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Meet The Trailblazing Latinos That Made It Onto The Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List

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Forbes just released its “30 Under 30” list, which highlights 600 young people across 20 industries who are already making an impact in their respective fields. From music and entertainment to law and tech, the Forbes list features an impressive collection of innovators, including several Latinos, proving that you don’t have to be an abuelo to be influential. Here are some of the standouts:

Makeup artist Manuel Gutierrez, a beauty influencer with a large following on social media, made it onto two lists: “Celebrities” and “Art & Style.”

Gutierrez, who goes by Manny Mua on social media, took to Instagram to announce his excitement at being included on the list: “I can’t even breathe! This is so nuts! Such an honor!” Gutierrez is clearly both talented and humble.

After an amazing couple of years, Brazilian MMA fighter Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes made it to the “Sports” list.

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After defeating UFC champion Ronda Rousey in under a minute — 48 seconds to be exact — late last year, Nunes established herself as a force to be reckoned with in MMA. Nunes, who is undefeated in her last six bouts, is also MMA’s first openly gay champion.

On the “Hollywood and Entertainment” list is Juan Pablo Martinez Zurita.

LIFE IS A FIESTA ? … it's up to you if you enjoy it ? • BTW check out my fiesta playlist! Link in bio ??

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Zurita is a social media influencer from Mexico — he has nearly 31 million followers — has gone from making comedy videos to using his voice for humanitarian efforts. And he’s only just getting started. At 21, he’s one of the youngest on the list and has been making digital content for the last four years. He’s also a model and has his own clothing line. Busy boy, huh?

In “Education,” Jonathan García is following in his parents’ footsteps, helping others reach for their dreams.

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The son of undocumented Mexican immigrants, García has led efforts to raise over twenty-one million dollars from private investors to help students reach their educational dreams in San Francisco. He now leads similar efforts for Portland’s public school system.

Brooklyn-based rapper Young M.A. made it to the “Music” list after releasing the triple-platinum hit “OOOUU.”

These eyes tell a story #HERstory

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After releasing an EP titled “Herstory,” she’s looking to drop her debut album, “Herstory In the Making,” in 2018. In an industry dominated by tough guys, M.A. proves she can thug as hard as any of them. Her raw style screams New York and her lyrics will make any grandma blush. But she pushes the envelope by moving into rap territory and topics normally utilized by men.

Rounding out the music list is Cardi B, rap queen of 2017.

Thank you Forbes ,30 under 30 ???????? @forbes !!!!

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Her song “Bodak Yellow” topped the Billboard charts at number one and set the record for weeks atop the list by a solo female rap artist. The only time another solo female rap artist topped the list was Lauryn Hill, some 20 years prior. Cardi B’s unapologetic style, music, and persona show that she’s here to stay and doesn’t give a shit what anyone has to say about her.

Mexican boxing sensation Canelo Alvarez made it to the “Sports” list. As a three-time champion, it’s no surprise.

¡Atrévete! ?? Bring it! #TeamCanelo @caneloteam @FrenchMontana

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Canelo’s only loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, who is currently retired. After his blockbuster bout with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo is poised to become the most important fighter in boxing.

Houston Astros player Jose Altuve may not be the biggest guy on the baseball field, but he’s definitely got a huge heart.

We love you Houston ❤️

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Altuve was an essential part of the team that won the 2017 World Series trophy for Houston. After nearly being eliminated by the New York Yankees, Altuve and the Astros bounced back and won the first championship Houston has ever seen.

What Latinos would you have chosen for this 30 under 30 list? Do you feel like anyone was left? Mention them in the comments below.


[H/T] Forbes

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This Dominican Inventor And A-Rod Hit It Off Immediately When He Made Him An Offer In Spanish On 'Shark Tank'

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This Dominican Inventor And A-Rod Hit It Off Immediately When He Made Him An Offer In Spanish On ‘Shark Tank’

On this week’s episode of “Shark Tank,” Alex Rodriguez tried to use his Dominican heritage (and a little Español) to undercut all the other sharks on the show. Contestant Robbie Cabral, born in the Dominican Republic and inventor of Benjilock, a fingerprint scanning padlock for bicycles, was on the show trying to get the Sharks to invest in his design. The Benjilock was an Edison Award nominee at CES 2017 and the Sharks definitely saw the appeal of the product as several of them got into a bit of a bidding war.

Cabral had a lot to consider after coming from the bottom.

In an interview with Entrepreneur, Cabral talked about his experience on the show: “It’s an incredible feeling when you come from the bottom and then go up, you kind of appreciate the journey more.” Cabral came to Los Angeles from the Dominican Republic with dreams of being a rock star, but quickly realized that’s a lot easier said than done. And when his bandmates headed back to DR, he stayed and looked for his own opportunities. Those opportunities weren’t glamorous. Cabral says he had to wash dishes, clean gyms and clean vomit from hotel rooms just to make ends meet, even though had a college degree. The idea for the BenjiLock came to him while struggling the most. Cabral was out of work and had to find a way to financially support his newborn baby. After putting on 50 pounds, Cabral went back to the gym. He noticed people would often struggle to get into their lockers, which inspired him to create a lock that opens at the press of your fingertip.

Eventually, Cabral went with Kevin O’Leary, who offered $200,000 for 15% equity of the business.

And although A-Rod made a good offer of 200k and 20% equity, O’Leary’s move to cut 5% really made the difference. When you build something from the ground up, giving up any of it must feel like giving up your baby.

O’Leary took to his Twitter account to share his enthusiasm about the deal as well.

When O’Leary made the deal, he also went over to hug Cabral and it got a bit emotional.

Watch the emotional decision below and listen to what O’Leary tells him.

If you missed it: “You’re amazing. I’m going to make you rich. Watch it happen.” The prospect of getting rich would make me a little misty-eyed, too. Shoot, I’m misty right now just thinking about these bills.


[H/T] Entrepreneur

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