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A Former J.Lo Dancer Is Found Homeless And Heroin-Addicted But Univision Reunited Her With Her Son

The insidious disease of alcoholism and drug addiction is indiscriminate in its victims. Univision’s Genela Solano recently found Susy Pérez, a former dancer for J.Lo and model, living on the street fighting for her life against a heroin addiction. Solano interviews Pérez in what might be the most heart-breaking news’ interview broadcast ever–ending with Pérez sending a message to her son, who she hasn’t seen in years. 

That is until Solano returns with Pérez’ son, who she hasn’t seen since she first became homeless. 

Susy Pérez came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, and made it big in the entertainment world.

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The mitad-Boricua and mitad-Dominicana was a model and a dancer for J.Lo. Up until a week ago, she had spent the last five years homeless living on the streets. She told Univision that when her mother died, she was lost without her. That prompted the spiral downwards.

Pérez has survived off the trash of others and the kindness of strangers.

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She told Univision that she’s grateful for the people who have bestowed compassion on her and offered her money or food. Her son has also said that he was giving her money the first couple years she was homeless, not realizing she was a heroin addict and using the money for drugs.

Pérez is a breast cancer survivor, and hasn’t been to the doctor in years.

Both her and her abuela were breast cancer survivors and endured double mastectomies. “She may still have it. It may have come back, because cancer never really leaves,” her son tells Univision.

“Jay, I love you and want you to know you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she tells the camera, hoping her son will receive the message.

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“Without you, I cannot smile,” she says.  She tells Univision that she wants to get off the drugs but that she can’t because her body has adapted to them. It’s important for people with addiction to have medical supervision as they detox because their bodies could go into shock and die from cardiac arrest.

Three days later, Solano returns with Jay to reunite the mother and son.

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“My love, look over here,” Solano tells Pérez. When she sees Jay from a distance, she tosses her wig on the ground and runs to hug him. She doesn’t let go for several minutes, sobbing into his shoulder. Later, she shouts at the crowd gathered around for the touching moment, “I’m going to fight for my son.”

Jay tells Solano that after his mom left, his father kicked him out of the house for being gay.

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He started living with friends at a young age and was adopted by another family. According to Jay, in his father’s mind, his sexuality was “the last straw” after coping with his mother’s addiction and abandonment. Jay tells Solano that most of his family doesn’t support him. “I haven’t felt safe. He would constantly verbally abuse me because of the way I expressed myself,” Jay tells Solano.

He told Univision that his mom has a herniated disc, broken bones, and has likely contracted HIV or AIDS.

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A car was ready to take Solano to get food, medications, a doctor’s check up and fresh clothes and a shower. According to Solano, they attempted to take her from streets and into the car not once, twice, or three times, but six times before she got in the car. She was very happy to get a fresh haircut but didn’t want to check into a treatment center.

They weren’t able to remove Pérez from the streets.

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After experiencing what looked like withdrawal symptoms (irritability, aggression, crying), Pérez stormed off looking for money to buy more drugs. Nearly everyone who has seen the video has offered their prayers that she findS the strength to voluntarily get the help that she needs. 

If someone’s drinking or sobriety is bothering you, there are resources that can help. You are not alone.

VIDEO: In A 1998 Interview A-Rod Is Asked Who His Dream Date Is And He Answer Will Either Make You Melt Or It’ll Make You Cringe

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VIDEO: In A 1998 Interview A-Rod Is Asked Who His Dream Date Is And He Answer Will Either Make You Melt Or It’ll Make You Cringe

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s romance has had a very long arc in history, and there are more pieces to the puzzle being revealed every day. While the two met for the first time at a Yankees game while Lopez was with Marc Anthony, it took over 20 years for the stars to align to allow the two to be together.

Just three months ago, the two got engaged, but a recent video shows that A-Rod has been harboring a crush for the Puerto Rican superstar.

In a 1998 interview, a reporter asked A-Rod “what a dream date” would be for him.

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He didn’t ask who it would be with. When asked a very broad question that expected an answer like, ‘a walk in the park’ or ‘a trip to Paris,’ A-Rod didn’t hesitate with the specifics.

The dream wasn’t Paris. It was J-Lo.

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“Jennifer Lopez. Hopefully you can find me a date with her.” No hesitation. He knew exactly who he wanted to go on a date with and some people might think that is when he planned his eventual engagement to the pop star.

Three months ago, A-Rod proposed to the very same dream date he’s had for decades.

