Being Puerto Rican is similar to seeing the northern lights for the first time or finding out you won the lottery on your first shot. It is simply amazing. And to make matters even better, we are everywhere. Amsterdam, Jacksonville, New York, Manchester, SoCal, you name it! Chances are you will bump into a Boricua right there and then. Sometimes it is quite impossible to spot a boricua when one is standing right in front of you (or even on the TV, for that matter). Here are five celebrities you didn't know are Puerto Ricans:
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The Broadway mastermind. The singer, playwright, actor, and rapper has made a name for himself, becoming one of the most recognized acts of the 21st century. His Broadway musical, "Hamilton," has garnered international success since its release. He is of Puerto Rican descent and during his childhood years spent one month each year with his grandparents back here on the island.
Depending on how big of a TV maniac you are, you may or may not recognize this name from the TV series called Jane The Virgin, where she played the lead role. She has since moved on to work on numerous other projects, including Annihilation and the titular character of the Netflix animated action-adventure series Carmen Sandiego. Gina was born and raised on the northside of Chicago to Puerto Rican parents, namely, Magali and Gino Rodriguez, a boxing referee.
Yes Carmelo Anthony is in fact Puerto Rican. The Ten-time all-star and future NBA Hall of Famer can trace his roots right back here in Puerto Rico. Growing up with a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother, a young Carmelo Anthony is considered the top high school prospect back in his day. He has made a name for himself as one of the best basketball players of this generation. In 2015, the now Portland Trail Blazer announced that he is now the owner of a professional soccer club. The now-defunct Puerto Rico FC was apart of the North American Soccer League that played their games at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon.
The man, the myth, the legend. Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most recognizable actors alive, having won numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.
He was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, to parents from the US mainland. He is the third of five children, following River and Rain and preceding Liberty and Summer. All of which are actors.
The truth is, the Puerto Rican culture is not only infectious but also scintillating and cheerful. From the mainland to wherever you go in the world, there is always something to remind you of this little island that we adore. What is your favorite thing about boricua culture? Let us know
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