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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.

CREDIT: Karen Schellhammer Maldet / Pinterest

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.

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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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Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Jennifer Lopez has checked off more than all the bucket list life experiences “Jenny from the Block” could have even imagined, but there’s still one more she yearns for: to live abroad in a small town in Italy or in Bali and enjoy the simple things in life. The 50-year-old singer, actress, producer, and businesswoman has graced the cover of Vanity Fair alongside an in-depth interview that affirms the importance of Latinas gaining power in the U.S. and a long-held desire to leave it all behind for a “more simple and organic” life. In the wake of J.Lo’s recent Academy snub for her role in “Hustlers,” she confirms that she is very intentional about why she’s only hired female directors for all her productions to date. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” she told Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth.

It’s clear that J.Lo is committed to breaking the glass ceiling for Latinas and all women alike here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped mayors across the Italian countryside from wooing Jenny from the Block to move to their idyllic town.

Lopez revealed that all she wants to do is “ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it.”

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For Lopez, that kind of life may only be possible somewhere very far on the other side of the world, more removed from her celebrity. “I would love to live somewhere other than the United States, in a small town in Italy, or on the other side of the world, in Bali. Find another life where it’s a little bit more simple and organic and where I get to ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it, and just eat and paint, or sit in a rocking chair where there was a beautiful view of an olive tree or an oak tree and I could just smell. I have fantasies like that,” Lopez told the magazine.

“If you ever do move overseas don’t forget to take Arod with you,” one Twitter user implored of J.Lo. While it doesn’t seem like Americans are taking her fantasy too seriously, the rest of the world certainly is. 

Several mayors around Italy have publicly reached out to the Puerto Rican Renaissance Woman.

CREDIT: @JLO / TWITTER

The mayor of San Quirico d’Orcia, a town in the Tuscan countryside, announced, “We are the Italy that Jennifer Lopez is looking for. We are a small but beautiful town surrounded by endless olive groves and a landscape recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage area.” Mayor Bartoli didn’t forget to mention that “we have great bakeries that produce wonderful bread.”

Cagliari’s mayor, Paolo Truzzu, tossed his beloved town into the running as well. “Dear Jennifer, come and live with us in Cagliari” to enjoy “good things to eat, a slow rhythm of life, contact with nature and a lovely climate,” he said. The residents of some of these towns have reached out to Lopez to second their mayor’s invitation. “Hey @JLo! Did you receive the invitation from Cagliari’s mayor Paolo Truzzu to come to live here? He’s available to host you. Let us know!” one Cagliari resident tweeted at J.Lo. JLo, come to live in Italy there are many beautiful villages!! come on the Amalfi Coast or in Cilento,  I recommend also San Valentino Torio the land of lovers, 20 min from  Pompei,” another Italian Twitter user informed the superstar. 

Lopez also emphasized the importance of hiring female directors.

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Vanity Fair aptly acknowledged that Lopez had mostly been directed by men, but that she has an exclusively female line-up of directors for her future projects under her own production. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” Lopez added, saying, “There are so many great female directors; why aren’t we using them more? It’s hard to break patterns, even in yourself, so we have to make a conscious effort to change the paradigm.” The 2020 Oscars snubbed all women when they only nominated male directors during a time when there are more female directors than ever before. 

“It’s also a great time for Latina women to take the stage at the biggest all-American event,” Lopez said of her upcoming Superbowl Halftime show with Shakira, emphasizing its importance “with everything that’s going on in the country right now.” Lopez added, “I’m super-happy to represent my community, to represent women, and to represent everybody, you know? “

READ: Defamation Of Character Is One Reason The Inspiration Of ‘Hustlers’ Is Suing J.Lo’s Production Company

The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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Looks like the Super Bowl is officially going to be fire. Late last year it was announced that , Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would headline the halftime show. News of their duo performance sparked both delight and, in light of the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance, some controversy. Still, whether you love it or hate, the show will go on and Demi Lovato is now taking part.

On Thursday the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer announced that she will be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

In a post to her Instagram account, the singer shared an official photo and a caption that read, “Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV See you in Miami @NFL.”

