These Shows Don’t Look As Friendly With The “Stranger Things” Makeover

Netflix’s third installment of the horror series “Stranger Things” is coming soon and the trailer has fans over-the-moon with excitement about the upcoming show. Lots of people have fallen in love with its retro sensibility. The show, which is set in the ’80s, features cinematography and music inspired by that era of movies. People have also fallen for the show’s Stephen King novel-meets-John Carpenter-movie font. If you’re one of those people, you’re in luck. Someone created a “Stranger Things” title generator (makeitstranger.com) that lets you “strangify” whatever title, phrase, or name you want. And to be honest, everything kinda looks better in that font. Don’t believe me?

There’s the story of a man who doesn’t age for 30 years…

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Yep. Don Francisco is not the innocent and non-terrifying show host you remember. In this universe, he is ready to take over the world one ridiculous segment at a time.

The story of a mysterious wind that affects those in need of a divine intervention…

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Okay. La Rosa de Guadalupe is already slightly terrifying to all of the kids who don’t know how to behave. It is basically a fictional version of Primer Impacto, however, Primer Impacto is already pretty fake. Either way, I’m all in for this creepier version of this show.

The story of prep school kids who wear lots of red and make a pact to create music forever…

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You thought high was tough before, just wait till you see Rebelde in the upside-down. It is not going to be a good time for you when you see what these teenagers have in store for you. They might have been too much for some to handle before, but now they are unstoppable.

The story of a mysterious child who lives in a barrel…

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We all know the story but what is there is a dark twist we never saw coming? Well, now you can picture the craziness for yourself. Maybe El Chavo del Ocho makes his way to the upside-down and discovers his deepest and darkest secrets. Perhaps he discovers the most secretive embarrassments of his family. The only way to tell is to use your imagination and make it happen.

The story of two people who spend their days frightening everyone with scary stories…

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As if Primer Impact couldn’t get even scarier. Well, maybe it’s just the hosts getting more terrified of thier own words because they love to make sure we are all terrified. It is only fitting that they start scaring themselves a little more and leaving us in peace.

The story of a woman who makes weird faces and carries around a mallet…

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The most definitive ending of all time is this version of the hit show “Caso Cerrado.” Not only do you lose your case in front of millions of viewers and get humiliated, but you are also then sent to the upside-down where you have to find your way back. Only when you find your way back are you allowed to live the life you once lived.

The story of a man who is always trying to coerce people to get into a jacuzzi with him (and the woman who tries to warn them)…

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I would definitely watch this show with a spooky twist. Who wouldn’t want to watch these two famous personalities interact while the world is literally falling apart around them?

The story of a businesswoman who leaves a trail of blood in her path…

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I am shooketh. “La Reina del Sur” is already a crazy story. Like, why would you want to add paranormal monsters to the already insane plot? No one will know the answer and that’s fine. We just want to watch the cartels try to hide their stash and commit their crimes while keeping themselves alive in this crazy world.

The story of a life-size bug that helps those in need…

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Clearly, this is more of an uplifting superhero movie. Not only is El Chapulin Colorado making his way through this insane universe, but he is also taking out all of the horrible monsters on his way. Get it, bro.

The story of a large family who is born with fur all over their bodies…

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Terrifying. Truly terrifying. Just imagine the mess the drains are in when the family has to shower. Talk about a manmade disaster. Horrible. I would weep if I was stuck in that house.

The story of friends who soon become frenemies…

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Ah. A tale as old as time that finally has a more troubling ending than just two friends drifiting apart. It is one of the most common and relatable stories in existence. Fortunately, they are forced to work together here if they ever want to make it back to the real world. What a twist!

The story of a woman who will hurt anyone and everyone so she can escape poverty…

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Honestly, who would try to save her? She has always been kind of asking for this, right? Look, no one deserves to be tortured but when you spend your life making eveyone’s life miserable, well…

And… the story of a family struggling to preserve its culture in a place that is trying to destroy it.

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Porbe abuelitos. They did not see this coming. They left Cuba only to be caught up in this crazy underworld. Que triste.

It’s all enough to make you go…

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


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.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi


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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