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The 21 Most Over The Top Latino Celebrity Mansions

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No haterade here.  There are some Latino performers who made it BIG in entertainment.  So big, in fact, that they bought themselves a nice pad (or pads) to celebrate.  

1. Jennifer Lopez

Source: No Longer Jenny from the Block. Digital Image. Celebuzz. May 31, 2016.

JLo’s got serious game when it comes to real estate…  A penthouse in Manhattan and now a $40 million Bel Air estate, where she has said she wants her kids to grow up.  So nice to have a new neighbor.

2. Sofía Vergara

Source: Decorating Tips with Sofia. Digital Image. Luxury Estate. April 23, 2014.

Sofia and husband Joe Manganiello were married in 2015 and moved into a stunning Los Angeles home.  Sofia’s personal taste is on display all over her Instagram account (@sofiavergara).

3. Selena Gomez

Source: Selena in Studio City. Digital Image. Teen Vogue. May 23, 2017.

Selena dropped a paltry $2.25 million on this charming place in LA’s Studio City.  So, between producing hit TV shows, recording hit songs and hit songs and starring in hit movies, she can hit the hay.  In style.

4. Eva Longoria

Source: Desperate No More. Digital Image. LA Times. November 13, 2017.

Sleek, airy and stylish, this is where the former Desperate Housewives star curls up with a book on a Friday evening, pours a glass of wine and just chills.  At least, that’s our assumption.  The couches look darn comfy!

5. Enrique Iglesias

Source: Ana‘s Court. Digital Image. Daily Mail. October 7, 2013.

Enrique–sorry, Mr. Iglesias–seems like such a nice guy.  He and Anna Kournikova have been dating for over 16 years (!) and now she’s just had twins.  All the better then, that they have this giant home in Miami, complete with tennis court.

6. Bella Thorne

Source: Teen Queen‘s Palace. Digital Image. Trulia. December 21, 2016.

The former Disney star spent about $2 million of that mouse money on a “transitional” home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.  It’s got an open floor plan, a wine cellar, and the very cool pool pictured above.

7. Demi Lovato

Source: Demi‘s Castle in the Sky. Digital Image. Variety. January 31, 2017.

Demi Lovato paid a bundle for this home in the Hollywood Hills, only to not be able to move in!  A mudslide from the hill above went all the way up to her door, and the city deemed it unsafe.  She’s moved in now, though.  And she’s probably digging those views.

8. George Lopez

Source: Happy George. Digital Image. Variety. February 11, 2014.

Sitcoms, movie roles, and of course, standup…nothing succeeds like success!  And George Lopez.  The comedian moved into this classy property in the Los Feliz neighborhood of LA about three years.  He’s very happy with it, or we think he would be, anyway.

9. Zoe Saldana

Source: Zoe 90210. Digital Image. Architectural Digest. June 3, 2016.

The Guardian of the Galaxy and erstwhile Avatar star (more sequels are on the way, they say) dropped some serious coin on this Beverly Hills estate.  I mean, it’s nice and all, but with all these big movies to shoot, how’s she gonna find time to read all those books?

10. David Ortiz

Source: Celebrity Getaway. Digital Image. Architectural Digest. December 6, 2016.

The Red Sox slugger, originally from the Dominican Republic, headed down there to relax at his vacation home following his retirement in in 2016.  And you can rent it when he’s not there!  Cost ya $550 a night.

11. Salma Hayek

Source: Salma‘s Old World Mansion. Digital Image. Homes & Property. November 1, 2017.

Perks of being a famous actor?  Being able to rent out your Hollywood Hills home for about $11k a month.  Famous actress Salma Hayek is married to billionaire businessman Francois-Henri Pinault.  Perks of marrying a billionaire?  Houses in London, like this one.

12. Ricky Martin

Source: Gregory Arin‘s Masterpiece. Digital Image. LA Times. November 29, 2016.

Once Ricky was livin’ la vida loca, now he’s just livin’.  And not livin’ so badly either, in this seven bedroom, eight and a half bath shack in Beverly Hills.

13. Shakira

Source: Luxury Shack. Digital Image. Haute Residence. May 6, 2015.

A budding English-language pop star and international superstar in 2001, Shakira bought a modest Miami home turned it into the mansion you see above.  It’s now worth about four times what she bought it for.  Or, at least that’s what she tried to sell it for.

14. Mario Lopez

Source: Mario‘s World. Digital Image. Muzul.

