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Will Smith’s Appreciation Of Latino Culture And His Love For Latino People Makes Him An Honorary Latino

There are Latinos, there are wannabe Latinos and then there is Will Smith. If you just became obsessed with Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny & Will Smith’s latest drop, “Está Rico,” and you were wondering why Will Smith was rapping in Spanish, let us give you the brief photo history showing how he has embraced and become part of Latino culture.

Will Smith has always been a lover of Latino culture.

CREDIT: @forbes / Twitter

Yes, he really is from West Philadelphia, where he was born an raised, and was a pretty popular rapper in the ’80s. Once the IRS claimed his recording equipment, he took on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in an interim that lasted six years. Since then, he’s been top charting and making bank in film.

He is BFFs with Marc Anthony.

CREDIT: @willsmith / Instagram

Caption: “Feliz Cumpleaños, mi Hermano!”

It’s the real deal. These two have traveled together and spend legit bestie time together, which leads us right up to “Está Rico.”

Smith teamed with Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny on a bilingual track, “Está Rico.”

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In it, Will Smith entires with “Haciendo Historia!” and, “Blend my Philly way now / With your Latina sway now / Sacude tu cadera.”

He’s rapping… en español.

He has proven several times that he speaks decent Spanish.

CREDIT: Telemundo / YouTube

He’s even accepts interviews in Spanish on the regular, including this one on Telemundo where he carried his weight for the first half, and was translated for the second half.

Apparently, Smith travels with a Spanish language instructor so he’s always learning.

La comunidad agrees his trip to Colombia with Marc Anthony changed him.

CREDIT: @VGCastro17 / Twitter

Back in May of this year, Smith was all over Instagram sharing the multiple dance offs he had with folks all throughout Colombia. He basically danced his way through the country.

Truth, he may have been on a working vacation since his new movie “Gemini Man” is based in Colombia, set to release in October 2019.

While he was there, him and Marc shipped Colombia hard.

CREDIT: TMZ / YouTube

Can you spot Marc Anthony to his right? Boy is literally on a balcón; it doesn’t get more Latino than that. Unless he’s hiding a cigar somewhere, and then there’s no going back.

He “loves the fire” of Latin America.

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In an interview with Latina, he shared, “I spent a lot of time in South America and I just love the fire!” he says. “When I was down in Brazil, I just got hype and started rappin’ for the crowd, you know, it’s like the energy is crazy, and I just love that fire, I love that flavor.”

He knows to always give the spotlight to the person who really runs things: his wife.

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He got the handbook on this one. She deserves all the glory and honor to even be by your side and if you aren’t over the top about acknowledging her grace, she will take it very personally y le botó.

He’s dramatic AF.

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And always has been. Why do you think we were all so obsessed with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”? It was the only American telenovela we had.

Miami is his second home.

CREDIT: Will Smith / YouTube

Miami is like the American capital of Caribbean Latinos and he’s been singing about it (and even dropping some lyrics in Spanish) since the ’90s.

Plus, he’s always been a fanboy for Mariah Carey.

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If you look closely at the CDs the Fresh Prince had laying around his room in the sitcom, you’ll see Mariah’s face everywhere. In this photo, Mariah is 18 years old and Will Smith is 19 years old back in 1988.

Smith is here for his Afro-Latina co-stars.

CREDIT: @willsmith / Instagram

Back in the day, Tatyana Ali played his on-screen cousin, Ashley Banks. He wishes her a feliz cumple cada año on social media.

Will Smith brought us Eva Mendes.

CREDIT: Will Smith / YouTube

In his “Welcome to Miami” hit, Eva Mendes was in the music video saying, “Bienvenidos a Miami.” I’m screaming. Years later, she would play his love interest on “Hitch.”

He’s just like a prankster Latino dad.

CREDIT: @firepicstm / Twitter

Latino dads live to make fun of their children, and Will Smith is no different. After his son, Jada, posted this very Instagrammy pic, his father quickly took to mocking him on Twitter. ????

Just last week, he tossed Jada onto his shoulders to start the #ThePiggybackChallenge.

