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CMG THE LABEL – GANGSTA ART

On July 15, 2022CMG The Label released its highly-anticipated, new compilation album Gangsta Art, which is available to stream on all platforms HERE via CMG Records/Interscope.

The album boasts a combination of mega collaborations and solo tracks from CMG CEO Yo Gotti and the esteemed record label’s All-Star roster that includes Moneybagg YoBlac YoungstaEST Gee42 DuggGloRilla, Blocboy JBMozzy, Lil Poppa, Big Boogie, Lehla Samia and 10Percent. It also includes special appearances from Kodak BlackCoi Leray, BIG30, and more.

Beyond showcasing CMG’s heavyweight talent, Gangsta Art also highlights the rising stars of the label, with new music from GloRilla on the song “Tomorrow” as well as R&B songstress Lehla Samia’s collaboration with EST Gee on “Hood Rich.” Additionally, Big Boogie shines on “Keke” and “Meant Dat” while 10Percent showcases his skills alongside Moneybagg Yo on “Major Pain.”

The project also includes the recently-released “Steppas,” which features hard-hitting verses from Gotti, Moneybagg, Blac Youngsta, EST Gee, 42 Dugg, and Mozzy. It also includes Gotti, Moneybagg, Mozzy and Lil Poppa’s collaborative effort on Big League,” which was tapped as the official song of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.

The new release also coincides with the long-awaited return of Yo Gotti & Friends Birthday Bash 8 that will take place tonight, July 15th at FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN. Earlier this week, Gotti announced that Lil Uzi Vert would serve as one of the special guest performers at the show.

Fans can stream the show at 8 pm CT on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, where Gotti and a surprise array of counterparts and collaborators will perform at the 8th installment of his acclaimed celebration.

Gangsta Art comes shortly after Gotti and the CMG label were featured on the cover of Billboard in May, where they were crowned “The Hardest-Working Label in Hip-Hop.”

Hotboii Releases New Track “Live Life Die Faster” via U Music Group for use by 360 MAGAZINE

HOTBOII – LIVE

Hotboii gets personal on his latest track “Live Life Die Faster” featuring Kodak Black out today via Rebel Music / Geffen Records. The song is one of Hotboii’s most vulnerable and emotional efforts yet in the string of recent hits from the young talent. “What if they don’t play my songs as much as they listen now” Hotboi raps over a melancholy yet hard-hitting beat. Throughout the song, the two rappers trade off powerful verses touching on the different anxieties and frustrations that come with being an artist today. “Live Life Die Faster” is an impressive showcase of talent from both Hotboii and Kodak, proving that they can make powerful records in addition to club-ready hits.

Listen to “Live Life Die Faster” by Hotboii featuring Kodak Black

(Rebel Music / Geffen Records) HERE

“Live Life Die Faster” arrives on the heels of “WTF” and “Lately”, Hotboii’s two latest singles which skyrocketed to #1 and #16 trending at YouTube upon their respective releases. Pushing him even further into the forefront of the culture, “WTF” caught the attention of Drake, who posted a screenshot of the song on his Instagram. Following up on the momentum from his breakout year, Hotboii closed 2021 supporting Polo G’s tour with a gripping set that included fan favorites like “Don’t Need Time”, his viral hit which catapulted him to success, and “Nobody Special” featuring Future. Last year’s run of tour dates also included his major festival debut at Rolling Loud Miami, where he celebrated an iconic slot at one of his home state’s most beloved festival.

ABOUT HOTBOII

At just 15 years of age, Hotboii discovered his natural musical talent and began to craft his own verses as an emotional outlet. Hailing from West Orlando, Hotboii is one of the most exciting new rappers to emerge from his hometown’s scene and is poised to take the rest of the world by storm. In early 2020, the cultural hitmaker released his full-length debut project Kut Da Fan On– a powerhouse 17-track album that accumulated millions of streams within the first month of its release. In December, he released his sophomore effort, Double O Baby which immediately received widespread acclaim from the likes of PITCHFORKXXLCOMPLEX, and more for the versatility his music. Standout track from the project “Left Lonely” landed him on coveted playlists including Spotify’s Release Radar” and Apple Music’sHip Hop Hits”. 

