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Here’s What These ’90s Latino Stars Looked Like Then And Now

The ’90s are back. Some Latino celebs have embraced this new trend and others are leaving their ’90s looks far, far in the past. While there are differences politically, we can all agree that these stars made out ’90s the decade to remember. Here are just a few Latino celebs that rocked it in the ’90s and are killing the game today.

Then: Jennifer Lopez

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Playing the starring role in “Selena” really made her career and seemed to fitting at the same time. She’s beauty and she’s grace. We all remember not once questioning the rumor that she had her signature booty insured for $1 billion.

Now: Jennifer Lopez

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She is more than just an entertainer now. The singer, actor, and businesswoman has created an empire that is something to behold. That Puerto Rican booty hasn’t quit for 20 years. ?

Then: Tatyana M. Ali

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Tatyana M. Ali is half Panamanian and half Trinidadian and was all over our TV screens as Ashley Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. What’s more 90’s than that product placement, am I right?

Now: Tatyana M. Ali

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Since “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, Ali has stayed in front of the camera, even working on “Young and the Restless” from 2007 to 2013.

Then: John Leguizamo

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Who can forget Leguizamo as Tybalt on “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet”? You couldn’t make it through high school English class without seeing this movie and secretly l o v i n g  it. Tybalt was the fierce fire to Romeo’s weepy teen angst and you loved/hated him.

Now: John Leguizamo

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Leguizamo uses his platform on Instagram to lend his voice to the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, to Dreamers and his still-standing fiery sense of humor. He has even created his own broadway show “Latin History for Morons” and he is on a mission to teach people.

Then: Stacey Dash

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The Afro-Latina actor captured our hearts as Dionne in “Clueless”. She was all of us and everything we aspired to be in the ’90s. Yes, she was terrified to drive on the highway at 15 years old, which is relatable af, and held her boyfriend Murray to a gold standard.

Now: Stacey Dash

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Dash has become a big voice among conservative media and politics. The “Clueless” star was a regular contributor for Fox News but was fired early last year. She is currently running for Congress to represent California’s 44th district.

Then: Guillermo Diaz

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We remember Guillermo Diaz as the tie-dye clad stoner pal Scarface in “Half Baked”. He kept us laughing as he went on an epic journey with Dave Chappelle in the stoner comedy classic.

Now: Guillermo Diaz

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Now, Diaz plays a somehow endearing killer, traumatized by the government’s secret assassination team on the hit show, “Scandal”. In real life, he’s a stand up guy that is a big advocate for this LGBTQ community and women’s rights.

Then: Mario Lopez

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Lopez played one of the only Latinos on mainstream TV and even had a “coming out” moment as Chicano. As A.C. Slater in “Saved By the Bell”, he loved sports and dance and gave us all an identity we could relate to.

Now: Mario Lopez

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Lopez is one of the most high-profile hosts of Extra. Not only does he get to frame the narrative, Lopez brings celebrities to a sense of comfort to make for some really fun interviews.

Then: Zoe Saldana

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I remember watching Zoe Saldana as Eva in “Center Stage” struggle to be accepted by her superiors at the ballet academy. Her New Yorican/Dominican sass didn’t fit with *cough* white *cough* etiquette. Watching her take the main stage at the end of “Center Stage” made us all want to become gum-chewing, sailor’s mouth ballerinas.

Now: Zoe Saldana

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Saldana has made me go from wishing I was a ballerina to a Nav’i person. Who doesn’t want to live in that beautiful world with nature and fun at every turn?

Then: Shakira

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Lil’ Baby Shakira circa 1991 is giving me life right now. Everything about her is just screaming ’90s from her hair to her gloves to her skirt. She was super fashionable and we all wanted to dress just like her.

Now: Shakira

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The Colombian pop star is truly living her best life. She is married to a professional soccer player, has children, and continues to win awards for her incredible music. She couldn’t be more perfect.

Then: Mike Vitar

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Vitar played Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez on “The Sandlot” and was one of the few brown kids on the team. It was an icon role for all of us wanting to make it to the big leagues…and outrun the neighborhood mastiff.

Now: Mike Vitar

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Vitar ended up becoming a firefighter after leaving acting behind in the ’90s. Vitar did make headlines as a firefighter in 2017 after a grad student filed a lawsuit against him and four other men after a near fatal attack on Halloween 2015 that left the grad student with permanent brain damage. Vitar took a six-month unpaid leave when the lawsuit was filed.

Then: Lauren Vélez

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Lauren Vélez masterfully portrayed the insightful Detective Nina Moreno on the police drama “New York Undercover”.

