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Trump campaign prison reform Super Bowl ad features Alice Marie Johnson

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After becoming the face of prison reform, Alice Marie Johnson is now the star of an $11 million Super Bowl LIV ad paid for President Trump’s reelection campaign.

The great-grandmother, once sentenced to a lifetime behind bars for nonviolent drug charges, tweeted during the big game as the Kansas City Chiefs took on the San Francisco 49ers, with the ad attached.

“Two Super Bowls ago I was sitting in a prison cell,” she wrote. “Today I am a free woman and my story was featured in a Super Bowl Ad. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for the wrongly and unjustly convicted! God Bless America!”

“Politicians talk about criminal justice reform,” the ad’s text reads. “President Trump got it done. Thousands of families are being reunited.”

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Johnson is seen in the commercial thanking Trump and hugging her family.

Trump also tweeted the ad: “I promised to restore hope in America. That includes the least among us. Together, let’s KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

The First Step Act is Trump’s signature criminal justice reform.

The bipartisan movement to improve public safety and restore second chances came to fruition with the passage of the First Step Act.

Johnson was arrested in 1993 and convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1996, Mic reported.

A series of life-altering events led to her involvement with cocaine dealers. Johnson never dealt drugs but found herself acting as an intermediary on occasion.

Johnson said that her faith in God got her through her long prison stretch and gave her hope that one day she would get her freedom back.

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“I knew that God was going to get me out. So many things he promised me he was constantly doing things — it might seem like small things, but I’d pray for something, and it would materialize. God was speaking to my heart, ‘If I can take care of the small things, trust me with the big thing,’” Johnson told Ainsley Earhardt in an interview that aired on Fox News.

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Editorial | Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to defeat Trump

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2nd case of coronavirus confirmed in Bay Area, marking 9th case in US

California health officials on Sunday confirmed the second case of the novel coronavirus in the Bay Area, marking the ninth confirmed case in the U.S.

Officials say the new case is not related to the one declared Friday, in which a Santa Clara County resident tested positive for the virus. The patient is a man who recently traveled to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — and entered the U.S. on Jan. 24.

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A masked shopper walks in the Chinatown district of San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.  (AP)

The new patient is a woman from China who arrived in California on Jan. 23 to spend time with her family, Dr. Sara Cody, a health officer with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, said during a news conference.

The woman has stayed home since her arrival, leaving only twice to seek outpatient medical care, Cody said, adding that she is being regularly monitored and was not sick enough to be hospitalized.

The woman’s family, meanwhile, remains isolated and hasn’t left their home, the health department said in a statement.

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to the general public remains low,” Cody said. “A second case is not unexpected. With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases, including close contacts to our cases.”

The woman’s case marks the ninth overall confirmed in the United States. As of Sunday, there have been two others in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois.

Later Sunday, health officials in New York City said two patients are suspected of having the coronavirus, The New York Times reported. The patients are a woman in her 40s and a man in his 60s who had recently been in China. Both had come down with flulike symptoms and have been tested for influenza and other common illnesses associated with the virus, The Times reported.

The viral outbreak, which began in China in December, has infected more than 14,550 people globally, with mainland China reporting 99 percent of the cases. The death toll in China, meanwhile, has climbed to more than 300.

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The first death from the virus outside the country was recorded Sunday in the Philippines. The country’s health department said a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was hospitalized last week with a fever, cough and sore throat, and died after developing severe pneumonia.

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The number of cases from the novel coronavirus has surpassed levels seen during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak that erupted in southern China. The SARS virus infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 before disappearing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus Pummels Wuhan, a City Short of Supplies and Overwhelmed

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WUHAN, China — Weak with fever, An Jianhua waited in line for seven hours outside the hospital in the cold, hoping to get tested for the new coronavirus, which doctors suspected she had contracted.

Ms. An, 67, needed an official diagnosis from a hospital to qualify for treatment, but the one she and her son raced to last week had no space, even to test her. The next hospital they were referred to here in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the center of the outbreak, was full, too, they said. They finally got an intravenous drip for Ms. An’s fever, but that was all.

