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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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Not Even Danny Trejo Has A Celebrity Face Tattoo

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Not Even Danny Trejo Has A Celebrity Face Tattoo

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It’s 2020 and face tattoos are the new normal. While the distinguishing ink has a rich history that traces all of the ways back to Ancient Greece and China, today’s tattoo du jour is notably born from some mutual understanding that subversive acts like a spiderweb tatt on your elbow or bleaching your heard are no longer enough.

Amber Rose 

The mother of two has said she truly took the death of Kobe Bryant to heart and was inspired to tattoo her children’s names on her forehead.

Presley Gerber

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When Cindy Crawford’s son and model Presley Gerber tattooed the lower part of his eye fans were shocked. Mostly because as it turns out, no matter how much they liked him they were “misunderstood” about him. The young model’s choice to tattoo the word on his face was baffling decision.

Post Malone

Post Malone might just be the reason why face tattoos took flight this year. The American rapper has a number of face tattoos including the words “Stay Away” on his forehead, and “always tired” under both of his eyes.

Aaron Carter

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview, the pop star explained that his face tattoo was done in honor of his career. According to Carter his tattoo is an image of Greek monster Medusa who Carter sees as his protector.

Justin Bieber

Yep, the once cleaned up teen hearthrob also has face ink. Though his are a bit more discreet Bieber does have a small cross under his left eye and the word “grace” above his right eyebrow.

Halsey

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Halsey also has a small tattoo that is very difficult to recognize. It’s very discreet and hard to spot. Her face tattoo is made up of a red diamond with a “Q” above it. It’s just in front of one of her ears.

These are just some of your favorite stars who have face tattoos that mean something very important to them. They’re very unique and it is one of their ways of expressing themselves. 

The Story Behind ‘To All the Boys’ Star Noah Centineo’s Scar On His Face

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The Story Behind ‘To All the Boys’ Star Noah Centineo’s Scar On His Face

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Since it was announced that Netflix would grace fans of the wildly successful To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before with a sequel, we’ve all waited with bated breath. Now the second part of our beloved film is finally here and once again Peter Kavinsky is back on our tv screens.

Speaking Peter Kavinzky and his beautiful face…

The man behind the high school jock, Noah Centineo, has sparked conversations online once again about the scar on his face. Fans of the teen romantic comedy series, have begun to dig into the origins of the tragically beautiful scar that marks the side of his mouth and after some sleuthing, we’ve discovered the truth behind the scar.

Speaking to Buzzfeed in a 2018 interview that profiled the original “To All The Boys I Loved Before” Centineo (who has been described as having Puerto Rican ancestry, explained that he got his famous scar when he was a child. “I got attacked when I was six years old by a Mastiff,” he explained. “He ripped a hole in my face, so you could see my teeth, my gums, and all the way through my tongue to the other side. There was a massive, gaping hole.”

Centineo went onto emphasize his belief that the dog didn’t totally understand what had happened. “I specifically remember him lunging, being pulled away from him, and then looking back and seeing him cock his head like he didn’t really understand what happened. Some people were like, ‘Do you wanna put the dog down’ I was crying, like, ‘No, he didn’t mean to do it!'”

In response to Centineo’s story, Brandi Hunter, Vice President, Public Relations and Communications for the American Kennel Club explained to Teen Vogue that Mastiffs are typically a more relaxed and gentle breed of dog. “Mastiffs are one of the most laidback breeds,” she shared. “They are protective, but they’re a very sweet breed.” Hunter also explained that some dogs became dangerous when an interaction between humans can go wrong. She went onto explain to Teen Vogue that when it comes to interacting with any dog, it’s always best to ensure that a dog feels safe and not threatened by allowing the dog to approach and sniff you first.