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The Best Maluma Insta Photos

Maluma is a Colombian artist who performed at the 2018 Latin AMAs with his amazing remix of the song Mala Mia. At just the age of 24, he has already had many singles make it within the Top 10 on Billboard Hot Latin Songs. Maluma began his musical career in 2010 and since then has quickly risen to fame and it’s obvious why. Not only is he greatly talented, but he is gorgeous and seems to keep it real with his fans. His Instagram is proof of that with his fans taking up about half of his page with himself scattered between them. Here are 21 moments on Instagram where Maluma is both living his best life and sharing his best self:

1. Before His VMA Performance

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Maluma is possibly one of the only people who can look so attractive while brushing his teeth, as well as put on a great performance literally 10 minutes after brushing his teeth.

2. Practicing Mindfulness

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With the caption “Balance” under this photo, it’s easy to understand how Maluma has stayed so fit despite the busy schedule of a musician. It is also easy to understand how he’s managed to remain sane within the music industry. The answer is “balance”.

3. Looking Out

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Is he drinking coffee, tea, or some other beverage? Does it matter? He seems to be enjoying whatever it is while gazing out of the plane window over the Dominican Republic. And over 900,000 people enjoyed this picture. “Republica Dominicana ya te veo” he writes under this post. They seem to be looking right back at him.

4. A Hug She’ll Never Forget

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This is possibly one of the cutest photos from Maluma’s instagram and he captions it “Yo soy de ustedes <3” which magnifies the already heart warming quality of this post tenfold. This girl will most definitely never forget this moment and now shoulders both the love and jealousy of Maluma fans everywhere.

5. The Misleading Maluma

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Upon first glance, this may seem like a photo of Maluma inviting viewers of this image to breakfast with him, but upon reading the caption, this dream is crushed with the words: “Stop taking pictures, give me my phone”. It’s okay though. You can definitely pretend you didn’t read that.

6. He Makes Being Tired and Sweaty Look Good

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This sweaty, tired, hair-down look doesn’t work on everyone, but it definitely works on Maluma. It isn’t too hard to imagine the collective swoon from the sea of fans watching him in this moment.

7. Maluma Living His Best Life

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This is a clear example of someone living their best life. With those shades, the suit, that smile, and look to the side, it’s a surprise Maluma doesn’t double as a model. Put the bottle of wine on the table and it will sell out as quickly as his shows.

8. Being Humble

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With the hashtag “SOLDOUT” under this post, it’s easy to grasp why Maluma is being so thankful in this image. To acknowledge, hug, and thank your fans on stage is one of the humblest things one can do as part of the music industry.

9. Taking A Swim in Italy

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The caption Maluma places under this photo is “Sicilia MI MANCHERAI TANTO <3” , which translates from Italian to: “Sicily, I will miss you so much”. Any viewer of this insta knows that Sicily will miss Maluma just as much.

10. Staying Fit

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Maluma not only stays fit, but stays hydrated in this image. With the caption “BUENOS DÍAS VALENCIA,” it can be said that this was a morning Valencia would most certainly not forget.

11. Maluma Makes a Girl Cry

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This is one of those heart wrenching insta photos by Maluma, not only because of the fact he just made this girl’s life, but that he seems equally moved in this picture as he continues to sing. That selfie she takes will definitely be a keeper.

12. Maluma is Sexy and He Knows It

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This insta is great because not only does Maluma look amazing in this golden accented black tuxedo, but he seems to simply exude confidence. It’s just reverberating off of him.

13. His Cheeky Smile

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Maluma has got the sort of smile that can physically make a person melt, whoever you are. This black and white photo is just a reminder of how beautiful humans can be.

14. Maluma in Orange

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Maluma looking to the side in this gorgeous orange suit is one of those moments where the inside of a person truly reflects on the outside. It is only fitting that a man so full of positive energy would be wearing an equally bright suit.

15. Capitán Maluma

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Whether Maluma was actually captaining or simply on board, seemingly at least 1,000,000 people want to be on it with him, based on the likes. He’ll make them fit.

16. An Appreciation of Nature

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This image of Maluma in casual wear sitting over this beautiful landscape with a look of pure joy on his face is truly angelic.

17. Facing The Sunset

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From the sun setting on the horizon casting its orange light onto the water, to the flexed muscles of Maluma’s well-defined back, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of this one.

18. The Horse Statue

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It can be understood why Maluma just had to stop and take a picture with this horse statue. They just match each other way too well to pass it and it made for a beautiful photo.

19. Staying Grateful

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is one of the sincerest smiles possibly ever witnessed both on stage and on instagram. This look of pure gratitude and joy cannot be easily repeated.

19. A Fashion Icon

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma’s fashion sense is on point with from the wine colored turtle neck to the floral patterened pants and the actual glass of wine in his hand. You also can’t miss the accessories such as the rings on his hands and the watch on his right wrist. He’s a man who can do it all.

20. Being in Love

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is another misleading image that Maluma posts as he states “si… ESTOY ENAMORADO, de mi familia, mi novia, mi carrera, mi música y todas las cosas que Dios me da, me quita y me multiplica.” He sure is a tricky one, but also a gracious one as the things he is in love with are all heartwarming.

21. Maluma Goes Blonde

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Maluma’s dark brown hair is iconic, but he manages to also pull off this blonde hair. The words he puts under this post: “R E N A C E R / R E B O R N” sums it up. He surely looks different, but also looks just as fabulous as ever.

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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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