Now: Lauren Vélez

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She’s now widely known as the driven police lieutenant Maria LaGuerta on Showtime’s “Dexter”Oh, and in her day to day, she looks flawless as ever performing her civic duties as a juror.

Then: Wilson Cruz

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Cruz played Ricky Velasquez on “My So-Called Life” and gave gay Latinos representation like never before. The role was filled with all the angst and confusion one would expect from a Latino coming to terms with their sexuality.

Now: Wilson Cruz

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Cruz has used his fame to really push for his political ideals. The actor was a vocal part of the 2016 campaign year. Professionally, Cruz has made some major waves lately when cast in “Star Trek: Discovery”.

Then: Ricky Martin

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Martin was breaking all of our hearts when he was fresh to the English-language music scene. The singer was the man all women wanted and all men wanted to be.

Now: Ricky Martin

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The singer who was once living la vida loca is now a proud father and husband. Long gone are the days of partying and dancing the night away infavor of nights in with the familia.

Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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There are few queer characters the people can point to in the past as being someone that changed their lives. Santana Lopez, Naya Rivera’s character on “Glee,” is one of them. Even if you’ve never watched “Glee,” Rivera’s character touched you because of how that representation is so important and empowering.

Naya Rivera’s place in LGBTQ+ media representation will be her long-lasting legacy.

Rivera brought us Santana Lopez, a queer Latina navigating the world of high school in a small town. For many, this kind of representation was so rare and often poorly done that Rivera’s command of the role was impactful. You didn’t have to be an avid viewer of the show to understand and appreciate the magnitude of Santana Lopez.

Rivera brought our experience directly to the mainstream and forced our own classmates to think about the way they saw queer people.

Rivera’s ability to capture the awkwardness and terror of being a closeted queer student in high school still resonates. It is a piece of nostalgia that is so deeply ingrained in queer people that it’s hard not to be emotional about Rivera’s sudden and tragic death.

Who can forget the moment Santana used “Landslide” to tell Brittany that she loved her.

The emotion of a love that is not easy to confess and live authentically is real. Ask any queer person you know about coming to terms with her sexuality in high school and you will hear about the fear and excitement. You will hear about the strategic allyships that epitomize the constant battle between being open and staying safe.

Rivera was more than an actress, she was an ally and advocate during her time on “Glee.”

Season 2, when Rivera’s feelings for Brittany (played by Heather Morris) grew, aired from 2010 to 2011. It was a time when marriage equality was not nationwide. Some states still barred same-sex couples from adopting children. Yet, queer high school and college students had a chance to see their experience mirrored because of Rivera’s insistence.

Rivera’s death is a major loss for the queer community that got our strength and courage from her.

Knowing that all of the “Glee” fans were rooting for and falling in love with Santana Lopez gave us a chance to breathe and feel accepted. Adding her Latina heritage was so important. Queer people of color, who have faced increased scrutiny from their own families, had someone representing them completely and sincerely.

Demi Lovato paid tribute by remembering the time she played Santana Lopez’s girlfriend.

The queer Latina love was not lost on fellow queer Latinos. Lovato herself was not out about her sexuality at the time and she admits in her post that Rivera inspired her. Rivera’s efforts to give the character an accurate and respectful storyline will forever be praised and admired as a fully realized manifestation of our experience.

Thank you for being someone we didn’t know we needed, Naya.

Our hearts are broken and our eyes are wet. We send love and hope to your loved ones. Rest in power, mija. We love you and will never forget what you did for our community.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

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Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

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Update: Naya Rivera’s body has been found in Lake Piru after she went missing last week. Rivera’s disappearance has sent shockwaves of grief throughout the entertainment community as days passed and authorities combed the lake.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Naya Rivera’s body has been pulled from Lake Piru.

Naya Rivera was last seen July 8 when she rented a boat for an outing with her young son. Later that day, men on another boat found the rented boat with her son asleep by himself on the boat. The search for Rivera was frantic as family, friends, and fans publicly grieved the sudden disappearance.

Last week, the sheriff’s department told the public that it was unlikely Rivera’s body would resurface because of debris.

At a press conference, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said that the debris of trees and plants under the water could cause the body to be entangled under the surface. Coupled with the poor visibility underwater, Office Sgt. Donoghue was not optimistic about the department’s chances of finding the body.

“We’re putting our best foot forward to try and locate her. We’re using all the assets that are available to us. We’re using technology like sonar,” he said at the press conference. “We have experts who have dove this lake who know it inside and out, where debris pockets might be, we’re relying on their expertise to help us in that endeavor. We’re going to do everything we can to find her.”

Original: “Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

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