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Here’s Why You Should Leave New Year’s Fireworks To The Experts

New Year’s Eve is one of the best times of the year. Out with the old and in with the new, they say. And it’s also that time of the year when your parents give you an arsenal of explosives and say, “para que te diviertas!” While most of us were just excited by watching something explode, other experts went the extra mile and took their fireworks game to the next level. Check out these pyromaniacs that definitely understand how to to push the limits of even the most basic fireworks.

Oh yeah: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Don’t cross paths with thousands of Black Cats.

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Normally cats don’t run in packs, but this neighborhood banded together and set up 500K packages of Black Cats. Hope the kid filming with his phone had the fire department on speed dial.

And here’s what a single Black Cat looks like when stuck inside an orange.

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Sparklers aren’t the most exciting fireworks… unless you have too many.

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One sparkler is great for 30 seconds of fun. You can pretend like you’re Harry Potter conjuring a majestic Patronus. However, one YouTuber really stepped up his game when he combined 5,000 sparklers at once. You might need a welder’s mask to watch the entire thing.

Bang Snaps are the gateway firework that turns you into a lifelong pyromaniac!

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A single bang snap is the perfect retaliation against an annoying little brother. This YouTuber used 200 Bang Snaps to create this weapon of mass destruction. It sounds like a gun when he finally tosses it. Watch here.

One fella stuffed an iphone in with 2,000 bang snaps…

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… and tossed it off a building to see what would happen.

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The phone looks like it has seen better days.

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Hope they kept that warranty.

How’s this for a pit of snakes?

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Snake fireworks are pretty boring. A few seconds of flame and some ash, no big deal. But this guy decided to get 1,000 of these fiery reptiles, and the result is actually kind of gruesome. It looks less like a snake and more like a horribly burned Medusa.

Who needs thousands of fireworks when you can just launch the largest firework in North America?

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Earlier this year, in Colorado, a dedicated crew of pyromaniacs got the thrill of a lifetime when they detonated a 1,175 pound firework.

The detonation looks like something that could wipe out the dinosaurs.

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Just one shell lights up the evening.

For an explosion this size, we need a second angle.

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Cohetones can be used to annoy neighbors, or in the case of these Mexican protestors, antagonize the police.

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But with a little engineering, cohetones can be used to create one of the most awesome hand-held fireworks displays ever.

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It takes some hardcore engineering and 1,500 rocket fireworks to create a “Doom-worthy” chain-gun. Seriously, don’t try this at home.

Speaking of things you shouldn’t try at home, check out this Jedi vs. Roman Candle.

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This kind of behavior is exactly why your mom didn’t want you playing with that kid down the street.

One Texas police department got the best assignment ever when they were ordered to detonate 20,000 pounds of fireworks.

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After the police confiscated thousands of illegal fireworks, the judge gave the order to “destroy” them. The awesomeness of the explosion still comes through, even though it’s day time in the video.

This genius combined a massive fireworks show with a drone camera, and the footage was gorgeous.

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This is arguably the greatest scientific achievement since Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a lightning storm. No word on whether or not the drone survived this trip, but the images are nothing short of breathtaking.

In 2012, Garden State Fireworks accidentally detonated 7,000 fireworks all at once.

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The fireworks display was supposed to take place over 17 minutes, but thanks to a faulty computer program, all 7,000 fireworks were set off simultaneously. In just 30 seconds, spectators witnessed one of the most awesome explosions in history of fireworks.


READ: 13 Dangerous Mexican Traditions

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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