Jennifer Lopez And Latino Culture

Jennifer Lopez does it all (you be the judge of how well). The actress / singer / dancer / designer / marraige machine is always everywhere. The Washington Post has an analysis on Jennifer Lopez and her affect on Latino culture.

It’s because Lopez is a figure who straddles an amazing number of Latino fault lines, areas of often-vehement disagreement about what is and isn’t Latino.

The price of ambition? Check. The importance — or not — of being identified as Hispanic? Check. Of speaking Spanish? Check. Of a bodacious booty? Check. Dating white? Check. Dating black? Check. The politics of going blond? Check. And so on.

“People argue passionately about her,” says Michelle Herrera Mulligan, co-editor of the essay collection “Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting.” “She’s a lightning rod, a catalyst and representative for everything.”

Is she the face of a changing Latino culture? Discuss.

Jenny’s Image On the Block [WP]