La La Anthony

by ethnic on January 23, 2010

Birth Name: Alani Nicole Vázquez

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 25, 1979

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [African, Spanish, possibly other]

La La Anthony, born Alani Nicole Vázquez, and also known as La La Vazquez, is an American disc jockey, radio and television personality, author, producer, businessperson, and actress.

La La was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, to Puerto Rican (Nuyorican) parents. She has described herself as a “Black-Puerto Rican”, and stated:

I embrace being a Black-Puerto Rican and think we are plentiful and do exist! I am more “black” than people think… Since I don’t look like J-Lo, it’s hard for me to get the Puerto Rican/Latin role in a movie. I speak fluent Spanish, but get cast as being black long before they put me as the Latino.

La La is married to NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony, who is of Puerto Rican and African-American descent. The couple has a son.

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abbracci October 8, 2015 at 1:32 am

Doesn’t look Latina. Black people always claim they are mixed with Italian and Puerto Rican to try to sound exotic.

Samiiraa September 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

There is no such thing as “looking latina”. She is 100% Puerto Rican, deal with it you ignorant.

flo January 8, 2017 at 2:10 am

Her last name is literally Vasquez! Latinos can be of any race.

anniebe April 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

“Though, most Puerto Ricans self-identify as white, few are of purely European ancestry, with about 61% of Puerto Ricans have significant Taino ancestry and 46% of Puerto Ricans having significant African ancestry, many are racially mixed, with most people having varying degrees of European, African, and Taino ancestry”.

Dogg March 17, 2015 at 5:55 am

Mulatto.

WTF June 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

honestly don’t give a fuck what she is, all i know is the bitch is gotdamn annoying as hell. nothing but a hoe. fucks men for power and money. like most hollywood bitches. got no class or intelligence. they just use their sexuality. smh it’s honestly sad af!

sararuiz April 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

serious question: What’s the difference between Afro-Puerto Rican and Spanish- Puerto Rican? I asking because a Spanish- Puerto Rican most likely has African in them and an Afro-Puerto Rican like La La most likely has Spanish in her. Genes just express themselves differently. I say this because Im Puerto Rican and one of my siblings “looks afro- Puerto Rican” and well if ppl were to see me they would probably say I’m Puerto Rican of European descent. So seriously, would it be wrong for me to call myself afro-Puerto rican, though I “don’t look it”.

blah October 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Of course you could call and consider yourself Afro-Latin because your ancestors are of African descent. Look at Mariah Carey she’s passing but she considers herself an African American woman. One thing about me is I never let someone try to make me denounce my African ancestry idc what anyone says I’m African American. People would say a lot of African Americans, Afro-Latins etc don’t look like stereotypical Africans but that doesn’t matter be PROUD of what and who you descended from. Be proud of your strong brave ancestors who endured a lot for us to even be here debating whether we should claim their blood or not.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:09 am

Afro-Puerto Rican? This girl would not fit nowhere in Africa except North Africa. She looks 1/4th black.

midori29 March 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

NOT TRUE. You know nothing about black people. Check these pictures of 100% black women.
http://www.nairaland.com/777815/beauty-northern-nigerian-women/3

ihatemostpeople April 14, 2014 at 1:04 am

Um no, she obviously looks more than 1/4 black. Blind idiot.

blah October 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

You’re clearly an idiot. 1/4th? Smh

So that would make barely any Afro-latins, or African Americans African then. She looks way more than 1/4th black.

ihatemostpeople January 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

Puerto Ricans can be black, white, mixed, asian, native american, etc…. It’s not a race. It’s a nationality.

notional December 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Correction: her eyes are green

Keith December 17, 2013 at 6:07 am

Yes, some people of African decent(black people) can have blue eyes: Vanessa and Chris Williams, Michael Ealy, James Earl Jones.

notional December 17, 2013 at 7:31 am

only if they have some white ancestors, blue eyes is not a gene that exists in black Africans

Hmm... December 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Well…
Technically, Blue and other light features are not “Proper” genes in the first place. They pretty much shouldn’t exist in humans because of environmental factors and natural selection. They are referred to as mutations.

There isn’t just one type of “black” African. Africa is the seat of human and animal diversity. It isn’t that they don’t have them, but through continuous breeding of the same traits, the gene is not dominant and therefore does not show on their phenotype. DNA is very complex, so Genes for any phenotypic combination exist throughout everyone’s genetic code, they are recessive when not shown. Basically, everyone has the potential but the chance is rare if there are no ancestors holding the trait along the line because DNA occasionally codes itself from family members that aren’t your parents.

Alice January 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

Just because it is a mutation it doesn’t mean it’s not a “proper” gene. Mutations have happened thoughout history. That why you have Europeans and Asians. The mutation for blue eyes only occurred in the Causcasian population. It is only about 6,000 to 10,000 years old and occurred North of the Black Sea area. Blue eyes do not occur naturally in Asian or African population only through admixture with Caucasians.

fuzzybear44 January 11, 2014 at 5:42 am

@alice

First,I don’t profess to be an expert on this subject,in any way.Also I am in no way attacking you.

I do agree with the fist part of your comment,as far as ( Mutations have happened thoughout history. That why you have Europeans and Asians.).Also that we are probably still changing.However these parts here,(The mutation for blue eyes only occurred in the Causcasian population. and Blue eyes do not occur naturally in Asian or African population only through admixture with Caucasians.)I have to disagree with you.From my understanding,these Africans all have different forms of albinism,which are basically mutations:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwdmd8DGXr1r666vro1_400.jpg
http://blog.africageographic.com/safari-blog/files/2012/05/Vanessa-Bristow-1.jpg
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/b9/4b/a6/b94ba6a31a8a86c605b49cb20459b088.jpg
http://gfbvberlin.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/a88d6ca542.jpg

Also this part here:
(It is only about 6,000 to 10,000 years old and occurred North of the Black Sea area.)

Now if this is true,and going by the Scientists at the University of Oslo.Pale skin didn’t come to about 5.5-6000 yrs ago.Now the people who lived around the turkey area ,and based on the rock art 10.000 yrs ago:
http://catalhuyuk.wikispaces.com/file/view/NECAT027.jpg/87119791/735×483/NECAT027.jpg
http://madamepickwickartblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/huyuk5.jpg

The people Probably looked like this(bushmen,Hadza):
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_19KYHZ_qcHI/TICvK3m1yvI/AAAAAAAAABY/LUWjqGDO9GE/s640/San-people-marczawel_com_1.jpg
http://www.lightofamillionfires.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/5D_Hadza__MG_0284_Nyoha1.jpg
also based on this:
http://www.heritagedaily.com/2013/10/hunter-gatherers-and-immigrant-farmers-lived-side-by-side-for-more-than-2000-years/99188
Also since caucasoid is just a phenotype,which all groups have.Who’s to say what the original blue eyed people looked like.However this is just my opinion.

native american January 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

are you a scientist ? If God wants them to have that then they will. Who are you to say ?

memphis January 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

People from parts of the Sudan can be pitch black with dark blue eyes. It’s not an everyday thing but those occur in other parts of Africa.

midori29 March 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Wow you are soooo IGNORANT. Check this thread about 100% black people with real blue eyes!
http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2013/02/blacks-with-blue-eyes-natural.html

midori29 March 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

NOT TRUE. 100% African black people can have blue eyes

check link :http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2013/02/blacks-with-blue-eyes-natural.html

Everyone came from Africa, even whites-so Africans have all the genetic properties already in them, recessive genes to create blue eyes and blonde hair.

bryan December 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

….and all of the people u just mentioned have European in them, sorry but u cant have blue eyes unless both sides of family carry the gene

indo December 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I thought she was just black.

bryan December 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

and what exactly is “just Black”?

blacklatinafi3rce December 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Afro puerto rican is the same as African Puerto rican.. It’s a Puerto rican withAfrican descent.. The same as saying black Puerto Rican

