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The Most Iconic Latino Courtroom Looks Of All Time

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The art of the celebrity courtroom outfit is a genre of fashion all to itself. The wearer must project the perfect blend of identities in order to win over the public. A great courtroom look should make a person look smart, but not clever, humble, but not a push-over, and well-groomed without being too glamorous.

Needless to say, stars like Cardi B who know their way around a courthouse, can pull off this look with aplomb. Others–not so much. Check out our list of the 20 most iconic Latino courtroom looks of all time below!

1. Cardi B

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Cardi B is arguably as famous for her law-breaking shenanigans as she is for her chart-topping beats. With a criminal history like hers, it’s no wonder she knows how to dress for court. In October 2018, Cardi turned herself into police for her alleged attack of two strip club bartenders.

2. Nicole Richie

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In 2007, Nicole Richie was not yet the laid-back socialite and working mother she is now–in fact, she was a reformed party girl. In 2007, Richie appeared at court to deal with charges relating to a past DUI. She looked chic and composed in an all-black ensemble complete with a low bun and her signature giant dark shades.

3. Jennifer Lopez

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JLo looked ever the fierce queen while she was leaving a New York City courthouse in early 2000. The visit was related to a scuffle at a club involving her then-boyfriend P. Diddy. Lopez brought the fashion with a cream turtleneck and a white jacket topped off with a fur stole.

4. Cardi B

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One of many Cardi B courtroom looks, Cardi enters this list as another Latina who opted for fur at the courthouse. She appeared at the Queens Criminal Court in January 2019 to deal with charges related to a fight at a strip club the year before.

5. Naya Rivera

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Naya Rivera appeared at a local court in Chesapeake, West Virginia to deal with domestic abuse charges. Much less glamorous than the previous entries, Rivera obviously didn’t have a lot of time to prepare her courtroom look.

6. Shakira

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Shakira showed up to court earlier this year in Madrid dressed in the edgy rocker-look her fans have come to know and love. Although she was smiling, she was dealing with an ugly plagiarism lawsuit.

7. The Menendez Brothers

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The high-profile trial of the Cuban-American Menendez brothers captured the attention of America not only for the gruesome nature of the double-homicide murders, but for the sharply-dressed fashion sense of the accused.

8. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars appeared in court for charges related to his arrest for possession of cocaine (don’t worry–the charges were eventually dropped). Regardless, Mars brought out all of the fashion stops for his courtroom appearance. As one Twitter user so aptly put it: “Only Bruno Mars can make going to court look like a photo shoot”.

9. Lorena Bobbitt

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Although her courtroom appearance for dismembering her husband was for a less-than-flattering circumstance, Ecuadorian-born Lorena Bobbitt won over America by her harrowing story of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. And because of her fashion sense that gave us the perfect Cher Horowitz-vibes.

10. Sonia Sotamayor

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One of the few entries on this list whose appearance in court has nothing to do with her bad choice, Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes that shapeless long black robe look like couture.

11. Cardi B

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Probably her least flattering courtroom ensemble, Cardi B’s court appearance in December of 2018 makes the lowest of her entries in this list. Much less polished than her other looks, it seems as if this look was thrown together last-minute.

12. Jodi Arias

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Compared to her everyday look outside the courtroom, Jodi Arias’s courtroom look was downright virginal (no pun intended). A quick google search proves that Arias was a sexy, vampy blonde before she got into trouble with the law. Her courtroom look was frumpy librarian–but it didn’t convince the jury of her innocence.

13. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Donning her signature orange tan, penciled-in brows, and buffant-like teased hair, Chilean-born Snooki Polizzi’s courtroom appearance in 2010 was the epitome of early 2000s “guidette” fashion. The charges? Disorderly conduct and disturbing the quiet (aka, what she built her career on).

14. Charlie Sheen

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Charlie Sheen (nee Carlos Estevez) appeared at an Aspen courthouse in early 2010 due to a class-five felony menacing charge, among others. He dialed up his celebrity vibe with a dark suit and dark sunglasses.

15. Michelle Rodriguez

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In 2006, Dominican actress Michelle Rodriguez donned a brown leather jacket and light brown shirt to court for charges related to a previous DUI. Although she looked like a badass, the judge made it clear that drunk driving is never okay. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and spent five days in jail.

