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Let’s Take A Moment And Admire J.Lo’s Rise To Super Stardom From Her Humble Days As A Fly Girl

J.Lo is the modern day Renaissance Woman we don’t deserve. Seriously. She does everything and totally owns her space in the entertainment and business worlds like few women have. Honestly, we need more women to unapologetically take up space in these worlds because it’s time ladies start running things.

She’s Jenny from the Block, an incredible dancer, singer, actress, television producer, fashion designer, business woman, mother, and so much more. We don’t know how she does it but we do know how she got here. Here’s a brief look at her rise to super stardom to give you all the inspo you need to chase your dreams.

She was born in the Bronx as Jennifer Lynn Lopez on July 24, 1969.

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Also, she has a signature face that she whips out for every single selfie and probably lots of other occasions. J.Lo is what my mom is proud to be: a New Yorican.

She started taking singing and dancing lessons when she was just 5 years old.

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Her mother was a kindergarten teacher and her father an IT guy. Somehow they just knew that she was meant to greatness in entertainment. Seems like it really paid off for them.

Jenny went to an all-girls Catholic school called Bronx’s Preston High School.

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I checked and the school does NOT, I repeat, does not have a photo of Jennifer Lopez on the home page. I’m shooketh. What else could you ever brag about?

Growing up, Jenny was nicknamed “La Guittarra” because of how her body curved.

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She’s been hitting the gym since forever and does it show. She took this photo the morning of her 49th birthday this year. I wanna look like you, but like right now. I’m 26.

After high school, Jenny moved to Manhattan and would even sleep in the dance studio she practiced at.

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She wanted to be the best. She did it. Her first solid paying gig was actually in Japan where she danced in the musical “Synchronicity.” She sacrificed for her dreams and it all worked out for her, don’t ya think?

J.Lo graced the first ever cover of Latina magazine.

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This was back in 1996. Can you tell? That “Racism 101: Teach Your Kids to Cope” is breaking my heart a lil. Is that edition still out?

This year, J.Lo accepted the 2018 VMA Vanguard Award with an incredible performance.

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She performed a 10 minute mash-up to “On the Floor,” “Waiting for Tonight,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Ain’t Yo Mamma,” and “All I Have.” There was even a Skrillex remix leading up to “Jenny from the Block.” She was drippin’ in gold from her bedazzled Yankee cap.

Her net worth is now $400 million and that’s just crazy.

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“Le queire, le quiere dinero!” This woman never stops working and it looks like she’s still after the di-nero, di-nero. This is how she showed up to promote her latest single with DJ Khaled and Cardi B., “Dinero.”

Jenny now owns her own production company, Nuyorican Productions.

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She does it all. She’s produced “World of Dance,” where she is a judge, “Shades of Blue,” which she starred in, “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble,” which features a lesbian couple who have adopted Latino twins and raise awareness around the foster care system in the United States, and so much more. She’s making the world a better place.

Lopez never intended to star in her executive produced show “Shades of Blue.”

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When Lopez and her partner, Benny Medina, went to pitch the concept to NBC, the execs asked her why she wouldn’t be playing the role. Her response? “I don’t know. Maybe I should.” That was all the convincing they needed to sign the deal.

J.Lo was chosen to portray Selena Quintanilla out of 20,000 women who showed up to audition.

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Fans were upset that a Nuyorican was cast in fear she wouldn’t be able to do the Tejana justice. J.Lo ended up singing only three words in the whole movie and that movie undoubtably launched her whole career.

J.Lo is the only woman to be twice voted as FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World.

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The reason is obvious. We don’t know how she does it as an actress, producer, TV judge, singer, and mother. She’s always been this way though. In her Bronx neighborhood, her nickname was “The Supernova.”

For J.Lo, family is everything.

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On her birthday this year, she held an intimate family gathering on the beach with boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez. In an Instagram post, he wrote, “When we were kids, birthdays were exciting because it was all about the gifts we would be getting. A new bat, dance shoes, maybe a new CD (yes I’m old!). I see firsthand how that’s changed for Jennifer, and how she’s found joy in sharing with others. For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world—I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho Macha 13. ❤️”

J.Lo’s daughter, Emme, is in talks to land a book deal right now.

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She’s 10 years old, and Jenny is supporting her to the max. Emme’s father, Marc Anthony, J.Lo and ARod were all seen at a dance recital of hers, as well. This sweet girl is getting more than a luxe life, she’s getting a family that loves her and supports her big dreams.

Which is why Lopez has been outspoken against the family separation policies.

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Caption: “Reading the news about the separation of children from their families, I can’t help but think about my own children. I cannot fathom a world where they would be ripped from my arms, taken to a place no better than a prison far from home. I feel we will never forget this moment in time. Bearing witness to these atrocities and that’s what they are, I can say for sure, remaining silent is not an option. As a Latino, and as you know very well, a proud Bronx born Puerto Rican American, we and the people of all different races, roots, and culture have enriched this country. But the recent rhetoric and constant dismissal of what we bring to the table has to stop. This is about basic human rights and decency. If you care about children, have concern for the lack of transparency about this disastrous display, in full view to the world in general, I encourage you first to get caught up on the situation. Next, call your congressperson and demand an answer, but I also want you to remain hopeful—hold fast to hope, faith and Love. We first need to admit we have a problem before we can heal it. We cannot focus on the evil, we must push towards unity and get to a healing place. ITS ALL IN OUR HANDS. Supporting one another in these troubled times, we can remain on the right side of history: the side where children are safe and in their parents arms. Act now, call now, speak now, LOVE now.#familiesbelongtogether #lovenothate”

J.Lo has dated several eligible Hollywood bachelors, but they just can’t keep up with her.

