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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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'Jane The Virgin’ Season 2 Will Feature Two Weddings And A Mystery

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 12:42 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Jane Gloriana Villanueva is a dreamer. But even the “Jane The Virgin” protagonist's wildest fantasies are no match for what some of the show's actors can envision for the series' upcoming second season. 

The Huffington Post caught up with both the creator and cast...

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The 'Jane The Virgin' Cast Dishes On Season 2

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 10:03 PM

The first season of "Jane The Virgin" ended with many unsettling questions. Why did Sin Rostro kidnap Jane and Rafael's newborn baby, Mateo? What is Petra planning to do with Rafael's second sperm sample? Will Jane give Michael a second chance or will she choose Rafael? And what are Rogelio...

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Junot Diaz On Why It's So Important To Read Authors Who Don't Look Like You

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao) has a very simple way of helping young students understand the complexities of the world. 

 The writer, of Dominican roots, stopped by "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Thursday night, and discussed several of his teaching methods...

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Gina Rodriguez Gracefully Corrects 'Hater' Who Said Latinos Use Their Heritage For 'Marketing'

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:11 PM

Gina Rodriguez has dealt with her share of online discrimination, and the actress recently proved she isn't afraid to take twitter trolls head on.

The "Jane The Virgin" star first spoke up about the discrimination she's experienced within the Latino community, in August, after an Instagram caption she'd written in Spanish received a slew of criticism over her fluency. Rodriguez, once again, faced scrutiny over her language skills by a Barcelona-based Twitter user, Sergio Garcés, on Monday. 

But the 31-year-old actress was quick to put him in his place. 

The "hater," as Rodriguez called him, even went as far as to say that she and other U.S. Latinos tout their heritage for their own personal gain.  

Rodriguez quickly corrected him in a tweet where she said that her heritage isn't something she can choose to own or disown, adding that, it also isn't something Latinos can use in their favor. 

After Rodriguez schooled Garcés on the Latino experience in the U.S., the exchange ended with him tweeting that he "didn't mean to sound rude" and he hoped Latinos in the U.S. would be "represented as they deserve." But overall the conversation was in line with "interracial Latino racism," a topic that Rodriguez shed light on in August. 

“When did we decide there are certain criteria that make you Latino enough?,” Rodriguez told The Huffington Post. "It’s like anybody turning to you and being ‘You ain’t human enough, you ain’t pretty enough, you ain’t tall enough, you ain’t big enough.’"

"What do you mean I’m not enough?," she added. "No, I am enough. I am fully enough. And you’re enough. And the girl that’s half and half is enough. And the girl that only speaks Spanish is enough. ”

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The Adorable Detail On The 'Jane The Virgin' Set You Probably Haven't Seen

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Gina Rodriguez makes sure to keep her family close, even while she's working. 

While re-watching the first season of "Jane The Virgin," a super sleuth of a fan noticed a photo of a young girl and a man next to the Villanueva family's television set. She then tweeted...

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Christina Milian On ‘Grandfathered’ And Not Wanting To Be ‘Just A Reality Star’

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 11:38 AM

John Stamos is giving an inappropriately public apology on stage. The actor isn’t apologizing for something he did, it’s his character Jimmy Martino who is asking for forgiveness on the set of “Grandfathered.”  

In the new Fox comedy, Martino, a lifelong bachelor and restaurateur, learns...

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Deleted 'Jane The Virgin' Scene Shows Jane After Breaking Off Her Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 5:44 PM

While season two of "Jane The Virgin" is still a couple of weeks away, we have a small treat...

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'Rosewood' Star On Playing A 'Very Latina' Character Who Doesn't Feed Into Stereotypes

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 9:56 PM

With a Latina actress and a Black actor as its leads, there’s no doubt that Fox’s “Rosewood” is a response to the television industry’s newfound effort to diversify casting -- a shift sparked partially by the breakout success of the network’s hit drama, “Empire.” It’s also no coincidence...

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Denise Bidot: ‘There’s So Much Pressure As A Latin Woman To Be Perfect’

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 2:42 PM

Denise Bidot is a known advocate for a more inclusive fashion industry, and for the second year in a row, the 29-year-old plus-size model walked the Fashion Week runways.

Ahead of her runway appearances for Chromat and Addition Elle last week, Bidot spoke intimately with The Huffington Post...

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This Surprise Father-Daughter Dance Will Give You Major #QuinceGoals

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Not content with a classic father-daughter dance for her quinceañera party, a Houston teen decided instead to enlist her dad for a surprise dance routine. And the duo ended up impressing more than just their guests.

Jasmine Cortinas and her father Leonardo, a retired U.S. Marine, performed the routine at her quinceañera party in June. The 15-year-old Texas native recently spoke to Today Parents about what inspired the choreography. The video of the dance has since gone viral and has over 1 million views on YouTube. 

"I wanted to do the surprise father-daughter dance because I didn't want to be like all of the other quinceañeras," Jasmine told the site, adding that she was inspired by father-daughter routines she’d seen on YouTube. "I wanted people to remember my fifteenth birthday and not just think of it as another party where they got free food or entertainment. I wanted it to be memorable for everyone — not just me."

In the video, the birthday girl and her dad begin a slow dance to The Temptations’ “My Girl” and suddenly break away as Soulja Boy’s “Crank Dat” comes on. The pair danced to a medley of hits, including “U Can’t Touch This,” “Gangnam Style” and “Tootsee Roll.”

Little brother Isaac also made an appearance in the routine, replacing Leonardo on the dance floor to dance “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”

"They were wowed,” Leonardo told Today about their guests’ reaction. “And a lot of the dads said to me that their little girls were wondering what they were going to do for their dance at their quinceañeras."

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19 Non-Latino Celebrities Show Off Their Spanish Skills

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 10:51 AM

¿Hablas Español? These stars do!

Whether they’re married to Spanish-speaking Latinas -- like Jeb Bush and Matt Damon are -- or spent extensive time in South America -- as “Lord of The Rings” actor Viggo Mortensen did -- these 19 celebrities never fail to leave...

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19 Non-Latino Celebrities Show Off Their Spanish Skills

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

¿Hablas Español? These stars do!

Whether they’re married to Spanish-speaking Latinas -- like Jeb Bush and Matt Damon are -- or spent extensive time in South America -- as “Lord of The Rings” actor Viggo Mortensen did -- these 19 celebrities never fail to leave...

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

(2) 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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