Lele Pons Opens Up About Her Struggle with OCD & More in New YouTube Series, “The Secret Life of Lele Pons”

Lele Pons is getting up close and personal with her more than 40 million social media followers.

The 23-year-old Venezuelan internet celebrity, YouTuber, actress, singer, model and host has released her new YouTube series The Secret Life of Lele Pons, where she reveals her lifelong struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other mental health conditions.

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“It’s very personal and it took a while for me to actually to be super open because at first I was embarrassed about it,” Pons tells Billboard. “But over the time, I’ve learned to be strong.”

Launched in partnership with YouTube in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the five-part series documents Pons’ journey from childhood to present day, her therapy sessions, and how living with OCD has impacted her career as an influencer and musician.

“I’m kind of nervous about it, you know,” says Pons of launching the show. “It’s very personal and it took a while for me to actually to be super open because at first I was embarrassed about it. But over the time, I’ve learned to be strong. Now, I’m ready to let people in my life. This is my little secret and I’m basically telling them, ‘Here’s my secret, now take care of it.’ It’s the first time I show the world my vulnerable side. I owe it to my fans because they’ve been vulnerable with me.”

The Secret Life of Lele Pons airs a new episode every Tuesday on her YouTube channel.

Maluma Gives Architectural Digest a Look Inside His Colombian Countryside Home

Malumais opening his doors to his lavish home…

The 26-year-old Colombian singer, who’ll make his big screen debut opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming romantic comedy Marry Me, has given Architectural Digest (AD) a video tour of his modern yet cozy house in the countryside near his hometown of Medellín.

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Maluma calls his home his “sanctuary.”S

“It feels amazing to be here and enjoy my house,” Maluma says of his art-filled home, which he has owned for three years and has decorated in a palette of browns and whites. “I needed this time in my life to enjoy and see all of the things that I have been building for a long time.” 

He explains that he always dreamed of owning a place with an indoor-outdoor feel, and this one certainly delivers. 

The main living space features high ceilings and glass walls (not to mention a sleek floating staircase situated above a tranquil water feature), with lush green foliage visible from all angles. 

The centerpiece—surrounded by a white piano, a KAWS sculpture, and horse artwork—is a unique round seating area sunken into the light hardwood floor with a sculptural fire pit in the center. 

“I love sitting down [here] with my family,” says Maluma. A simple pile of fluffy rugs and pillows provides another sitting area, where he says games of Unoand Jengaoften take place.

There’s a Scandinavian influence to the kitchen, which has all-white handleless cabinets. And although he has a chef quarantining with him, Maluma insists on making his morning coffee himself, sipping it on his deck each morning from one of his multiple mugs with various family members’ pictures on them. 

If the main floor shows off his eye for design, the lower level of the home reflects Maluma’s fun side. It seems to have everything one could ever need to stay entertained during quarantine, including a full gym, a movie theater, a blackjack table, and a Ping-Pong table that he says sees a lot of use. From this game room, comprising a framed collection of soccer jerseys, one can access the backyard, where there’s a large pool with a sleek ivory-colored pool deck, a hot tub, and a meat smoker for barbecues.

Even though everyone is eager to see the pandemic come to an end, Maluma concludes the tour with a message for fans in both Spanish and English: “I hope you guys stay at home…it’s cool to stay at home.”

Jessica Alba to Star in the Disney+ Docuseries “Parenting Without Borders”

Jessica Alba is breaking out her passport for her latest project.

Disney+ has greenlit the documentary series Parenting Without Borders (working title) starring and executive produced by the 38-year-old half-Mexican American actress, according to Deadline.com.

Jessica Alba

Slated to be filmed in sevearl international locations, Parenting Without Bordersis described as Anthony BourdainParts Unknownfor parenting. 

The travel show will follow Alba, an actress, producer, entrepreneur and mother of three, as she immerses herself with families around the world, exploring the parenting beliefs and practices shaping families today.

Kathryn O’Kane, who was a producer on the Netflix cooking documentary series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, will serve as director and showrunner of Parenting Without Borders.