J.J. September 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm

correction; Puerto Rican is not an ethnicity as there are people in Puerto rico of European descent, Asian descent, African descent etc she looks like her ethnicity would be African and while she does have light eyes and probably has European blood in her, her hair is virtually black hair and her skin is quite dark not to mention she has big lips and a broad nose, her overall facial presentation screams African descent so I say her ethnicity should be changed to African-Puerto rican.

didi December 8, 2013 at 5:11 am

Not Because Your Damn Skin Is Light Means You must Be Mixed with something else..thats dumb don’t u c black people with blue eyesor liight skin people who are of black parents thats a dumb statement!

andrew December 8, 2013 at 6:32 am

black people don’t have blue eyes.

tiffany farrulla December 21, 2013 at 1:18 am

not true theres a specific island that has africans with blue eyes and blonde hair its an evironmental thing never say never you think whites are the only people that can have blue eyes lmao thats like saying whites cant have darker skin or kinky curly hair and trust me ive seen it

andrew December 21, 2013 at 5:26 am

for tiffany

Melanesians can have blond hair, but it’s in Oceania

Multiethnicchick December 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

Melanesian are Australoid not negroid/black

Alice January 11, 2014 at 1:18 am

Yes that is in Melanesians not Africa and they don’t have blue eyes. The blond hair gene mutation in Melanesians is different than the mutation in Europeans. These genes have all been studies.

dee December 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

your dumb as fuck. “Puerto Rican is not an ethnicity”. Puerto Rican IS an ethnicity, while Asian, European, and African are RACES (something us humans came up with). And there are not people in PR who are just European, or just African because the majority of them are MIXED, problem is most like to claim they are white and the famous ones in the states like to say they are black.

J.J. September 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

correction; her eyes are blue/green and her hair is virtually black (noirette) I think it should be listed

bree July 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

La La is 100% Puerto Rican. Having African, Spanish, and indigenous ancestry is what makes up Puerto Ricans! Being African American and Hispanic are two completely different cultures. She is not half African American because she does not have an African American parent, both her parents are from Puerto rico and speak Spanish. Just cuz she came out with a darker skin tone does not mean everyone has to be like “oh, she African American”, with that said clearly she has African blood in her, good for her that she’s not denying it but I don’t like when people who are Hispanic are dark skinned= they are black or when they look white= they are mostly white, not true, the genes that express themselves do not reveal what ethnicity you mostly are

AJLO7 March 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

She’s Afro-Latin like me, but she is half African American, she’s not 100% Puerto Rican, she’s half and half.

Lisette December 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

She said on her show she was black. She also tried to encourage one of her friends to date more black women like herself. Who is putting this up, yall should look up more interviews to back up what yall saying.

exotiq April 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

She may have said that, but that’s all you wanted to hear–there’s more to the story. The following are her words exactly:

“A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn’t one look that comes with the territory. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I’m not. It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I’m Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish. That person then expresses their shock over these realizations for any number of reasons—common responses are, “You don’t look Latina” and “I thought you were black!” I never said I wasn’t black. And since when does being black and being Latina have to be mutually exclusive?”

Good for her for saying that. She goes on:

“I’m not angry with anyone who doesn’t understand the complexities of race and culture. And I’m also not interested in having long, drawn out conversations about how it’s possible for me to look like this and speak Spanish. In fact, sometimes I make it a point not to mention my parents’ birthplace because I don’t always feel like having the inevitable discussion that follows. Instead, I let people look at me and come to their own conclusions. As I start to get my feet wet in Hollywood, I already know that there are certain parts I won’t even be considered for. The character can be Puerto Rican and speak Spanish just like me, but Hollywood defines Latina as Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara. As beautiful as they are, we’re not all one race in Latin America. But I don’t go to auditions so that I can give history lessons to film executives. I’d rather skip the entire process.”

…It’s a shame that there are too many ignorant Americans!

fuzzybear44 April 6, 2013 at 4:13 am

@exotiq

The blame isn’t all on the Americans.Latin American doesn’t help,they only seem to want to promote a certain look for Latinos.You have the Afro Latinos(no offense for the term),up here taking African American rolls in movies.You have LA LA stating herself,(I don’t go to auditions so that I can give history lessons to film executives. I’d rather skip the entire process.”).How are Americans suppose to learn the differences,if Latinos like her don’t step up.I see Laz Alonso doing things,but the man is going to need some help.You have some PR’s on this site,that don’t want to admit,black people were ever in the the country.

Iveee__ September 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm

She did say that she was half African American on her show lala full court life

blah November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

She’s Afro-Latin not half African American. I’m African American and people need to understand that there are black people in Latin countries due to the Atlantic Slave Trade, so she’s Afro-Latin. So basically she’s a latin of African descent and there are a lot of them check Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico etc… They’re black people that speak spanish and share spanish culture and they’re referred to as Afro-Latinos.

AJLO7 March 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

EXACTLY

Sequoia April 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

She is an African American ! She has ties to an American country and she has STRONG African roots. So that makes her an African American with some Taino and Spanish heritages, but she herself says she considers her self an African American in the Latin magazines.

luluz September 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

lol you sound so desperaate

Sequoia January 6, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Duh. Why get so technical. I was just repeating what she said. If you have a problem with that correct her not me.

sashafierce564 July 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

LA LA IS BLACK AND PUERTO-RIVAN SHRE SAID IT ON AND EPISODE ON LA LA FULL COURT LIFE.. UGHH!

sashafierce564 July 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

OMG ON THE SHOW LA LA FULL COURT LIFE SHE SAID SHE ALSO MIXED WITH BLACK ON AN EPISODE WHEN HER FRIEND SAID BLACK WOMEN NOT ADVENTUROUS ENOUGH AND SHE SAID SHE WAS AND SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT BEING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND AND SHE NOT FULLY PUERTO-RICAN Y’ALL SHOULD WATCH HER SHOW VERY ENTERTAINING :) SHE GORGEOUS!!!

yosi8844 May 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

WHY DO AFRICAN-AMERICANS ALWAYS Debate US Latinos/Hispanics Heritage? so What people want to “label” Ugly ass La La as “Black” IS THS SO IMPORTANT TO U?? I notice so MANY Times Americans IGNORANT, Wikipedia-Education spewing hating and MISINFORMATION regarding people’s Heritage! ARE ANY of U an ARCHEOLOGIST? HAVE TRAVELED AND EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE YOUR AMERICAN CULTURE?? My POINT is SO WHAT, WHAT is THE NEED to IDENTIFY US LATINOS as this or that?? JUST MIND YOUR OWN FAMILY TREE and STOP TRYING TO LABEL OTHERS HERITAGE!!

yosi8844 May 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

CORRECTION: ARE ANY OF YOU AN ARCHAEOLOGIST???

jaimarai May 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Jealous much?????????

Multiethnicchick April 29, 2012 at 5:43 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_people

She’s fricking latina not black.

DaTruth April 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Multiethnicchick, you’re all over this site spreading your ignorance. Take a moment and read commenter “lmfao” comment. Thanks…

Multiethnicchick July 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

oh yeah where am
I spreading my so called ignorance. Not my fault every exotic person is automatically labeled black. She”s mixed which is what Latino people are. Ultimately she’s what she calls herself, but judging by what it says on here, she’s mixed.

chicks823 May 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Many Latino’s idenitfy with being Black. Again, why does that bother you? The acknowledge that they have African ancestry and if they see themselves as being Black then thats how they identify. Educate yourself about the history of Latinos b4 you claim to know what they are and aren’t.

Multiethnicchick July 12, 2012 at 12:38 am

okay where in my statement did I say that it bothered me? I’m not even talking about that. The site says she Puerto Rican and black so I called her mixed which is what Latinos pretty much are. Do you even read people’s comments or do you just type random nonsense in to satisfy your own ego?

multigrl July 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Latina/Latin is an ethnicity. I saw La La’s mother and she is clearly what some would term a white Puerto Rican. I’m guessing her father is a black Puerto Rican. Black is a race as is Asian, White and Indigenous American. There are ethnicities within races, ok get that straight and science backs it up.

