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Here Are Some Of The Afro-Latinos Who Continue To Impact The Music Industry

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These stellar musicians and artists are showing the beats, language and fashion of their Afro-Latino roots through a variety of music styles. Celebrate Black History Month by getting to know these eight influential Afro-Latino musicians.

1. Oscar D’Leon

When you’re dancing salsa classics such as “Llorarás” or  “Qué bueno baila usted” with your familia at your prima’s wedding, thank salsa grand maestro Oscar D’Leon. The Venezuelan salsa singer has been singing his way to the top of the salsa charts for decades, and his mega-watt smile is also a welcomed asset to Operation Smile, of which he is an ambassador for.

2. Ozuna

One of the most popular reggaetoneros who is having a major 🔥 moment right now is Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trip artist, Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, aka Ozuna. He recently made history for the Billboard Latin Music Awards by being nominated for 23 awards, the most of any Latin artist thus far. Catch him on nominated tracks including “Taki Taki” and “Te Boté.”

3. Chocquibtown

Colombian hip-hop group Chocquibtown might be under the radar to some music enthusiasts, but the group is internationally-acclaimed and award-winning, so they’re moving like the silent g in lasagna.

The group’s name pays homage to the Colombian department of Chocó, which has many inhabitants of African descent.

4. Vakeró

Manuel Varet Marte, known by his stage name, Vakeró, is an urban Latin artist from the Dominican Republic. He has told Billboard he is proud to be associated with the African part of his Afro-Latino roots, saying in Spanish to call him “negro”, not “moreno.” Don’t get it twisted.

5. Ibeyi2

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This French, Afro-Cuban and Venezuelan duo mixes electronic beats with hip-hop, piano, a little bit of French and a side of Yoruba (a language brought to Cuba from West African slaves.) Equally stunning and talented Ibeyi2 is probably best known for being in Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ special on HBO. Now that is what you call #BlackGirlMagic.

6. Princess Nokia

This Afro-Puerto Rican rapper is giving rap music the royal treatment. Her brand of feminism is both on display through her lyrics AND her activism. This go-getter is both a founder of Smart Girls Club AND recently announced she would be starting her own YouTube channel to promote self care, wellness and beauty. YES, QUEEN. YYESSSS!!

7. Amara la Negra

Afro-Dominican singer Amara la Negra has been a fixture in Latino households since she was a child. First she appeared on TV on the classic show, Sábado Gigante, and now she is scoring millions of views through YouTube and was a recognizable face on Love & Hip Hop: Miami. She is using the insults people have thrown at her for not being Latina enough, or not being black enough, and showing that Afro-Latinos ARE enough. She told Rolling Stone in a recent interview, Somewhere along the way, I started to feel this energy in my body – this need to empower other women, this need to liberate people. This need to talk.” And now people are definitely listening through her music.

8. Celia Cruz

The absolute, unquestionable QUEEN of salsa is and always will be the beloved Celia Cruz. Perhaps the first Afro-Latin artist to break through the class ceiling of identity and showcase to the world what it means to be black and talented, Celia Cruz put her country of Cuba and her style of salsa on the map. Her legacy continues on to this day, with musicians still revering her as one of the greatest Latina singers OF ALL TIME.

Did we miss any of your favorite Afro-Latino musicians? Let us know in the comments!!

'Bridget Jones's Diary' Recast To Be The Latino Romantic Comedy We Need In Our Lives

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‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ Recast To Be The Latino Romantic Comedy We Need In Our Lives

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Bridget Jones’s Diary is a beloved romantic comedy based on an even older love story: “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austin. Although at the time the movie brought the century-old story into the modern age, we can’t help but wonder: what would the story look like shifted to a new location, maybe Mexico? Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Latino spunk would be the remake that 21st century deserves. Here’s our dream team for when it inevitably happens.

Cardi B as Bridget Jones

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Best selling female solo rap artist Cardi B has the spunk and humor a Latina Bridget would need. She’s funny, she’s great at speaking her mind, and we would love her witty comebacks updated to Spanglish. We all know her love affair with Offset has drawn tons of publicity and took fans in new twists and turns, so her onscreen love life could be similarly captivating. We imagine her as a creative and thoughtful writer making her way through the world hoping to find true love.

Is there anything Cardi B couldn’t do? We doubt it. She’d have her pick of suitors in real life and in our fictional world.

Rosie Perez as Bridget’s Mum

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Mrs. Jones is a vital role in the show, as any Bridget Jones fan can tell you. Rosie Perez as the Boricua mother to our Cardi B’s Bridget Jones is our top pick. The hardworking, long-suffering Mrs. Jones passes on an important message to Bridget: don’t live your life for someone else. Perez would be just the voice we need to deliver such a performance.

