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Some People Were Stanning For This 60-Year-Old Man Who Quit His Job To Become A Makeup Artist

One man is fighting stereotypes and going against the odds to follow his passion.

A former truck driver, Raúl Santiago Garcia, 60, started selling cosmetics as a hobby and now he’s followed his dream and graduated from makeup artistry school in Mexico.

The news of a 60-year-old man going against stereotypes to follow his hobby made headlines across the Internet.

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Translation: Raúl, 60-years-old, decides to devote himself to makeup.

Raúl is from Caborca, Sonora, divorced, and a father of three daughters who now lives in Arizona. He drives semi-trucks for a living and only started selling cosmetics as a side hustle.

He’s got coarse hands, a thick black mustache, wears polos and a hat – not exactly someone you’d expect to be doing makeup. But that’s exactly why he’s pursuing his dream.

In an interview with Proyecto Puente, Don Raúl says: “I do not have prejudices. I respect people for who they are and for their work. If you know how to do it well, keep doing it.” This belief has helped power him through the course even when he may have been super nervous.

Raúl discovered Deysbel Olachea, a professional makeup artist from his hometown, on Facebook.

But tired of simply watching her videos on Facebook, Raúl traveled back to Sonora to meet with her and take one of her intensive courses. He spent three days among brushes, shadow palettes and the company of an entirely female group of students, who quickly welcomed him into the learning process.

For Deysbel Olachea, his instructor, she said meeting him was a huge surprise.

She thought he was going to be younger. She told Proyecto Puente, “It was very funny because the course started on Friday…he arrived early and I was busy doing makeup. He sat in the room looking very intimidated.

In his first class, Raúl says he didn’t even want to touch the model, afraid he would scratch her.

But by the time the class was finished he was full of confidence, according to his classmates. By the time the course was over, Raúl felt like he was in the top of the class and was super proud of his ‘blending’ techniques.

“I was surprised on Sunday, in the classroom, to see my diploma, the photos and all that … my voice broke to speak,” he told Proyecto Puente.

Since his story has gone viral, Raúl has received all sorts of positive messages and support.

However, there is one in particular that stands out to him. He told Proyecto Puente, “I got a message from a gentleman who says he spends a lot of time thinking about makeup, but as a man…’, he tells me. So I returned the message and told him to just do it, to go to work, and do it for him not for what society thinks.”

Many were so glad that a man was fighting against stereotypes.

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He’s helping pave the way for other men to enter the makeup industry!

One Twitter user celebrated Raúl’s decision by reminding everyone that it’s never too late to follow your passion.

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If you have a dream or a passion, it really is never too late.

Some on Twitter were thanking him because his story has them thinking about going back to study!

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Translation: You make me want to go back to study, congratulations!

Others simply wanted to congratulate the man on a job well done!

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And we are totally stanning right there with the rest of Twitter.

But what is most important about his story is that he didn’t care what others would say about him. And this is the incredible impression that many are left with.

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The recent graduate is even fielding calls from a Ford assembly plant in Hermosillo and offices in Colombia – all inviting him to give talks on inspirational leadership.

Bravo, Raúl!

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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Social Media Shows Up To Help Abuela Living In Dire Straights While Taking Care Of Disabled Great-Grandson

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Social Media Shows Up To Help Abuela Living In Dire Straights While Taking Care Of Disabled Great-Grandson

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All too often we hear stories involving social media that don’t paint the best picture of the digital platforms. From trolls coming for people or fights and arguments going public to sexual harassment and doxxing, social media has so often been used as a tool to do harm.

Thankfully, though, that’s not always the case.

Now we get to tell the story of how one viral video has helped rescue a 90-year-old abuelita and her disabled 17-year-old great-grandson from dire straights.

A 90-year-old abuela and her great-grandson will soon have a new home thanks to support from social media.

Last week, a video was posted to social media about the dangerous and unsanitary conditions a 90-year-old woman and her great-grandson were living in. The woman, from Veracruz, Mexico, lived with her great-grandson, Pedro Miguel, in a shack with tarps for walls and rusted-out tin roof.

The shack was furnished with not much more than a bed, which got wet every time it rained. López’s children have died, her grandchildren have abandoned her, and Pedro is basically the only family she has.

Since the video went viral, DIF Family Services agency met with López and her grandson to assess their health and announced both would get the medications they need. Meanwhile, Leonor López, has been housed in a shelter for the elderly and Pedro was placed in a state-run home where each will remain until authorities can find a home for her and Pedro.

The great-grandmother and her great-grandson are all the other has.

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Leonora has cared for Pedro ever since he was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth. The 17-year-old does not speak and suffers from epileptic seizures.

Before being placed in supportive housing, each day Leonor would leave her house with a rope tied to the arm of her great-grandson as they went out to collect whatever they could to earn money. Some days they’d collect aluminum cans or cardboard to sell and some days they’d visit verdulerías or even private homes to dig through the garbage to find something to eat.

Every two months Leonora would receive her disability pension of $2,500 pesos (or about $125 USD), which she had to use to buy medicines for Pedro. She also told Milenio that she owes money from the last time Pedro got severely ill.

“When he gets sick I take him to the hospital or to the Red Cross, but they charge me a lot, because he has seizures. This time he got sick I took him but they charged me $6,400 [pesos or ($320 USD)] for three days of care.”

However, since being taken into assisted care, Pedro has also been enrolled to receive his own disability pension, which will definitely help address his medical costs.

Sadly, there misfortunes haven’t ended there.

In what is truly a disappointing story, often times when Leonor and Pedro have gone out to try and earn what money they can, they’re home is robbed of what little they have. According to their neighbor Rogelio, the community hasn’t come to their support – instead they steal from the family.

“I don’t see someone coming to help her, on the contrary, what little she has there they steal from her, even though she is alone in her house they steal what little she can gather; people take advantage,” Rogelio told Milenio.

Thankfully, the viral video has helped spur change for the family and they’ll soon have a proper home and the government benefits they’re both entitled to.

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