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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.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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