For Latine Heritage Month (LHM), The Ones to Know is partnering with Mi Gente, D1A's Latine Employee Resource Group, to spotlight 14 Latine creators and businesses who are making an impact on their communities. We applaud them for celebrating their diverse cultures, and encourage you to support each of them and their work year-round.
Paloma LaMona – Drag Artist & Designer
Paloma LaMona is a drag artist, designer and current Ultimate Diva of NYC. She was crowned Miss Hornitos 2022, and loves creating looks that reflect her Mexican culture.
Carlos Ruiz – Bar Consultant & Bartender
Carlos is a bar consultant and award-winning bartender based in New Jersey who often infuses elements of dance into his cocktail making videos.
Elizabeth Acevedo – Poet & Author
Elizabeth is a Dominican-American poet and New York Times best-selling author whose work explores themes of family, community and traditions from her Afro-Latine culture.
The Marías – Psychedelic-Soul Band
The Marías are a psychedelic-soul band led by singer María Zardoya. The band sings in both English and Spanish, and is currently working on their new album.
Sabor Colombiano – Family-Owned Colombian Restaurant in LA
Sabor Colombiano is a family-owned Colombian restaurant in central Los Angeles known for its delicious meat and seafood dishes.
Chilango – Vegan Street Food Restaurant in PDX
Chilango is a vegan street food restaurant in Portland that serves authentic dishes from Mexico City like tacos, esquites, quesadillas and pan dulce.
Pio Pio – New York’s Premier Peruvian Restaurant
Pio Pio is New York’s Premier Peruvian Restaurant since 1994 who specializes in pollo ala brasa, a type of Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken and their world famous Aji Verde sauce.
De Borincuba – Puerto Rican & Cuban Fusion Restaurant in CHI
De Borincuba is a Latina-owned Puerto Rican and Cuban fusion restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood known for its flavorful sandwich offerings.
Empress Of - Artist, Songwriter & Producer
Empress Of is a Honduran-American artist, songwriter and producer from LA. Her genre-bending music is inspired by a variety of sounds from pop and disco to R&B, funk and beyond.
Alexsey Reyes – Photographer & Creative Director
Alexsey is a photographer and creative director. His work focuses on self love, identity, race and unity, while highlighting people from underrepresented groups in colorful, dreamlike spaces.