Oscar Isaac as Mark Darcy

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Bachelor No. 1: Oscar Isaac! The “Star Wars” star would be killer as Mr. Darcy, the slightly snooty childhood friend of Bridget. He’s handsome and he knows it and is therefore very discerning. Will he follow his heart and follow our Cardi B leading lady? Or will his career as a lawyer and divorcee lead him astray, further into loneliness? And what exactly lead to the breakdown of his last marriage? The answer may lie with his competitor for Bridget’s heart, Daniel Cleaver.

Diego Luna as Daniel Cleaver

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Eligible Bachelor No. 2: Diego Luna! This fellow “Star Wars” hottie would be all the rage as the next man after Bridget’s affections, Daniel Cleaver, who happens to be Bridget’s boss. Messy, we know! Bridget is head over heels with her dutiful employer, which is totally believable when you consider he’ll be played by Isaac. But the studly Mr. Cleaver has a lady-problem: there’s just too many of them. He’s not exclusive with Bridget, and he only dates her occasionally. He may have another few skeletons in his closet and seems to have lasting beef with Marc Darcy. This mystery could lead to some serious conflict!

George Lopez as Bridget’s Dad

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George Lopez would be a hilarious father to Cardi B’s Bridget Jones, Colin. Mr. Jones has a lot on his plate: does his wife still love him? Will his daughter marry someone he likes? Is there still time for a nap? These and other questions will have to be part of Lopez’s starring role in our recast.

Felise Garcia as Una Alconbury

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Bridget’s mother’s best friend and Mark’s aunt Una Alconbury plays an important comedic role in the movie, so it’s vital we have someone who can keep the timing. We pick Felise Garcia, of “Where Is Your Mind,” as an important supporting role.

Danny Trejo as Uncle Geoffrey

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Uncle Geoffrey? More like Tío Geoffrey now! Danny Trejo pretty much looks like everyone’s cholo tío so we insist he plays the role of the weird uncle in Bridget Jones. His raspy voice and comedic timing make him essential to such a role.

Christina Aguilera as Perpetua

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You have to admit, no one loves taking up space in Latino communities more than white Latinos. Christina in all her diva-worthy antics would make a pretty funny Perpetua, Bridget’s annoying coworker. She can even have a vibrato solo if she promises to keep quiet afterward.

Amara La Negra as Sharon a.k.a. Shazzer

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Who better to play Bridget’s ride-or-die than Amara La Negra? She keeps it real and ensures that Bridget knows how to take care of herself. Cardi and Amara together as besties even for a fictional two-hours? We want! Apparently, Shazzer’s character was modeled after one of the author’s best friends, so she’s one of the most charming and personal additions to the cast.

Wilson Cruz as Tom

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Gay and proud actor Wilson Cruz is our pick for the ever-on-point Tom, friend and confidant to Bridget. His advice is usually the best in the movie, so we need someone who similarly seems to have their stuff sorted out to play the role. Wilson Cruz is it!

Yalitza Aparicio as Jude

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Roma star Yalitza Aparicio stands on the side of Bridget in our recast, being one of her best friends. Enduring in a long but tense relationship herself, she has a lot of lived experience to offer our diary-writer throughout the course of her plot.

Jessica Alba as Natasha

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The sensible, put-together attorney who is also vying for Marc Darcy, Natasha is Bridget’s closest thing to competition. Jessica Alba’s radiant looks would definitely give the cast a run for their money, but will it be enough to snag the man? And really, is that even what she wants? She might not be the competitor you expect!

Francia Raisa as Lara

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Who’s that snogging with Daniel Cleaver in the backroom? Francia Raisa as Lara, that’s who! The Mexican/Honduran Grown-ish actress is one of many other girls Cleaver ends up having around and ultimately helps Bridget come to her own decisions later on.

Benjamin Bratt as Julien

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Who better to play the bad guy than Benjamin Bratt, the voice actor behind Coco‘s pompous Ernesto de la Cruz? Julien’s character wins over Bridget’s mother, Pamela, convincing her to temporarily leave her husband. All is not as promised, and the shopping channel presenter turns out to be more than what she bargained for.

Lorenzo Lamas as Admiral Darcy

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Mark Darcy’s father, Malcolm, was an admiral in the Royal Navy and said to have very handsome in his younger years. Lorenzo Lamas would be an excellent option then, being the perfect well-aged heartthrob crossover from the 20th century.

Cristela Alonzo as Elaine Darcy

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Comedian, actress and writer Cristela Alonzo is our pick for Mrs. Darcy, Marc’s mother. She’s an important recurring character who has a long history with the Jones family and ultimately wants the best for her son, the young and charming Marc.


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What do you think? Would you watch our all-Latino reboot of Bridget Jones’ Diary? Would you dream up someone else as the star or eligible bachelor(s)?

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