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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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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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People Came Together And Raised The Money To Help A Mexican Engineering Student Make It To NASA

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There are a few moments when our dreams are actualized. For Daniela Villegas, that time is now. The Mexican engineering student earned a spot in a NASA program with her brains. Then, the community came together and raised the money she needed to follow her dream.

Daniela Villegas is a Mexican engineering student chasing her dreams.

Villegas is one of 60 people in the world chosen to participate in the International Air and Space Program. The program is a major educational opportunity for students in engineering and aerospace studies. Now that she has been chosen, it is time for her to pay the money in order to attend.

An online community came together and raised the money she needed to get to the NASA program.

What a wonderful moment for the young woman, and Mexicans everywhere. After all, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. We are all here rooting for you, Daniela. You can do it, mija!

Villegas is bringing so much pride to Mexico and Mexicans around the world.

Daniela Villegas is studying mechatronics engineering, which is a specialized engineering field. Mechatronic engineering is where mechanical, electrical, computer and robotics engineering come together. Mechatronic engineers are the ones who help to create all of the smart technologies that we use almost every day to make our lives easier.

The TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo student needs our help and we can make her dream happen.

TecNM – Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo is located in the middle of the state of Sonora. Villegas raised $3,500 to get to the program in Huntsville, Alabama, and any little bit helped. It also wouldn’t be bad if she raised more so she can fully enjoy her time in the program making the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

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