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Here Are The Top Breitbart News Stories With Latino In The Headline

We decided to take a look at how Breitbart News, the notoriously alt-right news group for stories about Latinos. Let it be known, that what you’re about to see is the softer side of Breitbart, simply because they use the world “Latino” instead of “Hispanic-Latinos” (yes it is a thing here), “illegal”, “alien,” or “immigrant.”

This is how Breitbart views Latino citizens of the United States. You’ve been warned.

Breitbart: “Chicago Cardinal Says Allegations Against Pope ‘Because He Is a Latino’”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

There are so many things to unpack here but let me start with the alleged quote of Chicago Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò that “Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he is a Latino.” Breitbart’s follow up?

“Others were also quick to note that Pope Francis is actually not a Latino, but a white European born in Argentina.”

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that they are “unsubstantiated allegations.”

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The Pope even called the letter “fake news.” America perceived Viganò’s hostility towards the Pope as stemming from becoming “too enmeshed in U.S. culture wars, particularly regarding same-sex marriage.”

Breitbart: “WaPo Slams ‘Vile, Despicable’ Latino Victory Fund Ad, Ralph Northam Campaign”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

This article further reaffirms Breitbart’s view of Latinos as “racist” against white people. The Latino Victory Fund released an ad that depicts VA’s Republican GOP gubernatorial candidate’s sticker on the back of a pickup truck running down immigrant children in the street. Then, the kids wake up from a terrible dream in their living room, watching a KKK run down counter-protestors.

Reality: That was an Op-Ed, but WaPo published this article: “New anti-Gillespie ad sparked by worries about Northam’s appeal to minorities”

Latino Victory Fund

Meanwhile, The Washington Post chose to air all sides of the issue, including how Latino Victory Fund’s President outright said, “Gillespie brought this on with his relentless attacks on our community. This is a direct response.” Instead of the American dream, the ad was released as “The American Nightmare.”

Breitbart: “RNC Chairwoman McDaniel: Every Democrat Should Denounce Latino Victory Fund Ad”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Breitbart quotes McDaniel that the ad “feeds the worst of our country in terms of hate and division, and fear.”

Reality: Gillespie Smeared Northam With Lies That He Supports the MS-13 Gang

Untitled. Digital Image. NY Mag. 4 December 2018.

Above is a screen shot from the first anti-immigrant ad that Gillespie ran. He claims that Northam’s approval of sanctuary cities in Virginia (fact check: there are none) have increased MS-13 gang activity (fact check: there is none). Gillespie lost the race.

Breitbart: “Biden Discusses ‘Latino Resistance to Trump’ with Hispanic Activists”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Those “Hispanic Activists” are The Latino Victory Fund, and apparently, this fundraiser was headline worthy for its focus on the “Latino Resistance to Trump.”

Reality: The ad ran the day before, and after the attack, the ad was quickly removed.

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Breitbart wants to credit The Latino Victory Fund’s advertisement with this: “[the commercial] aired after a terrorist ran over several people with a truck in New York while reportedly shouting ‘Allah Akbar.'”

Breitbart: “Government Gives San Diego State Professor $430,000 to Study Latino Grocery Store Purchases”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Breitbart offered zero opinion on this but the way it was shared on social media by Breitbart consumers, is unsurprising given the caricature the platform paints of Latino-Americans. “You have got to be kidding me” tweets @matt_snorek.

Reality: In 2015, Latino Americans Were 1.2x more likely to be obese than non-Hispanics, according to government studies.

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The study, pioneered by Professor Iana Castro, will be using eye tracking technology to see what cues specific purchases. Castro is focusing on the parent-child factors that influence Latino’s shopping behavior. Clever. Mamis are forever trying to overfeed us what we want, so this makes for an obvious angle. The goal of the study is to reduce obesity in Latino-Americans.

Breitbart: “Polls: Many Latinos Want Tougher Border Security”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Breitbart is trying to say, “A huge CBS poll of 6,466 registered voters in battleground states showed that 38 percent of Americans with Latino heritage do not think the Democrats’ pro-migration policies are ‘tough enough.’”

Reality: 52 percent of Latinos Expect Democratic Immigration Policy is “About Right”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

You can clearly see here that Breitbart is highlighting the minority polling statistic. Támbien, the “huge” poll only interviewed 527 Latinos. That’s 8 percent of the total number of people interviewed, under-representing Latinos.

Breitbart: “Jorge Ramos: ‘Very Sad’ Latino Trump Voters Turned Backs on Immigrants”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Breitbart’s point? That Jorge Ramos “scornfully” assumed that Latinos have a single issue to rally around: immigration. That’s simply not true, and while the documented majority of us are against Trump’s immigration tacts (and Democratic), there are many more special interests that encompass the Latino vote.

Reality: Ramos sees Latinos as a complex group of individuals

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In an NPR interview, Ramos explicitly said, “At the end, three million Hispanics voted for Donald Trump. And that also says a lot. What it’s saying is that we are not monolithic. But also, I think there’s a divide within the Hispanic community, which is saying that some of the Latinos who came here as immigrants or the sons of immigrants have decided to turn their backs on the immigrants coming after them. And that’s—for me, that’s very, very sad.”

Breitbart: “Democratic Nightmare: Many Latinos Ignore Race Politics, Vote on Economy”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Okay, this was a reach Breitbart. While they even admit that the majority of Latinos disapprove of Trump, they reach to claim, “The faster-than-average rise is due, in part, to the relatively large number of young Latinos who see rising income as they gain work experience in their 20 and 30s, and because of the reduced inflow of Hispanic unskilled illegal immigrants.”

Reality: The Pew Research Center confirms that a quarter of Hispanic voters turned out at midterms for the first time

@US_Latino / Twitter

Yup. Of those who cast a midterm vote, 27 percent said they were voting in a midterm for the first time, which is compared to 18 percent of black voters and 12 percent of white voters. We turned out in a major way and we voted 62 percent Democratic. Not a nightmare at all for the Democratic Party, en realized.

Breitbart: “Video: Latino Refuses Service to American, Says Cannot Speak English”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

Okay, this did happen because this Taco Bell was in Hialeah. At one point, the employee said, “This is Hialeah,” in Spanish, because 93 percent of Hialeah is Latino. We don’t see what led up to the point that the employee refused service, just her calling the customer, “Mi vida, lo siento, hay nadie que puede hablar ingles.”

Reality: Breitbart found the needle in the haystack.

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Every other day we see videos of white people yelling at families in grocery stores for speaking Spanish or for simply wearing a Puerto Rican pride shirt. This woman was fired the next day after this video was released, which is proof that justice is more often served for the English-speakers than the Spanish-speakers.

Breitbart: “‘Silent Donation’: Corporate Emails Reveal Google Executives’ Efforts to Turn Out Latino Voters Who They Thought Would Vote for Clinton”

Untitled. Screenshot. Breitbart News. 4 December 2018.

According to Breitbart, the email explicitly said, “We pushed tp [sic] get out the Latino vote with our features, our partners, and our voices. We kept our Google efforts non-partisan and followed our company’s protocols for the elections strategy.”

Reality: Google confirms the emails, and denies partisanship.

@El_R_World / Twitter

A spokesperson told ABC News. “The employee’s email is an expression of her personal political views about the outcome of the 2016 election and those views do not reflect any official stance by the company. We have nearly 90,000 employees comprising a broad array of political affiliations. The email itself explicitly notes that she is speaking personally, and that Google’s efforts were non-partisan.”


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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.

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

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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 Luis 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.” Luis 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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