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Rita Moreno, Gina Torres And Laurie Hernandez Will Be Co-Grand Marshals At The 2020 Tournament of Roses

It might only be October but our eyes are already focused on a big event in 2020. That’s when the famous Tournament of Roses the traditional New Year’s Day Celebration that includes the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California— will be held once again. However, we’re already looking forward to next year’s celebration, because of the iconic women who will act as grand marshals for the 130th anniversary of the event.

Last week, it was announced that the Tournament of Roses will be co-marshaled by actresses Rita Moreno and Gina Torres, and gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

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This year’s theme is “The Power of Hope” and it’s that sentiment that resonated with gold medalist Hernandez when she expressed what it means to see a trio of Latinas given this honor.

“That is the representation that I have always wanted to see as a little kid and now you have three generations of it,” the Olympian told ABC 7 in an interview following the announcement.

Hernandez was one of the “Fierce Five” who represented team USA to gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Puerto Rican athlete is also an individual silver medalist. Since her time at the Olympic games, the Boricua has written two books, appeared on “Dancing With The Stars” and was a judge on “American Ninja Warrior Junior.”

Torres expressed her happiness at the validation of her Latina-ness that came with this announcement.

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“At this point in my career, to actually be acknowledged as a Latina woman, having not been able to be that for a great part of my career, for me is an incredibly emotional experience,” the actress shared with ABC 7.

In her statement, Gina Torres is referring to the unfortunate fact that Afro-Latinx people are often excluded from Latinidad because of their Blackness. Colorism and anti-Black racism is unfortunately not uncommon in the Latinx community. As an afro-Cubana, it would not be surprising that Torres experienced this herself. Hollywood would have also seen her as only Black, erasing her Latina identity as well.

Torres also recalled growing up in the Bronx with her mother, and how she loved watching the Puerto Rican Day Parade together. One experience in particular stuck out to her.

“My mom just stopped cold and then suddenly, at the top of her lungs, I heard her say: ‘Que viva Puerto Rico!’ and I said, ‘Mami, but we’re Cuban,’ and (my mom) said, ‘Not today! We’re all the same!’”

The actress is best known for her role in “Suits” and the series’ new 2019 spin-off, “Pearson.” She’s also appeared in critically acclaimed series such as “Westworld,” “Claws” and “Hannibal.” In addition, Torres is a noted voice actor for numerous video game titles.

For EGOT winner Rita Moreno, the honor of being announced named co-marshal is a culmination of a life-long love of the event.

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“It’s something I’ve watched on television all of my life, and that I would be asked to be one of the grand marshals for this extraordinary Rose Parade, I’m thrilled,” Moreno explained to ABC 7 at the event.

The 87 year-old Puerto Rican came out dancing after the announcement was made. In true Moreno fashion, she also requested that the event’s DJ play a “Latino song” so every one could dance together to celebrate the upcoming Tournament of Roses. The DJ played Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida.”

The actress is best known for her Oscar-award winning role in “West Side Story” and her EGOT status but she has recently won fans over in her role of Lydia in “One Day At A Time.” Of course, Moreno has been dazzling audiences on film, stage and TV for decades so an appearance at the Tournament of Roses should be a piece of cake.

The announcement of the three Latina co-marshals comes the same year as the Tournament of Roses’ appointed its first Latina president.

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Farber worked with the Tournament of Roses for over 25 years before she became the event’s president. An immigrant from Argentina, she came to the United States as a child. Farber and her husband, Tomas Lopez, ⁠— who is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic ⁠— chose the theme for this year’s parade. During the grand marshal ceremony, she explained the meaning behind the “Power of Hope” theme.

“Our families came here because this country represented a beacon of hope. Hope of freedom of expression, of association, of speech, of education, and of economic opportunities.”

She also shared the news about the tournament’s theme with The Pasadena Star-News“At a time when the country and the world is most divided, our celebration and our parade will bring everyone together.”

The event will also feature bands from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and El Salvador, making it for a very Latinx experience. The Tournament of Roses will take place January 1, 2020.

This Mashup Of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’ And Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Will Bring You To Tears

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This Mashup Of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’ And Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Will Bring You To Tears

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There’s no denying that while Fall has meant the ushering in of a new season for some, it has meant the official closing of a chapter for Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber fans. 

At the end of October, singer Gomez released her new track “Lose You To Love Me” which publicly put the final nail in the coffin of her relationship with Bieber. Of course, many fans had come to accept the ending of their relationship earlier last year when Bieber married his wife Hailey Baldwin.  Still, Gomez’s honest song about the emotional toll and ending of her relationship with Bieber seemed to be the true catharsis her devoted fans needed. The heartrending song meant fans could dust off their hands and move on from their obsession with the relationship. 

Now, after a week of the song’s release, a fan of the two artists has released a fan-made mashup of Bieber’s 2015 hit “Sorry” and Gomez’s new track that acts as a conversation between the former couple.

The new mashup was created by a  Los Angeles-based filmmaker, editor and music producer named Andy Wu

In the video description of the new mashup, Wu wrote that “It’s been 3 years since I made JELENA Megamix (2008-2016). Now their chapter is officially closed and done. I guess it’s time for everyone to move on.” Wu’s mashup which was released on October 27 and began going viral this week, now has nearly 1.5 million views and thousands of comments.

The new video mashup of Gomez and her ex combines Bieber’s 2015 hit “Sorry” with Gomez’s first No. 1 single “Lose You To Love Me.”

