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In Memoriam: Remembering Those We Lost in 2015

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As we say farewell to the year, let’s take some time to reflect on and say goodbye to some of the Latinos we lost in 2015.

Ninón Sevilla (November 10, 1921 – January 1, 2015)

The Cuban-born Mexican film actress passed away at the age of 85 from heart issues. She was a big shining star of the golden age of Mexican cinema. If you’ve never seen her in the film Aventurera, you really should.

Lorena Rojas (February 10, 1971 – February 16, 2015)

The popular telenovela actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. After several years of battling the disease, the cancer spread and Rojas unfortunately succumbed to it.

Ariel Camacho (August 7, 1992 – February 25, 2015)

#ArielCamacho ____ En memoria de Jose Ariel Camacho Barraza #ArielCamachoParaSiempre

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Camacho, the singer of Los Plebes del Rancho, died in a car accident in Sinaloa, Mexico after just having performed a concert at the 2015 Carnival Mocorito.

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Braulio Castillo (March 30, 1933 – February 28, 2015)

A legendary Puerto Rican actor who appeared in movies and TV, Castillo died of natural causes. Among his many notable credits, Castillo was the first co-star of Topo Gigio during the Latin American production of the popular children’s show.

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez (July 23, 1979 – March 21, 2015)

The Mexican wrestler, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, died from a kick to the head he received while in the ring by Rey Mysterio, Jr. He was stretchered out of the arena, but did not recover from his injury.

Rogelio Brambila Lizárraga (1993 – March 21, 2015)

Brambila, a singer for Los Plebes de Arranke, was found dead in a parked car in Tijuana. He had been shot multiple times.

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Eduardo Galeano (September 3, 1940 – April 13, 2015)

Eduardo Galeano

The Uruguayan author and journalist succumbed to cancer at the age of 74. He is considered and remembered as a champion of social justice.

Joan Sebastian (April 8, 1951 – July 13, 2015)

Filmando La Derrota… Video ya disponible en Vevo y YouTube!

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The Mexican singer-songwriter and musical icon, known as El Rey del Jaripeo, wrote over 1,000 songs in his lifetime. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999.

Mexicano 777 (1972 – July 23, 2015)

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Israel Perales Ortiz, the Puerto Rican rapper known as Mexicano 777, passed away after a long battle with throat cancer. At the time of his death, he was serving a jail sentence for a domestic violence charge, but was released from prison to complete his sentence at home because of his illness.

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Adriana Campos (February 27, 1971 – November 3, 2015)

The soap star died alongside her husband in a tragic car accident in native Colombia.

Benny Sadel (March 27, 1960 – November 5, 2015)

BEnny Sadel

The Dominican merenguero, whose hit songs included “Qué Pasará” y “Solo Palabras,” lost his battle with leukemia this year.

Germán Robles (March 20, 1929 – November 21, 2015)

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Born in Spain, Robles went on to have an incredible career as an actor in Mexico acting in theater, film and television. He made quite the impact in the cult classic film El Vampiro.

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Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Latino Celebrities In 40 Years Thanks To FaceApp

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Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Latino Celebrities In 40 Years Thanks To FaceApp

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By now you’re probably fully aware of FaceApp and their whole “we own your photos and do whatever we want with them forever” terms of use, but that certainly doesn’t make the novelty of the aging-app any less fun. Plus, for those of us who’ve already used it, the damage is done — so, uh, YOLO we guess. In truth, FaceApp’s terms of use are very similar to most of the apps we frequently use on a daily basis like SnapChat or Instagram, so you’ve probably already given up a significant portion of your privacy anyway.

We’re all doomed and this won’t be the death stroke. Just relax and settle into looking old now, while you can, before the apocalypse precludes that.

And the icing on the cake are these 13 LAtino celebrities who either took the FaceApp challenge or we did it for them.

1. J Balvin

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Well this is just unfortunate. Sure the photo being in black and white probably doesn’t help much but OMG this is probably the worst of the FaceApp photos I’ve seen so far. Thankfully, he’s still an amazing musician and though his looks may fade he’ll always have that.

2. Maluma

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Ok…#swoon. Maluma baby is giving me full on zaddy vibes and I don’t care if he’s sixty years old I want this man now and forever.

3. Becky G

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Looking fierce as ever.

4. Luis Fonsi

Right…so here’s the thing. Luis is already a good looking guy. I mean look at that hunk of a man. Goergeous. Those arms. And if Luis Fonsi has those same arms at 50 or 60 then I’m totally on-board with old Luis.

5. Shakira

Shakira looks like a timeless beauty in this photo and we know that age will be good to her as she gets older.

6. Cardi B

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In a since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi B predicted this is how she’ll probably look at 80. I mean if that’s Cardi at 80…science must have found a fix for aging.

7. Daddy Yankee

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El Sugar Daddy 👨🏽‍🦳😂

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Maybe we need to start calling him Daddy Yankee the Sugar Daddy…?

8. Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez proves he’ll never be too old for those AC Slater vibes.

9. Camila Cabello

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I feel like Camila will definitely have a future in telenovelas as the villain.

10. Natti Natasha

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Natti is kind of giving me Demi Moore vibes and I’m totally her for it.

11. Don Omar

Ayyyñ Don Omar…pobrecito. Ageing does not look like it will be kind to you.

12. Ricky Martin

Again, absolute pure zaddy vibes. 100%. Ricky Martin is already a total DILF but this FaceApp takes it to the next level.

13. Demi Lovato

Ok…so Demi Lovato just doesn’t age at all? What gives? Fierce and as beautiful as ever.

