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#DraLo Goes to Prom

Drake and Jennifer Lopez are packing on the PDA all over social media for everyone to see. If anyone had doubts that these two are together, the winter wonderland prom-themed party they attended in Los Angeles definitely distilled that rumor.

While at the party these two were grinding up a storm all over the dance floor. Although they made time for fun, everyone at the event got a chance to hear some of the music the duo was collaborating on.

❤💕 @jlo #JenniferLopez #Drake #JLovers #DraLo

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The night included a few slow paced songs that they danced to after being crowned prom queen and king.

That dance ❤💕 @jlo #JenniferLopez #Drake #DraLo #JLovers

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Are you looking forward to hearing new music from Hollywood’s new it couple? More importantly, could this be the one for J. Lo. or is Drake just another fling?

Sound off below in the comment section.

Mayans MC Spinoff Begins Casting

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Photo provided by FX

The Mayans will ride again, but this time they will be the stars of their own series, which will begin casting in March 2017. The new show titled Mayans MC will follow the life of a new recruit to the Mayans motorcycle gang, which was featured on the show Sons of Anarchy.

The new show titled “Mayans MC,” will follow the life of a new recruit, EZ Reyes, who will be joining the motorcycle gang as he and other members are “at odds with the cartel and scrambling within their personal lives,” according to Backstage.com, a casting/talent notice website.

According to the website, the show will take place along the “California-Mexico border” and probably be set in Los Angeles.

If the show is anything like the series it is spinning off from it is sure to be hit for the premium cable channel FX. According to Variety.com, SOA was the network’s highest-rated drama.

The first episode will be penned by Elgin James, a former straightedge anti-neo-Nazi gang member from Boston who robbed drug dealers to give the money to charities, according to LATimes.com.

Series creator, Kurt Sutter, knew James was the perfect person to co-produce and help shepherd the show.

I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice…because I didn’t think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions…Elgin is that voice.”

The show will also begin shooting in March 2017.

Countdown to the 2017 Golden Globes

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Image: goldderby.com

Just over a week away from the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, everyone is hoping their favorites will win at least one Globe. But could the winners be predicted?

Meryl Streep is not only receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, but her chances of winning the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical are fairly high, compared to her Florence Foster Jenkins costar Hugh Grant in the Actor category. This is her 30th nomination and could be her ninth award. As for some of the other lovely and talented ladies with a nomination in film, the odds of Amy Adams and Natalie Portman contending for Best Performance by an Actress for their roles in Arrival and Jackie, respectively, are quite high. The cards also seem to be in the favor of these other motion picture nominees: Hell or High Water in Drama, Deadpool, 20th Century Women, and Sing Street in Comedy/Musical. As much as we may tell ourselves that most cartoons are for kids, viewers can’t help but to love Kubo and the Two Strings and Sing, both holding their lucky rabbit’s foot for the win of Best Animated Motion Picture.

New original shows streaming only for Netflix and Amazon Prime members are on the rise and the upcoming Golden Globes reflects that. Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, staring Gael Garcia Bernal (with a nomination of his own for Best Actor), just may come out on top as Best Musical/Comedy Television Series, possibly overshadowing its diverse competitors such as Atlanta on FX, Black-ish on ABC and Transparent, also on Amazon. Period pieces, and Netflix originals, Stranger Things and The Crown may fall short of NBC’s This Is Us. And as much as we love Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin, the winning hand may be dealt to Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical/Comedy Television Series.

Though these odds may not be 100% on point, if this election has taught us anything is that anyone can be a winner!

LIMANOL ADAMS: HOW K-POP INTRODUCED A DOMINICAN ARTIST

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Photo credit:
Edgar Pimentel

The path of an independent artist is the longest of roads. Especially when you are Dominican artist born outside the Capital and not a Bachata artist. But a car with an impressive look goes much further with a quality engine. For Limanol Adams, K-Pop is the energy source that feeds his creative talent and foundation that supports a debut that otherwise gets lost in the shuffle.

