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


Cuba celebrates its Independence Day on May 20, and in honor of the island nation's continued struggle for freedom, 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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