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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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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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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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