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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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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