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Shannon Skye Tavarez (January 20, 1999 – November 1, 2010) was an American child actress. She appeared in the Broadway theatre production of The Lion King by Walt Disney Theatrical, where she played the role of the young lion cub Nala.

Tavarez was a resident of Bellerose, Queens, New York City, and attended P.S. 176. She was chosen to play the role of Nala after a cattle call audition in 2008 at the Apollo Theater. She became one of two girls who split the role, with each girl performing four shows weekly. Several months after debuting in the show in September 2009, she was forced to leave the production after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. The daughter of anAfrican American mother and a Dominican father, Tavarez faced much greater difficulty in attempts to find a match for a bone marrow transplant as minorities are significantly underrepresented in donor registries, despite efforts by such performers as Alicia KeysRihanna and 50 Cent to recruit prospective donors from among their fans. Unsuccessful in finding a bone marrow donor, Tavarez underwent an umbilical cord blood transplant in August 2010.

On November 1, 2010, Tavarez died at the age of 11 at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, due to acute myeloid leukemia. The lights at the Minskoff Theatre, whereThe Lion King was playing, were dimmed the night she died. In a statement released following her daughter’s death, Odiney Brown said that “Shannon’s dream was to perform on stage, and that she did.”

my alternative wonder woman casting of diana

i very much enjoyed gal gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman however there were certain visual attributes that i would have also loved to see in diana that weren’t there so here is my short list, in no particular order, of other potential wonder womans that hit other various desirable attributes… all just for funzzies with absolutely no shade at gadot

1) Sandrine Holt

like gadot she is tall and skinny with dark eyes and dark hair. The only difference being that holt is racially mixed. she is french-chinese which would bring diversity to the character.

2) Aishwarya Rai

going with the iconic wonder woman piercing light eyes and a bonus of a beautiful brown completion, that is worthy of a greek goddess, the indian actress, rai, would be an excellent choice for diana

3) Trace Lysette

a beautiful transgender actress with a proper amazonian build and stunning blue wonder woman eyes

4) Rachele Brooke Smith

smith is not only an actor who looks like wonder woman, but she’s also an actual athlete. look at these warrior goddess abs!

5) denise vasi

vasi is a tall, dark hair, blue eyed greek-dominican actress who looks so much like wonder woman, it’s just so beautiful and amazing and i love it!!!!

this completes my list. please feel free to add to it if you think of anyone else!


Maria Alba (19 March 1910 – 26 October 1996), was a Spanish-American film actress. Originally named Maria Casajuana, she appeared in 25 feature films, including The Return of Chandu (1934), Kiss of Araby(1933) and La fuerza del querer(1930). Her most notable appearance was probably as “Saturday” in the 1932 Douglas Fairbanks film Mr. Robinson Crusoe. 

María de los Ángeles Félix Güereña (8 April 1914 – 8 April 2002) was a Mexican film actress. She is considered one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She was also considered one of the most beautiful film actresses of her time, and one of the greatest erotic myths of Spanish-language cinema. She is known by the nickname La Doña a name derived from her character in the film Doña Bárbara (1943). She is also known as María Bonita. She completed a film career that included 47 films made in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy and Argentina.

Lupe Velez aka María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 13, 1944) was a Mexican film actress.With the arrival of talkies, Vélez’s career took a turn towards comedy. Her characterization of the temperamental, explosive, rebellious and irreverent Latina woman gave her enormous popularity. She enjoyed popularity among Hispanic audiences and also made some films in Mexico. Some of her most memorable films are Lady of the Pavements (1928),The Wolf Song (1929), Palooka (1933), Laughing Boy (1934), Hollywood Party(1934) and the series of films created especially for her: Mexican Spitfire, in the early 1940s. She is associated with the nicknames “The Mexican Spitfire” and “The Hot Pepper”

Dolores del Río born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete; August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983), was a Mexican film actress. She was a Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s, and was one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. She was the first Latin American female star to be recognized internationally.Her career flourished until the end of the silent era, with success in films such as Resurrection (1927) and Ramona (1928). In the 1930s, she was noted for her participation in musical films of the Pre-Code era like Bird of Paradise (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Madame Du Barry. When her Hollywood career began to decline, del Río decided to return to her native country and join the Mexican film industry, which at that time was at its peak.When del Río returned to Mexico she became the most important star of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. A series of films like Flor silvestre, María Candelaria (1943), Las Abandonadas and Bugambilia (1944) are considered classic masterpieces of the Mexican Cinema.