CREDIT: @willsmith / Instagram

Will Smith is just the kind of dad who will always treat his kids like babies and also like adults. They went to Target to promote Just Water, and Smith was giving Jada sass for talking instead of working on stocking the shelves. Classic.

Latinos are already posting that their dads are way ahead of him.

CREDIT: @SamanthaSports / Twitter

We didn’t use our legs for the first 4 years of life. It’s the Latino way.

 He publicly sasses his son for not knowing Spanish.

CREDIT: Univision / YouTube

Tell me your papi wouldn’t do the same thing. I hear it from every abuelita I meet. Maybe Will Smith is an honorary abuelita, no sé.

He laid down a Bomba Estereo “Fiesta” remix like a boss.

CREDIT: Bomba Estéreo / YouTube

Of course, we have Marc Anthony to thank for that. Smith shared the back story in a video, saying, “I was in Colombia, in Ibagué, with Marc Anthony, and he was listening to ‘Fuego’ [another Bomba track]. And I said, ‘That song is crazy!’ And almost completely unrelated, my manager, Miguel, is friends with people in [Sony Music Latin, Bomba’s label], and he showed me this song, ‘Fiesta.’ And I said, ‘That is crazy, I need to be on that.’”

He reportedly has said he thinks he was Latino in another life.

CREDIT: @xxxangely / Twitter

Latina reports that in one of his usual rants about how much he loves Latino culture, he laughed and said, “I think in a previous lifetime, I was definitely born in Costa Rica or something like that.”

In this life, he is one of us.

CREDIT: @Ma07ilyAlvarado / Twitter

The guy has spent decades obsessing over Latino culture, respecting it, living in it, lifting up Latino actors and remixing iconic bands. We ???? you, Will Smith. You’re up there with Rhianna.


READ: People Went In On Will Smith Not Knowing The Words To ‘La Bamba’ And He Clapped Back

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All Of The October- Released Movies And Shows You Won’t Have To Rent But Can Stream If You Have Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+

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All Of The October- Released Movies And Shows You Won’t Have To Rent But Can Stream If You Have Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+

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With October comes (yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes) chilly weather, tons of spookiness, and a whole heck of a lot of Halloween media content! Part of the month also includes celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for Latinos to pat themselves on the back for their contributions to the culture and history of the United States. Fortunately, today’s Big Streamers are including new movies and TV shows that celebrate both Halloween and Latinidad with new seasons of “Carmen Sandiego” and “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Shudder).”

We scoured the streaming sites for all of their upcoming October shows and movies and listed all of the ones you might enjoy this season from the 2011 film Colombiana starring Zoe Saldana to the Mexican-American favorite “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

Check out the full list of movies and TV shows coming to your favorite streamers this month below!

Oct. 1

Netflix

A.M.I.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Along Came a Spider

Bakugan: Armored Alliance: Season 2

Bom Dia, Verônica / Good Morning, Verônica

Basic Instinct

Black ’47

Cape Fear

Carmen Sandiego: Season 3

Fargo

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate

Free State of Jones

Ghost Rider

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Gran Torino

I’m Leaving Now

The Longest Yard (1974)

The Parkers: Seasons 1-5

Pasal Kau / All Because of You

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire

The Prince & Me

Poseidon (2006)

The Outpost

Yogi Bear

You Cannot Hide: Season 1

Amazon

30 Days Of Night (2007)

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Blood Ties (2014)

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

Kindred Spirits (2020)

La Sucursal (2019)

Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)

Mud (2013)

National Security (2003)

Next Level (2019)

Noose For A Gunman (1960)

Nurse (2014)

Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Raging Bull (1980)

Señorita Justice (2004)

1992: Berlusconi Rising: Season 1 (Topic)

40 & Single: Season 1 (Urban Movie Channel)

America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump: Season 1 (PBS Documentaries)

Cisco Kid: Season (Best Westerns Ever)

Cities of the Underworld: Season 1 (HISTORY Vault)

Cold Case Files Classic: Season 1 (A&E Crime Central)

