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Here Is A Little Bit About Kelis And Her Life Since Divorcing Nas And Living Her Best Life

Hearing “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard…” probably conjures up Juicy Couture tracksuits, “Mean Girls” and your girl, Kelis. While she reached international success with her debut album “Kaleidoscope” in 1999, it was her 2003 album “Tasty” which gave us the iconic hit “Milkshake.”

While she’s released an album since then, you’ll be shocked to learn that Kelis has launched an entirely new, wildly successful career in Colombia.

“Milkshake” peaked at No. 27 in the U.S., but it’s memorialized by The Plastics.

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Remember when we met The Plastics as they walked down the high school halls to the tune of “Milkshake”? Instant cult classic.

You can call her Chef Kelis now.

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She attended the famous culinary school, training part-time as a saucier, between 2006 and 2010. Truly, she loves sauces.

In 2013, she debuted her own sauce line, now named “Bounty & Full.”

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Her company’s motto is “Everything is better smothered, dipped or poured…” You can purchase her organic sauces, in flavors like Jerk, Ginger Sesame, and Pineapple Saffron Glaze, at BountyandFull.com.

In 2015, she released her own cookbook, “My Life On a Plate: Recipes From Around the World.”

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Clover Hope with Jezebel gave a rave review: “Kelis’ cookbook has recipes that reflect her diverse background and travels, from Puerto Rican to Jamaican cuisine. Of course, there are familiar dishes like Corn Chowder and Apple Pie. But there are also unusual, seemingly daunting meals like Shrimp Alcapurrias and Chorizo Date Stuffing.”

Today, she’s planning a permanent relocation to her farm in Cartagena, Colombia.

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She and her husband, Mike Mora, are planning the move with their kids. Kelis is squeezing in tours on stage between that #farmlife. That’s goals.

She is bringing her iconic Harlem-founded style to the grocery aisles.

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Kelis has always been a legend in the fashion department. After training in the highest global cuisine, she’s bringing us elevated glamour everywhere she goes.

Food was Kelis’ first love, passed down de su madre.

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Ironically, Kelis’ mother is a chef and her father is a musician. Ten years into her music career, she saw a commercial for culinary school and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Kelis is whipping up pop-up pestos, Hamachi Arepas and Pineapple Saffron Cake left and right.

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Caption: “Almond pesto with Basil from my small test garden on the farm… Everything is growing just the way I imagined it. This land is so fruitful”

She finally disclosed her milkshake recipe so you can be just like Kelis.

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Well, she partnered with Bailey’s to promote the brand and swears her milkshakes actually do have Bailey’s in them. See you in your yard in five.

She isn’t giving up on her career in entertainment, though.

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Her latest album drop was in 2014. As we all could guess, it was titled “Food.”

Fun fact: her name is a portmanteau of her parents’ names: Eveliss and Kenneth.

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Her father was an African-American jazz musician and Pentecostal Minister. Her mother is a Chinese-Puerto Rican chef. She got blessed with both talents.

Before Kelis, as we know her, she was just an Afro-Boricua kid growing up in Harlem.

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She lived in the Frederick Douglass Houses and is the third born of four girls. She told Charlotte Ruche that her parents kicked her out of the house at sixteen.

She made ends’ meet in retail and as a bartender until she graduated high school.

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She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts. Even though she and her mother couldn’t get along or even live together, she made it to graduation.

She formed an all-female R&B trio in high school called BLU.

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For Black Ladies United. This would be the framework for the next biggest thing that could have happened to her.

Pharrell Williams and she were introduced by a mutual friend, and he helped her get a deal with Virgin Records.

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While her first album was a smash with them, she broke ties after they didn’t even offer a U.S. release of her second album, “Wanderland.” The album was well received by the music industry but the marketing just wasn’t in place to make it a success.

Kelis had a tumultuous marriage and divorce with ex-husband and rapper Nas.

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They married in January of 2005 and she filed for divorce in April 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. She later revealed that he was physically and mentally abusive to her.

Kelis admitted that seeing photos of Rihanna battered by Chris Brown gave her some courage to leave Nas.