Carmen Miranda (9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from the 1930s to the 1950s.In 1940, she made her first Hollywood film, Down Argentine Way, with Don Ameche and Betty Grable, her exotic clothing and Latin accent became her trademark. In the same year, she was voted the third most popular personality in the United States, and was invited to sing and dance for President Franklin Roosevelt, along with her group, Bando da Lua". Nicknamed “The Brazilian Bombshell”, Carmen Miranda is noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in her American films, particularly in 1943's The Gang’s All Here. By 1945, she was the highest paid woman in the United States. Miranda made a total of fourteen Hollywood films between 1940 and 1953. Carmen Miranda was the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in 1941. She became the first South American to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.She is considered the precursor of Brazil’s Tropicalismo cultural movement of the 1960s.

Sara Montiel (also Sarita Montiel or Saritísima; 10 March 1928 – 8 April 2013) was a Spanish singer and actress. She was a much-loved and internationally known name in the Spanish-speaking movie and music industries. Montiel was born in Campo de Criptana in the region of Castile–La Mancha in 1928 as María Antonia Abad (complete name María Antonia Alejandra Vicenta Elpidia Isidora Abad Fernández). After her unprecedented international hit in Juan de Orduña’s El Último Cuplé in 1957, Montiel achieved the status of mega-star in Europe and Latin America. She was the most commercially successful Spanish actress during the mid-20th century in much of the world. Miss Montiel’s film Varietes was banned in Beijing in 1973. Her films El Último Cuple and La Violetera netted the highest gross revenues ever recorded for films made in the Spanish speaking movie industry during the 1950s/60s. She played the role of Antonia, the niece of Don Quixote, in the 1947 Spanish film version of Cervantes’s great novel.

Maria Montez aka María Africa García Vidal de Santo Silas (6 June 1912 – 7 September 1951) was a Spaniard Dominican born motion picture actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hot-blooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as “The Queen of Technicolor”. Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, 21 of which were made in North America and five in Europe.

Katy Juradoborn María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (January 16, 1924 – July 5, 2002), was a Mexican actress who had a successful film career both in Mexico and in Hollywood.She worked with many Hollywood legends, including Gary Cooper in High Noon, Spencer Tracy in Broken Lance, and Marlon Brando in One-Eyed Jacks, and such respected directors as Fred Zinnemann (High Noon),Sam Peckinpah (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and John Huston (Under the Volcano).Jurado made seventy-one films during her career. She became the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in 1954’s Broken Lance, and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award in 1952.

Rita Dolores Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Oscar. She appeared in small roles in The Toast of New Orleans and Singin’ in the Rain. In March 1954, Moreno was featured on the cover of Life Magazine with a caption, “Rita Moreno: An Actresses’ Catalog of Sex and Innocence”. in 1956, she had a supporting role in the film version of The King and I. In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in West Side Story. She starred in Summer and Smoke (1961), Cry of Battle (1963), and afterwards, The Night of the Following Day (1968),Popi (1969), Marlowe (1969), Carnal Knowledge (1971) and The Ritz (1976). From 1971 to 1977, Moreno played many characters on the PBS children’s series.

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Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez (born December 17, 1993) is a Dominican beauty queen and reigning Miss Dominican Republic 2013. Reyes represented the Dominican Republic at Miss Universe 2013.[1]

Yaritza was born in Comendador, she was raised in the Sector of Sabana Perdida in Santo Domingo Norte.

