17 Of The Most Powerful Things Latinos Said In 2015 That Get Us Supposing

Latinos gave us plenty to think about in 2015, and it’s is high time to revisit some of the best mic drop moments of the year.

From pointing out Hollywood’s lack of diversity to exemplifying the importance of redefining masculinity, there was no shortage of food for thought from wise Latinos. Take a look at what John Leguizamo, Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera, Gina Rodriguez and many more Latinos said that really got us thinking in 2015.

1 John Leguizamo On How U.S. History Makes Latinos Feel “Invisible”

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In a conversation with HuffPost Lives Alyona Minkovski abouthis upcoming comedy project, “Latin History forDummies, ” the actor discussed the absence of Latinos in U.S history education.Just imagine, youre a white kid and all of a sudden everybodys Latin and everything theyre teaching you is Latin, ” he said . You dont hear about George Washington, you dont hear about Thomas Jefferson and you feel like you havent contributed anything. How would you feel? How would you think of your future? How would you think of your participation in American culture?

2 Salma Hayek Described Her Experience Being Discriminated Against

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During a HuffPost Live interview in August, the actress was asked if she’d ever seen discriminated against . Hayek confirmed she had been and said, “America has a very severe problem with discrimination that we try to overlook.” The starring then recalledan incident at a Los Angelesmovie theater that left her friend in tears.

3 Zoe Saldana Responds To Anti-Immigrant Hate

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In response to the hateful rhetoric many legislators have been spreading against immigrants, Zoe Saldanaexpressed her posture in subsistenceof the many Latinos who have migrated to the United States in search for a better life in aninterview with Latina magazine.

4 Gina Rodriguez Questioned What It Means To Be “Latino Enough”

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Gina Rodriguez became the main victims of cyberbullying this year, after some of her followersattackedherSpanish-language skills and even questioned the star’s Latino identity.Since then, the “Jane The Virgin”actress has sounded off against the idea of whether or not anyone is “Latino enough.”

5 America Ferrera Sent Donald Trump A Message About Latinos

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After Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacywith a speech that includedcomparing Mexican immigrants to “criminals” and “rapists”, actress America Ferrera wrote a viral blogagainst the mogul.

6 Zoe Questioned Why White Actors Play Characters Of Color

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Marvel received a slew of criticism after they castactor Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch in the “Fantastic Four” reboot. Some fans were not fond of having a black actor play asuperhero originally illustrated with blond hair and blue eyes.In response, Zoe Saldana pointed out that critics should instead topic all the timeswhite actors have played characters of color.

7 “Broad City” Star Asked Actors To Act Whiter To Stimulate A Point

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“Broad City” star Arturo Castro turned the tables when it came totypecasting at auditions. With the help of“Flip the Script with Liz Plank”, the actorheld a fake audition and asked white actors to act “whiter.”Watch the full stunt here.

8 Dascha Polanco Opened Up About Not Being A Sizing Zero In Hollywood

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Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polancoopened upabout her body-related insecurities growing up and how Hollywood can often amplify certainbody image fights .

9 Selenis Leyva Got Real About Being Called “A Real Woman”

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“Orange is the New Black” star Selenis Leyva opened up about being described as a”real woman”in a HuffPost blog.The actressexplainedwhy being portrayed as such is actually a “backhanded compliment.”

10 Maria Hinojosa Explained Why She Felt “Invisible” As A Child

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Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa articulatedthe impact of not feeling visible in mainstream mediawhile growing up in the United States.During the first-ever TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue event, shedelved deep into how those personal experiences haveshaped her career and life.

11 Junot Diaz Stressed The Importance Of Reading Diverse Authors

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Daz made a case for reading authors withdiverse gender and race perspectivesas critical tounderstanding the world during an interview with late night talk show host Seth Meyers in October.

12 Anchor Conveyed Fear About Future Prejudice Against Her Daughter

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After aUnivision host was firedover comments that compared Michelle Obama’s appearanceto that of someone from the cast of the “Planet of the Apes, ” the network’s nightly news anchor Ilia Caldern reactedwith a moving letter on preparing her daughter to face discrimination. The Afro-Colombian journalist expressed particular concern over those in the Latino community who had defended the host’s statements. “As part of a minority within a minority, I’m concerned to hear voices that tolerate and even justify discrimination, ” she tweeted .

13 Zoe Saldana Asked Men Everywhere To “Redefine Masculinity”

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Peoplepractically fell out of their chairs after Zoe Saldana revealed her husband had taken her last name .After the news went viral, the “Avatar” star posted a lengthy message on her Facebook aboutwhy no one should be surprised over what her husband did: “Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partners surnameAfter the news went viral, the “Avatar” star posted a lengthy message on her Facebook aboutwhy no one should be surprised over what her husband did: “Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partners surname, ” she wrote.”On the contrary — youll be remembered as a man who stood by change. I know our sons will respect and admire their father more because their parent lead by example.”

14 George Lopez On Why Blacks, Latinos Can’t Fail On TV

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Comedian George Lopez to halt HuffPost Live this year, and spoke briefly about the abrupt 2009 cancellation of his TBS late night indicate Lopez Tonight. Lopez’s show was cancelled after a two-year run. The starnoted Latinos and Blacks havea more difficult time biding on the air, compared to their white counterparts.

15 Jaime Camil’s Perfect Analogy For Hollywood’s Latino Problem

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“Jane The Virgin” star Jaime Camil is not just a big telenovela starring on the make CW show, but he’s also a huge telenovela starring in real-life.This year Camil spoke about how during his crossover into English-language television, he’s noticedhow out of touch Hollywood is with Latino audiences.The star then used performer Johnny Depp and comedian Carrot Top ina perfect analogy to construct his point .

16 America Ferrera Took On Hollywood’s Lack Of Diversity

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In 2007, America Ferrera becamethe first Latina to take home a Golden Globe in the best actress category. This year, she was joined by Gina Rodriguez in the Latina winners circle.But Ferrera told HuffPost that she was disheartened there haven’t beenmore Latina winners since she first won— the actress also pointed that the problem was not withtheaward ceremony but the content creation process.

17 Eva Longoria Disccused Factions Within The Latino Community

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Actress Eva Longoriamade aninteresting observation about the Latino communityin an interview featured in Glam Belleza Latina’sSpring 2015 issue.

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