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Zoe Saldana Covers 'Essence' Magazine April 2010

Zoe Saldana Covers 'Essence' Magazine April 2010

Zoe Saldana is all smiles on the April 2010 cover of Essence magazine.

Here’s what the 31-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On sex: “Love it, love it, love it-can’t live without it! I love sex. I love skin. I don’t believe the body is something to hide. I think in American society we’re messing up our kids by taking away the education on and awareness of our sexuality and replacing it with violence, guns and video games-and we’re breeding little criminals.”

On love: “I’m more of a punch-drunk-love kind of girl. I mean punch as in that pow, that jolt, that kick in the gut. I like things that are severe, passionate and extreme.”

For more from Zoe, check out Essence.com!

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121 Responses to “Zoe Saldana Covers 'Essence' Magazine April 2010”

  1. 1
    yaosela Says:

    I love the style and the hair

  2. 2
    Jamie Says:

    Agree with her view on sex and violence. Amen!

  3. 3
    original lexy Says:

    She’s very pretty and talented. Not sure that’s the best picture of her but she still looks great!

  4. 4
    LuckyL Says:

    Lovely, but I wish you would post more of the interview. Thanks Jared.

  5. 5
    Stella Says:

    I love Zoe! I’m looking forward to getting this Essence magazine.

    Also, I totally agree with Zoe about American society making sexuality seem vulgar yet it glorifies violence.

  6. 6
    hjhjh Says:

    did they really ask her if she liked sex? how classy!

  7. 7
    Ladyb Says:

    hjhjh…THANK YOU.

  8. 8
    *.* Says:

    love her.
    seriously, she’s so straightforward and honest, it’s extremely refreshing.

  9. 9
    happy girl Says:

    she seems bland to me.

  10. 10
    Celia Says:

    I love her! She’s gorgeous! I’m so jealous that she used to date Orlando Bloom.

  11. 11
    ++Logan++ Says:

    FINALLY SOMEONE WHO ADMITS THEY LOVE SEX AND ISN’T TRYING TO ACT LIKE A VIRGIN.

    Virgins are so B.C (Before Christ)

    Sex is awesome when you have it with someone you know, trust, love and are attracted too :)

  12. 12
    Spanky 29 Says:

    i liked her till she opened her mouth, she has megan fox syndrome

  13. 13
    hair? Says:

    is that her real hair?

  14. 14
    Janeth Says:

    @hair?: Yes! She isn’t black…. Not saying that black people don’t have long hair or anything but She isn’t black!

  15. 15
    melissa b Says:

    @Spanky 29: I agree.

  16. 16
    melissa b Says:

    @Janeth: what is she then? Serioulsy I wanna know.

  17. 17
    shane Says:

    so she wants more hoes running around?

  18. 18
    not black? Says:

    she wouldn’t be on a the cover of a black magazine., and by the way many black women have long hair. I read somewhere she is part black and part cuban.

  19. 19
    ManistH0n Says:

    She is Black. She is an afro latina. Has african and latin blood (probably spanish) in her at least.
    .
    People are weird. They think you cannot be both like in the US when indeed, jut like Asians, Indians, Arab, Europeans, who ALL can be Latines too which is a culture not a race.

  20. 20
    tweety Says:

    aah don’t be so prude. some people just love sex and it’s perfectly normal. hey at least she’s being honest about it!

  21. 21
    Dreads Says:

    @++Logan++: Agreed. @Janeth: I knew it…but what’s her ethnicity? I’m curious to know. It’s kinda degrading to ask if it’s her real hair….I mean, just like her, I’m kinda dark-skinned and I’m multi-ethnic (white, black, Indian and Chinese) and people think it’s not my hair when I straighten it because it’s originally wavy/curly. But it is. And it’s not short. But anyway asking if it’s her real hair is degrading for black people. Some black people do have long hair you know. But yeah, I have to admit also that some use weaves a lot. ANYWAY, Zoe is so damn pretty. I really love her. But I think she’s a little too thin. If she gained a tiny bit of weight, she’d be perfect. She’s so gorgeous. @Celia: Whaaaaat? She dated Orlando Bloom?! I didn’t know that! I knew they were in a movie together but I didn’t know they dated in real life WOW. But oh well, they make a cute couple. Both hot.

  22. 22
    Vera Says:

    @Janeth:

    She is black. Afro Dominican. Afro-black Dominican/Puerto Rican ( culturally form the Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico).

    I am black, but I am Afro-Guyanese. I have the book she looks lovely inside, not alot of makeup and an awesome interview! Buy ESSENCE!

  23. 23
    jordyy Says:

    shes dominicann
    she said that she lived there for a few years

  24. 24
    blah Says:

    @Janeth:

    Okay let me correct you. She is black. Her race is black her ethnicity is dominican. I am domincan and we are black. Read her interviews she will tell you her self.

    And yes that is her real hair. The people of the Dominican Republic come in all shades of brown. Some have african heritage.

    So please dont speak what you dont know. You obviously know nothing of the domincan culture

  25. 25
    Sacha Says:

    @tweety: “some people” who DOESN’T love sex???? If you don’t, it’s bc you or your lover aren’t doing something right lmao.

  26. 26
    ......... Says:

    Her smile always looks so forced.

  27. 27
    JadaMoon Says:

    After her comments about “rape” I lost all respect for this woman. She needs to keep her gob shut.

  28. 28
    Janeth Says:

    One thing for sure, she isn’t Puerto Rican. She is too good for that so don’t even think about calling her a Puerto Rican.

  29. 29
    Real Spaniard Says:

    Dominicans were slaves but not as long as Puerto Ricans were. They were slaves much longer than the Dominicans. She doesn’t looks Spanish in the least to me Spanish are Europeans and looking at her complexion and facial features she does not look Spanish. She looks like the people the Spaniards enslaved.

  30. 30
    Vera Says:

    @Janeth:

    Wow your a mess! Your a either a really young silly teenager or a stupid adult. that comment was so ignorant.

  31. 31
    Ortiz Says:

    There is no one single monogamous Latin culture that is a myth!

