List of Notable Afro-Latinos

List of Notable Afro-Latinos

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List of Notable Afro-Latino Americans

of their life there, and are of at least partial Black African ancestry.
Graciela Dixon - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Panama.[2]
Marion Jones - American track and field Olympian[3]
Soledad O'Brien - American TV journalist.[4]
Milt Palacio - American NBA player[5]
[edit] See also
Lists of people:
Afro Argentine#Notable Afro Argentines
Afro Bolivian#Notable Afro Bolivians
Afro-Brazilian#Important or famous Black Brazilians
Afro-Chilean#Notable Afro-Chileans
Afro-Cuban#List of Famous Afro-Cubans
Afro-Ecuadorian people#Notable Afro-Ecuadorians
Afro-Mexican#Notable Afro-Mexicans
Afro-Peruvian#List of Renowned Afro-Peruvians
African immigration to Puerto Rico#Notable Puerto Ricans of African ancestry
Afro-Uruguayan#Notable Afro-Uruguayans
Afro-Latin American
Carmelo el Conquistador

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#2 Sep 3, 2012
Not even one response! LOL!

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#5 Apr 21, 2013
Victor Michael Cruz (born November 11, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Massachusetts. He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Giants in the 2010 offseason.[2]

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#6 Apr 21, 2013
The Avatar Chick

Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario (pron.:/sælˈdæn&# 601;/ sal-DAN-ə; born June 19, 1978),[1] known as Zoe Saldana or Zoë Saldaña, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar. She also had a lead role in the action film Colombiana.Saldana was born Zoe Yadira Zaldana Nazario[1] in Passaic, New Jersey.[2][3] Her late father, Aridio Saldaña, was Dominican, and her mother, Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican.[4][5] Her first languages are Spanish and English. She spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Queens, New York. After her father died in a car accident when she was nine years old, Saldaña moved to the Dominican Republic with her mother. There, Saldana discovered her love of dance and soon enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy; she studied ballet, jazz, and modern Latin dance.[2][4][6] The family returned to Queens after her sophomore year in high school.

In 1995 she began performing with the FACES theater group in Brooklyn,[7] which put on plays geared towards providing positive messages for teens, via themes dealing with issues such as substance abuse and sex...


Zoe Saldana was still a member of FACES when she gained exposure in an episode of Law & Order (titled "Merger") which first aired in 1999.[8] Saldana's first film role was in Center Stage (2000), directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New York City. She left school after Center Stage, subsequently appearing in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads (2002) and the comedy-drama Drumline (2002). She played the pirate Anamaria a female pirate who signs up to join Will Turner and Mr Gibbs for a chance to confront Jack Sparrow for stealing her ship in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Saldana appeared in three films in 2004, including The Terminal, Haven and Temptation. In 2005 Saldana appeared in Constellation, Guess Who with Ashton Kutcher and Dirty Deeds and in 2006 featured in Premium.

Among other roles, Saldana played Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek.[9] In 2009, she played Neytiri, the Na'vi chief's daughter, in James Cameron's Avatar, a role that raised her profile.[4]

In 2010, Saldana starred in The Losers in which she played Aisha al-Fadhil, for which she was required to gain weight, as she was expected to carry weapons around for eight hours a day.[10] Saldana also appeared in Takers, Death at a Funeral and Burning Palms. In August 2010, her television ad for Calvin Klein's "Envy" line debuted.[11]

In 2011, Saldana starred in the romantic comedy The Heart Specialist, she also starred in the crime drama movie Colombiana as Cataleya Restrepo, a professional assassin. In 2012, she starred in the drama film The Words.

