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20 Latino Celebrities Who Were From New York

When you come from New York AKA The City of Dreams in many ways you grow up with a mindset that anything is possible. While many in our Latin community come from outside of the U.S. there are tons of Latinos whose roots are heavily based in the Big Apple as well.

Here’s a look at 20 famous Latino born and raised in New York.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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There’s no doubting how proud the Bronx-born Latina is of being raised in The Bronx. Lopez sang about her love for her city in her 2002 hit single “Jenny from the Block.”

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Born and Raised in New York City, Miranda is the Puerto Rican composer, rapper, and Broadway star who came up with the hit musical In the Heights. In recent years he’s been known for creating Hamilton.

3. Kat DeLuna

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Kat DeLuna  moved to the Dominican Republic at a young age, but the  pop singer was born in The Bronx. DeLuna sang of her NYC love in her single “New York City Gurls.”

4. Alex Rodriguez

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Rodriguez was born in Washington Heights and grew up in New York City, the Dominican Republic, and Miami.

5. Marc Anthony

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The beloved salsa artist was raised in Spanish Harlem and started his career doing freestyle at Underground New York house music acts.

6. Christina Aguilera

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The “Genie in A Bottle” singer was born in Staten Island and lived in New Jersey, Texas, New York and Japan as a child. The Grammy-winning singer signed with RCA Records in 1998.

7. Rita Moreno

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Puerto Rico-born, Moreno moved to New York City when she was five-years-old. Moreno won the National Medal of Arts and became the first and only Hispanic performer to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

8. Prince Royce

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Born and raised in The Bronx, Prince Royce is the son of Dominican immigrants and did his best to stay out of trouble while growing up in The Bronx’s toughest neighborhood.

9. Rosie Perez

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Perez is an NYC native from Queen. Growing up she dreamed of becoming a marine biologist got into acting when director Spike Lee spotted her at a nightclub and cast her in to the Right Thing.

10. Zoë Saldaña

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The Dominican actress was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and spent her early childhood in New York City. She is also a trained dancer.

11. Sonia Sotomayor

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Sonia Sotomayor, the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, spoke lovingly of her love for her neighborhood The Bronx in her book.

12. Rosario Dawson

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The Puerto Rican Cuban American actress was raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a building that she and her family renovated.

13. John Leguizamo

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Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Leguizamo’s family immigrated to the United States when he was four. They lived in neighborhoods around Queens including Jackson Heights.

14. Lana Parrilla

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Parrilla, a star of Once Upon a Time is half Puerto Rican and credit her New York City roots for her success. “I grew up in Brooklyn and was tough — kind of loaded with attitude — and then I came here [Hollywood]. I’m sure people found me kind of intimidating,” Parilla has said.

15. Gina Torres

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Torres was raised in The Bronx by her tight Cuban American family. Torres is also a trained singer.

16. Jake T. Austin

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Austin was cast by Gary Marshall in New Year’s Eve a film that takes place in his own neighborhood. While on his show of  Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place the actor often got to flex is NYC accent.

17. Ana Ortiz

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Ortiz was born in Manhattan,  raised in Philadelphia. The Latina studied to become a ballerina at a young age but eventually the actress who is part Puerto Rican attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and after Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.

18. Adam Rodriguez

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Rodriguez was born in Yonkers and set his sights on becoming a professional baseball player at a young age. Unfortunately, he had an awful injury in high school but luckily it set him on the path of becoming an actor.

19. Melonie Diaz

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Diaz was in New York City’s Lower East Side and often known as the Latina indie film queen. The Puerto Rican actress was raised in New York City’s Lower East Side, and recieved a degree in Film Production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

20. Judy Reyes

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Reyes was born to Dominican immigrants in The Bronx. She graduated from Hunter College in New York and has starred in shows like “Law and Order SVU” and “Scrubs.”


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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit to completely dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA). The lawsuit is the latest in a series of events weakening the controversial organization since the Parkland shooting.

The NRA is facing a lawsuit because of its financial misdealings.

New York Attorney General Letitia James started a domino effect of lawsuits involving the NRA AG James is suing the organization because of its financial misdeeds focusing on corruption and misspending. The allegations, AG James claims, undermine the organization’s ability to claim to be a nonprofit.

AG James’ lawsuit is bringing attention to NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s use of funds.

AG James’ lawsuit is pointing out various tax violations and is currently a civil case. However, the New York AG is not stopping there. If criminal issues are discovered, AG James will follow through.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” she said during a press conference. “If we uncover any criminal activity, we will refer it to the Manhattan district attorney. At this point in time we’re moving forward, again, with civil enforcement.”

The NRA is denouncing the charges claiming they aren’t relevant.

AG James made investigating the NRA part of her campaign in 2018 and referred to the organization as a terrorist organization.

“The foreclosure crisis is not behind us, students debt is a major issue, health care is a challenge since they repealed the individual mandate, people are having a difficult time with premiums that have increased and are often times deciding to go without medicine because of the costs, resulting in premature death and gun violence,” AG James told Ebony Magazine during her campaign. “The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.”

Shortly after AG James filed her lawsuit, Washington’s attorney general followed suit.

AG Karl Racine is going after the NRA for misusing charitable funds. Essentially, the NRA is being accused in Washington of taking money meant for educational programs and spent them on themselves. The Washington lawsuit and New York lawsuit are honing in on the NRA’s years of fraudulent use of funds. It comes at a time when the NRA is already fighting for its life after the teenagers of Parkland launched a successful campaign in slowing and reversing the organization’s growth in the political sphere.

READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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J Balvin Offers Up A Message To Fans About The Real Dangers Of Covid-19

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J Balvin Offers Up A Message To Fans About The Real Dangers Of Covid-19

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Updated August, 17, 2020.

J Balvin is the latest celebrity to come forward with a Covid-19 diagnosis. He is part of a running list of Latino celebrities who are warning fans about the virus.

J Balvin has a message for all of his fans about the seriousness and dangers of Covid-19.

“At the moment, I’m just getting better,” J Balvin said in a recorded messages for the Premios Juventud. “These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it, but I got it and I got it bad.”

He added: “My message to those that follow me, young fans and people in general is to take care. This isn’t a joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous”

Updated August 13, 2020.

Covid-19 is not done and we are seeing the proof everywhere we turn. Months after the pandemic, more and more people continue to fall ill with the virus and Antonio Banderas joins the pack.

Antonio Banderas shared the news on social media that he tested positive on his 60th birthday.

The iconic Spanish actor had recently celebrated his girlfriend’s 39th birthday before testing positive. Europe is currently dealing with a second wave from Covid-19 and officials are becoming concerned by the spread.

In his post, Banderas talked to his fans about the illness and how he didn’t feel sick, just more tired than normal. Yet, Banderas added: “I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write and rest, continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my newly released 60 years to which came loaded with desire and illusion. Big hugs to everyone.”

Banderas did not explain how he contracted the infectious disease, that as of 13 August 2020, has seen over 20.6 million cases reported across 188 countries. So far, the disease has killed more than 749,000 people.

Last year, Banderas (who is known for his roles in The Mask Of Zorro and The Spy Kids franchise) was nominated for an Oscar for his film “Pain and Glory.”

Original: As beaches, restaurants, and even bars and clubs started to reopen, it was easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a global health crisis – one that continues to hit the Latino community, in particular, very hard. And stars, they really are just like us. Celebrities are also at risk of contracting Covid-19 and over the last few days, we’ve learned that several of Latin music’s biggest stars have in fact been infected with the virus.

The news comes just as states like Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas set new records with sky-high infection rates. It’s an important reminder that nobody is immune to this pandemic and that we all need to do our part to keep our communities safe.

Several major Latin music stars have recently announced they’ve tested positive for Covid-19.

As if a reminder that stars, they’re just like us, several of Latin music’s biggest celebrities have announced that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Karol G, Prince Royce, and Chiquita Rivera have all shared their positive diagnosis for the virus and are urging fans to stay home and use masks when they have to go out.

Karol G took to Instagram Live to share the news of her infection with her fans.

During an Instagram live watched by more than 100,000, the “Tusa” singer said that she tested positive two or three weeks ago but had not made it public so her parents wouldn’t worry. “First of all, thank you to all the people that have reached out to me. I hadn’t said anything because my parents are far away and I didn’t want them to worry about me,” she says.

“Because my new single was coming out, I didn’t want coronavirus to be the news. Now that the news is out, my parents are very nervous and if it was under any other circumstance, they’d be here by my side.”

Karol G went on to say that she is feeling well compared to others who have been diagnosed positive. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few weeks ago with her friend and sister, and decided to isolate away from Anuel, who she confirmed tested negative. “I feel well. Today, I got another test and hoping this one will be negative.”

Chiquita Rivera also announced that her and her husband have also tested positive for the virus.

Just last week, Mexican-American singer Chiquis Rivera, the daughter of the late Jenni Rivera, revealed she and her husband Lorenzo Méndez tested positive for COVID-19. Also in an Instagram video, Rivera said “We’re contagious so we have to be responsible and we are going to quarantine.”

And Dominican Prince Royce announced he too had contracted Covid-19.

Prince Royce was one of the first celebrities to reveal his diagnosis. he shared he had tested positive for the virus shortly before the 4th of July holiday weekend and urged people to take precautions and be safe – for themselves and others.

In an Instagram video, he shared that he had gone out to restaurants since things had started to open up. He added: “Well, Florida hasn’t been so bad, and New York is the one with the problem. I fell for that and I think many people can fall for that and will fall for that. Don’t be selfish and make the same mistakes that I probably did.”

He urged his fans to do the responsible thing and stay at home.

“I was diagnosed with COVID-19 and I am on day number 12 since my symptoms began,” he wrote on Instagram. “My case has been mild and I am feeling well. I share this with you today to ask you please not let down your guard — this virus is very real and we can have it and spread it without even knowing. I didn’t think I had it as I didn’t feel that bad and had I not gotten tested I would be spreading it to others.”

His caption also added, “For younger people, this is more than just about taking care of ourselves, it is about taking care of others, older people and those with compromised immune systems. Please let’s take this seriously and act responsibly and with compassion. Let’s all take care of each other.”

Their infections come as the virus is raging out of control across the country.

New records are being set everyday across the United States, as severe all states see the virus rage out of control. For the first time ever in the U.S., Florida saw more than 15,000 new cases in just one day. Meanwhile, in Arizona – the per capita infection rate is higher than it was at the peak of New York’s battle against the virus.

As of July 15, the U.S. has 3.48 million confirmed cases and almost 140,000 deaths due to Covid-19 infection. Those numbers are expected to continue to climb as many Americans refuse to follow simple preventive measures, including wearing a mask and staying at home.

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