina

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Feature date: August 20, 2017

Cora Coralina was a Brazilian writer and poet considered to be one of the most important Brazliian writers of the world.

Occupation: Writer

Age: Died at 96 (1889-1985)

Place of birth: DVD Region 4, Goiás, South America, Brazil

Dolores del Río

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Feature date: August 3, 2017

Dolores del Río was a Mexican actress who became a Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s.

Occupation: Actor, Dancer

Age: Died at 78 (1905-1983)

Place of birth: Durango, Mexico

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

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Feature date: June 21, 2017

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, also known as Machado de Assis, Machado and Bruxo do Cosme Velho, was a Brazilian writer and advocate of monarchism.

Occupation: Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Writer, Playwright

Age: Died at 69 (1839-1908)

Place of birth: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Cecilia Grierson

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Feature date: November 22, 2016

Cecilia Grierson was an Argentine Freethinker and doctor. She was the first woman to receive a Medical Degree in Argentina.

Age: Died at 75 (1859-1934)

Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Édgar Negret

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Feature date: October 11, 2016

Edgar Negret was a modern Latin American abstract sculptor.

Occupation: artist

Age: Died at 92 (1920-2012)

Place of birth: Popayán, Colombia

El Santo

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Feature date: September 23, 2016

Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta,, AKA  El Santo, was a Mexican Luchador enmascarado actor and icon. El Santo, along with Blue Demon and Mil Máscaras.

Occupation: Actor

Age: Died at 67 (1917-1984)

Place of birth: Tulancingo, Mexico

Yma Súmac

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Feature date: September 13, 2016

Yma Sumac was a Peruvian soprano who became one f the most famous proponents of exotica music in the 1950s.

Occupation: Singer

Age: Died at 86 (1922-2008)

Place of birth: Cajamarca, Peru

Juan Manuel Fangio

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Feature date: Jun 24, 2016

Juan Manuel Fangio, nicknamed El Chueco or El Maestro, was a race car driver from Argentina.

Occupation: Race car driver

Age: Died at 84 (1911-1995)

Place of birth: Balcarce, Argentina

Dercy Gonçalves

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Feature date: Jun 23, 2016

Dercy Gonçalves, stage name of Dolores Gonçalves Costa, was a Brazilian comedienne and television personality.

Occupation: Actor

Age: Died at 101 (1907-2008)

Place of birth: Brazil, Santa Maria Madalena, Rio de Janeiro

Rosario Castellanos

Feature date: May 25, 2016

Rosario Castellanos Figueroa was a Mexican poet and author who became one of Mexico’s most important literary voices in the last century.

Occupation: Poet, Author, Writer

Age: Died at 49 (1925-1974)

Place of birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Cazuza

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Feature date: April 4, 2016

Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto was a Brazilian composer and singer from Rio de Janeiro.

Occupation: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Actor, Singer

Age: Died at 32 (1958-1990)

Place of birth: Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

José Alfredo Jiménez

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Feature date: January 19, 2016

José Alfredo Jiménez was a Mexican rancheras singer-songwriter whose songs became an integral component of Mexico’s musical heritage.

Occupation: Singer-songwriter

Age: Died at 47 (1926-1973)

Place of birth: Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Chico Mendes

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Feature date: December 15, 2015

Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, or known as Chico Mendes, was a Brazilian environmentalist and union leader.

Occupation: Environmentalist

Age: Died at 44 (1944-1988)

Place of birth: Xapuri, Brazil

Olga Cossettini

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Feature date: August 18, 2015

Olga Cossettini was an educator and teacher who became Guggenheim Fellow in Social Sciences in 1941.

Occupation:  scientist

Age: Died at 89 (1898-1987)

Place of birth: Santa Fe Province, Argentina

Zuzu Angel

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Feature date: June 5, 2015

Zuleika Angel Jones was a Brazilian-American fashion designer who after the disappearance of her son became active and vocal oppositionist to the  Brazilian military dictatorship.

Occupation: designer, activist

Age: Died at 55 (1921-1976)

Place of birth: Curvelo, Brazil


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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.

El Charro Negro
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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