  32. 32
    ? Says:

    @JadaMoon: …what did she say? : /

  33. 33
    Amapola Says:

    This is what Zoe says about her ethnicity…go to: http://www.imb.com
    “Yo soy una mujer negra” =I AM A BLACK WOMAN!
    Santo Domingo was once a slave island. Google it.

  34. 34
    Josie Says:

    just what we need, another black girl reinforcing the jezebel stereotype. sigh.

  35. 35
    Amapola Says:

    When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, “¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?” (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don’t understand it, and it’s the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, “Yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”) [They go,] “Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita.” (“Oh no, you are ‘dark skinned’”) I’m like, “No! Let’s get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”)
    This is how she describes herself on http://www.imdb.com
    She is a black woman whose parents came from Dominica like my family.

  36. 36
    new Jersey Says:

    Zoe is an American and was born in New Jersey she moved to the Dominican Republic to live for 7 years only and to study dance.

  37. 37
    ECK! Says:

    JESSICA LUCAS IS MUCH PRETTIER THAN ZOE I THINK ZOE LOOKS LIKE A MAN A REALLY REALLY SKINNY MAN.

  38. 38
    ECK! Says:

    ZOE KRAVITZ IS BETTER LOOKING TOO AND NOT SO DARK.

  39. 39
    Vera Says:

    @new Jersey:

    Yea , she also did an independent movie set in NJ called Premium, which was really good for an indy movie. In the article in ESSENCE, she does a really cool interview from A-Zoe she seems to be a cool lady.

  40. 40
    mickey Says:

    She should have also been on that Vanity Fair cover with all those up and coming actresses, but I guess she wasn’t fair enough.

  41. 41
    Teresa Says:

    Santo Domingo=Slave island for centuries. Slavemasters surname does not make you Spanish. It makes your ancestors the property of the slaveholding Spanish Masters.

  42. 42
    happy girl Says:

    Here we go again. Heaven forbid there is a post about a woman of color and not have a race debate to divide people. Seriously, how old are some of the trolls? Here are the facts, Zoe’s mother is Puerto Rican and her father is Dominican. She was born in the states but spent years in the Dominican Republic so she knows the Dominican Republic more than Puerto Rico. She came out of the womb of a Puerto Rican woman. She has said she is black. So if that is what she says, then we have to accept it. Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama and Brazil have some of the highest numbers of black Latinos. There are many, many black Latinos. Also, black women – and my black friends are proof of this – comes in all shades, hair types and looks. Some are whiter than me and they have no idea who was white in their family! My girlfriend is freckled face,green eyes and blonde but everyone in her family is black! It just happens. Open up your world and you will see all kinds of people. Or read a book. lol.

  43. 43
    Trey Says:

    Got tha copy in the mail 2daee
    ZOE ROCKSZ :D

  44. 44
    Pardo From Brazil Says:

    Brazilians are not Latinos so don’t include them in the same category like Puerto Rico. They do not have a Hispanic culture, history or race. The culture of Brazil are a combination of several European countries and Nigeria. The largest group in Brazil are mixed race African and European but most of the European mix have nothing to do with Spain. The history of Brazil is European and Nigeria.

  45. 45
    happy girl Says:

    Pardo: Brazilians are Latinos as the Latin culture is made up of Spain and Portuguese influence. Brazilians are Latin American. I took Latin American hsitory classes and Brazil is the most studied country because it is the largest. And yes, Brazil has had the largest black population in Latin America. It also was the last Latin country to abolish slavery. And the blacks are not just from Nigeria who were brought to Brazil. Most were of the Yoruban tribe and Nigeria was not the only place Yorubans were found. Also, you forgot Native Americans as part of the Brazilian mix..

  46. 46
    Rosales Says:

    She never said she was a Puerto Rican woman you don’t know what you are talking about.

  47. 47
    happy girl Says:

    I have no stake in this. I happen to know someone who has worked with her and they confirm this too. Anyway, do the research, Zoe’s mom is Puerto Rican. It’s a fact. Who cares anyway? But her mother is Puerto Rican and her father Dominican. Sorry, it’s a fact.

  48. 48
    pop86 Says:

    This is not anthropology thread, but a thread about Zoe.

    She looks beautiful. Can’t wait to see her up-coming projects.

  49. 49
    Rio Says:

    Just because they speak a Latin based language does not make them Hispanic. The Romanians speak a Latin language and they are not Hispanic. Hispanics trace back to their Spanish slavemasters, at least the Puerto Ricans do because Brazil has nothing to do with Spain. And the Portuguese people are European with their own language, customs, country and everything else so stop trying to make them Hispanic. The people and culture of Brazil is decidedly African with non-Spanish European thrown into the mix and yes, they had indigenous Indian tribes there before the Africans and Portuguese arrived but they are not Latino/Hispanic. Just because your country is in South America that does not make you Hispanic. British and French Guiana aren’t Hispanic either. You need to learn the truth because your culture is Hispanic but not Brazil!

  50. 50
    Rio Says:

    The black and mixed race people of Brazil do not have a Latin culture they have an African European culture. A white man born in China is still a white man he is not Chinese.

  51. 51
    hmm, Says:

    If Zoe is Puerto Rican why does she deny it. According to http://www.imdb.com she said nothing about being Puerto Rican.

  52. 52
    happy girl Says:

    Yeah, this is not an Anthropology class. According to AMERICAN and Western historians, Brazilians and Brazil are part of Latin America. According to International relations, government relations, etc – Brazil is part of Latin America. I did not make up that rule. It’s a fact. Call the UN now and ask them or call your local Senator. Seriously, how can Americans not know Brazil is considered a Latin American country? What is wrong with education in this country? That said, who cares? I have been to Brazil and love the culture – especially in Slavador do Bahia – where most blacks are. The food is excellent there. But I did visit with a rich Brazilian friend of mine and I found that the elite of Brazil don’t like to associate with some of the other Latin American countries. The same attitude is found in Argentina. So I get where this animosity comes from but the fact is, on paper, Brazil is considered part of the Latin American community. Reasearch it! Anyway, Zoe is on her way up, who cares what she is? I don’t.

