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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 One Thing Shakira Wanted Changed About Her Disney Character

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 2:25 PM

Shakira will join the Disney family when the company's new animated movie, "Zootopia," premieres later this month. The Colombian singer lends her voice to Gazelle, an international pop sensation.  

Ahead of the movie's upcoming premiere in Spain, Shakira spoke with El País to discuss her silver screen...

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Robert Rodriguez's Directing Career Has Been All About Diversity

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Gina Rodriguez has kept her promise to highlight Latino talent in Hollywood through her weekly "Movement Mondays" posts on Instagram.

The "Jane The Virgin" star already featured "Star Wars" star Oscar Isaac and "Maze Runner" actress Rosa Salazar, and this week she's highlighting director...

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America Ferrera’s Response To Reporter’s Tone Deaf Question Will Make You Cheer

(14) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 4:39 PM

America Ferrera made some applause-worthy points on social justice and feminism while chatting with Gloria Steinem during the opening of the 2016 MAKERS conference Monday. But its her anecdote about the response she gave to a reporter's tone-deaf question that will have you cheering. 

The "Superstore" actress explained a "hilarious" yet confusing encounter with a journalist who asked her what she would do if Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton got the Republican and Democratic nominations, respectively. 

Ferrera was then quick to point out how ridiculous the question would be if it had been posed to a white man.

"Well, you as a white man, how do you decide who to vote for?" 

America for President! 🇺🇸

Watch her response in the video above.

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People Are Petitioning For A Selena Barbie Doll

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:00 PM

Barbie got a groundbreaking makeover last month when it introduced curvy, petite and tall body types after years of criticism over the doll’s unrealistic shape -- and now thousands of people are asking for something else.

A petition began just days after...

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Afro-Latino Spider-Man Miles Morales Steps Into Official Spider-Shoes In Reboot

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 11:44 AM

It wasn't the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man you might expect who swung into action this week, as Marvel debuted the franchise's first black and Latino character in the role of New York City's official webslinger.

"Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an...

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11 Things Brazilians Are Tired Of Hearing

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 1:24 PM

If you've ever assumed that all Brazilians play soccer like Pelédance samba like the Queen of Carnival or look like supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, the Flama has the perfect video for you. 

With the help of their so-called "resident Brazilian Dennis," the site tackled these stereotypes and more with a new video (above). From having to sing along with "The Girl from Ipanema" to being asked to translate something into Spanish, Dennis proves the struggle is real for many Brazilians. 

We feel your frustration, Dennis. 

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Watch 100 Years Of Dominican Beauty (And History) Come Alive

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:27 PM

The "100 Years of Beauty" series by has taken the Internet by storm for months. Now it's inspired producer Kayla "La La" Rodriguez to show the changing beauty styles of the Dominican Republic. 

Rodriguez went beyond the hairdo transitions and make-up changes and gave fans a second "behind the looks" video too, revealing which historical figures inspired each look. She explains, for example, how the 1910's "campesina style" was inspired by rural farmer activist Mama Tingo and the 1940's glamorous look was inspired by Hollywood star María Montez. And, yes, she even explains why Dominican women poured beer on their hair in the 1980s. 

Rodriguez didn't shy away from some of the darker moments in Dominican history either, using dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's daughter, Angelita, as the inspiration for the 1930s look. 

"It was a very dark time in Dominican history that lasted 30 years," Rodriguez explains in the video. "[Angelita] was a very controversial figure at the time... We didn't want to show in this video only the positive side of history, but also the negative side. And we wanted to show how sometimes politics can influence a lot in pop culture and the media in general."

Watch Rodriguez continue to explain the inspiration behind other looks below:  

Clarification: Language has been amended to reflect that the original video that inspired Rodriguez was produced by, which is not related to The Cut.

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The Side Of Shakira Not Everyone Knows

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 4:20 PM

Shakira has won hearts around the world ever since, well, this happened:

But the Colombian superstar had a huge career in Latin America before she crossed over to the English-language market and promised fans they'd be together "Whenever, Wherever."

At the beginning of her career, Shak's natural jet black hair curled in the heat of her native Barranquilla. Colombians and Spanish-speakers worldwide knew her as a Latin rock star with an edgy look and powerful lyrics. 

Shakira may now be forever synonymous with honest hips, but in the hearts of thousands of Latin American fans there will always be a nostalgia for the rocker Shak that gave them "Pies Descalzos," "Inevitable" and more.

Take a look at a side of Shakira not everyone might know

And THAT is how it's done.

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Salma Hayek Is Almost Unrecognizable In Her First Audition Tape For Mexican TV

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:50 PM

Before Salma Hayek became Frida Kahlo on the silver screen, she portrayed the beautiful but manipulative Teresa in the 1989 telenovela "Teresa." The soap opera was a hit for Mexico's TV network, Televisa, and Hayek became a star.

Nearly three decades later, Univision's "!Despierta América!" found Hayek's first audition tape...

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Things Turn Sour When Americans Taste Latin Fruits For The First Time

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 11:18 AM

There's a long list of tropical fruits from Latin America that you simply can't find at the corner grocery store in the United States. Tamarind, dragon fruit, papaya, star fruit and rambutan -- these fruits are anything but strange for most Latinos but many Americans can't quite say the same. 

