Mahalia Blue Feliu; 2021 Top Latino Lider in Florida!

What is your Hispanic Heritage: My Mom was from Ponce, Puerto Rico., she passed away in 2002, 4 days before I graduated with BS in Human Services.

What area of Florida do you live in: Saint Petersburg FL

What is your profession: my Job is social worker for senior’s 62 and over my Passion is the Arts.

Meet Blue and other Lideres at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration at 3rd Annual FORD Taste Of Latino Festival!

Latin Times Magazine: Tell us about what you do for a living and how you got into it

Blue: Growing up in Brooklyn my mom was a social worker without a degree she helped and fed everybody we had open door policy. If one ate all ate. So I followed suit by doing the same helping loving my community here in Fl.

Latin Times Magazine: In your industry, what would you say separates you from your competition.

Blue: I stay true to self and let everyone know 💯goes to God I just go where he sends me no questions, I get out the way. I am blessed with talents and gifts and use them.

Latin Times Magazine: During Covid-19, tell us about your Biggest Challenge/obstacle and how you overcame it/or are overcoming it.

Blue: I work with senior’s that are a risk and it was hard to shut down and explain that they didn’t have to worry about the shots I was bringing it to them and I set up a mobile program to come to them. Also I work show at different theatres When I realized the income I lost over 5 grand but I knew to have faith I was never hungry and had a roof over my head even though that money would have been great.

Latin Times Magazine: Tell us about your biggest achievement, and how you achieved it (Covid or non-related)

Blue: Wow that’s hard because I feel I am still achieving day by day. One of my biggest was being the only college graduate out of 8 siblings. Also branding Not That Kinda GRANDMA cause I am not your typical rocker or knitter. Lastly making movies, walking in fashion show now at the prime of my life.

Latin Times Magazine: What is next for you? What can people expect to see from you?

Blue: Well I just graduated from Co- Starter’s a business development program what people will see is my brand, Not That Kinda GRANDMA T-shirts Mugs, other Grandma’s with the willingness to live table talks and more. And in my fashion Next year NY fashion week is going to be a hit I will be walking.

Latin Times Magazine: What does being a U.S. Citizen mean to you?

Blue: For me it means I am able to make choices, I am able to vote for what I believe in. May not always feel that way but every vote counts. I Matter. Latin Times Magazine: What is your opinion of the state of affairs in our nation? We are living in times of prayer regardless of beliefs or culture, we must unite and stand together

Latin Times Magazine: What words of encouragement can you offer?

Blue: I realized that dreaming your best dream, can become a reality. Never give up let people say whatever stay true to who you were made to be. and love as it’s the last day to love make it count.

Latin Times Magazine: Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to share?

Blue: I am honored and humble to be nominated. I feel my little Puerto Rican mom grinning saying Mira esta Dream no matter what it looks like.

Latin Times Magazine: What is YOUR comida Latina favorita?

Blue: My mom would kill some pernil seasoned for a few days and the skin would be fought over so crunchy. And u can’t forget plaintains. I just gain weight writing this