I suggest you educate yourself about migratory patterns and how they’ve influences racial expression. Black people have been carted all over the world, including South America and Asia ok. Asians and primarily Chinese have been spread all over, primarily Africa, the US, Carribean and some parts of South America.

The amount of ignorance I’ve been finding on internet boards is apalling. Go to the National Geographic site if you want to really understand and correct your thinking.

jaimarai May 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Wrong their are only 3 races Black, White & Asian. Native people are considered asian in ancestory.

terry fields April 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

She called herself black on her tv show she says she is black so go with it ….

DA X mann April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

blacks can claim her all they want. She’s not a real latina anyways she’s black that can speak spanish that’s it.

lmfao April 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

DA X lmfao what do you think Hispanic people are? Are you forgetting “Latina” is not a race? You can have a Asian Latina….

bvision April 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

dumb comment

just because she’s black doesn’t make her any less latina

latina not a race

GTFOH!!! Really!? April 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I really thought she had some Black in her. Wow!! Still love her though!!

DA X mann April 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm

she is black dumb ass. A black women with hispanic culture. Is it that hard to understand.

Multiethnicchick April 29, 2012 at 5:35 am

No she’s Laina, Puerto Rican. Now she is of some black African descent but that doesn’t make her black.

Mena April 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

hmmm I m Mediterranean and hadnt heard about her till a man told me I look like her..

DA X mann April 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

He told you that you look like a black person. that must of been debastating to you uh.

Mena April 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

1st this sounds a bit mean and racist.. and 2nd I know very well what I look like.. I dont need somebody to tell me.. my features look like Lalas who is partly black.. so what..

ookkk March 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

people are sooo confused and are lied to but the truth is hidden in plain site. PR,DR, Cuban, jamican, american, european etc is a nationality its not a race or ethnicity at all. people confuse these things way tooo much now a days. everyone has the same race in this world and thats human and ethnicity is the category of ur color that is connected to your heritage of origins like black, white, asian, indian. LaLa is of mix black ethnicity like majority of west indians from PR, DR, Cuba, etc are. if you dont believe that there aren’t blacks from the spanish speaking islands then i think you should go back to school and learn some global history again b/c you obviously wasn’t paying attention in school the first time around. La La is mix black and has black and Caribbean heritage plain and simple and the more people say that shes not the more it seems they’re trying to cover up their own heritage of african. stop saying PR, DR, Cuba is a race or is your ethnicity when its not those things, its a nationality.

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 2:18 am

Black people trying to drag everybody with them by claiming
all latinos and everybody who is mix is black. if your not happy being black thats your problem. don’t drag everybody with you.
not all people are black.

sanity March 22, 2012 at 3:51 am

so youre saying if you did not know of this woman’s cultural background you wouldnt think she was a typical black woman? She’s BLACK/african with european (spanish) descent and puerto rican culture!

ookkk March 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

we don’t say all spanish people are blacks but the ones that are don’t say they are. they “disregard” that side of their ethnicity and rather categorize themselves with the spanards or Caucasian side of their heritage or ethnicity. the ones that do say their black are look at like their crazy or people just chose to ignore what they just said and refuse to consider them to be blacks. even when suggesting to someone to look into their own background and see if what people are saying is crap they don’t do it. they just ignore or get angry and start a fight. before saying something, know your own history before saying something that you think is the actual truth when its not.

GeorgeJeanPierre May 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

i agree with you, i hate how some blacks or any other people for that matter think that if you have some black in you then you’re just black. Its so dumb, i cant deal with dumb bitches like that. IM MIXED im not just white or black or native american. stupid people.

lopac March 14, 2012 at 2:22 am

she’s afro puerto rican people. geeeez

BRAZIL March 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

FUCK YOU

WHAT IS AFRO PUERTO RICAN

SHE IS PUERTO RICAN THATS IT

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 6:36 am

Puerto Rican is not a race.

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

hey BRAZIL go suck white dick.

misscara February 24, 2012 at 3:16 am

I get the whole ” Pietro divans can be black or white” thing but we all know what we mean when we say someone is just Puerto rican. Too much extra nonsense. The girl’s not black as in African American, period…..

misscara February 24, 2012 at 3:40 am

Puerto rican is what I meant lol damn typing too fast

What? February 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

She looks very African to me. Sorry. I don’t see the “mixture” and I don’t think anyone does.

me March 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Yes,she looks more Afram,but her name show that she is mix

BRAZIL March 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

IF SHE IS A AFRO PUERTO RICAN

THEN

ALL PUERTO RICANS ARE AFRO

BECAUSE PUERTO RICANS HAVE AFRICAN ANCESTRY

Logic71 January 30, 2012 at 7:26 am

As a Puerto Rican woman I am going to add a comment that should clear things up. Being PR is not race. You have PRs that are of the WHITE race and of the BLACK race. Everywhere I go, people say I am white. I do have alot of Euopean and Nodic ancestry but identify with being PR. I hate to break it to you, but most of my PR friends fall into the white race category. Even hispanics identify one another by color. As a child, I was called a “blancita”. We also refer to darker skinned hispanics as “Negritas” or “Morenas.” Its not an insult, just a skin color description. She is a BLACK PR. Someone like Ricky Martin would be a WHITE PR. Case closed. Stop confusing Race with ethnicity! Learn what a PHENOTYPE is people.

Over9000 February 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Just because someone looks Black doesn’t mean they aren’t mixed. I have a cousin who is half White, half African and she looks full African (she is WAAAY darker than this girl). That’s why i don’t assume someone is full Black by just looking at them. This woman looks mixed to me.

Jen February 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I don’t find what you just said to be all that brilliant. This type of nonsense is based off of old stereotypes and should no longer be tolerated. Just like Over9000 said, your complexion doesn’t mean everything! If this were a woman with a spanish or native look, people would be professing over her beautiful latina appearance!

And by the way, if you were referred to as a “negrita” growing up, would it just be a “skin color description” then?

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 6:38 am
multigrl July 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Lets hope some of the ignorant people on this board go look up Phenotype.

So glad you explained about black and white hispanics. I mentioned this at work and was accused of being racist. People can be so uninformed and unaware.

lauren January 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

He mom looks whitte buts she’s puetro rican and her father is darker and he’s puetro rican do ur research!

Nicole January 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

She looks black to me…..

loz January 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

thats beacuse she is black(well she is mixed), ‘black’ as in african desended but she is not african american she is PR, as in her african ancestors where taken to the island that is now Peurt rico, not america.
This is the diffrence.

BRAZIL March 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

SHE IS LATINA

WE ALL KNOW THAT – HISPANICS COME FROM BLACK PEOPLE

multigrl July 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

No, Hispanics do not come from black people. Hispanics like Native Americans are considered to be Indeginous American OK. There is not a Hispanic Phenotype. Due to exploration, some Hispanics are also of European or African descent as well.

misscara February 24, 2012 at 3:12 am

Well shes not.

lynsey January 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

um….she’s not puerto rican she’s african american and also to miguel perez african americans come in different colors every where their eye color and skin color some um yeah and to bori latinos are colored so why would they be shocked………………………………………………….oh yeah and also she’s not like skin she’s fair skin………..

*Starr* January 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

First off they just finish saying shes puerto rican n u said no shes black yeah they say all puertoricans r cosiderded black but it is wat it is shes puterri except it theres thousands of puertoricans thats as dark as the color black I mean it is wat it is

rose January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

she looks Dominican. But Puerto Rican??!! really? I’m African-American and Puerto Rican and I ooh a lot Puerto Rican than her. Anyways she’s beautiful

Miguel Perez January 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

The Way people use the term RACE means nothing. A dark colored Indian with curly hair would be consider Black in America.

Genetics is the only truth. Puerto Ricans are 1/3 Native, 1/3 African, and 1/3 European as a whole, and it varies from family to family.

If a child if born fair skinned with light eyes they are considered white, however if their brother or sister that was born with darker skin and African traits they will be considered black.

I am Puerto Ricans and I look black, but my sister takes after my mother and looks like La La (light skin and light eyes).

In the future color is going to have less to do with race as more people will be mixed.

