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You Should Definitely Pay Attention To These 25 Latino Celebs Under 25

You’ve been watching some of these stars for so long you’ll be shocked to hear that they’re still 25 years old or younger. Others, we’ll be watching for the next ten years and they’ll still be in their mid-twenties.

This is our official thank you letter to these Latinos who are making it easier for the rest of us to take up space. We love you all.

1. Camila Cabello, 21

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There isn’t a person on this side of the hemisphere that isn’t looking to see what Camila does next. At just 15 years old, she rose to fame on “The X Factor,” and then in girl band Fifth Harmony. She’s gone solo and we’re here for it.

2. Bella Thorne, 20

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At just 20 years old, we all have our eyes on Cuban actress and singer, Bella Thorne. She’s starred in “Big Love, Shake it Up,” and you can find her on Freeform’s “Famous in Love” (when you’re not at Coachella hearing her hit those notes).

3. Isabella Gomez, 20

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This aquarius babe was born in Colombia and began acting in commercials when she was just five years old. Her fam moved to Orlando when she was 10, and now she’s starring as Elena Alvarez in the Netflix Original series “One Day at a Time.” We see you, boo.

4. Cardi B, 25

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Cardi B blew up recently when she dominated the rap game. Not only has the New Yorker slayed the charts on her own, she has been part of some pretty major collabs including “Finesse” with Bruno Mars.

5. Dafne Keen, 13

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She’s Spanish, and she speaks it. Dafne Keen (Fernández) was only 11 years old when she played mutant Laura Kinney/X-23 alongside Hugh Jackman. She completely nailed the performance and we’re all looking to her to see what she’ll do next.

6. Demi Lovato, 25

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Did you know her full name is Demetria Devonne Lovato? And that she first appeared on “Barney & Friends?!” Lovato rose to fame with her acting skills but stole our hearts with her voice. Please keep it coming, Demi!

7. Selena Gomez, 25

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Like Lovato, Gomez first made her appearance on “Barney & Friends,” and then starred in Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Since then, she’s sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide! Slay.

Who, btw, has been through more health problems than any <25yo should.

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She’s been diagnosed with a misunderstood disease called Lupus and needed a kidney transplant from her BFF, Francia Raisa.

Caption: “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith”

8. Marcel Ruiz, 13

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A self described “Puerto Rican Supreme Athletic Actor,” Marcel has been acting in commercials in San Juan since he was real little. Just four years ago, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his acting career and now stars in Netflix Original’s reboot of “One Day at a Time.”

9. Jake T. Austin, 23

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You remember mitad Puerto Rican Austin from Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” What you might not know is that he was the voice of Diego in Dora the Explorer! He’s since starred in The Fosters and we have eyes for what he’ll do next.

10. Kali Uchis, 24

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Colombian is everything. For real: she’s a singer, songwriter, poet, record producer, music video director and fashion designer. And she’s only 24. Can’t wait to see the rest of your life play out, girl!

11. Millie Bobby Brown, 14

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Spanish born actress, Millie Bobby Brown, has become a household name for her performance in “Stranger Things.” You might have noticed all your friends dressing up as her for Halloween. I’m so freakin’ excited for more productions.

12. Princess Nokia, 25

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Puerto Rican rapper, Princess Nokia, is smashing the patriarchy, homophobia and anyone who stands in the way of her poetry. Please listen to her music and we’re wishing her all the congrats for making it to Coachella 2018.

13. Rico, 19

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I’m honestly sobbing that he’s already 19 years old. We know him as Manny Delgado in “Modern Family,” but Mexican-American star, Rico, already published his own book in 2012. I have the same goal for by 2070.

14. Victoria Justice, 25

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We know her from “Zoey 101,” “Victorious” and a variety of films. She’s talented on the piano, and is also a pop singer. Get it, boricua.

15 & 16. Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz, 23

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These twin French-Cuban sisters make up the duo Ibeyi. If you haven’t heard them yet, prepare yourself for una mezcla of English, French, Spanish and Yoruba spoken songs that fuses with jazz, beats and other traditional instruments. I can’t stop listening to them.

