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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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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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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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