Why Latinas should celebrate Juneteenth (PHOTOS)
This week the world will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday in the US that honors African American heritage by commemorating the abolition of slavery. Celebrated on June 19 (hence the name), people of all races and religions in cities across the country celebrate the day by reflecting on a tumultous period of history that has influenced society even today.
And since Latinos are such a diverse population, we decided to honor the occasion too by paying homage to 5 of the world's most renowned Afro-Latinas. These ladies not only have succesful careers, but are also able to fully embrace both sides of their heritage with style.
The legendary Celia Cruz got her start in Havana, Cuba as one of 14 children and started singing on the radio when she was still just a teenager. She got her first big break as lead singer for legendary Cuban orquestra Sonora Matancera. In 1959, she and her husband Pedro Knight moved permanently to the United States. Over the years Celia Cruz has acted as lead singer for some of the best Latin bands in the world, earning her nickname, The Queen of Salsa. Cruz won her first Grammy award in 1990 for Best Tropical Latin Performance.