J-Lo Donates $1 Million To Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

The Associated Press reports:

Jennifer Lopez has pledged $1 million toward hurricane relief efforts in her family’s native Puerto Rico. Lopez announced during a news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday that she would give money from her ongoing Las Vegas residency to various charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Lopez says she’s also enlisting the help of her boyfriend, former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony. The 48-year-old Lopez was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. She says she still has family on the island that she has yet hear from.

More from Music News:

Ricky Martin has donated $100,000 (£74,000) to a crowdfunding campaign he launched to benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico.

The Category 4 storm’s winds of up to 175 miles per hour decimated the Caribbean island last week (ends22Sep17), and the Livin’ La Vida Loca singer has now launched a YouCaring fundraising campaign to help those piecing their lives back together following the hurricane. The initiative has helped to raise $300,000 so far.

“Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in its history, and the island desperately needs us,” Martin says. “Hurricane Maria left devastating damage and affected hundreds of thousands – that’s why I decided to create this fundraiser to help provide basic needs and rebuild all that was lost.

  • Sam_Handwich

    at least someone’s trying to do the president’s job..

    https://twitter.com/MittRomney/status/912378064524464130

    • Todd20036

      Gee, thanks Mittens. Stupid git.

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    • The_Wretched

      Call your republican friends Mitt – you know the ones who are foot dragging the aid.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      Well, somebody has to do it. The SCPOTUS sure as hell isn’t going to.

    • TrueWords

      I think what JLo is doing is awesome…

      I just find it curious and shameful that her 1 million dollars is equal to what Facebook is offering…

  • Tawreos

    I guess it is easier to act when you don’t need to pick a fight with sportsball players first

  • pj

    whats happening in PR and the virgin islands is shameful. its going to be new orleans all over again.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Looks like it will be worse

      • Todd20036

        New Orleans sprung back because the business districts were mostly unscathed.

      • bkmn

        PR’s agriculture industry is in complete disarray, every crop for the year is gone.

    • Kruhn

      I can attest. My brother is in Puerto Rico and I haven’t heard from him. It’s bad!

      • John30013

        {{{Hugs}}}, Kruhn. I hope you hear from your brother soon and that he’s safe and well.

  • Todd20036

    That’s 1/2 of what FEMA did, and JLo isn’t a governmental department

    • UrsusArctos

      And she will ACTUALLY write the check.

  • TimCA

    Luv ya JLo!

  • Publius

    One of the basic, most undeniable and generally accepted functions of government is to keep its citizens safe and alive. Our government is no longer capable or willing to fulfill this task. We all need to take a pause and recognize the possibility that this experiment has failed and our system of government as we know it is no longer sustainable, with or without the current leadership.

    EDIT: Read this. A good solution IMO. https://newrepublic.com/article/140948/bluexit-blue-states-exit-trump-red-america

    • The_Wretched

      Careful. Steve Bannon wants to replace the current FEDGOV with a christian theocracy.

      The correct course of action is to remove and replace the politicians who are responsible for the current dysfunction – like Mitch McConnel. the next thing to do is reinstate extremely high marginal tax rates on the highest bracket. That limits runaway wealth and concentration of power in hands like the Koch bros.

      This one is a troll folks who is preparing the way for the dominionists.

      • james1200

        Steve Bannon wants a South Africa-style Apartheid state, violent, segregated and chaotic. I honestly believe chaos is his ultimate goal: he’s just one of those people that wants to watch shit burn. And he’s willing to align himself with whomever in order to make that happen, including the Dominionist loons.

        • Publius

          A reworking of our system could look something like this: https://newrepublic.com/article/140948/bluexit-blue-states-exit-trump-red-america

          It’s quite long, but definitely worth the read.

          Edit: COULD look, not would look.

          • james1200

            Thanks! Will read on my way home. NR has become worth reading since the election (and “Shattered Glass” is still one of my favorite movies ever.)

          • Publius

            Haven’t seen it. Put it on my Amazon Prime watchlist! 🙂

          • james1200

            You won’t regret it. Hayden Christensen can actually act and his performance, and the movie, are fascinating.

      • Publius

        People with whom you disagree are not necessarily trolls. Our discourse suffers with attitudes like these. The divisiveness in this country that each of us here recognizes and is one of the biggest problems of our time, is enabled and exacerbated by peddling these excuses for why dialogue isn’t even possible with some people.

        • The_Wretched

          Tell that to me when you’re not normalizing the destruction of the US.

          • Publius

            Okay, I’m telling you that I’m not normalizing the destruction of the United States. See the article I posted above.