17. Jason Genao, 21

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Netflix Original production swooped up Jason Genao for their new hit series, “On My Block,” which features a bunch of Los Angelino teens in high school and all the conflicts they face. This Dominican-American kiddo hailing from Jersey City is nowhere on the underground internet, and the actual internet is exploding about it.

18. Ronni Hawk, 18

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After playing as Rachel Diaz on “Stuck in the Middle,” Ronni Hawk is now a star of “On My Block,” alongside Jason Genao. Can you tell she’s also a model?

19. Camila Mendes, 23

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The Brazilian actor is one of the most talked about cast members of “Riverdale” and it is clear why. She has a chemistry with the camera you just can’t teach.

20. Jenna Ortega, 15

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The Disney star played the younger sister in “Stuck in the Middle” and it is clear she is up for any challenge. She is even a voice on “Elena of Avalor” so her representation of Latinas in pop culture is impressive.

21. Lauren Jauregui, 21

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Jauregui is one of the stars that you hear about outside of music. She is an incredible singer but her work as an activist and voice of minority groups is something to behold.

22. Johnny Lopez, 17

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Lopez is one of Jenni Rivera’s children and is on the Univision show “The Riveras.” He made news last year by coming out as bisexual in a very public way on social media.

23. Dinah Jane, 20

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Now that Fifth Harmony is heading toward a hiatus, it is time to see what happens with the members. Jane is one singer whose next moves will dictate her future.

24. Cierra Ramirez, 23

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You might know Ramirez from her role in “The Fosters” but that’s not all she is doing. The actor will be using her voice to bring America Chavez, Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero, to life.

25. Ally Brooke, 24

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The oldest member of Fifth Harmony, it seems clear in this photo that Brooke is some what of a fashionista. From the hair to her outfit, she is so put together that designers must be falling over each other to dress her.

Gina Rodriguez Says N-Word Apologizes For ‘Singing Along To The Fugees’

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Gina Rodriguez Says N-Word Apologizes For ‘Singing Along To The Fugees’

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Somebody get the shovel out of Gina Rodriguez’s hands because she officially went there with anti-black sentiments and said the N-word. Cue tear and the moment she dusts off her Afro-Latina card to excuse herself from backlash.

The former star of CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ has been ruffling feathers in the Black Twitter community for a while. Criticism of Rodriguez and her approach to speaking about and to the Black community goes all of the way back to 2017 when the actress criticized “Black Panther” for its lack of Latino inclusion. During a 2018 press junket, the Puerto Rican actress attempted to “All Lives Matter” actress Yara Shahidi when she was asked about being a role model for black girls When the actress tried once again to. Then, this year the actress was slammed not once by twice within a matter of months after she falsely stated that Latinas are paid less than any other race in Hollywood and then cried during a radio interview and essentially accused the Black community of being too hard on her while also using her father, who she claims is Afro-Latino, as an excuse for not being anti-Black.

Now the actress is facing backlash after posting a video of herself using the N-word while singing.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez posted a video of herself singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees to her Instagram stories.

“Voodoo, I could do what you do, believe me,” Rodriguez sang in the video, “N***** give me heebie-jeebies.” The video stayed up on her stories for before it was taken down. Later the actress apologized for her use of words saying in another story that she was sorry for singing along to the lyrics, which doesn’t really address the true issue.

“Hey what’s up everybody I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees to a song that I love that I grew up on. I love Lauren Hill and I’m really sorry if I offended you,” she said.

Many have speculated that Rodriguez thought because she was singing a lyrics she could get away with using the derogatory term.

Others have accused the actress of being flip with her apology.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez’s reaction to backlash is pretty on-brand for her previous anti-Black sentiments.