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In the background of the video, we hear the reporter say, “Look at this. This is how good his life is.” We must agree. It is a pretty good life to have the woman of your dreams agree to marry you.

J.Lo outright loves the video because it was A-Rod speaking it out into the universe all those years ago.

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It’s a real-life, New York Romeo & Juliet. We love it too much, too.

Some say it’s destiny, because, well, duh.

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One user, @peyton_gabriela, commented, “Wow…This gave me goosebumps! Destiny…What’s meant to be will always find a way. ♥️🙌🏼”

A-Rod got the one and only Jennifer Lopez, for life.

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A-Rod’s most recent post left this comment, “The 🔥 of my 👁. There are icons…but there is only one Jennifer Lopez, ladies and gentlemen. #CFDA” He is the man that every woman deserves.

A lot of fans enjoyed seeing a young A-Rod professing his love for J.Lo.

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Other fans really drove home the importance of timing, like @bettyoneluv who chimed in with, “If they would of been together back then they would of been divorce already so I think it’s good timing I believe they will together forever lol”

Claro, we’re all applying “The Power of Now” and manifesting destiny to this special moment.

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You attract what you think is what my mama always used to say. Pensé que era loca, but she was right.

“I kinda need this energy in my life.”

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And with one post, faith in the human civilization has been revitalized. Instagram user @alysiragusa commented, “I need this kinda energy in my life okok my dream parents:: JRod. Do yaaa thing planet Earth 😂👏”

Mira que cute.

Wow. Careful what you wish for, because it might actually come true! Felicidades!

READ: J.Lo And A-Rod’s Amazing Relationship Will Leave You With Some Serious Relationship Envy

Trump Administration Proposes New Policy That Could Leave 55,000 Children Homeless

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Trump Administration Proposes New Policy That Could Leave 55,000 Children Homeless

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The Trump administration has announced another assault on families. First, it was family separation: throwing children of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in cages after tearing them from their families.

Now, the administration is trying to use the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to tear children from their homes and leave more than 100,000 people scrambling to find new homes.

HUD is trying to change the rules to discriminate against mixed-status families.

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It really is that simple. They are trying to prohibit anyone who is undocumented from even living with family members.

The rule change would block tenants from receiving federal housing subsidies unless every member of a household has “eligible immigration status.”

Such a change could impact some 108,000 tenants in 25,000 of these “mixed households” across the country, according to HUD’s own analysis. Seventy-two per cent of those families are concentrated in three states—California, Texas, and New York.

Forcing families to split up or move.

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Seriously, what does the Trump administration have against families? The people who will be forced to move are low income and unlikely to afford other housing options, leaving many families to face the very real possibility of homelessness.

Many are seeing right through the administration’s plan as nothing more than another attack on children.

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I mean…how else can you describe this move?

As their families are evicted, 55,000 children nationwide could be displaced from public housing under the new rule. Why change the rules of a program and risk leaving more than 100,000 people homeless unless you are trying to be cruel?

Others are recognizing a pattern.

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First, Trump directed his own government to rip children from the arms of their families and throw them in cages. Now this? What’s next? We shudder to think.

FACT: The government already prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving subsidized housing!

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This new rule simply prevents undocumented immigrants (including children) from living with their own family members who are citizens or documented immigrants.

With this latest attack on families, #KeepFamiliesTogether is trending all over again on Twitter.

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And people all over Twitter are wondering WTF is going on. How is this possible?

Even the Mayor of Los Angeles added his voice, promising to fight this inhumane policy.

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As a proud city of immigrants, LA would stand to suffer greatly under this proposed rule change.

Many are leading the charge to impeach Trump and hopefully put an end to these discriminatory policies that hurt families.

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The argument to impeach is getting stronger and stronger. Especially with this cruel policy that reverses decades of precedent under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

And it’s been reported by the Washington Post, that for months, Stephen Miller, a key architect in many of Trump’s most racist policies, has pushed for regulations that would make life miserable for legal immigrants who rely on public benefits.

Aside from Stephen Miller, the regulation is being proposed by Ben Carson, who is the secretary at HUD.

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Shame on you, Ben Carson!

Many are pointing out the disgusting hypocrisy of Ben Carson leading this charge.

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As a Black man, Carson would of most likely faced a lot of problems trying to even rent an apartment from Donald Trump back in the day. Now he’s the face of a campaign to remove tens of thousands of children from their own homes.

READ: Meet 8-Year-Old Latina Immigration Activist Sophie Cruz Who Is Changing The Conversation On Immigrant Rights