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Sagittarius Latino Celebrities You’d Want To Join You As You Travel The World

It’s Sagittarius season. Or should I say Scorpio season is finally over? The season of expansion is upon us. You’ll find yourself investing your energy in global connections and ensuring your voice creates tangible impact. It seems auspicious that American elections are held during the watery, emotional Scorpio season, only to be burned into action right after.

Sagittarians, we all know that you’ve been itching to travel all year and holiday season offers you the nomadic freedom you yearn for. My fiery Sags, behold your road trip celebrity familia written in the stars.

Gael García Bernal

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Bernal was born on November 30, 1978 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is best known for his very Sag role on “Mozart in the Jungle.” The actor holds citizenship in both Mexico and Argentina.

Christina Aguilera

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Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980 and is a household name across the globe. A major theme of Sagittarius’ lives is freedom. Please see her latest album, “Liberation.”

Benjamin Bratt

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Born on December 16, 1963 in San Francisco, Bratt is best known as Detective Ray Curtis on “Law & Order” (or in “Miss Congeniality,” depending who you ask). Sags dislike being constrained which may be why he dropped out of his MFA program to get to work already.

Dascha Polanco

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Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 3, 1982, Polanco is the break out Afro-Latina we’ve thirsted for in Hollywood. Speaking of hating being constrained, if Polanco’s character on “Orange is the New Black” is a Sag, too, we’d get why she’d shoot up a prison guard. Rules are hard.

Nestor Carbonell

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Born on December 1, 1967 in New York City to Cuban parents, Carbonell lived his wildest Sag dreams as a child. His father worked for PepsiCo, which forced the family to move often, and allowed Carbonell to live in London, Mexico city, the Bahamas, and Caracas.

Scarlett Estevez

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Let’s not forget the little ones. Estevez was born on December 4, 2007 in Los Angeles. She’ll be turning 11 this season and has already starred alongside Will Ferrel in the “Daddy’s Home” movie series. She’s also on FOX’s “Lucifer.”

Jake T. Austin

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The Disney gone “The Fosters” star is not so little anymore. Born on December 3, 1994, Austin started acting when he was just seven years old in “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

Lori Mae Hernandez

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Born on December 14, 2002, Hernandez will be turning 16 years old this season and already she has expanded her presence on this earth. She started practicing comedy at 9 years old when her dad was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy and she made it her mission to put a full smile on his face.

She’s now famous from her skit on “America’s Got Talent,” where she ridiculed Donald Trump and embraced her Sag strong sense of humor.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro

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The Puerto Rican is famous for his Italian pride on “Jersey Shore” but his Boricua pride is less often spotlighted. Born on December 4, 1985, you may have seen some of Sag’s hallmark dislikes on full display during his time on the show (look for a disdain for clingy people).

Diego Tinoco

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Born on November 25, 1997, Tinoco is now famous as Cesar Diaz on Netflix’s “On My Block.” Diaz is Colombian, Mexican and Ecuadorian, though like his character, he was born in Anaheim, California.

Hailey Baldwin

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Born on November 22, 1996, the Brazilian-American model will be turning 22 years old this Sag season. While Sags are always embracing freedom, that doesn’t mean her potential marriage to Justin Bieber will sully those goals.

Joss Favela

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Born on December 10, 1990, Favela is already one of the most famous Mexican songwriter and recording artist today. He became the youngest person to ever win the Composer of the Year award in 2015.

Tia Texada

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Born on December 14, 1971, Texada is most famous as Cruz on NBC’s “Third Watch.” Also, she’s the Skittles girl. Of course a Sag wants to taste the rainbow.

A.B. Quintanilla III

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Born December 13, 1963, A.B. is a bass guitarist for famous Mexican group Los Dinos. He also wrote songs for his sister, the late great Selena Quintanilla.

Evelyn Lozada

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Born on December 10, 1975, Lozada is best known as one of the OG “Basketball Wives.” A true Nuyorican, she moved for sunnier weather in Miami, where she met the two basketball players she would later marry (and divorce).

Diego Boneta

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Born on November 29, 1990 in Mexico City, Boneta is Puerto Rican and Mexican. He’s a talented musician and actor in both telenovelas and on “Pretty Little Liars.” Sags do like changes.

J Alvarez

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Born on December 13, 1983, the Boricua singer has traveled the world performing reggaeton. Fire signs typically need to have as much contact with the world as possible to feel that they’re experiencing life. They basically have a chronic case of FOMO.

Sheila Escovedo

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Daughter of percussionist Mexicano Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. was born in Oakland, Calif. on December 12, 1957. Sags are able to turn their thoughts into action. Combine that with big dreams, and you get “The Queen of Percussion.”

Rita Moreno

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Speaking of Queens. Puerto Rican icon Rita Moreno was born on December 11, 1931 as Rosa Dolores Alverío Marcano in Humacao, Puerto Rico. She has since won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy and is playing all our favorite abuelitas on “One Day at a Time” and “Jane the Virgin.”

Papa Francis

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Every abuelita’s ultimate travel companion would be Pope Francis, the first and only Latino Pope in the history of the Vatican. He was born on December 13, 1969. What’d I say about Sags making it to the top?


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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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