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Carolina Moreno is an Editor on The Huffington Post Latino
Voices vertical. She's an NYU alumnus with a degree in Journalism, Latin American Studies, and French language. Her interests include Inter-American relations, Latin American politics, and human rights issues on both sides of the canal. In a loving but contradictory relationship with the world, humanity & what connects the two.

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The Real Meaning Behind The 'Macarena' Will Crush Your '90s Soul

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Things are about get real for “Macarena” fans.

Spanish pop duo Los del Río released the hit song in 1994, since then its infectious sound and iconic dance moves have been at the center of thousands of gatherings, parties, family reunions, church events and more. But the folks at Discratify have recently tainted a few '90s kids' once pristine and innocent childhood memories of dancing to the song. Or at least that was the case when they sat down a handful of people and explained to them what the hit song was really about.

As the video above explains with the help of the song's English version, "Macarena" wasn’t exactly a feel-good dance song. We took the liberty to add our own translation of the original Spanish lyrics below: 

Give your body joy, Macarena
Because your body is meant to be given joy and good things
Give your body joy, Macarena.
Hey Macarena!
Macarena has a boyfriend who is named
Who is named with the last name Vitorino
And while he was being sworn in as a conscript
She’s giving it to two friends
.…

Macarena dreams of the Corte Inglés*
(*Spain’s biggest department store)
and she buys herself the most modern clothes
She would like to live in New York
And seduce a new boyfriend... aaay!
 

That’s right, the song is about a girl named Macarena who cheats on her boyfriend with two friends while he's being drafted into the army. Fun for the whole family? Not quite.

Now watch as these '90s kids are told the truth about the song on camera. R.I.P childhood memories.

H/T Cosmo for Latinas

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9 Outrageous Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Donald Trump’s affront against the Latino community reached new heights last week after Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos was forcibly removed from the presidential candidate's Iowa press conference. But it wasn’t the first time Trump has offended Latinos.

His anti-Latino remarks have cost him...

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Ricky Martin Urges Latinos To Unite Against Donald Trump In Op-Ed

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Ricky Martin has had enough of Donald Trump’s “xenophobic” rhetoric against Latinos. And the singer wants Latinos to do something about it.

After the Republican presidential candidate removed Hispanic journalist Jorge Ramos from a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday, Martin felt compelled to 

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Danny Trejo: Hollywood Didn’t Want Salma Hayek In This Iconic Role

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 2:27 AM

Danny Trejo is enjoying all of the new blood Robert Rodriguez has cast in the television adaptation of his vampiric 1996 cult classic “From Dusk Till Dawn” -- particularly since his character, The Regulator, will be in charge of spilling a lot of that blood in the series’ second season.

“It was so much fun watching all the new guns and the new guys, it's like I'm the elder statesman,” Trejo told The Huffington Post via phone. “It was just so much fun watching them work and watching them evolve."

Nearly two decades after he portrayed Razor Charlie in the film, the 71-year-old actor is returning to the “Dusk” universe and being reincarnated as an even more menacing threat to its inhabitants for the series. 

“If I want to know what you’ve been seeing I’ll eat your eye,” Trejo said in his character's gruff voice. “If I want to know what you’ve been hearing I’ll eat your ear.”

“I mean this guy is amazing and he can’t die,” he continued, returning to his normal, jovial voice. “And I love his saying ‘I don’t negotiate, I regulate’... [In the show] everybody is a bad guy, right? And then all of a sudden a bad guy on steroids shows up and that’s him.”

In the original film Trejo shared the screen with then Hollywood newbies George Clooney and Salma Hayek, an experience he recalls fondly. So when Rodriguez told him he’d be adapting the movie to the small screen, the actor says he wasn’t sure anyone could fill Hayek’s shoes as Queen Vampire, Santánico Pandemonium (watch Trejo and the actress in the film, below).

“When I met Salma Hayek, I thought ‘God! This is somebody that God worked overtime on, gorgeous’,” he told HuffPost. “We did this movie, a cult classic, and then you come back 20 years later I’m doing this [show] and I’m like ‘Nobody can do Salma, come on Robert what is wrong with you?’”

“Then I see the little girl that’s doing Salma and damn!,” Trejo added, referring to 25-year-old Mexican actress Eiza González. “[She] really did it great." 

González was able to follow in the footsteps of a fellow Mexican actress, but that may not have been the case if Hollywood had had its way in the mid-90s. 

Hollywood didn’t want Salma to do Santánico Pandemonium because of her accent, yet she turned out to be one of the sexiest women in the world with that accent,” Trejo said. “And then they didn’t really want Antonio [Banderas for 'Desperado'] because he could barely speak English but what he could say right was 'Did I thank you?' He made a guy who could barely speak English an iconic character in America.”

Now, as both Trejo and Rodriguez return to an adaptation of a project that helped establish both their careers, Trejo says none of the magic of working with Rodriguez is gone. 

