Entertainment

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Daily News. 5 July 2018.

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.

CREDIT: Selena / Facebook

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

CREDIT: “null” Digital Image. Hello Magazine. 5 July 2018.

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

4. Sofia Vergara

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latin Times. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: “Rapper Pitbull is being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on July 15, 2016” Digital Image. Yahoo. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Puzzles Games. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. NBC Los Angeles. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: “Thalia
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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: @EntCity / Twitter

“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

CREDIT: Antonio Banderas. Digital Image. PurePeople. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. NBC Los Angeles. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: “penelope_cruz_star_ceremony_03_wenn5631646” Digital Image. Cristinahh. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: “Cameron Diaz Got a Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame” Digital Image. Obama Pacman. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Latina. 5 July 2018.

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

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Eonline. 5 July 2018.

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!

Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

Entertainment

Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly

The world is watching and reacting as the investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Activists have been raising their voices and organizing to maintain and grow sustained protests around the world demanding justice. Celebrities have been swept up in the anger and protest as well and, for some, it has backfired.

Former “Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted about the death of George Floyd.

Michele joined the trend of celebrities who have started to join in the protests against racial injustice inflicted by police in the U.S. Even major corporations joined the Black Lives Matter conversation after being silent for years with many participating in #BlackOutTuesday. Yet, Michele is facing accusations of her own microaggressions against former co-stars.

Samantha Ware had issues with Michele’s tweet of solidarity.

Ware played Jane Hayward in the sixth season of “Glee” and accused Michele of microaggressions. The microaggressions were relentless and traumatic enough to make Ware’s tenure on the show “a living hell.”

Ware’s response immediately rang true for so many who have faced a lifetime of microaggressions.

Microaggressions are a major issue in everyday life for people of color. They are defined as verbal, behavioral, or environmental things that have underlying hostile and prejudice roots. They are things like assuming that a Black woman is wearing a wig or locking your car doors when a Black person walks by you.

Dabier Snell also spoke up about Michele’s behavior.

Snell continued with a second tweet explaining that he is always here to make content that people will enjoy. He tries to stray away from creating anything negative in the world. However, according to Snell, seeing Michele’s tweet for George Floyd brought back bad memories of her treating him as less than while on set.

Another “Glee” co-star, Alex Newell, echoed Snell and Ware.

Three of Michele’s co-stars have come forward to call her out in public because of how she treated people. All three have been Black actors who have accused the actor of treating them with no respect and lodging microaggressions against them.

Some people are doing the work and reminding us that Naya Rivera tried to call Michele out first.

In her memoir “Sorry Not Sorry,” Rivera recounted how Michele treated her while they were on “Glee.” Rivera did not hold back when she described Michele’s reaction as Santana Lopez became a more and more important character in the “Glee” universe.

“As Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel – erm, I mean Lea – didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” reads the memoir. “If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was bitching about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of season 6.”

Michele offered a half-apology to address the accusations while admitting to them at the same time.

“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” reads part of the statement. “We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

Her apology sparked more backlash from people who claim to have been part of the “Glee” cast and crew.

Credit: leamichele / Instagram

Other people have commented on her apology claiming that she is not really apologizing if she claims not to remember. Others are frustrated that Michele is apologizing for how people have perceived her words, not for the words itself.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

Pitbull Is Helping Latino Business Owners Financially Affected By COVID-19

Things That Matter

Pitbull Is Helping Latino Business Owners Financially Affected By COVID-19

pitbull / Instagram

Latinos are suffering harder economic downfalls because of Covid-19. Latinos have disproportionately been laid off and experienced pay cuts as businesses closed because of the pandemic. Pitbull teamed up with Priceline and Hello Alice to give Latino owned small businesses an emergency grant.

Pitbull is teaming up with two organizations to give money to Latino owned small businesses.

The program is aimed at giving businesses up to $10,000 to keep their businesses open. Latino unemployment in the U.S. is 18.9 percent because of Covid-19. That means that 4 million, or 1 in every 5 Latinos, is currently unemployed because of the virus.

Latinos are currently experiencing the worst economic loss to the community since the Great Recession.

The Latino and Black communities have born the brunt of the economic ups and downs of the U.S. economy. The current unemployment statistics are the worst for Latinos since the Great Recession. During that time, Latinos lost 66 percent of their wealth. The novel coronavirus has exposed the precarious economic state of the Latino community in an economy with stagnant wages yet rising costs of living.

In February, the Latino unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

President Trump has bragged about the unemployment rate for the Latino and Black populations. Latinas are the largest and fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and the pandemic has hit the community hard. Pitbull’s program could help to keep those entrepreneurs afloat.

Businesses can be awarded up to $10,000. The reason for financial help is more than unemployment. Organizers of the fund also point to the number of Latino businesses that were denied funding through the federal government.

“We found out the centers for responsible lending said that 91% of all Latino applicants of government Phase one funding got rejected. Secondly, the sectors that can’t work from home. ‘You can’t be a waiter at home there are no customers,’” Jeff Hoffman, founder of Priceline, told CBS Miami.

Hoffman added: “A competitor before, are now your friends. Reach out to those businesses near you talk to those people ask what ideas work for them and what resources they can share and we’ll figure this out together.”

READ: After Their Mom’s Restaurant Shut Down, Mexican-American Twin Brothers Launched A Loan Co. To Help Latino Small Businesses Thrive