Latina Activist And DJ Drops The Cumbia Mix You Didn’t Know You Needed

Zacil Pech, a.k.a. DJ Sizzle, recently dropped a cumbia mix for the soul. If you’re feeling more emotionally drained than you should be —  as I was when I stumbled upon the mix on SoundCloud the other week — this music is for you. As I cleaned and picked up around the house, I felt as connected as someone living in the diaspora can feel. I felt embraced, understood.

Along with the mix, Pech wrote:

“Friends, if your Monday was anything like mine (slapped me in the face) check out this mini Cumbia mix I made con mucho amor y sazon <3 Enjoy some of my favorite Cumbia tracks while you clean your house, at the gym, or at werk!”

An old friend first introduced her to the DJ scene, yet her love of music has kept her hooked. But she’s more than a burgeoning DJ. The Boyle Heights activist, born in Costa Grande de Guerrero, Mexico, founded Defend Boyle Heights, an “anti-gentrification collective devoted to community and our hood.” You might see her getting arrested and standing in solidarity with local advocacy for our undocumented hermanas/hermanos, immigrants, laborers, and LGBTQ folks.

When I asked Pech what inspired her to do the mix. She said that she was heartbroken to see her friends go through rough times. She wanted to remind us that we are strong:

“We forget that we are resilient beings. Music can help (even if it is a tiny bit) to remind us of that.”

Being a Latina in a male-dominated industry can also be rough, and the healing powers of music is a reminder to herself, as well, that her work matters. The first tracks take the listener on a journey where women are feeling some type of way about being used and heartbroken, but Pech says that “then Celia comes into tell us, ‘Hey, come on! Chin up bellxs. Don’t cry. Life is beautiful and you’re not alone!’” As far as who she was thinking about when she made her list, Pech was quick to say:

“There is nothing I love to see more than my Momma dance to my music. My Jefita gets down!”

This mix helped me get through that strained Monday when I discovered it. That morning, when I met some of my closest friends for breakfast,  I played it and I rejoiced in it. I think that’s the point.

As Pech says, to blast this music is to “Resist by playing music native to our tierras, resist by blasting your and your ancestor’s cultura through speakers, resist by taking up space and dancing to your ancestors beats.”

The mix includes Selena, Janeth Guadalupe y Los Papis- Estupido, Sonora Dinamita, Aniceto Molina, Celso Pina, El General, and Celia Cruz. Blast it loud, and look out for a salsa mix, coming soon.

Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son


Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Dead While Boating With Young Son

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“Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Every now and then there is a video or some news that bubbles up through the noise that makes you feel good. There’s another one of those stories coming out of Chicago thanks to a family helping a local paletero.

A viral video shows a family buying a paletero’s entire cooler of paletas.

The family wanted to help the paletero finish his work for the day because it was Father’s Day. After buying him out, the family decided to go one further for the older mand and set up a GoFundMe to help him retire for the life of selling paletas. Don Rosario, the paletero in the video, is 70 years old and is a staple of the East Side community in Chicago.

A GoFundMe for his retirement is raising a lot of money to help him out.

Selling paletas is exhausting work. Walking around all day long in the heat while trying to sell paletas is a demanding job. This family is taking it on themselves to help Rosario finally retire from the work so he can rest and enjoy his golden years.

There was so much love for Rosario that the fundraiser had to be closed and then reopened.

The family who set up the GoFundMe closed the fundraiser at one point, according to an update. This is because they were waiting to get his contact info and the fundraiser has exploded to more than $40,000. Then, after getting the info and enough interest to keep donating, the fundraiser was reopened. If you want to add to Rosario’s growing pot, you can click here.

The act of kindness that started on Father’s Day is still going and giving people hope.

These are dark times. We are still battling a virus. The U.S. is being forced to finally confront centuries of racial inequality. There are so many things happening that can make us mad. However, stories like these remind us that there is still so much good happening out there.

This is a ray of light in a world that is often so confusing right now.

“We’ve been left speechless, there were people from all over the states donating,” Michaelangelo Mosqueda, the GoFundMe creator, told Block Club Chicago. “It has been really eye-opening to see that when we all come together we do some great things for others.”

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