Earlier this year, Hotboiis anthem “Don’t Need Time” picked up a gold certification from the RIAA. Meanwhile, he launched 2021 with the endorsement of numerous tastemakers. Complex touted him among Rappers to Watch in 2021” and claimed, “A natural at singing, rapping, and crafting hooks, Hotboii can do it all.” UPROXX also selected him as one of “The Rappers To Watch Out For In 2021” and wrote, Hotboii looks like as much of a sure bet to blow up as it gets.” Last December, his first full-length Double O Baby incited widespread tastemaker praise. Upon arrival, DJ Booth dubbed it one of “5 Albums You Need To Hear on Audiomack This Week.” Pitchfork showcased it among 6 New Albums You Should Listen to Now, and Complex described it as full of songs that seem primed to become big hits in 2021.” Plus, KAZI spoke to him for an exclusive interview and raved, Hotboii is bringing a new sound to the Florida scene.

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Lola Brooker is chosen to be in campaign for Foot Locker NYC & Converse via Foot Locker NYC for use by 360 MAGAZINE

FOOT LOCKER NYC × CONVERSE

In celebration for Black Music Month, Foot Locker NYC, in partnership with Converse, has selected Brooklyn-born artist Lola Brooke for their latest campaign, ‘Create Next.’ Launched earlier this month with an accompanying photoshoot, freestyle, and interview feature, ‘Create Next’ showcases the next class of rising champions poised for success in many dimensions from New York. Watch the official launch video for ‘Create Next’ HERE. Watch Lola’s freestyle HERE.

Foot Locker NYC furthermore shares, “Packed into Brooklynite raptress Lola Brooke petite frame are all the makings of the music world’s next superstar: a boisterous personality, the versatility to carve her space in any creative medium; and above all, the lyrical ability to hold her own against any competitor. Lola is one of Brooklyn’s finest, coming up as one of the NEXT big rappers in the game.” 

Lola has made tremendous gains for her artistry receiving international recognition for her distinctive appeal. Earlier this year, Lola made waves with her viral freestyle on Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth‘ series. Watch HERE. Lola’s recent AMPD Official performance, released last month, where she geniously flips Sisqo’s “Thong Song,” further attests to her star quality. Watch HERE.

Lola is set to make her Rolling Loud NYC debut on September 23, 2022.

About Lola Brooke

Packed into Brooklynite raptress Lola Brooke’s petite frame are all the makings of the music world’s next superstar: a boisterous personality, the versatility to carve her space in any creative medium; and above all the lyrical ability to hold her own against any competitor. As the Hip-Hop world finally begins to make space for female artists, Lola Brooke not only stands out in a sea of interchangeable newcomers; she also has the self-awareness to recognize that she is still discovering herself as a young woman, and the confidence to let that self-discovery play out in her music. The resulting relatability allows her to connect with a fan base that will continue to grow with her.

Discovering Hip-Hop in her early teens, Lola was instantly drawn to this new take on poetry, the artform that had allowed her to navigate the challenges of adolescent life. She quickly made a name for herself on New York’s unforgiving freestyle circuit, drawing the attention of producer Reefa Slater, who signed her to his newly formed Team 80 imprint in 2016.

Lola Brooke’s steady flow of releases and charismatic personality helped her to continue to grow her fanbase. The outcome with over a Million streams across 91 countries, on Spotify alone. As with several of her previous releases, her music has also caught the attention of the press, several of her music industry peers and even some of the OGs who have inspired Lola over the years: including Snoop Dog and Foxy Brown.

Lola has been hard at work and it is paying off with several videos in BET Jams rotation, appearances on Sirius XM’s Shade 45 Grindsetters, being ranked on Audiomack’s Artists To Watch, and being recognized on the coveted Spotify RapCaviar list and RapRadar.

Kay Flock "Shake It" cover art via Kevin Young U Music for use by 360 Magazine

Kay Flock – Shake It

Today, New York City drill star Kay Flock drops “Shake It,” an energetic new anthem for the Boogie Down Bronx. On “Shake It,” Kay Flock recruits Dougie B, Bory300, and the one and only hustler Cardi B to round out the Bronx quartet. They combine their styles fusing raw lyricism over a rapid drill beat to create a track that echoes the spirit of their hometown.

The RingRing Visuals and Jochi Saca directed video was filmed across their neighborhood’s staple City Island and includes a cameo from fellow drill rapper B-Lovee. Listen to “Shake It” HERE and watch the video HERE.

