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

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!

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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