This Latina is Killing It on ‘The Voice’ and Her Immigrant Parents are There Rooting For Her

This is Ivonne Acero.

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She’s a high school student from a small town in Arizona called Aguila (population: 798).

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When she’s not dressed as a pepperoni pizza, she’s the vice president of her high school’s student government and a varsity basketball player.

Acero is also the child of Mexican immigrants. She works with her parents at a local cantaloupe farm.

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And despite seeing cantaloupes all the time, she loves ’em.

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The 17-year-old says she loves cutting them in half and putting a scoop of ice cream in the middle.

Last year, Acero auditioned on season 8 of The Voice.

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Acero saved money from her cantaloupe farming gig to buy a plane ticket to New York and audition for The Voice. She got her chance to perform in front of the judges during the premiere of season 8. “If I could turn a chair, it would be life-changing,” said Acero on The Voice.

Acero’s parents watched closely as their daughter sung “Try” by Colbie Caillat.

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But none of the judges turned for Acero.


After Acero finished her performance, Blake Shelton said he was mad at himself for not turning around. Christina Aguilera said Acero just needed a bit more experience.  Adam Levine, who said her performance contained “so much good,” asked her to come back the following year.

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Pharrell noted that Acero’s shy demeanor affected her performance.


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“Let that microphone go… let it go,” said Pharrell, who added:

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Acero took their advice and auditioned again this season.

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And within 10 seconds, two judges turned for her.


Acero’s family went crazy.


So did host Carson Daly.

Especially her father, who couldn’t hold back his tears.


Of course, Acero chose Team Pharrell.

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In the following “battle round,” Acero lost to Siahna Im. But she was given a second chance.

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton both tried to “steal” Acero, who eventually chose to join Team Blake.

Being saved by another coach did wonders for her confidence. The following week, Acero was wowing guest coach Rihanna during rehearsals:

After a bit of coaching from Shelton and Rihanna, Acero won her “knockout round” with a gripping performance of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me.”

Acero shook off the shyness that plagued her previous performances and spread her wings, just like Pharrell asked her in the previous season.

After her breakout performance, Acero politely asked fans not to compare her to a certain Latina TV character:

Acero will continue her quest to win this season of The Voice, and you can bet her parents will be along for the ride:

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Is ‘Narcos’ Even Close Real? This Colombian that Grew Up During the Time of Escobar Weighs In


Is ‘Narcos’ Even Close Real? This Colombian that Grew Up During the Time of Escobar Weighs In


At the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign, Bernardo Aparicio García was enjoying his childhood in Colombia. He recounts those years during the narcoterrorism era in a first person essay for Vox.com, that and his thoughts on Netflix original series Narcos.

“The bizarre thing about living in Colombia during the ’80s and ’90s was how normal it seemed to be,” says García. “My childhood was in many ways indistinguishable from that of an American boy in an upper-middle-class suburb.”

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Those were his memories, but after a group of coworkers kept buzzing about all the plot twists of the much-talked about series, García finally gave in and gave the show a try. Perhaps the decision would have help him in his  walk down memory lane?

“Watching Narcos seemed like grabbing a bag of popcorn and watching my country burn,” confesses García. “I remember the utter fear I had of Escobar as a child, and I remember the glorious sense of relief I felt the day he was finally vanquished. It was as if Satan and all his hosts had been defeated for good. With each episode of Narcos, the memories keep coming. One of the most eye-opening things about watching Narcos was realizing how significantly the drug wars shaped my world, despite my parents’ best efforts to insulate me.”

For all the debate on the authenticity of the series and specualtion it perpetuates stereoptypes of Colombia, García applauds Narcos.

“The mere fact that a show like this exists is evidence of how far we have come. Violence and the drug trade still play a part in the country’s public life.”
Read Garcia’s full essay, here.

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