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J.Lo’s ‘Shades Of Blue’ Has Us All Shades Of Worked Up And We’re Here For It

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We all know that Jennifer Lopez is the queen of the entertainment industry. She dances, sings, acts and is the host of her own reality competition show. She is also a producer with her own production company. Her production company, Nuyorican Productions, is best known for producing the show, “The Fosters,” and now “Shades of Blue.”

“Shades of Blue” wrapped up in its third and final season just days ago and we were not ready to see how crooked cop, Harlee Santos, walked out of this mess. Watch out because there are some spoilers ahead.

“Shades of Blue” isn’t a unique police drama but it’s definitely binge-worthy.

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There isn’t some spectacular plot twist, where Harlee Santos has a twin sister or anything. It’s not a telenovela, after all. However, it is about your typical shady NYC cop drama with sh*t going down. Basically, this group bends the laws to serve “the greater community,” which is obviously illegal.

Jennifer Lopez never planned to play the star on the show she produced.

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The story goes that when Lopez went to pitch the concept to NBC executives, they asked her why she wouldn’t play the lead role of Harlee Santos. Lopez confessed that she didn’t really think of it, but when she agreed to do it, NBC agreed to air it.

The show ran from January 2016 to June 2018.

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She had a good run, and it plays like a watered down telenovela, with Harlee Santos as the bad cop turned FBI informant. Obviously she also had to deal with her own financial and family problems.

The show is even donating proceeds from their auction to Hurricane Maria victims who are still recovering.

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Talk about a good use of show props and costumes. It’s nice to know that she is able to do some good when her projects come to an end.

Santos is a single mother to her daughter, Cristina.

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Santos takes the payouts from neighborhood businesses who pay for extra police protection to help send Cristina to private Catholic school. Cristina is a brilliant cello player, who sees Santos’s police unit as family, though she never knew her father.

Sarah Jeffrey, who plays Cristina, was casted in a “Charmed” reboot.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jeffery is Mexican-Italian. We are so stoked that the charmed three is going to get the Latina spice of life.

When Cristina’s father, Miguel, is released from prison after Santos set him up for murder, things gets messy.

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Oh, and Miguel used to abuse Santos. He was an abusive, calculating, sadistic man, and he immediately starts to spy on Cristina and Santos within hours of his release. He even manipulated Cristina into turning against her mother and going away with him for a night.

When Miguel breaks into Santos’s apartment to rape her at gunpoint, Santos casually snaps his neck.

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It might give you some “Enough” flashbacks and that would be a fair critique. However, setting up your ex for murder and then murdering him and covering it up has to catch up with you at some point.

FBI agent Robert Stahl is the officer who’s assigned to handle Santos as an informant.

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He threatened to haul her off to prison and ruin Cristina’s life if she didn’t help. Oh, and he ends up developing a very sick obsession with Santos. She knows because she set up a camera in his bedroom and watched him pay a sex worker to dress and act like her.

Agent Stahl ends up stalking Santos before she kills him.

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I mean, to be fair, he showed up in her apartment with a gun, all bitter that Santos heisted millions of dollars from the DEA, killed her ex-boyfriend and got away with it. But Cristina brought her mom a gun in her back pocket and she was able to use it to shoot Stahl half a dozen times in the chest.

The real star relationship in the series is the one Santos has with her boss, Woz.

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Lieutenant “Woz” Wozniak was the detective who initially put Miguel away for life, knowing that Santos planted a murder weapon with Miguel. The two met as dirty cops and their loyalty grew from there. Both tried to protect the other when working as informants for the FBI, and their father-daughter relationship is fiery AF.

Initially, Santos was asked to take down Woz, and it screwed with her identity as a loyalist.

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Now, she was a rat by coercion. She was forced to wear a wire to help take down the man who Cristina calls “Uncle Woz.” Rough.

The show is based on a novel by Michael Rudolph, “Shades of Blue: 30 Years of (Un)ethical Policing.”

