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

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Mariah Carey is a household name around the world, no question. Her vocal range is truly legendary. The almost 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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DC Superhero Blue Beetle Is Set To Become First Latino Lead In A Superhero Movie

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DC Superhero Blue Beetle Is Set To Become First Latino Lead In A Superhero Movie

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There has been an undeniable boom in the amount of superhero movies studios are producing. Yet, when it comes to diversity in those films, there’s a huge gap in the representation of people of color. Notably, Latinos have long been relegated to the supporting or side roles of most major studio superhero movies. However, according to reports, DC is developing “Blue Beetle,” a film based on the Mexican-American comic book character Jaime Reyes. The project will be the first Latino superhero to lead a standalone DC Extended Universe (DCEU) major studio film.

Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will be behind the screenplay for DC’s first Latino-led superhero movie.

Dunnet-Alcocer, the Mexican-born screenwriter, has been tapped to write the script for Blue Beetle. Though other Latino heroes have appeared in DC films—like Jay Hernandez as El Diablo in Suicide Squad —Reyes will be the first Latino superhero to lead in his own DCEU film.

Dunnet-Alocer will be be adapting the story of Jaime Reyes, a Mexican-American teenager who gets his powers after discovering a strange scarab, which attaches itself to him, giving him power armor, weapons and wings. Reyes then takes role of the Blue Beetle, battling enemies on Earth and in space.

DC plans to incorporate the Blue Beetle into it’s wide universe of superheroes and in future films.

Reyes was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, and made his first appearance in a 2006 DC comic. Yet this isn’t the first Blue Beetle. The original Blue Beetle character, which debuted in 1939, got its superpowers from a sacred scarab as well. The character was a police officer who fought crime with superpowers. The second version of Blue Beetle was Ted Kord, a student who continued costumed crime-fighting, but had no superpowers.

Reyes’s character has already appeared on the small screen, in the TV series Smallville, as well as in animated form in Young Justice.

When it comes to watching superhero films, Latinos are one of the biggest movie going fanbases.

According to the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA), Latino audiences held the highest per-capita attendance at the movie theaters. Latinos make up 18 percent of the U.S. population and purchase almost a quarter of movie tickets sold. Latinos also made up 22 percent of the audience for “Wonder Woman,” and 21 percent for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

In a year where “Black Panther” was praised for its celebration of black culture, many Latinos asked when was their moment going come. It might have come sooner if it wasn’t for the recent death of Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. One of his last known projects was reported to be the development of a Latino superhero. In 2017, he announced that a Latino character was in the works at La Conque, the largest comic convention in Latin America.

“I wanted this to be a surprise, but I’m personally working on a Latino hero, that you’ll be seeing at the end of the year,” he told the AFP at the time. “I want to make him as good as I can, as different as I can.”

The announcement of the film was universally applauded by many happy to see a Latino superhero as the lead role.

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While it’s great to hear news that a Latino superhero will finally get it’s own stand alone film, many are still wondering if an Latino will play the role. Hollywood has a history of casting non-ethnic people to play certain lead roles despite the character’s own ethnicity. Some people have taken to Twitter to start putting their name out there for the role.


READ: Here Are 7 Latino Superheroes (Or Villains) You Should Know

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