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Times Latinos Had Best Responses to Haters in 2015

Latinos never back down. This year, we’ve had our share of uphill battles, but we’re certainly not afraid to shut down annoying naysayers. Like the time…

Gina Rodriguez confronted a hater who said Latino celebs use their heritage as a “marketing” tool.

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When a Twitter user criticized Rodriguez of not being able to write in Spanish and, in the same breath, also accused Latino celebrities of using their heritage as a marketing tool, the actress quickly took to social media to shut it down.

“You know what’s lame is you are wrong…But why discriminate against ur ppl? Hater,” wrote the Jane the Virgin star on Twitter. Adding, “I walk around Brown, I don’t advertise it to get ahead, if that marketing tool worked we would be represented more!” Yassss!

And who can forget this Latina news anchor, who took on haters who criticized her Spanish accent.

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Vanessa Ruiz, a local news anchor for Channel 12 News in Arizona, received criticism for pronouncing certain Spanish-derived words the way a native Spanish speaker would pronounce them. After the “backlash,” Ruiz made a public statement to address her haters. Watch the video here.

George Lopez also made headlines after shutting down the Donald in a Funny or Die skit.

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After Trump’s racist comments about Latino immigrants, Lopez decided to hit the republican presidential hopeful back with a special message in the form of a hilarious Funny or Die skit. Watch how Lopez morphs into a Mexican Donald Trump à la Humpty Dumpty. Take that, Trump!

Eva Longoria created an uplifting campaign to tackle those obnoxious immigrant haters.

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In September, Longoria launched “The Firsts Campaign” in response to the anti-immigrant banter that continues to make headlines. The campaign highlights Latinos who were the first members of their families to graduate high school or college, open their own business, or vote in a U.S. election. Immigration haters, what you got now?

On that same note, Emilio Estefan, Pitbull and Wisin also stood up against discrimination.

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In an effort to stop the anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S., musical artists and celebrities lent their voices to sing  “We’re All Mexican,” a tribute song that celebrates the American dream and spotlights the positive contributions of Latinos to the United States. Ya tu sabes!

America Ferrera took on a hater who called her the “C” word.

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How rude! Ferrera’s new comedy show, Superstore premiered last month, but her return to TV wasn’t so well received by one hater, who ironically praised the show but called the actress the “C” word. So what’s a sweet gal like Ferrera do? Kill him with kindness. “Well, I’m glad you like the show! Thanks for watching!,” Tweeted the star. Class-y!

Badass actress, Michelle Rodriguez slayed haters who criticized her sexual orientation.

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In an interview with E! News, the Fast and Furious star addressed haters who criticized her for not defining her sexuality.

“I think everybody should be open about everything in their lives, but at the end of the day the world isn’t that black and white,” she said. “In the real world the truth comes with judgment. And with judgment comes opinion and with opinion comes stupidity, ignorance and all these other things that can really mess up your life. I have tons of friends who are in the closet, and you know what? Respect. Because you can’t control how people are. You’ve got haters out there. There are too many variables to really judge somebody on their sexual preference. It’s just ignorant.” Preach it, girl.

Selena Gomez blasted a hater who told her to stop eating junk food and work out instead.

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Messing with Selena Gomez may not be the wisest thing to do. When a hater body-shamed the singer, she quickly responded back with strong words.

“You’re disgusting. I’M IN the business and I could care less about what ‘they’ or you say I should look like. I don’t need to do anything other than love myself, take care of my work, fans, family and friends… And I do work out.” And you look fab, Selena!

Demi Lovato fired back at haters who criticized her racy Cosmopolitan cover.

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Lovato’s revealing cover photo lead to The National Center on Sexual Exploitation to launch a “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign, with RiteAid announcing that the magazine would be banned — news that didn’t sit too well with the singer.

“What these individuals who are protesting don’t understand is that for the first time in a long time I feel incredibly EMPOWERED and the MOST BEAUTIFUL I’ve ever felt on this magazine,” wrote Lovato. “I think what’s more important is showing women there’s NOTHING WRONG with embracing their bodies and sexuality. I am confident in my own skin and A PROUD @COSMOPOLITAN COVER GIRL!”

Gina Rodriguez had a similar experience when haters made fun of her People en Español cover.

You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do. #NoToKeyboardCourage

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When Rodriguez’s People en Español cover was released, the Filly Brown star took to Instagram to share the photo and thank all those involved by writing in Spanish. A few minutes laters, her comment section was filled with messages from haters, who criticized her Spanish writing skills and her toes!

