Mariah Carey: The Venezuelan-Irish-African-American diva has had more Billboard chart-toppers than Elvis Presley, second only to the Beatles. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, producer and actress, last spring the 41-year-old added another title to her resume: Mom. Carey and hubby Nick Cannon showed off twins Moroccan and Monroe in a primetime interview with Barbara Walters. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Daddy Yankee:The Puerto-Rican born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez brought reggaeton to the mainstream, paving the way for countless other hitmakers. Since his 2004 hit single Gasolina, the 34-year-old has become a bona fide mogul, with endorsement deals, fragrances and other business ventures. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
Mimi Valdes:Talk about a tastemaker. This Puerto Rican-Cuban journalist, 41, has held top editorial positions at Vibe magazine and Latina magazines, and BET.com. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Laz Alonso: The Afro-Cuban American actor, 37, made female fans swoon in Fast and Furious, Jarhead and the 2009 megahit Avatar. That same year, Variety magazine named Alonso one of its top 10 actors to watch, solidifying his position as rising Hollywood royalty. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Rosario Dawson: The mutli-ethnic actress shows range, from the 2005 musical Rent to the 2008 drama Seven Pounds. Dawson, 32, could be the poster child for diversity, with a Puerto Rican/Afro-Cuban mother and Irish/Native American father. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Miguel Cotto: The Puerto Rican pugilist, 31, is set to defend his junior middleweight title in a bout against Antonio Margarito on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tatyana Ali: She’ll always be Ashley Banks to us. But these days the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum has graduated from supporting actress to headliner, starring in the TV One sitcom Love That Girl! The actress, of Panamanian and Trinidadian descent, is all grown up at 32. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
Maxwell: R&B crooner Gerald Maxwell Rivera is part African-American, part Puerto Rican, part Haitian and all soul. The 38-year-old is responsible for such baby-makin’ classics as “This Woman’s Work”, “Bad Habits” and “Fistful of Tears”. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Latina Magazine)
Soledad O’Brien: Both the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists can claim Maria de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien as their own. The CNN contributor, 45, is the daughter of an Afro-Cuban mother and Irish-Australian father. Her documentaries exploring race include Black in America and Latino and America. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Foundation)
Zoe Saldana:The Puerto Rican-Dominican actress, 33, spent her childhood in New York and her teen years in the DR. Roles in Drumline and Star Trek put Saldana on the map, but her performance as Uhura in the 2009 blockbuster Avatar made her a household name. Look for Saldana in Avatar 2, due out in 2014. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Michael Kors)
Alex Rodriguez: The son of Dominican immigrants, A-Rod known as much for talents playing third base for the New York Yankees as he is for his roster of A-list arm candy. The American League All-Star, 36, has been linked to Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and even Madonna. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Naya Rivera: The 24-year-old actress of Puerto Rican, African-American and German descent shines in the role of Santana Lopez on Fox’s hit show Glee. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Anthony “Romeo” Santos: After fronting the bachata-pop group Aventura, the Dominican-Puerto Rican entertainer recently went solo. Santos, 30, is also slated to star in an ABC sitcom. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
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They’re black. They’re brown. And they’re talented.
Afro-Latinos, once relegated to the sidelines because they didn’t fit neatly into a single box, are stepping the limelight. From show biz to media, sports to music, Hispanics of African descent are making their mark, following in the footsteps of trailblazers like salsa queen Celia Cruz and baseball pioneer Roberto Clemente.
Here are some young Afro-Latinos to watch.