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These Children Slayed Their Performances On National TV And They’re Everything

These kids might all be under 13 years old at the time of their performances on these talent competitions, but their abilities belie their young age. Our parents always pushed us by saying “ponte las pilas” and these children will make you parents wish you listened. Here are some of the Latinos that have crushed it on national TV in both the U.S. and Latin America.

Angel Garcia, singer, “America’s Got Talent”

Twelve-year-old Los Angeles native Angel Garcia’s powerful voice got him through to the second round in this season of “America’s Got Talent.” He sang the mariachi song from José José, “El Triste.” His performance of the song got people on their feet and electrified the audience. He kept the Latino pride going strong in the judges’ cuts round by singing Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” in Spanish. He may have gone home after that round but there’s no denying his incredible talent.

Guillermo Gael Delgado Garcia, dancer, “Little Big Shots”

Guillermo Gael Delgado Garcia was invited to the couch with Steve Harvey on “Little Big Shots” two years ago after his video dancing gleefully at a swimming pool went viral. He wowed the crowd by jumping off the stage and charismatically made his way through the audience. Just watching him dance can put an automatic smile on your face.

Los Niños de La Voz Kids, singers, La Voz Colombia

Grab your tissues because this is one sweet rendition of “Recuerdame” from the hit movei “Coco.” The judges are clearly into this number by snapping their fingers to the beat. When you hear a performance like this one, doesn’t it inspire you to build a better world for future generations? Sí se puede. They deserve it so much.

Alondra Santos, singer, “America’s Got Talent”

When Alondra Santos was 13 years old she got a chance to show off her mariachi chops on the 10th season of “America’s Got Talent.” Seeing the young girl wearing a full mariachi outfit and giving the musical genre life on the national stage is everything. Her shy nature was put on the backseat as soon as the first violin notes started playing. Press ‘play’ to see her first audition on the show.

Ellie, singer, La Voz Kids Colombia

Seven-year-old Ellie hails from Barranquilla, Colombia. Even at her young age, she is extremely proud of her coastal heritage. She expresses her love for the region’s music, its drums and also its songs. As soon as the drums start at the 2:03 minute mark, Ellie has a little fit of nerves but then she is on fire with her vocals and dancing. She wins over all the judges by the end, even though it took Sebastián Yatra a few minutes to finally press that buzzer.

Jossue, singer, “La Voz Kids”

Another pint-size performer that took the judges’ breath away was mariachi singer Jossue on “La Voz Kids.” Each time he sang “Ay Chabela,” it was like the audience was watching a mini Vicente Fernandez in front of their eyes. As he was going through his performance, the judges hadn’t hit the buzzer but Natalia Jiménez and Pedro Fernández finally both did at the same time, and then Daddy Yankee gave that buzzer a pound. Jossue’s OMG face when he realized his singing ability made all three judges want to coach him is just too cute.

Yasha and Daniela, dancers, “America’s Got Talent”

Daniela may have been a little girl when she first appeared on the America’s Got Talent stage, but she knew how to already call the shots as a boss! Her sassiness is immediately apparent in her pointed hands and facial expressions before she flips and does a cartwheel as soon as the music starts playing.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs A Freestyle Song ‘OK Boomer’ And It’s A Hit

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs A Freestyle Song ‘OK Boomer’ And It’s A Hit

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There are seldom things to get overly excited about these days but people are still trying to make us all laugh. Conan O’Brien has been doing shows from his home like so many other late show hosts and even “Saturday Night Live.” Thankfully, Lin-Manuel Miranda recently joined O’Brien and it was magic.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Conan O’Brien “collaborated” on a new song and it is already a hit.

“OK Boomer” was born out of two things: O’Brien being able to talk about his day in great detail and Miranda’s musical genius abilities and willingness to listen. At the beginning of the video, Miranda asks O’Brien to tell him about his day. O’Brien delivers a very detailed account of his day and in the end, Miranda took that information and gave us “OK Boomer.”

“OK, Boomer. When are you gonna leave home? I go to the Zoom, I enter the room,” Miranda sings. “I want to see if I look cute and if I can temporarily unmute with the space bar. So, I ask my son, ‘Hey, do I hit the f—ing space bar?’ And he says to me, ‘OK, Boomer.'”

The songs bring the two grown men to fits of laughter and it is clear why. The song is as ridiculous as you need to find some humor during these crazy times. It also shows that not even a quarantine can break the human spirit.

Fans are already loving the song because of what it is about.

The comedy of the song is enough to make people laugh and forget their issues for a short while. Who else doesn’t feel like their life has become so mundane that it is hard to find some humor? Miranda is there to show us all that there are things that will still make you smile and laugh.

Some people want to let it get them through the day.

Just listen to it once all the way through. It is a song that doesn’t get to wild and is hard to get annoyed with. It will make you laugh and smile. It truly shows the selflessness that Miranda embodies on his day-to-day.

Some people just wish they could be as comforted by Miranda.

