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Here Are Some Things Mariah Carey Had To Battle Through Her Whole Life To Be The Diva She Is Today

Mariah Carey is a household name around the world, no question. Her vocal range is truly legendary. The 50-year-old singer first became world famous back in 1990 and she’s still dropping tracks in the top charts.

She is the queen of Christmas and the star on top of my tree, but even we were shocked to learn of the targeted racism her biracial family experienced as a child. There is so much more to this Afro-Latina’s story that motivated her to greatness.

Mariah Carey’s father was Afro-Venezuelan and her mother was an Irish opera singer.

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Her paternal grandfather changed his name on Ellis Island from Francisco Nuñez to Carey, like so many immigrants did to adapt to the xenophobia and racism so widely accepted at the time.

Carey’s mother was disowned by her family for eloping with a black man.

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Carey has later opened up saying that she felt neglected and abandoned by her mother’s side of the family growing up. Of course that rejection of something so closely tied to identity affects a kid.

She shocked her parents when she casually imitated her mom’s opera at age two.

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She started having her first voice lessons at age 4. With a mother who was a mezzo-soprano New York City opera singer and a father who was an aeronautical engineer, she was set up for success (in some ways.)

She witnessed racism first hand–crosses burned on her family lawn, the family car blown up, and pets poisoned.

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Her parents divorced when she was three years old and she would sneak the radio under the covers to sing. She’s said that these moments helped her cope with the feeling of ‘otherness’ she experienced as the daughter of divorced parents and being biracial in a harsh world.

In high school, her nickname was “Mirage.”

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Because she was cutting class so often, people would joke that one minute she’s there, the next she’s gone. She’s a mirage.

She studied cosmetology in Manhattan.

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Maybe that worked out because today she has her own cosmetics company which has netted her $150 million. Today she’s one of the top richest women in entertainment.

Carey shared a one bedroom apartment in NYC with four other girls while creating her first demo.

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It wasn’t until she met with rising pop singer Brenda K. Starr that she got her big break–after several rejections from major music labels. Bet they regret that.

Caption: “#tbt when I only owned two dresses – one pink and one black. I met @willsmith on the night of the pink one! LOL”

Today, Carey is the only female artist to have straight No. 1 singles and albums.

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Her debut album earned her two Grammy Awards. She’s since won three more Grammys, 18 World Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 32 Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Carey married the President of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola, in 1993.

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The story goes that he was listening to her demo on the way home and immediately signed her for her debut album with Columbia Records. Apparently, their relationship started to dissolve around the terms of her albums and he was too controlling.

She became vegetarian while she was married to Mottola.

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We don’t know if she still is but we know she stayed the course while in a three year relationship to Luis Miguel.

Her and Nick Cannon met while shooting a music video for “Bye Bye” on an island off the coast of Antigua.

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The got married real quick and when Oprah asked Carey about their 11-year age gap, she just said, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.”

The couple had twins a few years later.

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Right after their marriage, the couple apparently got pregnant but miscarried. They didn’t tell anyone until after they announced the twins.

Carey bought Marilyn Monroe’s white baby grand piano for $662,500.

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Monroe is one of her ultimate icons and inspired the name for her daughter, Monroe Cannon. Their son’s name, Moroccan, is named after the place where Cannon proposed to Carey. It wasn’t in Morocco, but their room was Moroccan-styled.

Carey can hit two octaves higher than a normal soprano.

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A skilled soprano can reach three octaves. She can hit five.

Some critics have even said that Mariah to date has produced the highest note ever made by a human voice during the 1991 MTV Music Video Awards in her performance of “Emotions.”

Carey has received the GLAAD Ally Award in 2016 for her support of the LGBT community.

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She even developed a Pride clothing line of which some of the proceeds would be donated to GLAAD.

Her legs are insured for $1 billion.

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After signing on to head Gilette’s “Legs of a Goddess” campaign, she decided the time was ripe to finally insure those killer legs.

Carey uses her platform to state the obvious: #BlackLivesMatter

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She’s used her social media platforms to tweet #JusticeForSandy and posted honorific photos of her and Kaepernick on her Instagram.

Caption: “Such an honor to meet @kaepernick7 today!”

Carey was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in 2001.

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Just this April she opened up with People to say, “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

She has a personal limo for her dog, Jack.

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Like, she loves this dog. She’s brought him onstage to the 2012 NFL Kick-Off Concert, walks him in stilettos around down, and brings him to interviews. After her rescued dog had puppies (she was told she was spayed), she just kept them all.

She even produced a Christmas film about animated Mariah meeting a homeless mutt (Jack) and giving him a dream life.

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The little girl at first struggles to have patience for such a clumsy, energetic, needy puppy but eventually understands how to treat her adopted baby. The film teaches kids everywhere how to be gentle and loving with their animals, who should all come from shelters.

Oh, and she’s the queen of Christmas.

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When she was asked to create a Christmas album early in her career, at first she felt like she didn’t have the music credibility to make it work, but she loves Christmas so she went for it.

It has charted every holiday season since its release in 1994, this year the highest since its release.


READ: Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas Even If She Doesn’t Want The Title

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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