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21 Things That Would Happen If Stranger Things Was A Telenovela


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!?


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


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


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


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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato


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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