Kay Flock kicks off “Shake It” unleashing his signature gruff as he glides across the Elias Beats-produced beat. Dougie B and Bory300 join the mix adding their own drill flavors trading off bars in the confident chorus Cardi B takes the crescendo verse, letting loose emphatic bars challenging any would-be rivals. She mandates “Try to play me, you know I perform.”

The hasty “Shake It” visual channels the tenacious bond and pride of the Bronx residents. Dougie B, Bory300 and Carid B collectively rally their borough dancing by City Island’s Firehouse deli in a night-out celebration. The video includes a mural of Kay Flock along with cameos from his friends and family.

Last year Kay Flock released his critically acclaimed debut project The D.O.A. Tape, which featured standout tracks from G Herbo assisting on “Being Honest” to “Is Ya Ready,” which was named one of The New York Times’ best songs of 2021. The accolades continue to rack up for Kay Flock with Billboard, Pitchfork, XXL, HotNewHipHop, No Jumper, and more labeling him an artist to watch. To date, Kay Flock has amassed over 250 million streams

About Kay Flock

Kay Flock’s vision of drill music feels raw and free-spirited with an unburdened, electrifying take on his city’s sound. The New York rapper has spent the last couple years making tracks that bring some of the movements strongest future stars together while amplifying his own, pitching drill as collaborative, energetic, and most of all, alive.

His raps, captured in street smashes like “Brotherly Love,” featuring fellow Bronx MCs B-Lovee and Dougie B, demonstrate the thrill of the ecstatic genre. Every bar is spit with the pedal pressed all the way to the floor. In ways, his rise is similar to other New York drill artists, climbing from humble beginnings to the verge of the mainstream, but Kay Flock hails from the Bronx, a neighborhood that hasn’t so far produced the genres stars. He grew up in a rugged environment he describes as “dangerous” and, as a teenager, found escape in Brooklyn drill as well as the music of Chicago rappers like King Von.

In the Bronx, Flock made lifelong friends in B-Lovee and Dougie B who, in 2020, introduced him to recording. Almost immediately, you could recognize Flock’s unmistakable talent and his city did. Early singles like “Being Honest” and “Is Ya Ready” put Kay Flock on the map. Now, Flock has emerged as the Bronx’s and arguably New York City’s hottest new rapper. Even as Flock’s star rises, and the co-signs roll in from The New York Times, Pitchfork, No Jumper, Billboard, XXL and artists from Cardi B, G Herbo, Lil Tjay, Meek Mill, Fivio Foreign and he doesn’t plan to switch up. He’s staying true to himself.

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Kodie – Children

Houston-based rapper-producer BBY Kodie released his powerful new single, “Children,” via True Panther/EQT/Motown Records. Download / stream “Children,” which is from his upcoming mixtape, HERE.

The provocative, richly cinematic official video for “Children” immerses Kodie in

vibrant, visceral tableaux that reference the Baroque historical paintings of Caravaggio, capturing moments in history like the the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. View the video, which was helmed by the trio of directors Nyles Washington, Ross Constable and Elias Morrow Weinberg, HERE.

 The “Children” video follows “Korleone” which was named one of the best rap videos of 2020 by Rolling Stone, which said, “BBY Kodie seems quietly ascendant. With the attitude of someone who spent 2020 building in secret, ‘Korleone’ arrives almost fully realized. BBY Kodie has described himself as Houston’s answer to Drake and it’s increasingly clear how serious he is.” 

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 2000, Kodie was raised by his biological mother’s adopted sister and her husband, who moved to Houston when he was two. There, Kodie grew up with jazz and soul blaring through the house. As a teenager, he discovered rappers Future, Young Thug and Lil Yachty alongside Houston legends like Lil Flip, and channeled his influences into his first beats on Fruity Loops. By high school, he was dropping a song a day on SoundCloud. He began throwing biweekly DIY shows with HVN, growing his fanbase locally and online.

For the 20-year-old rapper-producer, putting words together is an art form based in the Texas lineage of flexing and freestyling. “When you grow up on that shit, it just gets embedded in your skin,” BBY Kodie explains. “It’s like putting the ugliest words on the most beautiful beats.”

Albums like 2018’s Kodie Kardashian and 2019’s Vogue marked gradual steps away from the innocent charm of his earlier songs towards a more polished artistic vision that coalesces on his forthcoming mixtape. Naming Kodie one of the best new artists, Pigeons & Planes said, “the budding talent operates on a high-octane field of his own, confident as hell and raring to bring the world to Houston.”

