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Here’s A Throwback Video Of Ricky Martin Being Introduced By Oprah Winfrey As ‘The Cutest Thing

“I want to talk to you because you are the cutest thing I have seen.”

Before “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah Winfrey appeared on television as the morning host for “A.M. Chicago.” It was on this show in 1984, that Winfrey introduced the Latin boy band Menudo onto the stage. However, there was one band member in particular that Winfrey paid special attention to, and that was Ricky Martin.

Although the band Menudo was formed in 1977, Martin didn’t join the band until 1984. Soon after, the band blew up, reaching it’s highest popularity in the mid 1980s.

Right after Menudo performed on “A.M. Chicago,” Winfrey walked directly towards Martin. “I want to talk to you because you are the cutest thing I have seen,” she said. And of course, the fangirls in the audience responded in 100 percent agreement.

At the time of Martin’s appearance on “A.M. Chicago,” he was only 13 years old – making him the youngest member in the band (and obviously the cutest). After hushing all of the fangirls in the crowd, Winfrey asked Martin about how he went about celebrating the news that he was chosen to be one of the band members of Menudo. Martin told Winfrey that he first told the great news to his entire family and then had a disco party to celebrate.

After talking to Martin, Winfrey walked towards the audience to pick a person to bring onto the stage and meet Martin. She picked a little girl, who she carried on her hip and took to Martin for a hug and a kiss.

Fast forward to 2010, Oprah brings Martin as a guest on her show and surprises him with that same girl who he hugged and kissed in 1984. After watching a rerun of this 1984 “A.M. Chicago” episode and getting to see the exact girl he had met 26 years ago, Martin was left with happiness, nostalgia, laughter and shock (AND SO WAS I). ?


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Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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In the twenty years since Oprah Winfrey established her periodical publication O Magazine, only she has ever graced the cover. For the first time in the magazine’s publication, a different face is now featured and it’s one we hope you continue to remember: Breonna Taylor.

The  26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician was murdered in the middle of the night on March 13 after being fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove. While initially, her death sparked outrage, it wasn’t until a few months later that the murder of George Floyd (a Black man also killed by the police) that a national reaction came about. The slow national reaction to her death and the demands for answers from her loved one’s ultimately initiated conversations about the care and concern offered to Black women in the United States and reminded those watching of how much work needs to be done to support them. And while the initial blast of the May BLM protests has waned, it appears Winfrey is determined to keep the fire going.

In a post about this month’s issue, Oprah reminded users we can’t be silent.

In an essay published on the O magazine site, Winfrey described the ways in which she felt she identified with Taylor. She also shared her own vision for helping honor Taylor’s life and the dreams the deceased 26-year-old had for herself.

“She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter,” Winfrey wrote. “I think about Breonna Taylor often. She was the same age as the two daughter-girls from my school in South Africa who’ve been quarantining with Stedman and me since March. In all their conversations I feel the promise of possibilities. Their whole lives shine with the light of hopefulness. That was taken away from Breonna in such a horrifying manner. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice.

O magazine’s cover features a portrait of Taylor, created byAlexis Franklin.

The digital artist created the image from a selfie Taylor took while wearing her EMS shirt. The original selfie has circulated heavily with coverage on Taylor’s death. On the magazine cover, the words “Her life mattered” are written next to Taylor’s face.

According to an essay written by Franklin for O magazine, the young artist was inspired by Taylor’s power in the image. “Looking at [the source photo], I see an innocence, simple but powerful. It was critical for me to retain that,” she wrote. “And there was a sparkle in Breonna’s eyes — a young Black woman posing in her Louisville EMS shirt, happy to be alive.”

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Ricky Martin Was A Guest Judge On ‘Drag Race: All Stars’ And These Thirst Tweets Are Everything

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Ricky Martin Was A Guest Judge On ‘Drag Race: All Stars’ And These Thirst Tweets Are Everything

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Y’all, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is back and it’s got one of the best lineups in recent memory – probably since All Stars: Season 2. And with the first episode we got a very sexy treat with a very hot Ricky Martin behind the judges table for the very first time.

Though he was their to judge the queens on the competition, once the episode ended many were still left thinking about Martin – more than the competition. Viewers gushed over just how dreamy the singer is at 48-years-young.

And as thirsty folks do, they took to Twitter to share their thirst for Ricky Martin with the world.

Ricky Martin judged the debut episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars and he kinda stole the show.

Puerto Rico’s own Ricky Martin kicked off RPDR: All Stars, and anyone could talk about on Twitter was how ridiculously lust-worthy the man still is.

In fact, he was so hot his name shot to the number one topic in the U.S. Twitter trends as Drag Race aired, and for good reason. He is simply gorgeous and he really took his job as a judge seriously with meticulous observations. The superstar clearly looked like he was having a blast during his time.

Ricky Martin is just the latest in a series of pop icons like Robyn, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj who have lit up the RPDR set with their fiery charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.

Ricky was seen throughout the episode compared to some of the others who only appeared when they were on the judging panel. He even kicked off the mini-challenge (which was a reading challenge) which became bilingual the minute he opened his yummy mouth.

Martin’s appearance was extra special because you could tell he was also enjoying himself.

As a RPDR super fan, it was amazing to see a guest judge get so involved and invested in the show, too. Martin was very obviously blown away by Shea Couleé’s pole dance routine – several cutaways showed him with his jaw literally dropped in awe of her ability. Ricky was really impressed with Shea’s routine, and his facial expressions showed it.

He was also super engaging with all of the girls during their time on the main stage as he made eye contact with many of them while they did their thing. Fans took note of that and so much more in their thirsty tweets that they put up during and after it aired.

Thirsty Twitter was full of memes and suggestive tweets to celebrate Martin’s appearance on the show.

Fans of both RPDR and Ricky Martin went wild on twitter, sharing suggestive meme after thirsty tweet. Honestly, I can’t blame them. Ricky really did look incredible and he was so fun to watch.

Some planned their meals around the guest judge.

Be sure to save room for dessert…

Thankfully, no, you can’t get pregnant from Ricky Martin lustfully biting his lower lip.

Can all are we agree that Ricky Martin is one of the best judges in drag race herstory? 

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