She currently attending University of Santo Domingo. Her major is Communications. She is also currently working as a model, singer, and an actress.[2]

Reyes competed as a representative of native province of Elías Piña, being one of 36 candidates in the country of Dominican Republic in the national beauty contest, Miss Dominican Republic 2013, broadcast live from Punta Cana on August 3, 2013, where she became the winner and gained the right to represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Universe 2013.

Yaritza participated in the 62nd edition of the Miss Universe pageant. She competed to succeed outgoing titleholder, Olivia Culpo from USA, eventually finishing in the Top 10. The eventual winner was Gabriela Isler of Venezuela. She was the third woman of predominantly African heritage to represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Universe after Ruth Ocumárez in 2002 and Ada de la Cruz in 2009.

Yartiza represented the Dominican Republic at Reina Hispanoamericana 2013 where she was Virreina. Alma Álvarez was originally set to do so but was unable to for unknown reasons.

This year, Disney premiered its first Latina princess: Elena Castillo Flores, better known as Elena of Avalor. She sings and plays guitar, she goes on adventures, rules her kingdom and has her own highly rated animated TV show.

The 16-year-old crown princess had been trapped in an amulet for 41 years (so technically, she’s 57 — which might make her one of Disney’s oldest princesses, but that’s another story). Her backstory begins when another animated Disney princess, Sofia the First, sets her free. Elena confronts the evil sorceress Shuriki, voiced by Jane Fonda, who killed her parents and took over the kingdom.

Elena avenges her parents, drives Shuriki out, and begins her reign over the port city of Avalor. “She is the first princess actively ruling her kingdom, and I think that’s new,” says Aimee Carrero, the Dominican-Puerto Rican actress who lends her voice to Elena. “So she has a day job. You know, there’s no Prince Charming, she’s her own hero. She’s learning that leadership is about sacrifice, and not about this sort of totalitarian control over the people she rules — and sort of resembles more of a president than princess. There’s never been a better time to tell this story.”

‘Elena Of Avalor’ Takes The Throne As Disney’s First Latina Princess

Image: Disney Channel

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Ilka Tanya Payán (1943-1996) was an actress from the Dominican Republic, known for her roles in popular telenovelas or Hollywood movies. Later in life, however, she became a devoted HIV/AIDS activist, after she contracted the virus herself.

She founded HOLA, The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, and also became an attorney practising immigration law in the United States. She discovered she was HIV-positive in 1986, and since began to raise awareness of the disease and break stereotypes and stigmas surrounding it. In 1993 she was a featured speaker at the United Nations panel for World Aids Day. During the last year of her life she worked for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis charity, in an effort to educate the public about prevention of the condition.

Ilka Tanya Payán (January 7, 1943 - April 6, 1996) was a Dominican-born actress and attorney who later became a prominent AIDS/HIV activist in the United States.

Payán was born in Santo DomingoDominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen, settling permanently in New York City. She became widely recognized for her role in the Spanish-language telenovela Angelica, Mi Vida (“Angelica, My Life”). It was from her role on this serial that provided Payán with the experience to move on to bigger roles in Hollywood with a small role in the film Scarface, and a guest role on the television series Hill Street Blues. Prior to these roles, she had worked in local theatrical and television projects in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

She also worked hard to encourage New York’s Latino theater community. She was a founder of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), and was heavily involved with International Arts Relations (INTAR).

Payán studied law at Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles, California, and became an attorney in 1981, practicing immigration law. It was around this time that a former lover infected her with HIV. It was not until 1986 that she tested positive for the virus. Caught completely off guard by the discovery, she revealed her status to her husband, her then 22-year old daughter, her niece, and several friends. She and her second husband separated several years later, and ultimately divorced. Fortunately for him, he escaped infection.

