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Let’s Take A Moment To Honor The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mercado Who Guides Us Through Life

Raise your hand if your mami y abuela would listen in to Walter Mercado’s every word to start their year and dictate your life accordingly. If you’ve ever been a victim of Mercado’s astrological predictions, then you’ve also been benefited from the pleasure of growing up with the Puerto Rican icon in your living room.

No doubt there have been days that your mom also gave you money because Mercado said you would have good fortune that day. Walter Mercado has shaped all our lives in one way or another. Here’s how his life was shaped:

Walter Mercado Salinas was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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His mom, Aída Salinas was actually from Catalonia, Spain, but his father, José María Mercado was from San Germán, Puerto Rico. Mercado found fame in Puerto Rico and has never relocated.

Mercado is a Pisces.

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According to every astrological expert in training I know, Pisces is the most psychic sign. Mercado was born on March 9, 1932.

He’s 86 years old.

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That’s right. You’re looking at the fresh face of an 86-year-old. Now, whether or not he had help keeping that facil structure is the ultimate mystery.

Walter first worked as an actor in Puerto Rican telenovelas.

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He was in Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance). He’s since established a dramatic arts school called Walter Actors Studio 64.

Did Mercado have a spiritual awakening?

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Hmmm… we don’t know but we do know how he got his reputation for spiritual powers. The story goes that Mercado just happened to be at a Telemundo set when a scheduled artist didn’t show up.

Mercado was asked to fill the 15-minute slot making predictions wearing fancy robes.

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And from that, an icon was born. Mercado was invited to become a regular in making predictions. Talk about a lucky break.

Eventually, that led to his own show on WKAQ-TV.

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He spent time formally studying astrology, taro, and occult sciences. Listen, I don’t care how he got started, Mercado ain’t no fake.

His show was on the air for decades in the U.S. and Latin America.

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He was awarded Mr. Televisión by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York and the Señor Televisión title at the 1972 Festival de Codazos in the Dominican Republic for his work. It’s been a couple years since we’ve seen the aging astrologer dress up in full regalia on the daily.

Today, Mercado draws a card for each zodiac sign and posts his predictions on Facebook.

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For real, the guy is very active on Facebook these days, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way. We all need Walter Mercado in our lives and we are grateful that he is at least on Facebook.

He also had one of the best selling app on iOS and Android.

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In less than two months after releasing the apps, they were ranked #2 in Mexico and #144th in the United States. It’s no longer available, probably because the 86-year-old is just enjoying his life at this point.

He majored in psychology and pharmacy in college.

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He also majored in pedagogy, so he’s learned how to teach others, learned his way around the human mind, and how to use medicinal plants to cure people’s ailments.

Mercado grew up studying classical ballet.

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Where does he get his beauty and grace from? The elegance of ballet, claro. Apparently, he was the dancing partner of comedian Velda González.

In 2010, he changed his name to Shanti Ananda.

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That’s Sanskrit for “peace happiness.” The story goes that a “being of light” came to him and revealed to him his “authentic mystic name.”

He had taken a vow of celibacy for years.

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“I made a vow of celibacy until a woman came to awaken the energy of love in me and that is Mariette,” Mercado told Crónica back in 2004. We don’t know his relationship status right now.

A couple of years ago, he was part of this raro Doritos ad.

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It starts out with Mercado eyeing a gold spacesuit, eating a Dorito, and then magically appearing in space. Where’s he headed? Uranus. Three chips in, his face is plastered in the stars looking down on a couple making out in their car. This is Mercado’s future and it makes perfect sense to me.

In 2012, he was flown to a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio for cardiac surgery.

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He told El Nuevo Día, “I was dead, I come from the grave, I come from the snows, from the whirlwind that passed through me. They did not understand what happened because I do not smoke or drink alcohol, so it was a miracle.”

He’s always been able to levitate outside his body since childhood.

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After his heart attack, he told El Nuevo Día, “The heart was almost paralyzed, it happened and I was up, radiant with unified light with God. I listened to people talking, they said that I was so serious, so bad that I would not recover and I kept fighting against that negativity.”

He’s sold most of his sumptuous capes at auctions.

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He’s said he feels different after the heart attack. He wants to work with Puerto Rican youth and wants to establish the Shanti Ananda foundation. He also wants to donate three of his incredible capes to a museum.

Mercado predicted that Trump would initiate the apocalypse.

