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Salma Hayek Penelope Cruz’s Friendship Show What Strong Female Friendships Are Made Of

Hollywood’s two leading Spanish language ladies, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, have long garnered attention for their friendship and love for each other.

Here are the fun facts behind their relationship.

1. The phrase “ride-or-die” should basically be an ode to them.

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During filming for their project “Bandidas” the pair took a flight together that almost had a tragic ending. In an interview, Cruz once said, “a thought came across my mind that if I were to die at that moment at least I’d die with my best friend.” 

2. They’re always down for a good prank.

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In a 2005 episode of “Punk’d,” Penelope Cruz played a hilarious joke on Salma Hayek. 

3. They have nicknames for each other.

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“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” Cruz said in an interview.

4. Sometimes people think they’re dating and they’re about it.

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In an interview with David Letterman, Cruz felt compelled to explain why she’d been caught grabbing Hayek’s bottom in a photo. “We are like sisters and we have some sense of humor. We did that in front of 100 photographers. And the story now is that we are lovers”

5. They trust each other more than you would your own hermana.

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When was the last time you let your sister take a pair of scissors to your hair? For Hayek and Cruz it’s been fairly recent. “When I was nine years old I used to spend a couple of hours a day washing and cutting hair at my parents’ salon and still, today, I’ll do everyone who lets me – like Salma Hayek, who is one of my best friends,” she says. “I’ve done her hair when the power went out in her house, with just a candle. That one really trusts me,” Cruz said.

6. They support each other like no other.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of. It’s magical. It gives you hope,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview that highlighted Cruz’s success. 

7. They’re each other’s heroes.

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In an interview about her favorite Hollywood Heroines, Hayek hit a number of names but was quick to also point out her love for Cruz. “But then Penélope [Cruz] has always been my hero and my friend. We’ve known each other for at least 20 years.” 

8. They adore each other’s worst qualities.

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“Other things that in other people would be neurotic or whatever, would be unbearable — on her they’re very graceful,” Hayek said in an interview where she detailed Cruz habits of playing with her food and ruining the plots of TV shows. “She has this bad habit because she tells you the ending of every episode.”

9. They’re all about each other’s dreams.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview. “It’s magical. It gives you hope.”

10. They’re all about that goddess worship.

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“Penélope is a motherly creature, a warrior by nature,” Hayek said in a Vogue interview.

11. They’re friendship spans decades.

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The two actresses have been friends for over 20 years.

12. They’ve got strong selfie game.

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In a recent photo on Instagram Hayek posted a caption that read “Good #friends are forever. Los buenos #amigos son para siempre.” 

13. They just get each other.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” Hayek said.

14. They have a strict honesty only policy that wouldn’t work for most relationships.

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“We really respect each other, but if one asks a question to the other one, we know we’re going to hear the truth. And I think that’s why we are close friends and closer every day because there’s no B.S. in our relationship,” Cruz said of Hayek.

15. They get each other’s sense of humor.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” said Hayek about Cruz.

16. When they get together they live life on the dangerous side.

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News reports revealed that the two pals slept at a drug trafficker’s house for several days during the 2006 shoot of Bandidas.

17. They’re not afraid to get real with each other.

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After Hayek revealed that Harvey Weinstein had abused her during the making of Frida in 2002, she admitted that her dear friend wasn’t so happy wither. “Penélope was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening,” she said. “But, you know, I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘Why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’ At that time Harvey was doing the best movies.”

18. They’ve supported each other financially.

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“Thank you my soul sister for your love of my country Mexico and your generous donation to UNICEF,” Hayek wrote after Cruz donated money to Mexico’s earthquake relief. 

19. Promoting each other’s success is just so natural for them.

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Fans of the duo will notice that it’s rare for one to be without the other for their film debuts.

20. The Academy Awards thinks they’re the same person.

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After the 2014 Oscars, the award show captioned a photo of Cruz with Robert De Niro as Hayek instead.

21.  They top the list of most Celebrity BFF goal lists

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Do a quick Google of the actresses names and you’ll likely find the top slots filled with listicles about the pair.

22. Cruz does Hayek’s makeup.

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“I like my career, but I love getting people ready for something because it’s a part of me. I can cut anyone’s hair no problem. I can do a blow-dry, I can put in rollers, I can wax somebody’s legs. I could have another job. The power had gone at Salma’s house and her make-up artist couldn’t come, so she called me and said, ‘You have to get me ready for this premiere’, and I lit some candles and did her hair and make-up too. No one noticed that it wasn’t done by a professional, so I was very proud of that,” Cruz said in an interview.

23. They love to wish each other happy birthday!

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In a post to her Instagram account, Hayek wished her bestie happy birthday with the words “You continue to #inspire me and I #feel #blessed that we are #friends.”

24. They’re 8 years apart.

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Hayek who was born in 1966 is 8 years older than Cruz who was born in 1974.


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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.

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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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