Bruno Mars (musician) was born Peter Gene Hernandez. His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from Ukraine and Hungary) descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.Mars’ mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was of Filipino descent, with distant Spanish ancestry.
He has also experienced racism in the music industry.
What does it mean to be black and Latino in the U.S.? Featuring interviews with Latino actors Laz Alonso (“Avatar”, “Jumping the Broom”), Tatyana Ali (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Gina Torres (“Suits, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”), musicians Christina Milian (“Dip it Low”) and Kat DeLuna (“Whine Up”), and journalist Soledad O'Brien (CNN), among many others.