Keeping her status private for many years, she finally publicly disclosed her status in 1993. Payán’s announcement shocked many in the Hispanic community because she was one of the first Latino celebrities to publicly disclose her status. While it was widely believed that the death of singer Héctor Lavoe in June 1993 influenced her, Payán in an interview with the New York Times said that it was an encounter with a man who she liked that helped her make this important decision. After asking her point-blank if she was positive, she admitted it to him. She later heavily debated whether or not to keep living with her secret or accept that she was living with a medical condition, and not with a punishment as many evangelical preachers at the time had labeled the disease. At the end she decided that she no longer could live a lie and decided to tell others about her status in order to educate others about the realities of living with the disease.

The announcement did not go well with some of her ten sisters and six brothers. Many who lived in the Dominican Republic were disturbed over the fact that her revelation was received negatively in that nation. The general consensus in Latin American countries during the second half of the 1980s and early 1990s, was that AIDS/HIV was a disease that only affected homosexuals and prostitutes. However, Payán was heterosexual, and this stereotype provided her with a newfound mission in life. Payán spent the final three years of her life educating the public about the realities of AIDS. On December 10, 1993 she was given the honor of being chosen as the featured speaker at the United Nations panel for World AIDS Day. Speaking to this world body of diplomats allowed her to discuss the importance of educating citizens of developing nations on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease. In addition to her work, Payán was honored by her native country when Dominican president Joaquín Balaguer awarded her the Medal of Honor in recognition of her activism. She appeared on the cover of POZ magazine in August 2005, where she was featured in article detailing her life and activism.

The years preceding her death, Payán worked in the legal department for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a non-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based AIDS/HIV organization that has led the fight in educating the public on AIDS/HIV prevention.

Payán died from complications from AIDS at her Hell’s Kitchen home on April 6, 1996.

On March 1, 2002, New York City renamed a park in the predominantly-Dominican Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights in her honor. The “Ilka Tanya Payán Park” is located on the Greenstreet bounded between 156th and 157th Streets, and Broadway and Morgan Place.

On September 27, 2005 the “Ilka Tanya Payán Theatre” located at the Times Square Arts Center was opened in a dedication ceremony. The playhouse will serve as an experimental theater for Latino actors and productions.

Since 1999, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) has given out the HOLA Ilka Award for Humanitarianism in her honor.

Dominican People // Google Search Answers I // Dominican Republic

*-What are the dominican roots / Where the Dominican come from / What is the culture of the Dominican Republic?

Roots and culture (ethnicity): The Dominican roots arise from admixture of Black African, European and Native American.

Genetically and by race: Approximately the 70% of dominicans are mixed race , followed by a White group and a Black group those are approximately the 26% of the population. The rest of the population have origins from Asia ( Chinese and Japanese people), Middle East (Palestinians, Turks, and Syrians) and Indigenous inhabitant groups.


*- Who owns the Dominican Republic? 

Dominicans and Dominican Government.


*- What is the Dominican Republic best known for?

In this order:

  1. Beaches.
  2. Dominican Women.
  3. Baseball Players.
  4. Merengue Music and dance
  5. Bachata Music and dance.


*-Whats is the area of the dominican Republic?

Occupy the eastern five-eighths of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two countries. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 48,445 square kilometers (18,705 sq mi), and third by population with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.


*- What are Interesting facts of the Dominican Republic? 

The Dominican Republic is the first place reached by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Fishing in the Dominican Republic is also a big deal, with several annual tournaments and big-game fish like marlin, Oscar de la Renta one of the best-known fashion designers of the century is Dominican and born in the capital Santo Domingo RD, Maria Montez was a Dominican Hollywood actress, Juan Rodriguez was the first documented non-Native American to live on Manhattan Island, they love alcoholic drinks specially beer and rum, They are on the third position on alcoholism in Latin America, their favorite beer is called “Presidente” and the favorite rum is “Barcelo”

See here 74 facts of the Dominican Republic


*- Whats Afro Dominican mean?

Is a term used to refer to african descent of Dominican Republic; specially inside USA.

