Vicente Guerrero (Mexico)- Líder general revolucionaria de la Guerra de Independencia de México que más tarde se desempeñó como Presidente de México
Juan Gomez (Cuba) – líder revolucionario afrocubana en la Guerra de Independencia de Cuba contra España
Juan Jose Nieto Gil – was the first Afro-Colombian to rise to politics in the history of Colombia becoming the first Afro-Colombian to become the executive officeholder of a first level administrative division of Colombia. was also this country’s first novelist, writing three largely forgotten works.
Carlos Antonio Mendoza – Was Panamanian politician who served as Second Vice President in the government of José Domingo de Obaldía and since death of First Vice PresidentJosé Agustín Arango in 1909 he was first in line to the presidency. In this capacity Mendoza was acting President of Panamafrom March 1, 1910 to October 1, 1910. He belonged to the Liberal Party.
Jorge Artel – Colombian –
Antonio Maceo- Was second-in-command of the Cuban Army of Independence.
Fellow Cubans gave Maceo the sobriquet of the “Bronze Titan” (Spanish: El Titan de Bronce), which was a reference to his skin color, stature and status. Spaniards referred to Maceo as the “Greater Lion” (El Leon mayor). Maceo was one of the most noteworthy guerrilla leaders in 19th century Latin America, comparable toJosé Antonio Páez of Venezuela in military acumen.
Juan Almeida –
was a Cuban politician and one of the original commanders of the insurgent forces in the Cuban Revolution. After the rebels took power in 1959, he was a prominent figure in the Communist Party of Cuba. At the time of his death, he was a Vice-President of the Cuban Council of Stateand was its third ranking member. He received several decorations, and national and international awards, including the title of “Hero of the Republic of Cuba” and the Order of Máximo Gómez.
Jose Francisco Pena Gomez
Gregorio Luperon – best known for being a Dominican military and state leader who was the main leader in the restoration of the Dominican Republic after the Spanish annexation in 1863. He also Served as president.
Juan Esteban Lazo Hernández – Cuban politician who has been the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Cuba’s parliament, since 2013. Previously he was Vice-President of the Cuban Council of State. He is a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.
Ulises Heaureaux-Was president of the Dominican Republic from 1 September 1882 to 1 September 1884, from 6 January to 27 February 1887 and again from 30 April 1889 until his assassination, maintaining power between his term
Celia Cruz (Cuba) – Was a Cuban singer of Latin music. The most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. She was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa”, “La Guarachera de Cuba”, as well as The Queen of Latin Music.
She spent much of her career working in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo ofBillboard Magazine once said “Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history ofCuban and Latin music”
Arturo Schomberg ( Puerto Rico) – Was a Puerto Ricanhistorian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. He was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Over the years, he collected literature, art, slave narratives, and other materials of African history, which was purchased to become the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, named in his honor, at theNew York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Harlem.
Benkho Bioho – Bioho led a successful slave revolt in the 17th Century in San Basilio de Palenque in Colombia. Making it the first free black town in the Americas, which maintained its African cultural tradition.
Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez-
Was the first Cuban and the first black person in space; he was proclaimed at the time as the first black cosmonaut. As a member of the crew of Soyuz 38, he became the firstCuban citizen and the first person from a country in the Western Hemisphere other than the United States to travel intoEarth orbit.
Wilfredo Lam (Cuba) – Was a Cuban artist who sought to portray and revive the enduring Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. Inspired by and in contact with some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, Lam melded his influences and created a unique style, which was ultimately characterized by the prominence of hybrid figures. Though he was predominantly a painter, he also worked with sculpture, ceramics and printmaking in his later life.
Christina Milian (Cuba)
Melissa de Souza – Panama
El General Panama – Is a Panamanian reggae artist considered by some to be one of the Fathers Of “Reggae En Espanol”. During the early 1990s, he initiated the Spanish spoken dancehall. Early examples of this were the international and somewhat mainstream songs, “Te Ves Buena” and “Tu Pum Pum”. Both songs, performed in Spanish rap, were very successful in North America. After getting his foot in the door of the commercial market, many other Spanish rappers became famous in the mainstream as well, such as Vico C and DJ Negro. He has a unique, easy to listen to style of dance music and has produced many well-known songs all overLatin America. His musical works have become popular in Latin America over the last few years. This style is calledReggae en Español, because he makes dancehall reggae music with Spanish-language lyrics.
Panama Brown – Panama – First Hispanic Boxer
Lauren Velez – Puerto Rican
Laz Alonzo (Cuban)- Actor
Don Omar (Puerto Rico)
Rosie Perez (Puerto Rico)
Juelz Santana (Dominican Republic)
Vannessa Mendoza ( Colombia)
Zoe Saldana (Dominican Republic)
Arlenis Sosa ( Dominican Republic)
Raul Cuero – Inventador Colombiano
Susanna Baca – Cantanta Peruana
Gina Torres ( Cuban)
Is a Cuban volleyball player who has won three Olympic gold medals with her first being at the young, for volleyball, age of 17. She has played on the international circuit since she was 14. In 2001 she was recipient of the Best Player of the 20th Century award by the FIVB and was inducted into theVolleyball Hall of Fame.
Lala Anthony (Puerto Rican)
Dascha Polanco – Dominican
Cecillia Tait ( Peru)
Ilia Calderon – (Colombia)
Diana Mina – Miss Colombia
Amara La Negra – Dominican Republic
Indhira Rosa Serrano Redondo – Colombia Actress
Rudy Duthil (Cuban and Dominican)
Paula Zapata –
is a Colombian engineer and professor. She served as the8th Minister of Culture of Colombia, and was the third person to hold that office in the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Moreno was the first Afro-Colombian woman, as well as the youngest person, to hold a cabinet-levelministry in Colombia.
Piedad Cordoba -is a Colombian lawyer and politician who served as Senator of Colombia from 1994 to 2010. A Liberal party politician, she also served as Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia for Antioquia from 1992 to 1994.In 2012, Córdoba was named by Foreign Policy magazine as the most influential Ibero-American intellectual, again causing much controversy in her native Colombia
Luis Gilberto Murillo – (Colombia)
Argelia Laya (Venezuela) –
Carolina Indriago – Miss Venezuela
Morella Munoz – Famous Mezzo Soprana
Gledys Ibarra – Actress
Maria Isabell Urrutia – Colombia