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This Chinese-Mexican Model Has A Superhuman Memory For Countries And Their Shapes

This is what happens when you listen to your parents y te pones las pilas.

Courtney McCullough is an L.A.-based Mexican-Chinese actress, model, and photographer, but she’s got one peculiar skill: distinguishing countries based solely on their shape. McCullough was recently on FOX’s new show “SuperHuman,” with judge Christina Milian, and she showed America her impressive skills.

The premise of “SuperHuman” is simple. The show brings in people with “superhuman” abilities and tests their skills to see if they can live up to their claims. In McCullough’s case, she was given a group of shapes that contained two real countries. McCullough was challenged to distinguish which of the shapes were the real countries. After separating the real countries, she was then asked to name the countries just by their shapes.

As judge and brain surgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial said, the task is similar to someone giving you a puzzle, then dumping pieces from different puzzles on top and leaving you to figure out which ones are true and which ones aren’t. Spoiler: She totally rocked her challenge with a perfect score. Check it out.

McCullough spoke with mitú about being on the show, her impressive memory, and connecting with her Mexican roots.

McCullough is a Mexican-Chinese-American who has always been thoroughly connected to her Chinese roots, but only recently did she start exploring her Mexican half.

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McCullough told mitú that she grew up in a predominately Asian community so that side of her culture was always around her. Her Mexican side was always a mystery since she didn’t grow up with her Mexican family members nor was she exposed to Latino culture.

“It wasn’t until the election last year that I really began to embrace my heritage and what it means to be a Mexican in the USA,” McCullough told mitú. “I ended up traveling to Mexico 5 times within the last year to understand my culture a bit more and now I can proudly say I wear my multicultural ethnic background with pride.”

Mexico has even made it into her top favorite places she has visited.

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“The places that have been the most memorable for me are the Philippines for the friendliness of the people, southern Mexico for the hospitality, delicious food, and Mayan culture,” McCullough told mitú. “Sydney for its vibe; Jerusalem because there is nowhere else on earth like it;  Petra for its natural beauty; and Paris, because Paris.”

But, even though she has traveled so extensively, McCullough does say that competing on “SuperHuman” was definitely a challenge.

“In my day job as an actress and model, I am not unaccustomed to being on camera and making split second decisions, but this was a whole other level of nerves,” McCullough told mitú about her “SuperHuman” challenge.

And it only makes sense that such a well traveled person would find travel important for everyone’s personal growth.

“I think travel is important because it expands one’s world view and perspective,” McCullough told mitú. “I have personally grown so much from my experiences and have greater compassion and respect for humanity.”


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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Netflix and Kelis teamed up to create a cooking competition show all about cannabis cooking. “Cooked with Cannabis” is giving cannabis chefs a chance to shine with some friendly competition and the ever-popular cannabis.

Kelis is here with a new kind of cooking competition show officially changing the game.

“Cooked with Cannabis” is elevating the use of cannabis in the kitchen. It is no longer something used by stoners and only stoners. “Cooked with Cannabis” makes cannabis a sophisticated and respectable ingredient in the kitchen. The show offers some insights as to the differences between different strains of pot that many of us just never understood.

The show has six episodes in the first season and there is a new cast of chefs every episode.

The premise of the show is three chefs battling it out for three judges to show what they can do with the cannabis they are given. The recipes look like culinary works of art and seem equally as appetizing. The winner of the episode is given $10,000 as a prize and that’s pretty grand.

One of the winners this season is Manuel Mendoza, a cannabis chef from Chicago.

Mendoza works for Herbal Notes, a Chicago-based cannabis collaborative project. According to the website, Herbal Notes hopes to destigmatize the practice of using cannabis in cooking by highlighting the medicinal properties of the natural ingredient. Herbal Notes is also trying to empower communities long vilified for their use of cannabis.

Mendoza won using the cannabis to create some deliciously relevant foods.

Mendoza won by giving the judges some pot leaf-shaped chilaquiles and marijuana-infused pupusas. The use of Mexican and Salvadoran foods not only highlights our community but also his own upbringing in Chicago as a Salvadoran kid. Mendoza is proud to say that he was raised by Pilsen, the famed Latino community in Chicago.

Congratulations, Mendoza. It is a victory well deserved.

Mendoza’s start in cannabis cooking came when he had a eureka moment with iced chocolate milk. The chef was fresh out of culinary school and was eager to try new things, including cannabis cooking. The cannabis cooking trend was just kicking off and he just wanted to play around. When he created that iced chocolate milk, Mendoza knew that he was on to something and the rest is his culinary career.

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

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