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Our Greatest Rapper of All Time – Big Pun

“I’m like G.Rap, Pac, Master P, all balled up with a twist of Marc Anthony.” – Big Pun, “100%” From his mouth to our ears, Christopher Lee Rios summarized who he was in a singular line. Rios was a studen...
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El Matador – Chi-Chi Rodriguez

The putting green was his stage, a golf club his prop and the 18-hole course his partner; it may be an unlikely medium for a poor, Puerto Rican boy in the 1940s to find his calling, but Chi-Chi Rodriguez did ...
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Piri Thomas | The Flow Master

Living in a dichotomous world where color was chosen over culture, Piri Thomas an Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican man busted open a literary door for future Latino writers to successfully walk through. For so many ...
Mexico's favorite clown, Cantinflas getting dressed.  (Photo by Ed Clark//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

The Original King of Comedy…Cantinflas

At the dawn of Mexico’s golden age of cinema, a single man helped start the party and remained an indelible star and symbol of his country’s humility, humor and people. Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes, profe...
Caption: MONTREAL - CANADA - JUNE 20: Roberto Duran celebrates in the ring after he defeated "Sugar" Ray Leonard during their fight at The Forum in Montreal, Canada on June 20, 1980. Roberto Duran won on a 15-round decision to win the World WBC Welterweight Title. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Manos De Piedra: Roberto Duran

Roberto Duran gets a bum rap. Here’s a world champion several times over, winner of 103 fights, Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, and yet casual sports fans think of him as that guy who quit. Two words, “No mas,” o...
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Jaime Escalante

“You're going to work harder here than you've ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas.” – Stand and Deliver While this concept isn’t new it took on new meaning thanks to Jaime E...
File picture shows Puerto Rican salsa singer Jose "Cheo" Feliciano performing in San Juan

Cheo Feliciano

Cheo Feliciano was a musical chameleon. A true sonero with a voice that could rival Sinatra topped with a drum’s rim shot. Often imitated, never duplicated José Luis Feliciano Vega had an unmistakable smoot...
Wrestler Mil Mascaras

Mil Mascaras – The Man of 1,000 Masks

Flying through the air with the greatest of ease to drop opponents in a single bound is the hallmark of the original masked luchador, Mil Máscaras. With his debut in the mid-1960s the legendary wrestler blazed ...
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Freddie Prinze – A Prinze Among Men

“Loooooking good!” That single line let loose from the wide grin of a handsome and lanky kid from New York City’s Washington Heights, cemented Freddie Prinze as a cultural icon and comic legend. Frederick K...
Actor Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits

During the television brown out of the 1980s and 1990s when the few Latino characters that existed were drug dealers and maids, a beacon of hope existed in the form of Jimmy Smits. The actor consistently defied...