  53. 53
    Status quo Says:

    @ManistH0n:
    Thank you for saying that! Geez people…

  54. 54
    mark Says:

    Brazil maybe considered part of the Latin American matrix but it is still not a Hispanic country or Hispanic for that matter. Even Umbanda, Brazil’s most important popular religion draws heavily on African and American religious traditions. You Hispanics constantly claim same culture but that is ridiculous when the culture of Brazil is nothing like the other cultures of South America. The origin of her peoples are not either. And black people in Brazil live all over the country not one basic area of the country. The Bahian state is is mostly of Ghana, Togo and Benin people even today, not Hispanic. The only thing Brazil has in common with the rest of South America is geography. Nothing Hispanic about it. I have been there many times too.

  55. 55
    Model Love Says:

    Alexandra Ambrosio is Italian and Polish and Gisele ( a very German name) is German. That is their ethnic groups but their nationality is Brazilian. They were just born in a South American country that’s all.

  56. 56
    Alexa Says:

    The people of South America do not see themselves as one monolithic thing. They are separate countries with separate cultures and traditions that are unique unto themselves. Lumping every country into the same category in that area of the world is a giant mistake especially when it comes to Brazil. I have visited that country many times and there is nothing Hispanic about it. The Catholic faith of Brazil is different from the faith in other countries as well. Calling all countries one thing is an American concept.

  57. 57
    Celia Says:

    @Janeth:

    She IS Black. She’s Cuban, but she most certainly isn’t white or latino. Anyone with two eyes can see that she’s black. And what does her hair have to do with anything????

  58. 58
    Josie Says:

    OMG SHUT UUUUUP!!! as soon as a woman of color gets famous everyone wants to dissect her and claim her as their own, stop just STOP! enough already! when is this madness going to end!? she is a woman first, her color/ehtnicity/nationality/ whatever-second.
    why can’t you just see her as an actress and let it be! my god, you people are so annoying.

  59. 59
    Celia Says:

    CORRECTION: Her father is of Dominican descent and her mother is Puerto Rican. But whatever, I still don’t see what her hair has to do with anything??

    There are different varieties/shades of Puerto Rican and Dominican just like there are different shades of many races.

  60. 60
    Celia Says:

    @Josie:

    I agree. I should have just said that. Who cares what race she is? She’s an amazing actress and I’m proud that a woman of color is finally landing such big roles. She’s awesome!

  61. 61
    Maria Says:

    She is beautiful.

  62. 62
    Ricky Says:

    It is the height of disrespect to call all countries from the same vicinity the same thing. There are many English speaking countries in the caribbean but they are not the same and people shouldn’t categorize them that way. People should be respected for who they are and the cultures they have created for their own countries. England, Ireland and Scotland are in the same vicinity and speak the same language but they are different countries and will not hesitate to tell you that. Irish people do not like to be called British neither do the Scots.

  63. 63
    Ruby Tuesday Says:

    I’m just glad that Zoe doesn’t bleach her skin lighter or thin out her nose. She has made it on her own looks without cosmetic surgery which makes her a role model for many. MJ -R.I.P and Sammy Sosa could learn a lot from her. She is a beautiful chocolate woman so stop arguing about it. Not many women with her complexion make it big in Hollyweird. We should all support her regardless of her color and nationality.

  64. 64
    Rhondra Says:

    People were not confused about her race that is obvious they were just curious about her culture I think. Is she American or Dominican? No big whoop.

  65. 65
    edskee Says:

    Simply gorgeous!

  66. 66
    jb Says:

    @Ruby Tuesday:

    Yeah not like the fake beyonce, skin+nose+breast+hair.

  67. 67
    ManistH0n Says:

    Brasilians are LATINOS 100 %. What are you smoking #45 ?

    .
    They are latinos which comes from the Latine culture and encompasses originially the latine people of Europe : Portuguese, Spaniards, Italians and French.
    .
    All those people are Latines and they all speak a version of the ancient latin language. They can understand each other more easily.
    .
    Latine America has a black and mixed population. Most of their countries have a sizeable black population but Argentina. Their Black population came from Nigeria but also from Central Africa (mainly Congo and Angola) like many from the Carabean islands and Cuba.
    .
    Senegalese and Nigerians and most western Africans were among the first slaves and were shipped majorly in the nothern hemisphere of the Americas while the central africans were among the last ones and were shipped in latine america and the islands for the most part.
    .
    Brasilians are Latinos in the American sense of the word and as well as the European sense as they are an extension of their latin/portuguese culture.
    .
    They however are NOT hispanic, Hispanics word comes from SDpanish, they are Latinos who share the spanish culture. Brasilians are LUSOPHONES, they share the portuguese language and culture to some extent
    .
    Geez read a book !

  68. 68
    happy girl Says:

    OMG! Are people serious? France, England and Spain, for example, are distinctly different but they are EUROPEAN. Zimbabwe, Zaire and Morocco, are different but they are AFRICAN countries. China and Japan are different but they are ASIAN countries. Brazil, Columbia and Puerto Rico are different but they are LATIN AMERICAN countries. When Brazil got the next Summer Olympics, they became the first LATIN AMERICAN country to do so. When there is a LATIN AMERICAN summit, Brazil is included in it. Hello???!!! Listen, I am not Latin American so I don’t know about this animosity between Latin American countries. All I know is Brazil is part of Latin America. Argentina, has the largest number of Europeans in Latin America – many are pure White, but it is still globally considered a LATIN AMERICAN country. ANd Brazil has many similarities with other Latin American countries. For example: CONDOMBLE is a version of Santeria (what they call it in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic). They are a Catholic country. There are many parts of the cuisine that are similar. Yes, of course they are very different but there are similarities. As there are similarities between Spain and Portugual – the 2 countries that colonized a lot of Latin America. Hello!? Brazil is part of LATIN AMERICA. Call the UN and ask them. What are people learning in schools in America these days?? Anyway, Zoe, congratulations on your career.

