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These 25 Photos Prove That Jennifer Lopez Is The Product Placement Queen

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Jennifer Lopez is one of the most recognizable faces, names, and voices in the music business. She has been slaying in the studio since she walked off the set of “Selena” and she has made a lot of money doing it. One of the best ways for musicians to make money is by having products all throughout the music video. It isn’t like they get paid to make the music video. These things cost a lot of money so anything that can make money is likely going to make the cut. Here are 25 instances when Jennifer Lopez proved to be the product placement queen.

1. Body Lab

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The health and fitness brand is created by women, for women. JLo is more than just a housewife fixing a shake with the product in the music video, she is also part of the Body Lab family.

2. Degree Deodorant

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JLo spends so much of her time in music videos dancing and running. There’s no wonder she would promote a deodorant. There’s no doubt that this is how she keeps herself smelling fresh.

3. Lavazza Coffee

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How else will this woman stay awake and engaged in her projects? JLo seems to never have any down time between her shows and music.

4. Remy Martin

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Nothing like getting the party started on the right foot. This Remy Martin cameo is just a taste of the pool party culture that JLo is known to give.

5. TOUS

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She can’t even walk down the street without a product placement making an appearance. Can’t the woman just have a leisurely stroll in peace?

6. Versace

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JLo is so powerful that even when she is in someone else’s music videos they too get hit with product placements. Prince Royce did stand a chance.

7. Xtava

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JLo starts her “Ain’t Your Mama” video stuck in the rain. As a reporter about to get on the air, she had to dry off. Thankfully a Xtava hair dryer was ready to go.

8. Nokia

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We spend so much time on out phones so, of course, JLo would too. It was super casual the way she happened to get the front of her phone on camera.

9. Blackberry

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Someone as important as JLo is destined to have more than one mobile device.That’s exactly what you notice if you watch her music videos.

10. Sprint Guy

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When a product is too easy, always go for a person. That’s what “Ni Tú Ni Yo” taught us. How dope would it be to have the “Can You Hear Me Now” guy at your party.

11. Ice Watch

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If this looks kind of familiar, you aren’t wrong. The photo of JLo and her Nokia is literally just half a second after she checks her Ice Watch in “Live It Up” with Pitbull.

12. Swarovski Sunglasses

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Any of the Swaovski sunglasses will easily set up back $100. It’s not that that’s a lot of money, I am just surprised JLo doesn’t show off her better sunglasses.

13. Peuterey Raincoat

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It is always nice to have your raincoat when you get caught in a rainstorm. It’s even better when you don’t pay for it and it happens to be a $500 raincoat.

14. BMW

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Getting dropped off in style is one of JLo’s many talents. How else do you expect her to get to the club on time to oversee her minions.

15. Blackberry (Again)

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She sure does love to show Blackberry some love. While most of the country forgot that Blackberry exists, JLo definitely has a soft spot for the electronic device.

16. Sprint (iPhone)

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What is it with JLo and her constant rotation of different phones? Also, how is the company Sprint calling JLo and why does she have their number and a photo saved?

17. Hennessy

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Living the high life is something that JLo knows all about. Of course she and all of her friends are going to be celebrating with bottles of Hennessy.

18. Friendable

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You thought this was fake, didn’t you? Well, you’d be wrong. This app does exist and it is a way for people to meet other people or groups of people in a strictly platonic setting.

19. Fiat

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The music vide for “Papi” is basically just one long Fiat commercial. Seriously. How many other music videos have you seen where the artist spends the entire time behind the wheel of a car showing off how great the car maneuvers?

20. Beats

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This might be the first music related product placement we have come across yet. How did it take so long? We may never know.

21. Bravo Floor Cleaner

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The jury is still out on whether or not this one even exists. It was a floor cleaner that many people used in the ’70s.

22. Beluga Vodka

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JLo might give other alcohols love and attention but Beluga is her favorite. Just watch her music videos and you will see the different lines of Beluga vodka.

23. Crown Royal Black

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See. She does give other bottles of booze attention and love. This is also probably the most obvious product placement made by the pop star.

24. Planet Love Match

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You know, because not everyone uses Plenty of Fish or Tinder. For those people, JLo is using her star power to move them to Planet Love Match.

25. Swarovski Earrings

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If there is one thing we know about JLo is that she loves Swarovski. She uses thousands of their crystals in her Vegas show from the props to her own outfits.

Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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