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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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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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