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We Cannot Get Enough Of These Sweet And Lovable Latino Siblings

Before these famous Latinos actually achieved fame, they were working to build their name with their siblings by their sides. Here are 25 of our fave celebrity Latino siblings!

1. Cardi B and Hennessy

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Hennessy might be 4 years younger than her rap reina sister, but the two Dominicans are tied at the hip.

2. Camila and Sofie Cabello

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The ‘Havana singer’s little sister Sofia is always on her big sisters Instagram account and in home videos of  the star singing. We’re pretty sure we’ll see her on the music charts in a few years. 

3. Demi Lovato and Madison

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Demi and her sister are pretty close. In a documentary about her life, Demi talked about how important Madison was in her recovery during her hard time with drugs.

4. Selena, Gracia and Victoria and Gomez

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Selena might be 25 but she has two sisters that are many years her junior. Gracie Elliot Teefey is 4, and Victoria Gomez is three

5. William and Jonathan Gutiérrez Levy

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That’s right, William Levy has a kid brother. At 22, he’s year’s younger than his big bro. But undoubtedly a heartbreaker.

6. Zoe, Mariel, Cisely Saldana

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When Zoe isn’t starring in movies, she’s often working on projects with her sisters through their production company, Cinestar. Together the three Dominicanas have produced movies for AOL, NBC, and Lionsgate.

7. Selena, A.B. and Suzette Quintanilla

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The dynamic trio formed the band Selena y Los Dinos back in the 1980s. To this day, Suzie and A.B. pay tribute to their sister.

8. Daddy Yankee AKA Ramón Luis Ayala Rodriguez and Nomar Ayala and Melvin Ayala.

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The rapper has two brothers, both of them are not in the music industry like their brother.

9. Salma and Sami Hayek

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Sami is 8 years Salma’s junior and is a furniture designer. 

10. Gisele and Patricia Bundchen

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The twin sisters from Brazil have appeared in shoots together and Gisele often writes to her sister on social media. The two sisters have four other sisters.

11. Benjamin and Peter Bratt

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Peruvian brothers have collaborated on their own projects together before. This past year they produced “Dolores,” a documentary about the Latina’s life.

12. Emilio Esteves and Charlie Sheen

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It’s often forgotten that the two brothers are siblings Spanish. Their father Marin changes his name for acting and Charlie carried the career choice into his own career.

13. Alexis and Eric Bledel

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The “Gilmore Girls” star is the daughter of an Argentinian and mother raised in Mexico. Her younger brother Eric isn’t often seen in public but she has posted about him on Instagram.

15. Jennifer, Lynda, and Leslie  Lopez

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Long before, Lopez singing about the Bronx Lopez was hanging out her two sisters. Jennifer is the middle child and her younger sister Linda is a reporter. The two also have Ramon, René and Joe as siblings. 

16. Jessica and Joshua Alba

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Alba’s younger brother Joshua is best known for his role as Krit on his sister’s show “Dark Angel.”

17. Christina Milian and Elizabeth and Daniele Flores

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Christina isn’t known by the same last name as her sisters but the Cubana’s last name is actually Flores. She changed it to her mother’s maiden name after struggling to break into the industry.

18. Raini and Rico Rodriguez

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Raini and Rico are always on red carpets together. Rainia appears on “Austin & Ally.”

19. Nicole and Sofia Richie

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Nicole is the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie.  She was born to a Mexican woman named Nicole Camille Escovedo. Her sister Sofia is currently dating Scott Disick. 

20. Lynda, Pamela and Vincent Carter

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The part Mexican wonder woman star has two siblings. Together they were raised in Arizona. 

21. Alexa and  Makenzie Vega

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The Latina of Colombian descent has six siblings. Her sister Makenzie has appeared on “The Good Wife” and “Sin City.”

22. Marc Anthony, Yolanda Muñiz, and Bigram Zayas

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The two siblings don’t share their brother’s publically known name but amongst family members, Marc is actually Marco Antonio Muñiz.


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From COVID To Elections, Here’s Why Misinformation Targets Latinos

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From COVID To Elections, Here’s Why Misinformation Targets Latinos

One of the big surprises of the 2020 election was how even though most Latino voters across the U.S. voted for Joe Biden, in some counties of competitive states like Florida and Texas, a higher-than-expected percentage of Latinos supported Donald Trump. One factor that many believe played a role: online misinformation about the Democratic candidate.

Another important subject that’s been victim of a massive misinformation campaign is the Coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing vaccination program. But why does #fakenews so heavily target the Latino community?

Since the 2020 campaign, a large misinformation campaign has target Latinos.

Although fake news is nothing new, in the campaign leading up to the 2020 elections it morphed into something more sinister – a campaign to influence Latino voters with false information. The largely undetected movement helped depress turnout and spread disinformation about Democrat Joe Biden.

The effort showed how social media and other technology can be leveraged to spread misinformation so quickly that those trying to stop it cannot keep up. There were signs that it worked as Donald Trump swung large numbers of Latino votes in the 2020 presidential race in some areas that had been Democratic strongholds.

Videos and pictures were doctored. Quotes were taken out of context. Conspiracy theories were fanned, including that voting by mail was rigged, that the Black Lives Matter movement had ties to witchcraft and that Biden was beholden to a cabal of socialists.

That flow of misinformation has only intensified since Election Day, researchers and political analysts say, stoking Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen and false narratives around the mob that overran the Capitol. More recently, it has morphed into efforts to undermine vaccination efforts against the coronavirus.

The misinformation campaign could have major impacts on our politics.

Several misinformation researchers say there is an alarming amount of misinformation about voter fraud and Democratic leaders being shared in Latino social media communities. Biden is a popular target, with misinformation ranging from exaggerated claims that he embraces Fidel Castro-style socialism to more patently false and outlandish ones, for instance that the president-elect supports abortion minutes before a child’s birth or that he orchestrated a caravan of Cuban immigrants to infiltrate the US Southern border and disrupt the election process.

Democratic strategists looking ahead to the 2022 midterm elections are concerned about how this might sway Latino voters in the future. They acknowledge that conservatives in traditional media and the political establishment have pushed false narratives as well, but say that social media misinformation deserves special attention: It appears to be a growing problem, and it can be hard to track and understand.

Some believe that Latinos may be more likely to believe a message shared by friends, family members, or people from their cultural community in a WhatsApp or Telegram group rather than an arbitrary mainstream US news outlet; research has found that people believe news articles more when they’re shared by people they trust.

Fake news is also impacting our community’s response to the pandemic.

Vaccination programs work best when as many people as possible get vaccinated, but Latinos in the United States are getting inoculated at lower rates.

In Florida, for example, Latinos are 27% of the population but they’ve made up only about 17% of COVID-19 vaccinations so far, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. And Latinos are relying on social media and word-of-mouth for information on vaccines — even when it’s wrong. There’s myths circulating around the vaccine, whether you can trust it and the possible the long-term effects.

And it’s not just obstacles to getting information in Spanish, but also in many of the native Mayan indigenous languages that farmworkers speak in South Florida.

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

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Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

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