Since then, Ms. An has quarantined herself at home. She and her son eat separately, wear masks at home and are constantly disinfecting their apartment. Ms. An’s health is declining rapidly, and even keeping water down is a struggle.

“I can’t let my mom die at home,” said her son, He Jun. “Every day I want to cry, but when I cry there are no tears. There is no hope.”

As countries race to deal with an outbreak that has begun spreading around the world, inciting panic and disrupting the global economy, the residents of Wuhan are waging a daily battle to survive an illness that has sickened more than 4,100 people and killed 224 in their city alone.

Last month, the government put Wuhan in a virtual lockdown, sealing off the city and banning most public transportation and private cars from its streets in a desperate effort to contain the outbreak. Now, many residents say it is nearly impossible to get the health care they need to treat — or even diagnose — the coronavirus.

Expressing exasperation, doctors say there is a shortage of testing kits and other medical supplies, and it is not clear why more are not available. The ban on transportation means some residents have to walk for hours to get to hospitals — if they are well enough to make the journey. Layers of bureaucracy stand between residents and help. And the long lines outside hospitals for testing and treatment suggest that the outbreak is spreading far beyond the official count of cases.

Ambulances, too, are hard to come by, residents say. In recent days, some say they have called 120, China’s equivalent of the emergency number 911, only to be told that there were already hundreds of people in the queue.

Those who do make it to the hospital say they are squeezed together for hours in waiting rooms, where infections are easily spread. But the shortages have meant that many are ultimately turned away and sent home to self-quarantine, potentially compounding the outbreak by exposing their families.

Many doctors and residents are putting their hopes on the two new coronavirus hospitals that China has been racing to build in Wuhan in just a matter of days. One of them spans about eight acres, has 1,000 beds and is scheduled to open on Monday. The government says 1,400 military medical workers will be deployed to work there, potentially helping with the shortage of health professionals on hand to combat the outbreak.

On Sunday, city officials announced plans to set up quarantine stations around Wuhan for people with symptoms of pneumonia and close contacts among coronavirus patients. But just over a week into the lockdown, many residents believe the virus has already spread much further than the official numbers suggest.

“The situation that we’ve seen is much worse than what has been officially reported,” Long Jian, 32, said outside a hospital where his elderly father was being treated. Mr. Long said his father had to go to six hospitals and wait seven days before he could even be tested for the coronavirus.

Just steps from where Mr. Long spoke, beds could be seen lining both sides of a narrow corridor in the emergency room. One man was getting an intravenous drip outside in his car.

“Those who can get diagnosed and treated are the lucky ones,” Mr. Long said. “In our neighborhood, many who weren’t able to get diagnosed ended up dying at home.”

Getting treatment for the coronavirus in a hospital requires jumping through a number of hoops.

According to official guidelines, patients are encouraged to go to their local hospitals first for initial assessments and sometimes prescriptions. Then patients are to deliver the results to their local neighborhood committees, which are responsible for communicating with the hospitals and coordinating resources for the households in their areas. There are about 1,000 neighborhood committees in Wuhan, for a population of 11 million.

Patients with mild symptoms are typically told to go home and self-quarantine, according to a Jan. 24 notice by city officials. Those who have more severe symptoms are flagged by the neighborhood committees, which arrange for transportation by ambulance to one of the two dozen or so hospitals designated for treating the coronavirus.

But in practice, patients and their relatives say that the process takes far too long, and that the bar for what constitutes “severe symptoms” has been set too high — so they give up and try waiting in long lines at hospitals instead.

Amy Hu said her 64-year-old mother went to the doctor after experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea about 10 days ago. Based on the initial assessment, the doctor told Ms. Hu’s mother that she had contracted the coronavirus. But the test needed to confirm the diagnosis was not available, the doctor said.

Without the test, her mother couldn’t be admitted to a hospital. Since then, Ms. Hu said, they have been waiting at home to hear back from the hospital about when her mother can be tested. In recent days Ms. Hu, who has been visiting her parents for the Lunar New Year holiday, took precautions herself: She checked into a hostel with her two children.

