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What Present To Get Someone According To Their Zodiac Sign

Gift giving can be oh-so-hard. First there’s the hunt for a perfect gift, followed by the realization that (gasp!) your bank account needs a little TLC, and then there’s wrapping the thing. I don’t even want to go there…

Have no fear, my fellow Mitu-lings, I’ve got you covered. For every sign under the zodiac, there’s an ideal gift just waiting to be had. I’ve parsed it out step-by-step so you know just what to buy for that special someone, that obligatory tia who’s coming to visit, or even the co-worker who is just SO excited for the holiday party.

Aries Woman + Fun

Twitter @Ms.B

The Aries woman embraces the term “Carpe Diem” more than any other. To honor this, choose a gift that she’ll be able to remember for the rest of her life – an experience. Concert tickets, a float session, skydiving lessons, or even entry into a sporting event will help extend her holiday and make it more memorable than all others.

Aries Man + Wild

Twitter @whereisneva

The Aries man loves a trip around the figurative racetrack just about as much as he loves himself. Surprise him with an adrenaline-fueled experience that keeps him on his toes. Choose something with a little spice for an extra-big smile.

Taurus Lady + Yum

Twitter @SeasonalRecipes

Few activities scream ‘Taurus’ more than cooking. The fusion of smells, sights, and of course delicious tastes make it a cornucopia of delight for this earthy gal. As such, consider buying your Taurus pal a unique cooking gadget or even cooking classes this holiday season.

Taurus Guy + Comfort

Twitter @TahiniG4L_

When a Taurus gentleman shows up on your list, it’s time for comfort. He appreciates the finer things in life because he knows he’s worth it. Splurge on a cashmere blanket, a fancy bottle of wine, or a cozy robe. Just make sure your purchase feels soft or tastes good, and he’ll be happy.

Gemini Gal + Indecisive

Twitter @Vans

Truth be told, there isn’t a more indecisive sign than the lovable Gemini. One minute she wants a New York Times bestseller and the next, she can’t find the time to read. Do yourself (and her) a favor — buy a gift card to her favorite store. There’s really no way you can go wrong with this one.

Gemini Guy + Words

Twitter @Sikander Bizenjo

A true connoisseur of words, the Gemini boy in your life is apt to appreciate anything that allows him to express himself musically or through writing. Consider a new instrument, a cool journal, or even a clever pen that can go wherever he goes. And in true Gemini fashion, he’s apt to be going lot’s of places.

Cancer Lady + Sentimental

Twitter @jiminbagels

There is no zodiac sign more sentimental than that of the Cancer, and women born this time of year tend to embody that tenfold. If you’re up for it, she would really appreciate a handmade gift. If that seems like too much this close to Christmas, don’t sweat it. She’ll be thrilled with anything that carries meaning or reminds you of her.

Cancer Fella + Old School

Twitter @JessieOliveros

Tradition, sentiment, and meaningful are words that describe the perfect gift for a Cancer man. Whether it be a photo album or a family heirloom, this gent is apt to mark it down as a hit. Just be sure to put some thought into the gift before wrapping it up; he’ll look for the sentiment.

Leo Lass + Glam

Twitter @Ciria_NoMasUna

Leo ladies love anything that helps them feel like Queen of the World. Consider a selfie stick, fancy clothes, or a trip to…anywhere. Just make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for her to steal the show while you’re gone.

Leo Lad + King

Twitter @BmfMx

Not to be outdone by his feminine counterpart, the Leo male is anything but modest. He’s happiest when the spotlight is shining directly on him. Because of this, you may want to consider anything monogrammed with his initials, or a gift that will help him look good in his social media posts.

Virgo Gal+ Practical

Twitter @NextDayCleaning

What’s the point of a gift if it can’t be used? To a Virgo girl, not much. As you’re shopping around, think of anything you dread buying for yourself. A household gadget that makes life easier? A new pair of gardening gloves to replace the old, tattered ones? She’ll love it! Bonus points if it can be used for multiple purposes.

Virgo Man + Healthy

Twitter @nightwings

Healthiness and cleanliness are very important for a Virgo man, as is practicality. Think of ways you can blend all three to make a truly memorable gift. There’s no such thing as too many socks for this guy. Same goes for tools, belts, and car accessories. Also worth considering – a healthy meal delivery service.

Libra Lady + Outdoors

Twitter @AW20188

Never underestimate the power of the great outdoors, particularly for the Libra lady in your life. She loves to surround herself with activities that keep her on her toes, especially when those activities take place outside. Consider entrance to an outdoor obstacle course, hiking boots, or a cool water bottle that will allow her to explore more comfortably outdoors.

Libra Man + Artsy

Twitter @FreakArtistic

Libras are naturally very artsy and creative, so anything that helps bring out that eccentricity is a hit. Surprise him with anything that fuels his creative side. A canvas for a painter; diamond shears for a glass blower; or a design tool for the graphic designer in your life.

Scorpio Woman + Unique

Twitter @LNanvazadeh

Born under a complex and fascinating zodiac sign, the Scorpio woman can be quite difficult to shop for. On one hand, anything that challenges traditional gift giving has potential for success. On the other hand, she keeps her distance, which may make it hard for you to know what would bring a smile. Consider anything from an unusual board game to an antique from abroad.

Scorpio Guy + One-of-a-Kind

Twitter @demic_goddess

Scorpio men are all about connection – physical, sexual, emotional. When thinking of a gift for him, make sure it’s something he can feel. Though he wants to maintain control over everything in his life, he’ll be grateful for a thoughtful gesture that reflects his inner passions. Personalized gifts, a deep tissue massage, and a home cooked meal are excellent options.

Sagittarius Girl + Travel

Twitter @HypeWanderlust

The jet setter of horoscope signs, choose something for the Sagittarius in your life that encourages her wanderlust. A camera, travel pillow, gift card to an airline, anything that will help her fulfill her quest for adventure.

Sagittarius Boy + Freedom

Twitter @ines_iniesta2

Encourage his lust for freedom by wrapping a gift allows him to spread his wings. An attractive passport holder, cool luggage tags, or tickets to a guided tour abroad can all fit the bill.

Capricorn Woman + Hardworking

Twitter @latifa_hush

As the most hardworking of all zodiac signs, a Capricorn will appreciate anything that helps her advance her career. Sessions with a career coach, a laptop case, or a comfy computer chair all have the potential to do wonders.

Capricorn Man + Ambitious

Twitter @3D_PrintCenter

Though incredibly hardworking, the Capricorn man is just as apt to mix business with pleasure. He’d enjoy a sarcastic gag gift that can decorate his desk at work.

Aquarius Gal + Techie

Twitter @wef

Born with a gift for technology, anything that resembles the latest gadget is sure to bring good tidings. Wireless headphones or a phone charger is perfect.

Aquarius Man + Intellectual

Twitter @krechenmacher

More inclined to watch than participate, the Aquarius man loves to be challenged intellectually. A gift of puzzles, a classic book, or passes to an escape room are sure to be a hit.

Pisces Lady + Handmade

Twitter @MagpieMoonlight

A sucker for sentimental, a Pisces woman will bring on the waterworks with anything thoughtful. A handmade scarf or home delivered meal are apt to make her swoon.

Pisces Guy + Gentle

Twitter @doevember

Possessing strong emotions and a never ending desire to please, it can be a challenge for the Pisces guy to accept gifts. Choose something that isn’t too flashy or overstated. A scrapbook or even a batch of his favorite cookies will please.

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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.

El Charro Negro
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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