¡Feliz Día De La Independencia! Our 9 Favorite Dominican Celebrities

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If you’re wondering why Dominicans is trending on Twitter it’s because February 27 is the day the República Dominicana celebrates its independence from Haiti in 1844. In honor of this day of celebration — and no doubt good food — we’re counting down a list of our favorite Dominican celebrities.

Hosea Chanchez

Our love for Hosea Chanchez is most certainly not a game. The Dominican actor stars as Malik on the hit BET show “The Game” and, let’s be real, he’s half the reason ladies watch the show.

Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco is new on the scene, but has quickly become one of our favorite actresses thanks to her role as Dayanara in the hit series “Orange is the New Black.” We also love that the Latina actress proudly reps her Dominican and Puerto Rican roots.

Zoe Saldana

Who would’ve thought the lead beauty in “Drumline” would go on to become one of the hottest stars in Hollywood. Thanks to her role in “Avatar,” producers, directors, and audiences can’t get enough of Zoe on the big screen, and the best thing about that is she’s never had to water down her Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage to thrive in Tinseltown.

Junot Diaz

Puliter Prize-winning author Junot Diaz grew up in Santo Domingo before his family emigrated to New Jersey. He’s written extensively about what it’s like for Latinas growing up in the Dominican Republic and migrating to the U.S. with their families and establishing a new way of life and is often lauded for it by the literary community.

Tristan Wilds

Whether you’re calling him Tristan or Mack, the fact remains that Mr. Wilds is one cutie. The half-Irish, half-Dominican actor is now tearing up air waves as a Grammy-nominated singer and the ladies are so here for that.


Tahiry José

At the very least, Tahiry deserves love for turning down Joe Budden’s proposal and finally deciding to be done with the Slaughter House rapper. Besides that, though, the Dominican beauty is truly a sweetheart, — a sweetheart that doesn’t take any mess — and for that we love her.


Brooklyn-bred rapper F-a-b-o-l-o-u-s is the son of Dominican and African American parents and his lady Emily Bustamente is Dominican and Puerto Rican.

Arlenis Sosa

Clap for brown girls on the runway. Dominican model Arlenis Sosa has taken the Fashion world by storm. Not only did she appear in Victoria’s Secret’s Fashion show, she’s also the current spokesmodel for Lancôme.

Juelz Santana

Dipset in the building! Even if you aren’t a fan of this Dominican-African American Harlem rapper, we’re pretty sure you’ve noticed he’s great on the eyes.

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