Amanda January 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I didn’t even know she was Hispanic. I thought she a Pacific Islander.

bori December 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

puertoricans are a mixed ethnicity some light some dark so theres no pure anything but pure mutt as my father would say… taino ,european, and african its in our blood…… people are too insecure in there own skin…. the media makes people ignorant lol thats why when they see many colors in the latino world they are shocked…

kAyla March 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Yes this is true,

Wrong! November 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Um this woman is a black puerto rican. puerto rican is not a race people.

Girlyy December 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Her eyes are blue tho. shes probably black and white puerto rican.

Pricesszz January 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

yeah truth id say she got her blue eyes from the white puerto rican aswell:)

ookkk March 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Venessa Williams has blue eyes and people consider her to be just black.

BRAZIL March 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

ALL POUERTO RICANS

WHO WERE BORN IN PUERTO RICO


ARE MIXED WITH AFRICANS – TAINO – AND EUROPE


SHE IT DOESNT MAKE SENSE WHEN YOU SAY

HER MOM IS WHITE PUERTO RICAN

BECAUSE WHITE PUERTO RICAN – DOESNT EXIST

Aquarius Girl November 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

She is full blooded Puerto Rican – it came from her mouth in an interview I watched on TV. What the hell do ppl mean when they say Black Puerto Rican, White Puerto Rican?? The girl is Puerto Rican who is darker…it’s just a color…doesn’t change the race. Have you seen La La’s mother and father….Puerto Ricans. My father is Mexican and was very dark…but he was still Mexican.

Wrong! November 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

PR is not a race dummy! Obvi LAla is of Afro and Spaniard decent but she is a black latina!

KEELA November 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Hey people, Puerto Ricans are unique a black PR is still PR, a white PR is still PR and there are many many white PR and many many blacks, and believe it or not you have your indian looking PR’ . In PR there is a township call Jayuya and for the month of February they celebrate their indian heritage. I think that before any of you make a comment about PR’s you should at least read the History and Heritage of Puerto Rico then maybe you can give an oppinion. As for why we are Puerto Ricans first is dueto the culture we all share and are all proud of.

FxckReality November 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Lala is African-American & Puerto Rican. She was born in Puerto Rico, therefore she is Puerto Rican by birth but African & Hispanic in terms of ancestry. Carmelo is 1/2 Puerto Rican and 1/2 African-American, so their kids are 3/4 African American and 1/4 Puerto Rican, depending on whether Lala is half puerto rican, or 1/4.

MIMIE November 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

lmaoo wat? Lala”s parents are both puerto rican & as yu said Carmelo is half so that wouldmake her son 75% puerto rican & 25% African American

multigrl July 4, 2012 at 11:35 pm

So for all the people who run around saying I’m 1/4 white/black/asian/native american. That is not the way it works out in genetics. In fact each person in your family can have differing degrees of races. It is called gene expression and it does not adhere to the measuring systems we’ve built for ourselves.

Look for $99 go to National Geographic and order your own genetics profile. If your parents are of two different races you will not see 50% of either. Depending on gene expression and dominant traits you may have more of one race than another.

SOUTHERN BELL September 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

i truely agree with you (OUT SPOKEN GIRL)you took the words completely out of my mouth if people knew their history they would know that before spanish,french,and british settlers brought slaves to the Americas their were the native americans the west indies were the first places where the slaves settled which make todays west indian mixed culture but people only go by what they see on tv its like they like to hide what makes up the real culture of these countries which who are the descendents of the african slaves that were brought over here

letsbereal August 25, 2011 at 5:15 am

My dad is puerto rican and he’s even darker the Lala. where as my mom is puerto rican and she has a very pale. Skin complection doesnt matter.

MIMIE November 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

amennnn !

Mari July 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

She’s a Black Puerto Rican. Very Common. The problem with people is that they automatically picture JLo and Marc Anthony. but they are not the Majority of what you see in PR besides the tourist.

rafael July 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

wait a white puerto rican is a transplant,but a black one is common?have you been to pr? you know the blacks are the minority,right

DONT ASK August 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

YOU’RE A FUCKING, IDIOT, YOU DO KNOW YOU’RE A FUCKING MINORITY RIGHT??? YOU FUCKING MIGRANT

rafael August 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

do you know what a migrant is? and what has that to do with anything? and by the way when you have to resort to vulgarity you have lost the arguement.

Jarocho November 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

whites in puerto rico are only a minority, majority of you people are mixed but like claiming white on the census of your country, how sad when majority of you guys would never fit in Europe

MIMIE November 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

@rafael: well I have been to PR & dark skin is ABSOLUTLY NOT the minority most people in PR have dark, or brown skin as well as tan but you barely see white skin so idkk wat Puerto Rico you have been to but its not the one I’ve seen…it sucks that everyone thinks that puerto rican all look like jennifer lopez #sigh…GOo PUERTO RICOOOO

0UTSP0KENGURRRL March 10, 2011 at 12:36 am

Why does everyone keep saying, “LaLa is not Black, but Puerto Rican”, “Lala is light-skinned, therefore, she’s mixed or Puerto Rican”, And “Puerto RIcan is a race/ethnicity”?

Uh, hello?! People, it is 2011! Everyone (at least the majority) should know PUERTO RICAN is NOT a RACE, but a PLACE you are FROM! That means either you or your parent(s) are (or use to be) a resident inhabiting the island of Puerto Rico! And you share the attitudes and behavior, belief(s), values, language(s), and so forth as a whole that characterizes your nationality. THIS IS an example of WHAT CULTURE and/or ETHNICITY IS. This is what TIES you to your NATION (i.e. France, Africa, Japan). For instance, if you or your parent(s) are of (the racial terms) African or Black descent, but are natives of a spanish speaking continent or country, then you or your parent(s) are identified (in the U.S.) as a BLACK HISPANIC! It does not matter if you or your parent(s) originated from Mexico, Spain, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, or etc.

And according to Edward Tylor, an English anthropologist, “cultural traits are entirely learned.” (1871) – Subsequently, a baby can be placed into another culture shortly after birth and can be thoroughly enculturated to that culture! Regardless of his or her skin color, body shape, and other presumed racial features. In other words, an African (or Black) American woman is far more similar culturally to her European (or White) American neighbors than to the West African woman from Senegal. THis is culture DIFFERNCES between two individuals who are of the same descent, but do not speak the same language nor do they share any other significant cultural patterns due to the fact that they were brought up in very different societies.

And just because someone has a lighter skin complexion (i.e. LaLa, Mya, Lauren London, etc.) does not mean he or she is biracial or mixed. The darkest could be the most mixed or biracial person. For instance, one of my closet friends is mixed, but her skin complexion is the same as Gabrielle Union. However, one of my brothers is the same skin tone as Beyonce, but he is not mixed or biracial. Another example would be on the Tyra Show, in one of her episodes, on biracial girls that hate part of their race, one girl who hates blacks, happened to look black. she did not look like a (generally speaking) light-skinned black (lauren london, beyonce, mya, raven symone, rihanna, halle berry), she looked more like a dark-skinned black (meagan good, gabrielle union, kyla pratt, lola monroe, kim porter, etc). In the United States, the racial classification term “Black” refers to people with ALL possible kinds of skin pigmentation from the darkest through to the very lightest skin colors, INCLUDING albinos, if they are believed by others to have African ancestry and exhibit cultural traits associated with being “African-American”. Therefore, the term ‘black people’ is NOT an indicator of skin color but of racial classification. Basically, if Lala parent(s) is a native of Puerto Rico, but is of African descent, than, racially speaking, she is STILL considered an African/Black American. However, culturally or ethnically speaking, she is a Black Hispanic, Latino/na, or (to be specific) Puerto Rican.

