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afro latino Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know they are afro latinos.

Latinos come in all shapes, sizes and skin tones. Here are 13 Afro Latinos celebrities who are making waves in the entertainment industry. You should definitely be looking our for their next big moves.

1. Tessa Thompson

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Since being invited to the Academy of Motion Pictures, the world has finally learned that Tessa Thompson is part of the afro latino celebrities. You might remember her from “Dear White People” and “Creed,” but this Latina has so much more in store. Not only has Netflix decided to pick up “Dear White People” for a new series, Thompson is also going to be in the new “Thor” movies, giving us all an Afro-Latina superhero to look up to. Yasss!

2. Miguel

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If this Afro-Mexican singer isn’t adorning you with his beautiful smile and sultry voice, he’s using that same voice to call for social justice. Miguel’s latest song “How Many” is a plea for justice and acknowledgment of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. “How many black lives does it take to wake a change?” Damn.

3. Maxwell

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Maxwell is currently touring and giving men and women everything with his incredible talent. In a recent interview, the soulful singer spoke about not feeling black enough to be in the company of some of the greatest should singers of the time. In his latest song “Lake By The Ocean” the Afro-Puerto Rican gives us clues to his love of his Caribbean background.

4. Tatyana Ali

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Tatyana Ali won all of our hearts as Ashley Banks on the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” but she is in the news now for marrying a Stanford English professor. The Afro-Panamanian actor has a few projects that will be released soon, but for now she seems totally content being a mommy-to-be with a dashing man at her side.

5. Christina Milian

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Christina Milian hit the scene in “American Pie” and had us all dancing to “Dip It Low.” Though she recently caught herself in some controversy over an #AllLivesMatter tweet, this Afro-Cuban beauty will be on your TV screen this year in a made-for-TV version of “Rocky Picture Horror Show.” Though, most memorable is probably her daughter’s ADORABLE makeup tutorials.

6. Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson has been killing the acting game for a long time. Now, this Afro-Cuban/Puerto Rican has become the voice of many young afro Latino celebrities have turned to this political season. Not only has the actor been out campaigning for her fave politician Bernie Sanders, she has even been arrested exercising her right to protest in a peaceful sit-in.

7. Kelis

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It has been a long time since we’ve heard “Milkshake” bless our radios, but Kelis isn’t done with her adventure yet. The Afro-Puerto Rican has been up to… cooking! Seriously. Not only is she now a chef, but she trained at Le Cordon Bleu and is showing off in London of all places. Now that is how you reinvent yourself.

8. Carmelo Anthony

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When this Afro-Puerto Rican isn’t dominating on the basketball court, he’s offering his voice and fame to social good. As a Baltimore native, Carmelo Anthony was in the march for justice following the death of Freddie Gray. Most recently, Anthony stood with other athletes to demand justice and change during a speech at the ESPYS.

9. Zoe Saldana

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Dominican-Puerto Rican actor Zoe Saldana is probably best known for her role in “Avatar,” when in fact she is really THE Afro-Latino representation in the sci-fi world. Not only are there three more Avatar movies in pre-production (all starring Saldana), she’s working with Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. She also did this awesome thing where she called out the Bond writer for saying Idris Alba was too street to play Bond. We ALL know what “street” means, right?

10. Gina Rodriguez

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That’s right. You might not have know this, but Gina Rodriguez belongs amongs Afro latino celebrities. The TV comedy sensation revealed her Afro-Latina roots in an Instagram post tied to her #MovementMondays. Her father is Afro-Latino. You probably know her from a little show called “Jane the Virgin,” but did you know that she is the co-founder of a new lingerie line, Naja, which promises nude colors for all women of any race?

11. Selenis Leyva

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She might be Gloria Mendoza on OITNB, but in the real world, Selenis Leyva is out to help everyone she can. The Afro-Cuban/Dominican actor spends her time off the set donating her energy and fame to the causes that matter to her most, like LGBTQ rights and fighting cancer.

12. Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi came out of NOWHERE with his hit song “Day ‘N Night,” and the whole world took notice. Since, the Afro latino celebrity and singer has been dropping hit after hit and recently teased us all with a future collaboration with Pharrell. He also opened up to a Billboard reporter about his past drug use as self-medication for his depression, giving others an example of what it means to get help and get out of dangerous and life-threatening situations.

13. Bruno Mars

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Puerto Rican-Filipino-Hawaiian singer Peter Hernández, a.k.a. Bruno Mars, rocked our worlds when he first released “Just The Way You Are” in 2010. (And you just started singing it in your head, didn’t you?) In fact, this year, “Just The Way You Are” was certified nine-times platinum, meaning he’s another Latino owning the music industry. Most recently, Mars joined a growing list of musicians and music companies asking for Congress to change the wording of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He joins artists like Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift asking for Congress to start protecting music and the copyrighting of musical content. You know, like how FULL albums get leaked on YouTube and people get to hear their hard work without actually playing for it.


READ: Bruno Mars Wants To Make Sure You Have The Strength To Make It Through The Week

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Here Are 10 Famous Asian Latinos

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Here Are 10 Famous Asian Latinos

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May is AAPI Heritage Month, a month where we honor and acknowledge the contributions that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our culture and society. And since anti-Asian sentiment sentiment has been on the rise in recent months, now is the time to celebrate Asians and Asian-Americans more than ever. And that celebration includes Asian Latinos.

There is a misconception that all Latinos are just a mixture of Spanish and Indigenous backgrounds, but this assumption is simply not true. To be Latino does not mean you are a specific race. In fact, Latinidad comes in all shapes and forms and many Latinos are of Asian descent. Here are 10 famous Asian Latinos.

