Cuban Links: Celebrities With Roots in La Isla Bonita

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  • Pitbull
  • Christina Milian
  • Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan
  • Laz Alonso
  • Daisy Fuentes
  • Eva Mendes
  • Carlos Leon
  • Jon Secada
  • Rita Marley
  • Celia Cruz
  • Sen Dog


President Obama has once again made history. On December 18, Obama ordered the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century.  Travel restrictions will be lifted to Cuba for family visits, official government business and educational activities. However, tourist travel remains banned. In honor of this historic step forward with Cuba, we're putting a spotlight on some of its most notable exports. Here are just a few celebs who hail from la isla bonita.

He may be known as Mr. 305, but this hitmaker's roots are pure cubano. The rapper, born Armando Christian Pèrez in Miami, comes from a family of Cuban expatriates. The titles of two of his hit albums, El Mariel and The Boatlift, reference the treacherous 90 mile journey from Cuba to Miami.

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