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

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 latinos 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 Latinos 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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A Bruno Mars Catfish Seduced a Texas Woman Over Instagram and Scammed Her Out of $100k

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A Bruno Mars Catfish Seduced a Texas Woman Over Instagram and Scammed Her Out of $100k

When certain fans say that they’d do anything for their favorite celebrity, we usually assume they mean, in a manner of speaking. But in the case of one Bruno Mars fan, that sentiment couldn’t be more serious.

Recently, a 63-year-old Texas woman was swindled out of $100,000 by a catfish pretending to be Bruno Mars.

Yeah, folks. We’re serious. According to Houston authorities, an unnamed Texas woman sent multiple checks to her online lover–whom she believed to be Grammy-award-winning, multi-platinum artist, Bruno Mars.

According to legal documents, the woman created an Instagram page in 2018 in order to find “companionship”. She was soon thereafter contacted by another Instagram user who claimed to be Bruno Mars. The fraudster sent the woman what she believed was ample evidence–multiple texts and photos that “proved” he was on tour.

According to the Texas woman, she believed that her and Mars had “fallen in love” and developed a “meaningful relationship.” According to court documents, the Mars impersonator even promised to quit his 24k tour in order to be with her.

Once Catfish Bruno gained the woman’s trust, he asked her for $100,000 for “tour expenses.” And the woman complied.

First, the Bruno Mars imposter asked her for a $10,000 check via mail. When the woman sent that, the Mars imposter asked for an additional $90,000. The woman wrote that check as well.

The checks were sent to different accounts owned by two men: a man named Chinwendu Azuonwu and his accomplice, Basil Amadi.

It seems that at some point, the woman became aware that she was being scammed and then contacted the authorities. It was then that the police traced the bank accounts back to Azuonwu and Amadi. The men were then arrested and charged with multiple accounts of money laundering.

After the news broke about the Bruno Mars catfish, naturally, the internet had a few questions.

We get that this woman was lonely and in want of companionship, but there’s a line between desperation and delusion.

Many people were caught between pity and disbelief.

We understand that older people aren’t as tech-savvy, but some common sense would’ve told you that a multimillionaire doesn’t need money from a random lady in Texas.

Some people were calling for a deep-dive documentary, MTV “Catfish” style.

Ok, we’d 100% watch this. We want to know how faux-Bruno wooed her, how she convinced herself a rich celebrity needed money, and how she finally became savvy to the scam.

Another question being asked: who has a cool $100k just sitting around?

And how did the scam artists know to target someone so rich?! We hope she the police were able to recover the money, otherwise this woman is going to have a tough retirement.

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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

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’

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