With that in mind, Flama sat a few reluctant non-Latinos down for an on-camera fruit tasting. It's safe to say that, for the most part, the participants weren't very impressed.

"It looks like a sea creature, I trust that it’s not because this is about fruit," said one woman before tasting rambutan. 

After trying papaya, one man's first thought was to compare the fruit with the Dave Matthews Band. "Like I get that people like it, but like it doesn't work for me," he said.  

Many users wrote comments on the video about an absence of more popular fruits like guanabana, mora, lulo, mangostino, granadilla and curuba.  

One question we do have for Flama, who in the world eats passion fruit straight from the source? Pro tip: Instead, turn it into a refreshing passion fruit juice or a delicious tart glaze.

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Gina Rodriguez Tells Fans How Latinos Can Help Fix The Oscars' Diversity Problem

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 9:02 AM

Gina Rodriguez has always been vocal about the need for diversity in Hollywood, but now the "Jane the Virgin" star wants a little less conversation and a little more action when it comes supporting actors of color. 

And the actress led by example Monday, when she launched...

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16 Times Latinos Were Brutally Honest About Hollywood’s Lack Of Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:48 PM

The conversation about diversity in Hollywood tends to reach a fever pitch every year around the time the Oscar nominations are announced. But the reality is that actors of color have to deal with the limitations of working in a predominantly white industry every single day, and they've been voicing...

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Why Salma Hayek Wants The El Chapo, Sean Penn Interview Controversy To End

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:19 PM

Salma Hayek has had enough of the controversy over Sean Penn’s interview with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The Mexican-born actress spoke out at a press conference promoting her film “The Prophet” in Mexico City over the weekend, and explained why...

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America Ferrera And Eva Longoria Reveal Who Wrote Their Golden Globes Bit

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 11:46 AM

America Ferrera and Eva Longoria taught Hollywood a valuable lesson at Sunday night’s Golden Globes: Latina actresses are not interchangeable.

If you don’t remember the moment, here it is:

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The Oscars Will Remain So White If These 5 Things Don't Change

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:04 AM

For a second year in a row, Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñarritu helmed the most Oscar-nominated film of the year* with the critically-acclaimed "The Revenant."

When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, that's as far as the good news goes because for the second year in a row

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America Ferrera Says 'Superstore' Doesn't Do 'Diversity For The Sake Of Diversity'

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:17 PM

America Ferrera is out to prove diverse casting goes beyond simply hiring actors of color.

During a recent interview with NPR, the “Superstore” producer and star explained the importance of diversity on the set of the new NBC series....

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Shakira's Son Serves Up A Whole Lot Of Tennis Cuteness On Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 9:57 AM

Shakira's son Milan has been on this earth less than three years, and he's already impressed us with his adorable drumming, his ability to recognize U.S. monuments in English, his reading skills, and his fearless goal-scoring at Barcelona's Camp Nou. 

And now the little guy is trading his soccer cleats...

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Watch Undocumented Immigrants Hilariously Respond To Mean Tweets

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 2:18 PM

Immigration reform is more than just a political hot button topic, it's something that affects millions of people. And these five undocumented immigrants are reminding Twitter trolls that when it comes to mean tweets, everybody hurts.

Inspired by Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" segment, Jose Antonio Vargas' organization Define American gathered a group of young undocumented immigrants from the San Francisco Bay Area to read several mean tweets. But while some were taken aback by what they read, others had some hilarious comebacks to the tone-deaf tweets about non-existent benefits for undocumented students, building a great wall to keep "illegal Mexicans" out and more. 

The video is part of the organization's #WordsMatter initiative, which asks presidential candidates and politicians to pledge to stop using the word "illegal" to describe undocumented immigrants.

Vargas has long advocated against both media and politicians using the word to describe immigrants. In a 2012 piece for Time magazine, he explained how "the term dehumanizes and marginalizes the people it seeks to describe."

Watch these five undocumented immigrants' perfect mean tweet comebacks in the video above. 

H/T Latina

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Eva Longoria Reveals Why She Used To Have A Chip On Her Shoulder

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 5:09 PM

Eva Longoria stopped by The Huffington Post this week to talk about her return to television, and ended...

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This Country Was Just Named The Happiest In The World, Again

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 1:35 PM

The results of WIN/Gallup International Association's annual global end of the year survey are in, and the happiest country in the world is... COLOMBIA!

The survey, released Thursday, polled 66,040 people from 68 countries across the globe between September 2015 and December 2015, and asked respondents: “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappy or very, unhappy about your life?” 

According to the survey, 87 percent of Colombians polled said they were happy, and only 2 percent said they were unhappy, giving them a “net happiness score” of 85 percent -- twenty points above the global average and nearly double the score of the United States. 

So what’s Colombia’s secret to happiness? After all, this isn’t the first time Colombia has topped the list. While the survey didn’t go into the particulars of what made some countries happier (or more optimistic or hopeful) than others, we have some idea of why Colombia reigns supreme in the happiness department. Allow us to break it down for you. 

Here are 9 reasons why we believe Colombia is the happiest country in the world.

This article has been updated with a more contemporary example of Colombian soccer fandom. 

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