¡Sorpresa!: Celebrities We Didn’t Know Were Latino

December 12, 2011  |  
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Being a New Yorker I am used to living in a city where everyone is mixed with everything. If you walk the streets and ask somebody what their ethnicity is be ready for a response like ,” Well on my dad’s side I’m ….”.  It’s always interesting to me to see what people say when you ask them what their ethnicity is. When it comes to celebrities we we can’t help but want to know every little detail about them. Here are some celebrities that you didn’t know were Latino. Some of these may surprise you. Despite their African- American looks, these celebrities are proud to be of Latino heritage.

Jim Jones

When you think of Jim Jones you think of Dip Set, Harlem, Chrissy but you would never guess that he is Latino. He is actually Puerto Rican and Aruban. If that doesn’t sell you, his middle name is Guillermo. Even though he is Latino, his Spanish isn’t too good, so don’t expect him to appear on any reggaeton tracks anytime soon.

I have loved Fabolous since I was kid, so this isn’t much a surprise to me. Fabolous comes from Dominican and African American descent. If you look really closely you can see it, in his face.

Lloyd Banks
I was very surprised to find out that Lloyd Banks (Christopher Charles Lloyd) is of Puerto Rican and African- American descent. This G- Unit rapper definitely has a different edge than the rest of his group mates.

Christina Milian
Christina Milian, who’s real name is Christine Flores, is Cuban. She changed her name to Christina Milian (which is her mother’s maiden name) because she wanted to be given the opportunity at more roles.

Rosario Dawson
Actress, Rosario Dawson is Puerto Rican and Afro-Cubano from her mother’s side. Her first name is kind of a give-a-way. This New Yorker knows the meaning of hard work, it probably comes from her strong Latin roots.

Gary Forbes
There are not that many Latinos in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean that they are not making a name for themselves. Denver Nugget, Gary Forbes, is from Panama. He moved to Brooklyn as a child, but this New York native he still has Panamanian good looks.

Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi who is of Mexican-Native American descent on his father’s side is actually named Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi. The passing of Cudi’s father has been said to have had great impact on his music. If you look he even used his father’s last name as part of his stage name.

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