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1 main + 1 subcategory – A Valedictorian Wasn’t Allowed To Give A Speech Because He’s Gay, So J.Lo Came To His Hometown To Bring His Noise

J.Lo has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and she’s not slowing down any time soon. Just last week, the Puerto Rican superstar took the time to lend her support to 18-year-old gay-identified Nat Werth. She heard that Werth was silenced from speaking on his experience as a gay teenager and denied his right to give a valedictorian speech. Lopez was shocked.

Werth worked hard to graduate from Sheboygan Lutheran High School at the very top of his class. While he didn’t give the speech he was entitled to, his courage has certainly sparked several opportunities to empower the LGBTQ+ community since then.

J.Lo is on her #ItsMyPartyTour, and, apparently, everyone is welcome.

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She invited Werth to the Milwaukee concert and arranged to meet with him backstage. She wanted to make sure that he felt some support for being out, open, and courageous enough to share in a vulnerable place.

The fact that Werth even wanted to open up about a painful, personal experience to an audience that is likely unreceptive is courageous.

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Werth decided to take the staged opportunity to talk about his experience of being gay at the Christian school and to offer his understanding of the Biblical passages that are often used by homophobes to condemn homosexuality. 

The school refused to let him give the speech.

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He let them know that he was willing to cut the parts they didn’t like, knowing it was a controversial move on his part, but one worth taking. The school ultimately told him that, given his “track record,” they couldn’t trust him to stick to the script. Let us remind you his track record landed him a valedictorian title.

The salutatorian gave the speech instead, but Werth was honored with an even bigger stage.

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PrideFest Milwaukee honored him with its 2019 Valor Award and gave him an opportunity to finally deliver that speech. He started by telling the crowd, “I came out to my family on my 18th birthday. I knew that being forced out of my home was a very real possibility. I knew that my parents did not approve of gay people but I also knew they needed to know the truth in order to overcome their prejudice.”

“At church, I was taught that there was something wrong with me and that I had to change in order for God to accept me,” he told a [now, sobbing] crowd.

“I took it upon myself to examine the six passages in the Bible that talk about homosexuality. It quickly became clear that God, in fact, does not hate gay people,” he announced to a round of applause. Werth laughed off an “Amen,” in response. 

Werth is also meeting with the Department of Public Instruction to correct Lutheran High’s discrimination towards its LGBT students.

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Since the time of Werth’s graduation and his speech at PrideFest, he’s been getting to work on some policy changes. He informed the crowd that, “the Wisconsin School Choice Program allocates vouchers to students who qualify for financial aid in private institutions. Sheboygan Lutheran participates in this program. It is important to know that School Choice requires participating schools to follow certain guidelines, which include nondiscrimination, the option to take religion classes and the opportunity for students to speak with the board of directors if they would like, all of which Lutheran does not do.”

“No child should be taught by their school that they have to hate themselves to love themselves,” Werth concluded.

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We know that J.Lo–a GLAAD Vanguard Award recipient, is in absolute agreement. Werth had to endure his own school teaching him that the essence of what allows him to love is wrong. The “Free Mom Hugs” signs at Pride make us all weep, but seeing this mami taking the time to give this wronged young man a hug is breaking our hearts into a million pieces and glueing it all back together. ❤️

J.Lo also made sure to tweet out her support for both Werth, and the entire gay community.

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J.Lo is “always standing with” Werth, and what a beautiful way to graduate high school. Werth himself said that meeting J.Lo was “absolutely an amazing experience he will never forget,” Today anchor Carson Daly reported.

READ: Receiving High Praise, J.Lo Uses Gender Neutral Pronouns To Describe Her Sister’s Second Child

Old brid.tv video format – Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

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Old brid.tv video format – Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

Director Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers is the unexpected critical darling of the Toronto International Film Festival. And it’s generating Oscar buzz for Jennifer Lopez who produced and stars in the film. It also marks the first time in a long time, if ever, there has been a film written, directed, starring, produced, and edited by women and women of color with this much fanfare from audiences and critics alike.

To play the lead of Ramona, Lopez had to learn how to pole dance in just 6 weeks. While she is an incredible dancer, Lopez admitted she underestimated how difficult learning the new form of dance would be when she appeared on Good Morning America this week.

J Lo dishes on what Cardi B told her about pole dancing.

Jennifer Lopez appeared on Good Morning America to talk about her Oscar buzz and her new stint as a pole dancer. 

“When I spoke to Cardi B about being in the movie, I told her, ‘I’m learning how to pole dance and it’s really hard,” J. Lo said. “She was like ‘I know, I’m really good at… It took me years to master it.'” 

A crash course in pole dancing. 

