Gloria Estefan is a hero in our house and for nothing more than being Cuban and famous. Growing up, my mami always gave me updates on Gloria’s life, her music career, her family, gossip. And yes, we referred to her as Gloria as if we had a very personal, I know you in real life type relationship (we do not, in fact, know her at all).
My mami was overjoyed when she had children. She was distraught when she had her bus accident. She followed her recovery every step of the way. My mami even knows Gloria’s life story from her life in Cuban to her journey to the United States. My mami loves Gloria. I thought my mami was a bit batty to be so obsessed with Gloria but now that I’m older I get why she loves her so.
I find myself following somewhat in my mami’s footsteps. Like mami, I search out famous Cubanos to support. You could be a terrible actor or awful singer but if you’re Cuban I’m going to check out your work. It’s much like my love for really bad Latino entertainment solely for the sake of showing support. My husband, like usual, thinks I’m nuts. Like the time we were watching Jennifer Lopez’s Shall We Dance and I got excited about Bobby Cannavale, a Cubanito born in my own little Union City, New Jersey.
In case you’re like me, here’s a little round up of my favorite bet-you-didn’t-know-they-were-Cuban Cubans.
- Ex-Real World participant Rachel Campos-Duffy
- Leann Rimes loving Eddie Cibrian
- Lawrence Fishburn’s wife, Gina Torres
- Actress and singer Christina Milian
- Fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez
I’ve got a motherload of a list going, this is just a small sampling. Are you as obsessive as my mami about supporting your famous country men and women? I love to support all Latino artists not just the Cubanos so I’d love for you to share some less well known Latino celebrities. I may not talk about on a first name basis but I’ll be their cheerleader nonetheless.