Some Of Hollywood’s Biggest Celebrities Weren’t Even Born In The U.S.

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Some Of Hollywood’s Biggest Celebrities Weren’t Even Born In The U.S.

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There’s no denying the fact that the entertainment industry has vastly become an amalgamation of artists from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. After all, it was largely built, in great part, by migrants who either fled war-torn countries or arrived in the U.S. with nothing to build a better future. Since the early days of Hollywood, when European migrants fled the two world wars and then the Cold War, showbiz has been accommodating to creative minds searching for a conduit to tell their stories through song, words or film. In these days in which many question the value of cultural diversity, it is important to remember how much migrants have contributed to the social, cultural and political foundations of the United States and other Western countries.

Here are 17 individuals who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and we thank them for it!

1. Gloria Estefan

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Country origin: Cuba
Now lives in: the United States

One of the most influential personalities among the Cuban community in Miami was born in 1957, right in the middle of the Cold War, in Havana. Her father was a soldier and motor escort for Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, so the the family moved to Miami when the Revolution struck. Estefan’s dad later fought in Vietnam. Gloria Estefan is a famous opposer to the revolutionary regime in Cuba. Her dad suffered from the effects of Agent Orange after Vietnam, so Gloria’s mom was her source of support. She has said: “My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all”.

2. Kumail Nanjiani

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Country origin: Pakistan
Now lives in: the United States

The star of The Big Sick was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in a religious Muslim family. He moved to the United States when he was just 18-years-old and he completed a major in computer science and philosophy, a combination that later led him to his iconic role in the HBO hit comedy “Silicon Valley.” Being a Muslim in America in this day and age is not easy, and Kumail has found a way to sublimate these struggles through his art.

3. Salma Hayek

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Country origin: Mexico
Now lives in: France, previously in the United States

Salma Hayek has generated hundreds of jobs in the United States through her movies and her production house, as well as millions of dollars in revenue. She arrived to the United States and initially overstayed her visa before getting a green card. She is open about this, and she has become a citizen of the United States. She lives in France for most of the year with her husband, billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault.

4. Jim Carrey

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Country origin: Canada
Now lives in: the United States

If we think of politically engaged actors in Hollywood, we have to think about Jim Carrey. He was born in Ontario, Canada, but has lived in the United States for decades. He is often outspoken when it comes to politics and he became a citizen in 2004 to be able to vote in the presidential elections. He is as funny as he is intelligent: his political stances are humanitarian in nature and fierce in practice. His philosophy is encapsulated by this awesome phrase: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer”. Just wow.

5. Natalie Portman

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Country origin: Israel
Now lives in: the United States

The Oscar-winning actress holds both an Israeli and an American passport. Besides being an actress, Portman is a consummate scientist and has authored academic papers. She graduated from Harvard, by the way. Todo un cerebrito la Natalia! She also serves some harsh truths: “Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women”.

6. Sofia Vergara

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Country origin: Colombia
Now lives in: the United States

The highest-paid actress in television was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and moved to Miami to find fame and fortune. She also found a home in the United States. She is outspoken about Latino rights and bragged happily when she passed her citizenship test with a perfect score. Te queremos, Sofia, te queremos.

7. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan

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Country origin: India
Now lives in: the United States

Once touted as the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan was born in Puducherry, India, in 1970. His parents migrated to the United States when he was barely six years old and he was raised in Hindu, which made his cultural adaptation harder. He is an honorable member of the American-Indian community and he always shows his ethnicity proudly on his sleeve.

8. Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer

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Country origin: Mexico lindo y querido
Now lives in: the United States

One of the greatest stars of reality television arrived illegally and with a mere $100 USD in his pocket. He chased his American Dream and he found it thanks to his amazing ability to get into the minds of dogs and into the hearts of celebrities and lay people alike. A true standout among Latino entertainers.

9. Singer Regina Spektor

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Country origin: Russia (then the Soviet Union)
Now lives in: the United States

She was born in Moscow in 1980, in the then Soviet Union. Her parents fled the communist regime when she was nine, seeking a refugee status in the United States with the help of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). Spektor is a classically trained musician that has experimented with all sorts of genres. Know that amazing opening song in “Orange is the New Black”? Well, that’s her!

10. Music legend Carlos Santana

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Country origin: Mexico
Now lives in: the United States

One of the godfathers of Chicano rock was actually born in Jalisco, Mexico. The family moved to the border town of Tijuana when Carlos was a kid, and then the young musician tested his luck in San Francisco. The rest, as they say, is musical history. Santana is a true hijo de la frontera.

11. Novelist Isabel Allende

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Country origin: Chile
Now lives in: the United States

The legendary author of The House of Spirits was born in Chile, and denounced the many atrocities of the Pinochet military regime. She did so in her books, and also in her outspoken political persona. She is a Chilean-American dual citizen and in 2014 then-president Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She often lectures on literature in US colleges. She settled in California in 1989 and was awarded her citizenship in 1992.

12. Hollywood legend Anthony Quinn

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Country origin: Mexico
Lived in: the United States

Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca was born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This legendary actor, the epitome of the rugged Hollywood type, was born during the Mexican Revolution to a Mexican mother and an Irish immigrant father. The family later relocated to Los Angeles.

13. Actor Andy Garcia

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Country origin: Cuba
Now lives in: the United States

One of the most vociferous opponents to the Castro regime and a prominent member of the Cuban-American community. He was born in Havana, but his family relocated to the United States after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion.

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