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Bruno Mars takes us to paradise, But what’s his real name?

Dan Hallman, Associated Press

Bruno Mars was not always known by his alias. There was a time when he went by Peter Gene Hernandez. Yes, you read right, Hernandez! He is Latino. It has been highly publicized that he was raised in Hawaii by a family of musicians, but the Latino part gets pushed under the rug. This whole time I was walking around saying, he seems so Latino, but they say he’s Hawaiian. Well, my Latino-radar was right. His father is from Puerto Rico and his mother is of Filipino decent, therefore he is indeed half Latino!

Mars’ new hit, “Locked Out Of Heaven”, is ear candy and is maintaining its position at the top of the charts. How awesome is it that a Latino has the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row? His ability to reign over the charts makes him “one of only move makes him one of only nine male soloists to spent at least two weeks with his first four singles, according to Billboard.” This is definitely an achievement to celebrate and a star to keep our eye on. On a side note, if you really want some eye candy to go along with the ear candy, check out the March cover of Playboy (where Bruno is the first Latino man ever featured on the cover).




About Ces’Ari Garcia Delmuro

Born and raised in southern California to Mexican-American parents, Ces'Ari pronounced Chez-ah-ree, has always had a passion for learning a little bit of everything while maintaining close cultural ties. She graduated the University of California, Irvine with campus wide and political science honors attached to her B.A. in Political Science. The honors titles came from completing a senior thesis on the shared infrastructure between the United States and Mexico. Rather than jumping straight into law school after graduation, she decided to first give back to a community that had similar demographics to her own and thus, joined Teach For America (TFA) and relocated to Arizona during the height of SB 1070 tensions. While in TFA, Ces'Ari earned her M. Ed. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Science from Arizona State University and completed research on HB 2281, the ethnic studies ban in Arizona. The injustices that the Latino community faces propels Ces'Ari toward furthering her education as a means of gaining a louder voice to speak on behalf of the Latino community. She is currently studying for the LSAT and plans on attending law school in fall 2013. You can find more of Ces'Ari's writing on her personal blog.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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