Jennifer Lopez showed a level of emotion we RARELY see from the Puerto Rican signer: she cried. And it wasn’t a one-tear-down-the-cheek cry, it was a cry-so-hard-you-can-barely-get-a-word-out cry. That’s right, during last night’s “American Idol,” JLo broke down in tears after La’Porsha Renae’s rendition of “No More Drama.” Before her performance, Renae opened up about dealing with an abusive relationship, and it totally struck a nerve with Lopez.
J.Lo was definitely feeling La’Porsha Renae’s performance from the jump.
“It take a lot to overcome those things in your life, baby,” JLo said as she tried to choke back her tears. “Honestly, you’re an inspiration. It was beautiful and you don’t overdo it. It was powerful. Thank you for that moment.”
How badly do you want to see Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo, and Cardi B dancing, stripping, and racking up pyramids of cash from unsuspecting dudes? A lot? Perfect: keep scrolling.
The sickening trailer for the badass film ‘Hustlers’ is finally here.
The trailer dropped Tuesday night at midnight and fans of strippers, fierce women, and especially Cardi B, we’re all totally here for it.
The film follows the story of a group of women who have formed their own extended family. They’re all strippers in the NYC area but then they decide to go bigger and start drugging and robbing ultra-wealthy Wall Street types.
The movie is actually inspired by a true story from a now-viral magazine story.
The article, titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, chronicles the real-life, modern Robin Hood story of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients.
The film is centered on two badass women, Destiny (Constance Wu) and Ramona (Jennifer Lopez).
Destiny is struggling to make ends meet and is helping to take care of her abuelita so she turns to stripping. This is how she meets Ramona who takes her under her wing and teaches Destiny everything she knows.
I mean Jennifer Lopez, on a pole, showing Constance Wu the moves. I. Am. Here. For. This!
Together with their extended family, these women decide to rob from the rich to help care for their loved ones.
Based off true events, J.Lo’s, Constance Wu’s, Cardi B’s, and Lizzo’s characters step up their hustle to include drugging men and robbing them of thousands of dollars.
In one scene, J Lo’s character explains it away as simply taking money from bad Wall Street guys who stole money from everyone during the financial crisis.
Things start to get real cray cray real quick.
The women end up drugging many of their clients to complete their heists…so you can see how things could quickly take a turn for the unexpected.
The plotline is amazing but many fans are here to support this gorgeous, talented, diverse cast of incredible women!
The casting director for this movie 100% deserves some serious stanning.
In addition to Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in badass lead roles but fans will also see Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, and Usher on the big screen. Like what did we do deserve this masterpiece?!
Some in the Bardi-gang took to Twitter to say they’re kinda disappointed by the trailer.
They wanted more Cardi.
But whoever is running the Hustlers’ Twitter account was quick to calm their nerves.
According to the ‘Hustlers’ Twitter feed, “Cardi B is this movie.” Apparently, they didn’t wanna give it all away so soon. So Cardi B fans better get ready for her big screen acting debut.
Overall, ‘Hustlers’ looks like it just may be one of the fiercest movies of 2019.
There’s no denying the fact that the entertainment industry has vastly become an amalgamation of artists from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. After all, it was largely built, in great part, by migrants who either fled war-torn countries or arrived in the U.S. with nothing to build a better future. Since the early days of Hollywood, when European migrants fled the two world wars and then the Cold War, showbiz has been accommodating to creative minds searching for a conduit to tell their stories through song, words or film. In these days in which many question the value of cultural diversity, it is important to remember how much migrants have contributed to the social, cultural and political foundations of the United States and other Western countries.
Here are 17 individuals who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and we thank them for it!
1. Gloria Estefan
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Country origin: Cuba Now lives in: the United States
One of the most influential personalities among the Cuban community in Miami was born in 1957, right in the middle of the Cold War, in Havana. Her father was a soldier and motor escort for Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, so the the family moved to Miami when the Revolution struck. Estefan’s dad later fought in Vietnam. Gloria Estefan is a famous opposer to the revolutionary regime in Cuba. Her dad suffered from the effects of Agent Orange after Vietnam, so Gloria’s mom was her source of support. She has said: “My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all”.