“I’ve seen directors that I’ve worked with that yea they love making movies, they love the job but they’ve lost some of the passion," Trejo said. “He’s still just as excited to be behind the camera as he was when we were doing 'Desperado'".

Season two of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” premieres Aug. 25 on El Rey Network.

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Bruno Mars, Pitbull And 33 Other Stars' Real Names Revealed

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:52 PM

It's common practice for entertainers to change their given names for the stage and screen, and some of our favorite Hispanic stars are no exception.  

Whether they've completely ditched their birth names or are using only part of them, it's time to give some long overdue attention to...

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Diane Guerrero Shares How She Stays Connected To Deported Family

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:35 PM

“Some people travel for vacation, to get away from it all. I travel to get to it all,” Diane Guerrero says in a video for Marriott International’s #LoveTravel campaign.

The “Orange Is The New Black” and “Jane The Virgin” star is just one of the many faces included in the hotel giant’s new video ads which aims to show how travel can be a way to connect cultures, careers and families. The campaign features individual video interviews with Guerrero and others Latino stars, which they edited together for the campaign's most recent video (above).  

Guerrero shares why immigration reform is so personal to her and how traveling connects her with the family she was separated from due to deportation.

“My family is in Colombia. They’ve been there since I was a kid, so when I get to see them, it’s special because I don’t get to see them often,” the 29-year-old actress said in a separate video for the campaign. “It means I get to see my roots, I get to see where I came from. It reminds me of who I am.”

Last November, Guerrero wrote an emotional op-ed in the Los Angeles Times describing the day she lost her parents and older brother to deportation when she was only 14. The New Jersey-native was allowed to stay but became dependent on friends to get by.

“And then one day, my fears were realized,” Guerrero wrote. “I came home from school to an empty house. Lights were on and dinner had been started, but my family wasn't there. Neighbors broke the news that my parents had been taken away by immigration officers, and just like that, my stable family life was over.”

Her emotional plea for immigration reform in the op-ed quickly went viral, particularly after she broke down in tears during a CNN interview discussing how hard growing up away from her family has been.

As part of the #LoveTravels campaign, the actress and activist -- who is also currently writing a memoir about her family’s immigration struggles -- not only mentioned her visits to her family but that she also travels to support organizations who are pushing for immigration reform across the country.

"I am passionate about human rights, in particular immigration reform and the non-separation of families. It’s so personal to me,” Guerrero says in her #LoveTravels video. “Being a Latina and an American, for me it’s all one. I am a Latina all the time and I am an American all the time. There’s never a separation there.”

That dual identity is something Guerrero shares with actor Diego Boneta and YouTube band Boyce Avenue, who were also featured in the #LoveTravels campaign videos. 

“My home and my heart is in Mexico, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel American that I can’t relate to Americans,” Boneta says in the video. “I think it’s one of the biggest blessing that I have in life. To be able to understand, connect and not necessarily be one or the other [but] be both.”

Watch Guerrero, Boneta and others discuss how their travels connect them to their heritage in the campaign's most recent video above.

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Gina Rodriguez Questions What It Means To Be 'Latino Enough'

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:14 AM

“No, I’m going to talk about this, we’re going to open this bad boy up. Let’s open the can of worms,” Rodriguez said, speaking to The Huffington Post about what she's described as “interracial Latino racism,” during her Crest 3D White Brilliance 2 Step launch event on Thursday.

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John Leguizamo Says High School History Makes Latino Students Feel 'Invisible'

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Latino contributions to U.S. history remain largely absent from high school history books, and...

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Shakira Gets A 'Kick' Out Of Living With A Soccer Star

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Shakira recently felt the special sting that comes with living with a man that knows his way around a soccer ball -- or in this case a small red toy ball.

In a video the Colombian singer shared via Twitter on Monday, her boyfriend, Gerard Piqué films...

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A Selena Quintanilla Wax Figure Could Become A Reality Thanks To Fans

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Selena Quintanilla may soon be immortalized in wax.

A Change.org petition is pushing Hollywood's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to honor the slain Tejano star with a figure. And in the five days since its launch, it’s managed to gather over 1,600 signatures.

Quintanilla was murdered on...

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Carlos Vives’ New ‘Tierra Del Olvido’ Video Is A Gorgeous Love Letter To Colombia

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Singer Carlos Vives released "La Tierra Del Olvido" (The Land Of Oblivion) as an homage to his native Colombia in 1995. The song not only became a classic for the singer but also remains close to many Colombians' hearts as an almost unofficial anthem. 

Twenty years later, Vives revisits the single with the help of some of Colombia's most renowned artists, recording a new recently released video that shows the natural beauty of the South American country.

The video was produced by ProColombia, an organization created to promote tourism and investment in the country, and features Fanny Lu, Fonseca, Maluma, Andrea Echeverri and many more artists.  