Therefore, I do not understand why everyone is having a fit over her “blackness”, “biracial-ness or mix-ness”, or “hispanic-ness”. I can understand why LaLa would not acknowledge BOTH of her ethnicities. And why she would jump from one ethnic to another. People put so much emphasis on what you racially or ethnically considered yourself. For instance, I am a Black American (non-hispanic) that has a caramel-cappaucino complexion and waist length hair. Specifically (ethnically) speaking, I have a very mixed heritage – African (or Black), Cherokee, and French (mother-side); African (or Black), Creek, and British (father-side). But I was born and raised in a predominately African (or Black) American society. And the fact that NO ONE can DENY my AFRICAN ANCESTRY, I am what you defined as the ‘typical African (or Black) American’ who does not look mix. However, for some unusual reason, some people (often Black) put me in the “mixed” or another category because of my hair/features. For instance, someone asked me if I was “haitian” or “creole”. And being a Black/African American does not deprive you of your OTHER ethnicities. All whites fall into one category – “White”, but still acknowledge their ethnic differences. The same goes for Asians too.

Therefore, PUERTO RICAN does NOT defined the COLOR of your SKIN! It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with a someone’s APPEARANCE or GENETIC MAKE-UP! If it does, then, PLEASE, tell me where it says on your BIRTH CERTIFICATE your RACE is PUERTO RICAN?! Because I do not know ANYONE with a birth certificate that RACIALLY IDENTIFIES him or her as PUERTO RICAN! I’m not trying to be Ms. Know-It-All, but I’m just saying, “do not feed ignorance with ignorance.” That is a very bad habit that many us (humans) possess.

NATIONAILTY – the status of belonging to a particular nation by origin, birth, or naturalization.
CULTURE – the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization.
ETHNIC – relates to cultural factors such as nationality, culture, ancestry, language and beliefs.
RACE – too complex for me to explain, but it mostly deals with what i explained above about the term black in u.s.

stefania August 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I agree with you 100 percent… Puerto Rican are mixed it the same as American everyone is a mixed you know….

mdd August 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

..thank you! do people not understand that history of any countries in the americas. puerto rico compared to other countries like cuba, dominican republic, haiti, brazil etc… didn’t have as many slaves but they were still a slave colony.you may find many puerto ricans tht deny their heritage because of racism but let’s face it any history book you read shows that the indigenous race across the caribbean and in north america was pretty much wiped out by the 1700s so the chances of a puerto rican having more native blood in them then african is slim and makes no sense when there was a steady supply of slaves being brought to the islands. I puerto ricans have no african in them then why don’t they look like mestizos from places like mexico and wherever and why is their music so different and their culture have more african in it. matter of fact the majority of the millions of slaves brought to the new world went to brazil (duh anyone can tell that as exotic as brazilian slook) the 2nd largest amount went to the caribbean (puerto rica, cuba, haiti, jamaica, DR, etc..) north america got the least amount of slaves compared to the rest of these countries. they’re still racially mixed, some are taino and spanish, others are african and spanish, others are all 3 some people may not look like they have any african in them but let’s realize the last actual africans that were brought to the new world was centuries ago. these people have centuries of racial mixing to form a new identity and look. anyone that is literally not african is therefore mixed whether we call them black or whatever it’s why all people of african descent in the americas look different than an african. and lala may be “darker” than jlo or whatever but i see tons of darker skinned puerto ricans with a rainbow of diverse looking people in their family. your skin color doesn’t dictate what you’re actually mixed with and if i pulled a nigerian and stood them next to lala they would NOT look the same.

rafael August 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

77,000 slaves total were brought to puerto rico,and a steady stream of europeans came to pr and still come to pr.are they black because they came to puerto rico? i know that for some reason blacks are obsessed with making everyone black especially puerto ricans,yes there was race mixing 500 years ago .how is that relevant today when puerto rico has far more recent european blood.or are we to ignore that?do you know puerto ricans are the only ones who can be white and are still told your black,get real so sad

niki September 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Rafael… Black ppl did not make up the one drop rule on this side of the world. Caucasians did. Black ppl are not “obsessed” about claiming ur ass or anyone else. If you take LaLa and introduce her to any of my Caucasian friends including my Caucasian bf they would say she is black. If I take ur pr ass to the same group they would definitely NOT classify you as a Caucasian. ( assuming you are a light skin pr .. i.e JLo,Ricky Martin). You seem far more OBSESSED…. OBSESSED with being european.. I have been to Spain and they don’t even claim you. Honest to god every time I mentioned learning my Spanish from my pr friends their faces got sour. You ppl are of a mixed heritage .. Some more European looking .. Some more African looking… Some more native looking.. Some look ALL THREE! LaLa won’t be picking cotton but her ass would be in the house cooking & cleaning. Get a grip

rafael September 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

niki,i never said la la was white.but you did make my point,you said la la was black so you just made her black and claimed her as a house slave.also puerto ricans from the island don’t consider jlo or ricky white.they are tanned,now adamaris lopez or frankie muniz are white.also no way i am not white when i always have to explain to people that i really am pr.also i have been to mexico and it never occured to me to ask if they claim prs.so why would you or anyone go to a foreign country and ask about a group of people? so i call bull on that one.i’m glad you brought up jlo and ricky,because they are bigger in spain than they are in puerto rico.sounds like spain claimed prs.also your friends who you claim are not white ask them what it says under race of their birth certificates.

carmen October 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

Niki, you offer the smartest and most honest and direct response here. Btw, no one in my family would consider this guy white, even with the light skin Hispanics and other races have physical markers that light skin does not erase. It is sad to see somone plead with others to accept them as something they are not. Lala is also black.

tru February 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

PR’s ArE whitE blAck & indiAn wE hAvE Alot of pridE so 2 us wE ArE 100%PR

kathleen March 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

why are you writing like a fucking douche?

guy January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm

So if a white man says he’s black….or a black man says he’s white then they are correct?

Lets think about what we are saying here. According to some of yall Latinos, I can be black as hell but since I grew up around with a white family, white community, then I will call myself white regardless of my physical looks. Interesting debate???

WTF February 16, 2011 at 2:26 am

@guy

Now you know that’s not what they mean,black people have been part of PR’s history since the Spaniards came.Therefore,there are black,white, asian,Tanio,and mixed PR;and whatever other ethnicity is on the island now.Also mixed bloods can be any combo of the people there now

TiffanyLauren January 8, 2011 at 1:53 am

Black people are not jealous…a lot of black people look like they could be models, but the media just doesnt show that.. How the hell do yall have black people color?? Ive come across a lot of ugly ass latinos women/men, yall have better features?? Latinos are not special, blacks, whites, asians, indians have good features too. I think hispanic people want to have kids by black people but want them to claim their hispanic side only.. She is not fully puerto rican, her face shows that..

fuzzybear January 9, 2011 at 1:13 am

To Tiffany

Caucasian phenotype is what seem to be preferred down there.Those people have been brought up on a system where white is the best thing to be,so that how many of them think.Oh BTW she is full PR,black people have been a part of that mixture since it started,even if some wish to forget that.We have every facial feature on the planet,there is no fixed trait,I don’t think it ever has been

TiffanyLauren January 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

Please shut up. She is not full PR. Im black! I know how black people look! You are clueless if you think anybody & everybody on earth has the same facial features. Your so stupid. Shut up. Juse because her parents were born in PR dont mean nothin. Thats just like saying Even though I’m black, my parents were born in america, so I can call myself white. Shes black & PR. No full latina looks like her. The only reason why she really doesnt get acussed of trying to be something shes not is because shes lightskinned. Get real, open your eyes.

fuzzybear January 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

To Tiff

You know there are certain things I thought I would never have to discuss with a black person,Us not all looking alike is one of them.You say your black,but that statement is something a white person would say.However to them,I give a little slack,because to them we actually do all look alike.Black people come with whats called Caucasian features,Asian features,and the famous Negroid,and everything in between.Now whether it from mixing or it’s just natural to them,they have them.Now if you don’t know this,then your the one who is truly clueless.Now I’m a black person also,but to me it sounds like you never left your own neighborhood.I’m just going to stack this lack of knowledge up to you being really young,and haven’t seen very much.
Now the other part of you comment,about American and being white was just silly.Also you saying no full latina looks like her,that again shows your lack of knowledge.Do you actually have any prove that her gggrandparents weren’t PR,I seriously doubt you do.Plus black have been in PR almost since it became PR,mixing.Now again if you don’t know that ,well again that shows your the one who’s clueless.Now if your going to comment back,come with some logic and save the profanity for your friends.

mariela January 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm

she is afro- puerto rican. there are mixed puerto ricans and black ones

Liza December 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I thought she was FULL ON African American.
But then again, I’ve seen hispanics that look black, and some that look asian.