  69. 69
    ManistH0n Says:

    #61
    .
    Not to sound disrespecful but you are right they have an african european culture. Actually they have an AFRICAN LATINE culture – which is Europeans from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain culture.
    .
    You people are weird, you act like LATINOS were discovered and created in the Americas.
    .
    Latinos is the spanish word for LATINES and latines are Europeans of the latine culture. They are four : the french, the spaniards, the italians and the portuguese. Those are the original latines. they are still LATINES till this day.
    .
    They are the LATINOS of Europe, the original ones. Hence the expression : latine lover/french lover, ect.
    .
    They are part of a group of Europeans sharing the same original culture/language. At some point they were one country with the ROMAN SAINT EMPIRE. They are latines, romans speaking a version of that romantic language, rimanrtic coming from roman, people speking a version of that romantic language which have the same roots.
    .
    In the same way that there are different groups in Europe : Latines, Slavic, Anglo saxons, Scandinavians, ect…

  70. 70
    ManistH0n Says:

    Rhondra @ 03/10/2010 at 10:00 pm 0

    People were not confused about her race that is obvious they were just curious about her culture I think. Is she American or Dominican? No big whoop.

    ———————————–
    She is Dominican-American. Why should it be exclusive ? Obama is African American and if you go to the details he is a Kenyan-American
    .
    People are just stupid. You are defined with many criterians, your nationality, your roots, your various cultures.
    .
    I thought that Americans from all people knew that when they are among the few countries who like to define people with an ethnicity word linked to their american citizenship. They talked about African-Americans, Asian-Americans. Europeans don’t do that even if they are Black Swedes, Black Dutch, Swoss, Spanish, ect….

  71. 71
    Hey y'all Says:

    She’s pretty
    I love her small frame,

    AND yes i agree with the previous comment
    she sufferes a bit from the Megan Fox syndrome

  72. 72
    Rios Says:

    Brazilians are not Hispanic they are a mixed breed of African and European they have nothing in common with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Portuguese are Europeans and so are Italians and french but they are not Hispanic. What are the common elements that define a people: RACE, CULTURE AND LANGUAGE AS WELL AS TRADITIONS.
    The Culture, Race and Traditions of Brazil are not that of Spanish speaking people. Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are not Latins! Latins are Europeans and the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are not white nor Latin in race. There culture isn’t European because they have a slave history not a European one.

  73. 73
    Cladia Says:

    Condomble is an African originated religion not Puerto Rican idiot! Latin language originated during the Roman empire but it it as antiquated term that the Italians dismiss to this day. The only people who use it are Hispanic to try to claim a link to Italy. The major reason why Brazil stand with its back to the rest of South America is because they know they are different. They are not Spanish not do they have a Spanish history. Brazil does not come from a Latin Culture. It comes from an African culture and a culture of various European people: German, Italian, Polish, Portugal.
    Brazil’s culture and cuisine are extremely distinct. Amerindian, Arab, African, German, Portuguese.

  74. 74
    Viera Says:

    OMG! You people are crazy! The last time I checked with my grandmother, the Portuguese are a European people and Portugal is in Europe. Hispanic is the ancient Roman identification for Spain idiots! Spain did not colonize Brazil the Portuguese did. Portugal is not Spain.

  75. 75
    BenA Says:

    @jb
    Yeah not like fake JLO skin+nose+breast+dyed hair.

  76. 76
    Nadia Says:

    The Middle East, Asian Minor and parts of African as well as Israel were also once a part of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE but that was thousands of years ago and they too practiced the Roman culture but not today. The French are different from the Spanish and the Spanish are different from the Portuguese and none of them are like the ancient Roman Empire of modern times. Romania was once a part of the ancient Roman Empire as well but their was a divergence many years ago that does not apply in today’s world.

  77. 77
    Justine Says:

    The African people in Latin America do not have the same cultures as Puerto Rican and the Dominican Republic why can’t people understand that. The culture of Brazil is not Latin in nature it is composed of many elements and Portuguese is only one of them. If you go to Brazil it is so apparent. You cannot compare Brazil with Peru and Chile because those countries do not have the same histories. Canada and America are North American countries but they are different and just calling them North American

  78. 78
    Brian Says:

    Looks good! Not sure if I agree with her view of sexuality and education-

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    Ribeiro Says:

    I agree with many of the comments however what most differentiates people from one another are the big three: Race, Culture, Language. Not all countries in the region of Latin America are the same in those three important elements. What makes Brazil a part of Latin America is its geography not its culture and people . Over 50% of the population of Brazil are not Hispanic in race or origin. They are only Latin by definition of its place in the world.

  80. 80
    Jen Says:

    @blah: I am Dominican and I am not black. Dominicans are very mixed ethnically since we are a Caribbean country so we come in all shades of color.

  81. 81
    JLK Says:

    Wow! We just got a crash course in cultural, ethnic and geographic classification. It’s interesting how the different groups identify themselves.

    To make a comment on our original topic, I think Zoe is beautiful and plan to make a trip to the bookstore to take a peek at her article in Essence. I googled her comment on rape and found it related to the movie “Crossroads” that she was promoting. I found her answer to the question straightforward and insightful.

  82. 82
    NOt A Burnt Indian Says:

    I am a Black Dominican like Zoe and I love her. Many Dominicans think they are mulatto but that is not accurate since a mulatto has to have one white parent and one black parent.

  83. 83
    SAMMY SOSA Says:

    I’M A WHITE GUY NOW.

  84. 84
    Juan Says:

    That’s the problem with former slave societies. They leave a lot of messed up, color-toned people behind.

  85. 85
    David Ortiz Look-A-Like Says:

    Not all Dominicans are mixed, especially since the Spanish slaveholders exterminated the Taino Indians in the early 1500′s right after they, the Spanish slaver masters arrived there.

