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Joseline Hernandez Is Using Her Past To Help Girls Better Their Lives Without Following Her Path

Joseline Hernandez from Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta may be known as “The Puerto Rican Princess,” but her Cinderella story doesn’t rely on any Prince Charming. The 32-year-old rapper and television personality has been hustling since she was a young teenager and truly started from the bottom.

Here’s how she got to the top.

Joseline Hernandez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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She didn’t move to the United States until she was 10 years old. She moved with her mother and five siblings to Florida. From there, she and her siblings were raised by her single mother.

Her youngest brother has autism.

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He’s nonverbal and requires special care. She has an older sister Yanira, and four brothers, named Jorge, Hisael, Kermit and Luis Jr. That’s a big familia, but, then again, Latinos are known for their big familias.

She grew up in Puerto Rico’s public housing system.

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Caption: “#puertorico I’m almost with you!! I will reconstruct I will get my hands dirty I will do what I say I’m going to do. My Roots is time for a chance. Can’t wait. Just a girl with a dream”

Her father died of a heroin overdose.

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On a talk show panel with The Real, she talked about how drugs were rampant in the ’80s, and how familiar she was with heroin needles from a young age. She knew those needles killed her father.

She was even stuck by a heroin needle when she was a child.

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She told The Real that, “I went outside, and you know, we loved to go outside without any shoes, you know, Puerto Ricans, and we live by the beach, so everything is just like whatever, you know? So, I was running, but we lived in the projects… So, I remember one day I was running to go meet my home girl… and I got a needle stuck on my foot.”

Her mom just brought her upstairs, took it out of her foot, gave her un beso, and off she went with her day.

She started stripping when she was 16 years old to support her family.

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She told Global Grind, “Ever since I was 15, 16, I’ve been taking care of my brothers, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, my mom, and dad — ever since I was 16 I’ve been giving my mom money. I’m talking about $600 a month, a thousand dollars a month; if you need food, if you need to pay for the mortgage.”

She turned to stripping to earn money for medicine for her brother.

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She’s said that she always felt bad for her family, and what they had to go through. Each person had one pair of shoes to last them the whole year.

“I got a brother, he has autism,” she told Global Grind. “He can’t even get no medicine. Who’s going to get the money? I have to do that. So that’s what really turned me into dancing. I knew that I didn’t want to do that. I want to be an artist. I want to be a singer. I want to be a rapper. I want to be a model. I want to be on TV, but, at that time, my family was struggling and I had to help.”

She was arrested twice under her stripper name Shenellica Bettencourt.

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She was arrested for “lewd and lascivious behavior,” though nobody knows exactly what went down that would warrant an arrest twice (in 2003 and 2007).

“Do not go in that strip club at all. It is a death trap.”

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When Global Grind asked if she remembers the first time she got on stage, she just said, “Oh my gosh. I don’t even know what to tell you, because it was scary. You’re young, you’re trying to move so fast so you can help your family out. It’s just something that I feel young girls should not do. Do not go in that strip club at all. It is a death trap.”

She wants to start a foundation for young girls tempted by sex work.

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“I’m going to have a foundation for young girls,” she tells Global Grind. “We need that for young girls. We need to make this world a better place with these young girls. Go to school. Be a doctor. Be a lawyer. It’s not all about the fast money. We have to help the youth, so we can have a better tomorrow.”

When she arrived on Love & Hip Hop, people started dishing transphobic hate.

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Ya girl is ripped and has breast implants, and people started speculating that she might have been born a man, which prompted her to tweet a naked picture to prove her genitalia is feminine.

“When they were saying ‘is she a women, or is she a man?’ I never in my life heard anything like that,” she told Global Grind. “It frustrated me. It depressed me. It drove me crazy to the point that I did that — send a picture of myself, humiliating myself even more, because I allowed people to get up under my skin.”

She was discovered by producer Stevie J at a club in Atlanta.

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He cast her in the first season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (LHH). It was during the show that it was revealed that the two had been having an affair, and girlfriend Mimi Faust was pissed. Their love triangle became the leading storyline and made it the highest rating installment of the franchise.

She and Stevie J faked a marriage for publicity.

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They claimed to have gotten married in 2013, but three years later, Stevie J admitted it was all a publicity stunt. The two split up on Season 5 of LHH.

Plot twist: Joseline gave birth to Stevie’s sixth child about a year after their ‘break up.’

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They even had a spin-off series together Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood during the last year of their partnership.

During the show, she dropped some reggaeton singles and music videos.

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On LHH’s fourth season reunion, she performed the dancehall track live and it’s been well received by Boricua fans. They’re mostly sung in Spanish, ayy.

She quit LHH in the most dramatic way possible.

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At the season reunion, she told off the cameraman and said that she’s bigger than Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta will ever be. What an exit.

Her Instagram is chock full of these deadpan mother-daughter shots.

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Honestly, someone needs to install an art exhibit. It’s a beautiful series of mother-daughter love int he modern/social media-obsessed age.

Her butt is real, in case you were wondering.

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Someone had to ask and we’re glad Global Grind did. “Yes, my butt is real. I work out a lot. I’m always doing lunges. You’ll see it, because I know you’re going to go to MsJoseline.com and get this DVD.” It’s the Puerto Rican booty.

She’s a Scorpio and it shows.

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Scorpios are known to be hot-tempered, highly sexual and able to access deeper emotions than most people. Joseline Hernandez is definitely a scorpion you don’t want to annoy.

Hernandez is openly bisexual.

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A fan asked her how she feels about gay people and she was like, “”@zachary_brogdon: I wonder if @MsJoseline supports gay people..” Soy Bisexual!!!!” YAAAS, Princesa!!


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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

Dwayne Johnson, agreeably one of the most “masculine” presenting people in the world, recently revealed that people weren’t always so quick to assume he was so. In an interview on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” that took place earlier this week the American actor and former professional wrestler revealed that when he was a child, people often assumed he was a girl. 

Speaking about his experience with presumed gender identity, The Rock revealed that people often thought he was girl because of his “soft features.”

“I would say between the ages of 7 and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair,” he explained in his interview with Willie Geist.

The actor even went so far as to share a time in his life as a fifth-grader who was riding on a school bus.

“I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, ‘Can I ask you something?'” The Rock recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?'”

Drawing on this time in his life, Johnson revealed that likely this also chalks up to his frequent moves as a child.

During his childhood, Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler who often moved his family around. According to John, he attended thirteen different schools by the time he was in high school.

“I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up,” Johnson explained in his interview. “Wrestling in the ’80s and in the ’70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck.”

The former wrestler reflection on earlier days coincides with the recent premiere of the hit NBC sitcom “Young Rock” a new series based on his life.

Fans of Johnson will be glad to know that he also stars in the series.

He is also portrayed by three different actors Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,” he explained during NBC’s TCA press tour in an interview about the series.

He went onto share that his father “was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me… And in that complication came an extraordinary life that was full of travel. I lived in 13 different states by the time I was 13 years old, also lived in New Zealand.”

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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