16. Prince Royce

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Before he was the Latino hitmaker Prince Royce, this young New York Dominican was just a teenager named Geoffrey Royce Rojas who appeared on “Judge Judy” knockoff, “The People’s Court”. Royce was accused of stealing another man’s music, but the real story was how adorable Royce looked as a young kid in some grown-man trouble!

17. Aurea Vazquez Rijos

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Aurea Vazquez Rijos, the Puerto Rican former beauty queen and convicted murderer, was forced to appear in court in a dumpy scrub-like navy jumpsuit on charges of murdering her husband to get her hands on his fortune. The unflattering ensemble was a far cry from the high-fashion getups she was used to!

18. Marilyn Milian

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Born to Cuban parents in New York, Marilyn Milian is the HBIC and judge on the hit show “The People’s Court” (yes, the same show that Prince Royce appeared in). Her courtroom look is the definition of iconic: always professional, but extra polished.

19. Tekashi 6ix9ine

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Dubbed “The Supervillain of Hip Hop” by the media, Tekashi 6ix9ine (aka Daniel Hernandez) did himself no favors when he appeared in court sporting a ragged, multi-colored messy bun and a Tommy Hilfiger hoodie. In 2019, 6ix9ine pled guilty to racketeering, weapons, and drug charges and is facing up to 47 years in prison.

This Indigenous Radio Station Is Keeping Immigrants From Mexico & Central America Informed

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This Indigenous Radio Station Is Keeping Immigrants From Mexico & Central America Informed

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In the 2010 census, more than 685 thousand Latinxs in the US identified themselves as American Indian, a number that experts believe could actually be much higher. With Latin media predominantly in Spanish and English, this population has long lacked much-needed news and culture in their language. Enter Radio Indígena, a radio station hoping to serve indigenous communities from Mexico and Central America.

The radio station is one of the first to cater to indigenous Mexicans in the United States. Every week, it boasts 40 hours of original programming, from newscasts to educational talk shows to music. While content is primarily in Mixeco, there are also programs in Zapoteco, Triqui,  Nahuatl, Spanish and more.

Radio Indígena is hosted and run by the Mixteco Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), a nonprofit organization providing health outreach, humanitarian support and language interpretation to indigenous communities in California.

“There are very few ways for us to receive information in our own language,” Arcenio Lopez, executive director of MICOP and Radio Indígena, told NBC News.

He and his team started Radio Indígena in 2014. At the time, the community station was only available online. However, after three years of fundraising, the station made it to the FM airwaves in 2017.

In California, where thousands of indigenous migrants from southern Mexico have moved to in search of work after the soil erosion of ancestral farmlands in the Mixteca region, one-third of farm workers speak indigenous languages. Many of them don’t understand English or Spanish. For them, Radio Indígena is a lifeline, keeping them connected to life back home, informed of important immigration news in the US and entertained with music and cultural programs.

“Listening to it is a point of pride,” Josefino Alvarado, a California farm worker who grew up speaking Mixteco before moving to the US in 1997, told the news site. While the man is familiar with Spanish and English, the station helps him preserve his first language while giving him the opportunity to learn other indigenous languages.

According to UNESCO, almost half of Mixteco’s 50 dialects are either severely endangered or at risk of endangerment. Experts believe that migration and economic pressures, including finding paid work, has led to the extinction of indigenous languages in Mexico and Central America as well as when migrants from both regions are in the US.

One of the most popular programs on Radio Indígena is “Al Ritmo De Chilena,” an educational show that shares the history of a new indigenous culture each episode. The program, hosted by Delfina Santiago and Carmen Vasquez, airs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The women, who work at Ventura County flower farms and as a teacher’s assistant, respectively, do the unpaid show as a labor of love.

For them, researching history, keeping their language alive and connecting listeners to their roots offer them the most value. They say it’s empowering and instills much-needed pride in a community that has long been taught to feel ashamed of their language, culture and experiences.

“We’ve kept our languages hidden out of fear,” Santiago said, “but no longer.”

Read: Mixe Author Yásnaya Aguilar Says Mexican Government Killed Off Indigenous Languages In Powerful Speech

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