Get Shorty: Seasons 1-3

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Shudder)

Liar: Season 1 (Sundance Now)

Mrs. Wilson: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)

Mystery Road: Season 1 (Acorn TV)

PNS Kids: Spooky Stories!: Season 1 (PBS Kids)

Tales of Tomorrow: Season 1 (Best TV Ever)

The Great British Baking Show: Season 1 (PBS Living)

The Loudest Voice: Season 1 (Showtime)

Thou Shalt Not Kill: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece)

Disney

Maleficent

Oct. 2

Netflix

A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween

Ahí te encargo / You’ve Got This

The Binding

Dick Johnson Is Dead

Emily in Paris

Òlòtūré

Serious Men

Song Exploder

Vampires vs. the Bronx

Amazon

Bug Diaries Halloween Special – Amazon Original Special

Savage X Fenty Show. Vol. 2 – Amazon Original Special

Disney

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under (s1)

The Simpsons (s31)

Zenimation Extended Edition Premiere

Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Episode 102 – “Happy Birthday, Gino!”

One Day at Disney Episode 144 – “Pablo Tufino: Ride Show Technician”

Weird But True Episode 308 – “Our Solar System”

Oct. 4

Netflix

Colombiana

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Oct. 6

Netflix

Dolly Parton: Here I Am

Saturday Church

StarBeam: Halloween Hero

Walk Away from Love

Oct. 7

Netflix

Hubie Halloween

Schitt’s Creek: Season 6

To the Lake

Oct. 9

Netflix

Deaf U

Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 2: Rio

The Forty-Year-Old Version

Ginny Weds Sunny

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters

Oct. 12

Netflix

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 3

Oct. 13

Netflix

The Cabin with Bert Kreischer

Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef

Oct. 14

Netflix

Alice Junior

BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky

Moneyball

Oct. 15

Netflix

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

Batman: The Killing Joke

Half & Half: Seasons 1-4

Love Like the Falling Rain

One on One: Seasons 1-5

Power Rangers Beast Morphers: Season 2, Part 1

Rooting for Roona

Social Distance

Amazon

Halal Love Story (2020)

Playing With Fire (2019)

Oct. 16

Netflix

Alguien tiene que morir / Someone Has to Die

Dream Home Makeover

Grand Army

In a Valley of Violence

La Révolution

The Last Kids on Earth: Book 3

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Unfriended

Oct. 18

Netflix

ParaNorman

Oct. 19

Netflix

Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2

Oct. 20

Netflix

Carol

The Magic School Bus Rides Again The Frizz Connection

Oct. 21

Netflix

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 3

Rebecca

Oct. 22

Netflix

Bending the Arc

Cadaver

The Hummingbird Project

Yes, God, Yes

Oct. 23

Netflix

Barbarians

Move

Over the Moon

Perdida

The Queen’s Gambit

Amazon

Mirzapur – Amazon Original Series: Season 2

Oct. 27

Netflix

Blood of Zeus

Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 4

Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine

Vilas: Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada / Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score

Oct. 28

Netflix

Holidate

Metallica Through The Never

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb

Oct. 29

Amazon

Movies

Soorarai Pottru (2020)

Oct. 30

Netflix

Bronx 

The Day of the Lord

His House

Somebody Feed Phil: Season 4

Suburra: Season 3

Amazon

Truth Seekers – Amazon Original Series: Season 1

Disney

Disney the Owl House (s1)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

X-Ray Earth (s1)

The Mandalorian Season Premiere “Chapter 9”

Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Episode 106 – “Peri’s Prickly Pregnancy”

The Right Stuff Episode 105 – “The Kona Kai Seance”

Weird But True Episode 312 – “Camping”

One Day At Disney Episode 148 – “Dana Amendola: Disney Theatrical Productions”

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Oct. 31

Netflix

The 12th Man

Amazon

I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015)

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Video Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Video Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

Not everyone has the privilege of growing up surrounded by their cultura, with parents there to pass on knowledge of traditions and customs from home. That, combined with heavily opinionated internet trolls, has led to many people struggling to feel confident in their identity. In a digital world that tries to force us all to fit into boxes, what does “Latino enough” mean and how do you know if you’re there?