1. Ana Gabriel

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Known for her unequivocal raspy voice, the “Quién Como Tú” singer has Chinese heritage by way of her maternal grandfather. The Mexican-Chinese singer is one of the greatest voices in Latin America and that’s just a fact. 

2. Harry Shum Jr.

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Harry Shum Jr. danced his way into our hearts as Mike Chang on “Glee” and has since appeared in several other films, including the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians.” He was born in Costa Rica and relocated with his family to San Francisco when he was 6 years old.

3. Bruno Mars

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Many of us know Bruno Mars has Asian Latino roots—his father is half Puerto Rican, half Ashkenazi Jewish, while his mother was born in the Philippines. But you probably didn’t know Bruno Mars was nicknamed ‘Bruno’ by his father after the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. The singer’s real nombre is Peter Gene Hernandez.

4. Tatyana Ali

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Now this is a story all about how Tatyana Ali (who portrayed Ashley Banks on the emblematic ‘90s show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) has Indo-Trinidadian roots from her father who was born in Trinidad & Tobago, and Panamanian roots via her mother. Apart from her acting career, Ali has been active in politics after graduating from Harvard as a government and African-American studies major.

5. Franklin Chang Díaz

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Franklin Chang Díaz is a former NASA astronaut who has been on a whopping seven Space Shuttle missions. Born in Costa Rica, Chang Díaz is of Chinese descent on his father’s side. Chang Díaz was the first Latin American immigrant astronaut that NASA selected to go into space. He was inducted into the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2012.

6. Fred Armisen

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Fred Armisen is an actor, comedian, and musician most famous for his __ year stint on Saturday Night Live. But what most people probably don’t know is that Armisen is of Korean and Venezuelan descent. He even showed off his Spanish skills in the Spanish-language comedy series, Los Espookys.

7. Bruce Chen 

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Bruce Chen is a Chinese-Panamanian former baseball pitcher for various MLB teams. After retiring from the Kansas City Royals in 2014, he went on to become the Latin America Field Coordinator for the LA Dodgers.

8. Leonardo Nam

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Nam was born in Buenos Aires and is of Korean descent. After growing up in Australia, the actor moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting. You might recognize him from his role as Lutz in “Westworld.”

9. Cassie Ventura

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You may know Cassie Ventura from her successful R&B career. But you might not know that this talented songstress is of Mexican and Filipino descent. 

10. Jessica Sanchez

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Jessica Sanchez blew viewers away with her unparalleled singing ability on the 11th season of American Idol, in which she was crowned runner-up. Sanchez is of mixed Mexican and Filipino ancestry. She’s still releasing music today.

READ: 11 Awesome Ways Latinos And Filipinos Are Totally Connected

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Miguel, A.CHAL, Cuco and More Music You Need For Nu Music Fridays

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Miguel, A.CHAL, Cuco and More Music You Need For Nu Music Fridays

Welcome to Nu Music Fridays, where we give you our best picks of the week in Latin music released on Friday, April 9th. Check out our full list below!

Miguel – Art Dealer Chic 4 EP

Miguel surprised fans by dropping a follow-up to his Art Dealer Chic series from 2012 with Art Dealer Chic 4. The project has 4 songs and features the previously released single “Funeral.” Get into ADC vibes.

Cuco – “Paradise”

Roll down your car windows, hold your significant other’s hand and blast “Paradise” to tell them how much they mean to you. Cuco is BACK, ladies and gentlemen.

Since we’re talking Cuco and Miguel, let’s bring back when they performed TUGETHER for us here at mitú.

Manuel Turizo – Dopamina album

Colombian crooner Manuel Turizo released his follow-up album to his 2019 debut ADN with Dopamina. The album comes packed with collabs with El Alfa, will.i.am, Farruko, Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Dalex, Justin Quiles and Maluma. We actually had an exclusive interview with Maluma and he talked to us about working with Manuel for their new single “Amor en Coma.”

A.CHAL – TAPPD’N

Peruvian singer-songwriter A.CHAL sprinkled in some Spanish words in his new single “TAPPD’N.” The rise to the top hasn’t been easy, but A.CHAL is enjoying the process.

Cami – “Luna”

Argentinian singer Cami shows off her vocal prowess with new emotional single “Luna.”

Big Soto – The Good Trip album

Venezuela’s Latin Urban star Big Soto released his star-packed album The Good Trip, which also has an accompanying music video for each song.

J Balvin & Khalid – “Otra Noche Sin Ti

J Balvin and Khalid join forces on a slow R&B beat for “Otra Noche Sin Ti,” where they want their ex-lover to come back. Read more about the collab here and get into all the feels.

Imanbek & Sean Paul feat. Sofia Reyes – “Dancing On Dangerous”

Russian DJ Imanbek recruited Sean Paul and Sofia Reyes for a new EDM track “Dancing on Dangerous,” which will get you ready to blast it full volume this summer.

Jay Menez – “Promete”

The night looks promising and Dominican artist Jay Menez knows it. Check out his new single “Promete.”

Myke Towers & Ñengo Flow – “BURBERRY”

The release for Lyke Myke feels imminent and Myke Towers dropped Latin Trap anthem “BURBERRY” featuring Ñengo Flow to get us ready for the bangers that are on the way.

Young Gatillo Feat. Rochy RD – “Cintura de Mono Remix”

Two of Dominican Republic’s artists on the rise Young Gatillo and Rochy RD team up for Dembow hit “Cintura de Mono Remix.”

Mon Laferte – Seis album

Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte is back with her new album Seis, where she tackles different genres. We actually had the chance to interview Mon Laferte to talk about Seis, the Gloria Trevi collab and more here.

READ: Rauw Alejandro Lives His ’80s Pop Fantasy in Marc Seguí’s “Tiroteo” Remix Music Video

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