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11 Latino Celebrities Who Got Rich Before Turning 21

We are living in a time where Latinos are making a bigger impact on American society than ever before.  Earlier this year, National Geographic released an article about how Latinos are rising to power and shaping the future of the country.  This next generation of young Latino-Americans are changing the way the culture is viewed, and it is not taking them long.  In fact, we have composed a list of 11 Latinos that have found fame and fortune before reaching their 21st birthday.

Jake T. Austin

Instagram @JakeAustin

Who He Is-

This young actor was born in New York City, New York.  His mother is from Puerto Rican and Spanish descent.  At 23 years old he has accumulated quite the impressive filmography.

How He Found Fame-

Jake T. Austin got his big break at a very early age when he was cast as the voice of Diego on Dora the Explorer.  He was so popular that he earned his own spin-off show, Go, Diego, Go, and has since found acting jobs on Wizards of Waverly, The Fosters, and Law and Order: SVU.

Selena Gomez

Instagram @SelenaGomez

Who She Is-

Selena Gomez is more than just a celebrity, she is a dynamo.  She can literally do it all from singing, dancing, and even producing.  Gomez has been in the limelight since she was just ten-years-old.

How She Found Fame-

At just ten-years-old, Gomez got her first acting gig on Barney and Friends and hasn’t looked back since.  She has credits in over 30 films and was the star of her own TV show, Wizards of Waverly Place.  By 21-years-old, Gomez was one of the most popular Latino actresses of all-time and has gained further popularity with her singing career.

Rico Rodriguez

Instagram @StarringRico

Who He Is-

This Texas-born actor of Mexican descent has been one of the biggest break-out actors of the last decade.  At only 20-years-old, Rodriguez has earned over 10 awards and his career is still growing.

How He Found Fame-

Rico Rodriguez has said that he never intended to be an actor, but thought that he would grow up to be a “NASCAR chef going to the moon”.  One role changed all of that as he has become one of the most popular parts of the successful TV sitcom, Modern Family.  More than that, he even published a book at just 14-years-old titled, Reel Life Lessons… So Far.

Lele Pons

Instagram @LelePons

Who She Is-

At 22-years-old, Venezuelan-born Lele Pons has carved out her own fame as an internet personality.  A pretty impressive achievement for a girl that said she wasn’t very popular in High School.

How She Found Fame-

Pons gained notoriety for her clever online videos.  Before the popular website Vine shut down in 2016 she was the most followed channel.  Her humour has landed her gigs on multiple films and TV shows, many of which she produces, and has even started her own singing career.

Rebecca Black

Instagram @MrsRebeccaBlack

Who She Is-

Born in Irvine, California Rebecca Black is a singer of Mexican descent.  Black believed that she was always meant to be famous, and before she was 15-years-old, she had managed to reach worldwide celebrity status.

How She Found Fame-

Uploading a video that she had produced for only $4000, the song “Friday” became a viral sensation putting her on the Billboard Hot 100 list.  Becoming the top YouTube video of 2011, Black has followed her fame with more YouTube videos and continues her singing career.

Blake Jenner

Instagram @BlakeDaFlake

Who He Is-

Cuban descendent, Blake Jenner, earned an acting career the hard way.  He famously moved to California after graduating high school a year early to “make it big” in Hollywood.  Slowly, Jenner was able to accomplish his dreams and won a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star at 21-years-old.

How He Found Fame-

After taking small gigs and part-time roles in TV and short films, Jenner got his big break while auditioning on The Glee Project.  Winning the reality program, Jenner managed to stretch his promised 17-episode arc into an impressive 32 episodes.

Demi Lovato

Instagram @DDLovato

Who She Is-

Demi Lovato is a singer, actress, and songwriter from New Mexico.  She began playing guitar and piano before she was ten-years-old, the year she landed her first acting gig alongside another famous Latino, Selena Gomez.

How She Found Fame-

After becoming a child actor on Barney and Friends, Lovato got her big break when she landed a role on Disney’s Camp Rock.  Her career skyrocketed from there as she has made appearances on TV and film.  Lovato has become a sensation in the music industry as well, topping charts and releasing six full-length albums to date.

Victoria Justice

Instagram @VictoriaJustice

Who She Is-

Victoria Dawn Justice is more than just a great name, she is also a famous singer and actress of Puerto Rican descent.  Justice managed to get her first acting role at just 10-years-old, which prompted her family to move to California so she could pursue her career.

How She Found Fame-

After taking a small role on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Justice was given a starring place on Zoey 101.  She managed to make such an impression that Disney gave Justice her own show Victorious in 2010.  By the time she was 21-years-old, Justice had managed a filmography that rivals that of veteran actresses.

Bella Thorne

Instagram @BellaThorne

Who She Is-

21-year-old Bella Thorne started her career as a child model.  Her Cuban father died when she was just ten-years-old, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming one of the brightest young stars in America today.

How She Found Fame-

Thorne had her first acting gig when she was only six-years-old.  She continued to take roles in anything from Entourage to The O.C., and today she has amassed credits in 33 films and 21 TV shows.  She has only just begun as her career and fame keeps getting bigger every year.

Michael Sayman

Instagram @MichaelSayman

Who He Is-

Michael Sayman can only be described as a child prodigy.  By the time he was seventeen-years-old he had been hired to work at Facebook and saved his family from a life of poverty.

How He Found Fame-

Well, he may not technically be famous, but he sure is rich.  Following a career at Facebook, Sayman was later hired to work at Google.  21-years-old today, Sayman is already a millionaire and has worked for two of the biggest online companies in the world.

Dafne Keen

Instagram @DafneKeen

Who She Is-

Spanish-born Dafne Keen is only 13-years-old and her career is just getting started.  With only a couple of acting credits under her belt, Keen may be the biggest name on this list in the near future.

How She Found Fame-

Dafne Keen got her first role acting beside her father, Will Keen, on the TV show The Refugees.  But, it was her starring role in 2017’s Logan that made Keen a household name.  She was able to impress fans and critics alike and her career is just starting.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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