No matter where they go, they know where they came from...
The glitz and glamour of Hollywood can blind many celebrities to the truth of their beginnings. These 10 stars keep it real, and always pay tribute to their background -- no matter how humble. From Shakira to Pitbull, these Latinos never forget their roots:
1. Jennifer Lopez
Don’t be fooled by those rocks that she got -- Jennifer Lopez will always be a boricua girl from Castle Hill, the Bronx.
Jenny From The Block loves her hometown, and has filmed multiple music videos in the New York City borough, including “Same Girl”, “I’m Gonna Be Alright”, “Hold You Down”, and “Feelin’ So Good.”
On June 4, 2014, Lopez will pay tribute to her borough with a concert called “JLO: Giving Back To The Block That Raised Her Up.” The free concert will take place at Orchard Beach Park in the Bronx. Can’t make it to NYC for the event? Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #JLoComingHome
Colombiana Shakira may live in Spain now, but she'll never forgets her home country. In fact, she founded Pies Descalzos, a foundation that runs six schools in the Colombian regions of Barranquilla, Altos de Cazuca, and Quibdo. Thanks to Shakira’s efforts, more than five thousand Colombian children receive nutritious meals, education and psychological support services.
3. Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson was born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. These days, she lends her fame, money, and time to organizations that benefit young girls growing up in the same neighborhood of New York City.
In November 2013, Dawson and Tyra Banks attended the Lower East Side Girls Club Grand Opening Gala to celebrate a new 30,000 square foot space that will serve as the new home for The Tyra Banks TZONE, a college and career prep program for girls.
4. Demi Lovato
Although she was technically born in New Mexico, Demi Lovato is a Texas gal through-and-through. In case you had any doubts about her roots: her mother is a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and her older sister is named Dallas! Lovato reconnected wiht her heritage in 2008, when she had the honor of singing the National Anthem in Texas Stadium at the Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving game.
Well, his nickname is Mr. 305!
Pitbull's love for Miami extends beyond his nickname. The rapper and singer founded The Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM). The school, which serves grades six through 12, opened last fall in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Let's just call him Mr. Education, shall we?
6. Romeo Santos
The Bronx native Romeo Santos could’ve chosen any venue to perform in while in New York City on his Formula, Vol. 2 tour. Santos ditched traditional venues like Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, opting to play a show in his native borough. In July, over 100,000 fans will have the opportunity to see Romeo perform at a sold-out show in Yankee Stadium.
7. Ricky Martin
Boricua Ricky Martin never forgets where he came from. His charity, Ricky Martin Foundation, provides education and solutions for international efforts to abolish child trafficking worldwide. In 2011, he expanded his philanthropic work by opening a Prevention Center in his homeland -- Puerto Rico. He also founded the ‘Se Trata’ initiative, which aims to protect Puerto Rican children and youth from human trafficking.
8. Edward James Olmos
Born to a Mexican-immigrant father and Mexican-American mother in Los Angeles, California, Edward James Olmos has strong ties to both his American and Mexican roots. Olmos has been one of the outspoken advocates for Latinos in media and entertainment. He made the ultimate statement of his dedication to his roots when he applied for -- and received -- Mexican citizenship.
9. Wilmer Valderrama
Born in Miami, Florida, Wilmer Valderrama moved to Venezuela when he was three years old and stayed until he was 13. After 16 years in the United States, NUVOtv asked Valderrama to return to his home -- the place where his Hollywood dreams and aspirations were born. The actor took viewers on a tour of his favorite haunts -- and the places that shaped it and changed it. It’s clear that the star hasn’t lost touch with his Latin American roots and always keeps Venezuela in his heart.
10. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is loud and proud about her Texas roots! The pop star was raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, and she returned to her hometown last November to perform the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving game.
“I don’t think you can be from Texas and not watch a Cowboys Thanksgiving game,” she said of the tradition.