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For Less Than $25, You Can Be Better Than Your Siblings At Giving Gifts To Your Mom

Buying regalos for your sweet, dear, sensitive mother is an annual struggle. She swears that she doesn’t need anything except for you to be there for her, but you know she’s expecting diamonds. The thing is, mijo, that it doesn’t matter what you get her. She’s going to wear those felt earrings proudly. Pero, mija, you won’t get away that easy. We’ve scoured the internet to help ease your search.

Poderosa Camiseta | $25

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Go ahead and state the obvious to your mom. She’ll appreciate it. Like any Reina, her power feeds off admiration.

Custom Name Rings | $21

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Last year you bought her the necklace. This year get her matching rings. Better yet, get one for each of her hijos. Looking for waterworks? Get her mami’s name for you and yours for her.

Cara Bonita Planter | $14

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This is the classy, Latina chia pet trend and all mamis are here for it. Honestly, how many plants does she already have? What could one more hurt?

Air Plant Love Symbol | $18

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We all know we could easily glue an air plant to a pretty crystal and give it to our moms, but the meaning is in the packaging. DIY this yourself if you have some design-savvy in you. Again. Gift your mom a plant and she’ll water it (or mist it) every day thinking of you.

“You Go Mama” Enamel Pin | $9.41

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I don’t know how it skipped a generation, but all our moms need no encouragement to be the loudest, proudest women we know. Show su apoya with this pin and know that she’ll brag about su hija who gave her a medal for her saintly motherhood to everyone that compliments it.

Scratch Off Custom Card | $7.40

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Short on cash? Does mom love buying lottery tickets? You can customize this gift (even to replace the outrageous “Mum” with Mami) to include your top ten favorite things you love about your mom.

Pro tip: Think, what does she want to hear? Do not list only favorite food dishes. Do include pasteles.

Café Bustelo Bag | $20

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Every family has some tension around who is going to make the cafecito in the morning. Esta bolsita can be stuffed with DIY IOUs for weekday coffee making and you’ll win Chreemás.

 Thin Ash Blonde Tortoise Hoop Earrings | $22

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Bet your mom doesn’t have these hoops on deck yet. High-quality acetate jewelry is the new fall trend and no Latina mom is ever off-trend.

El Papá Cookie Mold | $19

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If your mami is religious at all, she’ll laugh hard when she opens this gift. Give it to her on Noche Buena and make her cookies on Christmas morning. It’s cheap, but you make up for it with your time and baking skills.

Virgencita Pencil and Cosmetic Hand Stitched Bag | $15.99

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If your mami is really into los Santos, then she’ll be all over this bag. Plus, she’s always in need of another make up bag. Tell her to only put la maquillaje sagrada in this bolsita.

“Perro Like” Dog Bowl| $19.95

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So you moved out and have been replaced by a yappy maltipoo or Great Dane (there is no in between)? Your mom officially only cares about her new mijo, and it’s only fair. You abandoned her after all. Indulge her new empty-nester lifestyle.

Reindeer Dog Snood | $17

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Again, ditto, but this will make her laugh, which is the best gift you could receive in return. Her new son is so much cuter than you.

Frida Sleep Mask | $23

“Frida Sleep Mask” Digital Image. Arte Lexia. 24 October 2018.

Your mom deserves luxury and you’re going to give it to her with this satin eye mask embroidered with black eyelashes and the most luscious eyebrows Mexicanas have ever seen. Adorn your mami with felt flowers and pray she gets all the moody beauty sleep she needs.

Espresso Whipped Sugar Soap | $4

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While you’re pampering your mother, toss in this super cheap, handmade body scrub made with organic coffee beans. You can tell her that caffeine helps reduce eye puffiness. See how that’s just the perfect combo gift?

Street Food Key Chain | $15

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Mami’s losing her senses with old age and leaving her keys in all kinds of weird places. Pero mami will never misplace an elote.

Cookie Spoon Pan | $18

Untitled. Digital Image. Uncommon Goods. 24 October 2018.

When you step out into the mainstream white culture and realize that licking your spoon, bowl, and Taki bag clean is not socially acceptable but then you find this very socially acceptable alternative.

Chavela La Llorona Mug | $14.50

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If you’re not aware of Very That, you must visit Etsy immediately. The Latina-owned company is made for gifts por su madre. Plus, this mug is dishwasher safe y hecho a mano. Fuel the morning cafecito or else.

Chismosa Camiseta | $17.55

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This regalo may earn you a slap, and not in a nice way, but it depends how defensive your mami is. Does such a madre even exist? ????????????

Monkey Making Smudge Kit | $13.34

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“Lo siento que ya no tengo una casita para darte, pero esto… this will bring in the money, mami.” Those are the magic words if you only have $13.34 exactly to spare for a gift this year. Don’t think she won’t believe it.

Nadie Me Ayuda En Esta Casa and Preguntale A Tu Papa shirts.

Check out the mitú shop for the content-made-products we all deserve. Maybe your mom will stop having to say “Nadie me ayuda en esta casa” once she gets this shirt.


READ: Here Is Your Ultimate Papi Holiday Gift Guide For The Man Who Says Little But Means So Much

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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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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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