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Rich Gang – Blue Emerald

Rich Gang is back! Cash Money Records co-founder and GRAMMY® Award-nominated rap icon Bryan “Baby” Williams a.k.a. Birdman has joined forces with GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum superstar Young Thug on a new single entitled Blue Emerald. Get it HERE.

The track fuses otherworldly production with a UFO-style buzz as Young Thug slithers through the beat with eerie melodies. It all builds toward a massive and magnetic chant meant to blast off into the fall. 

“This is what y’all have been waiting for,” Birdman says.  “Me and Thugger are back together, and ‘Blue Emerald’ is just the beginning. This is the next era of Rich Gang. It starts now.”

This notably marks the return of Rich Gang—the ever-evolving hip-hop brand and collective founded by Birdman. 2013’s compilation album, Rich Gang, crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and yielded the gold-selling Hot 100 hit “Tap Out,” featuring Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj, and Future. Riding this momentum, Rich Gang delivered the multi-platinum smash “Lifestyle” [feat. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, & Birdman] and the historic mixtape, Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1. The latter project claimed spots on numerous best of the decade lists, including ones by Noisey, Stereogum, and Rolling Stone. Stereogum hailed it as “a classic of 2010s rap music.”

The music video premiered on BET Jams, BET Hip Hop, Vevo and YouTube with Music Choice and Revolt on August 27th at Midnight (12:00 am ET / 9:00 pm PT). Watch it HERE.

About Cash Money Records

Since 1991, Brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams aka “Baby” and Ronald “Slim” Williams have built Cash Money Records into a legendary force in the music industry. Through tireless devotion and an unparalleled work ethic, the duo founded the legendary label in the New Orleans housing projects and elevated it into a multi-million-dollar empire and cultural tastemaker. Not only is the company revered as an iconic and enduring global street brand, it’s become the most successful independent record label in America boasting a bevy of chart-dominating, multi-platinum artists and Grammy Award winners and cumulative sales over 100 million albums worldwide, the roster includes Jacquees, Blueface, Deemic, Juvenile and more. The label also houses Lil Wayne’s imprint Young Money Entertainment (Drake and Nicki Minaj) as well as a publishing arm Cash Money Content. Cash Money Records is distributed by Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company.

THE VOICE OF THE HEROES ALBUM by Lil Baby and Lil Durk image via Jennie Boddy at Capitol Records for use by 360 Magazine

LIL BABY × LIL DURK – VOICE OF THE HEROES

LIL BABY & LIL DURK DROP “VOICE OF THE HEROES” SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO

SHARE ARTWORK FOR THE VOICE OF THE HEROES ALBUM OUT FRIDAY 6/4

LIL BABY WINS ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT IHEARTRADIO AWARDS

LISTEN TO “VOICE OF THE HEROES” HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Lil Baby and Lil Durk have shared the highly anticipated lead single “Voice Of The Heroes” from their upcoming joint project The Voice Of The Heroes due for release this Friday 6/4 via Quality Control Music / Wolfpack Global Music / Motown Records / Alamo Records. Listen HERE. On the homonymous track Baby and Durk triumphantly swap stories of their journey towards cementing their role as the indisputable, authentic voice of the people and the responsibilities of becoming heroes to those they came up with. The release is accompanied by a new Daps directed video that follows Lil Baby and Lil Durk in the streets of Baby’s hometown of Oakland City in Atlanta, intermixed with vignettes of the differing faces and generations from the neighborhood. Watch the video HERE.

The Voice Of The Heroes is one of 2021’s most highly anticipated albums, with two of the biggest names in the game joining forces to release what will surely be another milestone moment in a long and ever-growing list of accolades for Lil Baby and Lil Durk. Lil Baby recently added to his trophy case last week at the 2021 iHeartRadio awards, bringing home the award for Hip Hop Album Of The Year.

In addition to dropping “Voice of The Heroes” record, the two share the artwork for the upcoming joint project The Voice Of The Heroes. Preorder HERE.

CINEMATIC NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “HOW IT FEELS” OUT LATER TODAY

NBA STAR JAMES HARDEN CREDITED AS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

STREAM THE VOICE OF THE HEROES HERE

Lil Baby and Lil Durk have unleashed their long-awaited project The Voice Of The Heroes via Quality Control Music / Wolfpack Global Music / Motown Records / Alamo Records. The Voice Of The Heroes is one of the year’s most highly anticipated albums, with the Atlanta and Chicago rap giants teaming up for a supercharged project that features the likes of Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Young Thug, and Rod Wave. The album release is accompanied by a cinematic new Daps directed video for “How It Feels” that follows Baby and Durk on a jewelry heist, symbolizing their newfound ‘Robin Hood’ roles of taking from the rich and returning to the less fortunate. The video will go live later today.  

