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With One Major Benefit Concert, J.Lo And Marc Anthony Raised Millions For Disaster Relief

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony brought together some of the biggest names in entertainment for Somos Live!, a night of fundraising that resulted in $35 million for disaster relief. Selena Gomez was part of the team that held down the phones. Bruno Mars performed a song in Spanish. Jennifer Lopez was all over the place, making sure everything ran smoothly. Somos Live! was aired simultaneously by both Telemundo and Univision, a first in Spanish-language television history. The concert was also aired on MTV, VH1, BET, and other networks. Here’s a quick recap of the performances that went down at Somos Live!

Seventy singers, actors and other celebrities came together to raise as much money as possible for disaster relief.

The money will go to those affected by recent earthquakes in Mexico as well as those affected by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Mexico, and other Caribbean islands.

Ricky Martin expressed his Puerto Rican pride while performing “Pégate.”

Ricky Martin has been very active since Hurricane Maria and has raised $3 million via crowdfunding efforts, according to People.

“I don’t sleep,” Martin told People. “I’m in creative mode, trying to see how we can bring love and hope to my people in Puerto Rico.”

Demi Lovato sang a rendition of “Hallelujah” that will take you to church.

Lovato, who claims Dallas, Texas as her hometown, was quick to respond after Hurricane Harvey hit her home state. The singer and actor not only went to Houston to volunteer, she donated 50,000 bottles of water. Lovato also set up a fundraising initiative to help the Houston Food Bank and kicked things off by donating $50,000 of her own money.

Bruno Mars gave “Just The Way You Are” a bilingual remix no one was expecting.

Mars is not shy about expressing his love for his Puerto Rican heritage. During Somos Live!, Mars mentioned that although he grew up in Hawaii, he feels connected to Puerto Rico through blood.

Earlier this year, in an interview with Latina Magazine, Mars tackled the rumors that he changed his name for the stage because it was “too Latino.”

“I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican,” Mars told Latina Magazine. “Why would I f**king say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.”

Jennifer Lopez set the stage on fire, as only she can, by performing one of her earlier hits.

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She also performed her more recent hit “Ni Tu Ni Yo.”

J.Lo has been a major player in getting disaster relief to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. The singer was open about not being able to communicate with her family in Puerto Rico after the hurricane and stepped up to donate $1 million to help the island recover. J.Lo also joined a star-studded cast to sing on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” to raise even more money for Puerto Rico.

Romeo Santos showed up to give his fans a little something.

Santos and Marc Anthony reconnected on the stage to perform their duet “Yo Tambien.” Santos has played a major role in getting supplies to Puerto Rico with the help of the hip-hop community in New York City. According to Fox5NY, he led a donation drive and collected enough supplies to fill up four planes, paid for by Jay Z and TIDAL. The international superstar was able to send 200,000 pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico to help with recovery efforts.

Anthony closed out the event with one final call to action for all Latinos to help Puerto Rico.

After singing “Preciosa,” a song that has always been dedicated to Puerto Rico, Anthony called on the crowd to keep fighting for Latinos.

“Thanks a lot everyone. May God bless you. It could be you tomorrow,” Anthony told the crowd at the end of the show. “It could be you tomorrow and you know what, we’ll be there. May God bless you. Long live the Latino race, dammit!”


READ: As People Still Suffer After Hurricanes And Earthquakes, Marc Anthony Is Putting Together A Massive Relief Benefit Concert

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized the historic role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico after a former Mexican army chief was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on drug charges at the request of the DEA.

The former Mexican Defense Minister was arrested by the DEA on drug charges.

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepedas was the secretary of National Defense in the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto from 2012 to 2018. President Lopez Obrador claims that the arrest is proof of corruption from past governments.

President Lopez Obrador used the arrest to criticize the U.S. government and the DEA.

President Lopez Obrador, speaking at a press conference in Oaxaca, claimed that there is a double standard. While Cienfuegos Zepedas has been arrested by the DEA, the president claims U.S. officials have not been held accountable for trafficking arms into Mexico to track them to the cartels. According to the president, Mexican officials are being held at a higher and harsher standard than U.S. officials.

“Why is it that it’s just the people in Mexico who took part in these acts being accused or implicated, and (the DEA) aren’t criticizing themselves, reflecting on the meddling by all these agencies in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said at the press conference. “They came into the country with complete freedom, they did whatever they wanted.”

