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Documentary About Jenni Rivera Will Address The Sexual Abuse That She And Her Daughters Suffered At The Hands Of Her Ex-Husband

A documentary about the life of beloved Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is in the works. The film, which according to reports is being developed by Gloria Estefan’s husband Emilio Estefan, will feature unseen concert footage from her final concert.

Rivera, one of the most popular recording artists out of Latina America from this century, died in a 2012 plane crash when she was just 43.

Rivera is the singer of classic songs such as hits such as “Mariposa de Barrio,” ”Paloma Negra” and “De Contrabando.”

During her career, Estefan worked closely with the singer, directing specials that featured her. Now he and television producer Dave Broom of “The Biggest Loser” and “The Day I Met El Chapo” are joining forces with Rivera’s family to produce the film.

Speaking to the Associated Press about the new project, Estefan said “I really want people to know her with the same admiration that I had for her as a human being, and that her fans realize how important her followers, and especially her family, were to her… We had a very beautiful friendship … I met her as a singer, as an actress, but at the same time as a person.”

Both Estefan and Broom have said that they expect to release the film late this year, though it is still unknown whether the film will make its debut in theaters.

Rivera’s sister Rosie has called the film “intimate.”

Speaking to Page Six via email, Rosie Rivera reportedly said that the film be emotion for the singer’s family, including her children, but that it is a necessary project to release.

“It is an intimate night with Jenni,” Rivera reportedly said. “To my sister Jenni, her faith, her family and her fans were everything. Jenni would have wanted to share this moment of her life with the world.”

Estefan says that the film will see Rivera narrate her own story.

“You are going to see something that’s really priceless. You are going to see her in concert again, but above all you will get to know much more and I think you’ll be certainly surprised by many things that are going to come out, told directly by her,” Estefan told Associated Press.

According to Estefan, the film will also include archival material and interview between Estefan and was Jenni Rivera in which the singer spoke openly about experiencing was raped at the hands of her ex-husband who also sexually abuse some of her family members.

In 1992, Rivera divorced her husband José Trinidad Marín, the father of three of her five children. Five years later, Rivera’s sister Rosie revealed that Marín had sexually molested her and that he was doing the same to Chiquis Rivera, the daughter he had with Rivera. A physical exam revealed that he had done the same to their other daughter Jacqueline. A molestation case was opened in 1997 and Marín spent 9 years as a fugitive before he was arrested in 2006, convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to over 31 years in prison.

“Many times women that have been abused or mistreated don’t say anything for fear of being blamed for what had happened to them, but she was always open and she was honest,” Estefan explained in the interview.

According to the producer, it is his hope that Rivera’s film will pay tribute to “women that have been mistreated, that have been deceived, that have been abused.”

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

Through the power of TikTok, Kali Uchis is taking her song “Telepatía” to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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