NBA superstar James Harden is credited as an executive producer of The Voice Of The Heroes, as he was played a role in the inception of the project and Lil Baby spent considerable time in Harden’s studio to record. Harden and Baby’s friendship was largely made known by the now-infamous video of Harden’s generous “honey bun” gift at Lil Baby’s birthday celebration in December. Harden also previewed snippets of the album on Instagram earlier this week, giving fans another taste of what the album had in store. 

Lil Baby recently added to his trophy case last week at the 2021 iHeartRadio awards, bringing home the award for Hip Hop Album Of The Year. His recent track “We Win” with Kirk Franklin from the Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack has garnered widespread acclaim, amassing over 4 million streams and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. This marks the 8th Hot Gospel Songs No. 1 of Kirk Franklin’s career and the 1st for Lil Baby.

PRESS ON LIL BABY: 

“…the king of his class, a rapper by whom all other emcees are measured.”

– BILLBOARD

“this really does feel like his turn to rule” – FORBES

“a staple of Atlanta rap for years to come.” – ROLLING STONE

LIL BABY & LIL DURK REVEAL THE VOICE OF THE HEROES TRACKLIST image via Jennie Boddy for use by 360 Magazine
Lil Baby and Lil Durk - The Voice Of The Heroes via Quality Control Music / Wolfpack Global Music / Motown Records / Alamo Records from Jennie Boddy at Capitol Music Group.Photo Credit: Mario Pujals. For use by 360 Magazine
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21 in 21

21 Afro-Latinxs to celebrate in 2021 and beyond! 

By: Javier Pedroza

It’s Black History Month, which gives the planet time to reflect on how African American achievements have contributed to US history and how African achievements have contributed to the world. Although, don’t forget it is important to highlight and celebrate Black accomplishments year around. Due to the current global climate, it’s important to become more knowledgeable and celebrate the Afro-Latinx population for its contributions to US history and the world.

After 2020, it is an especially important time to embolden the community to take part in the celebration of Black culture. This year, the Black History Month theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” which explores the African diaspora and their contributions.

To really understand the African diaspora it is essential to acknowledge that there were more African slaves to Latin America than to the United States. “There were 11.2 million Africans who came to the New World in the slave trade and of that 11.2 million, only 450,000 came to the United States,” Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a discussion about his PBS documentary series Black In Latin America. He added, “The real black experience, in terms of numbers, is all throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.”

Today, Latinx should understand their roots, which have an undoubtedly long history of African heritage. Hispanics & Latinx identities are beautifully complex, multifaceted and multidimensional. A Pew Research Center survey of Latinx, adults shows that one-quarter of all U.S. Latinx self-identify as Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, or of African descent with roots in Latin America. This is the first time a nationally representative survey in the U.S. has asked the Latinx population directly whether they considered themselves Afro-Latinx.

Many Latinos identify with their ancestral countries of origin – Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Peru, the Dominican Republic, etc. Others may also identify with their Indigenous roots and all of these experiences made contributions to Black History. A goal to have moving forward is to celebrate global Black History and continue to recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to the world, including achievements made by Afro-Latinxs & Afro-Indigenous people. It’s imperative for Latinxs to acknowledge their African & Indigenous heritage given that history and cultures are inextricably linked to slave trade in the Americas, genocide and the African Diaspora. 

Here’s a growing list of amazing Afro-Latino (a,x) heroes and their contributions. 

1. Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

(January 24, 1874 – June 10, 1938)

Place of birth: Santurce, Puerto Rico 

Contributions: Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, born to a Black mother and father of German descent, was a historian. Mr. Schomburg is considered to be one of the Fathers of Black History & a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Schomburg’s lifework consisted of research and preservation—work that would lead him to become one of the world’s premier collectors of Black literature, slave narratives, artwork, and diasporic materials. 

2. Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega 

(January 3, 1942)

Place of birth: East Harlem, New York

Contributions: Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega is an Afro-Boricua who established the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). Dr. Moreno Vega has been an advocate for cultural equity, cultural studies and education. As the second director of El Museo del Barrio, one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable of Institutions of Color, Dr. Moreno Vega has contributed to assuring that the contributions of African and African descendants are integral to the lives of civil society in the Americas. 

