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Check Out Your Horoscope For The Week Of November 11th

Aries

We know you’re all about motion and action, Aries, but with your ruling planet Mercury going retrograde on the 16th, you’ll want to get all of your ducks in a row in the days leading up to it. Remember that it’s a bad idea to start new projects or commitments during a retrograde, so getting your life sorted before then is the best way to come out of one smoothly. Ironically, this same Friday sees Venus plop right into your relationship sector, which will have you on cloud 9 in terms of love. If you’re single, its soulmate time. No, seriously. This could mean wedding bells. If you’re in a relationship, be ready for great collaboration with your partner where you’re both on the same page and exactly where you want to be – with each other.

Taurus

As Mercury turns retrograde on Friday the 16th, you’ll want to watch your spending habits, Taurus. As a bull, you certainly love the finer things but take this time to reconsider your relationship with your finances. Luckily, you’ve got more important things to focus on than money right now. Yeah, we’re talking romance. Your ruling planet Venus will turn direct in Libra the same day as Mercury retrograde, so who can even be bothered with the most-feared of astrological movements when you’re about to reignite the sparks with your current lover and build something even stronger together?

Gemini

Mercury may be turning retrograde on the 16th, but this day also sees Mars moving into your career sector. While your love life can get confusing this week, at least you have more important financial and professional matters to focus your energy on. If you’re single, you could meet someone you share an incredible connection with, but if you’re currently in a relationship, you and your partner might not be on the same page about stuff you used to be. Try to be a good listener and don’t jump to any conclusions just yet. Instead, do your best to focus on work this week, where you know you can shine.

Cancer

Mercury’s impending retrograde on the 16th allows you the time to refocus on yourself and tap into your inner spirituality. What are you doing that has been holding you back? As you reassess and find some alone time, you’ll come out of your shell knowing how to push through those challenges to get you where you need to be. Remember that tense family situation with a partner last week, Cancer? All problems should soon be rectified and you’ll feel the balance back in your partnership again. And if you’re single, rely on some family members who’ve been forcing you to meet someone they think you’ll like. This time, they actually got it right!

Leo

Mercury may be turning retrograde on the 16th, but you won’t even seem to notice it, Leo! That’s because, on the very same day, Venus turns direct in your house of career, making your ideas in the workplace heard and appreciated. You’ll start making much better progress at your job. Minding that retrograde, however, it’s best to use these next three weeks to save all that money you’ll hopefully find yourself earning. Save your acorns for the winter, essentially. Or, as a lion, I guess – save that fresh antelope kill? You get the idea. Your love life is about to pop off, as well, because of course it will. You easily attract attention and this week will be no less. In fact, you’ll be especially lucky in love.

Virgo

Mercury will turn retrograde on the 16th, meaning don’t make any big purchases or sign on to any new commitments. With Venus also turning direct in your sign on the same day, however, this’ll be easy. Your finances will go back up right where they need to be, so make sure to keep them there with financially-sound choices. What’s the only thing better than money? Well, I guess that’s debatable, but most people of sound mind would argue…sex! Expect to see your romantic life take a spicier turn in the bedroom – and you definitely won’t be complaining about it!

Libra

You’re back in your element this week, Libra, feeling the balance in those scales once again. On Friday, Mercury turns retrograde, but Mars also enters your 6th house of work and health. You’ll be killing it from the inside out now that you’ve finally gotten your groove back. Your shine is nothing short of illuminant this week! With that said, if you feel like that certain someone in an important relationship isn’t seeing the glow you and everyone else knows you have, this is the time reevaluate if that partnership is truly serving you anymore. Don’t let anyone dull this sparkle!

Scorpio

A New Moon on the 8th sees Jupiter move into your financial house, kicking things up for you and your finances. Be wise with that money when Mercury goes retrograde on the 16th and don’t make any unnecessary spending choices that burn away that new cash. Venus turns direct for you the same day and your love life will be on fire, Scorpio! If you’re partnered up, you and your love with have no problem keeping each other warm for the winter, and if you’re single, you’ll have a clearer head when it comes to deciding which potential partner is truly the best fit for you and that passionate sting.

Sagittarius

Mercury’s retrograde on the 16th will leave you feeling confused and like you have to overexplain yourself. The problem is is that it’s all in your head. Since Mercury is your planet of love, these misunderstandings in your relationship aren’t as bad as they seem. In fact, they’re more or less just in your head as your sign goes through a bit of a foggy time. Don’t overthink the small stuff because your partner is there for you. The same goes for you and your career, as you may find yourself making dumb errors at work. They won’t be detrimental, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be feeling okay about your missteps. What’s more important is that you stay calm and cool in the wake of these so no one thinks you can’t handle the stress.

Capricorn

Your career planet Venus ends its retrograde the same day Mercury begins theirs, and it all goes down on the 16th. As you smooth out some old residual issues at work, take the time to relax your body and your mind to come out of Mercury’s retrograde stronger. On the same day, you might realize that someone you’ve been seeing just doesn’t fit into your life the way you thought they would. It’s time to make a choice, but know that you’re better off for it, Cap.

Aquarius

Venus turns direct on the 16th, which happens to be your planet of home and family life. Take this time to work on home improvement projects and anything that will make your home more, well…homier! However, the same day will see Mercury, your planet of true love, retrograde for the next three weeks. There will be miscommunication between you and your closest friends. Perhaps you gave bad advice, have been ditching them for a new love interest, or don’t feel ready to introduce a new special someone to your circle just yet. First impressions won’t go well this week, so hold off until December to clear the air with those friends. For right now, at least, communication might just feel haywire.

Pisces

Mercury retrograde has a way of unfairly affecting Pisces the most, doesn’t it? Having this planet as your ruler of love, home, and family life means retrogrades affect the things most important to a Pisces in the most annoying way. However, this final one of the year will probably barely be noticed, my little fish. Since Jupiter moved into your house of career last week, you’ll see financial issues fade away and the encouragement to move forward. If you’re in a relationship, it’s all about sticking with your partner and not playing the blame game over past financial mistakes. It’s all getting sorted now. Single fish might find themselves flirting with a certain hottie at the office. Well, we told you your career would get better. Haha!


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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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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

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.

El Charro Negro
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.

El Charro Negro
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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