  86. 86
    happy girl Says:

    Dear Rio or whatever you r name is this post: NO ONE said Brazil was Hispanic!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are you backpeddling ow? Read the posts above I wrote. We are stating a fact: Brazil is a Latin American country!!!!! I NEVER said Condomble was Puerto Rican. Condomble is a Yoruban tradition and I mentioned the Yorubans in my post. BUT the Yoruban tradition (religious tradition) influenced Santeria in the Spanish speaking Caribbean (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Vodun in Haiti, and Condoomble in Brazil. The idea of using White Catholic Saints to represent African spirits is a tradition that BRAZIL, Puerto Rico, HAITI, Dominican Republic have in common!!!!!! The cuisine, music, dance, religion of all these countries have something in common: a coomon influence from Africa and Europe. Slaves brought to Brazil did not just stay in Brazil. They migrated. Their traditions were spread out throughout different cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean as were the traditions of the Europeans. I have been to Portugual AND Spain: the two countries have MANY similarities – so why would their colonies not share similarities?????? Just like we and the Canadians have many things in common given our British common ancestry. You clearly have issues about having Brazil associated with other Latin American countries. I don’t know where your issue comes from but that is for you to figure out. Like I said, my rich girlfriend in Brazil is very nice but she has a lot of issues with other Latins – she likes to associate with her European ancestry and does not like indiginous people from Peru, for example. So I don’t know what that is about but to say that Brazil has no similarities to other Latin American countries is ludicrous and COMPLETELY inaccurate. Read a history book and get over your issues about other Latin Americans. Besides, if you were to come to the states, you could be confused for Columbian, Argentinian or you name it. Get over your issues. Brazil is Latin American. But I know Brazil has some of the most ridiculous racial hang-ups. There are like 10 subnames of racial identity. People who are more European looking are often richer there and often the ones on TV and in fashion magazines. I noticed this through the Brazilians I met there. So I know Brazil has a lot of issues but you cannot get away from the fact that you are a Latin American country with many similarities to SPAIN, Africa, Indigenous cultures AND other Latin America countries. Ethnicity is fluid. Throughout history, customs get exchanged from one geographic area to another. Yet in your little head, Brazil managed to stay an island and did not exchange or get influences from its neighbors in Latin America? Are you serious??? Get over yourself. Read a book. You have issues.

  87. 87
    jaye Says:

    lol@ people finding HER honesty ‘refreshing’, but not Megan Fox. I guess you have to say what people want to hear and what they believe otherwise it’s not ‘refreshing’. She’s getting press because of the couple of movies she was in, but other than that I don’t find her interesting at all. She’s an ok actress, I don’t think the roles she’s played thus far highlight an great acting ability, but she has time to get better.

  88. 88
    jadel Says:

    ZOE IS 100% DOMINICAN, NOT DAMN CUBAN OR PR. BOTH OF HER PARENTS ARE DOMINICANS

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    Rios Says:

    Brazil is only Latin by geography and that is the truth. It does not have a Latin/ Hispanic culture or history. The country is a combination of various European influences and various African countries. Other Latin American countries are not and that distinguishes Brazil from her neighbors. Just because you are located in South America does not make you Latin. Race and Culture as previously stated says it all. The similarities are with European Portugal as well as other Western European countries. Brazil is Brazil and distinctly different from its neighbors they will never accept to be lumped into one mass like its neighbors. There is no backpeddling on Brazil! Not Ever! When you go there you will clearly see and feel that you are not in a Spanish influenced country with the other ones in the vicinity. The slaves in the caribbean were brought there by the Europeans not the Brazilians.

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    Adrian Says:

    America and Canada have similar features so what? So does Ireland and Scotland but they are still distinguishable from its neighbors. Stop trying to make Brazil like Peru or some other country there because it isn’t. Even the Portuguese influence in Brazil has waned in favor of other Europeans who aren’t remotely Spanish. Spain may be your savior but it certainly isn’t Brazil’s. If you want to know about Brazil here people and culture you can read the facts on the internet. Try going to reparable sites for the right information.

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    Science DNA Says:

    #86, No Ethnicity is not fluid nor is race. They are embedded in your DNA where they remain forever regardless of your phenotype.appearance. People can look one way and be an entirely different thing and Brazil is the perfect example of that. Now Nationality is fluid and people can change their nationality at the drop of a hat. Customs are exchanged over time and emerged or discarded by different countries all the time through the years. Culture is also something engrained within a peoples psyche which explains the deep cultural connection and customs of Africa within the Brazilian society.

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    happy girl Says:

    Rios DNA or whoever you are this second: Ethnicity is not race, dingbat. The slaves brought to Brazil, for example, were sometimes introduced there and sometimes sold to other parts of the slaveowning countries as were many slaves in America, the Caribbean, etc. Slavery was not just a process of buying slaves in Africa and then selling them to ONE place in the Americas and that is where they stayed. As new colonies sprung up or new needs arose, slave children were taken from their parents, owners, etc and re-sold to new areas. They were considered property so wherever they were needed is where they were sold – some were sold several times in their lives. That is why certain African traditions began to intermingle with other throughout the slaveowning Americas. Seriously, you make no sense. Brazil’s ethnic make-up has the same ingredients as any other colony regardless of where each of those ethnicities came from: part indigenous, part african, part european, and even some asian, etc. You clearly have not been to Portugual and Spain like I have. Yes, very distinctly different countries but they have MANY similarities. How could they not? They are in the same geographic area! Human beings have passed on traditions and customs to their neighbors and even to non-neighbors as long as the world existed! The Mayans have certain representations of African Gods. Why? Because even before the Middle Passage, there were Africans who visited that area and they left their imprint. The Spaniards have Moor influence. The Native Americans have Asian influence. It happens. People leave their imprint whereever they pass. But in your mind, somehow Brazil is the ONLY country in the world that failed to do this. They managed, in your little head, to remain singular without any influence from their neighbors. This is beyond lack of logic and historical fact, it borders on ethnic paranoia. Wake up call: Brazil influences many countries and many countries influenced Brazil. This is what happens when human beings share a planet. We are all distinguishable as we are all connected. I don’t see why I have to explain this 1st Grade concept to you because you will never accept it for you want to believe Brazil is somewhat exempt from the ethnic blending model of EVERY SINGLE geographic spot on Planet Earth. I suppose the only funny thing in all of this is you are trying to hold on to some historical fairy tale that did not happen and that is superbly hilarious. And be curageous enough to keep one name as your username and stop trying to pretend like there are 10 people on this thread who are as vacant and misinformed as you. Give people more credit than that.

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    Rolo Says:

    Brazil is proud of her African and European influences they are not Hispanic nor are they Latino they are Brazilian. Not every colony had the same ethnic mix as Brazil. The races of Brazil are mixed African and European but not Hispanic and not Spanish. Not trying to force Brazil into your little Americanized mold because it doesn’t fit. Brazil does not have the same ethnicity as other Spanish speaking countries. Brazil has race as well as culture and language to hold them together whereas you Spanish speakers have only language in common. Brazil’s shared experience is with European Portugal as well as other European countries that are not spanish.

