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Here’s Why Mariah Carey Doing The Theme Song For ABC’s New ‘Mixed-ish’ Series Means So Much For Biracial People

This Tuesday, the pilot episode of the “Black-ish” spin-off, “Mixed-ish” premiered. The series centers around the Johnson family matriarch, Rainbow’s, childhood growing up as a mixed-race child in the ’80s. According to “Mixed-ish” creators, the show will center around the complications of growing up with a biracial identity in a culture that sees things in black-and-white. For the growing population of Americans that have grown up in a mixed-race household, this feels like a story that is long overdue to be told. 

As if the entire premise wasn’t exciting enough, it was recently revealed that the show’s theme song would be sung by none other than the biracial Afro-Latina queen Mariah Carey herself. Carey not only sang the song, but she helped co-write and produce it as well. It’s obvious from her involvement in the song’s creation that the story of a biracial girl navigating her identity is near and dear to Carey’s heart. 

But Carey isn’t the only one who’s sung theme songs of television shows they were passionate about. Take a look at a list of 10 artists who recorded theme songs for TV shows they felt connected with.

1. One Day At a Time – Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan lent her voice to the heartfelt sitcom that centered around a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. This show was especially relevant to Estefan because she is also Cuban-American. Estefan called the opportunity “one of my favorite experiences in my career” and said she was “instantly hooked” when Norman Lear reached out to her to re-record the theme song.

2. Wizards Of Waverly Place – Selena Gomez

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“Wizards of Waverly Place” was close to Selena Gomez’s heart because it was the first TV show she ever headlined. So many of us have vivid memories of singing along to her cute rendition of “Everything Is Not What It Seems”. Who knew she would end up being a giant pop star just a few years later?

3. Kim Possible – Christina Milian

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Cuban-American singer Christina Milian lent her voice to the endlessly catchy “Kim Possible” theme song “Call Me, Beep Me!”. According to Milian, she jumped at the chance to sing the song because she was a “Disney kid”. She hasn’t ruled out the possibility of re-visiting the song in concerts for her die-hard fans. 

4. Sister Sister – Tia And Tamera Mowry

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Although the first few seasons of “Sister Sister” had goofy, animated segments accompanying their theme music, during the fifth season, the Mowrys wanted a change.  According to them, they remixed the theme song to “reflect their growth and maturity as individuals”.

5. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Will Smith

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Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song is the perfect example of a musician who created a theme song that was close to his heart. The lyrics not only gave a short-and-sweet backstory of Smith’s character, but it included his signature charm and wit as well.

6. Proud Family – Solange and Destiny’s Child

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Back before Destiny’s Child became a global-dominating music force, before Solange became a critical darling and independent musician, the four young ladies recorded a song for a Disney animated show. The song was special to Beyonce and Solange especially because the lyrics touched on themes of family, love, patience, and forgiveness. 

7. A Different World – Aretha Franklin

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According to producers of “A Different World”, Aretha Franklin was recruited to sing the theme song of season two through five after deciding to go in a different direction from the original singer. Once Franklin was contacted, she was more than happy to hop on board. Why? Because she “loved the show” according to executive producer Debbie Allen.

8. New Girl – Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel not only starred in and executive produced Fox’s hit series “New Girl”, but she also sang the theme song. Deschanel was connected to the  show because it was “about someone who is taking on a new life,” Deschanel continued. She wanted the theme song to be “musically uplifting,” so she created an up-beat catchy tune to open the show.

9. Zoey 101 – Jamie Lynn Spears

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Kids who grew up in the early ‘aughts remember the buzz around this TV show before it premiered. Not only was it starring Brintey Spears’ little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, but the elder Spears herself co-wrote the song with Jamie Lynn. Jamie Lynn Spears was ultimately the one who lent her voice to the iconic theme song “Follow Me”.

10. Sweet Sixteen – Hillary Duff

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MTV’s guilty-pleasure reality TV show was notorious for recruiting spoiled rich kids throwing temper tantrums because they didn’t get the car they wanted on their birthday. But Hilary Duff’s treacly version of “Sweet Sixteen” made all of the bad behavior seem less offensive. It helped that Duff was only sixteen herself when she recorded the song.

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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