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Growing Up Latino With Salsa Sensation Victor Manuelle

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Isabela’s own, Victor Manuelle, comes from a long line of salsa greats, and was discovered by the “El Caballero de la Salsa,” Gilberto Santa Rosa. Known by his fans as “El Sonero de la Juventud,” the Bronx-born star focused on dedicating himself to the genre, racking up some great accolades and collaborations that lead him to be one of the greatest salsa composers of our generation.

In his latest project “Que Suenen Los Tambores,” we see Manuelle gives fans their dose of love songs and celebratory tracks, but he also lets fans in a little deeper into his life as he dedicates the song “Algo Le Pasa a Mi Héroe” to his father, who has been battling with Alzheimer’s. Since he was impacted by his father’s illness, he's advocated to raise awareness in all his shows and live performances.

Recently, Manuelle teamed up with HBO Latino to give fans the full experience of his “Que Suenen Los Tambores” tour in his land of Puerto Rico. Set to air on Nov. 18, this special feature shows Victor performing his new songs as well as the fan favorites that have kept him relevant since his first album, Justo a Tiempo, which released in 1993. Get to know more about what it was like for Manuelle to grow up Latino.

"Yo vivo donde otros vacacionan". Amanecer en mi ISLA.

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Unforgettable childhood memory:
Christmas parties in my house. My dad with his guitar playing music, my mom cooking and I was the oldest sibling in my house, so I would see my younger siblings running around. I'd be singing some Hector Lavoe songs or Christmas songs. Christmas has always been a memorable time.

Favorite home cooked meal:
I have to say my mom's beans. Papi used to make a mean octopus stew. I would have to say, though, rice and chicken that my grandmother would make.

Craziest Hispanic proverb told by mami or abuela:
Te lo dije! Whenever you did something wrong it was Te Lo Dije! Sometimes they'd talk in syllables with their chancla: Te! Lo! Di! Je!

Che Guevara moment/ greatest moment of rebellion:
It was a moment in high school. There was a problem I had with a teacher that I took to the principal. I organized everything and told the principal how the teacher was being disrespectful. That's when I felt like Che Guevara—like a leader.

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I first saw myself as a Latino when…
I feel that I've always felt Latino. I think when I left Puerto Rico and did a set somewhere else I really felt like, "Wow I'm representing the Latin culture, the language, salsa." It was really when I went to a non-Spanish speaking country. When I went to Colombia or Peru, they all understood, but when I did a set in Japan, tt made me feel like I had a responsibility to push my culture.

La Chupacabra o el Cuco:
El Cuco, haha, la chupacabra came later. El Cuco was who put fear in us.

Favorite poor man's meal:
Chinese food but not from a fancy restaurant. I like the ones you go to where you can get the combos. When I feel like I want to eat something that's not so healthy, it'll have to be Chinese food.

What was your household cure-all:
My mom would use Vick's for everything. If you had a cough she would use Vick's, if you had a bruise, Vick's. Everything was Vick's. If your eyes hurt, she would put Vick's in your eye. [Laughs]

Salsa, bachata or reggaeton:

What was your telenovela guilty pleasure:
I used to watch one with my mom I forgot the name. My mom used to watch Betty La Fea.

Historical hero or heroine:
In Puerto Rico, I would say Pedro Albizu Campos. But in sports, I would consider Tito Trinidad as a hero.

Life mantra:
My dad would always say, "If your worries have remedies why cry? And if they don't, why cry?" I don't see anything as too big in my life. There's nothing like losing a family member, but if nothing like that is happening and you have health, then everything else will resolve itself.

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It's About Time: Cypress Hill Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Cypress Hill doesn't always get the credit they deserve for their impact on hip-hop history, but they've been honored forever with a revered star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With a career of 30 years, the legacy of the four-man group of B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Eric Bobo (along with former member Mellow Man Ace) includes six platinum albums and 90s zeitgeist songs like "How I Could Just Kill A Man," "Insane In The Brain," and "Hand On The Pump." They released their self-titled debut in 1991 and the chart-topping follow-up Black Sunday two years later,  and have continued creating ever since, releasing their ninth and latest album Elephants On Acid in September 2018. Cypress Hill are considered West Coast rap legends, and the first Latino rap group to have multiple gold and platinum records. Anchored by Muggs' gloomy, gritty production and B-Real's nasal, charismatic rhymes, Cypress Hill is as much a part of rap history as anyone.

The group's ceremony included speeches from Latino comedian George Lopez and fellow West Coast rap legend Xzibit, who said 'it's about time' before detailing the group's illustrious career.

Xzibit pointed out Cypress Hill not only brought Latino representation in an industry that largely lacked it, but that they were staunch marijuana advocates way before today's growing legalization.

"The Grammy-nominated group showed us stoned is indeed the way of the walk. Long before the days of legal dispensaries and medical marijuana, Cypress Hill were advocates of that sticky icky icky oooh wee!" Xzibit shared. "...Cypress Hill are pioneers in their own right. Their accomplishments and accolades reach deep in the roots and history books of hip-hop, and today is another chapter in that saga. Yo B-Real, Sen Dog, Muggs, Bobo: you are our Rolling Stones, Ungrateful Dead, you are the West Coast Public Enemy."

Lopez insisted that out of all the 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "there are none more important than the one we're about to unveil for Cypress Hill. There's a lot of actors, there's a lot of comedians, there's a lot of entertainers who are on this (Walk of Fame). But there's only one cypress hill, the first Latino hip-hop group. But to everyone who lives the American dream, not the last Latino hip-hop group to ever be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

Cypress Hill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled pic.twitter.com/cNtpIUd8Xg

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George Lopez says there are 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but "none more important than the star we are about to unveil for Cypress Hill" pic.twitter.com/wuaakjKp6u

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via WalkofFame.com.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.


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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."


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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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