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25 Of The Most Successful Latino Athlete Couples

There are tons of successful Latino athletes playing for teams all over the world, and everyone loves to keep up with their careers. And behind every successful baller is a powerful partner, supporting and building empires of their own. Find out more about some of the most interesting Latino athlete couples here.

A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez

Via: People.com

Alex Rodriguez is a former shortstop and third baseman for the New York Yankees. After media linking him to several women, the Dominican-American athlete says he finally found the woman of his dreams, and she needs no further introduction. A-Rod and J.Lo have been dating since February 2017 and have been inseparable ever since.

Priscilla Coelho, Beatriz Souza and Ronaldinho

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Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho wants it all. The former World Player of the Year has not one, but two girlfriends; Brazilian Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza. Both ladies accompany Ronaldinho on his engagements and speaking of which, the athlete is rumored to have proposed to them both.

Amelia Vega and Al Horford

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Boston Celtic’s very own Al Horford found love in Amelia Vega when they met at the Latin Pride Awards. Vega was crowned ‘Miss Dominican Republic’ and became the first Dominicana ever to win Miss Universe in 2003. The Dominican athlete married his beauty queen in 2011 and they have three children together.

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony

Via: Essence.com

Carmelo Anthony plays in the NBA for Houston Rockets. In 2003 he met Puerto Rican American MTV host La La Vázquez at a bar. He allegedly stepped in when someone was being rude to La La. They got married in 2010, took a brief split last year, but worked things out and now the couple is as happy as they were the day they met.

Carol Cabrino and Marquinhos

Via: Esportefera.com

Marcos Aoás Corrêa, or ‘Marquinhos’, started playing for soccer club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 19. He married fellow Brazilian Carol Cabrino, a famous singer and reality TV show personality, after having seen her singing in one of her YouTube videos. Maybe it was love at first sight?

Viviana Ortiz and JJ Barea

Via: Metro.pr

Puerto Rican basketball player José Juan Barera found love in former Miss Puerto Rico, Viviana Ortiz in 2013. Apart from a beauty queen, Ortiz has actress and model listed on her resume. The latino athlete plays for the Dallas Mavericks and is the 7th Puerto Rican to join the NBA.

Yvette Prieto and Micheal Jordan

Via: Marriedwiki.com

Retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan married Yvette Prieto in 2003. Jordan, who has been called the greatest basketball player of all times, definitely found his match in the Cuban-American supermodel, who then was one of the biggest names in the modeling industry.

Arturo Vidal and Maria Teresa Matus

Via: Zimbio.com

The Chilean midfielder recently started playing for FC Barcelona. As if Vidal’s popularity wasn’t prominent enough, his wife since 2009 Maria Teresa also has a huge following on social media. She shares candid photos of her gorgeous life with the couple’s three children.

Oscar de la Hoya and Millie Corretjer

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Mexican-American ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar de la Hoya won gold in the 1992 Olympics in professional boxing. However, the Latino athlete might consider Millie Corretjer’s heart an even bigger win. The Puerto Rican singer and actress met de la Hoya in 2000, and they got married one year later.

October Gonzalez and Tony Gonzalez

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Atlanta Falcon’s Tony Gonzalez is now hosting the NFL pre-game show “NFL Today.” October became famous working as a game show host on FOX and she has also co-hosted Rachel Ray’s daytime show. Maybe the couple bonded over hosting tips!

Deidre Pujols and Albert Pujols

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Dominican-American baseball star José Alberto Pujols is quite the family man. When the Latino athlete is not busy playing for the Los Angeles Angels, he spends his time with his wife of eighteen years, Deirdre Pujols, and the couple’s five children. Deidre and Albert met at a salsa club in 1999 and got married the year after.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

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One of the greatest quarterbacks of all times marries one of the highest paid supermodels. It does sound like a match made in entertainment news heaven. The Brazilian supermodel has given birth to the couple’s two children.

Rosangel Cabrera and Miguel Cabrera

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Venezuelan baseball player Miguel ‘Miggy’ Cabrera and his wife Rosangel are high school sweethearts and have been married since 2002. The Detroit Tiger’s first baseman has three children with his wife, and two children from a previous relationship. Although Rosangel filed for a divorce last year, it seems the couple is working things out.

Michelle Velasquez and Cain Velasquez

Via: Ibtimes.com.au

MMA heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez met his wife Michelle in 2007. The UFC fighter proposed by faking an injury on a walk on the beach because he wanted to catch her off-guard. The tactic seems to have worked as Michelle said yes — another victory under his belt.

Trevor Ariza and Bree Anderson Ariza

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When NBA player Trevor Ariza is not playing for the Phoenix Suns, he loves spending time with his wife Bree Anderson Azria and their three children. Their oldest son is named Tajh after the Latino athlete’s youngest brother who tragically passed away in an accident.

Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor

Via: Tronc.com

WNBA professional Diana Taurasi met her wife, Australian Penny Taylor on the court, and it was love at first sight. While Penny has since retired from playing basketball, she remains close to Phoenix Mercury and Diana as she now works as the team’s director of player development.

Marcos Rojo and Eugenia Lusardo

Via: Scoopnest.com

Argentinian soccer player Marcos Rojo is a defender for Manchester United. His wife Eugenia Lusardo is a Portuguese lingerie model. In spite of a very public infidelity scandal, the couple decided to stick together and seem to be happier than ever.

JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher

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Former MLB baseball player Nick Swisher met actress JoAnna Garcia in 2009, and they got married one year later. You might have seen JoAnna in the TV series “Once Upon A Time.” Nick appeared on “How I Met Your Mother” as well as his wife’s sitcom “Better With You.”

Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant

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Former basketball professional and Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant needs no introduction. The couple met in 1999 when they were both in high school, and two years later, 21-year-old Kobe married 18-year-old Vanessa who is Mexican-American. They have three girls together.

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

Via: Ibtimes.co.uk

Called the world’s best soccer player, Argentinian Lionel Messi has the world at his feet. Playing for FC Barcelona since he was thirteen, Messi already had his eyes set on Antonella, a girl in his hometown. In 2017 the Latino athlete finally married his dream girl.

Luis Suárez and Sofia Balbi

Via: As.com

Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez plays as a striker for soccer club FC Barcelona since 2014 and is often considered one of the best players in the world. Suarez met his wife Sofia Balbi at the age of 15 while working as a street sweeper in Montevideo.

Jaydy Michel and Rafael Márquez

Via: Anamariacanseco.com

Known as the best defender in Mexican soccer history, Rafael Marquez is a retired defense. In 2011, the Latino athlete married Mexican actress and model Jaydy Michel, ex-wife of singer Alejandro Sanz. The couple has two children.

Daniel Alves and Joana Sanz

Via: Noticiasaominuto.com.br

Daniel Alves plays as a defender for Paris Saint-German, but it was while he was playing for FC Barcelona he met the woman who would steal his heart, Spanish model Joana Sanz. The couple got married in a private ceremony in Ibiza last year.

Larissa Firmino and Roberto Firmino

Via: Mirror.co.uk

Liverpool’s midfielder Robert Firmino is a successful Brazilian soccer player. Successful on and off-court that is, as he married the gorgeous Brazilian model Larissa last year. Larissa is an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

Julius Peppers and Claudia Sampedro

Via: Marriedwiki.com

Julius Peppers is an American football player for the Carolina Panthers. In 2014 he met Cuban glamour and fitness model Claudia Sampedro, also known as one of Kim Kardashian’s doppelganger. The couple appeared on the reality show “WAGS Miami” in 2016.

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

READ: Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19