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From the very first episode, we could see everything wrong with Woz’s unit. They “protect their own” and that doesn’t mean the community. When a new detective shot an unarmed black man, Santos immediately covered it up, making it look like the man shot at the detective. That is one very light shade of blue.

Ray Liotta, who plays Woz, said that towards the end of the series, J.Lo started showing up late to the set.

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He said that working with her was fantastic and always knew all her lines (and his), but that towards the end, she showed up late a couple times, setting the whole production back.

If you Google “Shades of Blue Jennifer Lopez” the next word is “hair.”

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People have been obsessing over her hair in this show for the last three years. FBI Agent Stahl even paid a sex worker to wear a wig that looked like her own hair. That hair is everything.

In the series finale, Santos becomes hell bent to come clean.

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Santos arranges for Cristina to move in with Woz and his wife Linda while Santos serves time in prison. Santos comes clean about all the shady police work she’s seen in the NYPD, hoping to clean up the force as her one final act as a police officer.

The show received mixed reviews during its three-season run.

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Metacritic has it scored at 58/100 based on 28 critics and Rotten Tomatoes rates it as 56 percent. Slate reviewer Willa Paskin was a major critic with one compliment: that Lopez’s performance was “hugely appealing” and “the show’s one reliable pleasure.”

J.Lo put her heart into the show, and was by far the crown jewel of the whole production.

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The Unit’s catchphrase: “Home safe. Safe Tomorrow.” There are no more tomorrows for “Shades of Blue,” but thankfully there are many more for the most treasured content of all: Jennifer Lopez.


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Los Espookys Episode 2: “El Espanto de la Herencia”

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Los Espookys Episode 2: “El Espanto de la Herencia”

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On June 13 2019, HBO premiered “Los Espookys,” it’s Spanish-language horror comedy from the mind of Fred Armisen. Needless to say, we were immediate fans. Between the subtly hilarious script and its impeccable delivery, the series proved from episode one that it’s worth the watch. Don’t even get us started on how much we love the horror elements we’ve seen so far.

The second episode of “Los Espookys” is just as addictive and entertaining as the first. Titled “El Espanto de la Herencia,” the episode is so good, it demands a recap.

Here are some of the most spooky and most hysterical parts of “Los Espookys” episode two.

Last week, we met Renaldo, Úrsula, Tati and Andrés, four friends bonded by their love of horror.

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The gang was encouraged by Renaldo’s uncle, Tio Tico, to pursue that passion and turn it into a career. Calling themselves Los Espookys, they were approached by a mysterious woman who wants to use their terrifying talents. With this in mind, it’s time to brainstorm how they’ll approach this next job.

However, before we can check in with Los Espookys, the series introduces us to the US Ambassador.

Horror DNA

Her name is US Ambassador Melanie Gibbons and she’s received an important letter. The letter — which is in Spanish, not coded as she first suspects — informs her that her friend Ignacio Ferracuti has died. However, he’s left his 18.9 billion peso fortune to whoever can survive a night in his haunted mansion.

To borrow Ambassador Gibbons words, “Okay, twist!” She’s been chosen as one of five strangers to compete for his fortune. It’s all very exciting for her.

Similarily, Los Espookys are excited for this upcoming challenge.

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We finally get to see to the official Los Espookys headquarters — which happens to be Renaldo’s garage. While Andrés pushes for avant-garde and challanging tricks, Renaldo wants to stick to the basics. Úrsula just wants confirmation that they’re going to be paid.

Meanwhile, back in LA, Tio Tico is in an unusual situation.

Horror DNA

Following last week’s encounter at a major celebrity party, Tico has been mistaken for an elusive artist. Due to this mix-up, he’s been roped into speaking at an art panel. The whole thing has snowballed and Tio Tico is just along for the ride.

Unfortunately, Andrés is finding it hard to balance his life as Prince of Chocolate and his spooky calling.