With each artist in a different region of Colombia, viewers see the incredible biodiversity of the country as they travel to the Amazon region with Fonseca, the capital of Bogotá with Echeverri, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano with Fanny Lu and more. Carlos Vives himself takes fans to the sandy beaches of his native Santa Marta's National Park of Tyrona. 

It's not the first time Vives calls upon artists of different genres to come together in the name of Colombia. The singer wrote "Un Paso Hacia La Paz" (A Step Toward Peace) last fall and gathered 60 local artists to record the song in an effort to promote peace in the country. The singer was inspired by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's "We Are The World," according to Colombian newspaper El Espectador.  

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Salma Hayek Describes Her Experience Being Discriminated Against At A Movie Theater

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Salma Hayek joined host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on HuffPost Live Thursday afternoon to discuss her recent project “The Prophet,” an animated film adaptation of Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 book of the same name. But when a viewer asked the 48-year-old actress if she had been discriminated against for her accent or background before she became famous, the star revealed that fame was not a deterrent to discrimination.

“Of course, I’ve been discriminated [against],” Hayek told the host. “I think America has a very severe problem with discrimination that we try to overlook. It’s there.”

When Modarresy-Tehrani asked for a specific moment she experienced discrimination, the Mexican-born actress said there are “just so many” but she specifically recalled an incident in a Los Angeles movie theater when the actress and a friend tried to sit in the center of the theater near another patron.

The patron in question told the duo that they couldn't sit there, adding, the actress recalls, "I don’t want to feel your presence there." The conversation quickly turned aggressive, Hayek said, with the man screaming that she and her friend should "Go back to [their] country!" to which Hayek says she responded, "Not only do I have my citizenship but even before it was America, this was already my country and if you don’t like it you can move."

Earlier in the interview, Hayek, who is of Lebanese-descent, also stated that she believes discrimination is particularly bad for women.

“Now imagine [I’m a] woman, Latin and Arab -- and you’re asking me, ‘have I ever been discriminated?” she said with a laugh.

“I have a whole book that I could write about these moments, that are very memorable,” Hayek added. “But I have to say they never really quite hurt me. I was like ‘Woah, you’re dumb, my goodness you are so ignorant.’ I sort of felt sorry for this person for just being so out of touch with the world, with his own humanity.”

Watch Salma Hayek discuss theses incidences above and check out her entire HuffPost Live interview below. 

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#QueridaKellyOsbourne Calls Star Out On Her Non-Apology To Latinos

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:30 PM

After Kelly Osbourne's ill-considered portrayal of Latinos as toilet bowl cleaners on Tuesday's episode of "The View," the host issued what many considered to be a non-apology for her comments that only further infuriated parts of the community. 

The 30-year-old star was a guest host on...

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Gina Rodriguez Has An Affair To Remember On ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 5:12 PM

If you’re going to sweep Gina Rodriguez off her feet, you’re going to need a hand -- or two.

The “Jane the Virgin” star was the celebrity guest on Monday’s episode of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” playing alongside the show’s improv veterans Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Jeff Davis. But things got particularly out of hand when Stiles, Rodriguez and Mochrie’s hands were placed in a luxury hotel for a romantic rendezvous.

In the skit titled “Helping Hands,” Stiles popped some bubbly and fed threw the actress handfuls of grapes as she tried to keep up with the antics.

Earlier in the episode, the 31-year-old star challenged Brady and Davis to sing about her character Jane, reimagining her not as a virgin but as an organic corn farmer. The skit even inspired the actress to do a little bit of freestyle rapping.

Watch the "Helping Hands" segment above and check out the full episode on The CW.

 

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Madison De La Garza Opens Up About Being Cyberbullied At Age 6

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 6:43 PM

Madison de la Garza is best known for playing Gabrielle Solis’ rebellious daughter, Juanita, on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” But during her time on the hit series, the child star faced some cruel realities online.

De la Garza opened up about being called “fat,” “ugly” and “slut” on Twitter when...

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Sofia Vergara Channels The Kid In All Of Us With Sweet Mustache

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Sofia Vergara knows that nothing makes those lazy hazy crazy days of summer sweeter than cotton candy. 

The "Modern Family" star also knows that cotton candy can be a great fun form of disguise. And a mustachioed Vergara was caught pink-handed playing with the sugary treat on Sunday, evidence of...

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9 Times Gina Rodriguez Schooled Hollywood On Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:06 PM


 


From a young age, Gina Rodriguez  felt there was something wrong about who she was (or rather, who she wasn't) seeing on television. And since her breakout role on The CW's "Jane The Virgin", the 31-year-old actress has explicitly spoken about her "mission" to change...

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Calle 13 Isn't Separating, Residente Clarifies Group’s Recent Decision

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:14 PM

René “Residente” Pérez wants to reassure fans that they haven’t seen the last of Calle 13.

