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These 9 International Entertainers Are Giving Asian Latinos Representation In Every Industry

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Once again, a movie with a diverse and predominately persons of color cast is proving the power of diversity in entertainment. “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first film to have an all-Asian cast in a quarter century since “The Joy Luck Club,” closed its opening weekend with over $25 million in North American theaters. Oh, and one of the actors has Latino roots. If producers, directors, screenwriters haven’t noticed, audiences want leading stars who look like them and stories that encompass their experiences growing up. After all, representation matters.

To honor the stellar cast, screenwriters and novelist behind “Crazy Rich Asians,” we’re introducing you to nine Asian-Latino entertainers who are making a path in entertainment both in the U.S. and Latin America.

1. Ana Gabriel: Singer and Composer

Known for her unequivocal raspy voice, the “Quién Como Tú” singer has Chinese heritage by way of her maternal grandfather. The Mexican-Chinese singer is one of the greatest voices in Latin America and that’s just a fact.

2. Harry Shum Jr.: Actor

Harry Shum Jr. danced his way into our hearts as Mike Chang on “Glee” and has since appeared in several other films, including the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” He was born in Costa Rica and relocated with his family to San Francisco when he was 6 years old.

3. Bruno Mars: Singer

Many of us know Bruno Mars has Asian Latino roots—his father is half Puerto Rican, half Ashkenazi Jewish, while his mother was born in the Philippines. But you probably didn’t know Bruno Mars was nicknamed ‘Bruno’ by his father after the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. The singer’s real nombre is Peter Gene Hernandez.

4. Tatyana Ali: Actress

Now this is a story all about how Tatyana Ali (who portrayed Ashley Banks on the emblematic ‘90s show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) has Indo-Trinidadian roots from her father who was born in Trinidad & Tobago, and Panamanian roots via her mother. Apart from her acting career, Ali has been active in politics after graduating from Harvard as a government and African-American studies major.

5. Barbara Mori: Actress

Mori is an actress, model and producer who rose to fame in Mexico. Her paternal grandfather was Japanese, and she grew up moving between Uruguay and Mexico City before settling in Mexico City at the age of 12. One of her most popular telenovela works is “Amor descarado.”

6. Jasmine Villegas : Singer

The 24-year-old singer signed with Sony at the age of 16 and appeared on Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video. She has both Mexican and Filipino roots. Did you know she even dated the Biebs for a bit? Es-can-da-lo.

7. Daniella Alonso: Actress

Alonso is Puerto Rican on her mother’s side and Peruvian and Japanese on her father’s side. The actress is best know for her roles as Anna Taggarro in “One Tree Hill” and Missy in “The Hills Have Eyes II.”

8. Leonardo Nam: Actor

Nam was born in Buenos Aires and is of Korean descent. After growing up in Australia, the actor moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting. You might recognize him from his role as Lutz in “Westworld.”

9. Akihiro Sato: Model

Brazil has the largest Asian Latino population in Latin America, and one of the entertainers making up part of that over 2 million regional population is male model Akihiro Sato. The 34-year-old is graced with chiseled abs and cheekbones and is part Japanese by way of his father and Brazilian via his mother.


READ: 11 Awesome Ways Latinos And Filipinos Are Totally Connected

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Here’s Why Everyone’s Talking About Cardi B’s Horchata

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Here’s Why Everyone’s Talking About Cardi B’s Horchata

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OK, so everyone’s talking about Cardi B, like always, and for good reason. The Bronx-raised Dominican rapper keeps snapping out hit after hit. Does anyone even remember her first hit single, “Bodak Yellow”? Her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, making her the first female solo artist to take home the award.

Then, claro, there’s her hit collaboration with fellow Afro-Latino, Bruno Mars, in “Finesse.” Nobody saw it coming when they announced their second collab together. “Please Me” has officially become the baby-making song of 2019 and the word “Horchata” has taken on a new, not-mami-approved meaning.

The official music video dropped on March 1, 2019, and the visuals are a throwback dream.

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The video opens up with a ’90s-esque “Somewhere in Los Angeles” graphic overlaying footage of downtown L.A. These two giving us nostalgic feels is everything.

“Theee after party spot” is Tacos Mexico.

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Cardi always does right by her Latinidad in everything she does. From her Spanglish remix of “Bodak Yellow” to her record breaking “I Like It” single that skyrocketed Bad Bunny to fame, she’s writing music for Latinos and giving voice to Latinos.

The taquería has been around since 1975, and this publicity is going to keep it around for decades to come.

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“Please Me” is no different. The entire premise is a nod to the Mexican food and culture that props up Los Angeles.

Tacos Mexico has promised it’s sanitized its counters for your eating pleasure.

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Just know, Angelenos, that theee Cardi B twerked on the counters. That really happened.

Then, when Cardi walks into the taquería, Bruno Mars’ jaw clenches. 😅

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I’m sweating. The music goes dark and we just hear his heart beating as they make eye contact for the first time.

Let’s just say that things get sensual.

