When Jennifer Lopez was graduating high school, Drake was born. But that sure didn’t seem to stop them from snuggling up on a couch and being prom dates at a themed party this holiday season. And while the Internet may have lost it because of the generational gap between the two, the beauty of artists dating is that their crafts reveal who they are and what they want. After doing some intensive research, it seems like the evidence for #DraLo’s authenticity would definitely hold up in court because minus the adult-sized age gap, Drizzy Drake and Jenny from the Block are a match made in the 6.*
Neither Nuyorican J. Lo nor Canadian Drake are your cookie cutter Americans, and they rep their differences almost every chance they get. The fact that they’re both from their own versions of the 6 is just a bonus.
“On the 6” :: J.Lo *(J.Lo’s 6 is a train in New York)
“Views from the 6” :: Drake *(Drake’s 6 is the beginning of Toronto’s area code)
“I know where I came from (South Side Bronx!)” :: "Jenny From the Block" - J.Lo
“Just glad to see my city on the map” :: "Wu-Tang Forever" - Drake
On Being Real…
One of the most convincing arguments for "DraLo" is each of their preoccupations about how real they are and checking those who aren’t.
“I’m real, what you get is what you see” :: "I’m Real" - J. Lo
“My only wish is I die real” :: "Take Care" - Drake
“Don’t forget to stay real, for me it’s like breathing” :: "Jenny From The Block" - J.Lo
“I got fake people showing fake love to me” :: "Fake Love" - Drake
Okay fine, these aren’t song lyrics, but both J.Lo and Drake were actors before they hit it big in the music industry. Lopez played Selena Quintanilla in Selena, and Drake played Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi.
Jennifer Lopez has released songs and albums in Spanish due to her Puerto Rican heritage, but some might be surprised to learn that Mr. Do Right And Kill Everything recorded a song with bachata singer Romeo Santos called Odio. Fun Fact: He references Romeo again in another song. He likes Latinas.
“Odio ese hombre porque está a tu lado” (I hate that man because he’s by your side)
“Spanish girls love me like I’m Aventura” :: "The Motto," 2011
J. Lo has money so she doesn’t expect her men to spoil her, which is good because Drake only seems to spoil his women so he can talk about how he spoils them… Not cool, Aubrey.
“Even if you were broke, my love don’t cost a thing” :: "My Love Don’t Cost a Thing" - J. Lo
“I keep buying s---, just make sure you keep track of it all” :: "Energy" - Drake
“Getting money on your own” :: "Girls" - J. Lo
“Making monsters out of the women I sponsor” :: "Marvin’s Room" - Drake
On Men and Women…
J. Lo loves men. Drake loves women. Need I say more?
“I put it down for a brother like you” :: "I Luh Ya Papi" - J.Lo
“I better find your love and I better find your heart" :: "Find Your Love" - Drake
“I’ll be running home right back to you” :: "Everybody’s Girl" - J.Lo
“I still got it for ya” :: "Still Got It" - Drake
“Would you mind if I took the time to get to know you” :: "Loving You" - J.Lo
Before Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez was the natural booty queen, and Drake sings about derrieres more than your average thirty-year old.
“What you got a big booty” :: "Booty" - J.Lo
“Stomach on flat flat, a-- on what’s that” :: "For Free" - Drake
“Pick your booty up and drop it on the floor” :: "On the Floor" - J.Lo
“Girl you look good why don’t you back that a-- up” :: "Practice" - Drake
So, there you have it. They’re basically the same person. So many important issues, so many similar opinions. J. Lo’s last boyfriend is 29, so he was younger anyways. In the words of Drake himself, “F you and your time difference.” #YOLO
Olivia Granaiola is a first-year Telecommunication major with a passion for entertainment and sports. In addition to being a reporter for PopMedia TV, she is a writer for HerCampus, a WUFT Sports in 60 reporter, and an NPR anchor on WUFT-FM 89.1.
