Another popular reggaeton singer from Puerto Rico.
Minorities in the u.s.
THE BROWNING OF AMERICAERCILIA DELANCERAMERICAN CORNERDUSHANBE, TAJIKISTANJANUARY 19, 2012
THE BROWNING OF AMERICA Since the early 1950s when immigration rules in the United States were relaxed to allow for more workers from foreign countries, people of Spanish descent have come into the country and intermarried with other people of Anglo- Saxon, African-American, Native-American or Asian-American background.
THE BROWNING OF AMERICA The rates of intermarriage continue to go up and is estimated that by the year 2050, the United States will have a majority of people from a multiracial background instead of the 69% of Caucasian people there today. Since1990, the U. S. census has allowed people in the U. S. to select “multiracial” as their category if they belong, or identify with, to two or more racial groups.
HISPANIC GROWHT IN THE U.S. People of the Hispanic/Latino origins now constitute more than 15% of the population in the United States. They have surpassed people of African-American descent who have traditionally made up the minority population. Hispanic/Latino people are now the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States.
THE BROWNING OF AMERICA The following is a limited catalog of the many people of Hispanic/Latino descent that have influenced popular culture, the arts, politics and literature all over the United States and beyond.
DESI ARNAZ Hispanics were invisible on TV until Desi Arnaz, Jr. convinced his wife, Lucille Ball, that a comedy about their real life marriage would make for a good sitcom. He was from Cuba.
RICHIE VALENS Richie Valens (Ricardo Valenzuela) was forced to change his name so American teenagers wouldn’t know he was Mexican.
CESAR CHAVEZ We can consider Cesar Chavez as our Martin Luther King, Jr. as he also fought for the rights of Mexican-Americans and adhere to the teachings of Mohanda Ghandi.
RITA MORENO She was able to break the glass ceiling of Hollywood as the first Puerto Rican actress to play a major role in the movie “Westside Story”.
RAQUEL WELCH Well-known actress from the early 60s whose father came from Bolivia. She’s best recognized today for her TV commercials.
CARLOS SANTANA Born in Mexico, the legendary guitarist, bandleader, Grammy winner and philanthropist has been active in the music scene since 1966.
GERALDO RIVERA He is an attorney, journalist, author and reporter. Of Puerto Rican descent, Geraldo became a popular talk show host.
LYNDA CARTER Best known for her role as “Wonder Woman”, Lynda Carter is a former Miss World and renown singer. Her mother came from Mexico.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA He’s part Dominican and part Spaniard and has become one of most sought after fashion designers in the U.S.A.
ANDY GARCIA Actor with memorable roles in such films as “The Godfather III” and “Internal Affairs, has turned director. He was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami.
ALBERTO (BETO) PEREZ The founder of the fitness craze, zumba, was born in Colombia.
DON OMAR Born in Puerto Rico, Don Omar has become one of the best known reggaeton singers in the world.
SOLEDAD O’BRIEN Of Cuban descendent, the TV presenter has done research into the widespread racism still present in the U. S.
JIMMY SMITS Well-known actor who has had major roles in such TV series as L. A. Law and NYPD is of Puerto Rican descent and active in political protest for the way the U. S. government administers the island’s resources.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA An original member of the Mickey Mouse Club, she has written her own songs . Her father was from Ecuador
JULIA ALVAREZ Julia Alvarez is best known for her first book, ”When the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents” which dealt with the adjustments made by a group of sisters when their family moves to New York from the Dominican Republic. She subsequently wrote “In the Time of the Butterflies”, which was turned into a film. She is currently a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College.
ALEX BLEDEL Actress and model known for her role in the TV show “Gilmore Girls”. Her mother is from Mexico and her father from Argentina.
BENJAMIN BRATT Well-known actor, whose mother hails from Peru, is best know for his role in the TV show “Law & Order”.
CAMERON DIAZ Actress famous for roles in films such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Something about Mary” whose father is of Cuban/Spaniard descent.
CELIA CRUZ From Cuba. Entertained several presidents in the White House. She was widely known for her powerful voice and flamboyant dresses, wigs and makeup.
PENELOPE CRUZ Very well known actress from Spain who has been nominated for several Oscars for her performances in such films as “All about my Mother”.
DADDY YANKEE The best know reggaeton singer in the entire world. He is also a producer and actor and comes from Puerto Rico.
SOFIA VERGARA Actress, comedian and TV host. She has become a hit in the popular TV sitcom “Modern Family”. She comes from Barranquilla, Colombia.
MARIO LOPEZ Television host and actor and one of the dancers who participated in the “Dancing with the Stars” show. His family came from Mexico.
GEORGE LOPEZ Popular comedian of Mexican descendent and the first to have his own comedy show.
GLORIA ESTEFAN Along with her husband, Emilio, the Estefans have created the Motown of South Florida molding new talent into the hit makers of tomorrow.
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT The actor, producer, singer and graffiti painter of Haitian and Puerto Rican descendent became a well-known painter before his heroin addiction caused his death in 1988.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS The song of the famous crooner, Julio Iglesias, has become a heartthrob even here in Tajikistan.
ISABEL ALLENDE The writer fled her native Chile to avoid political persecution during the Pinochet regime. Her novels have been widely translated and are studied at many universities.
JENNIFER LOPEZ Of Puerto Rican descent and born in the Bronx, the singer, actress and entrepreneur is widely known.
SELENA GOMEZ The much hated steady girlfriend of teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, and whose parents came from Mexico.
EVA LONGORIA Popular actress of Mexican extraction who became known for her role in the TV program “Desperate Housewives”.
JUAN LUIS GUERRA Prestigious composer, musician and singer who studied music at the Berklee College and has won numerous Grammys. From the Dominican Republic.
MARC ANTHONY Of Puerto Rican descent, born in the Bronx, and an accomplished musician. Former husband of Jennifer Lopez and father to her twins.
EVA MENDES Popular actress of Cuban descendent who played the female role in the movie “Hitch” opposite Will Smith.
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS Veteran actor and civil rights leader of Mexican descendent whose most memorable role was playing the Bolivian teacher in the movie “Stand and Deliver”.
RICKY MARTIN He started out playing a minor role in a daytime soap opera, but reached fame when he played “La Vida Loca” for the Grammys in 1998 . He was born in Puerto Rico.
ALEX RODRIGUEZ One of the highest paid baseball players in the U. S. His parents hails from the Dominican Republic and he grew up in Miami.
CHRISTY TURLINGTON Famous supermodel who has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, numerous videos and documentaries. Her mother came from El Salvador.
SALMA HAYEK The actress, and now film director and producer of such films as “In the Time of the Butterflies”, has become a sex symbol in the U. S. She started her career acting in soap operas in Mexico where she was born.
LINDA RONSTADT A singer, songwriter, and record producer of Mexican descendent. She’s become known for her blend of country and rock & roll music.