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This Latina Instagrammer Is The Definition Of #BossLady

Lily Martinez comes from a family of artists and social media masters. But at 68K followers, she is anything BUT your basic Instagram blogger.

Everything this supermom of 4 touches turns to art. From her breakfasts…

To her kids’ lavish parties…

Art! Mom prepping for my birthday party this weekend!!?? #HBDSeliBeli ❤️????? #lilylovedraws

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To her costumes…

mitú caught up with Lily to talk about where she gets her inspiration from and how her entire family is so damn creative. Here’s what she told us…

Enjoying mommy time with my family?❤️ Hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday! ? #cherishmothersday #love #mommasday

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“My brother is a fine artist, my sister is a designer, and I do a little bit of everything,” she told mitú. “I think my parents are not so much artistic, but very supportive. They were always encouraging us to do what makes us happy.”

“My dad is a tailor, he works in Beverly Hills, so he always has a really good sense of style and he always knew what was trending. And then my mom, she has a little thrift shop so she’s always been into fashion. She knew about brands and what looked good. So in that sense I think it’s been in our family, just to take pride in how you look, how you’re wearing your clothes and expressing yourself.”

Like most of her family, she’s gotten quite good at expressing herself through her clothes and costumes. But as many of us will be able to relate, her family learned how to find creative ways to be resourceful out of necessity.


“We couldn’t afford costumes so it was out of necessity,” she told mitú. “My mom would make them and my dad is a tailor so some of the parts of the costumes he would make. So organically it just grew into a passion.” This passion later proved to be something she’d carry.

Lily’s creative passion took her from intern to creative director for Mattel. You know, that company that probably made 90% of the toys you played with when you were little. #BossLady


“That is such an awesome job and such a unique position to be in and I was so proud to be there because there aren’t many Latinas in that type of position. I really loved it and I got to do so many things and had so many great opportunities working at Mattel, like travel the world and be really influenced by so many cultures,” she told mitú.

But she was ready to join her husband, a stay-at-home dad, and work on her blog to be able to spend more time with her family.

Labor Day weekend means Family Time weekend❤️????? #fambamM6 #myLoves #myLife

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“We definitely had a modern family. He was a stay-at-home dad and I was working full time at Mattel. But my dream was always, aside from having a career and all that, my ultimate dream, my goal… I wanted to be a mother,” she told mitú. “I wanted to have kids and I wanted to be the one to raise them.”

“So it got to the point where I had climbed up the ladder at Mattel to be creative director and it was just so demanding and it just kept being more demanding. I’m a very creative person and being at Mattel I was only focused on toys and in that brand and I really wanted to explore personal growth. I believed in the brand and in the power that it has on kids and their imagination. But I felt like I wanted to influence my kids one on one.”

With this newfound free time, she unleashed her imagination and started going all out with her costumes.

?❤️La Familia Martinez❤️? #DiaDeLosMuertos #hollywoodforever @mucio323 #lilylovescostumes

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“Once I started working at Mattel I learned a lot: how to come up with a toy, different techniques, glittering, glueing,” she told mitú. “You come across all of these materials you didn’t know that you could do so then I would apply that to some of my costumes. And it just got a little bit crazy. Everybody would wait for me at the office like, ‘What is Lily going to wear?’” Same, Lily, same.

So what’s her favorite costume of all time? This little beauty…

A little #flower found herself in Barbie's closet!!??? #HappyHalloween #flowercostume #flowerpower #lilylovescostumes

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Same, Lily, same.

“I think it’s the flower one. I didn’t think I was going to be able to pull it off, like how am I going to get that freaking flower around my face?” She told mitú. So how did she even get into the car with it? “I didn’t. I had to take off the headpiece, I didn’t fit in there. And then I put it on once I got out of the car. But that was my ultimate favorite. I really felt transformed.”

But her creativity doesn’t stop at costumes. Lily’s ready to take over the world with her own designs.


“I just keep growing. At some point, I would like to have some apparel, some of my artwork for sale. When I do it I want to do it right,” she told mitú. Lily, we’re ready to take three of everything.


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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.

El Charro Negro
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.

El Charro Negro
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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