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The Rumors Were True: Jennifer Lopez And Shakira Will Perform At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Jennifer Lopez and Sharkia will join forces as Latinx powerhouses to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show. The Halftime show currently holds a precarious place in music history. Once a career milestone for seasoned musicians to showcase their illustrious discographies, the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance has garnered extensive criticism for any artists who affiliate themselves with the organization. 

While Beyoncé was praised for her Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance in 2016. By 2018 Jay Z was pressuring artists to refuse to perform at the event in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick who had been fired for taking a knee during the national anthem to protest anti-blackness. Cardi B and Rihanna notably turned down the offer to perform. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 and Travis Scott were admonished on social media for doing the Halftime Show last year.

However, in 2019, Jay Z shocked fans when he announced a Roc Nation partnership with the NFL. The rapper was met with a massive backlash and functionally labeled a sellout. The NFL’s anti-blackness cast a troubling shadow over what should be a celebratory moment for Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who have earned the iconic status the annual show typically bestows on its performers. It will be up to viewers to decide if the NFL’s prestige is worth what it used to be. Moreover, it will be interesting to see how two prominent non-black Latinx women are contextualized in conversations about anti-blackness, the NFL, and capitalism. 

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to perform at Super Bowl LIV

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira announced on Twitter they would be sharing the stage of the Super Bowl LIV Pepsi Halftime show 

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez said in a statement. “And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th anniversary, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”

The nod to Ross and Latinx solidarity and woman power was a nice touch. The two talented artists seem excited to be working together — finally.

“I’m so honored to be taking on one of the world’s biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the U.S. and all over the world – and to top it off, on my birthday!” Shakira added. “This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime!”

J Lo rumors swirled for months

Earlier this month rumors swirled that Jennifer Lopez, riding the high of her critically acclaimed Hustlers performance, would take on the Halftime show in 2020. Super Bowl LIV will be held in Miami, Florida which is practically a carnal scream for a Latinx artist to take the slot. Lopez’s fiancé Alex Rodriguez grew up in the city, so many felt she would be the perfect pick. 

When Hoda Kotb asked the “Get Right” singer on SiriumXM if she would be doing the show, Lopez simply began to giggle and responded, “I don’t know.” 

In July, Lopez implied that the decision wasn’t entirely up to her but rather the NFL. 

“Yeah, [I’ve] thought about the Super Bowl and it’s in Miami. It’s a big deal, but we’ll see,” Lopez told Entertainment Tonight in July. “They make their own decisions over there [at the NFL].”

While the addition of Shakira comes as a surprise to fans, the pairing has many hyped to see what feels like a historic performance (at a very weird time). 

A precarious time for the Halftime Show

The NFL has faced a new onslaught of criticism that seems to dirty anyone who affiliates with the organization. After pushing quarterback Kaepernick out of the league for quietly acknowledging racism in America, it was revealed many team owners are donors to the racist Trump administration. This is all the more egregious when it is considered that largely black players risk injury and permanent damage to entertain white audiences and play for white team owners. 

Jay Z bears the brunt of the backlash for changing his anti-NFL stance as soon as money entered the equation when he partnered Roc Nation with the organization and veiling the opportunity as a social justice effort. 

Nevertheless, this is Jay Z’s hypocrisy, not Shakira’s or Jennifer Lopez’s — still, it only highlights the sound of crickets heard round the world when many non-black Latinxs are asked to show up for black folks, many of whom are Latinx too. This is what happens when racism is exposed in cultural institutions. It’s not easy to navigate and it is all the more difficult to know how to feel. 

One thing is for sure Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be joining the ranks of musical legends like Beyoncé, Prince, Paul McCartney, and Madonna — and there is no question of whether that is where they rightfully belong. 

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!

