With over three million followers across various platforms, LeJuan James has built a name for himself in the world of comedy by simply being unapologetically Latino. As a part of NBC Latino’s One Heritage, Two Generations series, the social media sensation sits down with the inspiration behind his hilarious catalogue of work—his mother, Ingrid.
“I am so glad that you saved in your life the whole Hispanic culture,” she tells her son before listing how he keeps in tune with his heritage by speaking the language, appreciating the cuisine and respecting the values connected to his Dominican and Puerto Rican roots. “When I see your videos, I say this is my mom, this is my uncle, this is my son.”
While LeJuan continues to elevate his brand with content that keeps his fans folding over with laughter, he is still amazed that his success took no more than staying authentic within his identity. “I would have never thought in a million years because of how you disciplined me or in the way that I grew up, I would be able to make a livelihood from this, being able to entertain people on social media platforms for just being Hispanic,” he says. “We get to, as a family, show the world what it is to be Hispanic [and] Latino being ourselves.”
Watch the heartwarming chat between LeJuan and his mom below: