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32 celebrities that you did not know are Latino

Actors, singers and athletes makeup this list of Latino celebrities. I bet there are quite a few on this list you would have never guessed are Latino!

1. Ryan Lochte

Source: Ryan Lochte. Digital Image. LA Times. April 27, 2017. 

The second best ranked swimmer in the world, after Michael Phelps, was born in New York but is Cuban on his mother side. Who’d knew?

2. Diana Taurasi

Source: Diana Taurasi. Digital Image. 

Diana Taurasi, the professional basketball player was born in California. However, her Italian-born father was raised in Argentina and her mother is Argentinian as well.

3. Sara Paxton

Source: Sara Paxton. Digital Image. Celeb Mafia.

Aquamarine star Sara Paxton is Mexican on her mother’s ,side although she was born in Los Angeles.

4. Vanna White

Source: Vanna White. Digital Image. Latin Trends. 

Known for her role in Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White is half Puerto Rican. She uses her step father’s name, as her biological one abandoned the family at an early age.

5. Kid Cudi

Source: Kid Cudi.Digital Image. Billboard. April 22, 2016.  

Kid Cudi’s real name is Scott Ramon Seguro. His father had Mexican-American background.

5. Andrew Keegan

Source: Andrew Keegan. Digital Image. The Huffington Post. August 18, 2014. 

We all know Andrew Keegan appeared on Party of Five, 10 Things I Hate About You and Independence Day, but did you know he is Colombian on his mother’s side?

6. Frankie Muniz

Source: Frankie Muniz. DIgital Image. Famous Birthdays. 

Star of Agent Cody Banks , Malcolm in the Middle and Emmy Award Nominee, is Puerto Rican on his father side. His real name is Francisco!

7. Raquel Welch

Source: Raquel Welch. Digital Image. 

Raquel Welch’s maiden name is Tejada! Her father was born in La Paz, Bolivia.

8. Ted Williams

Source: Ted Williams. Digital Image. Doc Stull. September 19, 2016. 

Former professional baseball player and later manager Ted Williams was born in California, but had Mexican background. Some claim he was the first Latino baseball star.

9. Linda Christian

Source: Linda Christian. Digital Image. The Guardian. July 26, 2011.

The first Bond Girl was born actually born in Tampico, Mexico. Her real name is Blanca Rosa Welter.

10. Bruno Mars

Source: Bruno Mars. Digital Image. UK Mix. January 2, 2017.

Bruno Mars’ real name is Pete Gene Hernandez. He was born in Hawaii but he is half Puerto Rican on his father side!

11. Bella Thorne

Source: Bella Thorne. Digital image. The Hollywood Gossip.

Bella Thorne’s father, who passed away in a traffic accident, was Cuban.

12. Q’orianka Kilcher

Source: Q’orianka Kilcher. Digital Image. Image Event. 

The actress who portrayed Pocahontas was born in Germany, but her father is Peruvian.

13. Aubrey Plaza

Source: Aubrey Plaza. Digital Image. Advocate. July 7, 2016.  

Known for her role in Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza is half Puerto Rican! She has even said she has big part of her family in Puerto Rico.

14. Helena Christensen

Source: Helena Christensen. Digital Image. Pop Sugar. 

Former Victoria’s Secret model, Christensen, born in Denmark, is half Peruvian on her mother’s side!

15. Heather Hemmens

Source: Heather Hemmens. Digital image. FCBA History.

Heather Hemmens, known for her role in Hellcats, was born in Maine but has Costa Rican background. She is very proud of her Latin roots!

16. Jordana Brewster

Source: Jordana Brewster. Digital Image. Beauty Banter. 

Known for her role in the Fast and Furious series, gorgeous Jordana Brewster was actually born in Panama City!

17. Alexis Bledel

Source: Alexis Bledel. Digital Image. Gazette Review . January 5, 2017. 

Gilmore Girls’ star Alexis Bledel, born in Houston, Texas, is half Argentinian on her father’s side.

18. David Blaine

Source: David Blaine. Digital Image. Biography. 

World known magician who owns multiple world records, David Blaine’s father was half Puerto Rican, which makes him one quarter Latino!

19. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

Source: Snooki. Digital Image. Hawt Celebs. September 14, 2015.

Former Jersey Shore participant Snookie was born in Santiago, Chile and was later adopted by an Italian-American family. Doesn’t she look great nowadays?

20. David Gallagher

Source: David Gallagher. Digital Image. Ethnic Celebs. August 9, 2009.

Model and actor, Noel Gallagher, was born in New York. However, he is Cuban descent on his mother’s side.

21. Odette Yustman

Source: Odette Yustman. Digital Image. Ethnicelebs. June 17, 2010. 

Gorgeous Odette Yustman , known for her role in House, has a very strong Latino background! Her father was born in Bogota, Colombia and her mother is Cuban.

22. Vanessa Marcil

Source: Vanessa Marcil. Digital Image. Bartcop.

Born Sally Vanessa Ortiz, known for her role on General Hospital, is half Mexican on her father’s side.

23. Victoria Justice

Source: Victoria Justice. Digital Image. Famous Birthdays. 

Victorious superstar, Victoria Justice, is Puerto Rican descent on her mother’s side.  Beautiful!

24. Howie Dorough

Source: Howie D. Digital Image. Bands In Town. 

Yes, one of the Backstreet Boys has Latino roots! Howie D’s mother is Puerto Rican.

25. Ryan Cabrera

Source: Ryan Cabrera. Digital Image. Gazette Review. January 14, 2017.  

Remember Ashlee Simpson’s ex-boyfriend Ryan Cabrera? Well, he was born to a Colombian father which makes him half Latino.

26. Pedro Pascal

Source: Pedro Pascal. Digital Image. Aqui lo mire. September 10, 2017.

Known for his starring role in Netflix series Narcos and his appearance on Game of Thrones, Pedro Pascal was born in Santiago, Chile. Can you guess how much is this hottie and other Latino celebrities worth?

27. Hulk Hogan

Source: Hulk Hogan. Digital Image. Flickering Myth. July 24, 2015. 

Considered by some as the greatest professional wrestler ever, Hulk Hogan, born in Georgia, has Panamanian roots.

28. Fergie

Source: Fergie. Digital Image. Z1035. January 26, 2016. 

Black Eyed Peas’ singer Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known as Fergie, is known to have Mexican background.

29. Uma Thurman

Source: Uma Thurman. Digital Image. El Heraldo. November 24, 2017.

World famous actress for her roles in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, Uma Thurman, has mexican roots as her mother was born in Mexico City.

30. Nicole Richie

Source: Nicole Richie. Digital Image. Hello Magazine. May 2, 2014. 

Nicole Richie is known to be adopted by singer Lionel Richie, but did you known she has Mexican ancestry from her biological family?

31. Harry Shum Jr.

Source: Harry Schum Jr. Digital Image. Billboard. March 3, 2011. 

Known for playing Mike Chang on Glee, Harry Shum Jr. was actually born in Costa Rica.

32. Nina Garcia

Source: Nina Garcia. Digital Image. Marie Claire. August 25, 2015.

Alright, maybe we all know Nina Garcia is Latina, but did you know she is Colombian and was born in the same town as Shakira and Sofia Vergara?

Test your Latino roots knowledge now! 

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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