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The 2019 Hot List: 17 Latino Celebrities That Are Guaranteed To Slay

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Latino celebrities are show-stoppers in the entertainment industry: hot, fresh and powerful. With the New Year upon us 2019 will not disappoint with these 17 hot Latino celebs. Say what you will, they’ll add their unique flair to next year like your mom’s delicious empanadas. It’ll be a year filled with talked-about new music, avant-garde films and everything in between.

These celebrities are more than glitz and glamour; they represent the Latinos of the future, many paving the road for the more to follow. They’re easy on the eyes but they have mighty voices in their industry and bring awareness to issues we face as Latinos. These celebrities will outshine the competition in 2019, just you wait and see.

Cardi B

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Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, known professionally as “Cardi B”, was born to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother in the Bronx. She is a superstar in her own right, having risen to the top with her chart-topping rap music, unique sense of humor, and Latino charm. This hot baby mama knows a thing or two when it comes to making an impact in the world of music. Her rap skills have garnered her international fame and five Grammy nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. She is undeniably slaying the game right now and will continue to do so in 2019. She has hinted that new music is on the way. When? We don’t know. What will it be about? Like La Virgen de Fátima, it’s a total mystery. She’ll have our full attention either way.

Sofia Vergara

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In the ’90s Sofia Vergara was a beach bikini-clad bombshell from Colombia on the stunning Miami shore. She was a vision that conquered many hearts but it was her acting prowess that cemented her as one of Hollywood’s favorite actress. As the ’90s passed by, Sofia came to further conquer both the small and big screen with her main role in the TV show series ‘Modern Family’ and comedy movies like Hot Pursuit. Not only a hot Latina, Sofia is the “highest-paid actress on television for the seventh year in a row” and raking in $42.5 million. Sofia is relentless (a true Latina) and has many projects under her belt. “Facebook Watch has set a New Year’s Day premiere for 365 Days of Love, a new daily docuseries featuring… Sofia Vergara, from New Form and Latino-focused entertainment company Raze, co-founded by Vergara” ¡Buen trabajo!

Bad Bunny

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Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as “Bad Bunny”, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton artist. He’s a Boricua who’s made quite a name for himself. His music collaboration projects, which include: Nicki Minaj, Quavo, Becky G, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Future and many others, are the talk of the industry. After Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc to his home country of Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny was quick to help in the aftermath. He has his own unique clothing line fit for anyone trying to emulate his ‘El Conejo Malo’ look. New music is in the works and more collaborations featuring your favorite mainstream artists. Bad Bunny, without a doubt, is going to thrive in 2019.

Guillermo del Torro

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Guillermo del Torro is a beloved and often misunderstood Mexican Hollywood director. His films are about dark fairy tales such as Pan’s Labyrinth, robots in Pacific Rim, or his American romantic dark fantasy drama and highly-acclaimed film The Shape of Water. The Shape of Water alone earned $63,859,435 domestically and $131,384,029 internationally at the box office, winning Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture plus two others. This man knows how to create a great film and leave you in awe. Guillermo is going to shine in 2019 because he partnered up with Netflix Films to bring about a stop-motion film about Pinocchio. That we cannot wait to see! ¡Chido!

Jennifer Lopez

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La Reina of film, music and dance, Jennifer Lynn Lopez, or better known as Jennifer Lopez (JLo) is on the fast-track in superseding everyone in the entertainment industry. Best way to describe her in one word: Iconic. Her net worth is $400 million with a salary of $40 million per year. With moves for days and box office hits, it’s no wonder why JLo will deliver it in 2019. She is a proud Puerto Rican-American from the Bronx and mother of two. It is rumored that she has several musical collaborations underway (shhh, they’re a secret) for the upcoming year so make sure to keep an eye out for “Jenny from the Block” – it won’t be too difficult. She and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) hosted “One Voice: Somos Live!” Telethon in October 2017 to raise relief funds for the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. JLo is innately beautiful inside and out. ¡Que guapa!

Camila Cabello

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With locks of hair like those, Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao, aka Camila Cabello, sure lives up to her name. It’s her singing voice that makes waves. She’s amassed international attention and produced great hits after having left the group Fifth Harmony. She is going to rock it in 2019 with the two Grammy nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Having taken the plunge into a solo career, Camila has made her way just fine and we look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next. We’re rooting for you Camila! ¡Bellisima!

Pedro Pascal

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José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, also known as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean-American actor in Hollywood. His talent and rugged good looks have taken him far in showbiz. His biggest breakout role was in Game of Thrones as “Prince Oberyn Martell”. He also played “Javier Peña” in the Netflix biographical crime series Narcos. He also has extensive stage experience as both an actor and director and has been recognized for both when he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award.

Pedro will make a bigger name for himself in 2019, he is rumored to star in the currently untitled live-action Star Wars series as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It’s set to debut next year. [3]

Eugenio Derbez

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Eugenio González Derbez is a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Variety recognized him as the most influential Hispanic male in the entertainment industry. He’s also a director and producer. He has a degree in Film Directing from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater and holds a degree in Acting from Televisa’s Acting School.  In his native Mexico his sitcoms are gold and when he broke into the English-speaking market, well, success has followed suit. This man can put on a show. About going into the television business Derbez said in an interview “We’re delighted to launch this new phase of our relationship with Lionsgate, a major Hollywood studio that embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to super-serve underserved audiences, including the growing acculturated Latino market.” ¡Que chido!