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The mashup kicks things off with Bieber’s lyrics stacked onto the melody from Gomez’s new song. For his part, Bieber sings”You gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty / You know I try, but I don’t do too well with apologies / I hope I don’t run out of time could someone call a referee / ‘Cause I just need one more shot at forgiveness.”

The verse builds just as Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me” lyrics begins and starts with “I saw the signs and I ignored it/ Rose-colored all distorted / Set fire to my purpose / And I let it burn / You got off on the hurtin’ / When it wasn’t yours.”

Fans of the couple have expressed excitement and approval over the new mashup. 

“This is literally the best mashup I’ve ever heard,” one user wrote in response to the song. 

One user commented that the mashup “literally sounds like I’m listening to both sides of the story, Selena’s and Justin’s.”

Fans of Bieber and Gomez know that the two have had an up and down relationship since 2011.

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Bieber, 25, and Gomez, 27 began dating in 2011 and dated off and on until finally breaking things off in March 2018. Three months after their breakup US Magazine Three months later, Us Weekly confirmed that Justin had begun dating his ex-girlfriend Hailey Baldwin. The two married in September 2018 . 

Gomez has not personally confirmed that her song is about Bieber but did say that it was about personal experiences.

“Although the song ‘Lose You to Love Me’ was cowritten and a collaboration, Selena was very involved in writing and creating it, and the song is obviously about Justin,” a source told In Touch Weekly. “Her fling with The Weeknd did not inspire the song — their relationship was much more short-lived and not deep enough to inspire it.”

Speaking to radio show host Ryan Secrest during his radio show, Gomez addressed how fans have commented her “two months” lyric and pointed out that it has been a common thread in her relationships.

“I’ve actually experienced that a million times before,” Gomez told Secrest during an interview. “And that’s the unfortunate part about what I do. It’s all very real to me and I’m sure it’s all just entertainment for other people, but I think I had become numb to it. And it would be stupid of me if I didn’t acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, because it’s everything I claim to be and do.”

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“I’ve actually experienced that a million times before,” Gomez told Secrest during an interview. “And that’s the unfortunate part about what I do. It’s all very real to me and I’m sure it’s all just entertainment for other people, but I think I had become numb to it. And it would be stupid of me if I didn’t acknowledge what I had felt because it would be inauthentic, because it’s everything I claim to be and do.”

A Little Over A Year After Her Very Public Overdose Demi Lovato Talks About Learning To See Herself As ‘Strong’

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A Little Over A Year After Her Very Public Overdose Demi Lovato Talks About Learning To See Herself As ‘Strong’

It was nearly a year ago, that fans of Demi Lovato were shocked as they learned that the actress and singer had experienced a near-fatal heroin overdose. The harrowing incident was particularly worrying for fans who had watched Lovato speak out about her struggles and recovery with self-harm and addiction. Over a year later, Lovato has seemed to have made it back on her feet having completed a stay in rehabilitation early and upped her interactions with fans on her social media pages. This is all despite experiencing public feuds with other celebrities, relentless body shaming from fans and a violation of privacy when nude photo of her was leaked. 

Over the weekend, she attended the  Teen Vogue Summit, telling the magazine’s editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner that these days she is “strong.”

Speaking at Teen Vogue summit, Lovato said that she’s “learned a lot.”

In the year since her overdose, Swift has said that she has learned quite a bit. “I think it’s been a very introspective year for me,” Lovato said. “I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot.” 

When it comes to lessons about body acceptance, Lovato says she’s adopted a new mantra.

Lovato, who can often be seen tackling weights and martial arts at the gym says she took off from working out at the gym during the month of October December for a little bit of a mental health break. 

“We hear the term body positivity all the time,” she pointed out at the summit while also reiterating her years-long struggle with an eating disorder. “To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body. Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself.” 

When it comes to the social media trolls that attempt to bring her down, Lovato had a strong message.

“When someone says something mean about me or makes a meme making fun of me, I have a good sense of humor,” Lovato said.” But when it’s a very serious subject it can be hurtful. Even if you have an account that’s like ‘ImaDemiFan,’ that’s the name, and you leave one comment that said ‘You look like Lord Farquaad with that hair,’ I’m like, ‘Damn, that kind of sucks.’ I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it. When I’m able to see both sides, it pulls me out from zeroing in on the negative. But I’m human and I think that’s important to remember.”

Speaking about the progress that she has made as an individual it’s clear her self-esteem and sense of self-worth is on the up and up. 

“What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot,” she said. “I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” Demi said. “I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way.”

Lovato’s overall message was to her fans, asking them to remember that her artistry far outshines her tribulations.

Sure, Lovato’s road to being sober has been long and toilsome but it has not been nearly as long or penetrating as the former Disney’s star assent as a singer. Lovato who has been in the spotlight since 2002, has won an MTV Music award, five People’s Choice Awards, made a Guinness World Record and has received two Grammy Award nominees. As she points out, she’s a singer first, “a lot of the things that I have been through outshined my successes in the music industry. I just want people to remember that that’s what I want to give to the world, so please focus on that.”

The number one takeaway from Lovato’s appearance at the Teen Vogue summit is that she’s got her confidence back.

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“I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. That’s what I see when I look in the mirror — a strong woman.”

While Lovato didn’t drop too much information about her next steps and next plans she did say she has been getting to work at the studio.

“I have new music coming,” she told fans. “I didn’t say when — now I’m just teasing you. It’s important to remember that I am so cautious this time around of jumping back into things. I’ve really decided to take my time with things. When the time is right, I will put it out there.”