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What Telenovela Character Should You Be Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Let’s face it: everyone has seen at least one telenovela that they would happily watch for hours on end. Granted, it’s a guilty pleasure; telenovelas aren’t known for their intellectual stimulation. But, have you ever wondered what kind of telenovela character you would be, given the chance? Look no further, babes, because we’ve consulted the stars, and we know exactly where you belong in telenovela land.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Aries, you’re pretty well-aware that you have a reputation for being a hothead. And, you own it! You’d love to think that life is just one big adventure, and all it takes is for you to put yourself out there and embrace it. As far as you’re concerned, there’s no point in doing something unless you’re going to put your all into it. That being said, sometimes you come across as a little too stubborn for some people’s liking – once you get fixed on something, there’s no way you’ll change your mind!

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Luján from Rebelde is your telenovela twin, Aries. You’d have some serious superstar potential, if only for the fact that your diva-like attitude would make it seem that way. After all, you just need to fake it until you make it! You’re unafraid of starting outrageous feuds, even if it means being a bit rude, which makes you all the more the perfect candidate for popstardom. 

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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As an earth sign, you’re practical and well-grounded, and you don’t take no for an answer. Taurus, you like to be surrounded by beauty. But, just because you like pretty things doesn’t mean that you don’t know how to put your head down and get your hands dirty. You’re unafraid of commitment, and it’s because of that you have the capacity to stay on the same projects for years. Funnily enough, this also means you’re good at making money.

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So who’s your telenovela doppelgänger? Why, none other than Betty Pinzón, from Yo soy Betty, la fea. You’re unperturbed by the fact that you’re a little less glamorous than your peers, because you know that you can get the job done. Despite the fact that you’re generally pretty rational, you can’t help but fall in love with your irresistible boss. Though, it’s not really your fault that he’s irresistible, right?

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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As the sign of the twin, most people are never really sure what they’ll be dealing with, when they’re with you, Gemini. You can go to expressive and quick-witted, to serious and thoughtful at the drop of a hat. Part of the reason for this is that you’re just so inquisitive – you feel like there’s so much to see and do out in the world, you pretty much suffer a chronic case of FOMO. 

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You have not one, but two telenovela counterparts, Gemini: Paola and Paulina from La Usurpadora. No one knows what to expect of you – will you be off partying with your many lovers? Faking paralysis? Or trying to right the wrongs of the world? To be honest, some people think that your changes in personality almost feel like you become a different person entirely.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Cancer, most people would describe you as a tenacious and highly imaginative romantic at heart. You’re loyal to a fault, and that makes you not only the perfect friend, but also a reliable life partner. Being the type of person who cares deeply about family, you’d like to think that one day you could build your own little family, in whatever shape or form that may be. At the end of the day, you just like to keep the people you care about close to you.

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The character that’s closest to your sensitive nature, Cancer is Maria Salomé, from Gitanas. Imagine being a young gypsy woman, caught between the world of the man you love, and the people and home you’ve known your entire life! While you’re not necessarily the biggest fan of drama, at the same time, the journey to experience true love is an experience you’d never be able to pass up.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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As a creative and warm-hearted person, Leo, you always effortlessly draw people to you. To be honest, paired with your self-confidence, most people aren’t sure whether they want to be with you, or be you. That is, unless people catch you on a bad day: sometimes you can come across as just a little bit arrogant and self-centered. Although, your innate generousness usually wins those people back.

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Leo, you would make the perfect Reny, from Volver a Empezar. Your dreams of meeting Chayanne aren’t just simply to do with lust – though it’s certainly a part of it – but, also to do with your dreams of being famous. As someone with a flair for the dramatic, and who thrives under the spotlight, you’d definitely be able to cope with the ups and downs of being famous. The real challenge would be figuring out how to deal with whatever love triangles you would get caught in along the way!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo, you’re a hard worker who always pays attention to the little details. Since you have such a methodical approach to life, you never leave anything to chance. You’re one of those kinds of people who, even though you’re soft on the inside, you have a hard shell on the outside that’s hard to break through. If you ever have to make a hard decision, you always use logic, rather than your feelings.

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So who is your telenovela twin? It’s La Reina del Sur’s Teresa Mendoza, the unexpected drug lord. Who are we kidding, of course you could succeed as a drug cartel kingpin! You’ve got a real handle on the efficiency needed to run an international drug distribution business – and the stamina needed to keep working to avoid the police and other dangerous competitors. 

