Jorge Ramos Biography

The Jorge Ramos biography begins in Mexico City, where the future media star was born in 1958. Young Jorge grew up enjoying track, soccer, and tennis. Even as a high school student, he had a grand vision for his future, wanting to become “indispensable” to his community.

He studied communications at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana and soon earned a post as a reporter for the Mexican media conglomerate Televisa. Unfortunately, Ramos found that Televisa often censored his stories in an effort to appease Mexico’s then-ruling party, PRI.

In search of freedom of speech, Ramos secured a student visa and moved to Los Angeles in 1983. After a year of waiting tables to pay for his studies at UCLA, Ramos got his big break when a local Univision TV affiliate hired him as a reporter. This in turn led to another job on the morning news in Miami Florida, and finally to a spot on Univision’s national broadcast.

Jorge Ramos Biography – Career with Univision

Jorge Ramos biography

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Experts consider Jorge Ramos one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Hispanic community, not only in the US but also in Latin America. Ramos has his partnership with Univision to thank for this.

When Univision promoted him to their evening news anchor in 1986, Ramos became one of the youngest news anchors America had ever seen. Yet he conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, taking on serious social and political issues in his stories and speaking with eloquence, power, and credibility.

Ramos has interviewed every US president since George Bush Sr. as well as dozens of Latin American presidents, including such controversial figures as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

He has earned a reputation for being “the voice of the voiceless,” willing to ask tough questions and shine light on issues others would perhaps prefer not to discuss.

Even after getting punched by a bodyguard for asking Fidel Castro a tough question about democratic elections, Jorge Ramos has continued to uphold his high standards of journalistic integrity on his daily news show, his weekly political show, and in countless guest appearances on English stations from CNN to PBS to Fox News.

Notable Accomplishments

Today Jorge Ramos’ Univision show reaches six times as many Hispanic homes as any English news station.

He has earned countless recognitions for his influence in the Latino community and in the world of journalism, including:
• 8 Emmys for excellence in journalism
• Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism
• Ruben Salazar Award for positive portrayal of Latinos from the Council of La Raza
• Featured in Time magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the US
• Featured in Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Political and Media Figures
• Named one of Top Ten Latino Leaders by Latino Leaders magazine
• Received Latino Book Award in 2006

Jorge Ramos Books

Of course, no Jorge Ramos biography would be complete without mention of his writing. In addition to his TV appearances, Ramos writes a weekly column that appears in over 40 newspapers in The New York Times Syndicate.

Ramos has also penned 10 books, many which explore a topic very close to his heart, namely immigration. These books include:

• The Latino Wave: How Hispanics Are Transforming Politics in America
• No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home
• Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History
• The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future
• What I Saw
• Hunting the Lion
• Behind the Mask
• The Gift of Time: Letters from a Father
• A Country For all: An Immigrant Manifesto
• I’m Just Like My Dad/I’m Just Like My Mom (children’s book)

If you would like to learn more about Jorge Ramos, his autobiography, No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home, makes an excellent place to start.

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Zoe Saldana Biography

Best known for her role as a blue-skinned alien in Avatar, sexy Latina actress Zoe Saldana has been turning heads for years now. A look at a Zoe Saldana biography helps explain why this proud Latina woman is so comfortable—and successful—in her own skin.

Zoe Saldana Biography – Early Life

Zoe Saldana was born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in 1978 in Queens, New York to a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father. Her father died in a car crash when Zoe was 9. Zoe and her sisters grew up in Queens and in the Dominican Republic, so from an early age Zoe felt close to her roots.

Zoe Saldana studied ballet, jazz, and Latin dance in the Dominican Republic and performed in youth theatre groups in the US, which prepared her to land her first movie role in 2000.

Career

Zoe Saldana biography

Zoe Saldana Star Trek

Any Zoe Saldana biography would have to mention her big-screen debut in the move Center Stage. In this film, Zoe played a ballet dancer and allowed her natural dance talent to shine through.

After Center Stage’s release in 2000, Zoe Saldana appeared in several other movies, most notably in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, where she again played a very strong female character.

Zoe Saldana really catapulted into the public eye when she starred in James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. As a self-professed sci fi fan, Saldana jumped at the chance to participate in this groundbreaking film set on an alien planet that looks a lot like the cloud forest in Costa Rica.

If you look for Zoe Saldana in Avatar you won’t see the face you expect—this movie was entirely digital. Saldana provided the movements that were used to animate the character of Neytiri, as well as the voice of this alluring alien princess.

The very same year, Saldana also appeared in another major sci fi blockbuster, Star Trek. She played Uhura, and this role really cemented her position in popular culture. Zoe Saldana started appearing in tons of magazine spreads and indulging her passion for fashion on the red carpet. She soon reprised the role of Uhura in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

Though in these films Saldana looked very glamorous with careful makeup, other Zoe Saldana movies show the actress in a more natural state.

Out of the Furnace in particular showed that Saldana can pull off a real life, girl next door look with very little makeup.

Zoe Saldana On Her Roots

Though still quite a young woman herself, Zoe Saldana has accomplished a great deal and already serves as a great role model for young Latinas.

In an interview with Latina magazine, Saldana discussed her Latina roots and heritage. Zoe’s mother inspired her by refusing to label or categorize her as Hispanic or black or even as a “mujer de color.” Whenever young Zoe would ask about her heritage, her mother would just say, “You’re Zoe. You’re my daughter.”

Today Zoe continues to feel very connected to her roots, including an obsession with her hair. She told InStyle magazine that hair is very important in her culture, and she has always been happy with the skin and hair she has. Zoe Saldana’s hair is very versatile and she looks fabulous no matter what she does with it.

Her stylists reveal that Saldana loves to participate in creating her looks for various red carpet events, and the star is so bold that she’d even start cutting her hair herself if an instinct told her to.

We’ll just have to wait and see how the rest of Zoe Saldana’s career plays out, and how the strong sense of self instilled in her by her Puerto Rican mom guides her along the way.