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Celebrities Are Reacting To J.Lo’s Daughter, Emme, Singing On Stage At The Forum This Weekend

Jennifer Lopez kicked off her “It’s My Party” concert tour in Inglewood over the weekend which has had fans excited for months. The tour will include 36 shows which will take place across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. For her first leg of the tour, the singer started in Inglewood and brought a bright little surprise on stage with her for a performance as well.

Lopez’s daughter, 11-year-old Emme Maribel Muñiz joined her mother on stage to perform a duet of “Limitless” which was featured in Lopez’s recent film Second Act. Coincidentally, the song’s title proved that J.Los daughter is a girl with no limits herself.

Together the mother-daughter-duo belted out the lyrics to the single and hit some pretty impressive notes.

Both wore red gowns and their long flowing hair as they made a night of the “It’s My Party Tour.” During her daughter’s take on the duet, Lopez could be seen turning and putting her hand to her chest and then later moving down to her knees to show just how in awe of her daughter she was.

Concert-goers from that night weren’t the only ones to be surprised by the performance.

Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Laverne Cox, and Zoe Saldana all shared their love for Emme’s performance in the comments section of J.Lo’s post.

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“We all cried!!” Saldana wrote in response to the performance. Meanwhile Witherspoon enthused “What a voice!”

We have seen lots of Emme, who is now 11-years-old, on her mom’s Instagram.

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She looks so much like J.Lo too! She embodies her mom’s fierceness and charm, but we had no idea she was also so talented.

J.Lo often refers to her kids as her little coconuts, but Emme is much more than that.

We have also heard Emme sing a little bit here and there on her mom’s Instagram.

We could never tell, however, how much range she had until now.

Recently, J.Lo posted a video of her busy and glamorous life, per usual, but there was one moment that really stood out.

The video was a compilation that she posted over the weekend that included her rehearsal, wrapping up her new movie “Hustlers” that also stars Cardi B. Then we see Emme walk into the rehearsal room with her mom.

In the video, J.Lo instructed her daughter to sing Alicia Key’s “If I Ain’t Got You” in the original key.

The musical director tells Emme to give her performance some sass and to start pointing as if she means her words. Then Emme takes it home in the most powerful way.

Emme’s voice is truly outstanding. Check it out in the 4-minute mark.

We are so impressed by her natural talent and the fact that she is clearly taking singing lessons as well.

If she sounds this good now we can only imagine she’s going to improve.

If you’d like to see more of Emme and her twin brother Max, check out this cute and hilarious Q&A with their mom.

Hey J.Lo, can you adopt us, please?!

The Remarkable Life And Career Of Edward James Olmos, Who Continues To Represent Us Proudly

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The Remarkable Life And Career Of Edward James Olmos, Who Continues To Represent Us Proudly

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It’s no secret that the Hollywood industry has a diversity problem. The exclusion of Latinos in the arts was the basis of a study conducted by Professor Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The results, which were released last month, were dismal. As of 2018 “only 4.5 percent of all 47,268 speaking or named characters across the last 12 years were Latino and a mere 3 percent of lead or co-lead actors.” For Latinos, this news is not a surprise. That is why we hold Latino actors, the few that have gotten the chance to work and especially those that have been in the Hollywood industry for decades, with such high regard. For us, there is one such person that not only has been our representation in Hollwyood but has also told the story of historic Latinos.

Edward James Olmos has led a remarkable career in film and television that spans more than 45 years. 

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This Mexican-American thespian has 121 acting credits to his name, and that does not include his work on Broadway, as a director, or composer. Within his storied career in Hollywood, Olmos has an estimated 29 awards in his field and 27 nominations. It would surprise some people to know that Olmos had aspirations that didn’t include acting at all.

Olmos was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Boyle Heights and in Montebello, California.

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In a 2013 interview, Olmos said he had a strong work ethic thanks to his parents who were always working. He was raised by his great grandparents and strived to try it all from sports to music and even politics. As a young teen, Olmos wanted to be a baseball player. He also the lead singer of a band. “I really had a strong passion for baseball,” Olmos said, who was first caught up by the sport at age five. But admits he didn’t have the talent for it at such a young age. He said it was the divorce of his parents, around the age of seven, that made him want to dedicate himself to the sport. He said baseball taught him a lot about discipline which helped him understand his capabilities as a person. In 1960, around the age of 15 and 16, Olmos began to have another passion. He wanted to be a rock n’ roll star. Even though he said he couldn’t sing very well, he called himself a performer. For two years that he performed in a rock band, Olmos said his father stopped talking to him because he didn’t approve of his new path. 

After years as a stage actor, his breakthrough role came in 1981 in the film “Zoot Suit.”

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In 1964, while in college, Olmos took his first acting class. He said his discipline of baseball and his passion for singing lead him naturally to consider acting. He said he tried auditioning but always got turned down. He kept at it and studied acting under the greats. He started doing theater in Los Angeles, and in 1978 he got a role in the theater production of “Zoot Suit” about the true story of the 1943 riots in Los Angeles that resulted in the arrests of many Latinos. In 1979, Olmos received a Tony Award nomination for his role of  El Pachuco. In 1981, a film version of the play hit theaters and Olmos comprised as El Pachuco once again. 

