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Pitbull Wants To Empower And Uplift The Latino Community By Leading By Example

Pitbull is the honorary patron Saint of Miami and they’re so proud of it. Pitbull brings Miami class, Cuban swag to the music world, and has raised us all since his first album dropped almost 15 years ago.

We know him by his trademark style of a shaved head, suit, and those sunglasses he wears everywhere. He might be Mr. Worldwide but there are things that so many people don’t know about him. Here are a few facts that might surprise you.

Pitbull’s real name is Armando Christian Perez.

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He was born in Miami to Cuban immigrants, making him a first-generation Cuban-American. His parents separated when he was young and he was mostly raised by his mother.

He chose the name “Pitbull” because of the breed’s ferocious reputation.

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Which makes many believe that he is actually a sweetie under that tough guy facade.

Pitbull spent his first music paycheck to buy his mom a car.

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This was back in 1999, so the paycheck was about $1,500. He spent $1,200 to buy his mom a 1988 Mazda hatchback and put the $300 remaining in the bank. That’s the son all our mom’s raised us to be.

By the time he was 3 years old, he was reciting José Martí poetry at bars.

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Pitbull’s father would take him to bars to recite the Cuban revolutionary philosopher’s poetry, he told Vanity Fair. That was the first time I saw how powerful words were,” Pitbull says. “We’re a culture that likes to talk a lot. We have a lot of sayings. Words mean a lot.”

He grew up wanting to become a basketball player.

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He also went to Tae Kwon Do and jujitsu classes growing up, which he says gave him the discipline he needed in the music industry. His mom allegedly made him listen to Tony Robbins tracks in the car on the way to practice.

By the time he was 13, he was in love with music, thanks to hip-hop icons like N.W.A., Public Enemy and Jay Z.

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He’s even been called “the Latino Jay Z” to his face during interviews and he doesn’t protest. When we first met Pitbull, he was wearing baggy jeans and had his hair in corn rows.

Some folks call him a “sellout” for his more polished look these days.

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Have you ever seen this man in anything but a suit? When Vanity Fair points out the “sellout” label, he goes, “They’re right. I did sell out. I sell out arenas, I sell out stadiums. I sell out a bunch of things all around the world.” Dale.

Most of the suits that he wears are from his own line, After Dark.

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Other rappers have been in awe of his commitment to the look. Usher has heaped respect on the guy for going out and performing a 3 hour show in an Armani suit, sweating like crazy.

His brand is very important to him.

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He’s gone on the record telling Latina,  “I’m not here to exploit our culture – I’m here to empower it, and I want to build a brand like Jennifer Lopez.”

His collab with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte served as the official theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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“We Are One (Ole Ola)” became the tournament’s official song. Immediately after the World Cup, which took place in São Paulo, he was announced to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He’s not just here for fame and money. He’s giving back.

In 2010, Pitbull protested the anti-immigration laws in Arizona by cancelling his concert.

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After SB 1070 passed, which requires local authorities to act as ICE by racially profiling people and asking for papers, Pitbull refused to bring any economic revenue to the state.

In a tweet, he says, “How is the country we enjoy and love bcuz of its human rights, freedom, opportunity and that has been built by immigrants, now start 2 deny them? It is contradicting 2 everything the USA stands 4.”

Pitbull has launched the S.L.A.M. charter schools, including in Little Havana, Miami, and Arizona.

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The school is aimed towards kids who want to pursue a career in sports leadership and management. The school’s website quotes Pitbull as saying, “This is a dream come true. We can have endless number one records around the world, but it means nothing. To be able to perform in front of the world means nothing. It just gives us the avenue to be able to do these kind of things. This is priceless.”

How does he fund it all? Partnerships. Endless partnerships.

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He’s endorsed by Kodak, Dr. Pepper, Voli Vodka, Budweiser, Walmart, Pepsi, Dodge, Fiat and more. He grew his spokesperson status with Norwegian Cruise lines by launching a Pitbull backed Norwegian party cruise last year.

He even has a majority equity stake in Voli Vodka, hence that 305 worldwide logo you see there:

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His brand: party guy. He famously told Vanity Fair earlier this year that he’s “single, bilingual, and ready to mingle.” In the meantime, this guy is hustling.

