by Magella Cantara
Singer-songwriter Lauren Jauregui sat down to do an interview backstage at the 2019 Grammys to talk about the recognition women aren’t getting in all aspects of the music making process. “You ask somebody to work with a female producer and they look at you like you asked to work with a f* unicorn,” Lauren states.
There’s been more open discussions of the lack of diversity and women writers, engineers, and producers regarding the Grammys. A point that Lauren continues to make in this interview is that many of the perspectives here are male dominated saying, “Almost every producer that I’ve worked with has been a male.”
These are the topics of discussion in the media that are shedding more light on how incredible and capable women are. Women deserve this light of recognition just as much as men, if not more. Lauren continues to touch on great points: “It’s about these women believing in themselves.” With great excitement, she continues, “Men have no problem owning their shit, ya know?”
She’s ready to watch younger girls and women today start to shift into that type of mentality where women can walk into a room and confidently say, “I am who I am, and I do what I do.” She’s sure to make it clear in this interview that she herself is included in the process of making this mentality shift. It’s one that is most certainly not an easy one.
The greater number of women who are supporting women is especially necessary for young girls, young women, and women of color today. Lauren Jauregui represents women in Latina culture, like the way Shakira and Jennifer Lopez represented them through their performance at the Super Bowl halftime show. To watch the full interview, you can find it on the Zach Sang Show YouTube channel.
Halftime Show: Latinas Represent
Leading closer into March, it’s important to do a recap. Already this year we’ve seen how much women have done, especially women representing different diversities and cultures sharing their perspectives with the world. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was arguably one of the biggest moments of Latina representation we’ve seen this year.
The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the most watched events in America. As mentioned in a previous article, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez took the stage representing not only Latinas, but where they are each from: Shakira is from Colombia and Jennifer Lopez is from Puerto Rico. During their performance, JLo held up an American flag that was shown on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other.
She’s putting the message out there that Peurto Ricans are U.S citizens too. I have the privilege of talking to one of my best friends, who is Colombian, about the halftime show. I got to ask how it felt as a part of the Latina community to be represented in this huge way.
She starts off by saying, “It’s Latina women, like women we did that. We’re so much more than looks we work to get where we are. It’s not easy when we live in a world that’s not always open to what we are about and who we are. Their performance made me feel even more proud to be Colombian, a woman of color and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Knowing that this performance by two women in the Latina community can impact someone in such a way that they are proud to be who they are and where they come from, is a big step moving forward. Not only America but the world as a collective needs more of this. Their halftime show performance was more than entertainment, it was love, fun, and family.
March is National Women’s History Month, and Shakira and JLo most definitely made history here that night. That’s why I bring them up. They will be talked about much more outside of reports in the media. If you haven’t seen the halftime show, it’s a simple lookup on YouTube where you can watch the full-length video!