It’s so weird..

Jose November 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

LOL I’m the same complexion as lala.. and Im100% Boricua… i dare someone to say I’m afro-latino or i’m black (nothing wrong with being Black though).. I’m just Puerto Rican, latino.. period. You can’t define a race by skin color, it’s ignorant! Just like i dare someone to call a Dominican Black, you might get punched in the face. Black people have their culture just like Ricans have theres… again, you can’t say a person is black just by their skin color. A African American that has been around Ricans or Dominicans will tell you the same more than likely.

black wallstreet November 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

To jose

You guys are part African,that part of you heritage helps to make you the latino that you are.I don’t know why you guys try to split it as if black wasn’t there from the beginning,which it was.Every group you mention has African heritage in it,and yet that seems to be the only part of the heritage you wish to deny.Now are you saying you have no black heritage,and you look just like lala?Now your right skin color doesn’t tell you everything,however when it comes to you african heritage it’s usually a pretty good sign.The funny thing is black is the only part of the heritage you guys will deny.The spanish and Native part you yell with pride,but not the black.I read in and article about people from PR,that you take pride in not having Negro hair.So for you to get on here and say what your saying,I don’t know who your hoping to fool.Btw I have been around them,and as you can see I’m still saying this,as I have said it to them.

EcoFriendly December 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

STOP!!! Getting deep down & technical it is not needed we all know ethnicity’s are mixed to make one! But, you are what you are if you are 100% Puerto Rican than you are and nothing else!!!

fuzzybear December 30, 2010 at 1:25 am

To EcoFriendly

Well I wasn’t going to say anything anymore,but since you came at me.I would like to know what a 100% Puerto Rican looks like.Black,Asian,Taino,White or any combo;because all these were on that Island,Plus some others.Now I do agree,they are 100% Puerto Rican,but that’s just like saying 100% American,doesn’t really tell you much

EcoFriendly January 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Let Me Say This! Your mom and dad can be lighter skin & be 100% PR & you can be born dark skin. It is something called genetics she is 100% Puerto Rican if she said she is! why is it so important to you? you are not her just get over it!

hapakamoagurl March 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

See the thing is,is that I don’t think people r trying to deny it if they have black heritage in them.But I can see why u would be sensitive to that subject because ur proud to be black and stuff,but by u telling or saying to other people that they have this or that or not this and that can make people angry or disagree with u,I mean u wouldn’t like it if someone told u u weren’t black,so I think its a pride thing with all of us(but at the end of the day who knows what we r,I think that for now we as people will just identify ourselves whatever it is we thnk we r),besides if PR is mix with BLK heritage then what is BLK mix with…is it just BLK,if so then why can’t PR be just PR or any other ethicity.

hapakamoagurl March 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

What I mean by other ethicity is etc.

Fuzzybear March 11, 2011 at 4:26 am

To Hapa

Hello,Actually I have been told that.I’ve been told because of my background and the way I looked,I wouldn’t be seen as black.Now I disagree with them,but I’m not mad at them for saying it.I’ve found out in some place I would be seen as different,because of the way they see things.

Now what is blk mixed with,that actually a good question.Actually the first Africans were most likely brown(solid brown).Now as they move around Africa,some got darker,some got a little lighter.As Africans migrated out changing their DNA,Some migrated back,til Africa became a highway.So it is hard to say what black is,I do know it’s more than just color of skin.It’s a world wide cultural heritage,that only some will claim.However just because you don’t want to claim it,you shouldn’t get mad just because someone brings it up.Now I’m not saying PR can’t be just PRs.

TiffanyLauren January 8, 2011 at 1:13 am

When people say she looks black, they dont just always talk about skin tone. She has a black persons facial features. If you take out the skin and look at a white & black persons facial features they dont look the same. So just because of skin tone, people are not going to say you look black unless you have features of a black person, cause even some indian people are dark brown but they dont really look black by their face.

LeBraun March 18, 2012 at 2:02 am

Ok you do know African slaves went to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 84% of the Dominican Republic has African ancestry. Jose Reyes, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa, Alfonso Soriano, Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, ect ect. Just like 40% of Puerto Rico has African ancestry. Carlos Delgado, Roberto Clemente, Carmelo Anthony, Juan Manuel Lopez, Don Omar, ect ect. It is common sense. Look up Negro Ladino or Black Ladino which means latinized African person. You are black but just celebrate the Latin culture which was brought from Southern Europe with Columbus just like African Americans celebrate Anglo American culture & contribute to it Hip Hop & R&B & Soul Jazz ect ect.

Who Cares October 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm

On another note she is hella sexy and total wifey material. Good find Melo.

Who Cares October 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm

You people need to get around more. You can be of African descent but still claim 100% Rican. Latino/Hispanic is not a race it is more of a classification. There are black latino/as and white latino/as and tan latino/as. Puerto Rican is not a race. She is 100% Puerto rican because well both her parents are from Puerto Rico. She is just black rican and there is no problem in that.

EcoFriendly December 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Puerto Rican is a race/ethnicity but, it branches off from Hispanics!! DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

fuzzybear December 30, 2010 at 1:35 am

To EcoFriendly

Actually (Who Cares)is right,it’s not a race.Hispanics is a language group/culture,any color can be it.Same thing for African,and the same for European and Asian;any color can be it

EcoFriendly January 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Spanish Is A Language ! Do you not know anything! Hispanic is a race!

fuzzybear January 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm

To EcoFriendly

Well I do know this,we all belong to the same race called homo sapiens.We are not a different species from one another.Were only different because of physical appearance( brought on because of thousands of years adapting to a certain climate or environment).This giving us a different phenotype(skin color,hair,and maybe facial features).I say maybe facial features.because I know you have seen black people with a caucasian phenotype,or asian eyes,so no Hispanic race.To tell the truth,race is just a social construct people came up with 600yrs ago to say one group is better than other,which is obviously nonsense.

getogoin January 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

thats correct PEUrto RICAN is not a RACE! there are black peurto ricans and white puerto ricans, the funny thing is LALA herself has said in countless intereviews that SHE IS BLACK herself! latinos need to get ovr this racial thing they have and accept that they have african lineage ESPECIALLY DOMINICANS who color is darker than mines and im full black american thnk you

LeBraun March 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

Some Latinos. Not all Latinos it all depends on the country.

Actually I can get you the numbers of African descent for each country.
Let me just make it simple I will just put percentage of African ancestry for each Latin American country. Starting with the highest to lowest. Some studies range in percentage. The best thing to do is just take both studies and divide the 2 & get the middle number. I will just list both numbers.
1. Haiti >95%
2. Dominican Republic 84%
3. Cuba 60% to 34%
4. Brazil 53.%
5. Puerto Rico 40% to 23.5%
6. Venezuela 26.5%
7. Colombia 21%
8. Panama 14%
9. Nicaragua 9%
10. Uruguay 4%
11. Ecuador 3%
12 Costa Rica 3%
13. Peru >3%
14 Bolivia >3%
15. Honduras 2%
16. Mexico >1%
17. Argentina 0.25%
18. Chile 0.1%

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 2:13 am

leave argentina, uruguay, chile out of this. there white.
mexico has natives.
guatemala has natives.
el salvador has natives.
the rest have very little black.
only puerto rico. dominican, cuba, and brazil have large African population. so not all latinos have black. so before you talk non-sense inform yourselves. haiti don’t count there not latinos.