“I’m very dissatisfied with the government,” Ms. Hu said. “It’s like only when the patients are close to death can they be admitted to a hospital.”

Tong Yixuan, 31, said Sunday that he panicked last week when he learned that in just a few days, his father’s cold had escalated into a full-blown illness that doctors said was almost certainly the coronavirus.

But neither his father, who had a 104-degree fever and was slipping in and out of consciousness, nor his mother, who was starting to show similar symptoms, could get tested. Hospitals said that there was no space, and that their symptoms were not severe enough, Mr. Tong said. His parents were sent home to quarantine themselves.

There was no way for Mr. Tong to help. He was more than 60 miles away in Huangshi, which days ago had been locked down by the government along with many other cities in Hubei Province. The roads out of Huangshi and into Wuhan had all been sealed off. For days, Mr. Tong was stuck. Only Saturday, after hours of negotiation with local officials, was he able to make it to his parents’ bedside, he said. They have since been tested for the coronavirus, and his father has been admitted to a hospital. The process took 10 days.

“All I want to do is take care of my parents,” Mr. Tong said. “I don’t even care if I get infected.”

For some people, like Gan Hanjiang, the new hospitals cannot be built fast enough.

Last month, his father came down with a severe fever and cough. He was tested for the coronavirus, but the results were negative. Ten days after the onset of symptoms, however, his father died, Mr. Gan said.

The hospital classified the cause as “severe pneumonia,” Mr. Gan said, but he believes it was the coronavirus. Several experts have recently conceded that several rounds of testing may be needed for an accurate diagnosis of the virus.

On the day his father died, Mr. Gan began to show the same symptoms, he said. But without a car, he has not been able to go to one of the designated hospitals to get tested for the coronavirus.

“Getting treatment is so difficult,” he whispered slowly by telephone from a small hospital near his home where he was being treated for viral pneumonia. “We can’t get admitted to the hospitals. And there’s not enough medicine.”

Elsie Chen contributed reporting.

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Twitter Rips Trump Over Super Bowl Ad Featuring Alice Marie Johnson

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President Donald Trump’s campaign ad that aired Sunday during the first quarter of the Super Bowl leaned into the issue of criminal justice reform, specifically the case of Alice Marie Johnson.

Johnson, a Black woman, served nearly 22 years of a life sentence in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Her story of survival and reform went viral after Mic released a video interview with her.

After learning about Johnson’s plight on Twitter, Kim Kardashian ― who in recent years has used her high profile to address individual prison cases ― met with Trump in May 2018 to discuss potentially helping Johnson. A week later, the president commuted her sentence.

Trump’s 30-second ad features Johnson discussing the clemency, saying she’s “free to start over” because of the president.

“Thanks to President Trump, people like Alice are getting a second chance,” the ad says. “Politicians talk about criminal justice reform. President Trump got it done. Thousands of families are being reunited.”

Johnson herself tweeted out the campaign ad on Sunday. “Two Super Bowls ago I was sitting in a prison cell. Today I am a free woman and my story was featured in a Super Bowl Ad,” she wrote. “I will spend the rest of my life fighting for the wrongly and unjustly convicted! God Bless America!”

Kardashian responded to Johnson’s tweet: “So proud of you!!!!”

The ad featuring Johnson is the first of two Trump campaign ads set to air during the Super Bowl.

While Trump did commute Johnson’s sentence, he is not anything close to a symbol of progressive criminal justice reform. Trump famously called for the death penalty for five teenage boys, once known as the Central Park 5, who were wrongly convicted in a vicious attack on a woman. The president is also behind the detention centers that are currently holding migrant children in unsanitary and inhumane conditions. Trump has also promoted police brutality and attacked activist and former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick for protesting police brutality.

Twitter users quickly reacted to the first Trump ad, criticizing the president both for using Johnson’s case to politically boost himself and for labeling himself a champion of criminal justice reform when his record proves otherwise.

