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J.Lo And A-Rod Opened Up About Their Relationship In Vanity Fair

When it comes to J.Lo and A.Rod as a couple, well what is there to say? They’re both incredibly rich and gorgeous. We’ve seen them both display both the good and bad of their various relationships in the past, so what else is there to know? Lots, apparently.

Reading about “J-Rod” in the December issue of Vanity Fair has me feeling all sorts of emotions, and not the ones I was expecting. Here are some of the most surprising details.

They met more than a decade ago, so what took so long for J.Lo and A.Rod to get together?

The way Lopez and Rodriguez discuss meeting earlier this year, which led to their relationship, you’d think it was the first time they ever met. They actually met 12 years ago, but it took them a while to find each other when they were both single. They say if they had met sooner, the relationship wouldn’t have worked. “We had to grow and discover ourselves first,” Lopez said.

Marc Anthony was there the first time they met.

So, 12 years ago, Marc Anthony was throwing out the first pitch at a New York Mets game. There was a moment in which Lopez and Rodriguez shook hands and “locked eyes.” In the article, Lopez asks Rodriguez if she remembers when they first met: “You don’t have to say you remember if you don’t.” He responds, “Shea Stadium, during a subway series.”

During their first date, Rodriguez wasn’t sure if Lopez was single.

#VanityFair December Issue @arod ?: @mariotestino

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The couple talked about their first time going out: a dinner date at the Bel Air hotel. During their conversation, Lopez revealed she was single (as if being on the date didn’t give it away).

“So I’m sitting there and he’s walking back, and I get a text,” Lopez said. (Rodriguez texted her while he walked away to compose himself upon learning she was single). The text said: “You look sexy AF.”

Soon after this OMG moment, an alarm went off.

“And then [the date] took a turn,” Lopez said. “The fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate. No, really. The fire alarm went off!”

They have way more in common than just being rich and Latino.

Fun night w my baby… #World Series Houston 2017!

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We are very much twins,” Rodriguez says. “We’re both Leos; we’re both from New York; we’re both Latino and about 20 other things.” They were both in their 20s when their career took off and also had public downfalls in their work and in their relationships.

Rodriguez always speaks in baseball jargon.

#Game5 has turned into a classic. #WorldSeries

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During the article, I had to re-read a couple of sentences, thinking the conversation had shifted to baseball, but nope. Rodriguez articulates everything in baseball terms. For example: “The work I did, that was one of the most painful and most rewarding experiences of my life, and it continues to this day. I tell myself, ‘I’m rounding first base and going to second base. It’s a process.'” When Rodriguez describes his first date with Lopez, he says: “She told me around the third or fourth inning that she was single.”

You forget they’re a celebrity couple when they talk about their love (but not when you see the photos in Vanity Fair).

I’m going to confess here, it’s hard for me to see them as anything other than a celebrity power couple because they have bigger-than-life personas. But reading Lopez talk about the moment she approached him for the first time is so cute!

Lopez said she wasn’t intending to say hello to Rodriguez, but something compelled her to do it. She says she was dressed as her “Shades of Blue” character, Harlee Santos.

I almost yelled out ‘Alex,’ but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that,” Lopez said. “But I walk over and tap him on the shoulder and say ‘Hey.'”

And that was it.

Apparently, they’re both fans of the movie “Blood In Blood Out.”

Classic??#bloodinbloodout

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When they first began dating, Lopez and Rodriguez would use the hashtag #bloodinbloodout in text messages to each other.

Rodriguez will be a regular on “Shark Tank.”

@arod means business. #SharkTank

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Along with being the first Latino shark on “Shark Tank,” Rodriguez will also star in a reality show on CNBC where he mentors retired athletes who are struggling financially.

Lopez and Rodriguez aren’t afraid to show vulnerability.

Lopez often says she loves being in relationships out of fear of being alone. She talks about taking a real “time out,” after her relationship with Casper, to be single and find herself again.

Rodriguez also talked about getting busted for using performance-enhancing drugs in 2014. “I remember thinking one night . . . Don’t know if I told you this, babe [he says to Lopez] . . . In the middle of this craziness, I remember it’s three A.M., four A.M., and like many nights, I couldn’t sleep. I’m not a crier, but I’m bawling. . . . My pillows are now soaking wet, and it’s the middle of the night, and I’m thinking I’m the only fucking asshole that gets pocket aces and figures out a way to lose the hand. I was so angry at myself, so pissed off, that it was hard to breathe.”

