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We Ranked Instagram’s 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame

Everyone wants to know who’s who in the Instagram (IG) universe. Don’t you? It’s no secret that celebrities usually top the list. So, here’s the lowdown on Instagram’s 17 most followed Latino Celebrities. 

J. Balvin

Instagram @jbalvin

Capturing hearts and tickling our ears is Colombian Reggaeton singer and chart-topping recording artist, J. Balvin. What’s more, all four singles from his album “La Familia” charted in Colombia’s top 10 and he won Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year Award in 2016. Signed onto EMI Colombia in 2009, he grabbed audiences early on with his first single, “Ella Me Cautivó.” He has a whopping 24.9 million followers.

Nicky Jam

Twitter@NickyJamPR

Jam to this Latin Grammy Award Winner’s Reggaeton music and join his 25.9 million followers on Instagram.  Born in Boston to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father, he has moved around quite a bit, first to Puerto Rico with his family at age 10 and is now living in Colombia. A great collaborator, if you’re a fan of Reggaeton, you have also heard him with other greats like Daddy Yankee (who also has an impressive 23.4 million IG followers).

Camila Cabello

Twitter@Camila_Cabello

“Havana” anyone? Camila Cabello, a Cuban-American singer with an enticing and exciting sound has 27.4 million followers. Bringing our hearts to Havana right along with her brought Cabello to her role in breaking barriers. In January of this year, she earned recognition for being the first woman in three years to make it to the No. 1 spot for her debut full-length album. She also reached Billboard’s top 100 in the same week.

Marina Ruy Barbosa

Twitter/Instagram@marinaruybarbosa


Multi-talented twenty-three-year-old Brazilian actress Marina Ruy Barbosa has 28.5 million followers. Known for her roles in “Total Dreamer,” “Seven Sins” and “Empire,”Barbosa was not ready to stop there. She adds author to her list of accomplishments. She has written a book: “Inspirações – uma seleção afetiva de reflexões e poemas” (Inspirations – an affective selection of reflection and poems). Her heritage is also one of renown. She is a descendant of the lawyer, poet and politician Ruy Barbosa.

Lele Pons

Twitter@lelepons

Do you remember Vine? If not, Lele Pons, a Venezuelan-American Internet Personality will bring you back.  She rose to fame on Vine but moved on to YouTube where she does comedy sketches. She also keeps people up-to-date with her goings-on through Instagram. She made the moves to these two social networks when Vine shut down. Continuing to garner attention for her acting, singing and dancing skills, she boasts 30.7 million followers.  Not done there, she hosts “La Voz…México.” She has also released her own music and co-authored a novel in 2016.

Luis Suarez

Twitter@LuisSuarez9

Playing for FC Barcelona and for the Uruguayan national team, Luis Suarez, an Uruguayan soccer player has 33.1 million followers. Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goal-scorer. What an accomplishment! Not to overshadow his successes, but he is often considered a controversial player. He’s had several incidents landing him in hot water with the leagues. Despite that, it is evident that he wants to give back. Suarez is currently creating a football complex for recreational play in Uruguay. That way, aspiring soccer players can have ample access to playing space and equipment.

Bruna Marquezine

Twitter@brumarquezine

Let’s head back to Brazil to find another well-known celebrity coming from its ranks. Brazilian model and actress, Bruna Marquezine, has 33 million followers. An interesting tidbit is that, in honor of her grandmother, she chose the last name Marquezine for her public persona. Her renown comes from her roles in  “Women in Love,” “America” and “Helena’s Shadow.”

Marcelo Vieira Jr.

Twitter@Marcelo12Lovers

Wow! Brazil brings us even more to celebrate. Marcelo Vieiera Jr. is another Brazilian soccer player with quite the IG following, 33.5 million. He is with Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.

Maluma

Twitter/Instagram@maluma

A tender and sweet tenor, Colombian Reggaeton Singer, Maluma, has 36.8 million followers on Instagram.  His catchy tunes bring us his big hits “Obsesión” and “Miss Independent.” They brought him a coveted nomination for Latin Grammy in 2013.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho)

Twitter@10Ronaldhino

It’s all in the family. A key member of the 2002 team that won the World Cup, Ronaldhino carries on his family’s legacy of soccer players. In 2003, he joined FC Barcelona and won FIFA World Player of the Year awards in both 2004 and 2005.  With these great accomplishments behind him, he moved to AC Milan in 2008. Sadly, he has not had the same level of success as he did with Barcelona. Ronaldhino still has a great following. There are 39.2 million of them on Instagram.

Shakira

Twitter@shakira

“Hips Don’t Lie” and neither will we when we tell you that Colombian pop singer Shakira counts 55 million Instagram users as her followers. Along with the stand-out hit we mentioned above, she’s most famous for “Whenever, Wherever”. A powerhouse on the stage and off, she has received multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy and American Music Awards.  Not to mention that she has the highest number of album sales for Colombian artists, coming in at around 70 million.

Demi Lovato

Twitter@ddlovato

An impressive count, Demi Lovato has 70.6 million followers on Instagram.  That big purple dinosaur, Barney, helped many actors and singers get their start. Demi is one of them. Her acting career began during childhood on “Barney and Friends,” “Sonny with a Chance” and in the film “Camp Rock.” Moving on to the music industry, her debut album was “Don’t Forget” in 2008. Follow-up albums were “Unbroken,” “Confident” and “Tell Me You Love Me.” Her hit singles are “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” She is a tireless advocate for LGBTQ associations like GLAAD.

Jennifer Lopez

Twitter @JLo

J.Lo has 82.6 million Instagram followers. People have been following her long before Instagram was around. She started  as a dancer on “In Living Color.” However, it was the film “Selena” that gave her her big break. Setting her sights on the music industry her voice and energy had us hooked. Most of her songs and albums reached the Top 200 charts was the recipient of numerous music awards.  She is now involved with television projects like American Idol, Shades of Blue and World of Dance.

Leo Messi

Twitter @WeAreMessi

We count another soccer player among our most followed celebrities, this time coming out of Argentina. Leo Messi has 102 million followers and plays for the  FC Barcelona club as well as the Argentine national team. His athleticism is highly appreciated as evidenced by the high pay he receives. Messi is the second highest paid soccer player and third-highest paid athlete in the world.  He uses that money for good by working as a children’s activist. His philanthropical foundation, the Leo Messi Foundation, provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

Enejota Neymar Jr.

Instagram/Twitter @Neymarjr

A star soccer player, Enejota Neymar Jr. has 106 million followers. Clearly, his popularity isn’t limited to the field. Hailing from Brazil, he joined Santos FC in 2009 at age 17, winning four Player of the Year Awards in a row while playing for them.  All before he turned 21. He plays for both Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain. He also has a 7-year old son.

Selena Gomez

Twitter @_selenagomezecu

We’ve finally arrived at the #1 most followed celebrity on Instagram. At 144 million followers is actress and pop singer Selena Gomez. From her role on “Barney and Friends” and her success with Disney shows to amazing musical accomplishments, it’s no wonder there’s so much interest in her. Gomez’s first breakout/starring role with Disney Channel was on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She also acted in the film “Spring Breakers”. Her musical fame comes from her debut album 2009: Kiss and Tell and her follow-up album Revival. Ensuring people learn about and understand Lupus, she’s gone public with her own battle.

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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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