nahla March 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Well I remember she once said when people look at her they assume she’s just black like she can’t be both black and latina. She said to her she self identifies as a black latina bcs she CAN be both black and latina. But u can tell she’s actually a mixed (black, white and maybe N.A) latina. I just find lations/latinas really hilarious bcs if u ask them what ur race they always go ”oh am latina” like it is supposed to be a race.No it is a nationality or ethnicity not race. Most of u are either white, black, N.A or a mixture of those three races and more. Get a grip they so get offended if u call them black even if their skin is as black as charcoal lol Bcs i’ve seen latinas way darker than my African behind

total23 October 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

“A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn’t one look that comes with the territory. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I’m not. It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I’m Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish. That person then expresses their shock over these realizations for any number of reasons—common responses are, “You don’t look Latina” and “I thought you were black!” I never said I wasn’t black. And since when does being black and being Latina have to be mutually exclusive?
In my experience, people tend to have an uninformed and rather narrow view of what it means to be Puerto Rican. For me, not looking like some people’s idea of a typical Latina has been challenging and often painful. I constantly find myself trying to justify who I am, and why should I? I’m proud of my heritage and my family. Both of my parents are from Puerto Rico. They raised two kids in Brooklyn and later in New Jersey, where we ate arroz con gandules and pasteles and listened to salsa music. I feel just as at home in Puerto Rico, where I still have tons of family, including aunts, uncles and cousins. Puerto Rico is in my blood. And that has nothing to do with the color of my skin.
I’m not angry with anyone who doesn’t understand the complexities of race and culture. And I’m also not interested in having long, drawn out conversations about how it’s possible for me to look like this and speak Spanish. In fact, sometimes I make it a point not to mention my parents’ birthplace because I don’t always feel like having the inevitable discussion that follows. Instead, I let people look at me and come to their own conclusions. As I start to get my feet wet in Hollywood, I already know that there are certain parts I won’t even be considered for. The character can be Puerto Rican and speak Spanish just like me, but Hollywood defines Latina as Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara. As beautiful as they are, we’re not all one race in Latin America. But I don’t go to auditions so that I can give history lessons to film executives. I’d rather skip the entire process.
I’m raising my son to understand who he is, and it’s my hope that he’ll never let others define him. It reflects poorly on us when we don’t educate ourselves about the rest of the world and what it looks like. I encourage people who are interested to learn more, do research and ask informed questions. If you’re lucky enough to visit various countries in Latin America, you’ll be baffled to see the blackest of the black and the lightest of the light living together. And I dare you to ask one of them to prove their latinidad.”

http://popularcartel.com/2010/01/la-la-vazquez-im-black-but-im-puerto-rican-too/

Afroboricua October 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

The problem i have with LaLa is I read in a magazine interview and she was talking about how she’s 100% Puerto Rican with NO african ties, which we canCLEARLY see is false! Both of my parents are from Puerto Rico and my dad is VERY dark skinned, but I still consider my self Afro-Rican. How the hell are you going to act ashamed of your background but marry a black man! WTF? She’s a disgrace!

K,London September 26, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Damn! Get off her ass! Y the fuck does it matter wut she is, yall stressen on sum 1 else who is doin they own thing n gettn money. Shouldn’t yall b doin that?

Ali. G December 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Why does it matter what she is? But yet still you’re on a site to find out her ethnicity!!! Please!!!!

OMG September 18, 2010 at 1:40 am

dear truth

why on earth would you say something so disrespectful
and why on earth would you target black people?
thanks for adopting the oppressive ideology that your group falls subject to
please excuse yourself and emigrate right on out this country if you’re hear if you cant stand black people- becuase we clearly deal with enough race bashing minding our own business without the help of other less fortunate minority groups who really need to see to their own needs.

thanks
management

ps
please send me a picture to you. i have this awful feeling you’re not at all attractiv ebut riding ont he coattails of these “other beautiful puerto ricans” you’re gushing about.

True Boricua December 2, 2010 at 12:52 am

Dear OMG

While I agree with you for the most part (on how ignorant “truth” sounded), I have to say you also sound very anger-filled here.

Did you know that Puerto Rico is part of the USA? lol.. it’s not a “free country” or anything, so! If truth were to just “go back”, wouldn’t really matter much, since PR is becoming Americanized.

Within every culture, or group of people, there are physically attractive, and not so physically attractive, lol. I hope everyone is aware of this and keeps their minds open!

whteva September 18, 2010 at 12:30 am

Omg! Lala is clearly a black peurto rican…She is of black race…peurto rican is heritage ie where here parents originate from….This chick used to wrk for BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELevision or BET before she started MTV.

OMG September 18, 2010 at 1:36 am

sooooo if i work for Country music channel than im a white person ?? if i worked on MTV than im a white teenager? or if i worked for a broadcasting network appealing to latinos that makes me one of them,correct? Because there are puerto rican rappers like Fat Joe and Nore that means they’re American Black since we developed Hip Hop,right? Hate to bust your bubble but you should check the stats on puerto ricans racial mixture, you’d be surprised there’s a reason why those particular caribbean latinos look northing like say central americans and mexicans and why their culture and music tast is so different and unique.Prejudice and stereotyping is the greatest way to remain ignorant-utilize your brain for critical reasoning instead of making shortcut remarks. you’re clearly not educated enough on racial/ethnic discourse so I suggest you become so before you engage in dialogue ANYWHERE-and please don’t vote, ignorance kills. I suggest you take a introductory cultural anthropology course if you ever make it to college. Read Howard zinn as well just for easy reading and quick background info on the history of this country and the politics that went into making america that’s left people like you ohhhh so confused.

Anonymous September 19, 2010 at 5:25 am

Well OMG to be fair MTV,never mention color.While the station is called BET with the key word being black.You would think if you worked at a place like that, you would at least have to be part black,to show off black talent,otherwise what’s the point in calling if that BET.Plus she worked at a all black radio station in los Angeles for years

whteva September 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm

EXCUSE me but i was not inferring the she was black just because she used to wrk for BET…im Fully aware the latinos and AA SHARE the same LINEAGE! ‘THat is why our RACES are the STRONGEST on this planet….SAVE ur uneducated comments to yourself! Thank YOU

whteva September 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Can’t deny african heritage no matter what mix may be there…i kno because i myself have the same so called puerto rican mix. We’re all black irregardless and should be proud to be so AS I AM.

Kera_Bear September 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Well for starters that is not true. I’m both black and puerto rican. I disagree;black people are not jealous at all. I slightly don’t understand why you would make that comment and for instance, back in the day you were considered a “colored race”. Where I live us Latinos n blacks treat each other like family .

fuzzybear August 23, 2010 at 5:16 am

See you like the benefits of that bloodline,you just been train to hate the source.Also you seem to have a need to make yourself feel superior to black people,when in truth your not

Fuzzybear August 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

well the only truth that I see is she’s PR,and your a very silly person

MIXGRAYEYESBARBIE July 22, 2010 at 6:15 am

i think sum of dis comments is lame she is wat she is

Adriana May 29, 2010 at 3:35 am

It is very clear that she is mixed with spanish/native american. I find her more dominican looking, a lot of dominicans have her facial features and come in lighter and darker skin colors =).

Anonymous May 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

You people are all just ígnorant. being hispanic is not a skin color. just because some one is not the color of “mexicans” doesnt mean their not hispanics. almost all latin american countries have black people.

clart kent April 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

she says, several times, that is black. She is black, but from Puerto Rico. It is possible to be both. She is a black latina.

But as far as looks, i dont find her attractive at all.

Anonymous February 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I don’t think La La is denying her african ties. She looks like she is mixed with black and hispanic. I think her baby father is the same mix as her not sure tho.

boricua June 3, 2010 at 8:43 am

wow clearly you are uneducated. She is a black with parents that are both of nuyorican descent. She is not mixed with anything, she is dark skinned born to afro-puerto rican,american parentrs. Not all latinos have tan skin and long hair. There are different races and ethinicities in every country just like the U.s. There are blacks in Cuba, Republica Dominicana and other spanish speaking countries. U.S. IS NOT THE ONLY COUNTRY WITH BLACK PEOPLE IN IT.

uhmmm June 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

her dad isnt black, he looks spanish/native american, but her mom could be black

uhmmm June 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

and i didnt know that nuyorican was a descent, i thought it just meant that shes from new york who happens to be puerto rican, correct me if im wrong…..