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Fortunately the world is still moving forward but many would argue that his vision has come true considering the state of our government and their treatment of migrants at the border.

Mercado is available for your call, mija.

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No need to worry about what 2019 has in store for you. Head to waltermercado.com and request a reading. Better yet, buy your Mami a reading for her birthday or Christmas.

TBH, we’re all a little nervous to hear what Mercado has predicted for this year.

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Because Mercado is always right (except for those 700 times he predicted an earthquake the next day). We grew up looking to Mercado to know how our day was going to be, and we can’t imagine life without his apocalyptic predictions. They’re on point.


READ: This Doritos Commercial With Walter Mercado Is The Most Fabulous Thing You’ll Ever See

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The Director Of ‘Mi Vida Loca’ Ended Up Adopting Her Daughter From One Of The Movie’s Real Gang Members After She Died

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The Director Of ‘Mi Vida Loca’ Ended Up Adopting Her Daughter From One Of The Movie’s Real Gang Members After She Died

“Mi Vida Loca” is a cult classic. Latinos love this movie and it’s a part of our pop culture legacy, but when “Mi Vida Loca” first premiered in 1993 it wasn’t seen in the light that we see it today. A lot of critics panned it. One critic said that while filmmaker Allison Anders mixed “real gang members with up-and-coming Latin American actresses,” the ploy failed “to lend the film authenticity or vitality. The tone seems, to put it kindly, misguidedly romantic.” Another said, “While the characters are colorful and vibrant, the film is strangely flat.” However, this independent film represented much more than it was. For Latinos, it wasn’t just a low budget movie, it was ourselves on the big screen. 

It was Latinos representing Latinos. It was our story and no critic could ever take that away. 

Director Allison Anders was inspired to create “Mi Vida Loca” after meeting her daughter’s Latina friends.

The basis for Sad Girl and Mousey is based on real people that Anders saw in her neighborhood. Her daughter informed her mom all about the novela that was taking place right outside her door. In a 1994 interview with Bomb magazine, Anders said, “I had seen these two 14-year-old girls with babies on their hips, yelling at each other. So finally I said, ‘Devan [her daughter], what’s up with these girls?’ And Devan, who was nine years old at the time said, ‘Well, Christine and Marty were best friends since elementary school. Then Christine had a baby by Ernesto. But then Marty had a baby by Ernesto. And now they don’t get along.” And that is how the story of how Sad Girl and Mousey was born.

Anders said they filmed in Echo Park, which is where she lived too, right as the gentrification of the area was taking place. 

That meant she had to make sure everyone on the set was safe because real gang members lived there as well. Anders said the real gang members she met as inspiration for “Mi Vida Loca” were actually part of a gang that didn’t reside in Echo Park, but a neighborhood nearby. That tension of real actors and real gang members shooting a film in gang territory caused for some interesting days on the set. 

“I was very concerned however with keeping the real gang members in the cast and crew safe,” Anders said in an interview with Screen Slate. “So my producers and I involved the Echo Park members every step of the way to know which neighborhoods were safe for us to shoot in. We literally took them in the car location scouting to check out the safety. Sometimes the borders were block to block: “We can shoot down here—but not across the street.”

While some had issues that a white woman was directing a movie about Latina gang members, Anders said she got the dialogue approved by Latinas on the set.

Anders said that real gang members “approved every single draft of the script, and after a while could pitch it and give notes better than anyone I’ve met since, seriously.” She added that each person that was consulted on the film was paid and credited. “We even kept the money in the neighborhood literally – the art department rented set dressing from their homes – which also gave a sense of pride that a movie company was renting some banner they made for their bedroom to put on film. We rented the homes of the parents and grandparents of the Echo Park locas and locos. Make-up purchased the real stuff the actual girls wore from Woolworth’s on Sunset Blvd.”

Here’s one remarkable story about how Anders adopted the child of one of a Latina gang member that died before the release of the film. 

Anders said that Nica Rogers, a member of the Echo Park gang, died of an overdose at the age of 19. She was in a few scenes in the movie as well. Rogers had a son named Rueben who was left orphaned after the death of his mother, so Anders adopted him. He is now 28-years-old, married with his family and living in Texas. He is also working in the Hollywood industry. Anders also started a Nica Rogers scholarship that would benefit the youth in Echo Park. It’s so amazing to see this movie live on in not just on the screen but in people’s lives too. 

