Afro-Latinos/Latinas

People in entertainment who are racially identified as black (at least 1/4) of Hispanic/Latino origin and their nationalities in random order.
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Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years...
“ Dominican & Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
2.
La La Anthony
La La Anthony is an actress and producer, known for her roles in Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, in which she starred alongside Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, and television shows Unforgettable on A&E with Poppy Montgomery and Starz' hit show Power, executive produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick...
“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
3.
Tatyana Ali
On January 24, 1979, Tatyana Marisol Ali was born to Sonia, who was a nurse from Panama, and Sheriff Ali, a retired police officer from Trinidad. At the age of four she started singing and got a taste of fame when she begged her mother to take her to an audition for Sesame Street. She went on to perform in many productions in her native city...
“ Half Afro-Panamanian ” - xazu20
 
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“ Half Afro-Cuban ” - xazu20
 
5.
Christina Milian
Actress, American Pie
Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian is an American singer, songwriter and actress. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; "AM to PM" charted within the Top 40 of the U.S...
“ Cuban ” - xazu20
 
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“ Cuban ” - xazu20
 
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“ Panamanian ” - xazu20
 
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Dania Ramirez
Actress, Premium Rush
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
9.
Rosie Perez
Self, The View
Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California...
“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
10.
Faizon Love
Actor, Elf
“ Cuban ” - xazu20
 
11.
Rosario Dawson
Actress, Sin City
This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen...
“ 1/4 Afro-Cuban ” - xazu20
 
12.
Nona Gaye
It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992...
“ Part Afro-Cuban ” - xazu20
 
13.
Soledad O'Brien
Self, Soul Men
Soledad O'Brien is the anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O'Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today...
“ Half Afro-Cuban ” - xazu20
 
14.
Sammy Sosa
Self, Hard Ball
Sammy Sosa, who grew up in the slums of the Dominican Republic, has quickly emerged as one of the most beloved athletes in baseball. During the 1998 season, Sosa was right behind Mark McGwire for the record owned by Roger Maris of 61 home runs. Unfortunately, Sosa only led in home runs for just about two hours all season...
“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
15.
Lauren Luna Vélez
Actress, Dexter
Velez was born in Brooklyn and later grew up in Queens, New York with her eight siblings, including twin sister, actress Lorraine Velez. Velez's aspirations began to transition into reality when both Velez and her twin sister, Lorraine ("Rent"), were awarded scholarships to attend Alvin Ailey Dance School...
“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
16.
Gina Torres
Actress, Serenity
Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.
“ Cuban ” - xazu20
 
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“ Half Afro-Brazillian ” - xazu20
 
18.
Laz Alonso
Actor, Avatar
Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be an actor. He remembers at a very early age entertaining his family by imitating relatives and family friends. He graduated from the prestigious Howard University School of Business, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing...
“ Cuban ” - xazu20
 
19.
Merlin Santana
Originally from New York, both of Merlin's parents were from the Dominican Republic. His mother pushed for a career in show business to keep him out of trouble and off the mean streets. He began as an advertising model for a fast-food chain at the age of 3. He first began getting noticed as Stanley...
“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
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“ Brazillian ” - xazu20
 
21.
Tego Calderon
Tego Calderón was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1972. He grew up in Río Grande and Carolina, areas of Puerto Rico that maintain some of the strongest Afro-Caribbean influences on the island. Throughout his childhood Calderón was exposed by his parents to the groundbreaking music of salsa legend Ismael Rivera, as well as to Latin jazz...
“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
22.
Roberto Clemente
Known for his hitting prowess on offense and his strong, accurate throwing arm on defense, Roberto Clemente carved out a Hall of Fame career over his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, compiling a .317 lifetime batting average and collecting an even 3,000 hits. He was the National League's Most...
“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
23.
Pelé
Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 official matches)...
“ Brazillian ” - xazu20
 
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“ Brazillian ” - xazu20
 
25.
Paola Menacho
Actress, Electronica 2
Most people would be content with fame and success in their native region of the world, but Paola Menacho is a global superstar in the making. Her flawless beauty, captivating presence and unique, commanding spirit are sure measures to universal success. Born in Bolivia's capitol of La Paz and raised in Santa Cruz...
“ Half Afro-Bolivian ” - xazu20
 
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“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
27.
“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
28.
Judy Reyes
Actress, Scrubs
“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
29.
Don Omar
Actor, Fast Five
William Omar Landrón Rivera is the oldest son of William Landrón and Luz Antonia Rivera. He was raised in Santurce, a barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico, specifically in the Villa Palmeras area. From an early age, he showed interest in the music of Vico C and Brewley MC, but never actually followed it...
“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
30.
Suveria Mota
Within three months of moving to Hollywood, Dominican born actress Suveria Mota joined SAG and AFTRA. She continued to hone her craft by taking acting and production classes, all the while auditioning for major parts. Her hard work paid off as Suveria now has a starring role in Swirl Films' "What Would...
“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
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“ Puerto Rican ” - xazu20
 
32.
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to learn Spanish...
“ Mexican-born Kenyan ” - xazu20
 
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“ Dominican ” - xazu20
 
34.
“ Cuban & Dominican ” - xazu20