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

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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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Thalia Is Honored with A Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame” Digital Image. Ace Showbiz. 5 July 2018.

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!

The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said

There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film. 

Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez. 

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The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”

Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her. 

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For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.  

Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers. 

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“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business. 

We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role. 

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The Bronx rapper did admit to drugging men and robbing them, just like the characters did in the movie “Hustlers.” In 2017, Barbash was charged for conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation

In March, Card admitted on social media that during her stint as a stripper in New York she too did what the “Hustlers” did in the movie. “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” 

Soon after that post, Cardi said she it was wrong of her to do that and has since tried to make a better life for herself. 

READ: Critics Think Jennifer Lopez Gave An Oscar-Worthy Performance In ‘Hustlers’

Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

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Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

Director Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers is the unexpected critical darling of the Toronto International Film Festival. And it’s generating Oscar buzz for Jennifer Lopez who produced and stars in the film. It also marks the first time in a long time, if ever, there has been a film written, directed, starring, produced, and edited by women and women of color with this much fanfare from audiences and critics alike.

To play the lead of Ramona, Lopez had to learn how to pole dance in just 6 weeks. While she is an incredible dancer, Lopez admitted she underestimated how difficult learning the new form of dance would be when she appeared on Good Morning America this week.

J Lo dishes on what Cardi B told her about pole dancing.

Jennifer Lopez appeared on Good Morning America to talk about her Oscar buzz and her new stint as a pole dancer. 

“When I spoke to Cardi B about being in the movie, I told her, ‘I’m learning how to pole dance and it’s really hard,” J. Lo said. “She was like ‘I know, I’m really good at… It took me years to master it.'” 

A crash course in pole dancing. 

Lopez shared a video of behind the scenes footage of her at practice. The 50-year-old singer, dancer, and actress said it was one of the hardest things she had ever done physically. 

“My core was on fire and I literally had bruises all over my legs — just trying to learn this in a short amount of time,” J. Lo she explained on GMA. “You never know until you walk into somebody else’s shoes what it’s really like. It was very acrobatic, it’s like Cirque du Soleil.”

Hustlers is getting rave reviews.

The film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews praising the film and particularly Lopez’s performance. Hustlers is based on New York Magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores.” The movie is about a group of strippers who embezzle money from stock traders and entrepreneurs who patronize their strip club. The film takes place during the late-2000s financial crisis. 

Lopez says while the film is a fun, heist movie there is more to it than that. Critics are saying it is a commentary on capitalism, money, and is a subversion of female stereotypes.

“It’s a movie that makes you think, it goes deeper than maybe you think it does,” she said on GMA.

The film which costars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Cardi B, Usher, Lizzo and Madeline Brewer, had women at the helm of all aspects. 

“This movie was produced by women, written and directed by women, edited by women and has a cast of all women,” J. Lo said to the audience’s applause. 

Critics want Jennifer Lopez to win an Oscar. 

“With all the Oscars buzz for @JLO in #hustlers here’s an unbelievable statistic. No Latina actress has won the Oscar for best actress. Only four have been nominated (Fernanda Montenegro — at the 71st Oscars — followed by Salma Hayek, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yalitza Aparicio),” pointed out Ramin Setoodeh of Variety. 

The Daily Beast wrote an article called “J. Lo Should Be an Oscar Contender for Hustlers,” writing, “From Lopez, it’s the kind of dynamo movie star performance that gets rarer and rarer, where a character so perfectly fits how we view a performer but still upends every expectation.” 

“If there’s any justice, Jennifer Lopez will receive her first Oscar nomination for channeling the ringleader Ramona as Erin Brockovich by way of Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike,” Variety said

Many feel an Academy Award for Lopez is long overdue, but she still feels like an underdog in the race. As Setoodeh pointed out a Latinx has never won an Oscar for best actress and only four have even been nominated. 

Jennifer Lopez would love an Oscar too. 

After hearing about the potential Oscar buzz while attending TIFF, Lopez admitted she didn’t want anyone to jinx her. 

“Please! Don’t jinx it! Do me a favor…” Lopez told Variety.  “We’re so proud to be in that conversation. I’m so proud of what Lorene has done. I think she deserves to be in that conversation too. It’s nice. It’s nice. You work hard for so many years. It’s nice when they say, we think you did good.” 

In 2013, E! asked whether Lopez even wanted an Oscar. The singer and actress responded, “I think everybody that has ever taken acting seriously would love to be recognized in that way.” We love an honest queen. Hustlers opens nationwide in theaters on September 13, 2019.