Sueñito

By: Gabriela Yareliz Keep the sueñito (little dream) alive. There has been a lot of backlash regarding In The Heights, with people mad at Lin-Manuel Miranda for the alleged “colorism” in the film, as many afro-latinos didn’t feel represented by the film. On the contrary, I want to point out that here we had aContinue reading “Sueñito”

The Jennifer Lopez Series

By: Gabriela Yareliz It was too much fun looking at the J.Lo songs that marked my childhood and tween years. I am proud of this self-made Puerto Rican powerhouse. Below are the posts of the songs we looked at from Lopez’s career. They are all here, for easy reading and tabs. “No Me Ames”: UnafraidContinue reading “The Jennifer Lopez Series”

Again

By: Gabriela Yareliz Today’s song (the last song in the J.Lo series), “Dance Again,” is a club jam. I am not including the actual music video simply because it’s very sexual and that young dancer she dated, Casper Smart, is in it. Bleh. Interestingly, Enrique Iglesias was one of the writers on this song. IContinue reading “Again”

The Standards

By: Gabriela Yareliz If we are looking at J.Lo’s direct messaging, we must look at “If You Had My Love.” The song is fun. It has a great beat, awesome choreography and a nice Latin twist in the middle. (She may not be the most vocally talented, but she always has unique signatures in herContinue reading “The Standards”

Gratis

By: Gabriela Yareliz In “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” we see a Jennifer who is telling us she prefers someone’s presence to the material gifts he can offer. She can buy her own stuff. In the beginning of the video, she receives a call from her partner where he says he can’t make it (again,Continue reading “Gratis”

I Know Where I Came From

By: Gabriela Yareliz Jennifer Lopez gave us good club music, like “Waiting for Tonight.” (WHO CAN FORGET THE GREEN LIGHTS IN THE MUSIC VIDEO?) A classic. But she has another side to her music that is all about honor. One of the keys we see in J.Lo’s music is she is proud of being PuertoContinue reading “I Know Where I Came From”

Cause I’m Real

By: Gabriela Yareliz This song really brings serious nostalgia with it. I was like 11, it was 2001, and I was living in Charleston, South Carolina. I was deep in a friendship/youth group that thrived off of pettiness, jealousy, watermelon lip gloss and gum (the good kind). Typical when you are a tween. This songContinue reading “Cause I’m Real”

Unafraid

By: Gabriela Yareliz Welcome to the Jennifer Lopez mini series. She has been in the spotlight lately after another relationship went south. (A-Rod was bad news). It all starts in 1999 for me, just after the Selena movie. 1999. Take me back. My first memory of Jennifer Lopez was her duet with Marc Anthony calledContinue reading “Unafraid”

The Beyoncé Series

By: Gabriela Yareliz Our Beyoncé series is up. I am putting the songs we looked at in each post here for easy access and tabs. “Crazy In Love“: Dangerously In Love (looking at Beyoncé’s debut album, Jay-Z’s presence since the beginning, and infatuation). “Irreplaceable“: You Must Not Know ‘Bout Me (looking at Beyoncé’s brand of feminism,Continue reading “The Beyoncé Series”

Raw and Real

By: Gabriela Yareliz Part I: I Almost Loved You Okay, so we are back for our last post in the Beyoncé series, looking at a mélange of songs by Beyoncé, starting with “Best Thing I Never Had.” A song that made it to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart according to Wiki. There isContinue reading “Raw and Real”