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Where Should You Travel In 2019 According To Your Zodiac Sign?

Let’s face it, since there are so many places to go in the world, it can be hard to decide where to go to next! What we can all agree on, though, is that Latin America is definitely the place to be – whether it be to relax, scope out the history, enjoy the food, or just simply find yourself. But where in Latin America would be best for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, amigo. Read your zodiac sign to find out what kind of traveller you are, and where you should visit on your next trip.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Aries, you need to be somewhere that will let you get in touch with the feugo in your soul. You’re not afraid of adventure. In fact, you thrive on it! Being the sign of the goat, you’ve got that sure-footedness that would serve you well on a holiday with a lot of physical activity. 

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Your sense of adventure would be satiated by a stay in Ecuador. A climb up Ecuador’s Cotopaxi is right up your alley. Not only would you scale Ecuador’s second tallest volcano, you’ll have the opportunity to mountain-bike your way down from the peak!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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If you’re a Taurus, you like to plan your trips well in advance. And, you also like to get real value for money from your holidays. That being said, you’re no cheap-skate. You like the finer things in life, and you want your holidays to reflect that. But, you’d rather not spend big if you can help it. Sales and discounts are your best friend.

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For you, Taurus, Brazil is the place for you to be! Beach bumming in Fortaleza will give you that sense of luxury, without breaking the bank like Brazil’s bigger cities do. Just make sure to plan your trip around the weather!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Gemini, as a social butterfly, you feel most at home when you’re surrounded by people. You are well-suited to spending your holidays walking around cities, and soaking in their architectural delights and atmosphere. And, of course, exploring a myriad of malls, pubs, restaurants and the like.

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Guatemala, or more specifically, Guatemala City, is where you should head to, Gemini! There are plenty of architectural wonders and museums for you to see here. Lose yourself in sites such as Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, Museo Ixchel and Museo Nacional de Arueología y Etnología.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Unfortunately, Cancer, you have a terrible sense of direction. But thankfully, you’re not too bad at remembering landmarks. You’re a bit of a sentimental traveller, and always get nostalgic thinking about your trips. You’re a better traveller if you stay in the one place while you’re on holiday.

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Peru is the place for you, Cancer. The capital, Lima, has everything you need in the one spot. Think about it: there are plenty of museums, shopping, ancient historical sites, and gorgeous seaside views to satisfy a water sign like yourself. Food tours run regularly in the city, meaning that you won’t have to worry about getting lost while you’re looking for quality meals.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Leo, you’re a babe who is always up for a massive fiesta. For you, holidays are about experiencing luxury – as far as you’re concerned, it’s time to treat yourself! You make for a good travelling buddy, since you’re always upbeat and enthusiastic about everything. 

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Nothing would make you happier, Leo, than experiencing all of the festivals that Colombia has to offer. Bogotá, in particular, is a real lively place to be, with its mix of cultural and music festivals. Tunja boasts one of the biggest culture and arts festivals in Latin America – the Festival Internacional de la Cultura de Boyacá. Cutting a long story short, there’s no shortage of festivals for you in Colombia, Leo!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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You’re not afraid of doing some reading before you travel, Virgo. After all, how will you know about the best places to go to, unless you’ve done your homework? You’re the designated mum of any trip, and you always have the essentials on hand. You make sure to have a first aid kid, emergency phone numbers, and guidebooks within arm’s reach.

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A tour around Mexico would be your jam, Virgo. The planning would already be done for you, and you can enjoy the best of Mexico City, the Mayan ruins and delicious Mexican food and drink.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Libra, your ideal holiday is a peaceful holiday. It’s pretty easy for you to be relaxed, though, since you’re a very easy-going traveller, anyway. Libra, you are all about finding romance on your holidays – whether that be with a person, or falling in love with a new place.

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Did someone say El Salvador, Libra? There are many gorgeous sites around the country that inspire that real feeling of romance. From the majestic ruins of Tazumal, to sunset on the beach at Playa El Tunco there are countless places where you’ll definitely feel the magic.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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The way that Scorpios ‘find themselves’ on holiday is by seeing themselves in relation to their place in history. You gravitate towards museums and architectural wonders from ages past. Since you’re pretty tech-savvy, your friends and family will definitely stay updated on your trip through Instagram and long Facebook posts.

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Scorpio, you’ll discover more about yourself and the world around you in Nicaragua. The Ruins of León Viejo have been granted a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, while the Museo Nacional in Managua hosts an iconic collection of historical artefacts.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Sagittarius, you suffer from a chronic case of wanderlust. A short trip just doesn’t do it for you. The real charm of a holiday, for you, is experiencing the customs and traditions of a country. And, most importantly, the local cuisine! Your kind of adventure is the one that can be found on a plate.

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Culinary delights can be found in Chile, Sagittarius. In no particular order, you’ll have to try the Chilean empanadas, humitas, and ceviche. And, naturally, Sagittarius, if you’re a fan of hot dogs, then you definitely need to source some completos.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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A holiday for a Capricorn is an exercise in elaborate planning. Chances are you probably have a few trips planned for the future already! Your idea of a good holiday is one that can be shared with other people. Your travel buddies know that you always have everything under control, especially since you’ve got a Plan B, C, and D for every situation.

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Cuba makes for a fantastic holiday destination for you, Capricorn. The best way for tourists to get around the country is through tours, which will satisfy your penchant for proper planning. Trinidad is a must-see, since its Old Town is UNESCO heritage listed.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, you can’t just take a holiday. You want trips that fit with your sense of social justice. Visiting a place to volunteer, or to immerse yourself in its geo-politics is exactly your cup of tea. If you can, you try to keep the environmental impact of your trip as low as possible.

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Aquarius, you would find so much history and culture in Paraguay, you wouldn’t know what to do with yourself. The best place to start would be with a deep-dive into Asuncion’s past, but by no means should you stop there. Fort Boqueron and the Chaco, La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and the petroglyphs of Cerro Cora National Park all reveal more about Paraguay’s rich history.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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A holiday with a Pisces is a slow holiday. You like to regenerate on your trips, and can suffer from sensory overload in a new place if you’re not careful. Travel for Pisces is about nurturing your creative spirit, and art galleries are a great place for you to go.

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Panama is the perfect holiday destination for you, Pisces. The quiet islands of Guna Yala would be a great place to soak in the beauty of the Caribbean. Or, chances are you’d prefer El Valle de Antón, a small town couched in the crater of an extinct volcano. The point is, you’d be hard-pressed not to feel relaxed after a visit to Panama.

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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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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.

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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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