In 1988, Olmos portrayed the true story of math teacher Jaime Escalante in the beloved film “Stand and Deliver.”

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The story depicts how students from  James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles overcame immense obstacles to pass AP Calculus tests during their senior year. The film received several Independent Spirit Awards including for Best Male Lead, which Olmos won, and Best Supporting Male for actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Olmos also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Olmos remembers that role fondly and with emotion. “Nobody wanted to give us a penny to tell the story of a Bolivian man helping kids take a math test,” he said earlier this year to Remezcla.  “Watching my performance, I realized what he gave us, it was like catching lightning in a bottle and we did it.” 

Today, Olmos continues to have a stellar body of work from “Battlestar Galactica” to “Portlandia” and “Mayans M.C.”

Some of his most recognized roles including in “Selena,” “Blade Runner,” “American Me,” and “My Family” and the work he is doing today on television has solidified Olmos as an icon in Hollywood and within the Latin community. 

“In 1964, when I started out we weren’t 22 percent of the population of the U.S, we were much less. We were also less than 2 percent of all the content in television and film. Today, with 22 percent of the population, we are still less than 4 percent of all content. We are in a worse place now,” he said. While that is an unfortunate fact, we’re still so thrilled and proud that he continues to represent us today. 

READ: 30 Years After Being Released, Here’s Where The Cast Of ‘Stand And Deliver’ Are Today

It Turns Out Ginger Spice Wore That Iconic Jennifer Lopez Dress First

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It Turns Out Ginger Spice Wore That Iconic Jennifer Lopez Dress First

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Jennifer Lopez’s iconic green Versace dress is the reason we have Google Image search today, but that doesn’t mean she was the first to wear it. Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, wore the look about a month before, meanwhile, Donatella Versace sported it nearly a year before the 2000 Grammys — it just didn’t have the same impact. 

The tropical patterned dress made of silk chiffon with a plunging neckline and sheer fabric was considered provocative for the time. Perhaps, no more provocative than Jennifer Lopez’s voluptuous body which was considered out of the norm. This was the same era of waify actresses with jutting hip bones and visible rib cages, Lopez was an outlier. 

This is why Jennifer Lopez specifically in that dress became a moment in fashion history. 

Ginger Spice rocks it first allegedly 

Bestselling author Juno Dawson pointed out the fact that Geri Halliwell wore the dress before Jennifer Lopez on Twitter. The Spice Girls singer wore it a month before J. Lo, to the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes on January 22, 2000.

“Not to diminish J-Lo, but history remembers that @GeriHalliwell WORE IT FIRST,” Dawson wrote. 

“Very long, very straight hair extensions is a LOOK also,” she said in another tweet. 

While I’ve never seen anyone claim that Lopez wore it first, it is also ahistorical to suggest Halliwell did. 

Actually, my guy, Donatella Versace wore it first

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Donatella Versace actually first wore the dress in 1999 to the Met Gala. Who wore the dress first seems irrelevant to the fact that it exists in our collective memory because of Jennifer Lopez. 

The dress is famous because of how Lopez appeared in it not because of when it was worn. The “I’m Real” singer’s curvaceous body uniquely filled it out. Moreover, her tan complexion suited the vibrant green best.

For years, Lopez was advised to lose weight because of her curvy body. The Versace dress showed the world there was nothing wrong with it, that in fact, a body like Lopez’s should be admired.

“But I got a lot of flak for it from people in the industry. They’d say, ‘You should lose a few pounds,’ or ‘You should do this or do that.’ It finally got to the point that I was like, ‘This is who I am. I’m shaped like this,’ ” Lopez told InStyle

“Everybody I grew up with looked like that, and they were all beautiful to me. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I still don’t!”

 It’s why they call it a “fashion moment,” it’s because a piece of clothing is only as good as the person wearing it. 

Jennifer Lopez inspired Google Image search

I am not shading Halliwell or Donatella they looked great in it, but sometimes the right person can elevate a look because of what they exude in it. When she appeared on the red carpet of the 2000 Grammy Awards, J. Lo inspired a record number of searches that triggered Google to invent Google Image search. This isn’t only a fashion moment, it is fashion history. 

“People wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention,” Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said

“At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

J. Lo tells the story of the iconic dress

Before the Grammys, Lopez wasn’t sure of what to wear. Her stylist, Andrea Lieberman presented her with tons of looks, but nothing was quite right. When she spotted the green Versace dress, she knew it was the one. It didn’t matter that it had been worn twice before. 

 “This is what we’re going to wear; this is it,” Lopez recalled to Vogue. “I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest.” 

The singer believes the image of her in the dress transcends even her own career and accomplishments. 

“The dress was just provocative enough to make people interested,” she said. “That was a moment that captured people’s imaginations, I think . . . in terms of my career, this dress really marked a moment in time. Even if you don’t know my music and you don’t know my movies, people know about that moment and that dress. That was it.”

Almost 20 years later, Lopez rocks it again

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2pNt7ulT9M/ To commemorate the historical ensemble, last week, Lopez wore a sleeveless version of the dress to close the 2020 Spring Versace show. As she strutted down the catwalk, the crowd went crazy. The 50-year-old looked as glowing and transcendent as she did 18 years ago.    “You know when I do something, I really do it,” Lopez said that night. And that’s that on that.