The former (and forever) Bayside Tiger has now hosted long-running Entertainment News show Extra for seven years.  Not bad at all, when you consider Screech is in jail.  He lives in a Hollywood Hills mansion and loves to, uh, entertain.

 15. Christina Aguilera

Source:  Beautiful No Matter What They Say. Digital Image. Daily Mail. February 2, 2016.

Christina Aguilera’s home in the Hollywood Hills (Sherman Oaks, to be exact) set her back around ten million, which comes with an awesome library.  At least one of those books has to have the correct spelling of “Dirty,” right?

16. Mariah Carey

Source:  Fit for a Diva. Digital Image. Daily Mail. February 13, 2017.

Sometimes life is hard.  You move out of your giant estate when you break off you engagement to a billionaire and you have nowhere to go.  But then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on.  And points the way to a $100K a month rental in Beverly Hills.  With its own bowling alley!

17. Jessica Alba

Source:  East Meets West. Digital Image. Observer. February 2, 2017.

The entrepreneur and actress recently moved into this $10 million Beverly Hills home modeled after a Hamptons retreat.  Jessica really knows what she’s doing: her career is going well, her diaper-empire is rolling; even her husband’s name is Cash!

18. Gina Rodriguez

Source:  Mi casa es su casa. Digital Image. Just Jared. October 17, 2017.

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez was so excited to move into her new home that she got a crew together to film it!  No really.  And it looks really nice!

19. Gabriel Iglesias

Source:  Fluffy‘s Throne. Digital Image. LA Times. May 27, 2016.

Gabriel Iglesias has that regular guy appeal.  And like most regular guys, his favorite room is the, ahem, Throne Room.  This one is in a compound he owns near his Long Beach, California home.  It’s just a good place for a guy to be alone.  ‘

20. Andy García

Source:  Andy‘s Cuban Heritage. Digital Image. Mamás Latinas. December 17, 2014.

The Cuban-American star of The Untouchables and Ocean’s 11 gets back to his roots at his Key Biscayne, FL home.  Born in Havana, the star now lives about 100 miles from the old country.

The Remarkable Life And Career Of Edward James Olmos, Who Continues To Represent Us Proudly

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The Remarkable Life And Career Of Edward James Olmos, Who Continues To Represent Us Proudly

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It’s no secret that the Hollywood industry has a diversity problem. The exclusion of Latinos in the arts was the basis of a study conducted by Professor Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The results, which were released last month, were dismal. As of 2018 “only 4.5 percent of all 47,268 speaking or named characters across the last 12 years were Latino and a mere 3 percent of lead or co-lead actors.” For Latinos, this news is not a surprise. That is why we hold Latino actors, the few that have gotten the chance to work and especially those that have been in the Hollywood industry for decades, with such high regard. For us, there is one such person that not only has been our representation in Hollwyood but has also told the story of historic Latinos.

Edward James Olmos has led a remarkable career in film and television that spans more than 45 years. 

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This Mexican-American thespian has 121 acting credits to his name, and that does not include his work on Broadway, as a director, or composer. Within his storied career in Hollywood, Olmos has an estimated 29 awards in his field and 27 nominations. It would surprise some people to know that Olmos had aspirations that didn’t include acting at all.

Olmos was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Boyle Heights and in Montebello, California.

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In a 2013 interview, Olmos said he had a strong work ethic thanks to his parents who were always working. He was raised by his great grandparents and strived to try it all from sports to music and even politics. As a young teen, Olmos wanted to be a baseball player. He also the lead singer of a band. “I really had a strong passion for baseball,” Olmos said, who was first caught up by the sport at age five. But admits he didn’t have the talent for it at such a young age. He said it was the divorce of his parents, around the age of seven, that made him want to dedicate himself to the sport. He said baseball taught him a lot about discipline which helped him understand his capabilities as a person. In 1960, around the age of 15 and 16, Olmos began to have another passion. He wanted to be a rock n’ roll star. Even though he said he couldn’t sing very well, he called himself a performer. For two years that he performed in a rock band, Olmos said his father stopped talking to him because he didn’t approve of his new path. 

After years as a stage actor, his breakthrough role came in 1981 in the film “Zoot Suit.”

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In 1964, while in college, Olmos took his first acting class. He said his discipline of baseball and his passion for singing lead him naturally to consider acting. He said he tried auditioning but always got turned down. He kept at it and studied acting under the greats. He started doing theater in Los Angeles, and in 1978 he got a role in the theater production of “Zoot Suit” about the true story of the 1943 riots in Los Angeles that resulted in the arrests of many Latinos. In 1979, Olmos received a Tony Award nomination for his role of  El Pachuco. In 1981, a film version of the play hit theaters and Olmos comprised as El Pachuco once again. 