Coming from a culture that is seeing a resergence of an old classic sound, Bachata, as the dominant force in Latin music currently, it’s ironic that this small town man, through several visits to the states, would take his first step into a larger world embracing another music genre, K-Pop, the music wave from South Korea that is also spreading its wings quickly worldwide the last few years.

“That’s when the transfusion of culture started and my taste for music began to expand, it comprised not only my traditional sounds, but I opened up to new ways of art and music expressions.”

Limanol became both a fan and admirer of KPop, it’s music and by extension it’s culture through friends that shared a mutual love of the music The fusion inherent in that wave reflects the experimentation that Latin music has experienced as late. Making something new of something old.

“It was ‘Love at first sight.’ The way they combine the music, dance and fashionable style made me fall in love,” Adams explained, “When hanging out with my friends of this genre, we mostly enjoy singing when we are together. We are like a family.”

It has had a beneficial impact on Limanol as he has come all the way from the small province of Elias Pina to New York City to rub shoulders with figures in the entertainment field and Korean Idols. His music has certainly evolved as a result.

“My music has a lot of American Pop influences, and incorporates sounds based on my Latin roots. Electro vibes and Hip-Hop hooks brings energy and power to my sound, and I put some RnB to give it soul,” Limanol pointed out, “Definitely Kpop is a big part of my style, not only because of how fresh and passionate it is, but also how innovative it is.”

Limanol has been associated with the Born Star Training Center for a year honing his craft for his debut and including trainees in his live performances. Coming off a very successful New York Kpop World Christmas Party event that will be part of a upcoming documentary, attention is being paid.

“I’ve been practicing my singing and dance skills day and night as well as working on expanding my visualization as a musician,” Limanol explained.

As the star in Bethehem signaled the birth of the Messiah, Limanol Adams hopes that the season of giving will birth a career of similiar success. The Korean formula of star making is now available to Adams who is planning his EP Mini Album and he can’t ask for a more than this in his formative years. “I feel blessed for all the people, fans and friends that I’ve met through this year. I’m very excited to see what 2017 will bring: My EP Debut Mini Album, Videos, Gigs and more, so stay tuned and keep cheering me up”.

Grey’s Anatomy Star Possibly Returning to Hit Show

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Rumors have been swirling that Sara Ramirez, aka Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, might make a cameo on the hit show during the back half of season 13.

When we last saw Ramirez, her character left the show to pursue romance and medicine in New York with her young daughter in tow after agreeing to joint custody with her ex-wife, Arizona, played by Jessica Capshaw.

Unlike other characters that were on the show, Torres was neither killed off or completely written out, and Ramirez’s character still has strong ties to Grey’s Anatomy, which opens the doors to many possible cameo appearances.

On the show, her daughter Sofia is best friends with Zola Shepherd, Meredith Grey‘s daughter, and the shared custody agreement between Torres and Arizona leaves room for the both to interact in the future.

Also, when Ramirez left she simply stated that “she needed a break” after a decade, and unlike Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington, she has not burned any bridges with showrunner Shonda Rhimes, according to the producer.

I love the woman and I want to do everything for her. It all worked out in that sense.”

According to TV Line, there is a possible episode that will take place on an airplane and that is possibly where Callie Torres might pop up.

Grey’s Anatomy returns on Jan. 19 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

 

 

J. Lo. & Drake Making More Than Just Music

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It’s official. J. Lo. has finally moved on from her backup dancing beau, Casper Smart, for the self-proclaimed “Champagne Papi” himself, Drake.

While she had us there for a moment by kissing Marc Anthony at the Latin Grammys, that seems to have just been a kiss between friends and co-parents, but of course, his soon-to-be ex-wife Shannon De Lima didn’t think so.

Hours after J.Lo. and Drake made their relationship Instagram official, Marc Anthony filed officially filed for divorce.