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Being the heir to a chocolate fortune is hard. As his boyfriend reminds him, Andrés has duties he needs to commit to or else he will be removed as heir. However, the curious man is preoccupied with uncovering the mystery of his birth and his new side gig. What is a Chocolate Prince to do?

Finally, it’s the big night!

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Too bad Renaldo has been ditched by the other members of Los Espookys. Andrés, Úrsula y Tati have all shown up last minute, leaving Renaldo to set up. What’s worse, nobody hired the actors they need so Renaldo has to step in as the creepy butler. Let’s just say, the role is out of his range.

Still, the goal of the haunted house is to get rid of one contestant in particular. The Mysterious Woman announces to Los Espookys that Sr. Ferracuti’s son is a contestant and must not win. However, he seems impossible to shake with the frankly unimpressive scares.

Los Espookys are in a funk and they need some serious rallying.

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Andrés is obsessed with the dead ends he keeps getting in his search for his origin. Úrsula is obsessed with getting paid. Tati is obsessed with Snap Chatting her shady internet boyfriend.

Renaldo is about to give up but some unexpectedly good advise from Tati inspires him. After a rallying call from Renaldo, Los Espookys are back. They’re going to pull off the scariest trick they can.

We don’t want to give away the ending, but the episode wraps up with the possibility of more jobs in their future.

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Will Tati continue her internet relationship? Will Andrés learn the origins of his birth? What sort of adventure will Los Spookys get into next week? We’ll have to watch to find out.

Erika Jayne Of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Has Been Low-Key Serving Up Latina Realness Right Under Our Noses

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Erika Jayne Of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Has Been Low-Key Serving Up Latina Realness Right Under Our Noses

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Since the reality show boom in the late 1990s, we have been fascinated by watching seemingly normal people doing outrageous stuff on television or being put in extreme situations. We have also found a not so guilty pleasure in seeing the rich and famous in their everyday, mundane lives. Producers try hard to sell an illusion of reality, but in fact, much of what you see on television is at least partly scripted. Companies like the Dutch powerhouse Endemol and the US channel Bravo have tried it all. Titles like “Big Brother,” “A Simple Life “(that sensational show in which Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie were “forced” to work in a farm), “Survivor” and “The Osbournes” permeated popular culture and redefined what celebrity is.

But perhaps one of the most endurable formats is the “Real Housewives of…” formula. It is simple: you choose a set of women who are uber rich and who have the potential to produce the most amount of pan y circo (in short, dramarama) for audiences who are hungry for extravagant personalities and near-fistfight, as well as plenty of chisme with the occasional tear-jerker of a reconciliation. Besides some clear issues in terms of gender representation (women are housewives by nature, really? Pardon our French pero no mamen) and the sense of privilege that the cast seems to have, there are some pretty inspirational stories of women who embrace just causes and have worked really hard for what they have. One of these women is Erika Jaymes, the already established singer who has become an Insta sensation and an all-around estrella due to her honest and exorbitante personalidad. Here’s what you need to know about this güeraza who has gotten a second round at fame!

1. Her full name is Erika Nay Girardi (her maiden last name is Chahoy)

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And she was born on July 110, 1971. She is a proud daughter of Atlanta, Georgia.

2. She is a bestselling author

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Yes, her autobiography, Pretty Mess, has been on the top of the lists of The New York Times bestsellers. The publisher describes it as follows: “In Pretty Mess, Erika spills on every aspect of her life: from her rise to fame as a daring and fiery pop/dance performer and singer; to her decision to accept a role on reality television; to the ups and downs of family life (including her marriage to famed lawyer Tom Girardi, thirty-three years her senior)”. Wow, what a rollercoaster of a life!

3. For years she has had to tell haters to F-off! 

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Leave Erika alone! No, seriously, if you are one of those individuals who goes online to trash other people’s lives, just stop. Erika has been brave enough not only to remain classy in the onslaught of online hate but also on making it public, which is a way to put herself out there. Bien.