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Jennifer Lopez, Shakira perform hits during Super Bowl LIV halftime show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have taken the stage.

The Super Bowl LIV halftime show opened with Shakira and several backup dancers performing in red sparkling leotards before the singer, 43, picked up an electric guitar to perform “Empire.”

Known for her dancing abilities, Shakira took a moment to prove that her hips don’t lie before performing “Whenever, Wherever,” adding a dance with a rope that she performed when on tour.

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The songstress then launched into “I Like It” as Bad Bunny took the stage with her.

The performance included multiple Spanish-language songs, as the show was designed to be a celebration of Latino culture.

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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez here joined on stage by Bad Bunny and J Balvin at the Super Bowl LIV halftime show. (Getty)

Of course, the crowd cheered loudly while Shakira performed “Hips Don’t Lie” while crowd surfing.

Then came Lopez.

“Miami are you ready?” shouted Lopez, 50, before launching into “Jenny From the Block.”

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Lopez then stripped off her black leather bodysuit in favor of a revealing silver one. She performed pole dancing while singing “Waiting for Tonight.”

J Blavin then joined the singer on stage for a performance of “Mi Gente”

Lopez’s 11-year-old daughter then came on stage and lead a performance of “Let’s Get Loud” alongside her mother, who donned a Puerto Rican flag made of feathers for the song.

Shakira then returned to the stage to perform “Waka Waka” with dancers dressed in gold.

“Muchas gracias!” said Shakira.

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“Thank you so much!” concluded Lopez.

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49ers’ Kyle Shanahan makes questionable decisions before Super Bowl LIV halftime

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San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan received some criticism before halftime of Super Bowl LIV over his decision not to call a timeout before the Kansas City Chiefs punted the ball late in the second quarter.

It was fourth down and the clock was ticking down when the Chiefs punted the ball. Should the 49ers had called a timeout, they may have had about 1:35 remaining in the first half. Instead, they had 59 seconds to try and get up the field for a score.

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San Francisco had gotten close to field-goal range on a 42-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to George Kittle. But an offensive pass interference play brought the ball back and San Francisco kneeled down to end the half.

Shanahan was criticized on social media for his clock management.

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Even 49ers General Manager John Lynch was signaling timeout from his suite.

San Francisco and Kansas City were tied, 10-10, at the half. Patrick Mahomes had a rushing touchdown and Kyle Juszczyk had a touchdown reception from Garoppolo. Robbie Gould and Harrison Butker each had field goals.

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The Chiefs are looking for their first Super Bowl title in 50 years while the 49ers have not won a Super Bowl since 1995 — that game was also played in Miami.

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Coronavirus Pummels Wuhan, a City Short of Supplies and Overwhelmed

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WUHAN, China — Weak with fever, An Jianhua waited in line for seven hours outside the hospital in the cold, hoping to get tested for the new coronavirus, which doctors suspected she had contracted.

Ms. An, 67, needed an official diagnosis from a hospital to qualify for treatment, but the one she and her son raced to last week had no space, even to test her. The next hospital they were referred to here in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the center of the outbreak, was full, too, they said. They finally got an intravenous drip for Ms. An’s fever, but that was all.

Since then, Ms. An has quarantined herself at home. She and her son eat separately, wear masks at home and are constantly disinfecting their apartment. Ms. An’s health is declining rapidly, and even keeping water down is a struggle.

“I can’t let my mom die at home,” said her son, He Jun. “Every day I want to cry, but when I cry there are no tears. There is no hope.”

As countries race to deal with an outbreak that has begun spreading around the world, inciting panic and disrupting the global economy, the residents of Wuhan are waging a daily battle to survive an illness that has sickened more than 4,100 people and killed 224 in their city alone.

Last month, the government put Wuhan in a virtual lockdown, sealing off the city and banning most public transportation and private cars from its streets in a desperate effort to contain the outbreak. Now, many residents say it is nearly impossible to get the health care they need to treat — or even diagnose — the coronavirus.