Anthony might not be the only one sad to see Drake and “Jenny from the Bronx” attached at the hip. After the news broke of the musical collaboration-turned-romance, international pop star, Rihanna quickly unfollowed Lopez on the social media platform.

Earlier in the year Drake presented Rihanna the VMA Vanguard Award and declared his love for her.

Rihanna was one of Lopez’s closest friends in the music industry. Eight months ago, RiRi even gifted Lopez with a pair of navy Manolo Blahnik, shoes that can cost anywhere from $500 to $900.

@badgalriri Thank you soooomuch for these incredibly sick ass boots!! #Rihanna #manolos #loveher #thebaddest

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Rumors about Drake and Jennifer Lopez dating initially started flying when he attended her Las Vegas Residency twice two weeks ago, but things have certainly steamed up between the two since then.

Look who rolled up to my show tonight to say hi!! @champagnepapi #lovehim #jlovegas #ALLIHAVE

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Do you think that after J.Lo. gives Drake “all her love” that their relationship will last?

Sound off in the comment section.

 

 

#FourthHarmony Contract Up in the Air with Camila Exit

While Camila Cabello‘s exit from Fifth Harmony left many fans aghast and confused, especially with the social media back and forth with her ex-bandmembers, the fate of the remaining four singers as a girl group has been halted.

Before Cabello’s untimely departure, the five bandmates had the option to resign their individual contracts for Fifth Harmony after it expired on Dec. 18.

If all members of the band had returned the group would have had a guaranteed third recording deal on the table with Epic Records, but with half of the remaining songstresses that are left making music outside of what is being dubbed Fourth Harmony during their free time, the record label is beginning to wonder if it is worth renewing, according to Billboard.com.

The Cuban singer breaking out and leaving the group has been in the cards from the inception of the group. Although Cabello is most famous for being a part of the quintet, she initially tried out as a solo singer on the American version of X-Factorand once assigned the option to be in the group or hightail it she stayed in what was initially called 1432, until music legend, L. A. Reid suggested a name change for the band.

In a 2012 performance on the show, Demi Lovato is seen saying that Cabello “shined” the brightest out of the group while singing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Over a million in album sales later, Cabello, while still happy to be a part of the group did express concern over not pursuing her own individual musical tastes, which she described as similar to guitar wielding maestros “Ed Sheeran” and “John Mayer.”

Not only has Cabello mentioned her love for slower, more soulful songs a lá Zayn Malik from One Direction, but she has managed to rack up two hit songs outside the group as a co-lead with Shawn Mendes for “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and she worked with Machine Gun Kelly on “Bad Things.” She also received a songwriting credit on each single.

But where does this leave Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and Normani Kordei? Well, Kordei and Jauregui both let it slip that they had solo plans long before Cabello left the group, but neither had planned on permanently going it on their own anytime soon.

This leaves Ally Brooke, and Dinah Jane who was Cabello’s biggest supporter during a lot of the behind the scenes troubles, the most in the lurch if Fifth Harmony doesn’t become Fourth Harmony.

Instead of the four remaining singers wasting their time fighting with Cabello on social media as to whether she was kicked out or left the group, Jane and Brooke should be rallying Kordei and Jauregui to remain in the band in hopes to solidify at least one more album, because the clock is ticking and reps at Epic Records will need a reason to believe that the foursome can make harmonious music together.

 

JOHANNA TOLENTINO: SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO BUILD IT FOR THEM TO COME

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Photo credit:
Dave Cross

She was just a teenage actress when Morgan Freeman was wielding his bat in “Lean On Me” in the late 80’s. Today as a 40-something mother of two who runs her own production company, Johanna Tolentino has had to be the shoulder her career leans on while inspiring a new generation to believe that a helping hand can take you far.

Johanna enjoys the precious moments which collectively defined her years as a parent and actress. It wasn’t always so in the beginning. She is Afro-Puerto Rican and in the entertainment industry that means you get the junk roles. You either have to accept what comes or walk away as many do.

