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Which Mexican Salsa Are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

We know it’s been a big week for you, babe. That’s why this time, we’ve decided to ask a more important question for your zodiac: which kind of Mexican salsa are you according to your zodiac sign? Do you think you’ll be a spicy salsa, or a smooth, creamy salsa? Read your zodiac to find out!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Aries, your attitude toward salsa is that it should be just as hot as your personality. What’s the point of salsa unless it brings a little spice to your life? The most likely place we’d find you using salsa would be while you’re trekking across the Sahara desert. Why? Because you’re one hell of an adventurous babe, that’s why.

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Your salsa: One jalapeño salsa is exactly what you need, Aries! The jalapeño peppers are the base of this salsa, which gives it a real distinct taste, and a heat to match yours, Aries.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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If you’re a Taurus babe, then you need your salsa to have a solid, complementary kind of taste. Your kind of salsa would provide the backbone to the flavours of your chip of choice. Chances are, we’d see you stuffing your face with salsa while you’re camping. You’re a down-to-earth person, Taurus, but even you like your little luxuries every now and again.

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Your salsa: A nice and simple salsa de chile pasilla con tomatillo is an exact match to your sensibilities, Taurus! Think about it: it’s a good mix of dried pasilla chiles, tomatillos, garlic and a pinch of salt.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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For those of you born a Gemini, you desire a salsa that gives you an adventure in your mouth. As far as you’re concerned, you like a salsa that can be used easily with dishes and with a good tortilla chip. And then, you’d like to spend the next month regaling everyone with tales about how it changed your life!

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Your salsa: The Mexican red tomato salsa is one versatile salsa, just for you, Gemini! There’s no way you wouldn’t like such a perfect blend of tomatoes, onion, cilantro, chiles and garlic.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Cancer, you want your salsa to make you feel something. Your sensitive soul makes food an emotional experience for you, and salsa is no different. Since you’re such a romantic at heart, you’d happily seek out some salsa to complement a romantic dinner, or cheeky snack, for two. 

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Your salsa: A mango salsa is your zodiac counterpart in salsa form! Considering that you’re the sign of the crab, and this one can be paired with both seafood and snack platters, this is the perfect salsa for you.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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A Leo like you needs your salsa to be the centerpiece of each bite. Otherwise, why bother with it? You know that your culinary experiences should have at least a little bit of drama to them. You’re most likely to chase after some salsa when you’re at karaoke.

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Your salsa: Leo, a salsa habanera takes the cake for you. There’s no way that the taste of habanero chiles fades into the background while you’re eating it, which is just how you like it!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo babe, you want your salsa to work for you. You know that it has a purpose, and that purpose is to make your chip taste ever so delicious. You’re the type of person to bring salsa along to a very important business meeting. After all, is there really a better way to ingratiate yourself with people you want to impress?

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Your salsa: A salsa roja is sure to please you, Virgo! A dip that also goes by the names salsa de mesa and salsa mexicana, this is the kind of salsa you would find in a Mexican restaurant.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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If you’re a Libra babe, then your kind of salsa is one that has the perfect mix of flavors. There’s no need for your food to have too much of any one thing. Because really, balance is the spice of life! You’re the type of person to chow down on salsa while doing study, listening to the latest of your favourite podcasts, and chatting away to a work colleague. Because multitasking.

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Your salsa: A chipotle lime yogurt salsa has the sensory balance you crave, Libra! It’s a spicy, smoky, creamy and sweet mix. The chipotle lime yogurt salsa boasts plain yogurt, smoky chipotle in adobo, tart lime and some sweet, sweet honey. Delicious!

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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As a Scorpio, you want your salsa to be an exquisite journey of sensuality. You know the real secret about food: it’s definitely connected to sex, since it’s about involving all the senses at once. You’re most likely to incorporate salsa as part of your seduction routine. Get creative, Scorpio!

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Your salsa: The salsa fresca de tomatillo is right up your alley, Scorpio! This is one delicious mix of tomatillos and serrano chiles, which serves up a a taste that’s as sharp as your sense of humor.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Sagittarius, your idea of a good salsa is one that embraces the same zest for life that you have. You want to maximise your fun, and salsa is a part of that! You know that salsa is at its best when it’s accompanied by a party!

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Your salsa: The salsa de jitomate asado is a great accompaniment to any party, Sagittarius! The key to this blend of tomatoes, onion, chiles and garlic is the fact that they are grilled together to create one lovely salsa.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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All you Capricorns out there are real salsa fans! But, the best kind of salsa is one that serves some sort of utility for you, Capricorn. So long as it does what it’s supposed to do, then it’s an all right salsa by your standards. You don’t mind where or when you have salsa, so long as it’s with a good chip!

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Your salsa: A traditional salsa de chile cascabel is just what you need, Capricorn! Get in touch with traditional Mexican food with this blend of tomatillos, cascabel peppers and garlic.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, let it be said now: you’re very specific with your salsa needs. You want your salsa to have ethically-sourced ingredients, preferably be fully vegan, be gluten-free, and not taste like cardboard. And, the quirkier the ingredients, the better! Even though you have a long shopping list for your dream salsa, we’ve managed to find something that will satiate your tastes. 

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Your salsa: A pico de gallo con xoconostle will suit all of your needs, Aquarius! With a divine raw mix of plum tomatoes, onion, cilantro, serrano Chile, and lime juice, the only thing you’ll need to worry about will be where the ingredients are sourced from. You’re on your own with that one!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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Pisces, your dream salsa is one that’s been homemade, with lots of love and care. The best kind of salsa, according to you, has been made by your abuelita, or someone else’s abuelita. And, of course, the best place to eat the salsa is with said abuelita, since you need to regale them with compliments about how great the taste is!

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Your salsa: You’d be very happy with the gentle salsa de aguacate con crema, Pisces! This one’s known otherwise as guacamole salsa. Avocado is the star player when it comes to this delicious salsa.

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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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