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Five Latinos Worth Watching in 2014: Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria Head List

First Posted: Jan 21, 2014 05:10 PM EST
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These five Latino's had memorable years in 2013. Based on their track record, we expect them to make even more headlines in 2014. These hardworking individuals are all worth watching this year. Stay tuned:

Cecilia Villar Eljuri

Credit: Cecilia Villar Eljuri/Facebook
Credit: Cecilia Villar Eljuri/Facebook

She is called "Carlita" in comparison to the legendary Carlos Santana. But more than her music will be heard in 2014.

Cecilia Villar Eljuri is an artist, rock star and activist who is likely to raise her voice this year. Eljuri was born in Guayaquil and uses her creativity, music and confidence to share her message.

"I write from the heart, but it's mostly from experiences and people I meet when traveling - about empowerment and fighting for change and rights and everything else," she told NBC Latino.

Eljuri was a big part of the Voto Latino movement, which aimed to get Hispanic women to vote in the last United States presidential election.

Carlita's efforts, however, are international.

The musician also works with Heriberto Napa Tobar, the president of Water Ecuador.

"I met the president of Water Ecuador at an Ecuadorian festival in Washington DC in 2008," Eljuri told the blog. "I was performing, and he had a booth."

Now, the two are working together to make clean water more accessible.

"[Tobar] wanted to help treat people as a med student and found a lot of people had stomach issues, and it came from the water being infected," Eljuri said. "Instead of curing people after they get sick, he thought, 'Let me prevent it.'"

Eljuri and Tobar have a new clean water project this year: Isla Puna, which is four hours away from Guayaquil.

"We provide them education and then connect with communities to teach them how to maintain a water center. We make it self-sustainable," Eljuri said. "We raised tons of money, and we did a hot-a-thon releasing a single for the concert to raise more money...The money goes right to the project."

As if that doesn't keep her busy enough, Eljuri also released her first solo CD recently.

With her career and humanitarian efforts reaching further, Eljuri is someone to watch in 2014 because her story will definitely take you on a journey.

Selena Gomez

Credit: Selena Gomez/Facebook
Credit: Selena Gomez/Facebook

Former child stars are always worth keeping an eye on because the truth is you never know when a child raised on fame will crack. Selena Gomez, whose father is of Mexican descent, has taken a healthy step in breaking the cycle by doing something that young Hollywood often forgets to do: take a break.

After an increasingly busy 2013, Gomez was already showing signs of stress by December.

The singer let sounds troubles at KIIS FM's 2013 Jingle Ball concert get to her while performing. Gomez complained about the technical difficulties on stage while underselling her own show.

"Sorry, the sound isn't working," Gomez yelled to the crowd, according to Us Weekly. "Are you guys having a good night? I promise, a lot cooler people are gonna come out tonight. Is it okay if I perform two more songs, and you guys can get to it? I have to thank you guys so much for allowing me to be able to perform the music that I love, and I have to say that before you guys go on to the people that you care about."

When she tried to sing her hit, "Come and Get It," the sound still wasn't working. Gomez dropped the f-bomb and walked off stage without finishing her set.

That same month, Gomez decided to cancel her Australian tour and take some well-deserved time off.

"My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them, Gomez said in a statement. "But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me."

Gomez is already working on a new project for 2014 that is giving her a new look on life.

According to Gomez, working on her upcoming Sundance Film Festival movie, Rudderless, helps her escape "the everyday madness that I've got to go through."

"I could just wear my own clothes and not have to worry about anything and just be with these cool people," Gomez said.

The film has Gomez directed by William H. Macy and co-starring with Bill Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Felicity Huffman and Anton Yelchin.

With some good rest, a positive environment of respected veterans, 2013's wave of success to float on, Gomez is sure to swim even further up Hollywood's ladder in 2014.

Yasiel Puig

Credit: Yasiel Puig/Facebook
Credit: Yasiel Puig/Facebook


How 2014 goes is all up to Yasiel Puig, the 23-year-old MLB All-Star baseball player from Cuba with a rap sheet almost as big as his hits.
Puig was a Rookie of the Year candidate for 2013. He gained Los Angeles Dodgers' fans' attention when he kept the team alive while core players were injured. Fans love his energy and youth, but MLB developed some negative feelings toward the outfielder during last season for his tendency to display bad attitude and sportsmanship.

But a year with a. 319 batting average, 42 RBIs and 19 home runs doesn't lie. Puig has a lot of talent and the potential to become baseball's next big thing if he can check his attitude.

Puig is already taking the proper steps to stay out trouble. He hired his cousin to be his driver after landing himself in two traffic incidents last year.

Pope Francis

Credit: Pope Francis/Facebook
Credit: Pope Francis/Facebook

Religion itself is a fascinating subject to watch this year. Pope Francis, however, is putting a big spin on religion. Now, the first Latino and first Jesuit pope has grabbed the entire world's attention, not just the Catholic community's, by being become 2013's TIME Person of the Year.

"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing," TIME said. "The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century."

Since his leadership began, the pope formerly known as Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, has focused on getting the Catholic people to end an obsession with "small-minded rules." He encourages his people to highlight sympathy and love when dealing with issues likes contraception, abortion and homosexuality, instead of judgment.

With a new year and a powerful image, Pope Francis is definitely worth watching as he leads his people into 2014 with the rest of the world watching.

"If this attracts men and women and gives them hope, the Pope is happy," Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said. "If this choice of Person of the Year means that many have understood this message, even implicitly, he is certainly glad."

Eva Longoria

Credit: Eva Longoria/Twitter
Credit: Eva Longoria/Twitter


Eva Longoria is definitely a Latino you want to watch in 2014 simply because she's just so nice to look at. But the actress is more than looks; she is also a diverse woman, a producer and a scholar.

The Texas native of Tejano background spent her time in high school exploring her various interests.

"Back in high school I really was the chameleon, too," Longoria said. "I got along with the honors math club, then I would go to cheerleading practice and then I was a band geek as well."

That diversity helped Longoria become a star and earn the title of 2014 Maxim's Woman of the Year.

"She was the sexiest suburbanite in history on 'Desperate Housewives', and now she's a big shot producer, a savvy businesswoman, and our 2014 Woman of the Year," Maxim said. "Is there anything Eva Longoria can't do?"

The 38-year-old actress was proud to earn the title.

"It's especially awesome after how long it's been since my first cover," Longoria said. "I've had a beautiful relationship with Maxim over all these years ... When someone sees the cover of this issue, they're going to say, '¡Que rico!'"

This year, Longoria's production credits will include Food Chains, a documentary, and the second season of Lifetime's Devious Maids. She will also star in Frontera, Refugio and Any Day.

We can expect these works to be smart as Longoria has proven her dedication to learning. In May of 2013, she earned her Master's Degree in Chicano Studies from California State University.

With the ability to try a bit of everything, keep the men interested and keep her mind sharp, Longoria is expected to bring something new to the table in 2014.

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