J. Lo and Ben Affleck were spotted together in Montana, which is set to gain a new House seat in redistricting

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Ben Affleck, left, and Jennifer Lopez, right, are spending time together 17 years after they broke off their high-profile engagement

  • Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, engaged in the early 2000s, were spotted together in Montana.
  • Montana is gaining a seat in Congress after the 2020 census due to its population growth.
  • Like the former A-list couple, Montana will be receiving significant media attention.
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Just as are all politics are local, according to a phrase coined by legendary former House Speaker Tip O’Neill of Massachusetts, all celebrity reunions can be connected in some way to politics.

Another well-known Massachusetts-raised celebrity, actor and director Ben Affleck, is reportedly rekindling a decades-old romance with fellow A-list actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, to whom he was engaged in 2003.

Page Six reported on April 30 that Affleck and Lopez, who recently split from former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, have been spending time together at Lopez’s Los Angeles home.

And on Monday, People Magazine and the Daily Mail reported that the two stars were seen on a getaway in Montana, where Affleck reportedly owns a ski house at the exclusive Yellowstone Club. The two were photographed in an SUV driving from the airport.

“[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy,” a source close to the couple told People.

Just like Affleck’s and Lopez’s romance, The Big Sky State will also be the subject of close scrutiny by the media in the coming months.

Montana is one of seven states that will gain one or more US House seats as a result of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau announced on April 26.

The Constitution requires an official count of the US population once a decade. After the census counts are finalized, states are tasked with redrawing their congressional districts, a process known as redistricting, to adjust for the population changes. Each state is subject to gain and lose seats based on how fast their population increased or decreased relative to the other 49 US states.

Montana, currently an at-large district with just one representative, saw its population grow by 9.6% over the past decade. As a result, the state will gain another district to have two representatives in Washington for the first time in 30 years, according to the Montana Free Press.

The biggest winner in redistricting is Texas, which will gain two House seats. Along with Montana, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon will all gain one US House seat each.

Affleck and Lopez first met two redistricting cycles ago in 2001 on the set of the film “Gigli,” according to a Popsugar timeline of their relationship, and started dating after Lopez ended her marriage with ex-husband Cris Judd, according to Lopez.

The couple, affectionately dubbed “Bennifer,” was a tabloid sensation in the early 2000s. The two also co-starred in “Jersey Girl,” and publicly announced their engagement in November of 2002. Affleck even appeared in Lopez’s iconic “Jenny from the Block” music video.

After announcing they would postpone their planned September 2003 nuptials due to the “excessive media attention surrounding our wedding,” the pair formally split in January 2004.

Shortly after, Lopez got together with Marc Anthony, who she married in 2004 and separated from in 2011. The two share twins, Max and Emme.

In 2005, Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner, with whom he had a decade-long marriage and three children. Affleck and Garner separated in 2015 and finalized their divorce in 2018. Affleck was most recently linked acttress Ana de Armas. The two broke up in January 2021.

Most recently, Lopez dated Rodriguez for four years and was engaged to the former athlete for two. The pair formally announced their breakup on April 15, nearly three months after Rodriguez accompanied Lopez for her performance of the national anthem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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I learned how to dance like Beyoncé from her choreographer

Following is a transcript of the video.

Manny: That’s JaQuel Knight. He’s a dancer and choreographer. He’s also the creative mind behind many of Beyoncé’s iconic performances. I caught up with JaQuel at the Monsters Dance Convention in New Jersey. He was teaching choreography to literally hundreds of kids. I quickly got a sense of the talent and work ethic that made him successful.

Manny: The story goes that you were teaching Beyoncé choreography at age 18.

JaQuel: Yeah.

Manny: How did you get to meet Beyoncé? How did that whole thing start?

JaQuel: So I moved to LA right outta high school. And literally maybe a year into LA, I was at this audition for Michelle Williams with Frank Gatson. He enjoyed me, my freestyle, he was like, “Hey I got this Beyoncé record, can you come to New York tonight?” “When you get here if she likes you you’ll stay, if not we’ll get you back on a plane to LA.”

