The Latest Picture Of Sammy Sosa Has Even More People Concerned About His Well-Being

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Earlier this year, retired baseball star Sammy Sosa caused a stir on social media when he appeared in an interview ahead of the MLB All-Star game.

His lighter-than-ever complexion caused a lot of concern and sparked speculation about the motives behind his look.

Well, Sosa has managed to get the Twitterverse talking once again. People cannot believe that new photos circulating of the baseball legend on vacation feature the same Sammy Sosa they grew up loving and admiring.

These are the photos of Sammy Sosa that have created a whole new uproar on social media.

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In 2009, Sosa told “Primer Impacto” that he uses a skin-softening cream that also happens to bleach his skin. According to ESPN, Sosa claims that he needs the cream to make his skin soft after all the time he has spent in the sun playing baseball.

“It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily,” Sosa said in the interview according to ESPN.

Some fans couldn’t believe it was actually Sosa.

The increased lightening of his skin tone has led many to express concern about his mental health.

And the social media jokes about his situation have made many people uncomfortable.

There have been jokes made about the progression of his skin tone changing and they are pretty cringe-worthy. While the jokes are frequent on social media, there are also people who seem legitimately concerned with Sosa’s overall well-being.

The discussion of Sosa’s skin has inevitably circled back to the discussion of colorism in the Dominican community.

Miami Herald reporter Francis Robles, who has covered the Dominican Republic at length, explained to NPR that many people in the Dominican Republic who are black don’t realize they are black until they go to the U.S.

Robles says part of the colorism in the Dominican Republic influenced by Haiti’s 22-year rule over the Dominican Republic:

“The Dominican Republic is the only country in Latin America that got its freedom – not from Spain – but from Haiti, from a black country. In the 1800s, Haiti gets independence, and then a few years later it takes over the entire of island of Hispaniola. So for 22 years, the Dominicans were under the rule of the Haitians. And for many years after that, even after they were freed, you have presidents in the Dominican Republic who really instigated a sense that anything Haitian was bad, anything black was bad.”

While many fans remain sad that Sosa has changed his appearance so drastically…

… Others are trying to remember the baseball legend as he was in the past.

READ: The World Got To See Sammy Sosa’s New Look And People Are Genuinely Concerned About Him

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“You’re thinking about giving something up? Don’t. ‘Cause I bet you the second you’re about to, is the second it’s about to happen.”

During a recent interview at her alma mater, New York University, Gina Rodriguez had some powerful words of inspiration for up-and-coming actors. The “Jane the Virgin” star revealed that she was a struggling actor for about a decade before landing a role that allowed her to finally “arrive.” While working toward her big break, it gave Rodriguez time to mature and become the kind of woman she wanted to see in the industry. To an audience of actors and students, she said she was appreciative of the “lovely obstacles” in her path which made her grateful for all the opportunities she’s been fortunate to get. After all of those wonderful words of inspiration, interviewer Leigh Blickley, pointed out that Rodriguez’s acting professor from her days at NYU was in the audience and they shared a beautiful moment of appreciation and gratitude.

She doubled down on the idea of following your dreams by telling her success story, saying, “As a 33-year-old woman, who wanted to be an actress before she graduated college, who thought she was going to be discovered before she graduated college, that did not happen. But what else did not happen, is that I didn’t give up.”

She followed up by speaking highly of her education and what it meant to her as a Latina.

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“Get your education. Nobody can stop you.”

After the interview, she followed her acting professor to her class to give those drama students the surprise of their lives.

Grab some tissues, check out the full interview below and get ready to be inspired.

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