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Here Are 25 Latino Stars Who Are Pisces AF

So you’re a Pisces, glorying in the depths of Pisces season (February 19-March 20)? ? As a water sign, you’re able to move through tricky situations with class (maybe a little sass) and your Pisces’ compadres are receptive, open-minded and open-hearted. Pisces are known for being intuitive, dreamy, artistic, empathetic, sensitive, compassionate, perceptive, tender, and impressionable. You’re probably also ready to see the dreamy, famous Pisces you can call your zodiac fam.

1. Eva Longoria

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A true Pisces, Eva Longoria is a woman of many skills and talents. You might know as Isabella Braña “The Young and the Restless”, or as Gabrielle Solis “Desperate Housewives”, but what you might not know is that she took her ninth generation Mexican-American culture straight to a Masters in Chicano Studies at California State University. Her thesis title: “Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers.” ?

2. Becky G

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A March 2nd Pisces baby, Becky G is that angelic voice in “Shower” and “Break a Sweat”. The Inglewood-raised singer has been tearing up the Latin music charts and we couldn’t be more proud.

3. Camila Cabello

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Pisces do their most creative work alone, which is why Camila *had* to leave Fifth Harmony to give us all her gold. Have you even listened to “Camila” yet? The break up is definitely worth it.

4. Eva Mendes

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Born on March 5, nobody doesn’t know Eva Mendes. What you might not know is she almost became a Catholic nun and has apparently learned to defy aging. #SLAY

5. Victoria Justice

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This mitad puertorriqueña rose to fame on Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” as Lola Martinez and again as Tori Vegan in the sitcom “Victorious.” Born on February 19, 1993, Justice is a Pisces through and through.

6. Majandra Delfino

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Born February 20, 1981, Majandra is an American actress and singer best known as Maria DeLuca on “Roswell”, and as Andi on the “Friends With Better Lives”. In Pisces form, she’s committed to raising her children in a gender-neutral environment. ?

7. Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita was born March 1st in Mexico City and is the Kenyan-American star in “12 Years a Slave”. As a Pisces does, Nyong’o is very creative and willing to use her own fame to stand up for other people facing oppression.

8. Nathalie Kelly

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You might not have known this because of her Australian accent but, she’s Peruvian; she’s Pisces and she’s famous from “The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Born on March 3rd.

9. Charo

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Known for “Thumbelina” and songs like “Come a Little Closer” and “Cuchi-Cuchi”, Charo was born on March 13, 1951 in Murcia, Spain. She is so timeless as a performer that she has to be recognized.

10. Paula Garces

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Paula Garces was born on March 20, 1974, in Medellin, Colombia. She’s known for her breakout role in “Clockstoppers” (2010), guest spots on “The Sopranos”, the star role in indie drama, “Harvest” (1998) and “CSI”

11. Oscar Isaac

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Oscar Isaac (March 9) is a Guatemalan-American actor and musician. He literally played Jesus’ dad (a.k.a. Joseph) in “The Nativity Story” (2006) among many other things. We see you. ?

12. Cierra Ramirez

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A March 9 Pisces, Cierra is a Mexican-American actress famous for the ABC Family series “The Fosters”. Ramirez is also going to be the voice of Marvel’s first lesbian super hero America Chavez.

13. Kayla Scodelario

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Best known for “Maze Runner”, Kaya Scodelario is a Brazilian babe speaking out in the #MeToo movement and we’re here for it.

14. Benicio del Toro

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Benicio is a Pisces cusper, born in San German, Puerto Rico on February 19 (the first day of Pisces). He’s known for playing the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar in “Escobar: Paradise Lost won an Academy Award & Golden Globe for playing a good cop in the film “Traffic”

15. Hayley Orrantia

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Born on February 21st, this Mexican-American actress is best known from “The Fosters” and is now on a country tour. That’s right. There’s a little bit of country in these Latina genes.

16. Edward James Olmos

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Born on February 24th, EJO is a Mexican-American pioneer in film. You know him from “Battlestar Galactica”, “Miami Vice”, “Selena”I REPEAT, “SELENA”, and now, the voice of Chicharrón in “Coco.

17. Nathalie Emmanuel

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You know her from “Game of Thrones”, Dominican-English Pisces was born on March 2. Her masterful portrayal of Missandei is proof that she has the creative Pisces gene for sure.

18. Stephanie Sigman

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Born on February 28 in Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Stephanie is an actress known as Valeria Velez in “Narcos”, Jessica Cortez in “S.W.A.T.” and “Spectre”.

19.  Adriana Barraza

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Adriana Barraza was born on March 5, 1956 in Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico. You might recognize her from “Babel” (2006), “Drag Me to Hell” (2009) and “Thor” (2011).

20. Rene Perez (Residente)

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The lead singer of the Latin Urban band Calle 13, born on Feb. 23, 1978. He is a very politically active member of society and uses his name and fame to speak about issues impacting Puerto Rico and immigrants in the U.S.

21. Johnny Ventura

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You’ve probably never heard of him but he basically gave us merengue. Born on March 8th, 1940. You can blame this dude every time your parents get to dancing and embarrassing you on the dance floor.

22. Elis Regina

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She was an icon in Brazilian music and if you’re born on March 17th, test your pipes. Her creativity moved a nation and her tragic death in 1982 sent shockwaves through Brazil.

23. Gabriel Porras

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Born on February 13, 1968 in Mexico City, Gabriel is known for “El Rostro de Analía” (2008), “Under the Same Moon” (2007) and “The Lord of the Skies” (2013).

24. Yvette Prieto

Yvette is a Cuban model who worked with Alexander Wang, and eventually married Michael Jordan. Not a bad catch for the model, tbh.

25. Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem

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Born on March 1, in the Canary Islands of Spain and is famous for his role in “No Country for Old Men”, and just as goal-worthy, for being Penelope Cruz‘ spouse.

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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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