Expressing exasperation, doctors say there is a shortage of testing kits and other medical supplies, and it is not clear why more are not available. The ban on transportation means some residents have to walk for hours to get to hospitals — if they are well enough to make the journey. Layers of bureaucracy stand between residents and help. And the long lines outside hospitals for testing and treatment suggest that the outbreak is spreading far beyond the official count of cases.

Ambulances, too, are hard to come by, residents say. In recent days, some say they have called 120, China’s equivalent of the emergency number 911, only to be told that there were already hundreds of people in the queue.

Those who do make it to the hospital say they are squeezed together for hours in waiting rooms, where infections are easily spread. But the shortages have meant that many are ultimately turned away and sent home to self-quarantine, potentially compounding the outbreak by exposing their families.

Many doctors and residents are putting their hopes on the two new coronavirus hospitals that China has been racing to build in Wuhan in just a matter of days. One of them spans about eight acres, has 1,000 beds and is scheduled to open on Monday. The government says 1,400 military medical workers will be deployed to work there, potentially helping with the shortage of health professionals on hand to combat the outbreak.

On Sunday, city officials announced plans to set up quarantine stations around Wuhan for people with symptoms of pneumonia and close contacts among coronavirus patients. But just over a week into the lockdown, many residents believe the virus has already spread much further than the official numbers suggest.

“The situation that we’ve seen is much worse than what has been officially reported,” Long Jian, 32, said outside a hospital where his elderly father was being treated. Mr. Long said his father had to go to six hospitals and wait seven days before he could even be tested for the coronavirus.

Just steps from where Mr. Long spoke, beds could be seen lining both sides of a narrow corridor in the emergency room. One man was getting an intravenous drip outside in his car.

“Those who can get diagnosed and treated are the lucky ones,” Mr. Long said. “In our neighborhood, many who weren’t able to get diagnosed ended up dying at home.”

Getting treatment for the coronavirus in a hospital requires jumping through a number of hoops.

According to official guidelines, patients are encouraged to go to their local hospitals first for initial assessments and sometimes prescriptions. Then patients are to deliver the results to their local neighborhood committees, which are responsible for communicating with the hospitals and coordinating resources for the households in their areas. There are about 1,000 neighborhood committees in Wuhan, for a population of 11 million.

Patients with mild symptoms are typically told to go home and self-quarantine, according to a Jan. 24 notice by city officials. Those who have more severe symptoms are flagged by the neighborhood committees, which arrange for transportation by ambulance to one of the two dozen or so hospitals designated for treating the coronavirus.

But in practice, patients and their relatives say that the process takes far too long, and that the bar for what constitutes “severe symptoms” has been set too high — so they give up and try waiting in long lines at hospitals instead.

Amy Hu said her 64-year-old mother went to the doctor after experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea about 10 days ago. Based on the initial assessment, the doctor told Ms. Hu’s mother that she had contracted the coronavirus. But the test needed to confirm the diagnosis was not available, the doctor said.

Without the test, her mother couldn’t be admitted to a hospital. Since then, Ms. Hu said, they have been waiting at home to hear back from the hospital about when her mother can be tested. In recent days Ms. Hu, who has been visiting her parents for the Lunar New Year holiday, took precautions herself: She checked into a hostel with her two children.

“I’m very dissatisfied with the government,” Ms. Hu said. “It’s like only when the patients are close to death can they be admitted to a hospital.”

Tong Yixuan, 31, said Sunday that he panicked last week when he learned that in just a few days, his father’s cold had escalated into a full-blown illness that doctors said was almost certainly the coronavirus.

But neither his father, who had a 104-degree fever and was slipping in and out of consciousness, nor his mother, who was starting to show similar symptoms, could get tested. Hospitals said that there was no space, and that their symptoms were not severe enough, Mr. Tong said. His parents were sent home to quarantine themselves.

There was no way for Mr. Tong to help. He was more than 60 miles away in Huangshi, which days ago had been locked down by the government along with many other cities in Hubei Province. The roads out of Huangshi and into Wuhan had all been sealed off. For days, Mr. Tong was stuck. Only Saturday, after hours of negotiation with local officials, was he able to make it to his parents’ bedside, he said. They have since been tested for the coronavirus, and his father has been admitted to a hospital. The process took 10 days.