This Shakira Doppelgänger Is Making A Living Off Her Celebrity Look Alike And Shakira Is Fine With It

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This Shakira Doppelgänger Is Making A Living Off Her Celebrity Look Alike And Shakira Is Fine With It

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No, Shakira doesn’t have a secret sister you’ve never heard of. Rebecca Maiellano or Shakibecca is the Grammy-Award winning artist’s “international double.” Much like Connie Peña who performs as Jennifer Lopez’s doppelganger, Shakibecca is one of many celebrity impersonators that is able to make a living by paying tribute to the idols they coincidentally look just like.

However, not all celebrity doubles are living a life of imitation, others like Mayor Allison Madison who went viral as Cardi B’s double, simply share an uncanny resemblance with the star. 

Rebecca Maiellano is Shakira’s “international double.”

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Venezuelan singer-songwriter Rebecca Maiellano calls herself Shakira’s “international double.” Maiellano puts on a show called Shakibecca Live, and has performed her act on numerous television shows like Univision’s Despierta América. With curly blonde locks, Shakibecca imitates Shakira not just in her manner of dress but also the “La Tortura” singer’s unique voice. The uncanny imitator has garnered her own fanbase of over 100,000 followers on Instagram. 

Shakibecca Live is a tribute to her favorite Colombian singer where she performs in front of live audiences with a band and covers Shakira’s greatest hits. If you can make a living honoring your favorite artists and singing some of your favorite songs — that’s not a bad gig at all. 

Maiellano got the honor of meeting her idol in Mexico where they looked strikingly similar, even wearing similar tights. 

Even the old age app seems to think these two could be twins.

Like everyone else over the summer, Maiellano used the aging app, except she used a photo of herself and Shakira. The results were startling. 

“Con ustedes: Las Shakiabuelitas,” Maiellano wrote on Instagram. “¡Bendecido #domingo para todos nosotros! Los quiero mucho.” 

Shakira isn’t the only celebrity with a look alike. Jennifer Lopez recently met hers too. 

Connie Peña has also successfully built a following around living a life of homage to her favorite Puerto Rican pop star Jennifer Lopez. The enterprising single mom has amassed a following of 70,000 on Instagram and met the future-Oscar-winner over the summer during the “It’s My Party” tour. 

“I finally got the opportunity to meet the Ms Jennifer Lopez, the LEGEND, My ICON, and the woman that has motivated me and impacted my life in so many ways! This day changed my life. I had been waiting so very long for this day to come. I’ve never been so nervous in my life! It has been 1 year to date that I announced to the world that I would be doing the first ever tribute to her,” Peña wrote on Instagram. 

Peña said that though she had pondered the moment of meeting her fave for years, she was so nervous in her presence not a single question would come out. Who could blame her? 

 “The only thing I could get out of my mouth was thanking her for being who she is and how much of a motivation she has been to me and how I am working really hard to bring the first tribute show to her in her honor. It was such a blessing to she her reaction and smile at me and the HUG we had given to each other was unforgettable. Hearing her tell me that ‘WE LOOK ALIKE,’ made my heart drop with joy!” Peña continued. 

The Mexican and Peruvian mother of two said she didn’t need to go on about why she chose to devote her life to honoring J.Lo because the “I’m Real” singer’s body of work speaks for itself. 

Cardi B’s “twin” also went viral this year and just so happens to be mayor of Mound City, Illinois.

“I am Cardi B’s mom,” Mayor Allison Madison joked in a BET interview.  The only difference is Madison isn’t an impersonator, she just happens to look like Cardi and went viral because of it. Madison made history when she became the first black mayor and the first woman mayor of Mound City, Illinois. 

“If there was anything I would tell Cardi B is that she’s going to look good in 40 years,” Madison, who is 40 years older than the 26-year-old rapper, joked. 

Madison made it clear why she is mayor. She praised Cardi B for being honest and authentic about her past struggles and how she overcame them. 

“She’s not worried about what people think, what they say. She is who she is,” she said. “I have had a little adversity… men don’t like the fact a woman [is] being over them.” 

While on The Breakfast Club, Cardi B tried to front but admitted, “She fake kind of look likes me. I ain’t gonna lie, I might look like her or something.”