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24 Fuego Scenes In Latino Starring Movies That Are Way Better Than The “Fifty Shades” Series

Every once in a while you come across a movie that sparks both your imagination and passion. From films like “Y Tu Mamá También” to “Like Water For Chocolate,” Latinos have graced films that have stirred audiences for years.

Check out the top 24 Latino starring films that bring on the heat.

1. “Like Water for Chocolate”

“Like Water For Chocolate” / Miramax Films

Laura Esquivel’s novel brought new meaning to the aphrodisiac ways of foods like oysters and chocolate. The foreign film revealed Tita and her burning desire in various scenes that quite literally set her and her partner on fire.

2. “Y Tu Mamá También”

“Y Tu Mamá También” / IFC Films

The most memorable scene from this flick comes down to a scene between Gael Garcia Bernal,  Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdu. Yep, the threesome features two men and kicks off after a night of dancing. 

3. “Bandidas”

“Bandidas” / 20th Century Fox

Cruz and Hayek play two sisters determined to avenge the deaths of their father. The two bring the fuego to new sites in a funny threesome scene.

4. “We Own The Night”

“We Own The Night” / Columbia Pictures

Who could forget the sexy scene where Eva Mendez goes solo with her romantic interests. Things really heat up once her lover Bobby Green joins the scene.

5. “House of Spirits”

“House of Spirits” / Miramax Films

Antonio Banderas and Winona Ryder play two forbidden lovers Blanca and Pedro in the film remake of the Isabel Allende movie. Their love scenes together bring all of the passion and love you missed in “50 Shades.”

6. “Of Love and Shadows”

“Of Love and Shadows” / Miramax Films

The heat gets turned up in this Chilean-Argentine pic about a couple that open each others eyes to the travesties committed by the Chilean government.  

7. “Frida”

“Frida” / Miramax Films

Frida is a film packed with all kinds of sexy scenes, but hands down the award for best kiss goes to the one made between Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd.

8. “Sex and Lucia”

“Sex and Lucia” / Warner Sogefilms A.I.E.

Sexy scenes happen all over this movie, bedrooms, oceans, you name it.

9. “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”

“Once Upon A Time In Mexico” / Columbia Pictures

This film starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, and Eva Mendes totalyl brought up the heat. Check it out to see the wild scene between Haye and Banderas.

10. “Fools Rush In”

“Fools Rush In” / Miramax Films

The heat gets turned up pretty quicky in this film starring a younger Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry.

11. “Sex Tape”

“Sex Tape” / Columbia Pictures

Cameron Diaz brings on the heat in this film about a couple who decides to spice things up in their relationship with a sex tape. Pretty easy to love but also get ideas from. 

12. “Gigli”

GIGLI / Columbia

Pretty impossible to create a scene about sexy movie scenes without including JLO. The Latina actress stars in this romantic comedy about a low-ranking LA mobster who falls for his replacement played by Jennifer Lopez.

13. “The Mask”

“The Mask” /New Line Cinema

Cameron Diaz dropped jaws in her film debut as the sexy nightclub singer, Tina Carlyle. Her sultry moves paired with her various red dresses shot the young actress to stardom and catipulted her to “sexy symbol” status. 

14. “Everly”

“Everly” / RADiUS-TWC Dimension Films

The first scene in this film follows Everly, a prostitute, walking around her apartment naked. Things only get more intense after that scene as audience get to follow her as she works for a brutal criminal overlord Taiko and works to bring him down. 

15. “Dogma”

“Dogma” / Lionsgate

Salma Hayek plays Serendipity follows two fallen angels who plan on discovering a loophole that will allow them to return to heaven after being cast out by God. Salma’s hottest role in the film included her as Serendipity a stripper. 

16. “Tortilla Soup”

“Tortilla Soup” / Samuel Goldwyn Films

This Mexican-American film starring Tom Musca, Ramón Menéndez, Vera Blasi brings romance to the screen in a way that “Fifty Shades of Grey” never could. Watch as Carmen, Leticia, and Maribel find love and happiness in this film about a trio of sisters learning to cope with their father’s helicopter parenting ways. 

17.”Angel Eyes”

“Angel Eyes” / Warner Bros.

This romantic drama starring Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, and Jeremy Sisto tells the story of a mysterious man who falls for a female officer who helps help face the traumas of his past. Perhaps the steamist scene in the film follows the two lovers as they do it on an ocean shore. 

18.”Bad Teacher”

“Bad Teacher” / Columbia Pictures

Doing it with clothes on isn’t for everyone, still, this movie starring ex-partners Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz had a scene that was enough to get some people hot and bothered. In a hilarious csene between their two characters, Timberlake and Diaz try to get it on while wearing clothes.

19. “Machete”

“Machete” / 20th Century Fox

This action exploitation film starring  Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marinand Jeff Fahey. In a scene between Alba and Trejo build love and passion as Machete attempts to dodge other U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

20. “Ask The Dust”

“Ask The Dust” / Paramount Classics

In the classic film starring Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell the two actors portray characters who fall in love despite their social statuses. Keep your eyes open for the lvoe scene that sees Hayek and Farrell getting down on the beach.

21. “Lonely Hearts”

“Lonely Hearts” /Samuel Goldwyn Films

Salma Hayek’s character Martha Beck follows Jared Leto as Raymond Martinez Fernandez (yeah, what’s good whitewashing?) as a pair of serial killers who terrorized America back in the 1950s. 

22. “Charlie’s Angels”

“Charlie’s Angel’s” / Sony Pictures Television

This 2000 action comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu is packed full with all kinds of sexy suits way better than anything Anna ever wore in Fifty Shades. Still perhaps the sexist scene happens when Cameron has a hot dream.

23. “RENT”

RENT / Columbia Pictures

Rosario Dawson plays the heroin-addicted stripper who finds out she’s HIV positive. Despite her tragic story, Mimi’s character manages to enjoy the fun and bring appeal to the stage in her various scenes while working a nightclub. That’s right she puts a whole other meaning to the term “light my candle.”

24. “The Counselor”

“The Counselor” / 20th Century Fox

“The Counselor” is filled with al ltypes of sexy scenes starting with one between Penelope Cruz and Michael Fassbender) as they roll around under white bed sheets.


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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.

El Charro Negro
Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

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.

El Charro Negro
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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