“All I want to do is take care of my parents,” Mr. Tong said. “I don’t even care if I get infected.”

For some people, like Gan Hanjiang, the new hospitals cannot be built fast enough.

Last month, his father came down with a severe fever and cough. He was tested for the coronavirus, but the results were negative. Ten days after the onset of symptoms, however, his father died, Mr. Gan said.

The hospital classified the cause as “severe pneumonia,” Mr. Gan said, but he believes it was the coronavirus. Several experts have recently conceded that several rounds of testing may be needed for an accurate diagnosis of the virus.

On the day his father died, Mr. Gan began to show the same symptoms, he said. But without a car, he has not been able to go to one of the designated hospitals to get tested for the coronavirus.

“Getting treatment is so difficult,” he whispered slowly by telephone from a small hospital near his home where he was being treated for viral pneumonia. “We can’t get admitted to the hospitals. And there’s not enough medicine.”

Elsie Chen contributed reporting.

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Jennifer Lopez And Shakira Bring The Heat In Killer Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Jennifer Lopez left it all on the floor of the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show in Miami, Florida, on Sunday alongside Shakira ― the first time two Latina women have ever headlined at the big game.

Riding high off the critical acclaim for “Hustlers” and the fan outcry over her egregious Oscars snub, Lopez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, said the event would be a “perfect moment” in her life and that it was a “great time for a Latina women to take the stage … with everything that’s going on in the country right now.”

Shakira, a three-time Grammy-winning Colombian artist, and her world famous hips kicked off the performance with a fiery rendition of “She Wolf” alongside a group of backup dancers in eye-catching red outfits. She then launched into a rock-heavy rendition of her song “Empire” before bringing out Puerto Rican Latin trap singer Bad Bunny for a take on “I Like It.” 

Then Lopez took the stage at the Hard Rock stadium for six-minute set, starting her time on the stage hanging from a stripper pole, perhaps referencing her recent “Hustlers” role. Dazzling in a studded leather number, Lopez performed hits, including “Jenny From The Block,” “Ain’t It Funny” and “Get Right,” from her 21-year music career.

The singer then reappeared on a pole in the middle of the stage flanked by harness-clad backup dancers for a new twist on “Waiting For Tonight” before serving up a “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” and “Mi Gene” mash-up alongside J Balvin.

Lopez’s 11-year-old daughter, Emme, who has accompanied her on tour in recent months, even joined her mom on stage for part of the performance to sing “Let’s Get Loud.”

The halftime show ended with Lopez and Shakira laying waste to the stage together with a full-out dance number in front of the Puerto Rican flag. The two swung their hips to match the final beats of the song before fireworks shot into the sky. 

The Super Bowl halftime show has been subject to criticism in recent years. Artists like Rihanna and Cardi B have declined to perform in order to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who has has faced major criticism from the NFL and the Trump administration for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. 

Lopez said at a news conference ahead of the game that she hoped this year’s performance would “spread a little bit of love and positivity, and make people know that we’re all in this together.” 

Shakira added, “It’s also going to be a reminder of the heritage of this country, which is one of diversity and that’s what we will be celebrating Sunday.”

Demi Lovato, another Latina performer, sang the national anthem at the big game before the San Francisco 49ers faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While only 0.5% of NFL players are Latino or of Latino descent, the league is making efforts to expand its already growing Latino fanbase ― 28.7 million Hispanic-Americans count themselves fans of the league, according to an ESPN poll. The NFL’s cultural marketing strategist, Javier Farfán, also noted that the NFL has surpassed other major sports leagues, including the NBA, the MLB and international soccer, in attracting new Latino fans. 

Last year’s Super Bowl delivered the lowest audience in over a decade, and pop group Maroon 5 failed to generate much excitement beyond frontman Adam Levine’s heavily tattooed torso. Other halftime performers over the last decade have included Beyoncé, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Katy Perry.

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