Saldana will reprise her role for Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the 2009 reboot. It is expected to be released in May, 2013. In April 2013, Saldana entered negotiations to star as Gamora in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy.[12]

It is speculated that Saldana will reprise the role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 in 2015.[13]

Personal life

In June 2010, Saldana became engaged to Keith Britton, an actor and CEO of My Fashion Database.[14] In November 2011, it was confirmed that Saldana and Britton had amicably ended their relationship after eleven years together.[15] Saldana had an on-again, off-again relationship with actor Bradley Cooper from 2011 to 2013.[16][17]

Saldana is a celebrity supporter of FINCA International, a microfinance organization
Amelia DANCE XStasy

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#7 Apr 21, 2013
I didn't know Marion Jones was latino. That's pretty cool. She was great at track and field that's for sure. I keep forgetting Soledad isn't only Irish but Cubana. Thanks for this list. Where are the Afrocentrics though who love hispanics? Lol.
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#8 Apr 21, 2013
Carlos Cooks- Dominican Pan Africanist, Arturo Schomburg- Puerto Rican Historian and father of black history in the U.S. as well as puerto rican independence advocate. Felipe Luciano- Puerto Rican original last poets, young lords, and media personality.

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Gaspar Yanga—often simply Yanga or Nyanga—was a leader of a slave rebellion in Mexico during the early period of Spanish colonial rule. Said to be of the Bran people[1] and member of the royal family of Gabon,[2] Yanga came to be the head of a band of revolting slaves near Veracruz around 1570.[3] Escaping to the difficult terrain of the highlands, he and his people built a small maroon colony, or palenque.[3] For more than 30 years it grew, partially surviving by capturing caravans bringing goods to Veracruz. However, in 1609 the Spanish colonial government decided to undertake a campaign itself to regain control of the territory.[3]

Spanish attack

Led by the soldier Pedro González de Herrera, the Spanish troops which set out from Puebla in January 1609 numbered around 550, of which perhaps 100 were Spanish regulars and the rest conscripts and adventurers. The maroons facing them were an irregular force of 100 fighters with some type of firearm, and four hundred more with primitive weapons such as stones, machetes, bows and arrows, and the like. These maroon troops were led by Francisco de la Matosa, an Angolan. Yanga—who was quite old by this time—decided to employ his troops' superior knowledge of the terrain to resist the Spaniards, with the goal of causing them enough pain to draw them to the negotiating table.

Upon the approach of the Spanish troops, Yanga sent terms of peace via a captured Spaniard.[1] Essentially, Yanga asked for a treaty akin to those that had settled hostilities between Indians and Spaniards: an area of self-rule, in return for tribute and promises to support the Spanish if they were attacked. In addition, he suggested that this proposed district would return any slaves which might flee to it. This last concession was necessary to soothe the worries of the many slave owners in the region.

The Spaniards refused the terms, and a battle was fought, yielding heavy losses for both sides. The Spaniards advanced into the settlement and burned it. However, the people fled into the surrounding terrain, and the Spaniards could not achieve a conclusive victory. The resulting stalemate lasted years; finally, unable to win definitively, the Spanish agreed to parley. Yanga's terms were agreed to, with the additional provisos that only Franciscan priests would tend to the people, and that Yanga's family would be granted the right of rule.[3] In 1618 the treaty was signed and by 1630 the town of San Lorenzo de los Negros de Cerralvo was established.[1] This town, in today's Veracruz province, remains to this day under the name of Yanga.

Yanga in Mexican History

Five decades after Mexican independence Yanga was made a national hero of Mexico by the diligent work of Vicente Riva Palacio. The influential Riva Palacio was a historian, novelist, short story writer, military general and mayor of Mexico City during his long life. In the late 1860s he retrieved from dusty Inquisition archives accounts of Yanga and of the expedition against him. From his research, he brought the story to the public in an anthology in 1870, and as a separate pamphlet in 1873.[3] Reprints have followed, including a recent edition in 1997. Much of the subsequent writing about Yanga was influenced by the works of Riva Palacio, who wrote of proud fugitives who would not be defeated


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#10 Apr 27, 2013
Amelia DANCE XStasy wrote:
I didn't know Marion Jones was latino. That's pretty cool. She was great at track and field that's for sure. I keep forgetting Soledad isn't only Irish but Cubana. Thanks for this list. Where are the Afrocentrics though who love hispanics? Lol.
Too busy talking BS I guess.

