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23 Actors Who Deserve The Never-Ending Spotlight

Dear Hollywood, get these people into your projects immediately.

It's no secret that Latino representation on television and in movies is embarrassingly low.

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And when we do get some, white or lighter skinned Latinos are often favored for roles, leaving Afro-Latinos with fewer opportunities to shine. Now, this isn't to say we shouldn't cast a certain type of person — it's just about realizing that Latino representation should be inclusive and representative of ALL our shades, black and brown included. So here are 23 actors who deserve equal attention:

1. Jharrel Jerome

2. Selenis Leyva

3. Y’lan Noel

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Seen in: Insecure and The First Purge.

Fun fact: He doesn't have any social media accounts, but if he did, he said that his Insta would just be "pictures of wheatgrass smoothies and National Geographic polar bears."

4. Mj Rodriguez

5. Judy Reyes

6. Yaya DaCosta

7. Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

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Seen in: Spider-Man: Far from Home, Love, Simon, and Alita: Battle Angel.

Fun fact: Jorge credits films with helping him keep it together during his early years when he first immigrated to the US from the Dominican Republic. He studied films like Goodfellas, The Godfather, and E.T.

8. Rosario Dawson

9. Dascha Polanco

10. Melissa De Sousa

11. Laz Alonso

12. Gina Torres

13. Luna Lauren Velez

14. Wilson Cruz

15. Aida Rodriguez

16. Sarunas J. Jackson

17. Jeimy Osorio

18. Dania Ramirez

19. Reagan Gomez-Preston

20. Amaury Nolasco

21. Rhenzy Feliz

22. Jillian Mercado

23. Ismael Cruz Cordova

This list includes many names, but as you and I both know, there are many, MANY more talented Afro-Latino actors out there who also deserve excellent roles. Please tell me who I missed in the comments, 'cause they deserve a shoutout too!

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