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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We all know you for your graciousness and fair-mindedness, Libra. You always try to be as diplomatic as possible, because you want to keep the peace. That being said, you have trouble keeping your mouth shut if you see some injustice happening – you want to make sure that everything is right in the world! You’re a bit of a non-conformist, and you have no problem with being the person to embrace the outcasts.

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Your telenovela twin is Andrea from La prepago, Libra! If anyone had the smarts to balance life as a journalist and a sex worker, it would be you. Even if things ratcheted up a notch, and you got caught in a scandal that put you in grave danger, you would definitely triumph at the end of the day.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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Being the passionate and assertive person you are, Scorpio, you’re known for being good in bed. People are drawn to your determination and decisiveness. When the going gets tough, you get going with your resourcefulness! You’re a great secret-keeper, and you’ve got a bit of a mysterious allure about you. Sometimes, though, all you’re masking is a really jealous nature, since you can get suspicious pretty easily.

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Rubí, the titular character from the infamous telenovela, is Scorpio personified! Given the opportunity, you could easily fit into Rubí’s shoes nicely … especially since you love being caught in a dramatic love triangle! Although, you should probably watch out for any potential car crashes. And staircases. Those things just generally don’t end well for you.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Sagittarius, you are one idealistic soul. You’re at your happiest when you’re traveling, and you hate the thought of being constrained. Sometimes your free spirit can get you into trouble, though, and you might find yourself promising more than what you can deliver, and suffering due to your impatience. But, good things come to those who wait! If you have the wherewithal to stand through the hard times, you’ll be rewarded for it.

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Have you ever seen Café, con aroma de mujer, Sagittarius? Because you bear a striking resemblance to the heroine, Teresa Suárez, or, Gaviota, as she’s more commonly known. Working outside as a harvester would be exactly your cup of tea – or coffee – until you have a passionate, whirlwind affair with a mysterious European lover. You’d be unafraid to set out into the world to find him again, even at the peril of your own safety! Just don’t hold it against your lover, if he decides to get married in the meantime. Trust us, it’s all the result of a misunderstanding.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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We all know that you’re a know-it-all, Capricorn. Unfortunately, you can sometimes be pretty condescending. On the flip side, you’re responsible, disciplined, and you’ve got a really good sense of self-control. As much as you’d like to think you’re above these kinds of things, you do have a weakness for nice stuff – you like quality things, and to get quality things, you need to have money. Hey, who says that money can’t buy happiness? 

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You would probably most find yourself identifying with Teresa, the main character from the telenovela of the same name. There’s no way you’d stand for living in poverty your entire life. And if that means marrying your way up, then that’s what you’d set your heart on doing. Just don’t ever forget where you came from, Capricorn, because that’ll get you into trouble.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, as a deep thinker, you can come across as both shy and eccentric – and quiet and energetic. But these contradictions in your personality only make you that more endearing! At the end of the day, you’re an independent person, who has the smarts to easily solve problems. You see the world as a place full of possibility, no matter how jaded you might get with everything that’s happening.

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Your telenovela doppelgänger is definitely Valentina Villalba Rangel, from Soy tu dueña. People can easily see you being a successful businesswoman, with your smarts. On the other hand, because you can be pretty emotionally closed off, it’s not hard to see you also having to deal with the ins and outs of love. 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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A regular fish out of water, you’re a compassionate and intuitive type, Pisces. Most would say that you’re an old soul, which complements your capacity to be creative and artistic. At times, you can become so wrapped up in yourself that you fall into the trap of casting yourself as a victim – but you’re so much more than that! In fairness, it can be hard to feel anything but hard done by when you have a habit of trusting people just that little bit too much. 

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Pisces, you would make the perfect Thalia, from the Mexican telenovela, Marimar. You’d happily live your life on the beach with your grandparents – that is, until you meet your Sergio and know that life will never be the same for you. Just be wary of any jealous mother-in-laws. You know the trope; and if so many mother-in-laws are evil in fictional television shows, there’s got to be some basis for it in real life, right?

Have you had a chance to see your star sign’s telenovela character in action? Maybe it’s time to delve into the archives and binge watch some of the classics. Let us know which telenovela is your favorite on Facebook, by clicking the link at the top of the page.

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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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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 Luis 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.” Luis 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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