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2019’s Zodiac Wheel de la Fortuna: Your Financial Future According to Your Sign

El dinero, along with health and love, are three main factors to success, but we all don’t have bank investors or stock managers à la Merrill Lynch to manage our finances. We sometimes have to suffice with la alcancía we bargained at the swap meet for nostalgic reasons, or, of course, safe keep of our billetes in a bank account, but still you need something else. You need celestial guidance to know about your financial future. Look up at the night sky, because your Zodiac sign will reveal how much money you’ll make and hopefully it’s to your heart’s desire.

Yes, tu signo de estrella means more than you know. No need for a Tarot card reader, or your Tía’s witch doctor comadre to help. We will reveal what your Zodiac sign says about how much you’ll make it rain based on the traits of your sign. This is going to be astrologically fantastico! Or,  if your sign deems it so, you might end up broke with only a few dollars for a burger, fries and a coke. ¡O, ni pa’ los tacos!

Aries: March 21 – April 19

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*Walter Mercado voice* ¡Aries!

Aries are known to be eager, dynamic, quick, and competitive, so jobs that will complement such qualities will make you rico rico rico! Yes, jobs mi rey/reina, because money does not grow on trees or from Papi’s wallet. Forget about a regular 9-to-5, because Aries are all about millennial entrepreneurship. Just keep away from schemes that say you’ll “make money fast.” There’s a certain degree of eagerness that can have repercussions. Don’t be the Aries that makes $2,000/month; be El Aries Chingon who makes $200K+/year! Invest your money in stocks or cryptocurrency, who knows. Tread carefully and always make wise decisions. Inhibit your impulsivity when life and financial decisions come your way.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20

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There’s something about Taurus that makes them stand out, maybe because they’re strong, dependable, sensual, and creative. Your ideal 9-to-5 is a corporate setting or something physically demanding (i.e. construction). A law firm where you need a lot of strength and dependability might be your way to a bountiful bank account. It’s not easy, but as a dependable and creative being, you garner much respect in whatever field you come to possess. You’re as dependable as your mom’s tamales and ponché every Christmas: you’re there for those that matter the most. This makes you love consistency, which although fine and dandy will hinder you from taking risks, like changing jobs, learning a new skill, or dipping your pata into becoming an entrepreneur. You seal the deal with your sensuality and intelligence. ¡Olé, torro!

Gemini: May 21 – June 20

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Gemini, you are a creative being that can generate money from the sky, metaphorically speaking. This is due to your ability to succeed in anything you set your mind to and by making your dreams a reality. As a Gemini, you love to learn new things, because it gives you an edge where others are lackluster. Basically, you’re on a navé espacial heading to the stars while listening to Maná while the rest are stuck in office cubicles. ¡Oséa, ni al talón te llegan! You lead others by example, like a corporate CEO type. Say what you will, Gemini’s know how to make bank. Just no te apendejes con Versace Versace Versace! ¡Ni que chingaos!

Cancer: June 21 – July 22

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Cancers are intuitive, sentimental, and compassionate. In other words, emotional à la Selena Gomez. This can work in your favor, as you have the option of seeking a medical degree to appease your compassion. Your sign indicates you are also protective, so helping others in need is where it’s at. Just no te enamores con un Bon-bon when they come in for a physical exam. Maybe you’re not the book type, so nonprofits might be a good option. BUT you’re salary, so let’s just say you’ll be paid with sentiments. *cries* You are always mindful and intuitive. To be successful is a matter of doing what makes you happy even if you can’t afford el pozole de la esquina on the weekend. That may be OK because you are doing something that feels rewarding and that enriches you. Whether it’s a doctorate or work in a non-profit, your compassion will take you in the right direction.

Leo: July 23 – August 22

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Leos! You are the leaders of the zodiac sign. Everyone is drawn to you. Use this to your advantage and take up positions of power like politics (just stay away from Orange Spray Tan, ¡Dios te salve, Maria!), something corporate, head of a publication… you get the point. You are strong and know how to direct yourself and others well. Everyone comes to you as if you were a king. Own it, and be the Latino Senator you dreamed of becoming as a child, or even President of the United States. Bring a positive change and light to the Latino community. You excel in jobs where power is needed, and you are there to provide it. ¡Hay Tú! You’re making me blush! Wealth is in your reach, wanting it is another. ¡No seas güey!

