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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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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Music is a major part of culture and that is something we Latinos have known for a long time. There is a cellular activation in your body when you hear music from your own culture. Latido Music is here to give you a one-stop shop to get all of the Latin music needs to feed your soul.

Latido Music is your new 24-hour resource for all things Latin music.

Latin music is one of the fastest growing genres of music right now. People around the world are falling in love with the artists that have sang our experiences for years. Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2020 and the level of love for Latin music is still climbing.

Latido Music is here to create the centralized location for all of those Latin music needs. It is all about serving up the most relevant artists that create that truly intersectional sound and vibe we all love and need.

Latido Music wants to bring mitú readers and followers to music and music lovers to relevant content.

It is more than just giving you the same artists you see everywhere. Latido Music is going to do the searching for you to bring you the newest artists you should know. From regional Mexican music to Neoperreo, Latido Music is out there to find the best sounds for your ears.

“It’s an exciting day for mitú and for the Latido Music brand. It’s the first opportunity to unite LatinX lovers of music across social, editorial and connected TV,” Stephen Brooks, president of Latido Networks, says. “I’m looking forward to our mitú community discovering the Latido Music channel, and conversely the TV audience being able to read insightful and informative content about their favorite artists and genres.”

Latido Music hopes to highlight Latinos in the music industry in multi-dimensional ways.

“We’re launching this vertical as a means to explore and share the Latinx perspective within the music industry,” says Cynthia Zavala, Director of Account Management, Brand Strategy. “Just like our LatinX communities, music is not one-dimensional especially music listened to by our audiences. With this new initiative, we hope we’re able to highlight new stories from the music industry and how it’s impacting our society.”

So, sit back, follow those social pages, and get ready to experience the best that Latin music has to offer.

Latido Music is making it their mission to bring together music lovers with the artists that speak to their intersectional experience. Music is a crucial and necessary part of culture and sharing culture often means sharing music. Stay tuned to see what Latido Music will do to expand your knowledge and love of Latin music.

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Red Bull Estado Unidos De Bass Is Bringing Three Weeks Of Latin Music To Your Living Rooms

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Red Bull Estado Unidos De Bass Is Bringing Three Weeks Of Latin Music To Your Living Rooms

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Red Bull is bringing us three weeks of Latin music to your living room in the time of Covid. As case spike and people are going back into stay-at-home orders, Red Bull Estado Unidos de Bass is giving you the entertainment you need to make it the most of the quarantine.

Red Bull is bringing the hottest Latin music artists into your home over the course of three weekends.

Red Bull Estado Unidos de Bass is here and over three weekends you will get to see seven jam sessions coming to you from five cities. You can check out some of your favorites performing Dec. 4-5, Dec. 10-12, adn Dec. 18-19. They are performing from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, New York, and Miami truly highlighting Latinos from across the country. Here is who you can expect to see perform.

Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis is excited to be part of the Red Bull Estados Unidos de Bass because she is here for anything uplifting her people. The Colombian singer is grateful for the kind of creative inspiration she got while in isolation due to Covid and it shows.

“I’m not new to creating in isolation but it was refreshing to tap back into being locked in the house while creating,” Uchis said. She added: “[My fans] can always expect genuine things from me and always elevated from what I did last.”

Kinky

The band is making the most out of the quarantining this year to learn better ways to stay engaged and connected. While they have been locked away, the band members have had a chance to reconnect with themselves and who they are as musicians.

They appreciate being able to go back to the basics and remembering why they got into music in the first place. The band has been mixing the different sounds of Latin music into their own unique sound for 20 years.

Speaking of which, stay tuned for next year. The band is planning something to celebrate their 20th year of making your body move.

Tomasa del Real

The Chilean singer is also known as La Reina de Neoperreo because she is credited with literally creating it. The offshoot of reggaeton, born on social media, is a sound all its own and it has pushed Latin music to expand even more. Tomasa del Real is so grateful for the Internet and its ability to connect people so seamlessly during these times.

“I feel that in these difficult times, we as artists have had to use our imaginations to connect with our fans, thanks to the internet we have many safer alternatives for performing,” Tomasa del Real said. “It’s important to create new ways, we are in a digital era where entertainment has been adapting to what is happening around the world and where we are able to stay present.”

La Doña

La Doña’s vintage look is everything and the San Francisco artist’s vocal power backs up her amazing vibes. The musician considers herself lucky to be included in the same line up with so many influential and important artists.

“I am so excited to be included in this symposium of influential and genre-defying artists. It’s special to me to be able to congregate around “bass” and dance music in a time when we’re are more limited in our ability to engage with dance and el club,” La Doña said. “It’s especially exciting to me, as a Latina native to San Francisco, to have a showcase featuring Bay Area musicians, as this node of music and culture is so often overlooked.”

El Dusty

El Dusty is in it for the fans. The Latin Grammy nominated producer is ready to make the most of the performance via technology. Not only will he get a chance to perform with friends of his, but he will get to know his fans a different way.

“Touring is a huge part of my whole project,” El Dusty said. “Performing live helps me stay in contact with fans around the world but while we are in this battle it is fun getting to know my fans even better and communicating with them is aside then ever over the internet in our livestream chat rooms or over comments.”

Los Rakas

The Panamanian cousins are creating a sound that everyone can dig. As part of the Red Bull de Bass lineup, the cousins want to show their fans what they have been working on and hope to gain some new ones.

Red Bull is a perfect fit for the band by showcasing the best and matching with their own style. Most of all, Los Rakas want to make sure that they show their fans their commitment to being there for them no matter what. Fortunately, they are able to do so with a Covid-safe celebration of Latin music.

You can find out more about the event here.

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