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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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Mariah Carey Says Her Love Of Christmas Was Actually Sparked By Her ‘Dysfunctional’ Upbringing—”I created the Christmases that I wanted to have”

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Mariah Carey Says Her Love Of Christmas Was Actually Sparked By Her ‘Dysfunctional’ Upbringing—”I created the Christmases that I wanted to have”

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If the Christmas season is a mood for the rest of us, Mariah Carey has proved time and again that it’s a lifestyle for her.

Like Saint Nick himself, the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer has become a figure of the Yuletide season in so many ways herself. So much so that she’s become a Christmas fixture featuring holiday-themed TV specials and concerts. You’d think Carey’s passion for Christmas was inspired by her own personal and familiar experiences with the holiday season but recently the singer revealed her love for the holidays is related much more to her “dysfunctional” upbringing.

In a recent interview, the 51-year-old singer revealed that even though she always wanted a perfect holiday, she never quite experienced one as a child.

“I think it’s just that longing that I had as a child, that I always wanted things to be perfect for the holidays. And they never were,” Carey explained to Elle magazine in an interview. “It was always somebody ruining the moment, always these dysfunctional family members who came around and foiled everything. And so I just made a pact with myself that I wasn’t going to allow that to happen anymore.” Carey revealed that as an adult she “created the Christmases that I wanted to have.”

Carey revealed that this desire to create special festivities has inspired elaborate festivities for her and her kids.

“I literally go to a snowy place. Reindeer are there,” Carey shared. “I’m not making this up. Santa Claus comes, hangs out with the kids. And by the way, even if I didn’t have kids, I would be doing this.”

This year, Carey suggested that the holidays would be a bit bittersweet. Referring to the current coronavirus pandemic plaguing families across the country this season, Carey commented that “It’s been such a hard year, and I really feel like people so need a celebratory moment. At every turn, it’s like, ‘We can’t be [together]; you can’t celebrate. This is canceled; that’s canceled.’ “

Carey finished the video saying “I’m festive. I can’t help it!”

Carey’slatest latest holiday special, “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” premieres Friday on Apple TV Plus.

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Cardi B Gets Hit With Thanksgiving Backlash After Throwing COVID Party

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Cardi B Gets Hit With Thanksgiving Backlash After Throwing COVID Party

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The Thanksgiving family drama ain’t over yet, folks.

In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, medical officials appealed to Americans to stay home for the holidays to combat a potential increase in COVID cases that would undoubtedly arrive during gatherings. Over the weekend, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, told Americans that they should assume they are infected with the coronavirus if they did opt to travel and attended large gatherings for Thanksgiving.

Over the weekend after news spread that rapper Cardi B hosted a large Thanksgiving celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

After she shared a post to her social pages over the weekend, Cardi B is getting a bitter taste of Thanksgiving backlash.

Cardi B responded to backlash Sunday over her Thanksgiving celebrations where she appeared to host a large gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 28-year-old rapper tweeted, “12 kids and 25 adults over the holidays. It was lit !!”

It didn’t take long for the post to spark commentary from followers aware of public health officials’ pleas to urge Americans to limit their Thanksgiving celebrations. Ahead of the Thanksgiving celebrations officials asked people to keep dinners and gatherings to a limited number of people out of anticipation of coronavirus case increases.

As ever, Cardi was quick in her response and at first, seemed to apologize claiming that she had not meant to offend anyone with her holiday celebration.

“Sorry my bad wasn’t trying to make nobody feel bad.I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me. I spent soo much money getting every1 tested but it felt worth it. I wasn’t trying to offend no1,” she tweeted Sunday afternoon.

Late last week Cardi posted photos of her Thanksgiving Day with her 2-year-old daughter Kulture.

She also replied to a fan who ridiculed her use of COVID testing to support a gathering.

“ME specially and everyone that works around me get tested literally 4 times a week. Im In the middle of work and every time we clock in we MUST GET TESTED !” she Cardi replied.

It didn’t take long for Cardi to continue her responses to critical fans

“People be trying tooo hard to be offended,” she tweeted to one post. “I wonder how they survive the real world.”

Like it or not, tested or not, the reality of the current pandemic situation is that people are still contracting the virus.

“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” Birx warned in an interview with Face the Nation. “If you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”

“We’re really asking families to even mask indoors if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state,” she added.

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