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Everybody From Miami Will Relate To These 24 Super Miami Moments

When most people think of Miami, they think of Vizcaya’s pastel architecture, nude beaches, Celia Cruz and Pitbull. While those are all accurate assumptions, there is so much more to the super lively sitting in southern Florida. There is great food, massive malls and some of the most friendly people you’ll ever meet. Just anyone who lives in or is from Miami and they will introduce you to a very different part of the city than you ever knew existed. Welcome to the Miami underground.

You celebrate your life with croquetas.

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What I would give for a cake made from croquetas here in LA. What I would give for a *single* good croqueta. These fried ham and cheese sticks are some of the most delicious things you’ll ever have. #takemeback

This picture is very familiar to you.

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Maybe we’re a little sick, but crazy weather is so comforting to me. Yes, this tornado did happen in 1997 but it caused minimal damage. It might not have been a big tornado but it gives you total bragging rights and street cred for your outrageous Florida stories.

You have a family set of dominoes.

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We all know that there are two sets of dominoes. There is the party/everybody dominoes that are cheap and generic. The family dominoes are intricate, beautiful and have a little weight to them. Also nobody plays dominoes; they play longana. My cousin’s dog was even named Domino, how ’bout yours?

Your backyard looked like a jungle.

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Miami is huge, and we lived in Pinecrest which is ‘basically the Everglades’ so you know humans are actually in the animals’ territory. It always made it really interesting when you would step outside.

Alligators are such a common occurrence that you don’t really freak out.

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Every road trip we took to Disney, we would count the number of gators we saw on the side of the highway. A dozen an hour was the average. And then I moved and saw people freaking out over seeing a lizard and remembered I grew up around dinosaurs. #OnlyinMiami

Basically, you’re truly unfazed by the entire animal kingdom.

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You didn’t grow up with Macaws for neighbors? Ninguú pajaro? The f*ck? I swear my Puerto Rican beauty queen Nana loved her cockatiels because their cheeks always were perfectly blushed. They were savage tho.

You know not to mess with these ducks.

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They’re called Muscove ducks and they’re the real boss of your neighborhood. Come near them and they’ll literally hiss at you, like a true Miamian. You will even wait for hours as they slowly cross the freeway.

Contesting a parking ticket is beneath you.

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There is not enough time in the day to deal with the number of traffic violations you get in Miami. It’s like, you never see the police anywhere until you pull a Florida slide, like your mother taught you. I ship this ^.

Lovebug season is the only season you wash your car.

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If you’re going on a road trip, you can damn well expect your car to be the morgue for thousands of love bugs. Usually the Florida rains mean you don’t need to wash your car, but you need a professional Florida man to take care of this.

The Florida man is the same as the boogeyman.

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We’ve all done stupid sh*t. We grew up in Miami and the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) prepared us for nothing. A part of you laughs at the ‘Florida Man’, but another part of you is deeply concerned that you might be the first lethal victim of an undiscovered Miami bee bite, or that the gun-to-human ratio will finally be the end of you. I’m sweating.

Pollo Tropical is the fast food for special occasions.

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You know deep down that this is not the best Caribbean food but you will cut a B who talks any kind of sh*t about Pollo Tropical. Unless they’re from Miami too. 😉

You’re not from Miami, you’re from your island’s hood.

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There’s a neighborhood for every island in the Caribbean, so you never had to leave Miami to get a little culture. I’m from Hialeah, hbu?

Meanwhile in Hialeah…

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It’s Cuba, it’s Puerto Rico, it’s my whole world. I spent my whole childhood in Miami and never saw the famous Miami Beach. Why would I want to bisit anywhere else?!

Your blood runs slurpee.

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Playground, what playground? I grew up meeting the neighborhood kids at the corner 7-Eleven. My pee and tongue are always the same color blue.

You speak eight languages.

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You either grew up speaking Spanish, or you had to learn it just to drive, eat and connect to whatever tf ‘wai fai’ is. What language do I speak? I have no f*cking idea.

Honking is just another language to learn in Miami.

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And that language is, “I don’t hear honks, I just deliver honks.” Call me trilingual. Miami will truly prepare you to take on the rest of the world.

You lived in a house that looked like this house.

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Or your bestie or your cousin did. Either way, you had a colorful block and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

You don’t check the weather.

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Because its the same every single day. I don’t care what you say, weather man, it’s going to be humid and sunny and hot until 3 p.m. and then it will hurricane for a half an hour and that’s just how it is.

You can’t get through a blog post without mentioning croquetas twice.

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You also swipe every package of galletas you find and you know that you’re supposed to mash them in the wrapper before sprinkling them all over your Cuban rice and beans.

Hurricanes =Party

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All I see here is two, maybe three days of holing up, watching “Bring It On” on cable, taking tequila shots and binge eating galletas with the fam. Bring it on.

Your breakfast shot and night cap are lo mismo cosa.

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Cuban coffee is the only coffee worth drinking, irregardless of where you’re from. And it is something you drink all day and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Try me.

You know 305 pride is no joke.

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I once saw someone with their phone number tattooed on their back at the Rapids. Area code 305 baby, and it’s never changing.

You’ve seen “Sh*t Miami Girls (and guys) say…”

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If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and dale already. Because the thing is, this is how you should be eating shit rn.

Irregardless, you know you’re blessed to be from the 305.

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Whether you’re in Miami telling everyone and their mother that you’re gtfo, or you’re a displaced Miamian, you know deep down that Miami is the family you love to hate and love to love.

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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.

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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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