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Eva Longoria’s Will Get Her Star The Same Year As Selena And She Couldn’t Be Happier

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We were so excited that Selena is getting a star that we almost forgot to celebrate another strong Latina on the list:

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Eva — a native of Corpus Christi, Texas — says Selena’s success gave her the confidence she needed to move forward. “She was the reason I dared to dream that a better life was possible.”

I could never have dreamed that one day I would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But even more ironic is that the same year I receive my star, so does my idol, my inspiration, my fellow Tejana, my fellow Corpus Christi native, Selena Quintanilla. She was the reason I even dared to dream that a better life was possible. And that that life didn't have to distance you from where you came from. So many people become famous and leave a place without ever crediting it with the role it played in shaping their lives. Selena was proud of being from Corpus Christi, Texas. And that made me proud to be from Corpus. She blazed the way for all of us and I will be forever grateful to her for not only that but for the pure joy I felt when I got to see her perform. Her smile, her charisma, her beauty put every single person who watched her under a spell. Thank you Selena. I know I will receive my star on the Walk of Fame because you dared to dream it first. ⭐⭐⭐

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Selena taught her that she could branch out without forgetting her roots. “So many people become famous and leave a place without ever crediting it with the role it played in shaping their lives. Selena was proud of being from Corpus Christi, Texas. And that made me proud to be from Corpus.”

I’m proud of my home state. Don’t mess with it. #DontMessWithTexas #DMWT

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The “Telenovela” actress couldn’t contain her glee on Instagram, “OMG I’m so honored to be receiving a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! I remember moving to Hollywood nearly 20 years ago and going straight to the iconic street and looking at the stars saying “I wanna have a star on this street one day!” Twenty years later she’d be immortalized right next to her greatest idol. “Thank you Selena. I know I will receive my star on the Walk of Fame because you dared to dream it first.” #daretodream


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What Miami Looks Like When You're Colombian-Ecuadorian

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What Miami Looks Like When You’re Colombian-Ecuadorian

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Fact: When you tell people you’re from Miami, most assume that you’re Cuban. I mean, that’s a totally valid assumption because, duh, it’s Miami. But here’s what happens when you’re a Miami Latinx (in my case, Colombian-Ecuadorian) but, no, you’re not Cuban:


You quickly learn that Cubans speak really, really fast.

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Sure, I have family members who speak fast, but they understand my struggle-bilingualism and keep things cute and slow. But ask for directions in Hialeah, and your head will literally spin off onto the Palmetto, especially when Cuban slang words are thrown in there.


…So you learn that slang real quick.

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Since I grew up speaking mostly English, most of the Spanish I heard and learned was Cuban, which is nearly another language. If you could only see how my cousins look at me confused whenever I say “fuacata!” Other examples: When it’s time to hit the road and go to the beach, you say “dale!” Also, a “ventanita” isn’t just a tiny window — it’s a divine portal to cafecito heaven.


People always ask if you’re Cuban.

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I mean, it’s not a bad thing, it just gets a little annoying because, like, we have plenty of other Latinx people here! Nicaraguans! Puerto Ricans! Venezuelans! Colombians! Brazilians! Hondurans!


But you don’t mind because Cubans gifted us with good things… like food!

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At home, I ate arepa de huevo, ceviche and fritada. On the streets, I ate ropa vieja, medianoches and lots of flan. Now, I eat both, all the time.


… And you have to accept that Arroz Imperial is superior.

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Mami’s arroz con pollo is LEGENDARY within the fam, but Cubans just had show off and add mayonnaise and a heaping layer of cheese on theirs. It’s decadent, over-the-top and it’s the only way I eat rice now because that’s how I like my food to be.


But, again, you can eat pastelitos, patacones, arepas, croquetas…

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ALL THE DELICIOUS CARBS! Everyday, and all at once if you wish!


You get jealous of your friends’ azabaches.

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Like, why wasn’t I special enough to get my own magical, protective charm when I left my mother’s womb? I guess my family didn’t think so… SMH.


…But you smelled like violetas, all the same.

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I honestly thought all Latino kids were doused in violetas as a kid, but I learned that was something my Ecuadoran mom picked up from her Cuban friends when my parents moved down to Miami. I’ve asked a Puerto Rican friend (who wasn’t born in Miami) if she ever used violetas, and she said, “What’s that?” So, case proven, right?


You realize no amount of coffee consumption can prepare you for Cuban coffee.

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Latinos love café. It’s a fact. My family in Miami is mostly Colombian, so we know a little bit about coffee. But really nothing compares to the dizzying, addictive, sheer power of a Cuban cafecito.


You pick up the idea that you can never leave the house with wet hair.

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OK, this might be an all-Latino thing, but my Cuban friends were the ones that would literally choose death rather than break this rule, and it’s rubbed off on me.


…But, you’re super lucky to have the best of both worlds.

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…and be surrounded by so many beautiful, loud and diverse Latinx people, irregardless* of nationality. 😉

*Miamian for “regardless.”


READ: 11 Words That Mean Something Different In Miami

Did you also grow up in Miami as a non-Cuban Latinx? What was your experience? Let us know!

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