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These Libras Are The Pure Embodiment Of The Characteristics That Make Libras The People We Love

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You can spot a Libra from their Instagram aesthetic because it’s on point. It’s hard to dislike a Libra, and that’s kind of a fact. They’re kind, romantic as hell, charming, and general do-gooders. Basically, they’re all Hufflepuffs.

They also struggle with saying “no,” can get a little carried away with the superficial, can be fickle and indecisive and self-indulgent. All that said, these Libras made their claim to fame, likely because of every single one of these traits. Make our list next year, dear Libra reader.

Amara La Negra

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Born on October 4, 1990, Amara is the break out star of “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” and is showing her Afro-Latinidad pride all over the place. Plus, that style? I’m here for it.

Bruno Mars

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Our boy, Bruno Mars is turning 33 this year on Oct. 8, and millions of fans will be heart-eyeing the charming half-Puerto Rican. His smooth moves and voice have catapulted him across the globe on international tours, to the top of the charts and beyond.

Christina Milian

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Born on September 26, 1981, Milian is more than just about image. She’s about what her presence represents. She told HuffPost, “I’m Cuban but [people] didn’t get it because I was also brown-skinned… Latinos come in all colors, all shades… You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters… We just vary in color, shapes and sizes. But we’re still Latinos — that doesn’t change a damn thing.”

Classic Libra, speaking on behalf of all of us and working it.

Tyler Posey

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Well, we don’t know if Oct. 18 baby Posey won people over with his Libra ways or just being a dreamy guy on “Teen Wolf.” We do know our hearts go out to him after his mother passed of breast cancer in 2014, and Season 5 was dedicated in her memory.

Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Oct. 8, 1997. Like a natural, for-the-common-good Libra, Thorne started acting as a child to help support her family after their father died in a car accident, leaving the family broke.

Carlos Mencia

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Fun fact: comedian Carlos Mencia was born Ned Arnel Mencia on Oct. 22, 1967. Born in Honduras, Mencia is always cracking jokes that make people rethink Latino stereotypes, the criminal justice system and social class. He’s a giver.

Diego de Silva Costa

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Born on Oct. 7, 1988 in Lagarto, Brazil, Costa is known for playing for Atlético Madrid. Like a Libra, he has built and continues to pay for a soccer academy in his hometown, which is more than a little remote.

Jenna Ortega

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Known for playing the young Jane Villanueva in “Jane the Virgin,” Ortega has only been alive since Sept. 27, 2002. Since then, the Mexican-Puerto Rican break out star has also been the voice of Princess Isabel on “Elena of Avalor” and continues to play roles for several Disney projects.

Esai Morales

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This New Yorican was born on Oct. 1, 1962 in Brooklyn and has been known for playing Bob Morales in “La Bamba.” You might recognize him from your latest binge of “Ozark” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

He describes himself as an “actorvist” and is one of the founders of what is effectively a union for Latino actors.

Celia Cruz

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Born on Oct. 21, 1925, infamous Cuban singer Celia Cruz was born Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso, in typical Latino fashion. She fled form Cuba when the country was taken over by a communist regime and pursued a music career in the U.S. She gifted the country salsa music and we should all be proud.

Mario Lopez Jr.

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Born on Oct. 10, 1973, Lopez is a total moth to the light of the arts. He’s been in television, in movies and even on Broadway. The guy is a total Libra through and through. Not to mention that he made everyone fall in love with him, guys and girls, when he was AC Slater on “Saved by the Bell.”

Mario Andrés Ruiz

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This Colombian YouTube star was born on Oct. 1, 1994 and is only 24 years old. Made famous by his rendition of “Harlem Shake,” we have more proof that Libras can sneeze and we’d all clap because they do it so well.

Stacy Peralta

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Wayyy back in the day, half-Mexican, half-Irish, Stacy Peralta was one of the infamous Z-Boys. He was also one of the highest ranking professional skateboarder. Yeah, he was born Oct. 15, 1957, and now he’s a director and producer full time.

Sofía Reyes

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Born on Sept. 25, 1995 as Úrsula Sofía Reyes Piñeyro, the Mexican singer-songwriter and actress has captured everyone‘s hearts, including Prince Royce. He discovered her singing covers on YouTube when she was just ten years old. We know her from “Muévelo” and all the bilingual stardom she brings to her work.

Nathan Arenas

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Disney actor Nathan Arenas was born just 13 years ago on Sept. 30, 2005 in Los Angeles. He’s apparently been performing for his family since he was 2 years old and is now playing Jorge in the Disney series “Bunk’d.”

Guillermo del Toro

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Infamous Mexican horror film director Guillermo del Toro Gómez was born on Oct. 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Last year, he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his work on “The Shape of Water.”

Tito “El Bambino”

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The Puerto Rican reggaeton singer was born on Oct. 5, 1981 as (wait for it) Efraín David Fines Nevares. I know, epic glo up. This man is a total icon from Héctor & Tito, and while he hasn’t released an album since 2014, we’re tapping his shoulder as we speak.

Carlos Bernard

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Bernard was born on Oct. 12, 1962 and grew up in Chicago. We saw him last as Oscar Rodas in “Supergirl,” but he’s best known as Tony Almeida from “24: Legacy.”

Gabriel Montiel

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Born as Gabriel Gutiérrez on Sept. 23, 1989 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Gabriel Montiel got famous as the defensive midfielder for Murciélagos and is now a Youtuber. Check him out on Werevertumorro and meet the charm and charisma the rest of us non-Libras envy.


