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I’m Puerto Rican And I Will Always Fantasize About J.Lo And Marc Anthony’s Lovely Wedding

There is a new royal couple in England. Another royal couple announced that they’re having a baby, at the wedding, which is apparently a royal snafu because everyone is so proper and conscious of each other’s space in every other part of the world.

While we send blessings to the new couple, there is only one royal wedding I can ever remember following was that of Puerto Rican royalty Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. I remember the gasps and the bendiciones and the tias lighting candles for them. Who can forget the chisme?

Her name is Princess Eugenie and she married Jack Brooksbank.

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Did you know that Brooksbank works as a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila? Now you do. More than 800 people showed up but you probably only really know that Cara Develigne showed up because she made a top hat look guapísima.

There is one recorded Latina mother who cares at all about the royal family.

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We scoured the internet for commentary by Latinos on the royal family. Daniel makes a good point and counterpoint. Should we even be speaking Spanish? ????

It made me think about the time we all lit candles to bless the royal Puerto Rican union between Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

CREDIT: “Ron Galella/WireImage” Digital Image. People. 17 October 2018.

So, let us tell you the love story of Boricua royalty and their lineage. The two met while Anthony was performing “The Capeman” on Broadway in 1998. That same year, Lopez divorced her first husband, Ojani Noa.

The two dated briefly back in the day, but nothing came of it.

CREDIT: “White Wedding” Digital Image. People. 17 October 2018.

P.S. this is not their wedding attire, but a shot on set from a film they both were working on in 2006. Trust that these are not their wedding photos.

In 2002, Lopez got engaged to Ben Affleck.

CREDIT: “Ben Affleck Jennifer Lopez Reuniting” Digital Image. Hollywood Life. 17 October 2018.

My Boricua mother and non-Boricua father were freaking out that their celebrity mirrors were about to tie the knot. Como sabemos, they “postponed” the wedding just hours before they were to walk down the aisle and eventually split.

Basically, within seconds of the split, these two old friends started secretly dating.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. People. 17 October 2018.

If you were Puerto Rican, it was no secret. Everyone and their mother was talking about, “Has visto? They were holding hands,” y “Solo meses despues de Ben, támbien.” Everyone was spilling the same old tea.

Nobody knew that they got married until we noticed their incredible wedding rings.

CREDIT: “Jennifer Lopez Mark Fiancé Marc Anthony Features A Blue Diamond Ring” Digital Image. Image Mag. 17 October 2018.

It’s kind of hard to miss a 7.5 carat blue diamond ring on an international pop star. The story goes that they invited just their close family within days of the wedding to a “party” at J.Lo’s Beverly Hills home.

You’re looking at the only royal photo that ever, ever leaked.

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I’m sure that after the public havoc of Affleck and Lopez’ postponed wedding, she wanted something private. Rumors starting going around a few days before and papparazi were reporting a white tent being delivered to Lopez’ house.

People everywhere were swearing these two wouldn’t last three months. They were married for 7 years.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. People. 17 October 2018.

The tabloids at the time were running bits from allegedly acclaimed family therapists who could professionally diagnose J.Lo as a love addict and say with no judgement whatsoever, “The rebounding – please!” Girl, bye.

Four years into the marriage, Lopez got pregnant with twins!

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. UPI. 17 October 2018.

Of course they had twins. They’re royalty. The twins are one boy and one girl, because they were literal perfection with names like Maximilian and Emme to match.

The love was definitely there in their marriage.

CREDIT: @Latina / Twitter

In an interview with Latina magazine in 2010, just a year and a half before they separated, Lopez said, “Everything is great about my marriage. First and foremost, we love each other, truly love each other in a way that’s very deep and meaningful, not in a superficial sort of way. There’s a deep respect, admiration and love for each other.

We honestly believe that we make each other better people…We force each other to be better, and I think in a relationship, that’s how it should be. You shouldn’t be with somebody if he makes you feel less than who you are.”

I mean, look at these two on the Puerto Rican Day Parade float in NYC.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. PopSugar. 17 October 2018.

Tell me that is not the look of true love? The two have now been divorced as long as they were married and we Boricuas cannot let go of the love.

“I knew very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing.”

CREDIT: @Latina / Twitter

That said, J.Lo has since admitted to W that she knew early on that the marriage was a wrong fit. “I hung in there for seven years,” in her own words.

But since then, they’ve shared on-stage kisses…

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Elite Daily. 17 October 2018.

At the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards, the two debuted their single “Olvídame y Pega la Vuelta,” and ended it with a big, fat, juicy kiss. The song is so reminiscent of their love and every time I belt it out in the car, I go home and light another candle for their romance.

Ok, but it was just a ‘friendly’ kiss, made obvious by Marc Anthony posting a million pictures of him kissing mostly male friends on Instagram.

They campaigned together in Miami to raise money for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the 2016 race.

CREDIT: @mj_lee / Twitter

Royalty supporting royalty. Whatever you feel about the imperfections of Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate, she is a glowing star compared to President Trump.

Thank you for trying, Boricua King and Queen.

They’ve partnered to raise money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

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They crowdfunded and performed for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief fund. Y’know, the one that didn’t exist until they created it.

The truth is, the most royal love they share is in their bloodline.

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When Latina interviewed both Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony just before they split, J-Lo said, “I believe in destiny and I believe that things are going to be what they’re gonna be and for whatever reason, we were meant to share this time together.”

The destiny es en los hijos.

They have coparented like a first class unit, in and out of marriage.