            It’s not dominionism to suggest that we have some major problems in this country, problems that needlessly persist, and problems which shouldn’t be problems in a modern country.

            I know we’ve had some blistering disagreements, but mischaracterizing who I am and what my opinions are really isn’t helpful.

          • The_Wretched

            ” we know it is no longer sustainable.”

            that line is straight out of Bannon’s manifesto.

          • Publius

            I don’t read Steve Bannon, and I didn’t even know he had a manifesto. Just read the article, it’s good stuff. The author feels the same way, and I don’t think it’s Steven Bannon.

          • The_Wretched

            I’ll also note that you had to mischaracterize me to claim that I mischaracterized you. I started with you need to be careful with your calls to abolish the FEDGOV as agents such as Steve Bannon, dominionist want to use such opportunities.

          • Publius

            You called me a troll in your original response. That’s a first shot, and that’s what I responded to.

            I like to debate, and mischaracterizing opposing opinions doesn’t do me any favors; it doesn’t make me any sharper. If I do it, then I shouldn’t, and if I did it to you, then I apologize.

    • Nowhereman

      So we should go with a nice oligarchy like your country? Buh bye Boris.

      • Publius

        Washington state isn’t an oligarchy. It’s run quite nicely actually. Governor Inslee (D) is very responsive to his constituents. Our biggest problem is divided government; a legislature that doesn’t fully fund K-12.

    • UrsusArctos

      OK. I followed this thread and read the article. Would you please add a link to it in the FIRST post. Most of the squabbling down thread seems to come from assumptions made based on your statement, which is related to the article but doesn’t express where that article goes. On my first reading of your comment It was easy to go off on a tangent. I’m not 100% in agreement with the thesis put forth in that article, but there are points brought up that definitely need talking about.

      • Publius

        I’m not sure I’m following about a link, sorry.

        Yeah, I guess I was just firing off some unorganized thoughts that have been on my mind. I ended up not-so-shamelessly plugging the New Republic article I posted, as sort of where I was going with what we should/could do with our current system.

        Not to preach to the choir, but there are obviously a lot of problems this country is experiencing. I’m just suggesting we’re so far gone that something needs to change fundamentally. We just don’t care enough about our fellow citizens anymore to want to even justify helping one another. I don’t think our founders really realized how divisive our country could become.

        • UrsusArctos

          There wasn’t a link to the article in your first post, it was way down thread. I figured having it in the initial post might short circuit some squawking.

          • Publius

            Ahh. Done, and good point/could see why things could get confusing.

        • UrsusArctos

          Unfortunately the founders knew EXACTLY how rancorous things could get. They tried the Articles of Confederation and watched the “go it alone, almost” way fail. What we have is a great compromise that has been almost killed by lack of compromise a couple of times. I see MANY similarities to the era of the “Know Nothings” (1850s) leading into the Civil War. You have 2 sides with deeply different economic interests and cultural norms. The linked article was helpful to put those issues in a modern context. While slavery (and the HUGE financial interests tied to it) isn’t present, worsening economic disruption and racism is fueling a lot of our current problems.

          • Publius

            I don’t disagree with your thoughts on the Articles, but I would add that my understanding of why the Articles failed has largely to do with the lack of centralized, federal power to enforce a national will. Our current constitution provides for a tremendously powerful federal government, only now I think that among our biggest problems it is doesn’t use its power for all the good it was intended to do, e.g. help its citizens in natural disasters, despite having the full power to do so.

            Of course, it’s not really a problem with structural/legal deficiencies, but rather the human aspect of all of it: a president and members of Congress who couldn’t give two shits about half of the country, and who use the power of the federal government to prioritize assistance to their own bases. Our system of government has never been self-executing; the constitution can only work when it’s used properly.

            But you’re probably right. I’m not giving enough credit to the obvious fact that the original colonies and our early country were incredibly divided and diverse. We’ve used the system we have to overcome problems in the past, like the era you cited, and I hope we can do it again. I just fear this time things are different; we essentially continue to rehash old arguments we thought we addressed.

          • UrsusArctos

            As Mr Faulkner wrote “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

  • Daveed_WOW

    This would explain why the President is attacking minorities. So he doesn’t have to help minorities. Fiend.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    “Tell he to shut up and just sing and shake her ass!” Said all the Trumpsters.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Hey honey are you looking forward to Thursday night?

  • Ernest Endevor

    Good for her. Good for them.

  • Chris Gardner

    Journalists on CNN, MSNBC, and other networks need to step in and start reporting on the suffering there in PR. If we don’t intercede soon, people will start dying. Thousands of Americans will start dying (not that their citizenry should matter.)