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Remember Bennifer? Remember their love project “Gigli”? They just had to make a movie together after meeting a year before. After production, Ben Affleck took out a $3000 full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to basically write her a love letter. Her “graciousness of spirit, beauty in courage, great empathy, astonishing talent, real poise and true grace” is loveable for us, too, Ben. A couple years later, the couple went their separate ways.

Literally months after Affleck, J.Lo married her long-time friend, Marc Anthony.

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The two had a pair of twins together and while they ended their marriage seven years later, they still support each other and their children.

We’re all shipping J-Lo and A-Rod though.

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Just a couple years ago, Lopez spotted him outside a Beverly Hills restaurant and taps on his shoulder. He immediately tells her she’s bella and asks her to dinner that same night. A-Rod has dated Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and even Madonna.

But most of all, we worship the ground you walk on.

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Not only has she become the highest paid Latina in the entertainment industry, paving the way for more visibility, she’s actually produced the shows that hire Latinos, and has been unwavering in her commitment to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and to advocate for children separated at the border.

Thank you for being you, Jenny, and for dreaming big enough for all of us. Te queremos.  😘


READ: J.Lo’s ‘Shades Of Blue’ Has Us All Shades Of Worked Up And We’re Here For It

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Selena For Sanctuary Is Bringing Their Immigrant-Focused Concert Fundraiser To Los Angeles

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Selena For Sanctuary Is Bringing Their Immigrant-Focused Concert Fundraiser To Los Angeles

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The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1. 

Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.

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Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.” 

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.” 

Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park. 

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The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.

Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.

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The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. 

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Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship.  In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.

Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.

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It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.

Empress Of

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The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.

Ceci Bastida

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This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy. 

 San Cha

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San Cha’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman. 

Maya Murillo

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Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event. 

Loyal Lobos

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For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music. 

August Eve

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August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.

READ: ‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

This Man Is Using TikTok To Bring Younger People To Old-School Jams And His Fans Are Loving It

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This Man Is Using TikTok To Bring Younger People To Old-School Jams And His Fans Are Loving It

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Everyone has that embarrassing uncle. The one who busts out dancing in public, or makes incredibly old-school dad jokes. Embarrassing uncles keep you guessing what they’ll do next and oftentimes you and your cousins are embarrassed by his bizarre behavior. If you can’t think of an embarrassing uncle, chances are it’s you, you’re the embarrassing uncle or tía. This Mexican man from Wyoming is the quintessential embarrassing uncle, except the internet, unlike your cousins, is loving every minute of his antics. 

Tío TikTok might be a little older than the app’s intended audience, but he still managed to make his content go viral, even when he didn’t even know what TikTok was.

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Tío TikTok aka Nathan Apodaca is the grown man who’s single-handedly bringing Gen-Z app TikTok, to Millennials. If you’re wondering what TikTok is, don’t worry. It is basically the second-coming of Vine. It is all about short videos that play in a loop for everyone to enjoy. 

Remember Musical.ly? Maybe you remember the times of Vine? It’s hard to keep up with the constantly changing social media landscape as some apps gain notoriety, others merge, and even more die out. As non-members of the Gen Z generation, it’s even harder to keep it all straight.

The old app Musical.ly was rebranded as TikTok and it’s quickly become Gen Z’s app of choice.

If you do remember Musical.ly, you may know that in August 2018, it rebranded as TikTok. And Vine? That app was the victim of an ever-changing internet and suffered a slow death, causing users to feel the dejection of media abandonment. TikTok though has stirred up a revival of short video clips. Only now, it’s even more interactive, collaborative, and downright addictive.

Apodaca was introduced to the app by his Gen Z daughters, and his videos soon went viral.

Tío TikTok was unaware of the popular video-app himself. His daughters, Makyla and Angelia, are the ones who first introduced Apocada’s to the platform. His youngest daughter even helped him film his first video, which quickly went viral. Apodaca confesses that he was stumped as to what to do, or what type of content to publish on his app, but his eldest daughter came to the rescue and suggested he did his usual goofy dances on camera. And just like that, Apodaca turned into a TikTok sensation.

Tío TikTok’s 16-second videos are simple and hilarious, and they touch a chord with young audiences for their humor.

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Apodaca shares 16-second bite-sized clips of himself dancing and performing to a tune. His perfectly in-sync interpretations, have gained him nearly 90 thousand followers. Tío TikTok usually jams out to classic ’90s gangsta rap like DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem or Twista and Gen Z-ers and Millennials alike, can’t seem to get enough of his nostalgic vibes.

In his video’s he’s usually goofing around at work or high off weed which has made his content recognizable.

In one of his most liked posts, Nathan is seen sitting on a conveyor belt lip-syncing Sublime’s ’90s classic hit ‘Santeria’ at the factory where he works and films most of his videos. The post earned 26.9 thousand likes and received thousands of hilarious comments like “*OSHA has entered the chat*” by @BertoBitch or “The workers that package for WISH…”

Apodaca is the stoner uncle you never knew you needed on social media.

His hashtags regularly include 420, 710, ‘high’ and ‘gogreen’, stoner terms used to celebrate dabs and cannabis concentrates. His song choices, usually pulled from an unpredictably random selection, often celebrate the plant too. @Doggface208 aka Nathan Apodaca loves weed so much that he, ingeniously, linked his PayPal account on his TikTok bio for donations; “Now accepting donations 4 Flower 🍃 n white Ts PayPal apodacadogg208@gmail.com” reads his profile description. Whether the account is real or not, we’re not sure, but you’re welcome to send a little donation and let us know.

Most TikTok users may be under 30 according to Apple Store download stats, but we’re sure that this guy’s hilarious videos will attract an older demographic to download the app too.

READ: This 11-Year-Old Latina Has Thousands Of Followers On TikTok And The Most Hilarious Sense Of Humor About Latinidad