Like Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Parenting Without Bordersis based on a book of the same name.

The 2013 Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Usby Christine Gross-Loh, Ph.D, reveals the surprising ways in which culture shapes parenting in countries like Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy, and more, and offers research-based insight into what strategies are best for children and why.

Alba stars in and executive produces alongside Gabrielle Union the Spectrum original series L.A.’s Finest.The Honest Company, which she co-founded, is a leading maker of baby products used by parents.

Cardi B Lands Three Songs on Michelle Obama’s 2020 Workout Playlist

Cardi Bhas made an extra special (play)list…

Michelle Obama is hoping to inspire people to exercise more in the new year by sharing her 2020 workout playlist, and the 27-year-old half-Dominican American singer is her go-to gal.

The former first lady, a dedicated health advocate, shared some of her favorite tunes to listen to while hitting the gym. 

The 35-song playlist includes three tracks from Cardi B. Along with her single “Press,” Cardi B’s collaborations with Bruno Mars (“Finesse”) and Ed SheeranCamila Cabello(“South of the Border”) get Obama’s blood pumping.

Bruno Mars has a second song, “Perm,” on Obama’s playlist.

Jennifer Lopez gives Obama’s playlist a little old school magic with her “Feelin’ So Good Remix,” featuring Fat JoeBig Pun.

And when it comes to her post-workout cool down, Obama turns to Miguel and Alicia Keys’ “Show Me Love,” among others.

Jennifer Lopez to Take Part in Oprah Winfrey’s Wellness Arena Tour

Jennifer Lopez is ready to help put your life in focus…

Oprah Winfrey is going on tour, and she’s bringing a rock-star lineup with her, including the 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar, former first lady Michelle Obama and Grammy– and Oscar-winner Lady Gaga.

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Live Nationannounced that Winfrey’s wellness arena tour with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) — dubbed “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” — will also include guest appearances by Dwayne JohnsonAmy SchumerTina FeyTracee Ellis Rossand Kate Hudson.

On the tour, Winfrey will hold one-on-one conversations with the superstars, first with Gaga on January 4, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The nine-city tour will also visit St. Paul, Minnesota (Fey); Charlotte, North Carolina (Schumer); Atlanta (Johnson); Brooklyn, New York (Obama); Dallas (Ellis Ross); San Francisco (Hudson); and Los Angeles (Lopez). Winfrey will wrap the tour on March 7 in Denver with BFF Gayle King.

In addition to the celebrity interviews, each full-day wellness event will include Winfrey discussing her own wellness journey; a dance exercise from choreographer Julianne Hough; talks from inspirational guest speakers; a pre-show dance party; a WW-customized box lunch; and interactive concourse activations.

Jhené Aiko Releases Six-Minute Sound Meditation “Trigger Protection Mantra”

Jhené Aiko has found your trigger point…

The part Spanish & Dominican American singer-songwriter has released “Trigger Protection Mantra,” a six-minute sound meditation. 

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OnInstagram, Aiko explained that the song is best heard through headphones for maximum benefit. The video is accompanied with calming, kaleidoscopic imagery.

“Calm down, calm down, calm down, eventually,” she muses throughout the tune, as she plays alchemy crystal singing bowls “in the key of A (third eye), E (solar plexus) and C (root chakra).”

“The E note will help in oversensitivity to criticism, will support in releasing the need to control, and support the boosting of self esteem,” she further explained. “Note of A will support release of nightmares and learning difficulties and strengthen high intuition and charisma. Note of high C connects to the cosmos, to the quantum field in the vibrational frequency of love. Super powerful notes, voicings and Alchemies.”

Aiko understands the need to take a step back and relax, as she’s been working on a follow-up to her 2017 album Trip, which will consist of all freestyles.

Amanda Nunes Bares All for ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue”

Amanda Nunesis celebrating her right to bare arms… and more.