For people isolating alone, it can be very lonely. With no one to talk to, it is easy to feel so disconnected from the world because we are all just tucked away in our spaces. Imagine being able to talk to Miranda and have him listen to you so intently that he sings you a song that captures what you said. Wouldn’t that just make you feel so seen?

Thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

You are a small piece of the puzzle that helps us make sense and find peace in this whole mess.

READ: Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

Mattel Just Dropped A Barbie With Vitiligo And Another With Alopecia And This Has Me Tearing Up Y’all

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Mattel Just Dropped A Barbie With Vitiligo And Another With Alopecia And This Has Me Tearing Up Y’all

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The maker of the iconic Barbie doll just announced the launch of a lineup of diverse dolls featuring new skin tones, wheelchairs, and body types. The latest Barbie additions are a doll with the skin condition Vitiligo and another with a gold prosthetic leg —and we’re here for all this diversity. 

“More skin tones! More body types! More unique looks” read the caption.

The new Barbie pals doll be part of the Fashionistas collection and it’s being labeled as the American toy company’s most diverse line.

“What makes us different, makes us beautiful”

The line features dolls with vitiligo, no hair, darker skin tones, in a wheelchair and a wide range of body types. These dolls are part of Barbie’s 2020 releases for its Fashionistas line, which, over the past five years, has introduced more than 170 looks showcasing different identities around the world in hopes of representing global diversity and inclusivity, according to a press release from Mattel. 

Mattel launched a new Barbie doll with the condition vitiligo, which causes pigmentation loss in the skin. 

To create the doll with vitiligo, Barbie worked with a dermatologist to ensure the condition was accurately portrayed. Viitiligo causes patches of skin to lose their pigment. Mattel said in a statement that a prototype of the vitiligo toy, which debuted on the Barbie Instagram page last year, became its most “liked” post ever.

Speaking of the Barbie with no hair, the company said:

“If a girl is experiencing hair loss for any reason, she can see herself reflected in the line.”

Last year, a doll with a prosthetic leg and another with a wheelchair joined the Fashionistas range. 

The then 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, who co-founded the nonprofit Born Just Right — which develops “creative solutions that help kids with disabilities live a more enjoyable life” — helped inspire a doll with a prosthetic limb. Barbie’s 2019 Fashionistas line was also the first time it included a doll that uses a wheelchair.  Other dolls in the 2019 Fashionistas line offered a variety of appearances, including braided hair texture and more realistic body types (smaller bust, less defined waist and more defined arms).

On Twitter people are happy about the new dolls.

Some are excited to see themselves reflected in Barbie form for the first time. “Heeeyy! That’s pretty sweet. I’ve had #vitiligo since I was little, and no one knew what it was,” wrote one Twitter user, “In recent years, I’ve seen high fashion models with it, and now this.. very cool.”

People with Vitiligo are finally feeling seen

Visibility for vitiligo is getting better thanks to models like Winnie Harlow and Amy Deanna. Due in large part to recent exposure to vitiligo through mainstream media, general understanding about and attitudes toward this condition are changing.

Perhaps the most well-known current face of vitiligo is Chantelle Brown-Young

The black fashion model, activist, and vitiligo spokesperson is also known professionally as Winnie Harlow. Winnie was diagnosed with vitiligo in childhood, and she revealed she was teased and bullied and at one point contemplated suicide. “The continuous harassment and the despair that [vitiligo] brought on my life was so unbearably dehumanizing that I wanted to kill myself,” she disclosed.

After competing on America’s Next Top Model in 2014, Winnie Harlow became a household name.

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Winnie redefined global standards of beauty and, in her own words, accepting the differences that make us unique and authentic. She went on to speak at the Dove Self-Esteem Project panel at the 2015 Women in the World London Summit and was presented with the Role Model award at the Portuguese GQ Men of the Year event that same year.

Fashion brand Missguided unveiled a diverse range of mannequins in 2018—including one with Vitiligo. 

The collection of mannequins included female figures of different ethnicities, in addition to highlighting skin conditions such as stretch marks and vitiligo.

Mattel is leading the charge for representation in the toy industry.

The American toy maker has incorporated more diversity in its Barbie range by offering dolls with different skin shades, eye colors, hairstyles and clothing. In 2017, the company introduced the first Barbie to wear a hijab.

Though Barbie dolls have long been overwhelmingly white and skinny, Barbie has made strides during the past five years to diversify. 

Previously, Barbie dolls have drawn criticism for upholding a slim, white, domestic ideal. In 2019 though, more than half its doll selections were inclusive. According to a Mattel spokesperson, since 2015, the more than 170 new looks for Barbie have included 5 body types, 22 skin tones, 76 hair styles, 94 hair colors, and 13 eye colors. 

Consumers have largely responded to these choices enthusiastically.

A curvy black Fashionista with an afro hairstyle was the top-selling doll during almost every week in 2019. “We are proud that Barbie is the most diverse doll line on the market that continues to evolve to better reflect the world girls see around them,” says Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head of Barbie and its dolls portfolio.