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Most Influential Hispanics in The U.S.


As we celebrate another 4th of July and independence day of the United States, lets take a look some of the most influential hispanics in the U.S. in the most recent years.

Rita Moreno, uno puertorriqueña who has won all four major entertainment awards, Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy. She is best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Anita in West Side Story. In 2004, she was bestowed the presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2009, the National Medal of the Arts.

Carlos Santana was born in Mexico and is best known for his virtuoso guitar skills. He moved to San Francisco in 1961, where he developed his distinctive style of rock fused with Latin, jazz and blues. He has sold more then 90 million records and has 10 Grammys and 3 Latin Grammys. Y clara no solo en un talentoso musico, he is also a humanitarian and social activist.

Carolina Herrera is a very well known Venezuelan fashion designer. At the age of 40 she launched her own fashion line and her empire has grown to fashion, perfumes, accessories, bridal gowns and international chain of boutiques. Some of her clients include Michelle Obama, Renée Zellweger and Beyoncé.

Jorge Ramos is one of the most recognizable faces in Spanish-speaking America. Born in Mexico, Ramos has anchored Univision’s top rated national newscast, Noticiero Univision, since 1986 he has been referred to as the Walter Cronkite of Latin America. Besides his hard hitting reports he has written 11 books and has won several awards including eight Emmy Awards, The Maria Moors Cabot Award and the David Brinkley Awards for journalistic Excellence.

Ellen Ochoa may not have a familiar name pero a alcanzado las estrellas as she is the first Latina to become an astronaut. She has four space flights under her belt and today serves as the director of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

Last but lot least we have Sonia Sotomayor. Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, she was the first Hispanic and only the third woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court when in May of 2009 President Barrack Obama selected her.

It’s great to see role models for young Hispanics and show them that they too can have success regardless if they are immigrants or come from an immigrant family.

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