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Laz Alonso Is The Kind Of Person That Is Not Shy About Showing How Much He Loves His Mom

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Thanks to “Fast & Furious,” we have been gifted awareness of the iconic Laz Alonso. But no thanks to any of the gossip magazines, there is zero chisme around his personal life. Turns out he’s a man of integrity gaining success in Hollywood, no joke.

As it turns out, the Cuban-American actor has lived multiple lives and climbed to the top of several careers before making it in Hollywood. Today, he uses his platform to forward Afro-Latino visibility on television and in American culture.

You might recognize him as Tsutey in “Avatar.”

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Alonso had to become an expert horse handler to work within the technology.

He told Showbiz Junkies, “My character did a lot of horseback riding but you have to be able to control the horse in a very small, limited space, because if the horse gets out of control and goes beyond the space, he’ll break into a million pieces, the computer crashes and we have to wait a half hour.”

Alonso is Afro-Cubano.

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In an interview with Hollywood Unlocked, he had to explain how he could be 100 percent Cuban and 100 percent Black, “We get caught up in where the ship dropped us off versus where the ship picked us up.”

Both his parents are Cuban and moved to Washington, where Alonso was born and raised. But still, a niño has to visit his homeland to caption #TBTs with “real kids carry machetes.”

He also takes great pleasure in his mami’s accent.

Caption: “Coda Flah! 🤣”

I would pay money for someone to interview both Alonso and his mother at the same time. Just imagine the playful and adorable chemistry the two would have on camera.

Alonso identifies as “Black first.”

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Alonso makes a good point. Being an African man attached to his Latinidad means being attached to the colonial influences that treated his ancestors like slaves.

He told Hollywood Unlocked, “When a cop pulls me over, oh ok, I’m not going to shoot him or beat his *ss because he’s Cuban. I’m Black, and I’m dealing with the same struggle. We all gotta unite and fight for the same struggle.”

Alonso is an Aries.

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He was born on March 25, 1974, meaning he’s a fine 44-year-old stud. And single, in case you were wondering.

He worked on Wall Street before BET.

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He graduated from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing and eventually became an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street.

He’s also a devout Christian and always gives thanks to God first.

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Caption: “#TBT me thanking my best friend and lord for the blessing of winning the #naacp #imageawards for leading man in a motion picture. Very proud day.”

He looks great in uniform, tbh.

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Caption: “Happy birthday to @iamjamiefoxx whom I also get to #TBT to my first film that went to theaters, #Jarhead. We had to go to bootcamp to get ready for the film, and we slept in tents in the desert in the middle of winter. Not going to say which actor had a fully heated tour bus to sleep in but he looked out and would go get us Popeye’s and feed us when we would be up doing fire watch all night in the cold. We had to always be ready because the drill instructors would ambush us at all hours to keep us on our toes. One of those nights we even got ambushed by Ray Charles himself! 🤣😎😭”

Filming “Traffik” made him ‘more sensitive’ to people’s circumstances.

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He can’t just shake the educational value of a film that delves into the reality of human trafficking like he could filming “Fast and Furious.” Today, he can’t look at a moving truck without wondering if there might be people inside. 💔

He volunteers with The Cinema School in The Bronx.

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It’s the only high school in the country that is focused on vocational training in the film industry. Whenever he’s in New York, he mentors the kids and gives them tips for making it in Hollywood.

He’s single and has never been married.

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He’s confessed that he wants his own family and is just doing the work to ensure it’s all the right fit. Plus, his #10YearChallenge was hilarious.

He has a strict rule against dating his fellow actresses.

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The wrap party… that’s a different story. He told “Hollywood Unlocked” that he doesn’t “sh*t where he eats.” Makes sense.

But his mom is begging for grandkids, like every mami with a child older than 15 years old.

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He told Wendy Williams that his mom is unteaching him everything he learned as a kid, “Don’t practice safe sex; just send the kid to me; I’ll raise him. Just get it done, hurry up.” 🤣

He’s a reality TV junkie.

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In a radio interview, Alonso admitted that he lives for reality TV. The genre is basically the modern day telenovela, so we get it.

His favorite food is his tía’s pasteles de guayaba.

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Caption: “My aunt Margot teasing me with the homemade fresh pasteles de guayaba (Guava pastries)! She needs to UPS now!”

He has his own line of mojito mixes called Remy Martiny.

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Caption: “So last week @jencooperphotocame by the house to taste my new @remymartinv raspberry mojito remix & it turned into a photoshoot lol. If you only heard the non stop jokes that ensued. @remymartin will definitely add laughter to life! #onelifelivethem”

He’s a total “Game of Thrones” nerd.

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What do you think of this homemade Halloween costume from 2017? We’re here for it.

He has a dopplegänger in Miami.

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Caption: “#TBT to when I met @ryanpress215 aka my twin forever ago in Miami. I kept hearing I had a twin in Philly and I was like yeah whatever, I had been hearing that my whole life about anyone light skinned or had a curly fro, till I met this dude. It was awkward AF cuz for the first time in my life I was like oh snap this can’t be happening, I thought I was 1 of 1! I can’t let @BET see this dude, I had just gotten on. First thing I said to him was aw hell naw, u better never commit a crime or I’ma hunt u down myself! U ain’t about to F*#% my life up! Both our crews laughed, cracked jokes and we been cool ever since. Luckily he’s not a criminal! 😂 🤣”

You can find his latest performance on Amazon Prime’s “The Boys.”

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Prime will release it sometime in 2019, and we can expect to see Alonso playing a vigilante superhero named Mother’s Milk who are here to take down corrupt superheroes.

Laz Alonso’s favorite passion project has been “Black and Latino.”

