Y’all know I love me some J.Lo. Not enough to actively listen to her music or follow her career, but I appreciate her in a more abstract sense. She’s gorgeous, has somewhat tacky taste at times and just seems pretty legit (even if she is a major bitch – which, now that I think of it, kinda makes her even more excellent).
Anyhow, Jenny from the Block was given the Vanguard Award for her work on some show called The Fosters, which apparently helps further LGBT rights, at the GLAAD Awards on Saturday. Rita Moreno presented the award, and during her acceptance speech, Jennifer revealed that she actually has a lesbian aunt who has greatly influenced her life.
The global superstar said she listened to her “heart” and “gut” over her head when making the choice to produce The Fosters. “I’ve always felt tremendous love for the LGBT community and the LGBT community has always supported me and returned that love,” she gushed. “That was one reason I wanted to produce this.” The other? “Was my Aunt Marisa,” Lopez said.
“Tia Marisa was my cool aunt,” the 44-year-old singer shared. “She was my mom’s older sister. I lived in the Bronx and she lived in Manhattan. Like worlds away. And she wanted to be an actress and I always wanted to be like her.”
“Marisa [was] gay in a time [when] life could be very difficult, and that her struggles were mostly kept to herself,” Lopez revealed. “It wasn’t until I got older that I really got to know and appreciate the difficulties that she dealt with and the struggles of her community.”
The NYC native added, “I also realized the lessons I’ve learned from my family about love, tolerance, and acceptance. We loved her… So I wanted to do this because I thought that she would be so proud of me. I thought about that a lot when I was doing this and as I do it now. I think, ‘She would love this.’”
“El amore el el amore,” the Spanish-speaking beauty continued. “The world is changing and that’s because love is stronger than hate. It’s been proven many times tonight.”
Supported by boyfriend Casper Smart, 27, at the event, Lopez concluded, “Love is love and that’s what I tell my children everyday. It’s what we have to make everyone understand so that the world can be a better, safer, more diverse, more inclusive and more loving place and we are on our way.”
Love it! And nice to see an artist who does owe a large part of her career to the gay community really appreciating them and connecting with them. This was so endearing!
April 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Jennifer
Jennifer Lopez has her 10th album coming out, and with it, a video for her single “I Luh Ya Papi” that features scantily clad dudes. The video opens with up with Ms. Lopez and back-up dancers in a meeting about what the video will look like (it’s very meta) and one of the dancers points out that if JLO were a dude, the video would be her in a mansion and on a yacht surrounded by half-dressed women. So they decide to flip the gender roles and have JLO in a mansion and on a yacht surrounded by half-dressed men.
MTV is calling it the “‘Blurred Lines’ for women.” What do you guys think?
March 15, 2014 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
I love Jennifer Lopez and think she’s pretty flawless, generally speaking, even if she is a raging ghetto biatch. In fact, I think that’s one of the main reasons I love her. However, there are just some things I cannot abide, and her new single, ‘I Luh Ya Papi’ (yes, I’m typing that correctly), is one of them.
Sure, we’ve heard ‘Girls’ and ‘Same Girl’ (real creative titles there, JLo), but those were just promotional releases. THIS is the song she is allowing to represent her as the first single from her upcoming album, which will be released later this year.
In addition to the horrendous title, the lyrics don’t fare much better. JLo sings about how she loves her man so much, she’ll give it to him right there in the car. Now there’s romance! On the other hand, she does insist that her man engages her mind before her body – but once he gets to her body, he will need “4 or 5 beds” because what she’s got to offer is that good. I just… LOL. Okay.
That being said, it’s REALLY catchy from the second listen on. God help me.
March 6, 2014 at 5:30 am by Jennifer
I’m not really sure to make of ‘Adrenalina’, the new single by Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Wisin. I’ll admit my ignorance in saying that I’ve never heard of Wisin, but given that this song is done entirely in Spanish, I’m assuming he’s a big hit in the Latino music world.
The song isn’t all that bad, really. There’s nothing special about it, and sort of makes me feel like I should be clubbing in Mexico City or something, even though I’ve never been clubbing (seriously – no interest) and I’ve also never been to Mexico City. Basically, I’m entirely out of my element here, though I do speak Spanish, so I guess that’s something.
I’m sure JLo’s fans will be happy to see her singing in Spanish again (and looking hot, to boot), and Ricky Martin fans (he has those, right?) will be happy to see him doing anything at all. I kid!
The biggest problem is the close dancing with Ricky and Jennifer. Just make that shit stop IMMEDIATELY.
March 4, 2014 at 6:44 am by Jennifer
Jennifer Lopez is headed to scripted television! The American Idol judge has been tapped to star in a brand new cop drama from NBC.
Shades of Blue has been given a straight-to-series order, to include 13 episodes, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The show will star Lopez as “Harlee McCord,” a detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Oh, and she also happens to be a single mother.
Ryan Seacrest will executive produce the series [...].
Of course Seacrest is going to produce. He and JLO are SO BFF. And Seacrest will never turn down the opportunity to make more of that sweet TV money.
Can we be real though? Does this show sound even vaguely interesting? To be it sounds like it’s all been done before and I don’t know if NBC can handle Lopez’s ego.
Will you be watching?
February 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Oh, man. So Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez met back in 1991 while auditioning as Fly Girls on In Living Color, and apparently things went downhill between them pretty quickly. Want to know the details? Sure, Rosie has all of them in her new book, Handbook For an Unpredictable Life. Apparently Rosie, who was a choreographer at the time, says she convinced the show’s creator Keenan Ivory Wayans to hire Jennifer even though he didn’t want to – so long as she promised to lose 20 lbs and cut her hair. Apparently he thought she was “corny and chubby”.
That’s not so hard to believe, I suppose (this is Hollywood, we’re talking about), but Rosie says that when Jennifer got the job, she completely changed her personality and went “ghetto biatch” on everyone, creating a rift that’s lasted until the present day between the two women.
Here’s some of the scoop from The New York Post:
“All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage,” Perez writes. Lopez, now 44, shrugged it off, saying the other girls were just “jealous.”
But Lopez dropped her “sweet-girl act” and “went off” on Perez like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest!” writes Perez.
“You pick on me, me and only me, every f–king day! Every f–king day! I work my ass off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like sh-t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it,” Lopez roared.
J.Lo left the show after two seasons but didn’t drop her beef — Perez says she made “disparaging comments” about her after hitting it big in Hollywood.
“I was blindsided,” writes Perez. “I’d thought we were cool. I called her up. She wouldn’t pick up. Frustrated, I left her an irate message on her answering machine. Instead of calling me back and hashing it out like friends do, she went on a major talk show and reiterated my lashing,” Perez writes.
Apparently they ran into each other at a club sometime after and Jennifer acted like nothing had ever happened, but Rosie had to “kill her” with her “biting tongue”, though she didn’t elaborate on what in all that entailed.
I dunno, I’m kind of torn here. Whether or not any of what Rosie’s saying here is true, what’s the point? You’re bringing up a feud that’s nearly 25 years old and doing the same thing that you were slamming Jennifer for – discussing shit in public. The cattiness is just ridiculous – and yes, if Jennifer’s behaviour was true, I think that’s just as bad. Hollywood is hard, especially for women. Especially for women of colour. Let’s not make shit worse.