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22 Latinos Who Have Their Star On Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

With almost 3,000 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and only about 50 dedicated to Latinos, you better believe that these ceremonies are momentous for our community. This goes out to the 22 Latinos who have worked their culos off to make it in the entertainment industry, and represent us to the world.

1. Selena Quintanilla

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Twenty years after the iconic singer passed, Hollywood got the good sense to give her a post-mortem star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In November 2017, her whole family showed up to accept it in her honor. 💔

2. Her sister even helped with the star’s construction.

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Caption: “They don’t give this honor to everyone, so I’m beyond honored… to be able to participate in the making of it, priceless.” – Suzette Quintanilla

3. Shakira

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In December 2011, Shakira became the first Colombian artist to be honored with una estrella. She’s waka waka wonderful. 🤩🧀

4. Sofia Vergara

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Colombians are owning the Walk of Fame now. Sofia Vergara showed up to her ceremony in May 2015 with a Colombian flag on her left wrist. Ayyy!

5. Pitbull

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Our favorite Miamian got his star in July 2016, just a few stars away from legendary Cubana Celia Cruz–Pitbull’s hero. He’s won countless Grammy and Billboard awards, and says he couldn’t have done it without his mom.

“That woman made me a man. She taught me how to survive.”

6. Ricky Martin

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Let’s travel back in time to 2007, when Ricky received his star. We were all screaming, “She bangs, she bangs, oh baby yeah she moves she moves.” OK, now it’s stuck in my head all over again.

7. Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana grew up in the Dominican Republic in a ballet academy, eventually landing her roles on “Center Stage” after she moved to New York City to make it in America. We know her as an actress now in “Star Trek,” “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and so much more. We ❤️ you!

8. George Lopez

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Get this: The comedian we all know and love said, “I remember being 15, and walking up and down (the Walk of Fame) and dreaming about what I wanted to do and never thinking it was going to be done,” said the star.

In 2006, he got his wish.

9. Thalia

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She’s the “Queen of Latin Pop” and was honored like a jefe in December 2013. She’s truly a Renaissance woman, selling tens of millions of records, authoring four books and acting in star roles in several telenovelas. You should get a star for each category you star in.

10. Christina Aguilera

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Can you date Xtina’s outfit? It’s been almost a decade since the star has received her star (2008), and she hasn’t slowed down. She’s been honored with the George McGovern Leadership Award for her contributions to the UN’s World Hunger Relief effort, and is on her Liberation tour right now.

11. Eva Longoria

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“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria was just recently honored with a star in April 2018. She first landed in Hollywood as an extra on Ricky Martin’s “Shake Your Bon Bon” music video.

At her ceremony, she said, “I feel like I’m still a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas, who had a really big dream and big hair. As a woman and as a Latina, I represent a lot of communities and I want to tell all those communities that this isn’t my star, this is our star.”

12. Antonio Banderas

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OK, you can tell he danced on his star a long time ago, back in 2005. We know him from “The Mask of Zorro,” “Evita,” and the voice of Puss in Boots from “Shrek.”

13. George Romero

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In October 2017, horror filmmaker George Romero was posthumously recognized for his incredible work, namely “Night of the Living Dead.” He found out about the award, but didn’t live to receive it. These very scary zombies, however, made sure to show up for him.

14. Penelope Cruz

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Can you believe that within one year of receiving her star in 2011, Penelope had an entire pregnancy and child? You go girl.

15. Cameron Diaz

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Remember “Vanilla Sky”? Back in 2009, that is what Cuban star Cameron Diaz was most known for.

“It will be cool to be under people’s feet. It really is the place where people can understand exactly that actors are not really stars – they don’t exist in the sky, they exist on the ground just like everybody else.”

16. Marco Antonio Solis

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Mexicano Solis has been awarded five Latin Grammy awards and is already in the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame for his work with Enrique Iglesias and Olga Tañon. At least a dozen of his songs have been featured in telenovelas. He received his star in 2010.

17. Jennifer Lopez

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In 2013, Jennifer Lopez was doubly honored to receive this star for what it’s worth and because it was the 2,500th star awarded. The singer, actress, dancer and producer has been a force to be reckoned with and has been honored as the first female recipient of the Billboard Icon Award.

18. Luis Miguel

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Alright, so we were all in diapers when Luis Miguel got this award back in 1996, but his mariachis and boleros have lived on. He received 5 Grammy Awards by the time he hit 26. That’s estrella material right there.

19. Rita Moreno

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How much do you miss those bangles? Back in 1995, legendary artist Rita Moreno got her name carved in stone for her Oscar-winning performance in “West Side Story,” and her Tony for the musical “The Ritz.” Now, you can see her play abuelitas on “Jane the Virgin” and “One Day at a Time.”

20. Javier Bardem

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At the time, Bardem was just two years married to Penelope Cruz when he arrived in November 2012 to receive his Walk of Fame star. He’s best known for “No Country for Old Men,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Mar adentro.”