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    Vulvo Says:

    Cultura Afro Brasileira!

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    Vulvo Says:

    Cultura Afro Brasileira!!

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    Joe Says:

    You couldn’t be any more wrong about this! Haha. She, like I am, is from the Dominican Republic. This makes her Latina. Dominican Republic had native Tainos in their land, than the Spanish came, killed off a lot of the natives, then they brought slaves over from African to work the sugar fields. So OVER 400 years ago there was a mixture of indigenous people, the Spanish, and the Africans. Because this was so long ago and impossible to trace we simply call ourselved DOMINICAN.

    Black is almost always commonly used to refer to an African American in which case, she is not black. You can say she has African Ancestry but if you do that you also have to include the Spanish and Indigenous too. So Black=NO. African/Spanish/Indigenous mixture over a 400 yr period = YES.

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    Joe Says:

    Regarding if she’s black or not. So many of you are wrong about this! Haha. She, like I am, is from the Dominican Republic. This makes her Latina. Dominican Republic had native Tainos in their land, than the Spanish came, killed off a lot of the natives, then they brought slaves over from African to work the sugar fields. So OVER 400 years ago there was a mixture of indigenous people, the Spanish, and the Africans. Because this was so long ago and impossible to trace we simply call ourselved DOMINICAN.

    Black is almost always commonly used to refer to an African American in which case, she is not black. You can say she has African Ancestry but if you do that you also have to include the Spanish and Indigenous too. So Black=NO. African/Spanish/Indigenous mixture over a 400 yr period = YES.

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    MollyMakeout Says:

    god*amn her race is clearly black
    her ethnicity is something else
    who gives a fu*k shes awesome!

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    Rio Favelas Says:

    Pardon Pardo??? Oh now you are Joe and Rolo! lol! What happened to Pardo???? An official term right??? lol. You must be saying ignorant things just to prod people and get attention. Listen, Brazil has some serious social problems you need to be pre-occupied with instead of denying that you are in fact Latin American. Because, guess what, YOU ARE.

    I am not Latin American so I have no stake in your little ethnic war but I can tell you it’s silly. Worry about the favelas and such problems first. Check out below, proof where all your ignorance stems from. It’s very sad. Oh and Brazil is a Latin American country. Anyone who went to an accredited college in the United States, as I did, would know that. Actually, an elementary school kid would know that. It’s so funny how pathetic you are trying to deny who you are. lol. I love it!

    And I love how in their censuses, they fill out “pardo” instead of black. Or European. lol. Pathetic

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    Tearra Says:

    happy girl is smart :-)

    I love this country. I love the fact that we have the right to debate this issue so strongly.

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    Tearra Says:

    @Jen actually when a country is as racially mixed as the Dominican even American for that matter you really do not know what your true racial make up is without genetic testing.

    Eva Longoria thought she was predominantly Mexican/Indian but after genetic testing she was genetically more Europen and Asian than acutal Mexican. It blew her mind!

    She had 70% European, 27% Asian/indigenous, and 3% African.

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    bohemeballerine Says:

    She is absolutely gorgeous…and very talented too

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    Hello Says:

    Excuse me Ruby Tuesday ,

    but I find your mention of Michael very offensive. He had a skin disease called Vitiligo. It causes the loss of pigmentation in the skin. I’ve known people with this disease. He did NOT cosmetically bleach his skin. As far as I know,it is not even possible to do so to that extent. If you observe him over the years, he got lighter and lighter. Eventually his skin was almost paper white and he had sensitivity to the sunlight. It is very hurtful and wrong to make it seem as though he were ashamed of his skin color. I am only speaking up,because I’ve heard many comments about Michael and I feel badly for him and for the many many people who suffer with vitiligo who have to hear jokes and undoubtedly face the same ridicule. I’m not trying to disrespect you, I just think we ALL need to be more aware of what we say. Just my two cents. Peace everyone.

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    Hello Says:

    @Ruby Tuesday:

    All due respect, I don’t think it was necessary to throw MJ in the mix. The extent of his surgery clearly showed it went past the point of vanity and into some kind of deep rooted mental issue. He was a good person. There’s no need to judge him and take jabs at him. You should walk a mile in a person’s shoes before you make certain statements.

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    Tha Phoenix Says:

    @blah:

    Damn straight!

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    Saldana Says:

    The Dominican Republic is a slave country just like Puerto Rico. The Puerto Ricans were slaves of the Spanish from 1508 until 1870 they are not Latino or Spanish they are only the slaves of the Spanish. They have the surnames of the Spanish slavemasters that’s all. Latinos and the Spanish are White Europeans they will never be Latin. The ones born in America not Latin America are descendants of slaves. Their culture is not the same as the culture of other Latin American countries and certainly not the culture of the Mexicans who were never slaves. Puerto Ricans the longest slaves in the Americas are not on par with the people of Latin America or Mexico since they were never slaves. So no one considers Puerto Ricans Latino in any way.

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    Joe Lopez Says:

    The Taino Indians were all murdered off as soon as the European Spaniards arrived there. This woman has zero Spanish European ancestry most of them claim they do because they only want to be considered Spanish the people who enslaved them. The Spanish did not enslave the Spanish only people like this.

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    Rafael Nadal Says:

    Rio Favelas, happy girl & Joe you are all American Puerto Rican same person. You are not a Spainard and you must accept that you were only our slaves. Although we are happy that you still love us after we sold you like animals. branded your foreheads like catlle and kept you as our human property for over 350 years. Just accept your fate of being our slaves and stop telling the world that you are Latin when you are not even in a Latin country. We did not make Latin America slaves ..only the lowly Puerto Ricans so grow up and be proud of yourselves.

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    happy girl Says:

    Rafael Nadal: Btw, I posted only under my name, fyi. Wow! This is funny given I am not Latin American. And if I was, being anyone’s slave would infinitely more noble than being as ignorant as your post above. What is your point? So you are saying people who branded other human beings and sold them like cattle are good people and the actual people sold like cattle are less than them???? So the Nazis were better than the Jews they burned in ovens? Is this the theory? Wow, this is deep and I am glad I am not Latin American and not engaged in this really weird ethnic war. If you want to believe some people are Latin American and some are not or whatever you believe, go right ahead. That’s great. Who cares? Is there a million dollar reward at the end of the rainbow for you? What is your reward? Clearly being Spaniard or whatever you are is really really really important to you. Bravo! Yay! Go Spaniard! And congrats on applauding the branding and selling of human beings. That says everything we need to know about your mentality. Bravo! You are a class act and definitely worthy of your noble Spaniard title. Nice.

