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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

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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! 

Neighbors Formed A Human Chain To Prevent This Man From Getting Deported And It’s The Most Beautiful Act Of Humanity I’ve Seen

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Neighbors Formed A Human Chain To Prevent This Man From Getting Deported And It’s The Most Beautiful Act Of Humanity I’ve Seen

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Although the planned Trump ICE raids didn’t happen on the scale that many were expecting, there are still many heartbreaking stories of people being rounded up, arrested, detained, and even deported. However, in some cases entire communities have come together to fight back against ICE and to protect people from illegal arrests.

Case in point: this story out of Tennessee in which vecinos, advocates, and legal activists came together to protect a father and his son from an illegal ICE raid.

A group of vecinos created a literal human chain to protect their neighbor from ICE agents.

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Hermitage, Tennessee community members rushed to a neighbor’s home to protect him and his son from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents early Monday morning, at one point forming a human chain around the van where the family had been stuck so they could safely exit into their home.

It started early Monday morning when ICE officers followed a man’s van and tried to pull it over. After the van’s driver pulled into the driveway of a house, the officers blocked him in. The man remained inside the vehicle and alerted local advocates and neighbors, the affiliates said.

ICE had come to arrest a man but the neighbors formed a chain to allow him to get into his home and then helped him drive away.

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A crowd gathered, with witnesses recording the tense scene on their cell phones and bringing supplies to the parked vehicle. Neighbors brought gasoline to keep the van running and food and water for the man and his 12-year-old son, who were holed up inside. “While there were immigrant advocate community members present, it was clear that a major thrust of the citizen response was being driven by the immediate neighbors of the man and child in the van. … It was striking to watch neighbors deliver food, water, and gasoline to help their neighbor stay in his car,” Nashville City Council Bob Mendes said in a statement describing what he watched unfold

ICE officers eventually decided to leave “to de-escalate the situation,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told CNN. Coxsaid he wouldn’t say “who the agency’s target or targets may have been so as to not compromise a potential future operation that would seek to arrest the individual at a different time and place.”

People were full of emotion once the story broke.

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With all the bad news in the world, many people have pretty much lost faith in ever hearing anything good again. So when the story of a group of people coming together to protect a man and his son from an ICE arrest broke, many were overwhelmed. It showed to many that even in the unlikeliest of places good people doing good things do still exist.

Like seriously, we dare you to watch this video and not at least get goosebumps.

When they form the chain so the man and his son can get to their car…omg it’s so powerful to watch a community spring into action.

Some took to Twitter to call for more of this community action.

Credit: @UnitedWeDream / Twitter

Many advocacy organizations used this story as an example of community-driven efforts to fight back against Trump’s racist immigration policies. Actions like this one protected a family from an illegal arrest. The agent’s warrant wasn’t legally sufficient to arrest the man and had it not been for the quick action of the community, ICE would of gotten away with it.

Deanna From “Queer Eye” Was Harassed By Neighbors Who Told Her “The Mexicans Are Building Their Own Wall” But The Fab Five Helped Her Overcome Giving Us Another Reason To Love Them

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Deanna From “Queer Eye” Was Harassed By Neighbors Who Told Her “The Mexicans Are Building Their Own Wall” But The Fab Five Helped Her Overcome Giving Us Another Reason To Love Them

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Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye, featuring the Fab Five, has become a staple of America’s collective therapy. In the days since the fourth season has dropped, we’re all feeling more in touch with our feelings, but never have we been so attacked as when we met Chicana Deanna Muñoz. 

Deanna is a proud second generation Mexican-American who struggles with being “stuck” between two cultures. She doesn’t speak Spanish and can’t cook, making her feel like she’s “not Mexican enough”, and racism felt by her white neighbors makes her feel like she’s “not white enough.” Needless to say, that experience is so relatable for most of us second-generation Latino-Americans.

Meet Deanna Muñoz in all her J.Lo glory.

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In fact, we call it brujería. Deanna had her first child when she was just 16 years old, and had to drop out of school. As her daughter started pouring her heart into creative writing, she wanted to find her a tutor. With none to be found, she founded the Latino Arts Festival non-profit foundation, to showcase and cultivate Latino culture in Kansas City.

We’re giving Queer Eye a 10/10 for shining a light on cultural Imposter Syndrome within the Latinx community.

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Why did Queer Eye do such a good job of this? They created space for Deanna, an actual Chicana, to share her experience to America. So many of us have faced the surprise of both Latinos and non-Latinos alike when we answer that “what are you?” question. In a place like the U.S., where we often come from mixed-culture families, seeing the emotional effects played out on screen is validating AF.

Karamo Brown took Deanna door to door to find neighbors that can counter the racism she experienced by other vecinos.

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Deanna’s family had to build a mini wall to reinforce water drainage on their yard, and a neighbor texted her husband saying, “The Mexicans are building their own wall.” 😡

Deanna’s family immediately felt uncomfortable in their own neighborhood. Our favorite Cubano, Karamo, made sure that Deanna went where the love is–and had her create her own welcome to the ‘hood.

And sons and daughters of immigrant parents everywhere sobbed to see the sacrifice.

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Deanna’s parents immigrated to the U.S. to give Deanna a better life. So many of our parents or abuelos left their culture and language behind to give their children a new start in life. Seeing Deanna get that is what it’s all about. #NoWall

Meanwhile, Bobbi created a safe space for Latino artists in Kansas City by gifting Deanna an office space.

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Deanna was working out of a tiny space in her home, with the third annual Latino Arts Festival upon her. Bobbi was able to create a studio space for Latinx artists, and made sure that Latinx artists influenced the design of the space. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

There was also this Latino lesson: never reject abuela’s food. She’ll bring it to you anyway.

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Twitter user Pamela Gocobachi shared, that “one of my fave moments from the new #QueerEye season was in  Deanna’s episode when @antoni learned the hard way that you never say no when abuelita asks you if you want to eat something– Martha’s face when he said “later”? Antoni’s face when she brought him food anyway? I DIED”

If you don’t speak Spanish but could relate to Deanna’s struggle to ask for help or take up any space at all, you inherited that from Latino culture.

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Not one of us would question Deanna’s Latinidad, but we internalize so much shame for not living like we grew up in a Latin American country. Language and food are just two ways to define culture. 

Deanna relatably felt intimidated to be in the kitchen with the viejas.. Deanna felt like her Latin style was seen as “childish” in her board meetings and had trouble being taken seriously. These are the Latino-American experiences we have all experienced and they make us Latino.

If you’re feeling inspired, be like Chloe, and donate to the Latino Arts Foundation!

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It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Spanish and couldn’t roast a poblano for your life–your Latinidad is bigger than that. It’s everything that gives us the birthright to claim that identity, especially in a foreign land. Whether your culture looks like the art of cafecito or appreciating Bad Bunny even though you don’t understand every word he’s saying, somos Latino.

What we do to celebrate that is what we pass on to the next generation. Donate to the Latino Arts Foundation hoy.

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