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Guacardo Is Back And With A Brand New Range Of Goodies: From Clothes To Mugs, The Iconic Avocado’s New Merch Is Fire

October is coming to an end and with that comes a time to start thinking of gifting season. So if want to avoid as much holiday stress as possible, here’s a list to help you get ahead of the game. We prepared a roundup of the best, most funny and witty gifts we have in store.

Rep your love for mitú’s classic character Guacardo, in clothes emblazoned in the avocado’s signature seriousness and awkward face.

Created by one of our mitú animators, Danna Galeano, this animated avocado has made his way through mitú’s Snapchat Discover channel, to Instagram and Facebook for a few years now. From classic films to iconic music videos, Guacardo jumped to stardom by turning popular scenes from the world of entertainment into ridiculous parodies, remember?

Your favorite awkward avocado is back in store — and there’s a whole range of ways to take your animated aguacate with you everywhere. Here are the very best and brand spanking new additions to our mitú shop.

Click here to shop all of our Guacardo wall art for your new depa.

Get your hands on collectible Guacardo spooky movie pins.

Are you ready for a spooky surprise this Halloween? Our Collectible Guacardo Halloween Mystery Pin is exactly what you need! These special pins are sold as blind bags which come with a limited edition Guacardo pin inspired by iconic characters you might recognize including: Zombieguac, Pennyguac, Witch I’m Fabulous Guacardo, Frankenguac, Out Of This World Guacardo and Werewolf Guacardo.

The blind bag means that when you purchase, you will receive a mystery pin. And for a little retro horror movie twist, each pin has a black and white version, so there’s 12 in total for you to collect! They also come in a really cool stand, perfect for displaying your entire collection.

Shop our Guacardo Mystery Pin Collection here.

Ooky spooky, Guacardo Ghost onesie is perfect for every travieso or traviesa in your life.

This one’s for the little ones. Spooky season is almost coming to an end, and before the time of ghosts, catrinas and witches draws to a close this year, get that little brujo in the family a trick-or-treat worthy onesie. Guacardo is the cutest, most awkward, ghost you’ll ever see —guaranteed.

Click here to shop this spooktacular baby onsie.

Guacardo sweatpants are great for the athlete in the family… or for the fodongo / fodonga who loves lounging in sweats all day (no gym required).

Whether you’re getting ready for that 10K run or taking it slow on your couch — these joggers are sure to make you feel comfortable either way. And what’s more, they’re packed with Guacardo’s avocado superpowers.

Click here ot buy these cozy Guacardo joggers.

A nerdy sweatshirt always comes through with the cozies during crisp study nights.

Guacardo is the quintessential nerd. With his awkward humor and cringe-worthy social skills,  a sweatshirt emblazoned with your favorite avocado-pal’s intellectual ootd is the best cozy piece to wear on a long and cold study night! It’s warm, cozy and awesome, and perfect for that primo who’s still struggling to get his college diploma.

Click here to shop this cozy Guacardo nerdy sweatshirt.

The Guacardo Parade Tee is it for the OG Guacardo fans.

The only thing better than wearing an avocado cartoon on your shirt, is wearing a whole gang of iconic Latino references turned into cartoons, and characterized with their own cute little personas. This is a perfect conversation starter but also just very cute. Sidenote: it’s 100% cotton, so ‘pura calidad’.

Click here to shop this Guacardo Parade Tee.

Don’t know what to get for your little primo or prima? The Guacardo Plushie will have everyone saying awwwww!

You asked for it, so we made it! Introducing the BIG Guacardo plushie! Your favorite awkward avocado is now available in a huggable, squishable, throwable, loveable form! He’s soft and perfect for cuddles. Thicc butt included. Everyone will love it.

Click here to shop the BIG Guacardo Plushie!

For the discreet and stylish — this Guacardo embroidered snapback goes with eeeeverything.

The perfect accessory for that hipster friend who hikes on Sundays and hunts down vintage records in fleamarkets on Saturdays. This classic snapback is a timeless piece to accessorize any hipster occasion. Cop the hat in khaki, it matches with anything. And Guacardo, he’s basically an added value, just like guacamole — he goes with anything.

Click here to shop this Guacardo hat.

For the political animal in the family — aka your drunk tíos, the Guacardo for president mug is sure to settle any kind of political disagreement.

We all know that group of tíos or compadres that get a little too political at the most awkward times. No better present for a political animal than a mug, emblazoned with the very best candidate the world will ever see. Appeal to your tío’s political savvy with this ‘Guacardo for president’ mug, and remember: the future is green!

We all have a prima who, like, loves to brunch and she, like, totallly needs this in her life.

I, for one, may or may not be found guilty of being a basic brunch b*tch —definitely  guilty. There’s nothing I find more enjoyable than gorging on piece of bread smeared with avocado on a Sunday morning (and paying $14 for it). So here’s to all the brunch-loving, avocado toast-eating primas or amigas, may we be them, may we raise them, may we all gift them their very own Guacardo brunchin’ tee.

Click here to shop our unisex Guacardo basic brunch tee.

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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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