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Will Smith's Appreciation Of Latino Culture And His Love For Latino People Makes Him An Honorary Latino

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Will Smith’s Appreciation Of Latino Culture And His Love For Latino People Makes Him An Honorary Latino

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There are Latinos, there are wannabe Latinos and then there is Will Smith. If you just became obsessed with Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny & Will Smith’s latest drop, “Está Rico,” and you were wondering why Will Smith was rapping in Spanish, let us give you the brief photo history showing how he has embraced and become part of Latino culture.

Will Smith has always been a lover of Latino culture.

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Yes, he really is from West Philadelphia, where he was born an raised, and was a pretty popular rapper in the ’80s. Once the IRS claimed his recording equipment, he took on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in an interim that lasted six years. Since then, he’s been top charting and making bank in film.

He is BFFs with Marc Anthony.

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Caption: “Feliz Cumpleaños, mi Hermano!”

It’s the real deal. These two have traveled together and spend legit bestie time together, which leads us right up to “Está Rico.”

Smith teamed with Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny on a bilingual track, “Está Rico.”

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In it, Will Smith entires with “Haciendo Historia!” and, “Blend my Philly way now / With your Latina sway now / Sacude tu cadera.”

He’s rapping… en español.

He has proven several times that he speaks decent Spanish.

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He’s even accepts interviews in Spanish on the regular, including this one on Telemundo where he carried his weight for the first half, and was translated for the second half.

Apparently, Smith travels with a Spanish language instructor so he’s always learning.

La comunidad agrees his trip to Colombia with Marc Anthony changed him.

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Back in May of this year, Smith was all over Instagram sharing the multiple dance offs he had with folks all throughout Colombia. He basically danced his way through the country.

Truth, he may have been on a working vacation since his new movie “Gemini Man” is based in Colombia, set to release in October 2019.

While he was there, him and Marc shipped Colombia hard.

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Can you spot Marc Anthony to his right? Boy is literally on a balcón; it doesn’t get more Latino than that. Unless he’s hiding a cigar somewhere, and then there’s no going back.

He “loves the fire” of Latin America.

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In an interview with Latina, he shared, “I spent a lot of time in South America and I just love the fire!” he says. “When I was down in Brazil, I just got hype and started rappin’ for the crowd, you know, it’s like the energy is crazy, and I just love that fire, I love that flavor.”

He knows to always give the spotlight to the person who really runs things: his wife.

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He got the handbook on this one. She deserves all the glory and honor to even be by your side and if you aren’t over the top about acknowledging her grace, she will take it very personally y le botó.

He’s dramatic AF.

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And always has been. Why do you think we were all so obsessed with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”? It was the only American telenovela we had.

Miami is his second home.

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Miami is like the American capital of Caribbean Latinos and he’s been singing about it (and even dropping some lyrics in Spanish) since the ’90s.

Plus, he’s always been a fanboy for Mariah Carey.

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If you look closely at the CDs the Fresh Prince had laying around his room in the sitcom, you’ll see Mariah’s face everywhere. In this photo, Mariah is 18 years old and Will Smith is 19 years old back in 1988.

Smith is here for his Afro-Latina co-stars.

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Back in the day, Tatyana Ali played his on-screen cousin, Ashley Banks. He wishes her a feliz cumple cada año on social media.

Will Smith brought us Eva Mendes.

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In his “Welcome to Miami” hit, Eva Mendes was in the music video saying, “Bienvenidos a Miami.” I’m screaming. Years later, she would play his love interest on “Hitch.”

He’s just like a prankster Latino dad.

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Latino dads live to make fun of their children, and Will Smith is no different. After his son, Jada, posted this very Instagrammy pic, his father quickly took to mocking him on Twitter. 😂

Just last week, he tossed Jada onto his shoulders to start the #ThePiggybackChallenge.

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Will Smith is just the kind of dad who will always treat his kids like babies and also like adults. They went to Target to promote Just Water, and Smith was giving Jada sass for talking instead of working on stocking the shelves. Classic.

Latinos are already posting that their dads are way ahead of him.

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We didn’t use our legs for the first 4 years of life. It’s the Latino way.

 He publicly sasses his son for not knowing Spanish.

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Tell me your papi wouldn’t do the same thing. I hear it from every abuelita I meet. Maybe Will Smith is an honorary abuelita, no sé.

He laid down a Bomba Estereo “Fiesta” remix like a boss.

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Of course, we have Marc Anthony to thank for that. Smith shared the back story in a video, saying, “I was in Colombia, in Ibagué, with Marc Anthony, and he was listening to ‘Fuego’ [another Bomba track]. And I said, ‘That song is crazy!’ And almost completely unrelated, my manager, Miguel, is friends with people in [Sony Music Latin, Bomba’s label], and he showed me this song, ‘Fiesta.’ And I said, ‘That is crazy, I need to be on that.’”

He reportedly has said he thinks he was Latino in another life.

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Latina reports that in one of his usual rants about how much he loves Latino culture, he laughed and said, “I think in a previous lifetime, I was definitely born in Costa Rica or something like that.”

In this life, he is one of us.

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The guy has spent decades obsessing over Latino culture, respecting it, living in it, lifting up Latino actors and remixing iconic bands. We 💜 you, Will Smith. You’re up there with Rhianna.


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