Of course he has a television production company named “Honey I’m Home.”

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Of course, this is named after the first ever Cuban-American actor Desi Arnaz’s line in I Love Lucy. He even has his own SiriusXM radio channel called Pitbull’s Globalization Radio.

Most recently, he’s expected to play the voice of ‘Ugly Dog’ in Uglydolls, releasing in 2019.

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He also played the voice of Bufo in Epic (2013) and himself in Blood Money. So far, he hasn’t taken up acting in any way but he has played himself eight times on television and the big screen. #NeverForget his Dancing with the Stars era.

That’s not to say he hasn’t made enemies over the years…

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Lindsay Lohan tried to sue him in 2011 for defamation after he used the line “I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan” in the track “Give Me Everything.” The judge dismissed the suit, ruling that Pitbull’s entire track is protected as a work of art under the First Amendment. ????

Public Enemy No. 1? President Trump.

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Trump literally flew Pitbull in a helicopter to meet with him and ultimately, Pitbull decided that Trump doesn’t understand the true unity and power of the Latino community.

Caption: “Everybody calm down, Donald Trump isn’t Pitbull. It’s not as if he has a plane he can just load up with stuff for Puerto … oh, right.”

Immediately and quietly after Hurricane Maria passed, Pitbull flew cancer patients from Puerto Rico to Miami to continue getting chemo.

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He also told CNN that he clearly sees what Trump is about. “His true colors are real simple. It’s about money, it’s about power, and when you’re raised that way, it goes to show you what your true priorities are.” Burn.

Meanwhile, Pitbull joined J.Lo and Marc Anthony’s relief initiative “Somos Una Voz” to aid Puerto Rico.

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They raised over $6 million dollars to bring aid to Puerto Rico.

Ultimately, Mr. Worldwide doesn’t just want to conquer the world. He wants to empower Latinos to do the same.

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We’re calling it an uprising in the best possible way. He told “The Real” that “money does buy happiness, you just got to give it away.” There you have it. Pitbull is one of the most charitable rappers around and it’s all thanks to those Tony Robbins tapes.


READ: While People Pleaded For Trump To Send Relief To Puerto Rico, Pitbull Sent A Private Plane To Help Cancer Patients

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Cuban Asylum Seekers Stranded In Mexico Are Upset That Cuban-Americans Overwhelmingly Voted For Trump in Florida

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Cuban Asylum Seekers Stranded In Mexico Are Upset That Cuban-Americans Overwhelmingly Voted For Trump in Florida

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Cuban migrants who are stranded in Mexico are reportedly upset that Cuban-Americans in Florida overwhelmingly voted for Trump, according to reports. 

Reuters interviewed several Cuban migrants who are stuck in Mexico due to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies.

Many of the Cuban migrants were planning on claiming asylum in the United States due to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies, they are forced to wait out the process in Mexico. Some have been there for months. 

Although many of the Cubans in Mexico understand Trump’s appeal to Cuban-Americans (i.e. anti-socialist, pro-capitalism), they nonetheless wish that their compatriots would look at the bigger picture when it comes to immigration reform. “They’re only thinking about the benefits for themselves if Trump wins, and nothing else,” said one Cuban asylum seeker, a doctor named Dairon Elisondo, to Reuters.

According to NBC News, 55% of Cuban-Americans in Florida cast their vote for incumbent Donald Trump as president.

They effectively helping the state–which was considered a potential swing state–turn red. One asylum-seeker whom Reuters interviewed claimed that he was betrayed by his own family member when his brother-in-law in Florida voted for Donald Trump.

“Imagine it! I’m a part of his family!” said Jose Manuel Maranillo. “I feel terrible he voted for Trump because we’re stuck here in Juarez hoping for Biden to win so he can help us and Latinos in the United States too.”

One of the Cuban asylum-seekers, Yuri Gonzalez, pointed out that Cubans who arrived in the United States before Trump was elected had a different experience when it came to seeking asylum. “Many of them [in Florida] arrived to the United States on planes with visas,” said Gonzalez. “They didn’t cross borders or endure any of the difficult experiences I’ve had to.”

