La Isla Bonita: Stars With Cuban Roots

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  • Pitbull
  • Laz Alonso
  • Pedro Zamora
  • Faizon Love
  • Christina Milian
  • Gina Torres
  • Rita Marley
  • Andy Garcia
  • Gloria Estefan
  • Celia Cruz


On May 20, Cuba celebrates its 111th Independence Day. To pay tribute to the tiny island nation's emancipation from Spanish rule, we're going to throw back some mojitos and give a shout-out to our favorite Cuban celebs.

Born Armando Christian Perez in Miami, rapper Pitbull brought a little island flavor to hip hop. The hit maker even named two of his albums, El Mariel and The Boatlift, after the 90-mile journey risked by many Cubans for a better life in Miami. (Photo:  C.M. Wiggins/

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