In 1988, Olmos portrayed the true story of math teacher Jaime Escalante in the beloved film “Stand and Deliver.”

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The story depicts how students from  James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles overcame immense obstacles to pass AP Calculus tests during their senior year. The film received several Independent Spirit Awards including for Best Male Lead, which Olmos won, and Best Supporting Male for actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Olmos also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Olmos remembers that role fondly and with emotion. “Nobody wanted to give us a penny to tell the story of a Bolivian man helping kids take a math test,” he said earlier this year to Remezcla.  “Watching my performance, I realized what he gave us, it was like catching lightning in a bottle and we did it.” 

Today, Olmos continues to have a stellar body of work from “Battlestar Galactica” to “Portlandia” and “Mayans M.C.”

Some of his most recognized roles including in “Selena,” “Blade Runner,” “American Me,” and “My Family” and the work he is doing today on television has solidified Olmos as an icon in Hollywood and within the Latin community. 

“In 1964, when I started out we weren’t 22 percent of the population of the U.S, we were much less. We were also less than 2 percent of all the content in television and film. Today, with 22 percent of the population, we are still less than 4 percent of all content. We are in a worse place now,” he said. While that is an unfortunate fact, we’re still so thrilled and proud that he continues to represent us today. 

READ: 30 Years After Being Released, Here’s Where The Cast Of ‘Stand And Deliver’ Are Today

The Queen Of Rap Shows Love For The Queen Of Pop And We Are All Freaking Out

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The Queen Of Rap Shows Love For The Queen Of Pop And We Are All Freaking Out

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If you follow the online chatter, it’s no surprise that Cardi B is a megafan when it comes to Britney Spears. So it should be even less of a surprise that Cardi B has come to the defense of Britney during her most recent personal struggles. The Queen of Pop was recently in a care facility for her mental health and it set off a firestorm of comparisons to the 2007 Britney Spears we all remember. Here’s how Cardi B reacted when asked about the recent news about one of America’s greatest icons.

In a recent ET interview, Cardi B came out swinging for Britney and, well, check it out.

Cardi B touched on her admiration for the pop star and even said she loves the idea of a possible Cardi B x Britney Spears collaboration in the future. [gasps in gaytino]

However, things got serious when the topic of Spears’s recent personal struggles came up – including a restraining order against her ex-manager and a stay at a mental health facility.

“I love you and I totally understand,” Cardi B said in a heartfelt message to Spears. “Fame will really drive you insane. Not only will fame drive you insane, but it’s like, once you have money, and everybody just wants to take it from you, or sometimes you just have, like, your own personal problems.”

Both Cardi B and Britney fans were living for this show of genuine support.

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It is one of the most succinct ways to explain why celebrities some times snap. The pressures of being famous is a lot for some people to handle. Cardi B understands and even sees hoe it can cause someone to snap and lose all control of themselves.

People were losing it over the Queen of Rap giving the Queen of Pop some much-needed love.

Credit: @forbritbrit / Twitter

How often do we get to see celebs having one another’s back? Especially with something so sensitive. People are so grateful that a fellow celeb, someone who has experienced the pressures of fame, is speaking up on these issues.

Cardi B then went on to lament the lack of privacy for celebrities and said she sympathizes with Spears. Cardi B also understands that the length of time Spears has been in the public eye is even more of an obstacle.

“When you’re a celebrity, everyone wants to sue you, everyone wants a piece of the money that you work for,” Cardi B continued. “It’s very frustrating.”

The singer also had a fangirl moment when she saw Spears working out to her hit song “I Like It.”

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“It’s so dope because I’m a very big Britney Spears fan,” Cardi told ET, before launching into a little bit of Britney’s 2007 hit, “Piece of Me.”

Meanwhile, the Mississippi native checked out of the California facility after she completed her 30-day treatment on April 25.

Spears herself has also tried setting the record straight on some of the gossip that was going on around her. In a recent Instagram post, she says “I just wanted to say hi because things that are being sad have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear.”

This all adds more drama to the #FreeBritney movement.

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Even Spears asked the judge for certain adjustments to her conservatorship but didn’t get them. This must make the support from a fellow star that much more special.

We’re rooting for you Britney and truly hope that Cardi B x Britney collab happens soon.

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