In other hand these terms “afro dominican” or “euro dominican” are not usually used inside the country. Because Dominican republic see Dominican ethnicity as one. The admixture of both. This happen because the dominican culture is a mix of african, native and euro and many of them are mixed race, for these reasons they don’t like section their ethnicity.  See more of the dominican ethnicity Here


*-Who did Dominican Republic gain their independence from?

The official independence is from Haiti. 

Before the occupation of the Haitian troops and its government in the “Spanish Santo Domingo - Santo Domingo Español” on 1822. The Dominicans obtained their freedom from the Haitian occupation on February 27, 1844 led by “Los Trinitarios - The Trinity. The period of 22 years of “Haitian Occupation” is recalled by Dominicans as a period of brutal military rule and these gave the Dominicans the autonomy from Haiti. 

In other hand they have the others independence wars called Ephemeral Independence (1821 led by José Núñez de Cáceres y Albor ) and The Restoration War (1865 Led  by Santiago Rodríguez, Benito Monción, and Gregorio Luperón ) these gave the Dominicans the autonomy from Spain. See Dominican Independence Here


*-What is the Typical food of the Dominican Republic?

The food that is consumed daily in the Dominican Republic is called “The Flag” (La Bandera) consisting of white rice, stewed beans and stewed meat (of whatever type but preferably chicken, pork or beef). You can also found: Mangu, “Los tres folpes” (The three strokes), Sancocho, Patimongo, Mondongo, Locrios, Habichuelas con dulce, Dulce de leche, Flan, Arroz con Leche, Arepas con Batata, tiburón Asado, Longaniza Guisada Dumplin, Tostones, Pescado con coco, Camarones guisados among others.


Under the cut you’ll find roughly 52 gifs of gorgeous actress Aimee Carrero in an episode of Young & Hungry that I don’t know the name of. This was made awhile ago and I’m just posting it now which is why I don’t remember. Carrero is well known for her role as Sofia in Young & Hungry and as Angela in Level Up. Also Carrero is a Dominican-American actress, please don’t erase her ethnicity. These gifs are all small/medium, textless, and mostly hq. Any repeats were completely unintentional. All these gifs were created by me so please credit me if they’re used. Please like or reblog if you plan on using. Thank you! 1/?

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Lourdes Benedicto (born November 12, 1974) is an American actress of Filipino/Dominican Republic descent. She is most well known for her starring role as Eva Rios on The Nine, and for her role as Alicia Lawson on the short-lived series Cashmere Mafia. She is primarily known as a television actress, but has been in a few films.

Benedicto was born in BrooklynNew York. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She has had recurring roles on NYPD BlueERDawson’s Creek and as Carrie Turner on 24. She is a main-cast member on the first season of television series V, playing the character Valerie Stevens.

Her film debut was in Permanent Midnight (1998) and she followed that up with roles in Drive Me Crazy (1999), The Fighting Temptations (2003) and Unbeatable Harold (2005).

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Denise Vasi is an American actress of Dominican, Greek and Puerto Rican descent. She is best known for her role in Single Ladies.

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The first Latina Disney princess is coming to Disneyland, Disney World and TV
By Los Angeles Times

Bienvenida, Princesa Elena! Disney’s first Latina princess is about to make her parks debut.

Fans can meet Princesa Elena of Avalor, the future Disney Channel character, at Magic Kingdom park in Florida in August, and she will be at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim this fall.

The animated show “Elena of Avalor” premieres on the Disney Channel this summer. Disney says Elena is the “first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures.”  

The premise finds the teenaged princess saving her kingdom from an evil sorceress, then being tasked with ruling it alongside some magical friends. The show is a spinoff of “Sofia the First,” an animated series from Disney Junior.



April 29, 3:01 p.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when the show will premiere and how “Elena of Avalor” was introduced on “Sofia the First.”


Dominican American actress Aimee Carrero will voice the titular princess, with notable names including Jenna Ortega (“Jane the Virgin”), Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui also lending their voices to the cast.