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Easter Eggs, Conspiracies And High Expectations For The Inevitable Riverdale-Sabrina Crossover

The CW’s Riverdale and Netflix’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS) might be giving us crossover we all deserve. Of course, true fans who grew up with a pile of Archie Comics in every bathroom en la casa know that we’ve spent decades waiting for this to happen. In the comics, there would be occasional stand-alone stories set in Sabrina’s world and sometimes, Sabrina would intermingle with Archie and The Gang.

These modern-day troubled teens have actual gang violence, a homicidal Hiram Lodge, real live Satan and demons and even “Gargoyle Kings” to contend with.

The comic writer, Nick Spencer, has outright told the public we can expect a crossover.

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We know that it’s going to happen in the next actual Archie comic. Spencer told Vulture “We were looking to do something that had never been done before. And we wanted to make it so every character that falls under the Archie banner felt like they had a place in the core title. When a character as classic and iconic as Sabrina comes to town, you know it has to have a big impact.”

But the easter eggs throughout both the TV series are pointing strongly toward on on-screen crossover.

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In the intro of Netflix’s CAOS, we see a comic banner that shows Sabrina watching the original Riverdale cast characters on screen. See Salem sleeping under that TV? Precioso.

Plus, CAOS mentioned the town of Riverdale twice in the first season.

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Sabrina Spellman’s aunties own a funeral home. After Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey found out the whole truth of her witchy involvement in trying to revive his brother from an enemy’s revenge spell, he wanted nothing to do with the Spellman’s. Riverdale is close enough apparently that he could use their services.

Then there was that time that this girl gang sought revenge on the misogynist football players.

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Sound familiar? In CAOS, it was like how Betty and Veronica humiliated the team except far more terrifying. I’ll be rooting for Riverdale in the inevitable Greendale vs Riverdale nemesis game.

Riverdale and Greendale are intentionally set up to be in the same world.

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The showrunners for both series are intentionally setting fans up to be deeply enmeshed in both worlds and have a broader context for the cross-references. Probably because it’s the same showrunner.

But not everything can be explained.

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Just like in other iconic magical worlds, it seems that magical folks are just a little further behind the humans on using their technology. Probably because they seem to be able to summon each other in person, which, IMHO, is a level up from FaceTime.

Last we saw, Archie and Jughead had walked into the next town over.

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The town had been taken over by Gryphons and Gargoyles, with graffiti all over the town. Are they just one town over from Greendale, where Sabrina will take pity on their human incompetency to understand a witchy problem.

The reason things makes sense in Riverdale right now is probably becausthat just humans living in a bruja’s world.

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But nonetheless, this mitad bruja is going to try. Some people point out that the similarities might just be because both shows are directed by the same person, but to them, I say, mentira. Mira.

This is Riverdale’s Gargoyle King.

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We’ve seen the Gargoyle King a few times, mostly in the woods with Bughead. Now, he seems to be ruling the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and seems to be inextricably linked to Hiram Lodge, who also hired out all the men in the abandoned town Archie and Jughead visited. They’re all making a new drug. The same one that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy are dispensing to its abducted clients.

And this seems to be the Dark Lord in CAOS.

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This is the image that young Harvey remembers when he was last down in the mines as a little boy. He spent five hours crying after seeing the “half-goat” and smelling “brimstone.”

When Sabrina takes him to the mines in the present day, she tells him that it must have just been the rock carving that spooked him.

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I mean, it’s a creepy rock carving, but we all know this is mentira to the max. Plus, when they leave the mines, we see the silhouette of the real thing behind them. Is this The Dark Lord or a separate entity–a demon?

A few Riverdale episodes ago, Jughead finds this painting down in the same mine.

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Ya, the crossover is already happening before our very eyes. Plus, when we see the Gargoyle King in the flesh in Riverdale, he doesn’t have ears. Down in the mines, that looks like a goat head if I ever saw one.

God bless Twitter for these conspiracies:

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In CAOS, Sweetwater River was references as a river rich with magic. Maybe a spell has been cast on Riverdale to keep the pawns of the game in place. We don’t know what goes beyond it, but Archie and Jughead might be on the brink of finding out.

Conspiracy Theory #47: Polly es una bruja.

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I mean, twins?! Is this a telenovela or Hollywood production we’re watching? What does The Farm have to do with all the mysterious happenings in Riverdale? Could it be that The Blossoms are witchy, and they inherited some kind of power? What is the significance of the twins?

Plus, there was that one time Ambrose was spotted playing Gryphons and Gargoyles.

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Is Ambrose so tormented by his casi century long house arrest that he decided to use his powers to mess with a whole town of teenagers? Is Ambrose the Gargoyle King or ultimate gamemaster?

Then, there’s Ben Button, our one and only cameo.

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In Riverdale, he was preyed on by the piano-teaching Ms. Grundy and then in episode 2, he jumped out of a hospital window to “ascend” in Grypons and Gargoyles (after a failed attempt to drink the blue drink).

Then, he showed up in *Greendale* to deliver pizza and become an actual snack to Madame Satan.

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So, we know he’s dead. Again? Did they name him Ben Button because he’s just never going to die? Or, hear me out–do Riverdale characters who eventually “ascend” (witch speak for die(?)) just graduate to Greendale?

ANOTHER fan theory is that the timeline is that after he got eaten in Sabrina, he was revived as a demon in Riverdale and actually possessed when he jumped out the window.

To be honest. A lot of people hate the idea of a crossover.

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That’s because they haven’t tasted the blue drink that is Riverdale. I get it. I’m a 26-year-old woman who is addicted to a teen drama TV series, but I’m also a chismosa who is here for a telenovela level of drama. I’m team crossover, obviamente.

Dec. 15, witches. It’s happening. Maybe.

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Literally, no one has said anything about a crossover happening during the holiday special, but the official Netflix synopsis teases this:

The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year – when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors – both welcome and unwelcome – you never know what might come down the chimney…

Sabrina actress Kiernan Shipka Instagram posted a major teaser.

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“HAPPY SOLSTICE!!!! We’ve got a #Caos holiday ep and it’s INSANE. Plus there’s an extra super special secret surprise in it that I think everyone is going to freak out about.”

What could be more freak worthy, extra special and secret than the Riverdale cast making an appearance?! It airs December 15, brujitas, so prepare yourselves.

We’ll be over here conspiring more theories…

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The Dark* Lord is testing me, comadres. What fan theories did we miss? Comment below and Happy Solstice!


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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!”

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“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.

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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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