“I feel the challenges that I had to endure as a woman of color have impacted my life more so in strength and motivation to continue to go after my dreams.”

Impact. That’s what one wants to leave when taking on a role. Johanna took every role like it was her last. No role was too small or insignificant. They meant something to the woman who never took a forward step for granted. Every part she won was worthy of celebration.

“As an artist if all we do is sit and wait for the next gig/audition to come by, I feel you are wasting the gifts that were bestowed upon you,” Tolentino vehemently stated.

But the part that defined her career and announced in her soul that yes, this was the path she as meant to travel took place at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelpha. It was there was that she played Ginny in the play “Eliot a Soldier’s Fugue” by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

The pressure was increased as she realized she would play a character that was real and in addition would be viewed by the best friend and a family member of the real-life Ginny.

“I wanted to stay as genuine and truthful to Ginny,” Johanna recalled, “They both said my performance was spot on and they were very proud of the show.”

It was a personal moment that sustained her throughout the years in the entertainment desert. Fast forward to the present day and suddenly there is an appearance in the movie “Creed” and a credit as “Arlenis” in a show she was rejected for twice. As a follower of “Orange is the New Black” since its inception, Johanna could not help but be amused by the irony.

“When I got that call that I got the part, I felt like I had won a million dollars,” Johanna admitted, “It inspired me that no matter how many doors slammed in my face that I had to continue to pursue what I truly love to do and that is to be an actress.”

Photo credit: Dave Cross

Photo credit:
Dave Cross

It is that relentlessness and refusal to be patient that led Tolentino to craft her own key to the doors that remained closed. “Whatever It Takes” was born. This web series was Johanna’s triple effort as writer, producer and director that gave other actors unique opportunities to showoff their wares.

“Our chances are very slim of getting an opportunity especially for Latino or people of color in general in this industry,” Johanna explained.

To get an insight into Johanna one can get a glimpse through the eyes of the main character, Rosaly Rojo and her family. A semi-biography of sorts. “The difficult decisions we all have to make when we are caught between our family and career. It is loosely based on my life and my family.” These decisions reflect the long-term planning that went into the creation of the production company Joyas Media LLC. that exposed this show to the light of day.

Johanna sees this company as a chance to open doors for herself as creator and other talents to do what she has, build a body of work that gets you noticed in more than one field if one so desires. It doesn’t stop there as her current projects are in progress. “I am in a feature film called Patty Cakes directed by Geremy Jasper. A webseries titled “At Risk” on You Tube, written and directed by Courtney Allen.”

Playing a nurse in a single episode of the TV series “The Blacklist” rounded out a two-year run of mainstream success but still in the shadows of the stars. But Johanna is ok with this. She has her own standards she measures herself by.

The struggle is real and every defeat is a learning process. Such was the case for women in the United States with the recent presidential loss of Hilary Clinton. It was a setback that went deep into the psyche of many female citizens who believed that things could be different. But if this election proved anything, it was the need to push back when the status quo threatens to box you in.

“I gave up being a well behaved woman a long time ago. My voice will be heard in English and Spanish. I will demand to get what I need and deserve.”

But does this extend to Hollywood, where change is slow and rare. As long as actresses like Johanna continue to feel the passion or the churning butterflies, they will continue to pitch and repitch ideas until they are accepted. They will not be overlooked for a cheaper option because they have a family to feed.

Tolentino is a woman, Latina, a woman of color, and a damn good actress and even better producer. What does the future hold for her and those who follow? What needs to be done? “I see and appreciate more television shows targeted for Latinos,” Johanna shared, “The representation of Latinos on film and television still needs improvement.”

To ensure that Latinos on screen evolve from hard labor workers to doctors, engineers, teachers and business owners it will take Latinos to write those stories. Johanna intends to use her mighty pen to cit through the swords of censorship.

“I will continue to work diligently as a content creator and writer to bring more of our stories to fruition. I will do WHATEVER IT TAKES!”

