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Series cast summary:
Carolina Gaitan ...  Lola Calvo 80 episodes, 2015-2016
Frank Gerrish ...  Rogelio (English) 80 episodes, 2015-2016
Amanda Peter ...  Nina Grande 80 episodes, 2015-2016
Wayra Schreiber Wayra Schreiber ...  Ollita 80 episodes, 2015-2016
Barbara Scolaro ...  Mercedes / ... 80 episodes, 2015-2016
Gabriel Sousa ...  Gamita 80 episodes, 2015-2016
Rodrigo Brand ...  Billy 79 episodes, 2015-2016
Michel Guillo Casals Michel Guillo Casals ...  Gamita / ... 79 episodes, 2015-2016
Jonathan Islas Jonathan Islas ...  Young Mario Aguero / ... 79 episodes, 2015-2016
Brian Flaccus ...  Alberto 74 episodes, 2015-2016
Modesto Lacen ...  Young Pedro Knight / ... 55 episodes, 2015-2016
Jeirmarie Osorio ...  Young Celia Cruz / ... 55 episodes, 2015-2016
Jo Pratta ...  Young Celia Cruz (Portuguese) 53 episodes, 2015
Julie Beiríz Julie Beiríz ...  Estela 51 episodes, 2015-2016
Matt Fowler ...  Mario Agüero 34 episodes, 2015-2016
Lucas Zaffari ...  Marcos 34 episodes, 2015-2016


She dared to challenge the status quo in a time where salsa music was only a white-male territory. For the first time, the details of an amazing life will be told through a powerful drama that will have you glued to your seat. This Fall, get to know the woman who became the queen of salsa. Tune in to Telemundo for "CELIA", the story of Celia Cruz. Azúcar! Written by Del Rio

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Por Fin, Un Telenovela de Africanos Latinos
9 December 2015 | by KATO-SUBZEROSee all my reviews

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 English is my first language, but I speak, read and write Spanish well, all self taught. I am thrilled this show is on the aire. I love this show although it is Not an official authorized version, but I love it for a few reasons.

1. This is the second time ever or in many years that on a major Spanish television network such as Univision or Telemundo that there have been my people {Mi gente} African Latinos represented on the two biggest Spanish networks. I have often felt and said that Univision and Telemundo are prejudice and racist in the fact that every single soap opera/telenovela only show White skin Hispanics on all of their soap operas, which is Not a fair representation of All Latinos.

The same racism exist on Spanish magazine covers such as "People in Español", "TV & Notas" and other Latin American magazines. For years, I subscribed and supported such Spanish language magazines until about 4 years ago due to there were Never in any dark skin Latinos on their magazine covers. Only when Celia Cruz died was she put on the covers. Once in a rare while when there was a dark skin Hispanic, they would be inside the magazine or on the cover with several White skin Hispanics thereby reducing the dark skin Hispanic on the cover. I cancelled my subscription nearly 4 years ago.

The Univision and Telemundo producers seem to either forget or ignore that there are thousands of dark skin Latinos from Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic who are equally talented and gifted equal to their White skin Hispanic counterparts.

If it were Not for the United States America giving African Spanish speaking Latinos such as Laz Alonso, Tatyana Ali, Gina Torres, Zoe Saldaña, Lauren Velez, Cristina Milian and former t.v series Starsky & Hutch co-star, Antonio Fargas and others a chance to work in films, they would not be working at all. All of the dark skin Hispanics speak Spanish fluently,but you will never see them on Univision nor Telemundo. There is only one pretty dark skin Colombian newscaster on Telemundo, Ilia Calderon. Yo soy un Africano Americano con un corazon Latino. Ellos son Mi gente. I am so happy and proud to see dark skin Latinos in film and television. The music of Salsa was created by Africans and Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians Latinos. Merengue was created by Africans and Dominican Latinos.

The only other all Hispanic show that was shown with a very dark skin Latino in a lead role was Colombian actor, Walter Diaz in the soap opera/telenovela "Adrian Esta Visita" aka "Luzbel Esta Visita" in 2001.

2. The pretty JeirMaria Osorio {Puerto Rico} who was in a small supporting role of a Brazilian wife in the "Fast & Furious 5" plays the lead role of African Cubana salsa superstar Celia Cruz. She is excellent in this role, but she is so much prettier than Celia was in real life. Also, African Latino actor Modesto Lacen of Puerto Rico is doing a great job as well as the rest of the cast.

Pretty Colombiana, Carolina Gaitan and African Colombiana, Brenda Hanst are equally talented as well as cute. All of these talented dark skin Hispanics truly deserve to been seen on prime time Univision and Telemundo soap opera shows, but sadly due to racism in the Latin TV industry they will Not be seen beyond "Celia" program until another program based on a famous African Latino/Latina is made famous.

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