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She was also seven months pregnant with their son, Knight, and didn’t want him to grow up in an abusive home. Nas and Kelis are in ongoing legal battles, now over her decision to move to Colombia with their son.

She alleges that he has contributed not a single cent in child support, that he cheated on her throughout their marriage and is likely suffering from alcoholism.

The custody battle may not be over, but Kelis is making all the right moves.

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You can’t stop a Boricua from following her dreams. The drama with Nas is too real. One day, he’s filing court complaints against Kelis for spending a month in Colombia with their son and two days later he’s publicly declaring his need for a “wife-WIFE” on Instagram. Hard pass.

Kelis has been married to real estate agent Mike Mora since 2014.

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The two had their first son together in November 2015. They named him Shepherd.

Kelis is proof that we live many lives, and no matter how stormy things look, we can’t know what’s at the end of the rainbow.

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Kelis has turned us all into cheeseballs. Rumor has it her goat cheese ice cream is life-giving.

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The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1. 

Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.

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Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.” 

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.” 

Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park. 

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The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.

Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.

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The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. 

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Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship.  In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.

Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.

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It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.

Empress Of

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The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.

Ceci Bastida

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This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy. 

 San Cha

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Lizette Gutierrez’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman. 

Maya Murillo

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Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event. 

Loyal Lobos

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For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music. 

August Eve

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August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.

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Woman Posts Viral Video Of Panera Mac And Cheese And Now She Is Out Of A Job

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Woman Posts Viral Video Of Panera Mac And Cheese And Now She Is Out Of A Job

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Social media is a wonderful tool when it comes to connecting with friends across large distances and finding a community. However, social media can also come with its own downfalls. Take the recent lesson learned by TikTok user @briannaraelenee. She posted a video on TikTok from work and it went viral eventually leading to her losing her job. Here’s what went down.

A viral video about Panera Bread’s macaroni and cheese took on a life of its own after it was posted.

The video shows an employee preparing the macaroni and cheese for a customer. The food is frozen in a plastic bag and is dropped into boiling water to warm up. The video isn’t anything revelatory in itself since a lot of restaurants warm up frozen foods that are shipped to locations to insure consistency.

Her next video was dedicated to explaining how the food was still good.

It didn’t take long for the video to go viral. As of the time of this writing, the video had almost 1 million views. Despite the text on her first video of “exposing Panera,” @briannaraelenee told people to keep eating at Panera because the food is delicious.

She quickly followed up with a video near tears apologizing to an Anthony.

The TikTok user really wanted to keep her job. She is making it clear that she likes her job and was not trying to tarnish or attack Panera Bread. One can only assume that she made the video without thinking about it.

She kept her fans, new and old, completely up to date on her journey from Panera employee to unemployed.

She was all smiles when she explained that she was told that she was let go. As she puts it, they were parting ways, like a breakup. She then explained that she is not being fired for the video. Instead, she is being fired because she had her phone out and her nails were too long, both violations of health safety regulations.

The next video showed her in tears as she drove away.

It’s hard to lose a job so unexpectedly. However, it seems that @briannaraelenee saw it coming when her video of the macaroni and cheese started to go viral. It was only a matter of time before people at Panera Bread saw the video.

While some might think she’d be full on clout, she is letting everyone know that it is not the case.

LOL. It’s like becoming famous. As soon as it happens, everyone you ever met is going to come out of nowhere to hit you up. Obviously, they think you are going to do them some kind of favors or will help give them their own social media clout.

The woman took to Twitter to address all of the concerns from followers.

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She is really holding herself up here. Not only is she taking responsibility for what she did, but she is also telling everyone else to calm down.

Not everyone is buying that her tweet was not coerced.

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You can’t really blame them. Social media is filled with lies and questionable moments. It isn’t too shocking that the Panera employee’s sincere responses to the scandal are being questioned.

Other people are just genuinely impressed with her composure throughout the whole thing.

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It really is impressive. She took responsibility for her actions and took the consequences in stride.

She does want to leave everyone this one special PSA about phone usage at work.

Solid advice. Hopefully, people can learn from her mistake.

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