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We get 3 minutes and 51 unadulterated seconds of Bruno Mars pleading with Cardi to “please me, baby.” Note that Bruno Mars and Cardi B continue to only hire people of color to shine in their music videos together. 🤩

And then Cardi actually spits this rhyme: “Your pussy basura…”

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Every time Cardi raps in Spanish, we come alive inside. Though, yes, we see how problematic it is that some of Cardi’s best rhymes are at the expense of other women. So let’s just focus on this next line.

“… my pussy horchata.”

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She said that. That just happened. Millions of humans are singing along to “my pussy horchata” as of February 15, 2019.

The Internet is living for that line.

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Having some feelings about the mala in your life? New mantra: “Your pussy basura, my pussy horchata.”

All of a sudden, “horchata” is the new standard for sexiness.

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No shade to Jhene Aiko, but the world needed something fresh. Now that ‘something’ is super Mexi, to match the ever more Mexi and Latino world we live in. 🇲🇽

Here’s how to use horchata (n.) in a sentence:

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Simple, yet effective. Oooof, the chemistry is sizzling between these two.

Fans are embracing the newly sexualized meaning of horchata.

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It’s not just me. All our brains are in the gutter now. That’s just the power of Cardi B and her music.

People are even changing their handles to shoutout to the Bruno Mars in their lives.

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I don’t want to attract anyone who wouldn’t know what that means. It is something that will definitely be around for a very long time.

Overall, “Please Me” has become a bedroom pop sensation.

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The only generation that could come after Generation Z is Generation Cardi B. I said it. We owe human civilization to her beats.

Fans are even trying to convince Cardi to ditch Offset and embrace Bruno.

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They do make award-winning music together. Would youe be mad if they got together?

Cardi B had to back out of her tour with Bruno, but maybe there’s hope yet for next year?

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After Kulture came into the picture, Cardi had to back out of her tour so that she could spend more time with her newborn. Please us all, Cardi, and tour with Bruno next year.

Meanwhile, a few guys are feeling for Offset.

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He’s fine. Everyone’s fine. They’re still happily together vacationing in Cabo, but Offset hasn’t commented on the public’s concerns for the steamship happening on set.

We think the horchata industry is about to boom like no other.

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“Please Me” is all about desire that we don’t see fulfilled. Bruno and Cardi steam up the whole place while rarely touching.

But you go get that horchata, girl.

Foodies be warned: you’ll crave a million things watching “Please Me” but none more than tacos.

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Pro tip: Tacos Mexico has over a dozen locations in California, all open past midnight. Check out tacosmexico.com to support Mr. Moreno’s taco business. Mexicans creating jobs right there .

Or horchata, depending on your needs. 😉

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We can want everything for Kulture and ship this fantasy couple at the same time, right? #TeamHorchata

READ: This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

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This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

From the inside, the place is filled with Mexico’s finest ingredients: pork, avocado, tortillas, shredded lettuce, and rabanos. We’re not describing your mom’s house (although we’re sure she has those things too), but rather an iconic local restaurant that is now blowing up because of a music video. It’s not just any music video. Tacos Mexico was the filming location for the latest collab with Cardi B and Bruno Mars called “Please Me.”

Cardi B and Bruno Mars filmed their latest collaboration video inside Tacos Mexico in East Los Angeles.

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Sometimes the coziest place for a couple can be inside of a taco joint. Just check out the chemistry between those two. The singers were giving us so much life and lighting up the iconic taco joint at the same time. After the success of “Finesse,” it isn’t a total surprise that the two could light up the screen while grinding in a taco restaurant.

On Instagram, Tacos Mexico said they were extremely proud to be part of this amazing project.

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“Tacos Mexico is very proud of being part of ‘Cardi B & Bruno Mars” official music video (Please Me) that is a total Hit! On the very first day of release with over 10,000,000 views and coming…thank you.”

And they’re not exaggerating on those numbers. Total views are now more than 20 million and counting.

Tacos Mexico isn’t just a random Mexican restaurant but an eatery that has deep L.A. roots.

According to their website, Tacos Mexico was founded by
Antonio Moreno. “In addition to expanding his menu, Mr. Moreno also began opening additional restaurants throughout southern California including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and expanding out of State to Nevada and Arizona. By 2009, the number of Tacos Mexico restaurants had grown to almost 40 locations in three states, all while staying true to its roots and using only the freshest ingredients.”

Moreno passed away in 2009. We’re certain he would have loved this video.

If you want to visit the spot of this video, here’s where you need to go.

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Head on down to 5120 E Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles and you can eat and vibe in the same spot. Good for you, the restaurant is open 24 hours so there is no time where you won’t be welcomed in for some great food and reminiscing about the first time you saw “Please Me.”

Let’s also take a moment to give Cardi B and Bruno Mars some props for highlighting a local, Latino business.

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Tacos Mexico might have locations in two other states but the home of the restaurant is in downtown Los Angeles. We can only assume that the video will help to push the restaurant, which is already a neighborhood staple, into a go-to destination for fans and taco lovers alike.

Check out the video below.

Who wants to meet up for a fun time with delicious tacos? Clearly they are going to be playing “Please Me” on repeat for a while.

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