WINTER HAS COME, fellow Gators, and we all know how hard it is to stay nice and warm in The Swamp. Not to worry though! We made a list of the best Starbucks drinks you should be sipping on this chilly season.
First on the list is the Peppermint Mocha. Studies have found that peppermint stimulates brain function and helps retain memory. Sip on this drink on the way to class to get that extra boost of brain power, energy, and warmth!
2. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Up next is everyone’s favorite holiday drink: a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Substitute the normal espresso shot for a Ristretto shot, which is a bit stronger than espresso and free of charge! It’s just what every struggling college student needs. I’ll have three, please.
3. Oreo Frappuccino
We all know winter in Florida is more like a S’winter (that is, half summer half winter). On the not so chilly days, try this sweet and icy secret menu favorite. You can create the Oreo Frap by ordering a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with java chips blended in, topped with mocha syrup and cookie crumbles. It may be a cold drink, but come on, what’s winter without cookies?
4. Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew
This one is my personal favorite. Starbucks’ new Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew is so strong it is guaranteed to wake up those tired brain cells, and the added dash of spice will surely make the cold walks in between classes a little less brutal.
5. Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato
Last but certainly not least, a Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato is top 5 on my list. This drink is the epitome of winter, and you can get it by simply asking for pumpkin spice syrup instead of vanilla. Top it with pumpkin spice topping and you've got yourself a new and improved version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but shhh, don’t tell your friends about it.
Kaylin Bailey is a first-year Telecommunication and Political Science major with a passion for entertainment and politics. Kaylin is both a reporter and writer for PopMedia TV.
Empire, the hit FOX TV show, has garnered many viewers and fans since the show’s premiere on January 7, 2015. The show follows an elite family led by Lucious Lyon, who owns a wealthy record company called Empire. His sons, Jamal and Hakeem, are artists signed to Empire. His eldest son, Andre, runs the financial aspects of the company. Their mom, Cookie Lyon, helped create Empire and spent most of her children’s lives in jail because of it. Empire has caused a lot of buzz in the entertainment world and is currently one of FOX’s highest rated programs. Here’s a list of reasons why you should be tuned in to Empire every Wednesday night.
1. The soundtrack is hot
Can I just say how perfect Jussie Smollett’s (Jamal) voice is?!
Yazz’s (Hakeem) raps are also as amazing.
2. Their lineup of guest appearances
Their guest appearances include Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Becky G, Jennifer Hudson, and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few!
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They also have a lot of great collaborations
3. They discuss issues affecting the Black community today.
Gay acceptance in the Black community:
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4. The cast isn’t all too bad looking either.
Taraji P. Henson:
Yazz (Bryshere Gray):
5. Family is a very important element of the show.
Cookie will do anything and everything to protect her family...
...While Lucious will do anything and everything to protect “his” company.
6. There are a lot of juicy conflicts.
Like the one between “Boo Boo Kitty” (Anika Calhoun played by Grace Gealy) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P Henson)
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And who can forget the beatdown that Cookie gave to Hakeem?!
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7. The show is equally as heartfelt as it can be funny or serious.
Cookie deeply cares for her children, despite her relationship status with Lucious.
The Lyon brothers always have each other’s back, even when they’re competing to rule the Empire.
Watch Empire on FOX Wednesday nights at 9/8c!
Cady Casellas is a third year Telecommunication major with a passion for entertainment. She will continue to report for PopMedia TV in the Spring.
By Olivia Granaiola
Courtesy: Hollywood News Source
The harsh reality of Donald Glover’s dramedy brainchild expertly encapsulates the ever-closing gap between reckless youth and the right time to grow up, which is probably the reason for its explosive success.
Whether you’re familiar with his rap persona (Childish Gambino) or you know him as an actor, the name Donald Glover has become synonymous with the modern entertainment industry. Though I am a huge fan of Glover, I was skeptical about Atlanta. Sure, he graduated from NYU with a degree in dramatic writing, but besides some credits for 30 Rock straight out of college plus his stand-up, the 33 year old has done little to establish himself as a writer. And a series on FX can go one of two ways- smash hit (AHS, Nip-Tuck) or complete travesty. A ten-o’clock time slot on a Tuesday night didn’t seem promising, but I gave it a whirl, thinking, “Eh, I can just turn it off if I don’t like it and live in the era of Camp forever.”