3. Celia Cruz 

(October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003)

Place of birth: Havana, Cuba

Contributions: Celia Cruz was a singer & recording artist born and raised in Havana, Cuba. She was one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Her many honors included three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys for recordings such as Ritmo en el corazón (1988; with Ray Barretto) and Siempre viviré (2000).

4. Dr. José Celso Barbosa 

(July 27, 1857 – September 21, 1921)

Place of birth: Bayamón, Puerto Rico 

Contributions: Dr. José Celso Barbosa was a Physician, Sociologist and Politician.  Known as the father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement, Barbosa was the first Puerto Rican, and one of the first persons of African descent to earn a medical degree in the United States.

5. Ruth Fernández (Ruth Noemi Fernández Cortada) 

(May 23, 1919 – January 9, 2012)

Place of birth: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Contributions: Ruth Fernández, “El Alma de Puerto Rico Hecha Canción” (“The Soul of Puerto Rico Turned Song”) was a Puerto Rican contralto, actress, and a member of the Puerto Rican Senate. She was the first and only singer ever elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico. She was considered by many to be the Rosa Parks of Puerto Rico when she refused to enter the Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan through its back entrance because she was a woman of color. The owners of the hotel stated that blacks had to enter through the rear of the building, but during one evening where she was set to perform at the hotel’s ballroom, she marched into the hotel via its front entrance. After this event, the hotel changed its policy.

6. Cardi B (Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar)

(October 11, 1992)

Place of birth: Manhattan, New York

Contributions: Afro-Latina Cardi B is a Dominican & Trinidadian rapper, songwriter, and actress raised in the Bronx, New York. Recognized by Forbes as one of the most influential female rappers of all time, Cardi B is known for her aggressive flow and candid lyrics, which have received widespread media coverage. She is the highest certified female rapper of all time on the RIAA’s Top Artists (Digital Singles) ranking, also appearing among the ten highest-certified female artists and having the two top-certified songs by a female rap artist.

She is the only female rapper with multiple billion-streams on Spotify and became the first artist to top the inaugural Billboard Global 200. Her accolades include a Grammy Award, eight Billboard Music Awards, five Guinness World Records, five American Music Awards, eleven BET Hip Hop Awards and two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards. In 2018 Time magazine included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2020, Billboard honored her as Woman of the Year. 

7. Rosa Alicia Clemente 

(April 18, 1972)

Place of birth: Bronx, New York

Contributions: Afro-Boricua Rosa Alicia Clemente is the 2008 United States Vice-Presidential Candidate, Producer, Journalist, Political Commentator & Scholar-Activist. Rosa is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies of University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

8. Congressman Ritchie John Torres 

(March 12, 1988)

Place of birth: Bronx, New York

Contributions: Ritchie Torres is an Afro-Boricua politician who is a member of the Democratic party. He is the US representative for New York’s 15th congressional district. Torres was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the youngest member of the city council. Torres won the November 2020 general election and assumed office on January 3, 2021. This makes him one of the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress (along with Mondaire Jones). This also made Torres the first openly gay Afro Latino elected to Congress. As such, he is one of the nine co-chairs of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus in the 117th United States Congress. 

9. Zoe Saldana (Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario) *Trending Now

(June 19, 1978)

Place of birth: Passaic, New Jersey

Contributions: Zoe Saldaña is of mixed ethnic heritage, with her mother being of Puerto Rican descent and her father hailing from the Dominican Republic. Zoe is the only performer to get star billing in more than one movie that grossed over $2 billion worldwide with Avatar and Avengers: Infinity War. 

10. Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos 

(September 12, 1891 – April 21, 1965)

Place of birth: Ponce, Puerto Rico 

Contributions: Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos was a Puerto Rican attorney, social activist, nationalist and the son of a mixed-race mother who was the daughter of slaves and a Basque father from a farming and landowning family. The latter not only provided no financial support but also did not legally recognize his son until he was 19, and Albizu Campos grew up in poverty. In 1912 he was awarded a scholarship to study chemistry and engineering at the University of Vermont. He transferred a year later to Harvard University, majoring in chemistry and literature and becoming the first Puerto Rican Harvard graduate. Many people in Puerto Rico consider Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos the father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. 

