Before Jennifer Lopez became a judge on American Idol…
Before Jennifer Lopez recorded her first platinum-selling album…
Before she was “J.Lo” to millions of fans…
She was just Jennifer, a Puerto Rican girl from the mean streets of the Bronx, New York, who dreamed big. This well-documented biography tells how Jennifer Lopez started out as a dancer, then an actor, then a recording star through her ambition and hard work. “If I could describe myself in a few words,”
Jennifer told Newsweek
magazine, “STRONG would be one of them. I know what I want, and I’m willing to go after it.”
Jennifer went after her dream, dropping out of Baruch College in New York City to devote her time to becoming a dance floor diva. Jennifer’s talent and work ethic earned her spots in music videos, such as “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson. Later J. Lo danced as a “Fly Girl” on the hit television comedy show In Living Color
The book drags a bit in the earlier chapters, devoting less time to J.Lo to discuss the industry politics of the TV and films in which she appeared. But the pace picks up again in Chapter 6 when Jennifer Lopez lands the starring role in the movie Selena
about a popular Tejano recording artist who was tragically shot by her former fan club president (see link below). This ground-breaking film was made with a Latin writer-director, a Latin actress, and an all-Latin cast and crew. When Jennifer recreated Selena’s live performance from the Houston Livestock and Rodeo show, she got such a rush from the enthusiastic fans that Jennifer decided to start her own music career. “I felt a lot of love from that crowd…I was a little overwhelmed.”
– Jennifer Lopez, about Selena movie
Beyonce, Queen Latifah, and other musical artists (see links below), parlayed successful recording careers into acting ones. J. Lo did the opposite - she moved from acting to singing. Her debut album On the 6
flew off the record shelves, but it was panned by the critics. Unfortunately Jennifer was also developing a reputation for being a diva Latina who was difficult to work with and unpredictable at interviews. Jennifer’s romantic life has also been the subject of much controversy, from her marriage to childhood sweetheart Ojani Noa to her affair with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs to her brief marriage to Cris Judd to her engagement to actor Ben Affleck to her current marriage to Marc Anthony.
All drama aside, one thing is clear: Jennifer knows what she wants and is willing to work hard to reach her dream. Now in her role as wife and mother, it looks like she has done just that.