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    Brendan Says:

    Worked with her on DRUMLINE; a lovely girl then has grown into an amazing woman now.

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    to joe lopez Says:

    you have your facts wrong about the Spanish ,1 people in mexico were enslaved by the spanish., and a large number of the native people of mexico were killed off by the spanish. many spanish land owners fathered
    children by slave women in mexico and in other countries as well. including Puerto Rico. and other islands in the Caribbean
    The Spanish conquistadors killed many native people thru out north, central and south America, they also brought with them many African slaves that is true, but what is also true many Africans that came with the Spanish were not slaves.
    They were settlers of the new world also the moors who were black conquered a lot of Spain and enslaved the Spanish.
    We Anglo here in America find you people pathetic and desperate to try and claim yourselves as white. When a lot of (most) have black blood in you, thanks to the moors. That is something that did not happen in England , France and Germany. You are not consider white for the simple reason the moors conquered you. It must kill you to come America and be consider non white.

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    Maria Saldaña Says:

    I am shocked and appalled at this treatment of a talented and beautiful black woman who is successful beyond measure in an industry that does everything to objectify women of color as ignorant, sex-crazed or flat out buffoonish. Zoe Saldaña is the female lead in the most financially successful movie in the history of cinema. She is a woman of color. She is a first generation American and the pride and joy of undoubtedly proud Dominican parents. She is a classically trained ballet dancer and a seamless hybrid of two very distinctive cultures. And it goes without saying that she is a physically beautiful and very poised woman. I say these things because based on that article teaser and Essence’s past treatment of Dominican women, it seems unlikely that you will learn these things about Zoe from reading their magazine.

    I am a Dominican woman who although unrelated, happens to have the same last name as Zoe. I don’t know how Zoe feels about the way her interview is being promoted, but personally, I find that although I am a professional in the Arts Admin field, my heritage and what people assume about me because of it, is an unfortunate hurdle that I often have to work against. For years, the stereotype that Dominican women are sexually crazed and easy to the point of often being prostitutes has been whispered around the African-American community like we are some kind of dream unicorns for black men. What were once whispers became loud, angry black-on-black hating diatribes with Essence’s ‘intrepid’ reporting of Santo Domingo being “The New Brazil”. I mean no disrespect to Brazil, because the bigger picture here is that if the tenants of the article hold true, then we are sexually exploiting ourselves (and often our own children) taking comfort in our language differences to feel better about it. Because if you didn’t learn it in your history class, you should know we all got here on the same bus, but we speak different languages because our family members had different bus stops.

    Not to ignore the fact that in truth there are beautiful women around the world who live very impoverished lives and who due to lack of women’s right, opportunity and education feel that their bodies are their only commodities. The DR is just one of many such places where women of color have to make this unfortunate bargain with the devil. A devil who more often than not comes from the U.S. I know this because as a kid, I watched my very own oldest sister make this heart wrenching bargain with the devil to enter the life of prostitution for American men in order to sustain herself and her family. I know first hand how limited her choices were and can only imagine the despair she must have felt to think this was her only choice. I also know just how fortunate I am to have had the education, opportunities and protected rights to live a life that enables me to empower young women to live rich and full lives that cannot be whittled away by how someone else chooses to defines them. I am certain that the quotes stated above by Zoe are factual. But I have also seen and read other interviews by this actress. So I know this is not ALL she talked about. That Essence, a woman’s magazine, would feature a woman of color who is this successful in Hollywood as nothing more than a delivery version of the “New Brazil”, is beyond discouraging to me as a Dominican, but most importantly as a woman of color regardless of the languages I speak.

    When first I read the “New Brazil”, I was initially incensed with Essence for turning the ‘Dominican women are easy’ whisper into a reverberating shout. In the time since, I’ve come to realize that the problem is not so much what one writer with a pressing deadline chose to write, but how easy it is for us as women of color to dehumanize each other on the basis that we speak a different language. I was shocked that when I visited an Essence chat room where this article was being discussed by what seemed to be other black women and learned that these relatively-speaking affluent black women were angrily fixated on the reasons black men stated for favoring Dominican women (docility, hair, skin color, cooking skills, etc.) and not on the atrocity that this practice is as common place as it is. Let’s you forget ladies; the same arrogant, stingy, emotionally unavailable and potentially abusive man you went on a date with is the same arrogant, cheap man when he lands in my beloved country. Only difference being that as a relatively-speaking rich American, he now has an opportunity to be more arrogant, less emotionally available, more stingy and potentially more abusive towards a woman or a young girl who is even less likely to stand up for herself due to her circumstances. In short, he’s no catch so let’s forget about him and focus on how we can build each other up. If Essence, were truly a black women’s magazine, it would lead the way in unifying us based on interests and not divide with by our vanity.

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    happy girl Says:

    Maria Saldana: I do not read Essence and maybe I should. As a White woman, I think it is sad that we do not think we have something in common with a black woman’s magazine. For that reason alone, I will begin to read it. But I wanted to say that I don’t think the women who read Essence or the ones who publish it should bear the blame of creating this hierarchy that pits women against women. This was a male created hierarchy. Basically men set up a hierarchy with blonde/blue eyed women on top and then they go down the line and place various different kinds of women in that order. And women are then left to fight for the crumbs and fight to be on top of that male list. Essence is a minute contributor to this century old male tactic. I think subconsciously men are paranoid about maintaining their bloodline so they conquer lands to keep their blood line intact and active. And when they do this, they spread the idea that their bloodline is the most productive one – that way they will never die. They will continue forever. Then women buy into this and desperately try to attain the ideals that men have set up. So women are not the cause of this. Another note, Dominican women are still a pretty new group in America. So I don’t think they are on the radar as much as you may suggest to the point where we have longheld stereotypes about them. I know of the groups simply because I lived in New York City and born in Connecticut. But on the West Coast, for example, Mexican women are the majority here. Also my sense is that black women and women of color are used to different skin tones and colors. For example, Vanessa Williams is black and yet lighter than Zoe. Most black people would be used to this in their families and thus more accepting of people of different tones. My girlfriend is blonde and green eyed and she has people in her family who are dark or brown, etc. They don’t give it much thought. They are used to it. Whereas I look at my own family, my mom is 1/4 Swedish but has brown eyes and brown hair and more olive skin then the fairer rest of her family – and they subconsciously find my mom very different. Why? Because they are not used to seeing non-light people in the family. So Zoe Saldana would probably be quickly accepted in a black family whereas in a white family, it may take some adjusting. Anyway, I think it is important for women to understand we did not create the hierarchy that keeps us fighting each other for men’s approval. Men created it. And sadder than that, is that if this was a post about Scarlett Johanssen, we would be talking about her but a Zoe post, we are talking about race. Sad. And we are all guilty of it I guess. It does not escape me though that if Zoe was ugly, a crackhead and a trashy woman, no one would be trying to claim her. I suppose everyone wants to claim beauty as their own. Again, men set this up, imo, and women gladly follow. Time to change.

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    happy girl Says:

    Maria Saldana: I do not read Essence and maybe I should. As a White woman, I think it is sad that we do not think we have something in common with a black woman’s magazine. For that reason alone, I will begin to read it. But I wanted to say that I don’t think the women who read Essence or the ones who publish it should bear the blame of creating this hierarchy that pits women against women. This was a male created hierarchy. Basically men set up a hierarchy with blonde/blue eyed women on top and then they go down the line and place various different kinds of women in that order. And women are then left to fight for the crumbs and fight to be on top of that male list. Essence is a minute contributor to this century old male tactic. I think subconsciously men are paranoid about maintaining their bloodline so they conquer lands to keep their blood line intact and active. And when they do this, they spread the idea that their bloodline is the most productive one – that way they will never die. They will continue forever. Then women buy into this and desperately try to attain the ideals that men have set up. So women are not the cause of this. Another note, Dominican women are still a pretty new group in America. So I don’t think they are on the radar as much as you may suggest to the point where we have longheld stereotypes about them. I know of the groups simply because I lived in New York City and born in Connecticut. But on the West Coast, for example, Mexican women are the majority here. Also my sense is that black women and women of color are used to different skin tones and colors. For example, Vanessa Williams is black and yet lighter than Zoe. Most black people would be used to this in their families and thus more accepting of people of different tones. My girlfriend is blonde and green eyed and she has people in her family who are dark or brown, etc. They don’t give it much thought. They are used to it. Whereas I look at my own family, my mom is 1/4 Swedish but has brown eyes and brown hair and more olive skin then the fairer rest of her family – and they subconsciously find my mom very different. Why? Because they are not used to seeing non-light people in the family. So Zoe Saldana would probably be quickly accepted in a black family whereas in a white family, it may take some adjusting. Anyway, I think it is important for women to understand we did not create the hierarchy that keeps us fighting each other for men’s approval. Men created it. And sadder than that, is that if this was a post about Scarlett Johanssen, we would be talking about her but a Zoe post, we are talking about race. Sad. And we are all guilty of it I guess. It does not escape me though that if Zoe was ugly, a crackhead and a trashy woman, no one would be trying to claim her. I suppose everyone wants to claim beauty as their own. Again, men set this up, imo, and women gladly follow. Time to change.

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    Maria Saldaña Says:

    @Happy Girl I started to respond to your comments to correct the many errors in it. Then you said: “Dominican women are still a pretty new group in America. So I don’t think they are on the radar as much as you may suggest to the point where we have longheld stereotypes about them.” And I knew everything I needed to know. Either you think its ok to stereotype people so long as there are not that many of them in the U.S.; you don’t understand that Dominicans don’t have to live in the United States to be objectified, stereotyped and exploited by Americans; or you simply unaware of history and census information. Whatever the case may be, ignorance truly is bliss and I am no one to deny someone their happiness.

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    happy girl Says:

    Maria Saldana: If you want to deduct ignorance in my comment then feel free. I cannot do anything about that. And if I hurt your feelings, I apologize too. Dominicans are a pretty new group to the United States. And the majority are concentrated in New York City. So the majority of America may not come across many Dominicans and may not decide to objectify them as they are not aware of them culturally in an intimate way that would warrant stereotyping them as much as groups who have been in the US longer. I mentioned Mexican women here in California because there is a huge population. Every middle class person has a Mexican Nanny, etc. So you hear people out here talk about Mexican women in a derogatory way often. Actually, I know many Californians who have never met a Caribbean Spanish speaking person as most of the people they come across are Mexican, Central American, etc. Ignorance is bothersome, I agree with you. More bothersome are people who post under different names and with different points of views to incite reaction from various posters. They basically put different points of views out there to start a confrontational dialogue. They sort of post and then answer or contradict themselves, pretending they are a completely different person and in their head they think no one has picked up on it. Ignorance is bad but that kind of psychotic online behavior is almost as problematic. But funny too. Very funny. Anyway, sorry if I hurt your feelings Rio…sorry I mean Rafael..sorry I meant Maria Saldana. Best to you.

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    terri Says:

    @Janeth:

    Why would she be on the cover of essence magazine if she wasn’t black Google her she stats she is a Proud Black woman

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    terri Says:

    @hair?:

    Yeah Believe it or not some black women have long hair, I’m sure you wouldn’t question some white actresses on if their hair is real

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    Roe Says:

    Love Zoe, She’s Black and Latina. Yes people you can be both.

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    Jeffrey Says:

    I was really disappointed when she announced that she’s doing Dominion, a friend of mine, Yuri Brown, is a hard working up and coming actress and she is the star of a new tv show that’s coming out this fall, Cursed…I think Zoe may have just ripped this story off from Yuri because they travel in a lot of the same people. Yuri plays a half angel half human in her new show Cursed… you can see it here – http://www.angelontherise.blogspot.com... you’ll see the resemblance and why it is so obvious that she ripped this girl off…

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    Patricia Says:

    She’s very pretty and talented. Not sure that’s the best picture of her but she still looks great!

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