Thalía

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Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, or simply known as “Thalía”, is one of a few Latino artists that can be called a superstar. She is considered as one of the most successful and influential Mexican artists the world over. She’s as a singer, actress (Maria La del Barrio), author, songwriter, designer, producer, and entrepreneur. She is proud of her Mexican roots and showcases it every chance she gets. Thalía has sung in many different languages which have garnered her a huge fan base. She does many charitable works and is a happy mother. Notably, she is married to Tommy Mottola, an American music executive. In one her songs from her hit album Valiente titled “‘Vamos Órale’ incorporates the voice of Mexico’s legendary singer and actor Pedro Infante (1917-1957), who Thalía has always admired for proudly representing Mexican culture in movies and music. With her rumored collaborations for a new album. ¡A mucha honra!

Edgar Ramirez

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Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano, better known as Edgar Ramirez, is a Venezuelan actor and former journalist. Aside for his good looks, Edgar has quite a brain. His father was a military officer and most of his childhood was spent traveling. He speaks five languages fluently, which helped him play “Carlos the Jackal” in the 2010 French-German biopic series Carlos. He’s had critical acclaim and plenty of awards. His breakthrough performance in television was when he portrayed the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, for the American Crime Story series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. There’s no doubt that a man with such talent will go unnoticed. He has an upcoming and profound film Resistance. ¡Que hombre!

Becky G

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Rebecca Marie Gomez, or just simply “Becky G”, is one of music’s hottest new talent. A California native, Becky found fame singing songs like “Shower” before moving onto Spanish-language hits such as “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores.” She incorporates rap, pop hooks, reggaeton and Latin influences in her music. She also does not shy away from the small screen; Becky G has guest-starred on the television show Empire and was one of the leads in 2017’s big-screen Power Rangers adaptation. Always a proud Latino and proud Mexican-American. She is a voice to the Latino community. She “has encouraged people, particularly her demographic cohorts, to vote. She’s also voiced support for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” ¡Si se puede!

America Ferrera

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America Georgine Ferrera is an American actress born to Honduran parents. She is the kind of Latina we all love: friendly, charismatic, and strongly-voiced. She has numerous awards under her belt for her roles in television and film in “Ugly Betty” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Most importantly, she is the voice of those who are silenced or voiceless in the Latino community. America has advocated for the rights of Dreamers and DACA recipients among other political issues. America is a Latino we can all look up to, striving to be the voices of others. ¡Nunca te rindas!

Pitbull

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Armando Christian Pérez, known by the stage name Pitbull (aka Mr. Worldwide), is a Cuban-American rapper. His music has influenced many different generations, his words and beats move you on the dance floor. His talent has garnered him countless awards and accolades. Yet he does not rest solely on his fame; he tries to make a positive change in the Latino community, inspiring youth. “He helped create the Sports Leadership and Management Academy, aka SLAM, a charter school in Miami with a sports-based curriculum.” Pitbull is eyeing a 2019 tour with Robbins in an effort to motivate fans from all over the world.

Daddy Yankee

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Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name “Daddy Yankee”, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. With so many talents it’s easy to see why he’s always smiling. His music is heard the world over and has a heavy Latin influence. He’s accumulated various awards and yet stays humble. Daddy Yankee coined the term Reggaetón in 1994 and is now known as the “King of Reggaetón” according to the New York Times. He collaborates with so many prominent artists to make some of the best music in the industry. Making hits after hits you know he will not disappoint.

Ricky Martin

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Enrique Martín Morales, known most famously as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Ricky has made quite a music career and made a good life for himself. He’s an LGBT Latino who lives his life authentically and inspires others to do the same. He’s made countless music hits and most recently has collaborated with new and prominent artists. Ricky portrayed Antonio D’Amico, partner of late fashion designer Gianni Versace, in the second season of the true crime television series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, playing alongside fellow lister Edgar Ramirez. He “was honored by the Office of the Mayor of New York, who proclaimed June 7th as ‘Ricky Martin’s Day’ for his artistic legacy, commitment to ending human trafficking and his solidarity with Puerto Rico after the devastation of the hurricanes.” You see no one can shake it like Ricky can.

Bruno Mars

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Peter Gene Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is Filipino. Bruno’s music is sexy, old-school funk-pop and sensual, which garnered him many awards. His voice is enthralling and makes you want more. Most recently a lot of his music has circulated the radio with hit after hit. He’s collaborated with some very distinguishable artists and gives us the dose of music we just need. It is rumored he is finalizing an album for next year. We just can’t get enough of Bruno Mars.

Alfonso Cuarón

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Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. He is most known for his moving film Roma, among other movies like Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Children of Men. At a young age, he wanted to either be a film director or an astronaut. Alfonso settled for film director y que bueno que sí. He has a unique vision when it comes to filmmaking, telling stories in a way truthful to life. “Life imitates art, art imitates life” is the cinematic saying. He has a couple of film projects underway like Untitled Casey Affleck, a made-for-TV movie, and a screenplay titled “A Boy and His Shoe”. Make sure not to forget your palomitas!

Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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