Monica August 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm

That’s wassup my fellow boricua.

True Boricua December 2, 2010 at 12:37 am

LOL…

I think you are uneducated here. There is no such thing as “nuyorican descent”, wtf?!

Lala is clearly mixed. If she were BLACK, purely, she’d be way darker than what she is. This goes for “light-skin” blacks too. Obviously there is a mixture, as pure Africans are dark (excluding the albinos here and anomalies). Her parents are Puerto Rican, duh. Do you know what being Puerto Rican means?

A MIXTURE! Bingo. Which I just stated. She’s mixed. With what? Other things BESIDES black. But I guess even retards still go by the “one-drop” rule bs, lol!!!

I am in no way trying to say Lala is less “black” or has “less african blood”, she clearly does, but she has other stuff, like MOST Puerto Ricans. I really don’t get what’s the big deal here.

Btw, descend means going down to/lowering. Technically, she has African descendants, along with Spanish, and maybe Indigenous (not all Puerto Ricans have Indian blood). ONTOP of that, you don’t know if there’s more mixture, because uhm…hello, Italians, and Irish also migrated to PR…

What she “looks” like, doesn’t tell everything she is, only a DNA test would. So, I think people should stop focusing on “what” she is.

0UTSP0KENGURRRL March 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

“Lala is clearly mixed. If she were BLACK, purely, she’d be way darker than what she is. This goes for “light-skin” blacks too. Obviously there is a mixture, as pure Africans are dark (excluding the albinos here and anomalies). Her parents are Puerto Rican, duh. Do you know what being Puerto Rican means?

A MIXTURE! Bingo. Which I just stated. She’s mixed. With what? Other things BESIDES black. But I guess even retards still go by the “one-drop” rule bs, lol!!!”

DAMN! For a person who tries to sound as he or she is very educated is very ignorant! What you defined as “black” is INCORRECT!!! You are implying that she is not Black, but mixed because she’s light-skinned! You claim that you are not saying that she is “less” black, yet you just said, “light-skinned and albinos are not Black (or pure African) because their skin is not very dark.” Obviously, you never been exposed to a lot of Blacks. If you have, then you would know that there’s NO SUCH THING AS PURE AFRICANS! And if you have been to Africa or America, you would know ALBINOS and LIGHT-SKINNED is STILL considered BLACK. And just because someone has a lighter skin complexion (i.e. LaLa, Mya, Lauren London, etc.) does not mean he or she is biracial or mixed. The DARKEST (Keke Palmer, Marpessa Dawn, jennifer hudson, Kelly Palmer, Angelina Jolie’s adopted daughter Zahara Maddox) could be just as mixed or biracial as their lighter-counterparts.

Think about what you are saying! You are putting emphasizes on exactly what DNA/Genetics prove to be way more complex. You are saying, my friend who is the same skin complexion as Gabrielle Union or Iman can not be a “Black Hispanic/Latina” (Puerto Rican, Dominican, or Brazilian) because her skin is too dark or not “mixed-looking” (peanut butter) color. While at the same time, implying that my half-brother who is the same skin-tone as Beyonce or China McClain can be. And this is NOT TRUE! On the Tyra Show, in one of her episodes, “biracial girls that hate part of their race”, one girl who hates blacks, happened to look black. she did not look like a (generally speaking) light-skinned black (lauren london, beyonce, mya, raven symone, rihanna, halle berry), she looked more like a dark-skinned black (meagan good, gabrielle union, kyla pratt, lola monroe, kim porter, iman, brandy, yara shahidi, jamia nash etc).

The racial classification term “Black” refers to people with ALL possible kinds of SKIN PIGMENTATION from the DARKEST through to the very LIGHTEST skin colors, INCLUDING ALBINOS, if they are believed by others to have AFRICAN ancestry and exhibit CULTURAL traits associated with BEING “African (or Black) American”. Therefore, the term BLACK is NOT an indicator of SKIN COLOR but of racial classification. Basically, if Lala parent(s) is a native of Puerto Rico, but is of African descent, than, racially speaking, she is STILL considered an African (or Black) American (regardless if she’s mixed). However, culturally or ethnically speaking, she is a Black Hispanic, Latina, or (to be specific) Puerto Rican because of her spanish speaking heritage NOT her skin color. And F.Y.I, ALBINOS LACK SKIN PIGMENTATION! What you stereotypically describe as a Black very dark-skinned (not mixed) couple w/ 4 typed hair can have an ALBINO kid! Even a white (not mixed) couple can have an ALBINO kid!

And, please, read what LALA said in THIS interview (below)…

“A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn’t one look that comes with the territory. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I’m not. It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I’m Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish. That person then expresses their shock over these realizations for any number of reasons—common responses are, “You don’t look Latina” and “I thought you were black!” I never said I wasn’t black. And since when does being black and being Latina have to be mutually exclusive? ….

It reflects poorly on us when we don’t educate ourselves about the rest of the world and what it looks like. I encourage people who are interested to learn more, do research and ask informed questions. If you’re lucky enough to visit various countries in Latin America, you’ll be baffled to see the blackest of the black and the lightest of the light living together. And I dare you to ask one of them to prove their latinidad.”

http://popularcartel.com/2010/01/la-la-vazquez-im-black-but-im-puerto-rican-too/

nahla March 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

”Lala is clearly mixed. If she were BLACK, purely, she’d be way darker than what she is. This goes for “light-skin” blacks too. Obviously there is a mixture, as pure Africans are dark (excluding the albinos here and anomalies). Her parents are Puerto Rican, duh. Do you know what being Puerto Rican means?” This has to be the most ignorant stupid comment I have ever read on this site. Sounds like u never seen pure blooded Africans let alone been to Africa. Sweetie I happen to be ”pure African” born in London with both parents from central Africa with not mixture at all as far as we can remember but I’m as light as Ciara if not lighter than her so are both my parents very light skin and my mum is very light she has freckles on her face and shoulders. So u come to my family and tell us that we’re not ”pure African” My cousin can ”pass” for a mixed race person and people always ask her if she was mixed at. I have been to my country and i’ve seen all when it comes to skin colour they have it all in there and i mean all now am not saying i’ve seen blond straight hair or blue, green eyes but colour wise we have it all. And i absolutely love how u can actually make a rainbow with Africans bcs they don’t come in one specific colour. I’m very embarrassed about ur comment even the whitest of white man would tell that black people come in different shades. I can assume ur ignorance comes from the fact that u latinos(not all) like to believe that the more European the better. It is a shame that there are still people who think like u in 2010-2011. I’m actually shocked but not surprised that another latina thinks like this

jupiterlove February 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

this is bullshit she is afro-rican come on now! she’s dark as hell! i hate when latinos try to deny their african ties!

Kat May 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm

ricans can be just as dar as black people

fuzzybear May 29, 2010 at 3:00 am

Well, it no shock still black blood is in the mix

fuzzybear May 29, 2010 at 3:46 am

meant to say black is in the mix

boricua June 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

SHE IS NOT MIXED!

fuzzybear January 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm

To EcoFriendly

Well I don’t claim to know as much about genetics as I would like to,I have seen the results of it.See I also come from a mixed background,and I know all about parents looking one way,and kids looking that way.None of the kids looking alike etc.Now I don’t know where you see it in my comment,that I have a problem with her being Puerto Rican.Then you tell me to get over something I never had a problem with in the first place.If you had ever read some of my old comments,you would have seen that

carmen October 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

this debate reminds me of my ex boyfriend Jose. he told anyone who would listen that he was Spainard and his family roots are in Spain. yet, all his family that he knew was in California or Mexico, in addition he would say there are blue eyed blonde haired Mexicans in Mexico. of course there are. they are people of a European decent that moved to Mexico and maintained the white blood line and they speak spanish. No one ever mistook him for white, not a chance in hell. funny how they latch on to white settlers, then claim blacks are just passing thru but cleary not Hispanic

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