Here’s how she shut down the haters: “When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do.”

Pope Francis went to Congress preach about immigration.

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Pope Francis made history as the first pontiff to address Congress during his visit to the U.S. in September. He not only shared papal words of wisdom ,but also tackled immigration:

“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants.” Add this to the list or reasons why we heart him.

Chiquis Rivera dissed haters who said she’s capitalizing on her mother’s famous name.

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When Chiquis Rivera released her first single “Paloma Blanca” in early 2014, negative reactions exploded on social media, mostly about her singing abilities. She was also immediately compared to her late mother, Jenni Rivera. Now, Chiquis finally has a few words for her haters:

“I won’t let those things affect me. On the contrary, they motivate me. I won’t fail. I [won’t ] give them that pleasure,” she told Billboard this year. “ I have a lot of faith. And I really believe in the law of attractions. Sometimes I laugh. I have to understand that these people are obviously not happy in their lives. So I think maybe they’re the problem. How can they hide behind the computer and say all kinds of mean things?  I focus on God and on the people who are supportive.”

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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There’s no denying that 2020 has been one hell of a year. It seemed like everyday we were waking up to some new shocking headline about the election, the pandemic, racial justice, or celebrity death.

Not only did the year 2020 take our sense of normalcy right out from under us, but it also took with it some of our most iconic and beloved stars, celebrities, and icons.

Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to too many to include all of them here but from Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash in January to the tragic loss of Glee star Naya Rivera, we have many to pay our respects to as we look back on those we lost in 2020.

Kobe Bryant

The NBA star died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, in January. Kobe was traveling with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The aircraft reportedly crashed “amid foggy conditions” and a small brush fire erupted. There were no survivors.

Naya Rivera

The Glee actress was found dead on July 13, five days after she went missing while boatingwith her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey (whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). She was 33 years old.

Ruth Badger Ginsburg

The Supreme Court justice and women’s rights pioneer died at age 87 on Sept. 18 after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement, per The New York Times. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died at age 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

His death caused an outpouring of grief from fans around the world and it’s completely altered future plans for the Black Panther series.

Regis Philbin

The famed television host died of natural causes at age 88 on July 24. He was well-known for his decades-spanning career and particularly his time on the Today show with Kathy Lee Gifford.

Natalie Desselle Reid

Deselle-Reid died in early December at age 53 after a private battle with colon cancer.

She was best known for roles on the UPN series Eve (2003-2006) and the Robert Townsend-directed 1997 comedy B.A.P.S., in which she played a waitress in Georgia who ends up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire and living the life of “Black American Princesses.” The cult classic famously co-starred Halle Berry.

Diego Maradona

The Argentinian soccer legend died on November 25 at the age of 60. The former athlete, who famously scored the “Hand of God” goal during the 1986 World Cup, reportedly suffered a heart attack three weeks after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Alex Trebek

Sadly, the world was forced to say goodbye to iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek after he battled stage four pancreatic cancer. He passed away at the age of 80 and his death was reported by the show: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s official account tweeted on Nov. 8. “Thank you, Alex.”

Sean Connery

The actor, best known for playing James Bond, died at age 90 on Oct. 31. James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement: “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Doreen Montalvo

Known for her roles in Madame Secretary and The Good Wife, Montalvo died in October of a stroke at just 56 years old.

Montalvo’s manager, Steve Maihack, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show … but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business.”

Anthony Galindo Ibarra

Anthony Galindo, popularly known as El Papijoe, was a popular model, singer, and actor from Venezuela. Beginning in 1995, Galindo was part of the last stage of Latino boy band Menudo along with his teammates Abel Talamántez, Alexis Grullón, and Didier Hernández. 

Galindo died at age 41 after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a suicide attempt the previous week.

Eddie Van Halen

The Van Halen guitarist died of cancer in October. He was 65.

Little Richard

The legendary and iconic “Tutti Frutti” singer died from bone cancer on May 9. He was 87 years old.

John Lewis

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The congressman and civil rights icon died at age 80 in July after battling stage four pancreatic cancer. John Lewis was a legend in the fight for equality and helped give hope and also real tangible rights to countless Americans in his battle for equality.

La Parka

The famous wrestler, whose real name is Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza, died in January of injuries related to an in-ring accident. Reports indicate he was 54 or 55.

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