But Atlanta is no Camp. If Camp is becoming prom queen, Atlanta is missing graduation. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s revolutionary. When you turn on the TV, you expect to be entranced into a pixelated utopia where even “big problems” become minor in the grand scheme of things because everything gets resolved by the end of the episode. Though Atlanta does have some glimmers of hope, it is essentially a never-ending series of roadblocks for relatable characters played by unknown actors. The unfamiliarity of these actors allows viewers to see the characters as real people, or even scarier – versions of themselves.
Enter Earn (Glover). A Princeton dropout who can’t afford a nice dinner, yet reeks of superiority. He has a daughter but refuses to commit to her mother, whose teaching job supports the three of them. Earn is the typical bright kid who blames the world for his lackluster adult future. Whenever he finds an opportunity to make money, he takes it. Whether it’s off of his estranged cousin with a new record deal, a lady who mistakes him as an old lover, or an out-of-element and slightly bourgeois “Juneteenth” party, Earn is always on the come-up but has trouble finding real success.
Complete with a crony to do most of his heavy lifting, Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) is the smooth-talking guy whose immense street smarts are both a blessing and a curse. He cites rapping as “not real, just the only way,” but he personifies the better-than-you, untrusting, and ready-to-kill rapper that blares through radio speakers. He keeps his stoner friend Darius on his payroll because he’ll do anything but expresses doubt about letting Earn be his manager. Having received notoriety after a viral release, Paper Boi’s fame is only cemented after he kills someone. He feels bad when it reaches the kids in the ghetto but not so much that he won’t “blow a stack” to one-up a pro football player at the club.
Probably the dark horse of the entire series is Earn’s baby mama/best friend/caretaker, but never girlfriend, Van (Zazie Beetz). Van is always torn between the two paths of true love and independence. Like most girls, Van strives to be a Beyonce song: an alpha female and blasé about boys. But even though she means well, she is ultimately Earn’s doormat. The scowls on her face do not erase the fact that she drives across town to pick him up, the dead-end dates she goes on do not stop her from being upset after dreaming that he kissed another woman, and her baby daughter seems like an excuse to justify not kicking him out of her apartment. In an episode dedicated to Van, she shows viewers that she is a hard shell with a fluffy interior. When her WAG frenemy Jayde takes her out to dinner to “catch up”, Van quickly realizes the snarky undertones, but doesn’t act on them until Jayde’s sugar daddy brings a friend for Van, who promptly walks out of the restaurant. Though it seems like Van had won a point for the Beyonce façade, she quickly loses it once Jayde follows her out and convinces her to smoke weed the day before a drug test. She gains it back once she distills her daughter’s urine to pass, but loses it again after admitting to her employer that she smoked, gets fired, and then texts Paper Boi asking for an eighth. Van is the one who everyone roots for but seems to have the loosest hold on life than any of the three main characters.
The main characters on Atlanta live out the lives of Generation Y. So close, but not close enough describes every situation these three are in. Right when they stand up, life knocks them back down. They’re coming of age at an age where they already should have come. Atlanta is unlike Modern Family, where “serious” is a fight between Haley and her boyfriend. It is unlike Empire, where death is commonplace. What makes Atlanta one of the best shows on television right now is the fact that it’s a show, but it doesn’t have to be. Glover’s lack of writing experience is probably the best thing that could’ve happened to TV. Instead of watching another show about adults living a quaint life until the city hits them, viewers experience a fiction similar to their reality. And let’s face it, in this world, self-interest is the key to success. Cheers to the end of a stellar first season.
Olivia Granaiola is a first-year Telecommunication major with a passion for entertainment and sports. She will be reporting for ESPN Gainesville 95.3 FM in the spring and will continue to be a reporter for PopMedia.