Jackie “Flaca” Cruz Talks Nearly Dying and Sexual Orientation

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Jackie Cruz, the sexy and sassy Latina from Orange is the New Black, has her mom to thank for setting her straight after going through a rough, almost deadly patch.

The young actress was running in the wrong crowd when a drag-racing accident almost took her life.

“I woke from a coma to a collapsed lung, a swollen brain, and barely able to see.” And even though her mom was there by her side, Cruz thought she had disappointed her.

“I thought about all the beautiful women on stage I wanted to be, and I looked at myself, and thought I could never look beautiful like this. I would write to my mom and tell her how sorry I was for disappointing her. Then I got back in shape, started walking, then I started running. I finally started to feel good again.”

READ: Flaca Can Sing! Listen to Jackie Cruz Doing a Cover of Selena’s “Como La Flor”

Luckily, she did because her career is taking off. She’s now filming the fourth season of OITNB, two new films and a Selena cover album.

And although Cruz knows exactly where she’s going with her career, in terms of her sexual orientation, she said “I don’t know. I don’t think that’s a question I can answer yet. I love the person.”

Read more about Jackie Cruz from NOTOFU here.

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11 Songs that We Couldn’t Stop Listening to in 2015


11 Songs that We Couldn’t Stop Listening to in 2015

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From reggaeton beats that made us dance at the clubs, to ballads that made us throw down a shot of tequila, these were the songs that Latino artists had us replaying over and over this year.

“Ginza” by J Balvin


This song got us twerking at clubs with lyrics like ‘Si necesita reggaeton dale.’ Even Santa got in on the action!

“El Perdon” by Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias

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We didn’t have to wait for Adele’s “Hello” to rethink getting back together with our ex. When Nicky Jam dropped this reggaeton tune with soulful lyrics at the beginning of the year, we all had to down a shot of tequila to drown the bittersweet memories of a breakup. #Salud

“Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez

Seleners said goodbye to the Biebs this year (hopefully for good!) with this #ByeFelicia track. Or at least, we like to think that this song is a signal to finally end their on-again, off-again relationship. #TooLateToSaySorry

“Nada Mas Por Eso” by Luis Coronel


Luis Coronel might be one of the youngest stars on this list, but that didn’t stop us from going ? ? ? over his sweet regional Mexican love ballads.

“Borro Cassette” by Maluma

The Colombian reggaeton singer made us want to double check our #drunktextsfromlastnight after hearing the tongue-in-cheek lyrics to his popular clubbing song.

READ: In Charge of the Music? Here’s the Ultimate Holiday Party Playlist

“El Mismo Sol” by Alvaro Soler feat Jennifer Lopez

Can we book a first-class ticket to Barcelona, stat? Imagine some tinto de verano flowing underneath the Barcelona moonlight while swaying to the beats of the 24-year-old Spanish native. JLo added into the mix for a pop vibe which = ? ? ?.

“Worth It” by Fifth Harmony feat Kid Ink

Our girls Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jaregui are reppin’ Latina #squadgoals as part of phenom girl group Fifth Harmony. The group’s pop mix with Middle Eastern vibes for “Worth It” catapulted this hard-working group to super stardom this year.

READ: How Fifth Harmony Went from Fan Girls to Being Part of an Epic Music Tour 

“Shower” by Becky G

Becky G’s single had us singing in the shower, car and clubs with her bubble gum pop hooks.

“Hasta la Raiz” by Natala Lafourcade

With its rustic guitar licks and metaphorical lyrics, “Hasta la Raiz” kept us motivated to reach our goals in 2015. How could you not check off your to-do list with lyrics like “Sigo cruzando ríos, andando selvas, amando el Sol”?!

The tropical beats of the Caribbean and name dropping of pretty much all the Latin American countries made this an instant hit on our party playlists this year. We’re not surprised Gente de Zonnnaaa was the duo leading this hit song – they are a moving party!

“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena

We’re throwing it back because we had to honor #TheQueen. Selena had a big year in 2015: MAC decided to honor her with a makeup line (coming soon!) and a huge festival in her home state of Texas honored the 20th anniversary her passing.

Did we miss any of your favorite Latino songs this year? mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below.