2. Kumail Nanjiani
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Country origin: Pakistan Now lives in: the United States
The star of The Big Sick was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in a religious Muslim family. He moved to the United States when he was just 18-years-old and he completed a major in computer science and philosophy, a combination that later led him to his iconic role in the HBO hit comedy “Silicon Valley.” Being a Muslim in America in this day and age is not easy, and Kumail has found a way to sublimate these struggles through his art.
3. Salma Hayek
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Country origin: Mexico Now lives in: France, previously in the United States
Salma Hayek has generated hundreds of jobs in the United States through her movies and her production house, as well as millions of dollars in revenue. She arrived to the United States and initially overstayed her visa before getting a green card. She is open about this, and she has become a citizen of the United States. She lives in France for most of the year with her husband, billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault.
4. Jim Carrey
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Country origin: Canada Now lives in: the United States
If we think of politically engaged actors in Hollywood, we have to think about Jim Carrey. He was born in Ontario, Canada, but has lived in the United States for decades. He is often outspoken when it comes to politics and he became a citizen in 2004 to be able to vote in the presidential elections. He is as funny as he is intelligent: his political stances are humanitarian in nature and fierce in practice. His philosophy is encapsulated by this awesome phrase: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer”. Just wow.
5. Natalie Portman
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Country origin: Israel Now lives in: the United States
The Oscar-winning actress holds both an Israeli and an American passport. Besides being an actress, Portman is a consummate scientist and has authored academic papers. She graduated from Harvard, by the way. Todo un cerebrito la Natalia! She also serves some harsh truths: “Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women”.
6. Sofia Vergara
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Country origin: Colombia Now lives in: the United States
The highest-paid actress in television was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and moved to Miami to find fame and fortune. She also found a home in the United States. She is outspoken about Latino rights and bragged happily when she passed her citizenship test with a perfect score. Te queremos, Sofia, te queremos.
7. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan
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Country origin: India Now lives in: the United States
Once touted as the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan was born in Puducherry, India, in 1970. His parents migrated to the United States when he was barely six years old and he was raised in Hindu, which made his cultural adaptation harder. He is an honorable member of the American-Indian community and he always shows his ethnicity proudly on his sleeve.
8. Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer
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Country origin: Mexico lindo y querido Now lives in: the United States
One of the greatest stars of reality television arrived illegally and with a mere $100 USD in his pocket. He chased his American Dream and he found it thanks to his amazing ability to get into the minds of dogs and into the hearts of celebrities and lay people alike. A true standout among Latino entertainers.
9. Singer Regina Spektor
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Country origin: Russia (then the Soviet Union) Now lives in: the United States
She was born in Moscow in 1980, in the then Soviet Union. Her parents fled the communist regime when she was nine, seeking a refugee status in the United States with the help of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). Spektor is a classically trained musician that has experimented with all sorts of genres. Know that amazing opening song in “Orange is the New Black”?Well, that’s her!
10. Music legend Carlos Santana
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Country origin: Mexico Now lives in: the United States
One of the godfathers of Chicano rock was actually born in Jalisco, Mexico. The family moved to the border town of Tijuana when Carlos was a kid, and then the young musician tested his luck in San Francisco. The rest, as they say, is musical history. Santana is a true hijo de la frontera.
11. Novelist Isabel Allende
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Country origin: Chile Now lives in: the United States
The legendary author of The House of Spirits was born in Chile, and denounced the many atrocities of the Pinochet military regime. She did so in her books, and also in her outspoken political persona. She is a Chilean-American dual citizen and in 2014 then-president Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She often lectures on literature in US colleges. She settled in California in 1989 and was awarded her citizenship in 1992.
12. Hollywood legend Anthony Quinn
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Country origin: Mexico Lived in: the United States
Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca was born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This legendary actor, the epitome of the rugged Hollywood type, was born during the Mexican Revolution to a Mexican mother and an Irish immigrant father. The family later relocated to Los Angeles.
13. Actor Andy Garcia
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Country origin: Cuba Now lives in: the United States
One of the most vociferous opponents to the Castro regime and a prominent member of the Cuban-American community. He was born in Havana, but his family relocated to the United States after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion.
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