21. Emilio Estefan

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Star couple Emilio and Gloria arrived on a hot Los Angeles day in June 2005 to receive Emilio’s star on the Walk of Fame. Gloria, of course, has her own, and the two of them have a shared star as well! Slay!

22. Eugenio Derbez

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In March 2015, actor Eugenio Derbez brought his Mexican pride to the surreal ceremony. He later said, “I remember I went once after they gave me the star. It was so shocking,” he said to E! News. “It’s hard to believe that it’s your star. So two months later, I went to see if it was still there.”

Felicidades a todos! You deserve it!

Demi Lovato Is Singing The National Anthem at the Super Bowl

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Demi Lovato Is Singing The National Anthem at the Super Bowl

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Looks like the Super Bowl is officially going to be fire. Late last year it was announced that , Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would headline the halftime show. News of their duo performance sparked both delight and, in light of the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance, some controversy. Still, whether you love it or hate, the show will go on and Demi Lovato is now taking part.

On Thursday the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer announced that she will be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

In a post to her Instagram account, the singer shared an official photo and a caption that read, “Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV See you in Miami @NFL.”

The announcement is proof that Latinas and Demi in particular are setting 2020 on fire.

After all, Lovato’s announcement comes just two days after she announced that she had accepted an invite to performat the 2020 Grammy Awards at the end of this month. The news sparked excitement amongst Lovato’s fans particularly because the singer hasn’t performed live since 2018 when she was hospitalized for a drug overdose. 

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will also headline the halftime show.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on February 2. Fox will televise the game starting at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff shortly thereafter.

We don’t know who will face off in the 54th Super Bowl but we know who will be serving up delicious cuisine at Hard Rock Stadium the day of the big game and the big performance — a dominicana chef.

Chef Dayanny de la Cruz the Centerplate Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will be feeding guests with delicious sazón on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The woman responsible for coordinating the food experience for Super Bowl LIV is Dayanny de la Cruz. The mom of three is the executive chef of the Hard Rock Stadium. FIERCE recently spoke to Chef Dayanny about her beginnings, her connections with the world of food, breaking through the glass ceiling and what it’s like to design a menu that matches JLo and Shakira’s superstardom. 

Chef Dayanny was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and grew up in a home where everything happened around the kitchen table. It was the kind of childhood where her mother always insisted she eat before she play and she was able to run outside and pick ripe mangoes straight from surrounding trees. Chef Dayanny credits this early association with fresh foods and the warmth of a lively kitchen with her decision to enter the culinary world. 

She first went to school to get a degree in hospitality management from Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. It was here that she decided to move to the United States with her parents and pursue a career in culinary arts. After getting her degree in Grand Rapids, MI, the newbie chef accepted her first position in a kosher kitchen at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chicago — an experience that she says was one of the most difficult and rewarding of her career. 

It was during this time in Chicago that Chef Dayanny was exposed to the world of sports luxury entertainment. She quickly started building her resume with some of the most elite sports events in the US, such as the US open in New York, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA All-Stars. Chef Dayanny explained to FIERCE, the experience was a different challenge than what she was used to, but she was drawn to that difficult task.

Her experience eventually led her to Miami and the Hard Rock Stadium.

 As the executive chef, this means she would be in charge of the kitchen staff for each of these locations. Chef Dayanny also oversees the menus for each concession, kitchen and restaurant at the stadium, and ensures the quality of the food leaving the kitchen. Currently, the stadium has 7 kitchens, 167 suits, 7 all-inclusive clubs and 25 concession stands.

Among those responsibilities is a self-imposed rule that Chef Dayanny expects of her kitchens: to keep them extremely diverse. Listing Central America, South America, Africa and other countries as some of the sources of inspiration for the cuisine she serves, the chef explained to FIERCE that she not only includes her own Dominican flavors into her kitchens but she encourages the native flavors of her kitchen staff to be utilized as well. 

The road leading up to her high-profile career hasn’t been easy. Unfortunately, Chef Dayanna also experienced something many women — Latinas especially — experience coming up in her career.

Like in many industries, the culinary world is still very much a boys’ club. As such, women are given an especially difficult time when they enter the industry to gain experience. Sometimes the interactions are so traumatizing that women leave their industry completely to avoid facing more injustices. 

Chef Dayanny confirmed that as a Latina she bumped into the infamous glass ceiling several times before climbing up the ladder. However, it wasn’t her own struggle she was concerned about, but the struggle of the next generation of women. Acknowledging that we still have a ways to go in making strides in equality, Chef Dayanny explained, “If we are standing still, not moving forward, we aren’t clearing the way for the next generation.” 

As thrilled as she is about the upcoming Super Bowl, when asked how she feels knowing that she is somewhat responsible for feeding JLo and Shakira, Chef Dayanny left us with a reminder of what’s most important. 