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#11 Apr 27, 2013
Bonifacio Pinedo, also known as the Marqués de Pinedo of Bolivia, was king of Bolivia and the last Afro Bolivian king. Born in the tropical regions of Yungas in Bolivia, his monarchy is one of the few traditional African monarchies that has survived to the present day. He was the grandfather of the current king Julio Pinedo.

According to the story as told by Bonifacio Pinedo, he was the oldest member of the Afro-Bolivian community, a direct descendant of a noble African tribe native to the Congo, before France and Belgium colonized the region. In the colonial era, the dynasty was brought to the New World by the Spanish conquerors as slaves.

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This is a list of people of Afro-Latino descent. An Afro-Latin American (also Afro- Latino) is a Latin American person of at least partial Black African ancestry; the ...

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#12 Apr 28, 2013

Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a star around the world.[31] His team Santos toured internationally in order to take full advantage of his popularity. In 1967, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos.[78] During his time at Santos, Pelé played alongside many gifted players, including Zito, Pepe, and Coutinho; the latter partnered him in numerous one-two plays, attacks, and goals.[79][80] é?o=3986&qsrc=999
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#13 Apr 29, 2013
Celia Cruz queen of salsa. Laz Alonso cuban american actor, Faison Love cuban american actor.Merlin Santana r.i.p. dominican american actor

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#14 Apr 29, 2013
Monument to Bobby Capó in the town of Coamo, Puerto Rico.
Félix Manuel Rodríguez Capó(January 1, 1922–December 18, 1989), better known as Bobby Capó, was an internationally known singer and songwriter from Puerto Rico. He usually combined ballads with classical music, Puerto Rican folk elements and even Andalusian music, as to produce many memorable Latino pop songs which featured elaborate, dramatic lyrics.
Capó was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico. After earning a strong reputation as a likable, versatile singer, he adopted his stage name (Rodriguez is one of Puerto Rico's most common surnames, and he opted to use his mother's less common one instead) and emigrated to the city of New York, early in the 1940s. He then joined Xavier Cugat's orchestra. From that moment on, he went on to become an idol all over Latin America.
Capó was a polifacetic entertainer. Apart from singing, he was also a television host, as well as technical and musical director. However, his somewhat intimate songs are what Capó was -and is- best known for.

Capó was a prolific song writer and wrote for many of his contemporaries. Many of the songs he wrote were smash hits in Puerto Rico, and occasionally in the rest of Latin America. One of his self-penned songs was El Negro Bembón. The song was a hit for Cortijo y su Combo in the mid-1950s. The song, with local circumstances and character name changed, became "El Gitano Antón,", a huge hit for Catalan rumba singer Peret in Spain around the mid-1960s.

Another of Capó's songs is Sin Fe (Without Faith), sometimes known as Poquita Fe (Little Faith). It became a proper hit in Puerto Rico when recorded by Felipe Rodriguez in the mid-1950s, and a huge international hit for José Feliciano in the mid-1960s.
Capó's composition describing his homesickness for Puerto Rico, Soñando con Puerto Rico (Dreaming of Puerto Rico), is revered as an anthem by Puerto Ricans residing abroad. Another of his songs, De Las Montañas Venimos is a Christmas standard in Puerto Rico. His best known song, however, is Piel Canela (Cinnamon Skin).

Capó recorded its most famous version in Havana at the request of Rogelio Martínez, the leader of the Sonora Matancera, who asked him to sing pieces of his recently composed songs, and who recognized the song's potential as a hit. The song was later covered by many artists, including fellow Puerto Rican Daniel Santos in an emblematic rendition, Linda Ronstadt, Nat King Cole, Tin Tan, José Feliciano, and Natalia Lafourcade; Josephine Baker recorded a version in French. The song became the main theme for a Mexican movie of the same name in the late 1950s.

So was Luna de Miel en Puerto Rico (Puerto Rican Honeymoon), a latter-day cha-cha-cha which was also the theme for an eponymous movie, co-produced by Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the early 1960s.

His most famous interpretation came as a member of Cugat's orchestra. Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me a Lot), a standard by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velazquez, was such a large hit that it can still be occasionally heard on television commercials and movies. After Capo's and Cugat's version dozens of artists have covered the song, including The Beatles.
Some Puerto Ricans consider Capó as one of the greatest singing legends from the island.

