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No Access To Higher Ed Barring Latinos From Professional Sports?

American Sports may have a Latino problem.

As the Latino influence across platforms in America continues to grow and expand, one thing missing is professional athletes. With the exception of baseball, Latino athletes are rare to be found in other major professional sports, even though a recent Nielsen study finds that 94 percent of Latino males are sports fans and 56 percent consider themselves a dedicated fan.

The NBA is doing its part to connect with its Latino fanbase, holding games in Mexico City the last couple years, in addition to having their 10th annual "Latin Nights" series commemorating Latino heritage with specific jerseys translating American cities into Spanish. The problem, according to Rolling Stone, is we only saw Latinos making up about 1.8 percent of NBA rosters in 2015, even though they're an extensive consumer audience of the game.

Carmelo Anthony has come to the forefront, boasting his Afro-Latino heritage. Melo's father, who passed away when he was just two, was a member of the Young Lords, an activist group that fought against social inequality back in the 1970s. Melo doesn't run from his background, he even has the Puerto Rican flag tattooed on his right hand paying homage to his father. The three-time Olympic gold medalist is active in his involvement with Puerto Rico, building many basketball courts across the country, and he even owns a soccer team there. He was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business.

More athletes in professional sports could stand to put on for their Latino heritage, as it would make them a role model in the community. We should all know by now how much representation really matters. Instead, many are labeled and/or seen at African American.

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The NFL sees a dearth of Latinos in the sport as well, a mere 26 held active roster spots during the 2015 season and only account for 1.8 percent of Division I football players. Roberto Aguayo, who is of Mexican descent, was the highest drafted kicker in over a decade, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him 59th overall in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

There is clearly a disconnect somewhere as Latinos are big sports fans, but that is not turning into having a large professional athlete contingent of their own. One thought is the 4-year college barrier, as only 35 percent of Latino-Americans are enrolled in college, but about half are only at 2-year schools, many without sports teams. Latinos continue to dominate in sports like MMA, boxing, and soccer where attending college is not required, points out writer Juan Vidal.

The Latino community needs more role models to assert themselves and pave the way for future kids who want to play sports like football and basketball. Seeing their heroes on television will push kids to emulate their favorite athletes. That may make a Latino kid pick up a football or a basketball instead of kicking a soccer ball (which is not a bad thing). That kind of change could lead us to see the Latino version of Peyton Manning hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy, or the Latino Allen Iverson winning the NBA MVP.


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Romeo Santos Makes History As The First Latino Performer To Headline MetLife Concert

Romeo Santos is making history and his fans have the most to gain from it.

On September 21, Santos will perform at MetLife Stadium making him the first Latin artist to do so. The venue holds up to 80,00 seats, which is more than enough for Santos' fans who will go see the singer perform his recent number one album, Utopia.

The one-day event will be called, UTOPIA the Concert, and Santos, the King of Bachata has already taken to his social media to express his appreciation on being chosen to make history at the stadium.

"I've never performed in such a prestigious venue, not even when I was a part of Aventura or in my solo career," the 37-year-old said in a video posted to his Instagram account about his upcoming concert. The "Odio" singer shouldn't face too much of a challenge in filling up the MetLife stadium seats.

In 2014 he sold out two Yankee Stadium shows, the stadium holds over 50,000 people; during his Golden Tour he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden three times. His draw power is undeniably huge, so tickets may be hard to come by once they go on sale.


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Fans can expect Santos to perform hits from his Utopia album, which includes records with fellow Dominican singers Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos, Monchy & Alexandria, and his former group Aventura.

Ticket information is not yet available but is to be expected soon.

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Gang Member May Testify Against Defendants In 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz' Murder Trial

A member of the Trinitarios gang who witnessed the fatal stabbing of Bronx teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz may take the stand against five defendants this week.

The first of two murder trials for the killing of Junior Guzman-Feliz began earlier this month, NBC4 New York reports. Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago (24), Jonaiki Martinez Estrella (24), Jose Muniz (21) and Manuel Rivera (18) and Elvin Garcia (23) were given second-degree murder, manslaughter, conspiracy, gang assault and criminal possession of weapon charges for the June 2018 stabbing of the 15-year-old.

It was previously reported that the leader of the Trinitarios gang assisted the police with information about the defendant but it isn't known if he is the same witness who will testify this week.

A total of eleven women and one man make up the jury. During the first few days of the trial, the courtroom watched three clips from the harrowing incident that showed Guzman-Feliz before and after the attack. The teen was reportedly stabbed by the defendants in a case of mistaken identity.

One of the clips was never seen by the public and showed the attackers dragging Junior out of the grocery story with the teen fighting back as the gang yielded machete and knives. Later in the trial, jurors were shown 13 different angles and the six locations of the group looking for the teen.

As family members sobbed in the court, prosecutors claimed that Junior's murder was premeditated given the weapons used. But defense attorneys deemed most of Junior's wounds as "superficial" and noted how the cut to his throat was the cause of his death. They also claimed four of the defendants did not intend to kill Junior. The defense rilled up the court, including Junior's family.

"Why would they need those weapons if they're not trying to kill someone?" sister-in-law Ione Guierrez told ABC7. "I need somebody to explain that to me." Junior's father was later escorted out of the courtroom for using profanity as the defendants reportedly laughed during the trial. "These guys are sitting there, just looking at us, just literally laughing," supporter Ilene Mariez told reporters. "The family got really really upset, and the father, towards the end, he was so upset he was using profanity," Mariez added. "So they pulled him from the courtroom."

Defense attorneys cross-examined witnesses like a woman who saw what happened from her apartment window. The witness said Junior motioned for her to call the police. After heading outside to help the teen, she said in disturbing detail his last word was "water."

A total of 14 people are facing jail time for Junior's death. The other nine suspects who are accused of taking part in other aspects of the assault will have a pretrial hearing dated for June 17.

Junior's passing sent waves around the country as clips were seen on social media. A number of celebrities took part in the #JusticeforJunior movement like Carmelo Anthony, Cardi B, Lala Anthony, Rihanna and Wesley Snipes. The street where Junior died was changed from Bathgate Avenue to Lesandro Junior Guzman Way. He was also honored by the NYPD with a scholarship created in his name. The teen was a member of the NYPD's Explores Program and had an interest in becoming a police officer.

"He was one of the good kids in the Bronx," his mother said at the time of his death. "He has never been in any fight, never, in 15 years. He was innocent. He never grew up on the streets. He was with me all the time."

If found guilty, the five defendants will face life in prison.

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Cardi B's Fans Are Creeping Her Out With Comments About Her Family

Cardi B loves her fans, but she's making one thing clear to them: her family is off limits. During one of her popular Instagram live sessions, Cardi revealed that she frequently talks to her fan pages but that recently they've been crossing a few lines and talking "hella crazy" about her family, especially her sister Hennessy Carolina.

Before getting into it, the "Please Me" artist made it clear that she's incredibly thankful for her fans and that she goes out of her way to respond to their comments and like their pictures, they just have to leave her family alone.

"I am so thankful that I have people who love me, that follow up with my life, always supporting me, always supporting my music, my looks and everything," she said during the live.

"But it's like bro, no, you cannot talk about my sister. I would go to jail for my sister, I would die for my sister, I would take a bullet for my sister. So nobody could talk about my sister. I could be best friends with somebody for 100 years. Once they say something slick about my sister, you’re getting cut the f*** off, period.”

Cardi warned the Bardi Gang that hands would be thrown, regardless of whether they're a fan of hers or not, over her sister.

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