This is what an adult relationship looks like.

We have seen these two in and out of relationships, and while I am not one to judge, it truly feels that they are both seeking that one person that “gets” them.

“I understand him in a way that I don’t think anyone else could, and he understands me in a way that no one else could ever,” Lopez says. “In his 20s, he came into big success with the biggest baseball contract [at the time]. I had a No. 1 movie and a No. 1 album and made history. We both had ups and downs and challenges in our 30s, and by our 40s we’d both been through so much. And more importantly than anything, we had both done a lot of work on ourselves.”

READ: J.Lo and A-Rod Are The Epitome Of Relationship Goals In This Workout Video They Shared

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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One of the few highlights we’ve had amid this unprecedented year of trauma has been the music industry. From Maluma and Cardi B to Bad Bunny’s surprise albums, we’ve been blessed with some of the best songs ever. Plain and simple.

Despite the global pandemic, many singers have managed to stay busy and put out new tracks. Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are no different as the duo are working on music for their upcoming movie project, Marry Me.

However, the one of the tracks from the upcoming film isn’t getting the type of reception that JLo had likely counted on.

Jennifer Lopez is facing criticism for calling herself a “Little Black girl from the Bronx” in her new track with Maluma.

Despite the pandemic putting the breaks on so many aspects of the entertainment industry, Jennifer Lopez has managed to keep herself busy with new projects. One of her most hyped projects has got to be her collaboration with Maluma on the upcoming film, Marry Me.

In anticipation of the film’s release on Valentine’s Day 2021, the pair have released two new tracks that will also be in the movie’s soundtrack. However, the most recently released song, “Lonely,” isn’t getting the attention that neither JLo or Maluma had likely hoped for.

In the lyrics for the song, which JLo sings with Maluma, Lopez sings “yo siempre seré tu negrita del Bronx” (I’ll always be your Black girl from the Bronx). Obviously, that lyric is causing loads of controversy and fans and critics alike are letting Lopez know they’re out OK with it.

Many are taking issue with the lyrics because “Jenny From The Block” has never really claimed or referenced herself as Black in the past. So why now? And why use an outdated term that’s incredible insensitive to the Afro-Latinx community.

Negrita is a questionable Spanish term that should definitely be phased out amid Spanish-speakers.

Many people are taking issue with the lyrics because they include the controversial term negrita, which is really an outdated Spanish-language term that’s often used as a term of endearment to describe people who are dark-skinned.

It’s a common nickname among Spanish-speakers but it should be phased out of the Spanish language as it’s extremely insensitive to Afro-Latinos.

Both fans and critics have called out Lopez on Twitter.

Fans were obviously confused as to why Jennifer would describe herself as ‘Black’. 

‘Maybe if she said brown girl she coulda gotten away with it,’ one fan said.  Another commented on social media: ‘This is so insulting as an actual black woman.’ 

‘I heard the song and I was like “what she just say? Rewind that. cause she definitely not Afro Latina,’ one fan said. 

However, many others from the Latina community weighed in to explain that while the translation of ‘negrita’ literally means ‘black girl’, it’s not used in that sense. 

‘If your hispanic or latino you know what she means. yes it sounds weird asf the literal translation but that’s not what she means,’ one fan explained.  They continued: ‘As far as I know it’s like a term of endearment for darker complexion within the community. I think she should have not used it being that not everyone would get it and in my opinion her skin isn’t even considered dark. Plus with the times we are in like let’s do better.”

This isn’t the first time the singer has come under fire for insensitive actions around race.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Jennifer Lopez has been called out for appropriating Black culture, but this is the first time that she’s facing such a major backlash.

Jennifer Lopez has proudly claimed her identity as a Puerto Rican woman but she’s never claimed Black ancestry or self-identified as an Afro-Latina – so her use of the term is troubling.

In the 2001 hit remix of “I’m Real” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, JLo sang along to the N-word slur and faced a similar backlash then. She ended up going on The Today Show to claim that the lyrics were written by Ja Rule and were “not meant to be hurtful to anybody.” She went on to say that “for anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me.”

Then there was the whole debacle from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show (which feels like a lifetime ago!) when many criticized her and Shakira for performing for a franchise that didn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hopefully, this incident on JLo’s part will bring with it a discussion about the term negrita and we can finally eliminate it as a ‘playful nickname’ in the Spanish-speaking community.

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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