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How Shakira and JLO Sent Messages of Diversity at Super Bowl

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By Stephanie Elmir

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira did an amazing job at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, but audiences are split on their very powerful messages of diversity and Latinidad. It's no secret that America is living under a racist regime with President Donald Trump doing his best to alienate every minority group.

However, Shakira and Lopez did their best to remind audiences at home and at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium that the Latinx community isn't going anywhere, nor will it stand down to injustice.

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Children in Cages

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One of the defining moments of the show was when Lopez's daughter Emme started singing with a choir of children in white spirals. Those light fixtures represented the 'cages' or fences in which immigrant children from Latin American countries are kept in after entering the US.

Truth is, that could be anyone's child, what parent wouldn't cross the border so their child would not only have better opportunities but a safe environment to live in. Unfortunately, these children continue to suffer in these centers.

Born In The USA

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While Shakira played drums in the background (wow, by the way), Emme and Lopez sang a line from "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen. Lopez also sported a giant American flag.

The US started out with immigrants, and people who are born in the US but discriminated against for their heritages, cultures, or race are tired of overcompensating. Lopez, raised in the Bronx among a prominent Puerto Rican community, made a statement for all Latinx-Americans to bask in their rich backgrounds.

J Balvin and Bad Bunny

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J Balvin and Bad Bunny are young, new Spanish trap artists on the scene, both representing similar versions of Latinidad to Shakira's or Lopez's. J Balvin is a Colombian born artist that immigrated to the US as a teenager and learned Spanish in Oklahoma and New York City.

Bad Bunny is Puerto Rican and gained popularity on his SoundCloud while bagging groceries on the island. When signed, he immigrated to the US to begin his pioneering of the Spanish trap scene.

Waka Waka

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"Waka Waka" was the big number performed by Shakira and Lopez. The song itself was Shakira's FIFA World Cup song in 2010 which appreciated the host country of South Africa. It's a song meant to bring joy and a message of peace between nations as they play a unified sport.

America could use a little "Waka Waka" action at this point. Moreover, the number brought on many brown and black bodies onstage in a nationally televised platform, giving excellent representation.

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