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#15 Apr 30, 2013
Rafael Hernández Marín

Rafael Hernández (October 24, 1892 – December 11, 1965), was one of the most important composers of Puerto Rican popular music during the 20th century.[1]

Early years

Hernández (birth name: Rafael Hernández Marín[note 1]) was born in the town of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, into a poor family. As a child, he learned the craft of cigar making, from which he made a modest living. He also grew to love music and asked his parents to permit him to become a full-time music student. When he was 12 years old, Hernández studied music in San Juan, under the guidance of music professors Jose Ruellan Lequenica and Jesús Figueroa.

He learned to play many musical instruments, among them the clarinet, tuba, violin, piano and guitar. However, according to many Puerto Rican music historians, it was when he learned how to write music that his life and the history of Puerto Rican music would change forever.[2] At the age of 14, he played for the Cocolia Orquestra. Hernández moved to San Juan where he played for the municipal orchestra under the director Manuel Tizol.

World War I and the Orchestra Europe

Rafael Hernández (left) with brother Jesus, c.1917 during World War I

In 1917, Hernández was working as a musician in North Carolina, when the United States entered World War I. The jazz bandleader James Reese Europe recruited brothers Rafael and Jesús Hernández, and 16 more Puerto Ricans to join the United States Army's Harlem Hell fighters musical band, the Orchestra Europe.

He enlisted and was assigned to the U.S. 369th Infantry Regiment (formerly known as the 15th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, created in New York City June 2, 1913). The regiment, nicknamed "The Harlem Hell Fighters" by the Germans, served in France.

Hernández toured Europe with the Orchestra Europe. The 369th was awarded the French Croix de guerre for battlefield gallantry by the President of France.[3]


In 1932, Hernández moved to Mexico, where the Mexicans treated him as one of their own. There, he directed an orchestra and enrolled in Mexico's National Music Conservatory to further enrich his musical knowledge. Hernández also became an actor and organized many of the musical scores in Mexico's "golden age" of movies. The Mexicans of the state of Puebla consider his composition "Qué Chula es Puebla" to be their unofficial anthem. His wife (and eventual widow) was Mexican.[5]

"Lamento borincano" and "Preciosa"

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You may listen to Luciano Quiñones piano interpretation of Hernandez' "Lamento Borincano" hereand to his interpretation of "Preciosa" hereIn 1937, Hernández wrote one of his greatest works, "Lamento borincano". That same year, he also wrote what is considered by many to be his masterpiece, "Preciosa". In 1947, Hernández returned to Puerto Rico and became the director of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He was also a musical advisor to the government-owned WIPR Radio.[4]

Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, the repository of his works, operates a small museum in his honor at its Metropolitan Campus in San Juan which is directed by his son, Alejandro (Chalí) Hernández.

The impact of Hernandez's songs among Puerto Ricans was felt when Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony recorded Hernández's "Preciosa" and sang said song in a 2005 concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden. According to an article in the New York Times:

"Mr. Anthony did his version of Preciosa. It may have been the night's most popular love song, precisely because it's not about a woman: it's about a whole island, instead."[7]

In 1969, Puerto Rican singer and actor Bobby Capó played Hernandez in the bio-pic El Jibarito Rafael, which was directed by Ulises Solís.[8]...