READ: Mousie And Sad Girl From “Mi Vida Loca” Are Ultimate #Friendshipgoals

From Raccoon-Eyes to Lopsided Lines, We’ve Compiled a List of All the Eyeliner Fails of Our Youth

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From Raccoon-Eyes to Lopsided Lines, We’ve Compiled a List of All the Eyeliner Fails of Our Youth

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Not everyone is a natural eyeliner savant. For the vast majority of us, it takes hours (10,000 to be exact) of intense practice and hard work to perfect the ultimate winged tip. Creating the perfect eyeliner look requires a lot of moving parts: hand placement and steadiness, an eye for symmetry, complete stillness, and high-quality makeup products.

The road to the perfect cat-eye is paved with traumatic experiences–most of which happen in your teens. When you’re young and just getting into the makeup game, your mornings are spent battling with pens, brushes, crayons, pencils, and markers. To become an eyeliner master, the price of admission is a lot of failures. FIERCE by Mitu has compiled a list of all of the struggles you have to go through when you first learn to put on eyeliner. Take a peek below!

1. Mind the Gap

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When you first start out applying eyeliner, sometimes you’re so concerned about getting the line the right length and width that you forget all about the actual placement of the eyeliner. That leaves you with a glaring gap between the eyeliner and the actual eye line. So frustrating. 

2. The Accidental Under-Eye Shadow 

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When you first start putting on eyeliner, you don’t even think about the fact that blinking too hard will cause an unwanted ring of black under your eye. Luckily, this is a pitfall that is easily avoided. Most of us learn quickly not to do any sort of blinking when applying eyeliner.

3. When Less Doesn’t Always Mean More

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There are two types of eyeliner beginners: the ones that go full-goth and walk around with two black eyes, and the ones that go the opposite direction. The latter type uses such a light hand that it’s hard to see any makeup on their eyes at all. We chalk this up to doubting their makeup skills. Luckily, this 

4. When You Accidentally Stab Yourself in the Eye

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There’s two downsides to the accidental-stabbing situation (which we’ve all been through). Number one: you’re in physical pain. Number two: your eye is watering so much that now you’ve not only ruined your eye makeup, but you’ve ruined the rest of your makeup due to the tears streaming down your face. 

5. There’s Such a Thing As Too Thick

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When you start on your eyeliner journey, you’re dealing with a lot of mistakes. A lot of newbies try to overcome these mistakes by just putting more product on. Unfortunately, this is another mistake. You can fix a problem by just adding more mess to it. The only thing that can truly make you better is practice. 

6. Investing in Cheap Products

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There’s a catch-22 for when you first start putting on makeup–not only are your skills shoddy, but you don’t even have the budget to invest in high-grade products. That means you’re doomed to have a wobbly eye-line with product that’s prone to smudging, flaking, and running. 

7. Uncertainty

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Sometimes, the problem isn’t necessarily in the skill. Sometimes, it’s all in your mind. When you second-guess yourself when you’re applying your eyeliner, the outcome is bound to be unsatisfactory. Have confidence in your abilities and you’re much more likely to end up with a successful look.

8. An Unsteady Hand

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Developing a steady-hand is arguably the hardest skill to solidify when learning how to apply your eyeliner. It takes loads of concentration and complete confidence in your abilities–two traits that are hard to come by as a young woman. 

9.  Only Applying Eyeliner On the Bottom

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The “bottom-only” look is a look that has almost completely gone out of style (thankfully). But back in the day, it was an unfortunate makeup trend that only those new to the makeup life ascribed to. 

10. Lopsided Eyes

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There’s nothing more frustrating than completing one eye perfectly and moving onto the other and utterly failing. When you’re just starting, the number of times you have to wipe one eye completely off and start from scratch is infuriating. 

11. When You Don’t Know Where To Start the Line

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This is one of those tricky eye-makeup meta-skills you only learn through doing. When you first learn to put on eyeliner, it’s a bit of a challenge to figure out where you want to start your eyeliner. In the corner? Mid-lid? Somewhere in-between? The choices seem endless!

12. The Famous Raccoon Look

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Another unfortunate right-of-passage in the eyeliner world, every makeup aficionado has to go too far before they discover the error of their ways and come back to the good side. We all had that phase in high-school where we looked like we learned to put on our eyeliner from Jack Skellington cosplay tutorials.