4. From high school talent to a billboard on Times Square!

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She first got in touch with her ample talents during her stay in North Atlanta High School. She joined the musical theater group and did roles such as Val from “A Chorus Line.” She also did great versions of “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton and Madonna’s “Into The Groove”. And, to be honest, she has kept that Dolly Parton vibe, hasn’t she?

5. She moved to New York when she was 18, in search of a musical career

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Hundreds of young people move to New York and Los Angeles each year hoping to break into the music industry, but only a few are successful. Our girl moved to the Big Apple and soon became part of several girl groups such as the I-Dolls.

6. She married her first husband in 1991

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While starting her career in the entertainment industry she met Thomas Zizzo, a DJ. They got married at St Patrick’s Cathedral and had a son, Thomas Zizzo Jr. The couple divorced in 1996 and she moved to Los Angeles to reignite her career.

7. She married her second and current husband in 1999

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She met a powerful attorney, Thomas Girardi, and they married in 1999. He is 33 years her senior. During the first years of her second marriage, she played the role of what she describes as “a lawyer’s wife”. She went to dinners, met powerful people and basically learn how the upper echelons of power work.

8. But being a housewife wasn’t enough: 2007 is the year of Erika Jayne

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Erika decided that marriage was not going to stop her from having a musical career. She launched her first dance music single, “Roller Coaster”, in 2007. Her rise to the top of the Billboard charts was explosive: she reached number one at the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Her second single, “Stars”, held the same position in the Billboard Dance Play chart. And, as they say, a star was born.

9. She has her own record label: Pretty Mess Records

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Under this label, she has released collaborations with some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as rapper Flo Rida, with whom she released “Get It Tonight” in 2013.

10. 2015: The year of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Erika joined the cast of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” for the show’s sixth season. She soon became one of the favorite drama queens on television!

11. She has had roles in film and television ever since! 

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She had some minor roles on television early in her career (before her first marriage), but the huge fame that Real Housewives brought to her life has lead her to roles in the telenovela gringa “The Young and the Restless” (she appeared with her “Housewives” co-star Eileen Davidson) and in the B-movie sensation “Sharnado: The 4th Awakens,” She also appeared in Animal Planet’s show “Tanked.”

12. After the Real Housewives comes “XXpens$ive”!

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Her experience in the reality show she released this single on January 4, 2017, during the show “Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen.” The song is a hymn to materialism and entertainment.

13. So how has she accomplished so much? Well, she got her resilience and her talent from her santa madre

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Her mom is Renne Chahoy, who was an 18-year-old classically trained pianist and actress when she had her daughter, suddenly became single when Erika wasn’t even one year old.

14. So she didn’t meet her biological father until she was 25 years old

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Erika was adopted by her stepfather, but she never really met her biological dad while growing up. The first encounter happened when she was a young independent 25-year-old woman. She describes the encounter as “meeting a stranger”.

15. She also appeared in “Dancing with the Stars”

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The 24th season of the show (yes, 24th!) had her as one of the main competitors, and she was paired with pro dancer Gleb Savchenko.

16. She has collaborated with make up brands

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Her ultra famous public persona and her fierce femininity has led her to collaborate with brands BeautyBlender and Too Faced Cosmetics. From Atlanta to Sephora!

17. She has also collaborated with shoe brand ShoeDazzle!

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Remember that epic Times Square billboard? Well, it was part of her campaign with the famous shoe brand. She released a collection of 12 of her favorite shoes. We want them all.

18. She is a fashion trendsetter 

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What Erika Jayne does is replicated in dozens of dance clubs around the country. We are not sure about this Tigresa del Oriente outfit, though!

19. She is a philanthropist 

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Erika and her husband contribute to the betterment of their community through charity work, particularly towards the empowerment of young girls.

20. She is a queer icon

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Jayne is vastly popular in queer culture due to her fierceness and all around extravagant awesomeness! Yasssss!

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