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21 Things That Would Happen If Stranger Things Was A Telenovela

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We all know that there is nothing better than the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, except maybe your favorite and cheesy (you know it is) Telenovela. Netflix has come a long way past conventional television, bringing us on demand series at the click of a button. So what would happen if they were blended together, cliches and all; and Stranger Things was a Telenovela? I don’t know about you, but seeing as I grew up always having to backseat watch several Telenovela’s to the point where I started liking them myself, and now as an adult and enjoying the unique Science Fiction aspects of Netflix’s Stranger Things, I can’t help but wonder… Well, let’s go ahead and speculate, remember, spoilers are coming now:

1) Wedding Drama

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As per most Telenovela, there simply has to (has to!) be some sort of drama on a wedding. The thing that comes to mind would be our Joyce Byers and Bob Newby, the short-lived fling during Season Two that left many fans heartbroken – well, as a Telenovela, there definitely would have been a wedding crashed by Demogrogons! Imagine it.

2) Evil Twins

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Did you ever consider that Will Byers would have an evil twin brother, separated at birth by some stranger circumstance and now he works for the Mind Flayer? Because as a Telenovela, it would definitely have!

3) The Mob owns the Town

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Unfortunately as a Telenovela, the quiet rural town of Hawkins would undoubtedly be a drug/crime capital. We all know the Sheriff would be in on it, too!

4) Cat Fights

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Slapping is just another way of greeting people in Telenovela (if it isn’t it might as well be), but with all the drama unfolding, guaranteed there will be plenty of action! Especially when fan favorite Billy Hargrove came onto set in Season Two, there was definitely some fighting over him!

5.) Nancy would have a Mysterious Illness

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Nancy Wheeler is the hearthrob of Stranger Things, so it isn’t surprisingly to assume that she would find herself suddenly ill, perhaps fatally so… but don’t worry, we know these things are usually cured the next day.

6.) Coma, coma, and coma!

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Par for course with Telenovela, aside from strange illnesses, at least one or more cast members needs to fall into a coma. It is pretty much mandatory at this point.

7) Actors and actresses will change. A lot.

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Contracts end all the time, or some on set drama happens. All we know is whenever a character is set to have an actor change, it’s usually not-too-subtle.

8) Last Second Saves

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Get ready for there to be virtually no danger for your favorite characters, because as long as the audience loves them, in a Telenovela they will always get rescued or saved at the last second! In this case, Eleven would definitely be a savior!

9) Someone who can’t get pregnant, will get pregnant.

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Nancy Wheeler, the previously mentioned heart throb, already has several guys gunning for her. In a Telenovela world, you bet she would be pregnant… and more than likely, not know who the father was until the last second blood test shocks everyone! Now we certainly hope that this would not occur, but this is just the type of drama that comes with this hybrid of Netflix and Tv series style writing.

10) Aging will happen overnight.

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Eleven briefly disappears for a couple months. In a Telenovela, when she returned, she would not only be significantly older, but would have a different actress! That would be kind of interesting, don’t you think? I can already imagine all fans rising up in refusal after the actresses are switched!

11) The Forbidden Love

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Everyone hated Billy Hargrove during his debut in Season Two, but in the Telenovela world he would undoubtedly be the dark, handsome new comer that steals the heart of… Karen Wheeler! We saw this casual flirt near the end of the Season Two, but in Telenovela, it would be a fullblown affair! It comes with the territory of being the residential bad-boy, I guess.

12) Split Personalities

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One of our favorite characters (most likely Dustin) would have a split personality, and that personality would more than likely be evil. That’s just how it goes, and we do sort of see this behavior from Will in Season Two, seeing as he works as a spy for the Mind Flayer. 

13) Baby Drama

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Aside from the fact that most people will be getting pregnant at some point or another, there would definitely be some fuss over the children. Whether it is who-is-the-father, switched babies at the Hospital or even stolen babies; something would happen. We just know it!

14) The Dead Would Return

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Too soon? Definitely too soon for me, the water works were in full effect! We all thought they killed that evil (or amazingly good) character, but guess who miraculously survived? That same guy. Come back to us, Bob.

15) Medical Marvels

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Sure, mysterious illnesses might pop up… but fatal gun-shot wounds or accidents? Somehow, someway… the characters would survive… after a suspenseful stay in the Hospital, of course.

16) There would be a Car Crash

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This one goes without saying. Is it even a Telenovela if someone doesn’t get into a car accident? Let’s just hope the victim isn’t Billy’s car!

17) Ups and Downs

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The good news would come, the bad news would follow shortly after, then at the last second; good news again. This is sort of the formula Telenovela follows, and Stranger Things would be a different story with it! I don’t know if I could handle it.

18) The Lovers are… Related!?

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We all know the fear that our favorite couple is actually cousins, or siblings… and that’s what Telenovela does! What do you mean Nancy and Jonathan are related!? 

19) Step-moms and Step-dads are EVIL

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In many instances the parents or step parents make it their sole duty in life to make the main character’s life an absolute mess. Could you see it happening?

20) Amnesia

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One of the main characters (maybe Eleven) would have even worse Amnesia than she already has, complete with forgetting all her friends and loved ones!

21) The Love Triangle

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Thankfully Stranger Things already has this going with Nancy, Jonathan and Steve. Still, it’s pretty much required for Telenovela these days.

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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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