The announcement is proof that Latinas and Demi in particular are setting 2020 on fire.

After all, Lovato’s announcement comes just two days after she announced that she had accepted an invite to performat the 2020 Grammy Awards at the end of this month. The news sparked excitement amongst Lovato’s fans particularly because the singer hasn’t performed live since 2018 when she was hospitalized for a drug overdose. 

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will also headline the halftime show.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on February 2. Fox will televise the game starting at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff shortly thereafter.

We don’t know who will face off in the 54th Super Bowl but we know who will be serving up delicious cuisine at Hard Rock Stadium the day of the big game and the big performance — a dominicana chef.

Chef Dayanny de la Cruz the Centerplate Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will be feeding guests with delicious sazón on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The woman responsible for coordinating the food experience for Super Bowl LIV is Dayanny de la Cruz. The mom of three is the executive chef of the Hard Rock Stadium. FIERCE recently spoke to Chef Dayanny about her beginnings, her connections with the world of food, breaking through the glass ceiling and what it’s like to design a menu that matches JLo and Shakira’s superstardom. 

Chef Dayanny was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and grew up in a home where everything happened around the kitchen table. It was the kind of childhood where her mother always insisted she eat before she play and she was able to run outside and pick ripe mangoes straight from surrounding trees. Chef Dayanny credits this early association with fresh foods and the warmth of a lively kitchen with her decision to enter the culinary world. 

She first went to school to get a degree in hospitality management from Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. It was here that she decided to move to the United States with her parents and pursue a career in culinary arts. After getting her degree in Grand Rapids, MI, the newbie chef accepted her first position in a kosher kitchen at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chicago — an experience that she says was one of the most difficult and rewarding of her career. 

It was during this time in Chicago that Chef Dayanny was exposed to the world of sports luxury entertainment. She quickly started building her resume with some of the most elite sports events in the US, such as the US open in New York, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA All-Stars. Chef Dayanny explained to FIERCE, the experience was a different challenge than what she was used to, but she was drawn to that difficult task.

Her experience eventually led her to Miami and the Hard Rock Stadium.

 As the executive chef, this means she would be in charge of the kitchen staff for each of these locations. Chef Dayanny also oversees the menus for each concession, kitchen and restaurant at the stadium, and ensures the quality of the food leaving the kitchen. Currently, the stadium has 7 kitchens, 167 suits, 7 all-inclusive clubs and 25 concession stands.

Among those responsibilities is a self-imposed rule that Chef Dayanny expects of her kitchens: to keep them extremely diverse. Listing Central America, South America, Africa and other countries as some of the sources of inspiration for the cuisine she serves, the chef explained to FIERCE that she not only includes her own Dominican flavors into her kitchens but she encourages the native flavors of her kitchen staff to be utilized as well. 

The road leading up to her high-profile career hasn’t been easy. Unfortunately, Chef Dayanna also experienced something many women — Latinas especially — experience coming up in her career.

Like in many industries, the culinary world is still very much a boys’ club. As such, women are given an especially difficult time when they enter the industry to gain experience. Sometimes the interactions are so traumatizing that women leave their industry completely to avoid facing more injustices. 

Chef Dayanny confirmed that as a Latina she bumped into the infamous glass ceiling several times before climbing up the ladder. However, it wasn’t her own struggle she was concerned about, but the struggle of the next generation of women. Acknowledging that we still have a ways to go in making strides in equality, Chef Dayanny explained, “If we are standing still, not moving forward, we aren’t clearing the way for the next generation.” 

As thrilled as she is about the upcoming Super Bowl, when asked how she feels knowing that she is somewhat responsible for feeding JLo and Shakira, Chef Dayanny left us with a reminder of what’s most important. 

Anyone who talks to Chef Dayanny can hear how much she loves to cook and how she adores food in general. So, to reach this point in her career where she receives this honor is obviously a big deal for her. In her interview with FIERCE, we hear in her voice how proud she is to land this role. While Chef Dayanny admitted she is excited about organizing the menus at the Super Bowl, for her, the real excitement comes when the party is over.