The former defense minister’s arrest sent shockwaves through Mexico.

Cienfuegos Zepedas was the first high-ranking Mexican military official to be arrested in the U.S. with drug-related corruption. He was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport and will be facing drug and money-laundering charges. It’s been less than a year since Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with taking bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

President Lopez Obrador wants to protect the military’s reputation.

Lopez Obrador also said he hopes that the armed forces aren’t blamed for this scandal and that Mexico must take care of institutions as important as the Secretary of National Defense. Mexico does not currently have an ongoing investigation of the retired general and will await the result of the U.S. investigation, according to the president of Mexico. 

Cienfuegos Zepedas is due to make a court appearance related to four charges in California on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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One of the few highlights we’ve had amid this unprecedented year of trauma has been the music industry. From Maluma and Cardi B to Bad Bunny’s surprise albums, we’ve been blessed with some of the best songs ever. Plain and simple.

Despite the global pandemic, many singers have managed to stay busy and put out new tracks. Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are no different as the duo are working on music for their upcoming movie project, Marry Me.

However, the one of the tracks from the upcoming film isn’t getting the type of reception that JLo had likely counted on.

Jennifer Lopez is facing criticism for calling herself a “Little Black girl from the Bronx” in her new track with Maluma.

Despite the pandemic putting the breaks on so many aspects of the entertainment industry, Jennifer Lopez has managed to keep herself busy with new projects. One of her most hyped projects has got to be her collaboration with Maluma on the upcoming film, Marry Me.

In anticipation of the film’s release on Valentine’s Day 2021, the pair have released two new tracks that will also be in the movie’s soundtrack. However, the most recently released song, “Lonely,” isn’t getting the attention that neither JLo or Maluma had likely hoped for.

In the lyrics for the song, which JLo sings with Maluma, Lopez sings “yo siempre seré tu negrita del Bronx” (I’ll always be your Black girl from the Bronx). Obviously, that lyric is causing loads of controversy and fans and critics alike are letting Lopez know they’re out OK with it.

Many are taking issue with the lyrics because “Jenny From The Block” has never really claimed or referenced herself as Black in the past. So why now? And why use an outdated term that’s incredible insensitive to the Afro-Latinx community.

Negrita is a questionable Spanish term that should definitely be phased out amid Spanish-speakers.

Many people are taking issue with the lyrics because they include the controversial term negrita, which is really an outdated Spanish-language term that’s often used as a term of endearment to describe people who are dark-skinned.

It’s a common nickname among Spanish-speakers but it should be phased out of the Spanish language as it’s extremely insensitive to Afro-Latinos.

Both fans and critics have called out Lopez on Twitter.

Fans were obviously confused as to why Jennifer would describe herself as ‘Black’. 

‘Maybe if she said brown girl she coulda gotten away with it,’ one fan said.  Another commented on social media: ‘This is so insulting as an actual black woman.’ 

‘I heard the song and I was like “what she just say? Rewind that. cause she definitely not Afro Latina,’ one fan said. 

However, many others from the Latina community weighed in to explain that while the translation of ‘negrita’ literally means ‘black girl’, it’s not used in that sense. 

‘If your hispanic or latino you know what she means. yes it sounds weird asf the literal translation but that’s not what she means,’ one fan explained.  They continued: ‘As far as I know it’s like a term of endearment for darker complexion within the community. I think she should have not used it being that not everyone would get it and in my opinion her skin isn’t even considered dark. Plus with the times we are in like let’s do better.”

This isn’t the first time the singer has come under fire for insensitive actions around race.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Jennifer Lopez has been called out for appropriating Black culture, but this is the first time that she’s facing such a major backlash.

Jennifer Lopez has proudly claimed her identity as a Puerto Rican woman but she’s never claimed Black ancestry or self-identified as an Afro-Latina – so her use of the term is troubling.

In the 2001 hit remix of “I’m Real” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, JLo sang along to the N-word slur and faced a similar backlash then. She ended up going on The Today Show to claim that the lyrics were written by Ja Rule and were “not meant to be hurtful to anybody.” She went on to say that “for anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me.”

Then there was the whole debacle from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show (which feels like a lifetime ago!) when many criticized her and Shakira for performing for a franchise that didn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hopefully, this incident on JLo’s part will bring with it a discussion about the term negrita and we can finally eliminate it as a ‘playful nickname’ in the Spanish-speaking community.

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