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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Said He Was Excited About The Possibility Of Coming Home Right Before Suicide

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, was recently interviewed by TV personality Dr. Phil. In a series of short video clips released today and this week, Jenkins reveals what she thought about Hernandez, his suicide, and the circumstances around his case. She believes to the very end, that not only was Hernandez innocent of all charges, but she also believes he did not commit suicide. Jenkins also denied that Hernandez was bisexual.

Dr. Phil interviewed Shayanna Jenkins, who talked about how she wants people to remember her fiancé, Aaron Hernandez.

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She told Dr. Phil that “everyone is entitled to their opinion,” but also said he was innocent and full of life. Jenkins added she hopes people can put all of this behind them so their daughter can have a future.

She’s very suspicious of Hernandez’s suicide.

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Jenkins said she spoke to Hernandez the night he died and he made no mention of having suicidal thoughts. Apparently, he was “very positive” and even told Jenkins and his daughter that he was excited about the possibility of coming home.

She claimed that the suicide note recovered at the scene was odd.

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She says she believes Hernandez would have addressed the letter and signed off on it differently. Jenkins noted that the handwriting on the note was very similar to Hernandez’s handwriting. She then implied that anyone who wanted to make it look like a suicide had plenty of time to make the handwriting on the note appear authentic.

She’s not sure what purpose, if any, Hernandez had for committing suicide.

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She said she won’t “speculate on what he was thinking or why he may or may not have done it.” When asked if perhaps Hernandez committed suicide so that Jenkins could gain access to the six million dollars contractually owed to Hernandez by the New England Patriots, she said “anything’s a possibility,” but she doesn’t personally believe he did it for the money.

Dr. Phil pressed her about rumors that Hernandez was gay (reports say he was bisexual).

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Jenkins denied it, saying “The Aaron that I know? No.” She also said that Hernandez flat out told her he wasn’t gay when she asked him about the rumors that she’d heard from his defense attorneys.

She also said she’s never heard of his alleged prison lover, Kyle Kennedy.

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She says that rumors of a third suicide note, allegedly left for Kyle Kennedy, were not true. According to Jenkins, there was a note for her, for their daughter and for Hernandez’s lawyers.

Finally, they talked about how Hernandez’s daughter said goodbye.

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Holding her daughter up to say her final goodbye, she touched his hand and put half of a locket in his pocket, and keeps the other half with her. Dr. Phil commended Jenkins on her parentage saying “It’s difficult for me to advise families with children about how to handle things with little ones that don’t have a full concept of death.”

Keep your eyes peeled as Dr. Phil will undoubtedly release more videos in the days to come, as he seems to be stretching out the release of these videos for dramatic effect. Which is understandable, since it involved the biggest and most curious NFL related murder trial since OJ.


READ: Judge Claims Aaron Hernandez Innocent For Previous Murder Conviction In Rarely Used Legal Principle


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Residente Is Going To Interview AOC Tonight On IG Live And People Are Intrigued

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Residente Is Going To Interview AOC Tonight On IG Live And People Are Intrigued

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Technology has a way of connecting all of us, especially in the times of self-isolation. One thing that has become increasingly popular is live video interviews on social media. Residente and AOC are now joining the trend with their own interview happening tonight, April 13 at 6 p.m. EST or 3 p.m. PST.

Residente is going to be interviewing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tonight.

This is not the first live interview Residente, also known as René Pérez Joglar, has done with political figures. Residente has interviewed both the Argentinian and Uruguayan presidents in a similar format. The interviews are usually about 30 to 45 minutes long and the singer asks the politician questions submitted by social media followers.

Followers are ready to hear from the New York congresswoman.

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“Tell her that she is an example for so many and she inspires us,” @Tamiicorrea tweeted. “What does she do when everything seems to be against her? When it seems like she won’t be able to get the change she needs because everyone who can is in control of everything? And even when those she defends attack her?”

The congresswoman has been celebrated for her willingness to fight for the progressive ideas that young voters want. The New York congresswoman is a vocal supporter of the Green New Deal and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A couple of people want to know about the response to the COVID-19 crisis for healthcare professionals.

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“Is there any legislation or is she thinking about creating any legislation that will provide psychological help to doctors and nurses who are in this new war?” tweeted @yduranri.

Doctors and nurses are in one of the fiercest battles in our lifetime. COVID-19 has taken over the world and the number of infections and deaths in the U.S. is the highest in the world. More than 2,000 people died in one day in the U.S., marking the highest single-day death toll recorded anywhere in the world. For some of these healthcare workers, the psychological toll this time can take on them could be devastating.

And, of course, Puerto Rico is a topic people want to know about.

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“As a Boricua living in the U.S., I want to know what does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez think about the status of Puerto Rico and what does she think about the future of the island?” @isabelmaria_gc tweeted.

Puerto Rico has been devastated with natural disasters and now they are dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. The Trump administration’s responses to Puerto Rico’s need for help has been criticized as callous and inhumane. As millions of Americans suffer in Puerto Rico, President Trump has been criticized by political pundits and advocates as not carrying about the well-being of the people who live on the Caribbean island.

READ: AOC Wants Coronavirus ‘Reparations’ For Minority Communities

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Jason Genao Of ‘On My Block’ Talks Growing Up On His Block And His Secret To Making Bomb Empanadas

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Jason Genao Of ‘On My Block’ Talks Growing Up On His Block And His Secret To Making Bomb Empanadas

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Netflix’s coming-of-age comedy “On My Block” has been steadily gaining an audience by the passionate word-of-mouth of fans, and a string of 🔥 GIFS on social media. 