Lopez shared a video of behind the scenes footage of her at practice. The 50-year-old singer, dancer, and actress said it was one of the hardest things she had ever done physically. 

“My core was on fire and I literally had bruises all over my legs — just trying to learn this in a short amount of time,” J. Lo she explained on GMA. “You never know until you walk into somebody else’s shoes what it’s really like. It was very acrobatic, it’s like Cirque du Soleil.”

Hustlers is getting rave reviews.

The film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews praising the film and particularly Lopez’s performance. Hustlers is based on New York Magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores.” The movie is about a group of strippers who embezzle money from stock traders and entrepreneurs who patronize their strip club. The film takes place during the late-2000s financial crisis. 

Lopez says while the film is a fun, heist movie there is more to it than that. Critics are saying it is a commentary on capitalism, money, and is a subversion of female stereotypes.

“It’s a movie that makes you think, it goes deeper than maybe you think it does,” she said on GMA.

The film which costars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Cardi B, Usher, Lizzo and Madeline Brewer, had women at the helm of all aspects. 

“This movie was produced by women, written and directed by women, edited by women and has a cast of all women,” J. Lo said to the audience’s applause. 

Critics want Jennifer Lopez to win an Oscar. 

“With all the Oscars buzz for @JLO in #hustlers here’s an unbelievable statistic. No Latina actress has won the Oscar for best actress. Only four have been nominated (Fernanda Montenegro — at the 71st Oscars — followed by Salma Hayek, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yalitza Aparicio),” pointed out Ramin Setoodeh of Variety. 

The Daily Beast wrote an article called “J. Lo Should Be an Oscar Contender for Hustlers,” writing, “From Lopez, it’s the kind of dynamo movie star performance that gets rarer and rarer, where a character so perfectly fits how we view a performer but still upends every expectation.” 

“If there’s any justice, Jennifer Lopez will receive her first Oscar nomination for channeling the ringleader Ramona as Erin Brockovich by way of Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike,” Variety said

Many feel an Academy Award for Lopez is long overdue, but she still feels like an underdog in the race. As Setoodeh pointed out a Latinx has never won an Oscar for best actress and only four have even been nominated. 

Jennifer Lopez would love an Oscar too. 

After hearing about the potential Oscar buzz while attending TIFF, Lopez admitted she didn’t want anyone to jinx her. 

“Please! Don’t jinx it! Do me a favor…” Lopez told Variety.  “We’re so proud to be in that conversation. I’m so proud of what Lorene has done. I think she deserves to be in that conversation too. It’s nice. It’s nice. You work hard for so many years. It’s nice when they say, we think you did good.” 

In 2013, E! asked whether Lopez even wanted an Oscar. The singer and actress responded, “I think everybody that has ever taken acting seriously would love to be recognized in that way.” We love an honest queen. Hustlers opens nationwide in theaters on September 13, 2019.

Fierce – Things Between Natti Natasha And Rob Kardashian Are Heating Up

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Fierce – Things Between Natti Natasha And Rob Kardashian Are Heating Up

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In the game of love, it’s all about who DMs first. Now if you’re a baller, or at least trying to come off as one, you put your feelings out there in the open. No need to slip into the DMs, a simple tweet will do. At least that’s how it is for some people on Twitter.

On June 4, what we thought was some mindless flirting by two public figures is turning out to be a lot more than we anticipated.

It looks like Rob Kardashian’s tweet to singer Natti Natasha worked.

That shameless gawk tweet that he tweeted at the Dominican artist in which he basically put it all out there actually got a response from her, even though fans were clearly trying to prevent that from happening.

On Sunday, Natti wished the only male Kardashian a Happy Father’s Day and implied that she knows him a lot better than any of us assumed.

“I know.”

????

Really, Natti?

We’re not doubting his parenting skills at all, but we are doubting this unabashedly understanding between these two people. Are they really that tight?

But wait, the convo got way more heated.

Kardashian then tweeted, “see u soon.”

We’re about to start cursing in Spanish.

People on social media tried to stop these two from starting anything last week, and now it’s intervention time.

People are begging at this point.

Run, Natti, run!

There’s no running away on social media, only blocking.

Some are seriously entertained by what’s going on.

We are too, to be honest.

Listen to reason.

Where will this relationship go?

To be fair, Rob may be a cool guy. He may be the best boyfriend ever. But the Kardashians just don’t have the best track record when it comes to relationships.

Now big sis Khloe is getting involved.

Khloe, if you don’t know who Natti is please leave the room.

Dear Natti, if you’re looking for a hookup and more exposure in the tabloids then, by all means, keep doing you. You are playing this one right. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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