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Carmelo Anthony Is More Than Just A Basketball Star And Here’s Proof

Carmelo Anthony is a record-breaking basketball star. He’s also a husband, a father, an activist and volunteers his time and money to help kids develop their passion into a career in basketball. Whether you’re a basketball junkie or “Basketball Wives” junkie, we think we know Anthony and his stats pretty well.

This Afro-Boricua has accomplished so much in his long career that it’s time for a refresher course. Dribble, dribble.

Carmelo Anthony, lovingly nicknamed ‘Melo’ towers at 6’8″.

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He weighs in about 240 lbs and is just 34 years old. While his last season has been rocky, and he’s not signed to a team as of February 1, 2019, Lakers fans are hoping Anthony will bring his solid three-point range to help the team out.

His father, Carmelo Iriate, was a member of the Puerto Rican activist group “Young Lords.”

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Iriarte died of cancer when Melo was just 2 years old. His father spent the 60s and 70s pushing for social justice to free Puerto Rico from colonial bonds. His mother, Mary Anthony, is African-American.

When Melo was 8 years old, the family moved to Baltimore.

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Growing up in Baltimore, he felt like he had to focus on athletics to avoid the world of drugs and violence. He did a great job.

He was often suspended at his Catholic high school.

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He commuted to Towson Catholic High School the first three years of high school. He was suspended several times for skipping classes, though.

The summer he turned 16 years old, he shot up to 6’5″.

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He was already 6 feet tall and turns out he would still grow another 3 inches. At that point, he became locally famous. “The Baltimore Sun” named him the Metro Player of the Year in 2001 and the Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year.

Once Syracuse University recruited him, they finally earned their first ever NCAA tournament title in 2003.

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During his senior year of high school, he had to switch schools to help him focus on getting his grades back up to be qualified for a Syracuse admittance. After a lot of work, he did it, and it paid off for everyone.

That same year, he dropped out of college and went pro.

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He was chosen 3rd overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He was third only to LeBron James, whom he had struck up a friendship with at previous tournaments.

By his sixth NBA game, he became the second youngest player to ever score 30 or more points in NBA history.

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The youngest player in history to do so was Kobe Bryant. All his hard work earned him an $80 million five year contract extension with the Denver Nuggets. Work hard, play hard, Melo.

Oh, and he’s won three gold Olympic medals for the U.S.

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And a bronze. Can’t forget that bronze. Thanks for your service, Melo.

He is the most decorated USA basketball player, with four Olympic medals under his belt.

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He was named co-USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 2016. While he says his retirement is pending, we may see him out here in 2020.

In 2011, Anthony was traded to the Knicks.

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He chose the number 7 because his son’s birthday is March 7th. It’s also the difference between his high school number 22 and Nuggets 15 (12-15=7).

Melo is a mega-charitable guy. He donated $50,000 to Puerto Rico Relief efforts and then some.

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Caption: “Caption: “Thank you #UNICEFUSA for teaming up with My Foundation to support MI ISLA(My Island). We will be donating over 12,000 emergency hygiene kits that will help over 60,000 children and families. Children and families will now have water purification tablets, water containers, buckets, soap, etc so they can maintain their well-being and prevent the spread of deadly disease.”

In 2015, Anthony founded the North American Soccer League expansion club, Puerto Rico FC.

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At the time, nobody was investing in Puerto Rico after the disaster. Melo saw this as an opportunity to invest in the community.

He also paid for 4,500 Baltimore students’ transportation to March for Our Lives.

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Caption: “Partnering with @mtv @naacp and my city of Bmore to support #MarchForOurLives
Sending over 4,500 kids from Baltimore to the March tomorrow… We’ve all had #ENOUGH! Proud of our youth for standing up gun violence.”

He’s also founded the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center at his alma mater, Syracuse University.

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He donated $3 million to the construction of what will be a home base for young aspiring athletes to be trained as professionals. The donation is believed to be the largest individual donation from a professional athlete to their alma mater.

Anthony reportedly donated $4.3 million dollars to charity thus far.

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In 2006, he was listed as No. 8 in “The Giving Back 30 List of Largest Charitable Donations by Celebrities”, published by “The Giving Back Fund.” You going to heaven.

Chisme be damned, he’s in love with his wife, La La Anthony.

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The two were often seen on reality TV program “Basketball Wives,” and spin-off “La La’s Full Court Life.” They married in 2010 and rumors abound, but mira esto:

Caption: “Sometimes it may not be possible to remind someone everyday about how special they are. Today, I am taking a chance to tell you that you are special, whether I tell you everyday or not. Happy Birthday @lala

The Anthony family helped campaign for Hilary Clinton to beat Trump.

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No word yet on who they’re rooting for in 2020. We’re not ready.

Melo also has a few clothing deals up his sleeve.

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He has a line of Jordans, called the “Melo” line. Recently, he launched a collab with Rag & Bone.

Caption: “My limited edition @ragandbone X @jumpman23 apparel and sneaker collection are now available to purchase online at rag-bone.com. #MeloMade #STAYME7O

Where’s he going next? Nobody knows.

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Rumor has it that Puerto Rico’s national team is trying to recruit him to sign. I’m here to see La La live life upon Puerto Rico’s beaches. Bring it.

READ: Learn How Basketball Superstar Carmelo Anthony Got Where He Is Today In 21 Steps

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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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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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