Reuters asked Denise Galvez, a Cuban-American living in Florida who co-founded the group Latinas for Trump, what she thought of the Cuban migrants in Mexico who are disappointed in Florida going red.

Galvez said that immigration was “far from a top voting issue” for her and many other Cuban-Americans.

Another Cuban-American residing in Florida, Maria Romero, said she supports Trump for his hardline stance against Havana, but she also sympathizes with the asylum-seekers stuck in limbo. “I’m Cuban, so I don’t want [Trump] to be kicking other Cubans in the head,” she said. But unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what he’s doing.

Since President Trump was elected to office in 2016, the policies towards asylum seekers has become incredibly strict, even enacting an “asylum ban” in 2018. The ban was later struck down by an appeals court in 2020. But still, seeking asylum in the U.S. as a migrant is harder than ever.

When former Vice President Joe Biden was officially projected to be the next President of the United States on Saturday, the Cuban asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico were reportedly overjoyed. Cheers and chanting erupted in the refugee camp when the news was announced. The words “Bye Trump” were spelled out in balloon letters.

“We’re all going to celebrate today! Everyone is so happy,” Elisondo told Reuters after the announcement. “After so much darkness the light may arrive.”

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Here’s Who We Want to Play Legendary Cuban-American Triple-Threat Sammy Davis Jr. In His Upcoming Biopic

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Here’s Who We Want to Play Legendary Cuban-American Triple-Threat Sammy Davis Jr. In His Upcoming Biopic

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Looks like Sammy Davis Jr. is finally getting his place in the sun. Variety announced that MGM will be producing a biopic about the Cuban-American triple threat. The prolific writer and actor Lena Waithe will be co-producing. The script will be based off of Davis Jr.’s daughter’s biography: “Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father”.

According to reports, the movie will take a close look at the legendary singer’s later life and his relationship with his daughter. It will also give us a peak into Davis Jr.’s younger days, showing us flashbacks from his time as a “child prodigy” to a “global superstar”.

For those who are unfamiliar with Sammy Davis Jr., he was an immensely popular star of ’50s and ’60s. He was what some people would call the original “triple threat”–he could dance, sing, and act. And he did all three excellently.

Throughout his life, he would lie and say his Cuban-born mother, Elvera Sanchez, was of Puerto Rican descent. Later he admitted that he did this because he was afraid that the prevailing anti-Cuban sentiment in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis would have hurt his career.

But Sammy Davis Jr. was perhaps most known for being a member of the legendary “Rat Pack”–a powerful group of Hollywood hotshots that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. Their collective power and raucous Vegas stays made them living legends in their time.

But beneath the fortune and fame, Davis Jr. struggled with internal demons. He was of a victim of the brutal racism of the entertainment industry, as well as his unrelenting health and addiction problems. He eventually died in 1990 at the age of 64 due to cirrhosis.

We hope that the upcoming movie does Sammy Davis Jr.’s story justice! Here are the actors we would love to see fill the very talented shoes of the Afro-Cubano star.

Jharrel Jerome

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Jharrel Jerome took the world by storm when he portrayed the wrongly accused Korey Wise in “When They See Us”. His performance was so moving that he won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series. We’d love to see this gifted Dominican performer try his hand at playing Sammy. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a music career too.

Miguel

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Miguel captured our hearts long ago with his powerful but soothing vocals. We fell in love with him even more when the Mexican-American singer sang “Remember Me” at the 2018 Oscars. Plus, he’s acted before. So you know he’s no rookie.

Kid Cudi

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You may know Kid Cudi mostly as a hip-hop artist, but this rapper of Mexican descent also has a successful acting career. We also know that he would be able to tap into the pain and struggle of Davis Jr’s inner turmoil.

Elijah Kelley

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Elijah Kelley is an immensely multi-talented singer-actor who you may know from hits like “Hairspray” and “The Butler”. He isn’t Afro-Latino (which we would love to see), but he’s a phenomenal singer and dancer. And he even looks a bit like Sammy Davis Jr!

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