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#16 Apr 30, 2013
Ramón Carrillo
Between 1930 and 1945 he contributed valuable original research about the brain cells which are not neurons—named glial cells—and the method for staining and observing them under the microscope, as well as on their evolutionary origin (phylogeny), and the comparative anatomy of the brain across the several classes of vertebrates. In the same period Ramón Carrillo contributed novel techniques for neurological diagnosis: he refined iodine-contrasted ventriculography, called iodoventriculography, and discovered signs in it for several diseases; developed tomography, which by lack of electronic means at the time was prevented from integrating computation yet was a precursor of what is today known as computerized tomography; and achieved its combination with electroencephalogram (EEG), termed tomoencephalography.
Still in the same period, Carrillo attained valuable results investigating the brain herniations protruding into blood cysterns (cysternal herniations) and the syndromes occurring after a closed brain traumatism or contussion (postcommotional syndromes); he discovered the "Carrillo's disease" or epidemic acute papillitis; described in detail the cerebral scleroses, during whose investigation he performed many cerebral transplantations (brain grafts) between living rabbits; and histologically reclassified the cerebral tumors and the inflammations of the innermost brain envelope (arachnoid mater), which inflammations are called arachnoiditis. He also proposed a widely used, pre-DSM "Classification of mental diseases." At the age of 36 (1942), by opposition concourse he became the University of Buenos Aires Chair of Neurosurgery.
Career in social medicine
Then, in a sudden professional change, Carrillo left his brilliant career as neurobiologist and neurosurgeon and renounced the calm and prestige derived from it, in order to fully devote himself to social medicine, often called sanitarism in Spain and Latin American countries. From this angle he hoped to flesh out his aspirations regarding health. By taking profit of the opportunity allowed by the rise of a certain political party (Peronist Party) with whose leader Ramón Carrillo had made friends only during the last two and a half years, in 1946 he moved to confront the causes of diseases with the public power now at his disposal. In this way Carrillo later became the first Minister of Public Health of the Argentine Republic....

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#17 Apr 30, 2013
Juan Bautista Cabral (ca. 1789 – 3 February 1813) was an Argentine soldier of the Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers who died in the Battle of San Lorenzo, while he was aiding then Colonel Don José de San Martín, whose horse had fallen to enemy fire. The action of Cabral in this first military confrontation of the Argentine War of Independence gave him lasting fame and a prominent place among Argentine patriots.


Little is known about the life of Cabral. It is estimated that he was born in the town which now bears his name in the city of Saladas, Corrientes. He joined the second squadron of the newly formed Granaderos Cavalry Regiment in 1812. According to Pastor Obligado, Cabral's diligence and leadership led to corporal's stripes in December of the same year, and to promotion to sergeant the next year. Contrary to this assertion, Bartolomé Mitre (in his Historia de San Martín y de la Emancipación Americana) states that he was a private ("soldado raso") on the date of the battle.

Scene of the Battle of San Lorenzo. Regardless of his rank, his action took place right after the battle started. The royalist forces (loyal to the Spanish Crown) had sailed up the Paraná River and landed on San Lorenzo, Santa Fe. Enemy fire overturned San Martín's horse, trapping the colonel beneath it, while the royalists drew close charging with bayonets. Cabral dismounted and assisted San Martín. The exact details have been embellished to the point that it is impossible to say how much risk he took. Some versions have Cabral placing himself between the bayonets and San Martín, which is doubtful. In any event, Cabral was critically wounded, and he died in the refectory of the neighboring San Carlos Convent, which was used as a field hospital. On his deathbed he said "I die happy, General; we have beaten the enemy."

According to Mitre, the rank of sergeant was given him posthumously due to meritorious actions in the battle. Argentine history has made him a national hero, and there are many monuments erected in his honor. The March of San Lorenzo, by C. J. Benielli, is dedicated to him, and is taught in primary school. The famous Paraguayan composer and guitar virtuoso Augustin Barrios Mangoré composed a piece dedicated to the memory of him called Sargento Cabral. The Argentine Army's school for NCOs is named in his honour

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#18 Apr 30, 2013
Alberto Pedro Spencer Herrera (December 6, 1937 – November 3, 2006) was an Ecuadorian football (soccer) player, regarded as the best of his country. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.[1] He was known as "Cabeza Mágica" (Spanish for magic head).

Born in Ancón, Guayas, Ecuador, Spencer was the son of a Jamaican of British origin.[2]

He was an ambidextrous striker with lethal pace, off-the-ball movement, heading and balance skills, and excellent finishing, that tore defences to shreds for over a decade. After his retirement in 1973, he lived in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1982, he was appointed consul of Ecuador in Uruguay.