Anyone who talks to Chef Dayanny can hear how much she loves to cook and how she adores food in general. So, to reach this point in her career where she receives this honor is obviously a big deal for her. In her interview with FIERCE, we hear in her voice how proud she is to land this role. While Chef Dayanny admitted she is excited about organizing the menus at the Super Bowl, for her, the real excitement comes when the party is over.

In Efforts To Double Latino Representation In Hollywood, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils New Historic Initiative

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In Efforts To Double Latino Representation In Hollywood, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils New Historic Initiative

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On the same day that many pointed criticism towards the Oscar nominations for lack of diversity, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a new initiative to help curb the issue, particularly for Latinos. The project is being called LA Collab, a historic endeavour that plans to link Latino talent to opportunities in the entertainment industry with the goal of doubling “Latino representation in Hollywood by 2030.”

According to the LA Times, the initiative has already “raised a quarter of a million dollars to finance a range of film, TV and podcast development deals and projects intended to provide opportunities for Latino filmmakers, writers and actors and crew members.” The initial funding for the project is coming from the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, the Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia and Endeavor Content, a press release from Garcetti’s office read. 

Garcetti co-founded the initiative with Beatriz Acevedo, the founder of mitú and president of the Acevedo Foundation and Ivette Rodriguez, founder of communications firm AEM. The trio says that the issue of Latino representation in Hollywood is one that needs attention. The announcement is spurred by a 2019 study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California that showed how Latinos are vastly underrepresented in the film industry. 

Despite making up almost 20 percent of the U.S. population, the study found only 3 percent of the top-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 had Latino actors in lead or co-lead roles. LA Collab wants to help and push more Latinos to the front and behind the camera in the next decade. 

The study was a wakeup call for many civic and film leaders in Hollywood that were dismayed by the numbers that showed the growing disparity for Latinos in the entertainment industry. The report showed that only 4.5 percent of all speaking characters from the last 12 years of film were Latino, behind the camera, only 4 percent of directors of the 1,200 films were Latino.

“Latinos are a powerful force in Los Angeles’s culture and economy, and our trademark industry should tap into the diverse pool of talent in our own backyard,” Garcetti said at a news conference Monday. “On big screens or small, in front of the camera or behind it, our studios, actors, directors and producers inspire the world with the power of their creativity and imagination, and LA Collab will elevate new voices and empower the next generation of Latinx creatives.”

The lack of Latino representation in the entertainment industry is a problem that goes back many years with some putting blame on movie studios not greenlighting certain projects and films. Thomas Saenz, chair of the National Latino Media Council, told mitú back in 2018 that the problem is these studios overlooking Latino talent.

“When studios focus on diversity that can mean any minority group. Latinos in particular have been represented in minuscule numbers that don’t properly show what this country is made up of,” Saenz said. “In the last 10-15 years, African-American representation has gone up same for Asian-American. But I can’t say the same for Latinos. That has to change.”

The LA Collab initiative hopes to be a catalyst for that change. The project already has the support of some big Hollywood names that will be part of connecting workers with various employers in the industry.

Backed by Eva Longoria, J.J. Abrams, Eli Roth, Devon Franklin, Jason Blum, and Zoe Saldana, LA Collab will be working with all of them in some capacity to connect Latinos with opportunities. Roth will help connect Latino horror filmmakers via his digital platform, Crypt TV and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films with Pantaya will also be hiring new bilingual voices for their projects. There have also been secured deals with multiple media companies, including Endeavor Content, WarnerMedia’s 150, Shine Global and Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios.

For Longoria, who has long championed the need for more Latino representation in the film industry, says that she will also be opening the door for more Latinos with her production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. 

“As a Latina, I want to see more actors who look like me on screen and behind the camera,” Longoria said in a statement. “I started my own production company to create content from our community, and I became a director/producer to be in a position to hire people who look like me. With LA Collab, I want to open the door for many more Latinx creators and fuel the emergence of a better entertainment industry that elevates and celebrates the diversity and richness of my culture.”

The announcement of LA Collab coincidentally fell on the day that Oscar nominations were announced. Criticism followed the nominations that had only one person of color, Cynthia Erivo, up for an award in the four major acting categories.

There was calls for multiple snubs on Monday morning as the Oscar nominations were revealed. Much of that criticism came from the lack of women of color, particularly the snub of  Jennifer Lopez for her role in “Hustlers,” for which she won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The omission stood out for many reasons including what could have been the fifth Latina nominee in the category and the first Latina winner in the award’s history. 

This announcement of LA Collab comes at a time when the disparity in Latino roles and representation is the entertainment industry only seems to be going backwards. This year’s Oscars nominations is just one example of this continuing problem and one that Acevedo says can be fixed by working alongside studios and fellow allies. 

“The radical decline of Latinos in Hollywood was the catalyst to rally Hollywood behind this crisis to create change together,” Acevedo said in a statement. “By facilitating unprecedented collaborations between the creative community … and other influential allies, LA Collab will ultimately drive exponential growth for the industry and our community.”

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