CREDIT: @AROD / Instagram

Their love for their kids will always keep them in each other’s lives. Plus, we all know that J.Lo is with A-Rod now, and it seems like he is welcomed into the family.

The only reason I ship A-Rod and J.Lo is because he so obviously worships her like La Reina she is. You might be worthy.

For Boricuas, however, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will forever be our honorary King and Queen.

CREDIT: @IamLeroySanchez / Twitter

The fact that royal blood will never tear them apart makes them the only people we can count on to care for Puerto Rico, ayuda Puerto Rico and be Puerto Rico.


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

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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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In Honor of J.Lo Being Nominated for the People’s Icon Award, Here Are Her Most Iconic Moments:

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In Honor of J.Lo Being Nominated for the People’s Icon Award, Here Are Her Most Iconic Moments:

Put your drinks up! J.Lo has broken barriers yet again! Jennifer Lopez will receive the People’s Icon Award at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards. “Jennifer Lopez has an unmatched global appeal and for more than two decades, has given us some of the most iconic, unforgettable performances of all time,” Jen Neal, General Manager of E! News, Live Events & Lifestyle Digital, said in a statement. And we could not agree more, not only has J.Lo given us so many iconic moments in the fashion, film, and music industry, she has opened the door for more representation of the LatinX community in the entertainment industry.

 To celebrate, we compiled a list of Jennifer Lopez’s most iconic moments. 

1. Selena (1997)

There’s no doubt that the role of Selena became a defining moment of J.Lo’s career. The movie solidified Lopez’s rise to fame and saw her become the first Latina in the United States to earn $1 million for a starring role in a feature film. All while representing one of the most impactful and loved Latina artists. J.Lo’s performance as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the “Queen of Tejano music” will forever be remembered. 

2. Green Versace Dress (2000)

 Twenty years have passed since J.Lo appeared at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000 wearing the infamous green Versace dress but to this day it remains one of the most talked about runway moments of all time. Fun fact: Google Images was invented because of the high demand of users wanting to see a picture of Lopez in the dress. Of course, the dress has proven to be more than just a blip in fashion history. In 2019, J.Lo walked in the Versace show wearing a redesigned version of the dress to celebrate the 20th anniversary of it. There’s only one word to describe this: Timeless. 

3. The Wedding Planner (2001)

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Who doesn’t love rom coms? Especially when Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey play the love interests. Lopez’s dance moves once again prove her talent as a dancer in the tango scene. To date, The Wedding Planner remains a fan favorite among J.Lo’s supporters.

4. “Jenny From the Block” 

In 2002, Jennifer Lopez released “Jenny From the Block,” one of her most popular singles, which at one point reached number three on the U.S. BillBoard Hot 100. The song is about how international fame and wealth could not change the girl from the Bronx. The song also ultimately inspired one of J.Lo’s lovingly crafted nicknames.

5. “On the Floor”  music video 

As of today, the 2011 music video featuring Pitbull, a.k.a Mr. Worldwide has 1.6 billion views on YouTube. “On the Floor” is the most viewed of J.Lo’s music videos. It is an extravagant and lavish production. The music video shows Lopez as the queen of the club, but also as the talented dancer that she is.

6. J.Lo’s appearance on James Corden Carpool Karaoke in 2016

The highlight of her appearance is when Corden grabbed her phone to text one of her famous contacts which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, and Demi Lovato. Corden decided to text Leonardo DiCaprio, asking for suggestions to “cut loose,” he signed the text “J.Lo (you know, from the block).” They got a response back a few minutes later that read: “Tonight boo, boo? Club-wise?” This is for sure was a hilarious and priceless moment. Who has so many famous A-listers in their contacts? The one and only Jenny from the Block. 

7. Met Gala (2018)

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The 2018 Met Gala had some of the most glamorous looks for its “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” theme. J.Lo totally rocked the theme with a Balmain gown full of gems and a feathered train, this look earned the 7th spot for some of Jennifer Lopez’s most iconic moments.

8. Hustlers (2019)

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J.Lo’s role as Ramona, a leader of a group of women who scam and drug rich men, was a career-best performance, but it did not receive the recognition it deserved. After the Academy Awards released the 2020 nominees, many noticed that Lopez had been snubbed for a Best Supporting Actress nomination. J.Lo’s solo pole dancing scene in Hustlers shows how much dedication and passion she puts into her roles. She took some of her training and skills for the Hustlers movie into her 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. 

9. Super Bowl Half-time (2020)

The Super Bowl is one of the most extravagant live shows and Jennifer Lopez lived up to the moment. Her performance alongside Shakira is one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time. She proudly wore the Puerto Rican flag as she sang alongside her daughter, Emme Maribel Muñiz. J.Lo’s performance was a fun and uplifting celebration of Latinx heritage as she sang alongside Colombian artist, J. Balvin. Also, let’s not forget the #JLoTikTokChallenge that went viral all over TikTok.

10. TikTok with A-Rod

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Wait for it…😂♥️ @arod13

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On March 8, 2020, J.Lo posted a soon to be viral TikTok on her page. She did the “Flip the Switch” challenge with her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, a.k.a. A-Rod. J.Lo was wearing a white body-con dress and hoops and switched clothes with A-Rod, who was wearing a blazer and button up shirt with sunglasses. The TikTok has 10.8 million likes and 165.3 million views. #couplegoals. 

Jennifer Lopez will be the first Latina to receive this award as it is relatively new. The first winner was Melissa McCarthy in 2018 and Jennifer Aniston in 2019. Tune into E! on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m to watch the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards. 

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