KIYAN’S PARENTS TREASURE THEIR HERITAGE
Kiyan Anthony’s parents are proud of their Puerto-Rican heritage. Kiyan’s dad, NBA player Carmelo Anthony, is proud of his African-American and Puerto Rican heritage but says that many of his fans don’t recognize him as having Puerto Rican heritage:
“A lot of people are surprised when they hear about it or when they see my tattoo,” says Anthony, referring to the Puerto Rican flag he has on his right hand. “I don’t think a lot of people know that side of me.”
Recently, Carmelo was named one of 100 influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.
“…It’s good to know that people are recognizing that side of me — that side of my heritage,” said Carmelo about being chosen to be on the influential list.
Kiyan’s mom, Lala Vazquez, is also very proud to be a Latino. She recently wrote about being a “proud Latina woman”.
“I’m proud to say as a Puerto Rican woman born and raised in New York City that my first blog is about something very near to my heart. As many of you have heard on the news, Sonia Sotomayor, a Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx, was appointed to the Supreme Court and history was made!! Not only was this a historical turning point for all women but more importantly for Latina women.”
Lala added, “It’s also exciting to know that this historic moment will be forever in the history books where my son will learn about it and his sons or daughters will learn about it.”