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

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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Maluma Brought J Lo On-Stage For A Duet, But The Latino Stars Are Planning Something Bigger

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Maluma Brought J Lo On-Stage For A Duet, But The Latino Stars Are Planning Something Bigger

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For the second time in his career, and second year in a row, Colombian reggaeton star, Maluma performed in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The reggaetonero surprised fans at his sold-out show by inviting the diva from the Bronx, Jennifer Lopez to join him on stage. 

Jennifer Lopez joined Maluma on stage at his sold-out show, but not for the reasons you’re thinking…

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It feels like it’s J.Lo’s world and we’re all just living in it. 2019 has been Jenny from the Block’s year, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon. The Boricua’s still promoting her hit film Hustlers, which has earned her the best reviews of her career. She crashed Milan Fashion Week last month and broke the internet in her iconic 2000s Versace dress, she’s launching a skin care line soon, and all the while she’s planning a wedding to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, that will no doubt be epic.

The two latino super stars performed J.Lo and Marc Antony’s classic ballad ‘No Me Ames’

Last week, Lopez hit the ground running right after she threw a lavish engagement party in L.A. with husband to be A-Rod, and took Maluma fans by surprise when she joined the singer on stage at Madison Square Garden to sing her 1999 hit ‘No me ames’—but not for the reasons you might think. 

On Friday, October 4, Jennifer Lopez, walked on stage through a hidden trap door to join Maluma for a duet. ‘No me ames’, a 90s classic, was first popularized by J.Lo and ex-husband Marc Anthony. Maluma’s performance was a tad dissappointing to say the least. Social media users described it as “a bad attempt to reach ‘el astro de la salsa’s’ notes. Maluma regrettably stumbled over a few of Anthony’s lines, which Lopez tactfully recovered by singing them herself.

According to HOLA! USA magazine, fans “roared as J.Lo rose up centerstage in a spume of smoke like a Greek goddess.” The 50-year-old singer actress looked breathtaking in her gold-ensemble and bold lip color. While her statueque gown gave us major J.Lo vibes, we should point out that on stage, she was channeling a character named “Kat.” As it turned out, the two Latino music stars used the 25 year old’s sold out concert as an ideal backdrop to film a scene for an upcoming rom-com starring Lopez, Maluma and Owen Wilson.

J.Lo’s upcoming movie ‘Marry Me’ starring herself, also includes Owen Wilson and king of reggaeton, Maluma.

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The romantic comedy “Marry Me” is the pop star’s latest project of the year. Based on Bobby Crosby’s graphic novel, the film is about a pop star, similar to Lopez herself, who finds out her fiancé is cheating on her with her assistant. After an epic meltdown during a concert at Madison Square Garden, the pop star picks a random math teacher to marry. Owen Wilson is set to play the math teacher that is forced to navigate a new relationship with the popstar. According to a casting announcement by Deadline, Colombian singer and reggaetonero, Maluma, will play Lopez’s cheating fiancé.

The two artists took to social media to share a sneak peek of the first days of filming.

“The art of collaboration…it’s what I love about this business!!! True magic happens when inspiration meets the absence of ego. It’s so much fun when different artists come together and everyone contributes to create something special and true and real for everyone to experience and enjoy!! Issa flow… Here we go!!!,” wrote the Second act actress on Instagram. ‘Chantaje’ singer replied to her post writing, ‘I’m so grateful’. 

The singer also shared on Instagram, a short clip of their performance in NYC.

Upon wrapping their theatrical duet, Maluma informed his fans in Spanish that a camera crew had filmed the whole scene for use in the movie — but Lopez would have to re-shoot her extravagant trap door reveal just a few more times. Unmoved by Hollywood magic, the New Yorkers audibly complained — but ultimately complied, and with a lot of applause.

Described as Notting Hill meets The Proposal, ‘Marry Me’ starts as a goof and ends up becoming an exploration of relationships, expectations and destiny. The film’s release date has not been announced yet, but we can’t wait to see how their iconic performance will translate to the big screen!

‘Roma’ Star Aparicio Is Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador And Will Advocate For The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

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‘Roma’ Star Aparicio Is Named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador And Will Advocate For The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

Within a matter of just a year, Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has made a name for herself as both an artist and an activist. Earlier this year, the 25-year-old actress, born in Tlaxiaco, Mexico, made history as the first indigenous actor nominated for the best actress award at the Academy Awards for her breakout role in the film “Roma.” In the months after the film came out, the actress has worked hard to display her Mixteco language and heritage, financially support Oaxan students from her hometown, and combat any stereotypes or ignorant impressions you might have of indigenous people. For her work, the young actress is, once again, being honored. 

This time, it’s with a wonderful new role with the United Nations’ cultural agency United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a goodwill ambassador for indigenous people.

On Friday, UNESCO— a Paris-based organization— announced that they had appointed Aparicio to help them advocate for gender equality and indigenous rights. 

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In an interview about her newest role, Aparicio said that she felt “proud to be an indigenous woman” and would like to aim “to go hand in hand with UNESCO in the best way, to be able to support these indigenous communities.”

According to NBC News, the young actress also said that it was her hope that she would pass on the traditional wisdom of indigenous communities as well as combat racism. “As my grandparents used to say: ‘You have to take care of the land because you eat it.’ So hopefully we learn this part,” she said.

During her announcement of her new role, Aparicio said that it would also be her goal to shed light on the various legal complications that indigenous people face in the government systems around the world. 

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“There are several cases where there are indigenous people who are judged in a foreign language, without the right to have a translator and I think it’s something that we should take action on”, she said.

There’s no doubt that based on the year Aparicio has had that she is a woman who understands first hand why advocacy for indigenous people is so important. 

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The Academy Award-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio became the first Mexican woman to receive such an honor. However, despite the respect and esteem, she should have earned, it wasn’t uncommon for her to receive unwarranted racism from her community of actors in Mexico. At one point, telenovela star Sergio Goyri used racist slurs to say that he didn’t feel Yalitza Aparicio deserved an Oscar nomination. In a video posted to the veteran actor’s Instagram, he  commented that Aparicio should not have received a nomination for an Academy Award saying  in Spanish “Que metan a nominar a una pinche india que dice, ‘sí señora, no señora’, y que la metan a una terna a la mejor actriz del Oscar.

In English, his offensive and vulgar language translate to “That they nominate an Indian click that says, ‘Yes ma’am, no ma’am’, and that they put it in a shortlist for the best Oscar actress.”

Later the actor apologizes saying that it was “never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves [the Oscar nomination] and much more,” the 60-year-old said on Instagram. “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.”

Staying above it all like always, Aparicio responded to Goyri’s offensive remarks by stating that she was proud of who she is and where she is from. 

“I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman, and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” Aparicio said in a statement to The Guardian.

“Roma” director, Alfonso Cuarón, also came to the defense of Aparicio this week by saying that Goyri’s words should be a broader discussion as to why people, particularly in Mexico, have those feelings, and also why the media perpetuates stereotypes.

With all that Aparicio has experienced, we’re excited to see what she does for Indigenous people in her newest role.

Aparicio has continued to prove this year that she is nothing but a rising star on the scene. Despite the fact that English was not a language she knew fluently when she took up her first Hollywood film (and first film!) she continues to be the face of international success and proof that anyone can come from any circumstance and get to the top. We hope that her new role she will outshine any ignorance and cruelty that might come her way and that she will continue the fight for freedom for Indigenous people everywhere.