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Hispanic Heritage Person of the Week

Our Collection of Hispanic Artist for Hispanic Heritage Month.

“He played a kind of baseball that none of us had ever seen before… As if it were a form of punishment for everyone else on the field.” – Roger Angell The numbers he assembled over 18 big league seasons tell the story of a complete ballplayer. The story of Roberto Clemente, however, goes beyond …

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Born October 21, 1925, in Havana, Cuba; died of brain cancer, July 16, 2003, in Fort Lee, NJ. Singer. Cuban–born singing star Celia Cruz has been hailed as the queen of salsa, rumba, and Latin music, and an inadvertent symbol of the Cuban–American community’s exile spirit. Cruz, who fled the Caribbean island nation in 1960, …

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Yandel is a phenomenally successful Puerto Rican vocalist, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He’s a reggaetón artist, but he’s much more. He fits into multiple styles of modern music – hiphop, r&b, pop. Maybe that’s why he was the only Latin artist included in the 2014 ESPN Music Issue Magazine. He’s young, but he’s a …

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Fast-talking and feisty-looking John Leguizamo has continued to impress movie audiences with his versatility: he can play sensitive and naïve young men, such as Johnny in Hangin’ with the Homeboys (1991); cold-blooded killers like Benny Blanco inCarlito’s Way (1993); a heroic Navy SEAL, stopping aerial terrorists in Executive Decision (1996); and drag queen Chi-Chi Rodriguez …

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Big Punisher was born Christopher Lee Rios in the Bronx. Pun spent his earlier years living with his mother and stepfather, who attempted to raise Chris in a rather military fashion. Pun actually grew up fairly athletic, staying in shape while playing basketball. He was also an avid boxer, and would later begin to teach his own children how to …

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Has been called “Star newscaster of Hispanic TV” and “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc” by The Wall Street Journal. Time magazine included him in the list of “the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States” and Newsweek in its list of 50 political and media figures. A …

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  Rafael Pineda is a retired Cuban-American television news reporter and anchor for the Spanish language station WXTV, the Univision affiliate in New York City. Born in 1938 in Cuba, he later immigrated to the United States as an adult. In the position since 1971, Pineda surpassed Bill Beutel of WABC-TV as the longest-serving anchor …

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  Music producer and songwriter Emilio Estefan was born on March 4, 1953, in Havana, Cuba. Estefan moved to the United States as a teenager. His first instrument was the accordion, and he started his musical career playing in restaurants and for weddings and other events. While working for Barcardi, the rum company, he formed …

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Willie Colón, Bronx-born of Puerto Rican grandparents, has fused his musical talent, his passion for humanity, and his community and political activism into an extraordinary, multifaceted career. His achievements in all his activities are widely recognized. As musician, composer, arranger, singer, and trombonist, as well as producer and director, Colón still holds the all time …

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  Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993) was a Puerto Rican salsa singer. Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelito sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended a local music school and developed an interest inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo. He moved to New York …

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Ruben Blades Born July 16th, 1948 in the Republic of Panama. Education Holds Degrees in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama (1974) and Harvard Graduate Law School (1985). He has an Honorary Doctorate in Chicano Studies, from Berkeley University (California). He has an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Lehman College (Bronx, New …

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