Jason Genao, one of the show’s stars, won over audiences with his character Ruby Martinez’s witty one-liners, his depth of self-awareness, and his hilarious dance moves with co-star Jessica Marie Garcia over the first two seasons of the show. 

Now, if you haven’t seen “On My Block,” we will have a few spoilers ahead for seasons 1 and 2, now that season 3 is officially out.

Before season 3 started streaming, mitú spoke with Genao in an exclusive phone interview to see how he got the inspiration for some of the show’s most pivotal scenes amd how the fictional Los Angeles neighborhood of Freeridge compares to his hometown. Oh, and he shared his secret to making some delicious empanadas.

Genao’s character Ruby left us shook after the ending of season 1. 

A tweet Genao posted on his personal Twitter account before the airing of season 2 said, “Remember that time I had you guys thinking I was dead for a whole year. Ahh commitment.” That hit some fans in the feels—but Genao said he knew he had to keep the script’s enthusiasm going.

Oh, we see you Genao, he’s got a little of a 😈 mischievous side—sounds like someone we know on OMB?

“I think in the back of my head, I knew if I ruined it, season 2 wouldn’t be good. All the suspense was held in the majority of my character whether he was alive or not, [it was a] pivotal story arch. If that would have been ruined, there would not have been as much enthusiasm,” Genao said over the phone with mitú.

“I wanted to keep this suspense in the show as great as everyone else did. I lived off of reading everyone’s tweets—seeing them all suffer for the year,” Genao added.

When it comes to diving into his character of Ruby, he goes all in, especially when it came to handling Ruby’s PTSD following the events of the first season.

“I did my research online with what happens with people who have PTSD. My cousin was shot twice. For me that kind of hit—PTSD comes in the form of however you are as a person,” Genao said of how he was able to understand the effects of PTSD.

“I had to take Ruby as a 14-year-old innocent person, who lives where he lives but never thought it would affect him,” Genao said about the performance. 

Tapping into his own personal experiences was also a vital part of capturing the trauma Ruby went through after being shot at his crush’s Quinceañera party.

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“[I] take traumatic experiences and bring them to the forefront—bring real life emotions to the performance. As an actor that is a gift—you hold on to them because of the power they can bring to the scene. I take those things and hold on to them because I need them for my job,” Genao said. 

As layered as Ruby is when it comes to dealing with life’s trauma, he’s also a 14-year-old kid navigating the same exciting ‘firsts’ of teen life—first crush, first kiss, and the first time being a teen entrepreneur. 

Ruby is a character that has it together—he can do his taxes, he has binders for plans, he has choreographed Quince dances. 

Genao assures he was *not* that put-together as a teen growing up in his Dominican family.  

“I was a mess as a teen. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, I relied on her. I definitely was not super put-together as a teenager,” Genao said with a laugh.  

Since Genao seems to embody the characteristics of Ruby down to a button-down T (with polo shorts and a backpack), it might come as a surprise to fans that he actually first read for the role of Cesar Diaz.

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“I was sent Cesar and then an hour later [they] sent me the slides for Ruby. I was more intrigued in Ruby because he had so much to say. They said you have to perfect it, so I went into this study mode and I got it down,” he said about landing the role.

Hmmm…maybe Genao and Ruby share some characteristics after all. INSERT NERD FACE EMOJI 

When it comes to Genao’s hometown of Jersey City, there are some similarities to his character’s fictional home of Freeridge. 

“Me and my brothers, we all went to the same high school, there were a lot of gangs. I remember my brother bringing people with cuts and scars and blood and I was like ‘Jesus.’ As time progressed, it got better, I guess they gentrified my neighborhood,” Genao reminisced. 

Much like Freeridge, he said Jersey City also had its teens having fun despite the violence around them. 

“It always had a festival in the summer, and had a carnival. It was really freeing, my mom was never like we HAD to be careful. I was 11-years-old walking to friends’ houses,” he continued.

Growing up in Jersey City also helped Genao appreciate a sense of diversity not seen in every bedroom community across the country.

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“Jersey City was super free and so diverse. [When I see] issues like racism or hatred of a certain community [in other places], I was baffled, that wasn’t an issue in my community. It wasn’t until I left that I realized how harsh the rest of America was,” Genao had to say about seeing a lack of diversity in some communities.  

OMB’s success with both audiences and critics can help to change the narrative of diversity in places that might not experience it as much in daily life. 

The show is proof that now diversity is having a movement—not just a moment. 

“It garners more hope—not false hope—a secure hope. We are not just a diverse show, but a successful diverse show,” Genao proudly says. 

Off-camera, Genao likes to cook in his spare time and he does not come to play when it comes to making some B-O-M-B empanadas.

“Sazón Goya and mojo—don’t play with me. Me with my Sazón,” Genao chuckled as he recounted a story where he was browsing the aisles of a market in LA, trying desperately to find the secret ingredient to his empanadas.

Of course, los mercados came through when he needed it and he found his Goya packet at a Latino market. So what’s ahead when it comes to his projects on camera?

“There are lots of things I have my eyes on, you never know. There are things coming,” he cryptically said.

Looks like Genao’s fans will be patiently anticipating what’s to come on OMB season 4 and beyond. 

READ: Netflix Is Paying The ’13 Reasons Why Cast’ More Than The ‘On My Block’ Cast Of Color, Here’s Why That’s Caca

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