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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. 

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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