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Here Are 24 Iconic #InternationalWomensMonth 2018 Memes/Moments From Latinxs To Keep You Going

We cannot be stopped. Maybe it’s the fact that our government continues to place stricter and stricter laws around what we’re permitted to do with our own fierce bodies, but somos #LatinasEnojadas and we’re here for change. March was #InternationalWomensHistoryMonth and we rounded up the most iconic, badass moments, memes and #bopo illustrations to keep us going. Because the patriarchy ain’t over yet.

1. Our #WomenMonth keeps it intersectional.

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Couldn’t say it better than this caption by @diasporaradicalx on International Working Women’s Day:

“Whether you’ve got your steel-toe boots ready to join your local anarchist chapter during today’s march, or you’re stuck at work and opting out of today’s actions, remember that International Working Women’s Day wouldn’t have been possible without low income women. March 8, 1857 marked a socialist movement lead by and for women, where demands for shorter work days, better pay, ending child labor, and the right to vote. Give your money to femmes, single moms, sex workers, freelancers, trans women, and everyone you routinely get resources, information and labor from today and every day. #iwd”

2. Porque somos guerreras.

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We’re forever unlearning, and forever teaching las niñas en nuestras vidas how to be guerreras. It’s been one generation at a time, but look at how fierce and beautiful the next is. Look at Emma González and know, #TimesUp.

3. And Emma González is with us.

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She’s a teenager. She survived a mass shooting at her high school. She’s been attacked by Republicans for wearing a Cuban flag patch, for how she looks, for her sexuality. Emma González has been nothing but grace and an unwavering commitment to get safer gun laws in honor of her friends who died. She’s all our heroes and she’s the #LatinaRoleModel for all of us.

4. Emma is also teaching young girls to value themselves first.

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When this 7 year old wanted to tell Emma that she’s her hero, Emma told her that she’s already the best person she could be–herself!

Here’s what the sign said:

“Dear Emma, I’m sorry that people are being mean to you, but I will never be mean to you. Thank you for being so strong. I hope I can be like you some day. Just so you know, I’m 7 years old. Love, Lyra Sage Torres.”

5. #IWD illustrations are where nos ponemos our rage.

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Here’s what young girls are not: valued by when we’re able to have kids, cook, get married, or what we choose to wear. We are accountable to ourselves to do what we decide is in our best interests. Byeee.

6. Because, otra vez, we are fighters.

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Mulan was my all time favorite Disney Princess. I had a Barbie doll of her where you could pull a string and her hair goes up in a bun, and she’s ready to fight. Also had a sleeping bag. And a Halloween costume. Hey, look, now we have real life #LatinaRoleModels! (See #4).

7. And we’re forever teaching our own familia how to break out of patriarchy.

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Also, I’m gay. Or did you forget after the last decade of me dating zero boys? The upside: we have a whole worldwide on and offline community of Latinas who get it and got your back.

8. But also, we’re just like the women who came before us.

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I mean, not in just the way of replacing “enviala a 20 amigos” Facebook messages with memes, but in their quest to be better. Yes, some want some dated, machismo ideals for us, but my mom sure as hell pushed me into college and to have a life better than her own.

9. We’re all fighting the oversexualization of our bodies.

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If you’re growing up in a mostly white town, it’s especially hard to have the body that doesn’t fit the white mainstream. Don’t fret. We have memes to keep you going.

10. Follow @dominicanbrujaprincess on Instagram.

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I don’t know her, but she’s one of the most #bodypositive brujas on the internet. We are Latina. We have curvy bodies. They’re literally applauding our own fine asses. It’s ? actual ? magic ?.

11. The only compliments we need start from ourselves.

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Something I haaate is how my mom is so energized by catcalling. It’s something we learn from our culture, especially if you come from a more machismo family. Nothing has felt better than calling back and making sure my ‘no’ is well heard. If we all rise up and start throwing glitter in catcallers faces, imagine how quickly this issue would end! Whose in?!

12. We must stand united across generations.

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We have to call out anyone, man or mujere, who is perpetuating the patriarchy and then welcome them in this swelling movement. We’ve helped create this social structure and we can dismantle it while respecting all the hard work that the women have done for us already.

13. How? Well. We took to the streets for the 2nd #WomensMarch.

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We take to the streets to make the streets safer for women. Even though our mamas get harried and worried and pray their rosaries. We go out there, because you know they did the same when they were growing up. We do it so the next generation won’t have to.

14. And we call out the idiots in office.

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Our bodies are politicized. Our thoughts and beliefs are dismissed if they don’t go in line with the patriarchy. #WeCallBS.

15. And stand with women who do the same.

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Like Ana Navarro, who doesn’t believe that being Republican means abandoning Puerto Rico, Dreamers, and women. But she does believe in the jellyfish and I’m about that.

16. The truth is we have an up-hill battle.

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Because of the guy on the Hill.

Caption: Matando al chovinista con mi poderoso pincel ? based on a conversation w/ @directedxluie? #sundaybloodysunday #wip #qtpoc#resistencia #femmesofcolor #rebelagainst #xenophobia

17. And with more insidious, internalized messages of self-hate.

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Many of us grew up with disordered eating and mixed messaging. That our hips were getting big and also, “porque no comes” after the second heaping of rice and beans. It’s confusing in the house, and when we leave and see that thinness is the norm in media. We’re just kids. How can we filter what’s self-serving and what’s violencia? It just means working that much harder to unlearn. #FuckDietCulture

18. But we have the freedom to break through self-sabatoging ideas.

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Like this artist, who promotes #bopo through her photography. The body measurements, the scale, the numbers all mean nothing for what our healthy bodies should look like.

19. “Start with self-love.”

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Imagine the liberation of replacing our thoughts of self-worth, and what we’ve eaten today, and what we look like with all of our other passions, interests, and goals? That’s how we smash the patriarchy, imho.

20. Support female artists who are promoting diversity, inclusion and feminism.

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En serio, you must see the rest of this comic series. I remember being mortified to be the first girl in my class to go through puberty and being terrified of the Nair my mom showed me. Let’s redefine Latina beauty for what it truly is: guapisima como es!

21. Keep the conversation going.

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This movement isn’t going anywhere. Women are rising to power, whether men like it or not. Remember to vote in your midterm elections and vote out anyone supported by the NRA, who doesn’t support Dreamers, or whatever you believe! Just vote, plz.

22. Also, someone find out how to nominate someone for the Nobel Prize.

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Because, wow, Emma. We’re with you. If I’m supposed to be my #1 role model, then you’re #2.

23. Take inventory of when we’ve been wrong and keep feminism inclusive.

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We’ve all done it: judged a girl for what she’s wearing, her sex life, or overstepped boundaries in ways that are not okay. We remember what that straight jacket felt like, when we bought into what we’ve been taught all our lives. Have compassion for those who are still stuck in those thoughts. We’re all in this together on our own paths. Have compassion and fight even harder for what’s ours.

24. Porque nós podemos. We must.

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There’s still so much to fight for: the first female president, closing the wage gap, holding men truly accountable for creating a rape culture, reclaiming our bodies and our decisions from laws made by men, for men. Somos mujeres guerreras. We will do this. Until next year.✌️

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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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