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25 Images From The National School Walkout Will Bring You To Tears

Hundreds of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms on March 14, 2018, to participate in the National School Walkout, a nationwide protest and call to action to ban assault weapons. Students and teachers stepped out for 17 minutes to honor the lives of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Flo., exactly one month prior. The images captured will move you, give you chills, and fill you with hope for the future.

Images from the National School Walkout that took place earlier this week are nothing short of heartbreaking.

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Kids from a school in New York carried signs that read “I’d rather cheat on a test than cheat death.”

Students form San Francisco rallied to protest.

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They carried signs that pushed for Gun reforms and argued to put an end to the national debate of gun control.

Many of the young women at the march also used the march to highlight women’s rights.

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This young woman underlined that women’s bodies seem to have more regulations than guns do.

How heartbreaking is it that young kids have to go out and protest?

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Or, even have to protest a concept they shouldn’t even have to be worrying about at an age like this.

Some students even acted out scenes from a shooting.

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The images were haunting and extremely stirring. 

Others pressed lawmakers to envision what it would be like if a shooter hit too close to home.

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So many parents across the country have felt the effects of lawmakers inertia to create better gun control laws. Here’s hoping this protest helps.

This image is completely haunting.

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No child should have to look scared like this. 

Tons of the art work created for the event were also powerful.

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No child should have to go to school and be afraid. All kids have a right to pursue their education in safe environments. Punto.

These kids protesting the event with their drawings are also heartbreaking.

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People have to look at these images and realize that something needs to be changed. 

All of the protests radiated peace and love.

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This moving protest led by Penn Alexander Student Council leaders pushed for a more safe future for students. 

Fear has no place in school.

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The protest marked one month after the Parkland shooting, here’s hoping all of these kids efforts create reform.

This poster highlights that we have to start treating our futures seriously.

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Because if kids are the future we have to start treating them that way. 

The kids at the event were so proactive, we ought to be proud of them as a country.

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They’re a reminder that as separate as our lives may seem they are also extremely interconnected and we have to be responsible for one another. 

These kids have a right to be safe.

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These kids have the right to be safe and get an education. We have to do better. 

For the most part, all of the posters emphasized that enough is enough.

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And that children, kids, teens and students all around have to be taken more seriously. And they must be better appreciated.

These kids are giving the world an example of peaceful protest.

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There’s no doubt the pain and agony that so many schools that have had school shootings went through during this time that reminded them of their school shootings. But there was so much peace and love at these protests as well. 

Something has to change. Now.

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These kids at Whitewater Middle School are pushing for their voices to be heard and to be included in the national debate of gun reform. 

It’s a beautiful thing to see kids demanding to have their voices heard.

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How moving are the photos above? They facts that they include are also strike. “48% of civilian-owned guns are in the USA.”

This Latina activist got real about how easy it is to buy a gun.

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“Not only were 17 lives lost a month ago but from what I know there have been more than 14 school shootings in the US so far in 2018 which is one school shooting a week. Around 25 people have died.”

What a haunting message.

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Students are standing up and standing out against gun violence in the National School Walkout. This sign was inspired by the words of AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz said of aids “what it would be like if, each time a lover, friend or stranger died of this disease, their friends, lovers or neighbors would take the dead body and drive with it in a car a hundred miles an hour to Washington DC and blast through the gates of the White House and come to a screeching halt before the entrance and dump their lifeless form on the front steps.”

Medical students lied on the floor in protest during the National School Walkout.

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Students lied on the floor during the National School Walkout die-in at St. Louis School of Medicine. 

Students at this protest used their imaginations to send a message.

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This first graders response to the practice is absolutely chilling.


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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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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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