Celebs are keeping busy this week, from Mariah Carey, Kevin Bacon and Kelly Ripa appearing on Heroes of New York. Mariah Carey and more stars will come together to celebrate New York City's resiliency in times of need on iHeartRadio's 'Heroes of New York'
Al Pacino, Tina Fey and Eli Manning will join a star-studded lineup to celebrate the selfless acts of New Yorkers.
Robin Hood and iHeartRadio announced a collaboration Thursday to present “Heroes of New York,” which will air Dec. 1 on television and radio stations in New York. The one-hour show will share inspirational stories of generosity from individuals and organizations.
The show will feature musical performances from Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and Andra Day. Carey will perform a medley, Bennett will sing “Smile” and Day will perform “Silent Night.”
Other special guests include Jon Stewart, Kevin Bacon, Mariano Rivera, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest and Tracy Morgan.
In May, the New York-based poverty fighting organization, Robin Hood, and iHeartMedia held the “Rise Up New York!” telethon. The event raised $115 million toward supporting New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the Instagram account for the upcoming Netflix drama Selena: The Series, which gives fans a closer look at the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, posted a special video of Lopez expressing her excitement for the new series.
"Guys, I don't know if you've heard about this new Selena series on Netflix," Lopez, who portrayed Quintanilla-Pérez in the 1997 film, began the clip. "Playing Selena was kind of a landmark moment in my career. And I was so excited when I saw the trailer and heard about it."
Lopez, 51, said she believes the two-part series will be a "great way for this generation to get to know Selena."
"I love Selena, she was such a big part of my life and my career," she continued. "And I can't wait to see it!"
Netflix made sure to honor Lopez for her iconic portrayal of Quintanilla-Pérez, captioning the video, "We love you, @jlo 👑."
Last month, Netflix dropped the first official trailer for Selena: The Series, in which The Walking Dead's Christian Serratos portrays the late Grammy-winning artist.
In the trailer, Quintanilla-Pérez discovers the power of her voice as she navigates life, fame, and love — all while becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time.
"If you stand around and wait for what you want, you're going to be waiting your whole life," her father, played by Ricardo Chavira, tells her. "You have to go and get it."
The show, set to premiere in December, will be split into two parts with part one featuring six hour-long episodes. The cast also includes Gabriel Chavarria, Noemí Gonzalez and Seidy López.
Selena: The Series is the latest account of the legendary superstar's life and eventual death in 1995. She was murdered in a motel in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, by Yolanda Saldívar, her fan club's president.
The Quintanilla family worked with creator and executive producer Moisés Zamora to develop the series.
"Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice," the logline reads. "The two-part coming-of-age drama Selena: The Series explores the once-in-a-generation performer's journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena's meteoric rise to fame."
Part one of Selena: The Series hits Netflix on Dec. 4.
Wayne has apparently been a fan of Jay-Z’s for a long time and even credits the rapper for influencing his career. In a recent conversation with Lil Baby, Wayne reveals which Jay-Z album influenced his music the most.
Wayne sat down for a chat with Lil Baby as part of Rolling Stone‘s Musicians On Musicians interview series. Throughout the conversation, Wayne opens up about some of his musical influences and named Hov’s fourth studio album as his biggest inspiration:
“Jay-Z, Life And Times Of Shawn Carter, plain and simple. It was the first album where I actually [bought] the car that the rapper was talking about. That was my album. […] Also, Jay talked so crazy. He went bananas on that album. I got lyrics from the album tattooed on me and sh*t. I have songs that are remakes of spinoffs of songs from that album.”
Lil Wayne is a rapper's rapper, one who understands the importance of proper craftsmanship -- it's part of the reason why he remains such a viable "best rapper alive" contender to this day. In reality, Weezy's impressive skillset is the direct result of decades of experience, the culmination of a journey that originally began in his teenage years. During an interview with Lil Baby for Rolling Stone's Musicians On Musicians series, Weezy actually opened up about some of the albums that shaped him into the emcee he is today.
The third volume of Jay-Z's iconic series, Life & Times boasts classic cuts like "Big Pimpin," "Dope Man," "Watch Me," "So Ghetto" and more. Originally released in December of 1999, Lil Wayne would have been around seventeen years old upon its release. At that point, he had recently dropped his own debut album The Block Is Hot, not to mention various works with the Hot Boys and the Big Tymers. It's interesting to hear that the Jigga Man's Vol 3 had such a profound impact on a young Weezy, making their eventual collaborations like "Hello Brooklyn" and the stacked "Swagga Like Us" all the more historic.
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