Manny: What was your reaction?

JaQuel: Yeah, hell yeah, get me on that goddamn flight.

Manny: JaQuel went on to choreograph stars like J. Lo, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and more.

Manny: Who was your favorite to work with?

JaQuel: They’re all very special, ya know.

Manny: That’s like a parent saying all of their kids are special, though.

JaQuel: ‘Cause these are all stars. All your kids aren’t superstars.

Manny: Most recently, JaQuel collaborated with Beyoncé for her famous Beychella performance. The choreography incorporated homecoming moves made popular by historically black colleges and universities It was a smash hit.

After the convention, JaQuel agreed to give me a personal dance lesson. Um, just watch for yourself.

Manny: JaQuel, I want to know how to dance like Beyoncé. This is me right here. This is where I wanna grow from.

Manny: How was that?

JaQuel: That was good.

Manny: It was good?

JaQuel: That was really good actually.

Manny: You don’t have to lie.

JaQuel: Okay, it was okay.

Manny: Okay, it’s painfully obvious that I’m not gonna be dancing like Beyoncé any time soon, but I did have one more question for JaQuel.

Manny: Will you say “hi” to Beyoncé for me?

JaQuel: Negative! Hah!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in February 2019.

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Biden’s inauguration day will be unlike any other in history. Here’s what to expect.

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (L) looks on as U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (R) delivers remarks on January 08, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office in front of the US Capitol around 12 p.m. on January 20.
  • Celebrities Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the ceremony, Biden’s inaugural committee announced on Thursday.
  • Biden and Harris will then speak to the nation via a TV special at 8:30 p.m. that will feature performances by Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, and other A-listers.
  • The inauguration is part of a five-day program with multiple virtual and socially-distanced in-person celebrations.
  • The festivities will be carried live on cable TV channels as well as streamed on social media platforms.
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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office in front of the US Capitol around 12 p.m. on January 20, joined by a slew of celebrities and speakers.

Biden’s inaugural committee announced on Thursday that plans for next week’s 59th inauguration include performances by singers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. The ceremony will begin with remarks from Father Leo J. O’Donovan, a longtime friend of the Biden family and former president of Georgetown University, and wrap up with a benediction from Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, also a close confidante of the Bidens.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, major political events, like last year’s national conventions, have been reimagined as a mix of virtual and in-person activities. Inauguration Day in 2021 will be no different. The festivities typically attract hundreds of thousands of people who flock to Washington, DC, to witness the historic transition of power. This year only about 2,000 attendees will be permitted.

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In another break with tradition, President Donald Trump has said he won’t be there. Trump is the first outgoing president since 1869 to refuse to attend his successor’s swearing-in.

The inauguration will be part of a five-day program that comprises both online and socially-distanced in-person events. The theme is “America United.”

“This inauguration presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the resilience and spirit of an America United,” Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement.

Biden and Harris will then address the nation in a televised special titled “Celebrating America,” which will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 90-minute primetime program will be hosted by actor Tom Hanks and feature performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, and Ant Clemons. 

On Friday, the committee announced additional musical performances by the Foo Fighters, John Legend, and Bruce Springsteen. 

It will air live on cable TV – channels include ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC – and be available to stream on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse will also carry live coverage of the program.

Other inaugural activities to take place next week include a “We the People” virtual concert on January 17, a “national day of service” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, and a “COVID-19 memorial to lives lost” on January 19. Biden’s committee is also preparing to install around 200,000 American flags that will span across the National Mall to “represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.” The traditional parade will also be shifted online.

Multiple news outlets reported on Thursday that the National Mall will be closed to the public on January 20. Federal and city officials have said that they are tightening security measures amid possible threats of violence following last week’s deadly Capitol riots. 

Biden’s transition team said on Wednesday that they are receiving daily briefings on security and logistics ahead of the inauguration to help ensure a smooth and safe transfer of power.

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