Spencer suffered a heart attack on September 14, 2006 during a routine checkup with his cardiologist. He died on November 3, 2006 in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. His line survives through his Chilean wife María Teresa, his children Alberto, Walter, Jacqueline and his grandchildren.[3]

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Alberto Spencer began his career at age 15 playing for Everest. He jumped to fame when he was scouted while playing on loan for Barcelona SC against Peñarol in July 1959. Peñarol's manager, Hugo Bagnulo, asked his scout 'Pibe' Ortega to attempt to sign him after the game was over. He was soon transferred to Peñarol where he amassed three Libertadores Cups and two Intercontinental Cups, as well as several Uruguayan league titles. After his second Intercontinental Cup, he was twice sought by Inter Milan, but ultimately Peñarol's board would not sell him.[4]

On the international front, Spencer holds the unique distinction of being the only goalscorer, capped by two different countries simultaneously: Ecuador, and Uruguay. He 'switched' shirts no less than four times. He played for Uruguay against England (2-1) in a friendly match at the legendary Wembley Stadium and scored, making him the first Ecuadorian-born player to score in that stadium.

His name was omitted from FIFA's, and Pelé's list of 100 greatest living players. This caused outrage among many South American journalists who despised the idea of forgetting some of the greats, like Spencer, in favour of commercialism. David Mellor of the Evening Standard notably blasted FIFA in his reporting of the incident.

Although widely considered one of the best South American players of all time, he still remains largely an unknown figure in Europe. This is presumably due to his having never participated in a World Cup or playing in Europe. Similar fates awaited other greats such as Alfredo Di Stéfano and George Best, though both are far more known due to their domestic careers with Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively.

He was elected the 20th South America Player of the Century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.


Spencer still maintains the South American club record in Copa Libertadores, with his tally of 54 goals between 1960 and 1972, playing for Everest of Guayaquil, Barcelona of Guayaquil, and Peñarol (Uruguay). During that period, he walked away as winner of the competition three times (1960, 1961, 1966) and was winner of the Intercontinental Cup twice, beating Eusebio's Benfica and Real Madrid, and was runner-up once. In fact, his Intercontinental goal tally is only one goal behind the all-time record of his more famous contemporary, Pelé.

Spencer was also four times the leading scorer of Uruguay's League, helping them to win the Uruguayan championship eight times during his 12-year stay. Throughout his professional career, he scored a grand total of 450 goals, surpassing 500, if friendlies were taken into account.

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#20 Apr 30, 2013
Topix is up to its tricks again.

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Tomás Braulio Platero IV (1857 - 1925) was one of the founders of the centrist Radical Civic Union (UCR), Argentina's oldest existing political party, and among the most prominent Afro Argentine public figures of his time.

Platero was born in Buenos Aires in 1857 and, though slavery had been abolished in Argentina in 1812, Platero suffered from prevailing local discrimination against people of color. He joined the original Civic Union in 1890, and became a loyal supporter of the party's first leader, Leandro Alem, becoming a prominent member of the Committee of La Plata after an 1891 split in the Civic Union led to the establishment of the UCR (which advocated greater activism towards the goal of universal male suffrage).

He was also the founder of the Professional Association of the Province of Buenos Aires, and President of the Electric Cooperative Society. Appointed Chief Civil Registry Director for the 3rd and 5th districts in Buenos Aires, he inherited a bookkeeping system whereby black births, marriages and deaths were recorded on separate ledgers, and eventually helped end the practice. He was later the founder and President of The Protector National Mutual Association. He was also a person of strong religious convictions, and a brother of the Franciscan Order.

Following Alem's 1896 suicide, Platero became a supporter of Dr. Hipólito Yrigoyen, whose activism led to the passage of the Sáenz Peña Law in 1912, and to Argentina's first democratic presidential elections, in 1916. A steadfast supporter of President Yrigoyen's, Platero was a vocal opponent of the Antipersonalistas (a more conservative wing of the UCR).

Platero died in La Plata on February 17, 1925, and his funeral was attended by the highest authorities of the UCR, including the Governor of Buenos Aires Province, José Luis Cantilo, Federico Zelarrayán (carrying condolences from Yrigoyen), and numeorus other UCR figures.[1]

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