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He told Huffington Post, “For me it was really important to participate in the documentary because being Black and being Latin is something that at times I have to explain in my entire life how you can be both. And a lot of people think that you can be either one or the other because they don’t understand that race & ethnicity are two different things. You can be both. The same way that Latins can be Black & Latin is the same way you can be Black and Jamaican, or Black and British, or Black and Canadian. It doesn’t mean that you’re not Black.”

READ: Here Are Some Of The Most Important Afro-Latino Figures Who Have Changed And Are Changing The World

Melissa Alcantara Is The Dominican Trainer Behind Kim Kardashian's Iconic Body

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Melissa Alcantara Is The Dominican Trainer Behind Kim Kardashian’s Iconic Body

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Kim Kardashian’s body is iconic. People have sculpted it, attempt to sculpt their own bodies based off her insane measurements, and everyone wants to know how she does it. Behind that iconic booty is a hella strong Latina booty, built by Melissa Alcantara.

Melissa Alcantara, a.k.a. @fitgurlmel on Instagram, has a transformation story of her own that is worth hearing, but she’s distilled her decade long trial and error fitness journey into the tips that work. Meet the girl who grows Kim Kardashian’s butt for a living.

Melissa Alcantara doesn’t have a specific plan for Kim Kardashina. She trains her as hard as she trains herself.

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So, really, you just have to follow @fitgurlmel to see how she eats, caffeinates and trains on the daily. Alcantara vows that it’s not just about the exercise.

Alcantara was seemingly discovered overnight after Kim K gave Alcantara a shoutout on Instagram.

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Alcantara moved her family from New York to Los Angeles after Kim Kardashian found her on Instagram and decided that she was the woman she needed to train her. Worth it.

Alcantara reminds her followers that you have to work for this body.

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She told Insider, “You have to be intense, struggle with every rep and feel it.” Alcantara quit her day job as a producer to focus on training during the day and waiting tables at night.

Alcantara’s own journey began after gaining 70 pounds during her pregnancy.

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She couldn’t seem to shake it off and after seeing a commercial for “Insanity” and seeing people’s results, she committed to 60 days of exercise. She lost 40 pounds and became addicted to the results.

Kim K was just scrolling through Instagram at 4 a.m. when she saw this picture:

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What she saw was a mother who changed her life through fitness. At the time, Alcantara had entered her first bodybuilding competition and won. Her producers reached out to Alcantara and the rest is history.

Here are her tips:

Eat more than 1200 calories a day.

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You have to eat to lose weight, and the number on the scale doesn’t actually mean anything. The top picture is from when Mel was eating 1200 calories a day. She admits it was exhausting and that eating more meant building more muscle and having more energy. Feed yourself.

Alcantara confesses that the biggest change Kim K has made has been with food.

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She told INSIDER, “People think it’s about the exercise, but if you’re not eating right consistently, then it’s just never going to happen.”

Alcantara eats four meals a day.

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She shares her ideas all day long on Instagram. Alcantara makes sure that she’s eating in a macro way and it becomes the building blocks for all that hard work to really pay off.

“If it comes in a box or it didn’t grow off a tree or the Earth didn’t give it to you, then just stay away from it.”

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“Her diet has come a long way and has changed a lot in terms of eliminating processed foods and getting her to eat real food,” Alcantara tells INSIDER. At first, Kim was eating Nabisco vanilla wafers and processed foods.

Caption: “Back to eating salads.”

Drink only water (and coffee).

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Every morning, you’ll find Alcantara soaking up the joy of pour-over coffee, but after that, it’s just water. Alcohol only on special occasions. You heard me.

Eighty-five percent of Kim’s training is weight training.

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Not cardio as you might expect.

Caption: “I learned after some time was that cardio was not the answer, eating less was not the answer and doing more cardio was not going to “tone” a body that didn’t make muscle in the first place! If you want a “toned” body you NEED some sort of resistance training to build and shape your muscles. If not, you will only be skinny! Do you want to be skinny?!”

Butts, butts, butts.

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Alcantara told INSIDER that they do *lots* of squats together. We don’t know what this is, but follow @fitgurlmel to see her in action and play monkey see.

Lots of weight-bearing squats and lunges.

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Alcantara didn’t recreate the lunge, but her enthusiasm and motivation for transformation make it more fun. She’ll also train Kim’s sisters from time to time.

A good percentage is also going to be high-intensity interval training.

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While cardio is aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is anaerobic. It requires more oxygen than you’re intaking, so it takes energy from other sources, like fat and muscles.

They work the back with pull-ups.

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People think that doing chest exercises will shrink your boobs and Kim Kardashian is proof that working hard doesn’t mean you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

They work out 6-9 hours per week.

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They meet at 6 a.m. to get a one to one and a half hour high-intensity workout in five to six days a week. As we said, it’s work.

Don’t cancel or quit when you’re tired.

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Alcantara will be the first to tell you (or INSIDER) that Kim is “one of the best clients you could ever have. She doesn’t cancel, she’s always there.”

Alcantara is experiencing her own journey all over again through Kim’s.

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“Every time Kim sees a new muscle growing or new lines or definition, the look on her face makes me super excited for her,” she tells INSIDER. “Because I know what that feels like.”

The results kind of speak for themselves.

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Kim has spent over a year putting in the hours and the work with Alcantara. She’s changed how she eats and feels more ‘firm’ with ‘less cellulite’, and most importantly is much more confident. What’s a butt without a confident girl in front of it?

Alcantara and her husband have created their own 8-week fitness plan.

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You can also subscribe through the FitPlan app and watch videos of Alcantara showing you ever butt-growing move. We ship her success story.

READ: Kim Kardashian’s Trainer Is The Most Inspiring Dominican Trainer That We Could All Use

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