CHiPs Gets a Facelift

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The classic 70s show, CHiPs, a police procedural following the lives of two California Highway Patrolmen will get an R-rated silver screen facelift next year.

Leading the new cast will be Michael Peña of Ant-Man (2014) and The Martian (2015) fame. Peña will take up the role of Frank “Ponch” Poncharello, the flirtatious and troublemaking motorcycle cop that was originally played by Erik Estrada.

The straight man to Peña’s Ponch will be Dax Shepard who starred in the television series Parenthood (2010-2015) and will be playing stick-in-the-mud Jon Baker.

Also in the film are Adam Rodriguez and Arturo del Puerto.

CHiPs will hit theaters March 24, 2017.

 

ALL-NEW FORD F-SERIES SUPER DUTY CUSTOMERS WANT HIGH-TECH FEATURES AND LUXURY

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  • Tradespeople, entrepreneurs and fleets across America value Ford trucks equipped with high levels of technology – driving total sales of 2017 F-Series Super Duty up 24 percent last month over November 2015; retail sales jump 33 percent
  • Most popular Super Duty trim levels are Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum – high-series trucks that include the most driver-assist features − accounting for 71 percent of retail sales
  • All-new Super Duty boasts 20 class-exclusive technologies including features that make towing, hitching and maneuvering easier – for increased productivity and driver confidence

 

Customers now expect more than superior capability from their trucks. They demand more technology to get the job done quicker and easier.

Here are the top five class-exclusive technologies that customers are choosing, never before available on Super Duty until now:

  1. Adaptive Steering – Technology makes backing a trailer into a parking area or navigating tight, low-speed maneuvers easier – reducing steering effort required by up to one-third
  2. Trailer Reverse Guidance – Feature enables drivers using their truck for towing to view trailers on Ford SYNC® screen and monitor trailer status on the road
  3. Adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation: Using the engine brake to smartly assist customers towing heavy trailers, system helps avoid accidents – boosting driver confidence
  4. BLIS with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow: Technology helps increase driver awareness of obstacles and traffic, especially in tight spaces and parking lots – leading to greater driver confidence
  5. Lane-keeping alert: Technology uses a camera mounted between windshield and rearview mirror to detect unintentional drifting of the truck outside the intended driving lane

Three months into its launch, the all-new 2017 Super Duty’s smart technology features drove total nameplate sales up 24 percent and retail sales up 33 percent for November.

Demand is especially strong for Crew Cab, 4×4 and 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel equipped Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trucks, which accounted for 71 percent of Super Duty retail sales.

Texas – home to Ford’s two largest truck regions – saw Super Duty sales rise 45 percent in Dallas and 38 percent in Houston. More than 81 percent of these sales include Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum series trucks, with demand for 4×4 and Crew Cab configurations outpacing the rest of the country by 97 percent.

The technology features in the new F-Series trucks, in particular the all-new 2017 Super Duty, are generating even greater interest,” said Chaz Gilmore, managing partner, Grapevine Ford Lincoln, near Dallas. “This truck is bringing a lot of new buyers out of competitive brands and into the Ford family. Ford really knocked it out of the park with this truck’s performance, options and technology offerings.

The all-new Super Duty beats the competition on virtually every metric, with 925 lb.-ft. of torque, a 7,630-pound payload and 32,500 pounds of gooseneck towing capacity – but its 20 class-exclusive technologies really up the ante. High-series trucks equipped with such exclusive features as adaptive steering, Trailer Reverse Guidance, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow are what customers really want.

Technology innovation is proving to be a differentiator,” said John Rieger, Ford Super Duty consumer marketing manager. “Our 20 class-exclusive, driver-assist technologies help increase productivity and boost driver confidence − especially when serving Super Duty’s primary mission of towing long, heavy trailers.

With its first major redesign since being introduced in 1999, the all-new 2017 Super Duty takes heavy-duty pickups to the next level in toughness, smartness and capability.

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