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Jenny from the Block is starting to act more like Jenny from the Bourgeoisie these days. Though we know the Bronx-born Latina is hardly “on the six (train)” anymore, it seems she still hasn’t quite got what it takes to demand a private plane just to do a show. That’s the demand that reportedly got the singer/dancer/actress booted from a huge gig recently.
As the Huffington Post tells it:
The singer and actress was in the running for the opening ceremonies of India’s Premier League cricket tournament, an event the New York Post says comes with a viewing audience of 60 million people.
The massive opportunity, however, seems to have evaporated when organizers received Lopez’ rider. Among the big asks that reportedly came through manager Benny Medina: a private plane and a host of hotel rooms for her cadre of stylists and handlers.
Among those handlers were a number of assistants and even a personal chef, and according to one of the NY Post‘s sources, the audacity of that demand turned officials at the Pepsi IPL all the way off.
“The demands made on behalf of Jennifer were outrageous. She effectively priced herself out of the event. It was an idiotic move because the audience for this event is huge. It’s like the Super Bowl halftime show. Last year it drew 56 million viewers.”
Jenny’s rep is denying that these demands are what caused the singer-dancer to back out, claiming she was simply “busy,” but this isn’t exactly the first time we’ve heard J Lo is getting a little too big for her britches. According to the Post, “In 2001 she arrived for a BBC interview with a 90-person entourage and ordered nine dressing rooms for the group.” And remember when Wendy Williams said Jennifer doesn’t allow anyone else to go into a public bathroom with her at the same time? Sounds like she could’ve jumped on a “Diva” remix with Beyonce and been dead serious about that line “I’m a diva best, believe her.”
In this case, one Latino’s loss is another’s gain, as Pitbull has been chosen to take J. Lo’s place. In response to this news, Huff Po hilariously stated, “it’s hard to know if J.Lo or cricket fans are more deserving of your pity,” but I say congrats to Pitbull. Who ever thought he’d become so big globally? J Lo might wanna take a lesson. These aren’t exactly her Selena Bidi Bidi Bom Bom days.
Hey loves! Time for the weekend wrap-up…just a few things we didn’t get to tell you about during the week that you might find entertaining. I’m always chitchatting away on Twitter (@DrennaB) so…enjoy!
It has been a good while since we’ve seen singer Jean Baylor, one half of the epic ’90s duo Zhané (pronounced Jah-Nay). The group, once known for their short hair and big voices, brought us such hits as “Hey Mr. D.J.,” “Sending My Love” and “Groove Thang.” The duo came together after Baylor and Renee Neufville met at Temple University while they were separately trying to get their starts in the business:
“Our introduction into the business came through Jazzy Jeff, as he was just starting Touch of Jazz. Someone introduced us to Jeff and we did a few recordings, and eventually sang on Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s remake of the 80’s hit “Ring My Bell,” featured alongside their hit single, “Summertime,” she says. When Renee and I were in college, we used to perform at talent shows, campus events and weddings, pretty much wherever we were asked. The funny thing is, we were not yet a group, we just enjoyed singing together and on each other’s songs that we wrote. One day at Jeff’s studio, we met Benny Medina and he suggested we become a group, and so we did.”
But that was then. Nowadays, Baylor is still making good music, but doing so as a solo artist and with a larger group called Free Day (which her husband, drummer Marcus Baylor, helped form). She’s now gearing up for her first solo holiday album called Light Up the World, which she says will offer non-traditional Christmas jams that anybody and everybody can relate to. And she’ll also have a feature on the disc alongside R&B singer Eric Roberson.
“There are also songs that represent an expression of worship and celebration unto God. I just hope I get to do some Christmas shows so I can perform them live!”
As we await her holiday album, we thought we’d offer you the chance to get to learn a little something extra about one of our favorite singers. Check it.
My greatest love lesson is…
- Love God first. He puts everything else in place.
My best trait is…
- My winning personality!
My worst trait is…
- My terrible personality. (kidding)
My favorite four albums of all time are…
- *All things Anita Baker
- *All things CeCe Winans
- *All things Carmen McCrae
- *All things Stevie Wonder
If I could live anywhere in the world…
- Australia would be nice…
My happiest time was…
- My childhood
If I could only wear one designer’s clothes for the rest of my life, it would be…
- Besides the dollar store? Burberry.
Inspiration comes from…
- Everything around me
My favorite book is…
- God Chasers, by author Tommy Tenney
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