Virgo: August 23 – September 22

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As a Virgo, you are born with innate practicality, loyalty, a gentle soul, and an analytical mind. Just don’t lose your head over it. Tech companies will suit you best. They are practical and a field where you will excel at with loyalty since all behemoth tech companies rely solely on that to grow as an empire. Human resources would be a good fit, too, because honesty is a feature you possess, so bank on it. Due to your analytical inclination you would thrive in science-related careers. It’s ideal, too, but your analytical trait will, at times, make you fastidious. ¡Relaja tú chongo/man bun!

Libra: September 23 – October 22

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Libra, your Zodiac sign is in the form of a scale on the constellation. Balance lives within you. You are social, fair-minded, diplomatic, and gracious. You carry yourself well with others, and your diplomatic trait makes everyone gravitate toward you, as if you were the only one in the room. Your energy is positive and peaceful. As a Libra, your social and gracious charisma can help you land a job as an actor in Tinseltown. Be aware though, such venture is not absolute, so try your hand at working in marketing, public relations, or any career that is highly sociable, like an Instagram influencer, blogger, life guru, fashion stylist, etc. Just don’t let anyone bring you down. ¡Nomás no abras tu bocota demas!

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21

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Scorpio’s motto: “You never know what you are capable of until you try.” As a Scorpio, you are passionate, stubborn, resourceful and brave. These are qualities that can make or break you. You can be a painter because it is both passionate and brave, but your parents might cringe. “¡Que dibujitos y que la chiflada!” they might say. Maybe a graphic artist? You’d be able to work for a video-game company or movie studio. Those are a few career outlets that your sign opens the doors to. You are brave, and it borders on fearless, so you don’t give up. You like helping others, so an MFT or a Ph.D. in psychology will rake in the big bucks. Do you know how much a 50-minute session with a psychologist will cost you these days? $125! Don’t ask how I know that. “What is a psicólogo?” your parents will ask. No son pa’ locitos? Maybe consult La Bruja instead. Your bravery always prevails and you shy away from nothing.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21

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As a Sagittarius, you are extroverted, optimistic, funny, and generous. You emit positive energy everywhere you go. An outdoors/nature career would suit you well. You can go as big as becoming an astronaut, professional mountain climber, goat yoga instructor, and even dabble in construction. It is your optimism that propels you, which is lacked by others. You have a good sense of humor, and your generosity is well-received to those deserving. Whether you want to reach for the stars as an Astronaut or work honorably in construction, your Zodiac traits will guide you to your financial niche. It is up to you to decide where it takes you, but no matter what, as long as it makes you happy. That is indeed the only thing that counts. ¡Nomas no te creas Superman, güey!

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19

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Capricorns are serious, independent, intelligent, disciplined, and tenacious individuals, with the ability to be the most stable from all the Zodiac signs. Your traits give you a professional demeanor which works in your favor as you can enterprise, have your own business, work in government, or work in a high profile corporate job. Your seriousness makes you not the happiest patito, so work in a field that will inspire you every day, even if it takes time to get there. It pays off in the long run, and I’m sure your checking account will reflect that.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18

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Aquarius (aka water type Pokémon. JK) are deep, imaginative, original, and uncompromising. In one word: complicated. ¡Hijos de su Madre! They are always buried in thought and imagination, which is a recipe for being somewhat disorganized. As an Aquarius, you would thrive in a career in the arts (artist, sculptor, photographer, writer). Artsy fartsy, basically. You can probably hear your mom screaming, “¡Y como chingaos vas a pagar la renta?!” A stable income varies, but you are definitely original, charismatic, loyal, humanitarian, and brilliant. You can also work in fields of science or non-profits to help those in need with scientific discoveries in health or helping those less fortunate. The course of your life is in your hands, as your Zodiac sign is your celestial map that will help you make the money you so wish and desire.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20

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Pisces are affectionate, empathetic, wise, and artistic. Does that mean you’ll make a lot of dough à la Carlos Slim? ¡Ni a toritelloro llegas! A career in medicine, therapy, social work, or any artistic outlet will suit you nicely. You are also a dreamer, so work in a field that will foster that quality, like in architecture or creative technology. Use your wisdom, for it will guide you and will help you make the decisions necessary to live a good life, the way you want it to be, with guidance of your Zodiac, of course.

Your Zodiac sign is like a revelation from the cosmos (cue the fog) that can inspire you to become the best version of you and it brings along the foretelling of your financial future. As Walter Mercado would say “Reciban mucha paz de mi, pero sobre todo mucho, mucho, mucho *beso* Amor.”

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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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