Recently, we asked our Instagram community “what does being Latino mean to you?” and although some responses had details in common, for the most part they were as unique as every member of the community itself. There is no one definition of Latinidad, and therefore there is no way to measure what exactly makes someone “Latino enough.”

We got the chance to talk to Alaina Castillo, musical artist and TikTok Queen, about how she identifies with Latinidad and what this TikTok video means to her.

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Checklists don’t define you so don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not enough! 😤@alainacastillo #AreYouLatinoEnough #FamiliaLatina #hhm #orgullo

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What does being Latina mean to you? – mitú

“It means that I have something to identify with and be proud of because of my family members, my culture, and the things that I participate in as a Latina.” – A.C.

Side note, this was a personal reminder that we represent the community wherever we occupy space, whether we realize it or not. We are all participating in things as members of the community.

What’s something that, as a Latina, you are proud of? – mitú

“The strength and endurance that we have. I’ve seen it in my dad, his family, and so many others and it makes me feel proud as well as encouraged to achieve my goals with the same mindset as them.” – A.C.

While they may not be perfect (and let’s face it, who is?), our parents are the definition of hard working. Remembering that their blood runs through my veins always keeps me going when the going gets tough. Si se puede!

What Latino figures inspire you? – mitú

“Selena, even though she was an artist that I didn’t really grow up listening to. When I found out who she was, she was someone who I related to because she was a Mexican-American learning to speak and sing in Spanish, while breaking a lot of barriers that people had set up around her.” – A.C.

La Reina del Tex-Mex was a trailblazer indeed! Who else could forget Selena’s iconic “diecicuatro” blurb when she appeared in an interview with Cristina Saralegui? The important thing to focus on is that she was TRYING! As long as we’re all working on improving and being the best versions of ourselves, that’s the best we can do, and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way.

IMAGE COURTESY OF ALAINA CASTILLO

Name one meal that, no matter where you have it, always reminds you of home. – mitú

“Homemade tamales!!!! 100%” – A.C.

You know we love some good tamales, so naturally our next question was…

Where is your family from? – mitú

“My dad is from Mexico and my mom is from Ohio.” – A.C.

Mmmm…Mexican tamales 😋

Have you ever been to those places? – mitú

“Yes, both places. I went to Mexico when I was really young, maybe about two times, and then I’ve traveled to Ohio on various occasions to see family. I was young each time I went to those places so they’re little memories I think of when I miss my family.” – A.C.

What would you say is the most “Latino” item in your home? – mitú

“We have these blankets from my grandma that I grew up using. I thought they were normal blankets but then I saw on social media that almost every Latino household has some and I was like hmmm, what do you know?” – A.C.

IMAGE COURTESY OF ALAINA CASTILLO

What would you say to people who think that not speaking Spanish makes you less Latino? – mitú

“I think it’d definitely be nice to know the language fluently but some people aren’t taught Spanish growing up and that’s not their fault. Not speaking the language doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same customs or should be rejected from the culture that their family is from. I decided to learn on my own because I’ve always been interested in Spanish, and also so I could speak with my family and I see that’s what a lot of other people are doing too.” – A.C.

One more time for the people in the back: not speaking Spanish doesn’t make you any less Latino.

How do you celebrate your Latinidad? – mitú

“With pride. I wouldn’t be who I am today without influences from my family so it’ll always be something I carry with me and proudly show throughout my life and career.” – A.C.

What do you hope people take away from this trend? – mitú

“That Latinidad is something you’re born with and it can’t ever be taken away from you,” – A.C.

So forget about the opinions of other people! All they’re doing is projecting their beliefs onto you and that is not an actual reflection of who you are. We hope you are inspired to embrace your Latinidad on your own terms, and that you walk more confidently in your identity. So duet us on TikTok and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AreYouLatinoEnough to join in on the fun!

Did we mention quarantine has not stopped Alaina Castillo from dropping new music? Check out her latest single, “tonight,” below!

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