The singer clarified on Monday that he and Eduardo “Visitante” Cabras, his stepbrother and bandmate, were not breaking up, after rumors of the group's separation began to swirl online.

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Telemundo Tackles 'Huge Obstacles' Immigrants Face In The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:17 PM

“Those who come here already lost everything, and they don’t want to lose anything more.”

Mexican immigrant Carlos Martinez says this in the teaser for Telemundo’s new telenovela, “Bajo El Mismo Cielo.” Gabriel Porras (“¿Dónde Está Elisa?,” “El Señor de los Cielos”) portrays Carlos, a hardworking Los Angeles landscaper who crossed the border illegally several years ago in search of a better life for his family.

But after the death of his wife, Carlos struggles to raise his sons with the same values he was taught as they grow up in the United States with a new culture and new obstacles to take on. 

Perla Farias, Vice President of Novela Development, is behind the script for “Bajo El Mismo Cielo,” as well as other network hits “¿Dónde Está Elisa?” and “Marido en Alquiler.” In an interview with The Huffington Post via email, Farias discussed the inspiration behind Telemundo’s latest telenovela and how its storyline will touch upon the hot button topic of immigration.

This telenovela was inspired by Roger L. Simon’s screenplay “The Gardener,” which became the 2011 film “A Better Life” starring Mexican actor Demián Bichir. How much of the film’s story did you keep?  

This script was our springboard for creating “Bajo el mismo cielo” but, as you can well imagine, transforming a film script that lasts about a couple of hours into a novela that will last at least 120 hours, leaves a lot of pages to write!

We certainly kept the “seed” of “The Gardener”; that beautiful main character, Carlos, who is a hard working gardener and has a son whom he tries to stay connected with, even though they each see life through a different lens. That struggle is still very present in our version, but we went much further and we created many new characters. 

 Obviously many Latinos in Telemundo's audience can relate to Carlos' story but why did the network decide to touch upon the topics of immigration and the life of an immigrant in the U.S. now?

Telemundo decided to develop this story more than a year ago, and production began last February. We felt it was a story that could be very relevant for our audience since we are the only Spanish-language network that produces Hispanic content in the U.S. We wanted to delve into this issue that for long time has been a hot topic for our audience. It’s a big coincidence that just before the premiere, immigration is such a trending topic.

In the teaser, Carlos talks about the American dream and contemplates what it means to him. Is this the driving force behind the telenovela? Do you intend to explore what the American dream means?

The American dream for Hispanics is mostly about attaining a better life, not only for the individual, but also for the whole family. In this respect we do touch upon the bravery one must have to even aspire for this dream, to risk crossing borders as an [undocumented immigrant], and to face the challenges and difficulties that this dream entails. Most of these people come here in search of a more dignified life. Part of what we explore in this story, is the huge obstacles these immigrants face once they are in the Promised Land.

I hope we have depicted this issue with emotion and respect, not only towards Hispanics, but also towards North Americans. Most of the Hispanics who live in this country love it, and feel like a part of it. They are very grateful to be here.

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, immigration becomes a hotter topic than ever. What can we expect the telenovela to touch upon?

Illegal immigration is certainly a political issue, but we don’t take any particular stand. It’s up to the audience to make their own judgment. We just depict the lives of immigrants (legal or not), their passions, aspirations, fears and hopes. It is based on fiction, but we have tried very hard to be realistic in all the legal aspects concerning the topic.

You wrote and helped develop “Bajo El Mismo Cielo,” do you feel personally connected with Carlos and his story?

I connect with this story in so many levels; it’s inspirational and holds many values that are important to my life. Among those, there’s honesty, hard work, unconditional love and forgiveness! Beyond the issue of immigration, this is a universal story about a father who raises his two children on his own. He tries to keep the values that are important for him present in his home, but he is constantly facing new challenges. The society that surrounds him is not perfect and has some negative aspects. Among them, the exacerbated materialism, where more is best, and the unquenchable desire to have every need satisfied immediately. 

Carlos represents all the good and honest people that come to this country willing to work hard for the chance of attaining a better life. I believe this is the quest of most immigrants around the world. No one leaves their home, relatives and homeland to be worse off. I, myself, am an immigrant. My family and I became citizens 5 years ago and we feel extremely proud and lucky to have had the opportunity. 

“Bajo El Mismo Cielo” premieres Tuesday, 9 p.m. EDT on Telemundo.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Bomba Estéreo Experiments With Explosive Dance Beats In 'Amanecer'

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 4:09 PM


Bomba Estéreo built their sound by fusing together the folkloric and tropical sounds of their native Colombia with modern beats. But with their recently released fourth album, “Amanecer,” the group’s Cumbia-infused songs take the backseat as new high-powered electronic dance tracks call shotgun.


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