Check Out These Beautiful Ofrendas Dedicated To Beloved Latino Icons

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Check Out These Beautiful Ofrendas Dedicated To Beloved Latino Icons

As the weather cools down and Halloween pops up on our calendars, there’s another holiday quickly approaching that deserves it’s own attention. Every October and November, people from Northern Mexico and around the world celebrate Día de los Muertos by building ofrendas to honor those who they have lost. Ofrendas are shrines set up with the photos of deceased loved ones along with personal items that they appreciated in life. Originating from the Aztecs, these shrines are meant to commemorate their dead loved ones and guide them home on the one day when their souls can journey from the spirit world to the world of the living. 

While ofrendas often honor deceased family members and friends, it’s not unusual to see alters also set up for famous people who have passed away. Fans build these shrines to celebrities in order to pay tribute to their legacy. These celebrity alters are usually as elaborate and amazing as the famous people they are meant to honor. 

Here are some of the remarkable celebrity ofrendas that prove that fame and the love of their fans are everlasting. 

1. Anything for Selenas.

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Selena is one of the most recognizable celebrities of the Latinidad so it makes sense that she’d have quite a few ofrendas built to remember her. San Antonio’s Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery is a Mexican restaurant that keeps this shrine of Selena up all year long to celebrate the Queen of Tejano. 

2. Dedicated to the icons of Mexico.

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This colorful ofrenda is a reminder that these shrines can be for more than one person at a time. On this alter, Mexican pop culture is represented by superstar actress Maria Felix, comedian and TV star Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bolanos) and artist Frida Kahlo. Offerings of fruit, food and alcohol adorn this ofrenda to tempt and delight the spirits of these deceased stars. 

3. A shrine fit for a food god.

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Two years ago, the food world lost a huge star with the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain. The celebrity chef was known for traveling the world and learning about local customs and cuisine in such a respectful way that it endeared him to the communities that he visited. This earned him the spot of honor on this ofrenda. 

4. Frida’s ofrenda.

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Frida Kahlo is an artist who has only become more beloved in death. Her image is used in everything from jewelry and makeup to home goods and tee shirts. This shrine pays tribute to the legendary artista with pots of food, Mexican marigolds and skeletal attendants. 

5. An alter for Poet Paz.

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Octavio Paz was a Nobel Prize-winning poet and one of the most influential voices in Mexican literature. His words have been a source of comfort and inspiration to millions of readers over the years. He was also a diplomat and fought against fascism in Mexico and abroad. All these accomplishments deserve to be remembered and Paz is honored in this papel picado-filled ofrenda. 

6. An offering to two legends.

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This past decade, we’ve lost some remarkable souls but none more beloved than music artists Prince and David Bowie. The Prince of Funk and Ziggy Stardust have millions of fans across the world and they are still remembered for being innovators and entertainers. This ofrenda in honor of the two was fittingly built at the Santa Barbara Bowl an amphitheater dedicated to great music.  

7. RIP Tony Stark.

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Sometimes fictional characters touch us so much that they become real to us. So, when a character like this passes away, it’s only natural to honor them the way we would a real person. This Day of the Dead project was dedicated to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Gone but never forgotten. 

8. Dedicated to las mujeres.

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This ofrenda was built in tribute to powerful Latinas. Women like Celia Cruz, Jessica Torres, Margarita Neri, and Delores del Río are immortalized among other great women who will always have a special place in history and in the hearts of their fans.

9. An icon from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

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Besides ofrendas, grave sites are also decorated as alters for Día de los Muertos. One of the biggest actors of Mexico’s Golden Age of cinema, Pedro Infante is buried in the Yucatan. For the Day of the Dead, his grave site was adorned with Mexican marigolds and candles to guide his spirit back to the world of the living. 

10. The King has entered the building.

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One of the most legendary celebrities to have ever lived is Elvis Presley and the man has become a bigger icon in death. There are still claims of Elvis sightings all over the world. Maybe, those fans are just seeing Elvis’ spirit as he returns to visit the thousands of shrines that are dedicated to him for Día de Los Muertos and year-round.

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