11. Carmelo Kyam Anthony

(May 29, 1984)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: Carmelo Anthony is an Afro-Latino professional basketball player. He has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and an All-NBA Team member six-time Anthony also played in the 2016 Olympic Games, his fourth straight stint in the Olympics, which was a record for a US male basketball player, breaking the old record of having played in three Olympiads he shared with James and Robinson. He has celebrated his roots by giving back to Puerto Rico, remodeling basketball courts in a poor neighborhood 3 years in a row now. 

12. La La Anthony (Alani Nicole Vázquez) 

(June 25, 1981)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: La La Anthony is an Afro-Puerto Rican actress, host, producer and New York Times best-selling author. La La Anthony has supported charities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Gabrielle’s, Angel Foundation, GLAAD and Voto Latino. 

13. Rosie Perez (Rosa María Perez) 

(September 6, 1964)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: Rosie Perez is an Afro-Latina actress, choreographer and community activist. Rosie was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Barack Obama in 2010. Among many honors, Rosie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color (1990–1994).

Perez has also performed in stage plays on Broadway, such as The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Fish in the Dark. In addition, she was a co-host on the ABC talk show The View during the series’ 18th season. 

14. MJ Rodriguez (Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez) 

(January 7, 1991)

Place of birth: Newark, New Jersey

Contributions: MJ Rodriguez is an African American and Puerto Rican actress who is among the largest cast of transgender actresses on the show Pose. MJ made history by becoming the first Trans woman to ever sign a beauty deal with Olay Body. MJ was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Special Trailblazer Award at the 31st Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington D.C. 

15. Ramon E. Contreras 

(22-years-old)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: Ramon Contreras is a young political activist, advisor and filmmaker who is changing the nature of civic engagement by championing and encouraging minorities to participate in politics. Ramon is a fierce gun control enthusiast and founded YouthOverGuns, a platform advocating for change in underserved communities of color. He led a protest of thousands across the Brooklyn Bridge and is the National Strategist for the nation-wide organization, March for Our Lives. 

16. Laith Ashley De La Cruz 

(July 6, 1989)

Place of birth: Harlem, New York

Contributions:  Laith Ashley is a model, actor, singer-songwriter and entertainer of Dominican descent. He was the first transgender man to be featured in a Diesel campaign. Laith has been on the cover of countless magazines and has had featured stories published on countless others all around the world; ie, British GQ.

Laith was on the cast of the reality TV series, “Strut,” executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, and raised the heart rates of viewers in his appearance on hit series, “Pose,” on FX. Ashley is also an activist, particularly in transgender issues. He worked with FLUX, a division of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to trans and gender-nonconforming people. 

17. Dianne Morales 

(June 21, 1967)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York 

Contributions: Double Ivy League graduate Dianne Morales is an Afro-Boricua with degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. Dianne is the former CEO of several multi-million dollar social service nonprofits and is also the first Latina / Afro-Latina candidate for New York City Mayor. 

18. Johnny Pacheco 

(March 25, 1935 – February 15, 2021)

Place of birth: Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Contributions: Johnny Pacheco was one of the most influential artists of Latin music. He was one of the creators of The Fania All-Stars and Fania Record (#latinmotown), the most successful record label in the history of Latin music. 

19. Aida Rodriguez (Aida Margarita Parada Rodriguez) 

(August 29, 1977)

Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts

Contributions: Aida Rodriguez is a comedian, host, producer, actress and the first Latina / Afro-Latina (Puerto Rican & Dominican) to appear in two comedy specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime. Aida’s latest comedy special premiered on Netflix as part of the “They Ready” series hosted by Tiffany Haddish. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks and is also a regular contributor for The Young Turks. 

20. Indya Moore 

(January 17, 1995)

Place of birth: Bronx, New York

Contributions: Indya Moore is of Haitian, Puerto Rican, and Dominican ancestry. They are an actor among the largest cast of transgender on the show Pose. Moore does not identify as a Latinx, and instead identifies as Afro-Taíno. In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named them among the fifty heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people.” 

21. Gina Torres 

(April 25th, 1969)

Place of birth: Manhattan, New York 

Contributions: Gina Torres is an actress and the first Afro-Latina to create, produce and star in her own show, ‘Pearson’. Torres won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525. Gina also received the Best Supporting Actress award by The Imagen Foundation (Spanish for “image”) Awards, the only premier Latino entertainment awards program dedicated to honoring the positive portrayal and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures on screen. 

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