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Here Are Some Amazing Unearthed Yearbook Pictures Of Your Favorite Latino Celebrities

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So many of us hope and pray our yearbook photos never see the light of day, but we think fame and stardom exempts you from that luxury. All I’m gonna say is, pay attention to the hair. It is the most important part of any yearbooks picture so keep that comb on deck, and that’s a fact.

1. Cardi B

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Behold, the moment Cardi B came up with the line, “Said little b*tch, you can’t fuck with me, if you wanted to.” She looks ready to take on the world.

2. Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera has been known for her hair throughout the decades. Check out the style that started it all: bangs, pigtails with different color headbands, and all her natural lowlights. Too cute.

3. America Ferrera

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In 2001, junior America gave a big grin for her El Camino High School photo.

“My [four] sisters dried my hair for me until I was 14, and then I finally started drying my own.”

4. Bruno Mars

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Is it just me or does baby Bruno Mars actually have a halo around his fro? Couple that halo with that tux and it’s safe to say that Bruno has been ready for his moment in the limelight.

5. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez was home schooled, and by the time she was ready to graduate, her character on “Wizards of Waverly Place” was too. She didn’t walk a stage for her personal GED, but took her on screen walk across the stage as her very own, too.

6. Mario Lopez

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How badly do you want to pinch his cheeks? I think it’s the dimples. “Saved by the Bell” and “Extra” host graduated from Chula Vista High School in 1991.

7. Jennifer Lopez

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Jenny from the Block graduated from Preston High School in the Bronx. How bizarre is it to see J.Lo without her signature long locks? That’s because she spent her high school years doing gymnastics, competed nationally for her track team and played softball.

8. Mariah Carey

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During Mariah Carey’s senior year of high school, she decided she’d become a singer songwriter and started composing songs with her then boyfriend. Crushed it, Mariah.

9. Jimmy Smits

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Puerto Rican actor Jimmy Smits went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, along with all our Puerto Rican mothers. We jovenes know him as Miguel Prado in “Dexter.”

10. Eva Longoria

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Yes, Eva Longoria is a Mexican American beauty queen. She was also dishing spicy chicken sandwiches part-time at Wendy’s for most of her high school years.

11. Eva Mendes

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Eva Mendes has not aged, and I have no words. Girl grew up in Glendale, California, so maybe it’s the California sun.

12. Zoe Saldana

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This is the face of a young Zoe Saldana right after she moved from the Dominican Republic to New York to start off her junior year of high school. Someone make a meme.

13. Naya Rivera

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Rivera has been acting since she was 4 years old, and worked through high school. She quit retailing for Abercrombie & Fitch to start selling memberships at a country club.

14. Fergie

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Can you tell that Fergalicious was a cheerleader throughout high school at Glen A. Wilson High School? Oh, and she was also a straight-A student.

15. Cameron Díaz

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See that big smile? That’s because during her senior year, she knew she’d appear on the cover of “Seventeen” magazine’s July 1990 issue. Talk about making your high school bullies jealous.

16. Becky G.

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Becky G. was born Rebecca Marie Gomez and raised in Inglewood. By the time she was 9 years old, their family lost their home and moved into her grandparent’s garage. That’s when she decided to start singing and posting YouTube videos online and how she was discovered by Dr. Luke.

17. Laurie Hernandez

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By the time the gymnastics star was going to the prom, she was already a World Olympian. How’s that for extracurricular activities.

18. Camila Mendes

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We know Camila Mendes from “Riverdale” but her photo was hard to track down. The crucial information is all in the fun facts. Girl chews her ice cream.

19. Bella Thorne

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Born in Pembroke Pines, Thorne only ever worked as a child actor to help support the family after her father died in a car crash. Her mom was left a single mom with four kids to raise.

Thorne was dyslexic and was home-schooled as a result of bullying because of her learning disability. She tried to read everything she could, including labels of cereal boxes, and eventually started reading a grade ahead.

20. Sabrina Bryan

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The best Cheetah Girl we’ve ever seen graduated from Esperanza High School in 2002. She went on to keep living the high school dream, on screen.

20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Actor And Comedian Cheech Marin

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20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Actor And Comedian Cheech Marin

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Richard Anthony Marin, or simply known as Cheech, is one of the most recognizable Latinos in film mostly due to his role in the hippie counterculture film series “Cheech & Chong.” The 72-year-old comedian has starred in over 20 films since 1978 but has done more than just act. He is a stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and activist whose made an huge impact on Latino pop culture. Here are a few facts you may not know about the man we all know as Cheech. 

1. Cheech grew up in South Los Angeles.

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South LA gave him many of the ideas and skits he used throughout his movie career including the film “Born in East L.A.” It was also there where he developed a reputation as a class clown and sang in his friends’ bands.

2. He was nicknamed “Cheech”after fried pork.

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He was Richard Anthony Marin, but nicknamed Cheech as a kid because his uncle said he looked like a little chicharrón (fried pork rind). The name stuck with him growing up and he is now infamously known after the very popular Mexican snack.