    PR has more American living on the island than many other states. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75467924ffd5ab37375a39fcbc93d1fd7d90eef64f5746c0f31a1dfb0fcc4284.png

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      And the GOP gets 28 right wing lunatic Senators out of that group while California has triple the population and only gets two.

    • Kruhn

      Rachel Maddow has been beating the drum hard on Puerto Rico since Day 1. She’s had the Secretary of State (PR’s Lieutenant Governor) almost Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    • Jukesgrrl

      The MSNBC morning shows have had news about Puerto Rico in their A-block since the hurricane hit. I’ve seen films of the devastation every day and Hayes, Maddow, O’Donnell and Williams also cover the story regularly at night. Perhaps the major networks could do more but MSNBC is certainly covering the issue vigorously.

  • bkmn

    WH staffers said they expect to submit a recovery bill for PR in the FIRST OR SECOND WEEK OF OCT. They don’t give one damn

  • another_steve

    Puerto Ricans aren’t lily white people.

    Trump and his base hate them.

    • Ninja0980

      Same with the U.S. Virgin Islands.
      Who wants to help out a bunch of black folks?

    • Ken M

      He also lost, by a large % to Hillary. Oh, more nasty votes that probably disappeared.

  • Joe in PA

    Any word on The Donald’s $$million promised to Hurricane Harvey relief?

    Bwahahahah. #FatChance

  • FelineMama

    Hey, that reminds me. Doofus in Chief said he’d “Donate” personal $$ for Irma victims. Hadn’t heard anything more about this. Hmm oversight maybe. Yup . I know, donnie, you are so modest & humble you didn’t want to say anything more about your generosity. And you wouldn’t want leaks coming from the wh about same. We understand. You have BIGGER fish to fry (NFL).
    Now, if y’alls will excuse me, I have some major vomiting to do!!!!

    • FelineMama

      I stand corrected. It was Harvey. Getting my hurricanes mixed up. Stil, rest of my comment applies!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT? I can’t even tell anymore.

    4th Paragraph in particular 🙂

    https://twitter.com/jeffpearlman/status/911968915173007360

    • Mike__in_Houston

      Well, it’s nice to know that The Screaming Cheeto read this letter, took it to heart, and hasn’t engaged in such behaviors since then. /s

    • RemusL

      And I believe John F. Bassett was Canadian.

      • prixator

        Yup. He died at age 47 less than 2 years after writing that letter. He had 2 brain tumours.

        The Bassetts are a very prominent family in Canada, especially in the Toronto area.

    • John30013

      “Kindest personal regards”.

  • Ken M

    http://i.imgur.com/xtP2u.png A few “51 Star” options

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Ooooh… I like the middle one a lot. Reminds me of 60’s posters for some reason.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    When they go low
    We go Jaylo

  • The_Wretched

    Good to see Como making some noise too.

  • TimCA
  • justme

    and where is the American Govt???
    Supplies should have already been on the way!!!

  • boobert

    Those “mean” liberals are stepping up to help, but nothing from the doe tard !

  • josephsinger

    Did I miss Donnie’s announcement about aid to Puerto Rico or didn’t ha have enough time to do anything other than tweet about NFL teams not standing?

  • Hank

    The population of Puerto Rico is approximately as large as WY, VT, AK, ND and SD COMBINED!!!

    As American citizens, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands need FEDERAL help ASAP!!!

  • It’s easy to make fun of our celebrity driven news but here we are. If J-Lo weren’t talking about Puerto Rico, would it be a news story? Good on her.

  • JCF

    God only knows Drumpf ain’t doin’ nada

    • FelineMama

      But, but, I just read over at Tengrain a comment by Drumph saying “we’ve been working very very hard (yes, 2 verys) on P.R.” Maybe he misread that for “NFL”. P.R. – NFL. ( He’s dyslexic I think.) That’s all I been hearing coming from Tweeter Man. Oh, and I think His god does know this for what it’s worth.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Cuomo for President.

    Love and adore Jennifer!

    And Ricky Martin could raise a million dollars in just days if he put his sweet ass up for $10,000 a poke.

    Sorry for the last comment but that is just me being me.

  • M Jackson

    Where is trump’s million dollar donation now? Does anyone know of a tracking number on that delivery?

    • FelineMama

      It got “lost” along the way. With his tax returns, I believe.

  • Jukesgrrl

    I’ve never been a fan but blessings on her and her family for stepping up. She and ARod previously gave a generous donation to mainland US hurricane victims. I hope she hears from her loved ones soon.

  • fuzzybits

    Go on Ms. Lopez!