SUPER BOWL HALFTIME WITH JELO
One word describes the Super Bowl HalfTime Show of 2020…spectacular! It was an eye-popping, foot-stepping, booty-shaking extravaganza! The speed with which bodies moved can be likened to a branch dancing in a 100-mile cyclone. Jelo was at her best! Her “moves” were typical Jelo: exciting, seductive . . . suggestive, but Shakira was equally masterful!
SHAKIRA HITS THE STAGE
Shakira hit the stage first, dressed in a skimpy, revealing outfit that accentuated every curve her body claimed. The choreography was simplistically designed, but masterfully executed. Every step, every “booty movement” by Shakira and the massive group of dancers, were in sync, rapid and exciting! Their bodies moved in ways one had never imagined were possible. Slowly, the music gave way to the next attraction : Jelo!
As viewers were catching their breaths from the vastness and creativity of Sakira, the music drifted in a tempo that matched the elegance of Jelo, perched above a mountain of human hands and bodies. Suddenly, the mood and scene changed, revealing a well-manicured body in a scanty black leather outfit. Jelo’s movement were sexy, enveloping, drawing one in… While equally as masterful as Shakira, it was easy to detect Jelo… as the eyes followed every shake, turn, step and suggestion.
THE ARTISTRY OF TWO LATINO WOMEN
Having witnessed numerous half-time super bowl shows, arguably, this was the best one ever. These two Latina women expressed ownership to a country that sometimes deny them ownership. Observing these ladies, one witnessed Americans staking out a claim with dignity, courage, skill and confidence. Arrogance, while absent, self-assurance was not. Unmistakenly, Jelo sharpened this mood with words of a song such as “I was born,” and accentuated it by strutting around in a decorative, sleeveless, long coat with the colors and pattern of “Old Glory,” the American flag. Opening the Super Bowl, was Demi Lovato, giving a patriotic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner. Old Glory was lifted higher by her amazing voice.
DEMI LOVATO DELIVERS OLD GLORY
As I watched an African American quarterback, Patrick Mahomes and running back Darrel Williams, lead their team to victory, a black woman, Yolanda Adams, sing America the Beautiful, and Latino Demi Lavato sing the National Anthem, I was reminded of the myriad contributions people of color have made to this country. Slaves played a major role in building it and every ethnic group has played a significant role in its establishment.
SUPER BOWL HALFTIME AND BEYOND
The massive groups surrounding Jelo and Shakira represented the colors of a nation revealing its proud diversity–black, brown and white. The theme was comforting, beckoning, embracing. After two weeks of following a nation seemingly stomping on its values, stripping away its laws, the “togetherness” expressed by the Super Bowl was refreshing and convincing…we are “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”