3. He voiced several Disney animated films, most notably as a Hyena in the Lion King.

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He has provided his voice in Disney animated films like “Oliver and Company,” “The Lion King,” “Cars,” and most recently “Coco.” Don’t be surprised if the next time you’re watching a Disney movie and you hear Cheech. 

4. Cheech is a veteran writer and an author.

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Cheech recently published an autobiography, “Cheech Is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong,” about his life and the story behind “Cheech and Chong.” He also wrote for Poppin Magazine, a Canadian underground rock magazine and written a handful of children’s books. 

5. Marin is a frequent collaborator with director Robert Rodriguez.

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Robert Rodriguez is one of the most notable Latino directors in the film industry and it’s no surprise he has worked with Marin seven times. He appeared in last two installments of the “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” trilogy, the “Spy Kids” trilogy, “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Machete.”

6. He has an honorary doctorate degree.

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Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles gave Marin a Honorary Doctorate degree at its commencement ceremony back in May 2007. Cheech is a big fan of art so this made sense for him to be given such an honor. 

7. Cheech is believed to own one of the biggest private collections of Chicano art.

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Cheech Marin has one of the most exclusive private collection of Chicano art in the United States. Much of it formed the core of his exhibition “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 12-city tour during 2001-2007 to major art museums across the United States.

8. He is currently in the works of opening up an arts center in Riverside, California.

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The museum, tentatively titled the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry is scheduled to open in 2020 in Riverside, east of Los Angeles. California gave the stoner comedian $9.7 million this year for funding to open the museum.

9. Marin auditioned to sing for Frank Zappa back in 1967.

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Frank Zappa was one of the biggest rock groups during the late ’60s and Marin had a good shot of getting in the group but things didn’t pan out well. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in September of that year to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War. Marin would eventually release a solo album later in his career.

10. He is an avid golfer.

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He initially disliked the sport until he co-starred in the film “Tin Cup,” which is based on golfing. He also enjoys horse archery, which he practices on a special course that he has built on his private home. 

11. Marin has released two best-selling children’s music albums.

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“My Name is Cheech, the School Bus Driver” (1992) and “My Name is Cheech, The School Bus Driver ‘Coast to Coast'” (1997) became best-selling albums. They were both eventually released bilingually. In 2007, “Cheech the School Bus Driver” was turned into a book. 

12. He was in a fraternity in college.

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Marin graduated from Bishop Alemany High School and then studied at California State University, Northridge. He became a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He has previously donated money to support the fraternity throughout the years. 

13. Cheech didn’t actually smoke any marijuana in any of the “Cheech and Chong” films.

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It may come as a surprise to some that Cheech and Chong never actually smoked any marijuana during any of their films. The only drug taken in the entire film series was Peyote.

Read: 24 Stages People Who Can’t Handle Weed Go Through When They Get High As Told By Gatos

14. He won the first Celebrity Jeopardy tournament back in 1992.

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Cheech is pretty good when it comes to game shows as he has appeared twice on “Celebrity Jeopardy” even winning the inaugural contest back in 1992. In 2010, he was victorious again as he beat Anderson Cooper and actress Aisha Tyler on “Celebrity Jeopardy.”

15. Marin was delivering carpets when he met Tommy Chong.

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Cheech was working as a delivery man for an upholstery company when he ran into Tommy Chong, a musician who was running an improv comedy troupe from a strip bar owned by his family. After a brief spell with the troupe, Marin and Chong began performing as a musical act, then as stand-up comedy duo. 

16. He has been married three different times.

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Marin was first married in 1975 and now is married to his third wife, Natasha who is a Russian pianist. They married in August 2009, and has three children from previous marriages.

17. He had a brief and somewhat successful singing career.

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He got his start at 5 years old when his friend’s mother had a recording studio and he sang classic Mexican songs on a record. This got him interested in music and eventually started a rock band in high school where he threw backyard gigs. Before him and Chong became actors they were primarily a singing group which led them to later performing.

18. His dad was a police officer. Which meant he was constantly getting in trouble.

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Marin grew up with Mexican American parents, Oscar Marin, a policeman in the Los Angeles Police Department, and his wife Elsa Marin, a secretary. He grew up in a traditional Mexican household where he was constantly getting in trouble throughout grade school.

19. He joined a long list of celebrities that have made a cameo on The Simpsons.

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On March 13, 2011 Cheech made a surprise cameo on an episode of The Simpsons. In the episode, The Simpsons family attends a live Cheech and Chong show where Homer attempts to join the duo. The episode had various references to Cheech and Chong skits throughout their respective careers. 

20. Cheech is an avid and true blue fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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There is no surprise here since he was born and grew up in Los Angeles, Marin is a huge fan of the LA Dodgers. He even threw out the first pitch at a game back in 2009 and has been seen at countless games throughout the years.

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