The 31-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist andUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star is one of the featured athletes in this year’s edition of ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue, in which the world’s top athletes shed their clothes and pose for photographs that help celebrate the athletic form.

Amanda Nunes

Nunes, the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, was selected to be one of the cover stars for the ninth-annual edition, which will also be ESPN The Magazine’s last print version of The Body Issue.

Amanda Nunes

“Everything that I wanted to do, I did it. Now I enjoy this moment because I work hard for these moments,” says Nunes of her successful MMA career. “Now I really can look in the mirror and say, ‘We did it. I did it.’”

Amanda Nunes

In July, she was named “Female Fighter of the Year” at the World MMA Awards. That same month, she defeated ex-champ Holly Holm for the135-pound title. Nunes will now return to bantamweight for a rematch against Germaine de Randamie, a championship title fight that co-headlines the UFC 245 event in December.

Amanda Nunes

Nunes joins a long roster of Latino athletes to be featured in The Body Issue, including baseball stars Jake Arrieta and Giancarlo Stanton, footballers Omar Gonzalez and Carlos Bocanegra, Olympic boxer Marlen Esparza and Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva.

The magazine hits newsstands this Friday, September 6, ESPN The Magazine released a digital edition two days earlier.

Click here to see the full collection of images and videos from Nunes’ shoot.

New Mural of Selena by Artist San Siguenza Unveiled in the Corpus Christi Neighborhood Where She Lived

The legend of Selena Quintanillalives on…

A new mural of slain Tejano star known simply as Selena now graces a Texas neighborhood where she lived.

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The Corpus Christi Caller-Timesreports the mural unveiled this week in Corpus Christi’s Molina neighborhood has three watercolor images of the Grammy-winning singer who was shot in 1995. A former president of Selena’s fan club is serving life in prison for killing her.

The original mural had Selena’s portrait and the words “Always in our Hearts.” That work was done by some students and art teacher Dicky Valdez shortly after Selena’s death. But the mural showed signs of wear by last year.

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Selena’s relatives paid for the new mural, by New York artist San Siguenza.

It says, “The goal isn’t to live forever but to create something that will.”

Becky G Headlining the Fitness Concert at This Year’s Zumba Instructor Convention

Becky G is ready to zum-zum-zum…

The 22-year-old Mexican American singer, rapper and actress is headlining a special concert at the 2019 Zumba Instructor Convention, taking place now through Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

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Becky G is sharing headlining duties for the annual Fitness Concert with Brazilian drag queen sensation Pabllo Vittar, promising an amazing show.

“I’m so excited! I’m not going to lie,” Becky G tells Billboard. “I’m like fangirling about it because I’m a huge Zumbafan and on top of that, I’m excited about the opportunity to be affiliated with the Zumba family.”

Vittar will be performing his upcoming single “Flash Pose,” featuring Charli XCX, a song that’s full of energy and has a super ’90s vibe.

“I love to perform and this one is going to be special,” says Vittar. “This will be my first time at a Zumba convention, and I can’t wait. I am super excited to sing for all those people and, most importantly, see all the cool choreography there.”

The Zumba Fitness Concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Spotify’s RapCaviar Pantheon Installation to Honor Cardi B & Her “Undeniable Impact”

Cardi Bis being immortalized…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation will join Jaden Smith, Juice WRLD and Gunna as part of Spotify’s RapCaviar Pantheon.

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The four hip-hop stars will be inducted into a special hall of fame in New York, where they’ll be feted for a limited time with life-size sculptures.

This year’s class is a “reflection of hip-hop today” and each artist is recognized as a cultural disruptor and for “making an undeniable impact” on the genre.  

The special artworks in the Spotify Installation will be housed at the Brooklyn Museum from April 3-7.

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The RapCaviar Pantheon returns this year after the inaugural 2017 event, which saw the Brooklyn Museum display sculptures of some of the hip-hop’s stellar acts, including SZA21 Savage and Metro Boomin

The Pantheon was created by Spotify’s in-house team with creative director Ibra Akeconsulting on the project and directing the accompanying films.