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 We’re highlighting stars and activists on the rise. 

LATINX HERITAGE MONTH

12 LATINX STARS AND CHANGEMAKERS TO WATCH 

Bad Bunny blends sounds from Latin trap, reggaetón, rock, pop and bachata into his music. The Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter won a Grammy this year!

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I'm one with la gente. We're always going to do things for our people. It's something that comes naturally to want to give back to my community.

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The marine biologist and activist has made ocean conservation her life's mission while advocating for diversity in the scientific community.

Melissa Christina Marquez

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If you’re looking for music to dance to, look no further. The Columbian-Dominican artist wants to get her audience on their feet with her moody Latin and reggaetón infused jams.

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Frias advocates for gun control and mitigating the effect of the climate crisis on minority communities. She has Cerebral Palsy and is also a champion for the disabled community.

Daphne Frias

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AOC has made waves as a rep. for New York’s 14th district.The Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent champions progressive politics and grassroots activism.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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“We can be whatever we have the courage to be.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the intercept

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From her recurring role on Jane the Virgin to her chilling turn as Ellie Alves on Netflix’s You, this young actress is on the rise.

Jenna Ortega

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An environmental activist and hip hop artist of Aztec descent, X had already given a TED Talk and spoken before the U.N. by the time he turned 21.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

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The former telenovela star left us speechless as Vanessa in the In the Heights movie. Next up for the Mexican actress: the top role in Carmen.

Melissa Barrera

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The Harlem resident is an Afro-Latino political strategist and founder of Youth Over Guns, a group bringing awareness to gun violence in Black and Brown communities.

Ramon Contreras

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Not just a (very) pretty face, The Kissing Booth actor is also a vocal advocate for increasing voter registration and turnout.

Taylor Zakhar Perez

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Christopher Daniel Soriano — better known as his stage name — has garnered lots of attention with his single “La Mamá de la Mamá,” which has close to a billion views on YouTube to date.

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Jerome’s serious acting chops have landed the actor and rapper of Dominican descent in films like Concrete Cowboys and the Oscar-winning Moonlight (2016).

Jharrel Jerome

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