June 15, 2010

Recognize Her from the Block? A Young J.Lo Urges Kids to 'Be Extraordinary'

Posted: 09:00 PM ET


Jennifer Lopez had some help getting into the entertainment industry. An alum of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx, Lopez credits the club's "K company" performing arts program with teaching her to sing and dance.
"When I started going there, it was the first time I sang, danced and performed in front of an audience. I wanted to be there every day," Lopez said Thursday at the Times Square unveiling of a Boys and Girls Club billboard featuring a throwback picture of her as a child. "They taught me how to be disciplined and be perseverant and to believe in my God-given talents. They encouraged me to be great in whatever I decided to do. And they taught me that I could do whatever I wanted."

Her billboard message says it all: "Be Extraordinary." And, she told PEOPLE, she may even bring her twins back to the Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx. "I think it's really, really important to work hard ... Being able to accomplish something with dedication and hard work and commitment. That is something I would like them to learn as well," she said.

Lopez is among 25 celebrities, including Denzel Washington, Ashanti, and Mario Lopez, participating in the BGCA's youth advocacy campaign. "When Denzel asked me to participate, I had to say yes. I am honored and delighted to be part of the campaign," she said. "Please join us in helping all kids be great."

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vicki. klippel   June 16th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Doing. Great. Things. JLo

Tbonetylr   June 18th, 2010 5:58 am ET

Why did Jennifer Lopez and her sister team-up with Samsung to reach out to children? Samsung's Chairman/CEO Lee, Kun-hee former chairman who was convicted/found guilty of embezzlement and tax evasion. After the South Korean President pardoned the Samsung Chairman/CEO Lee, Kun-hee returned and is back with Samsung. Just search the Internet "Korean Leader Pardons Samsung’s Ex-Chairman," to learn more about who Jennifer and her sister has decided to team-up with to help children. I will chose a different path to help children rather than anyone associated with Samsung. Maybe Jennifer didn't know that Samsung is a South Korean company. Did she think Samsung was a Japanese company?

Mia Harris   July 9th, 2010 8:22 am ET

Ashanti is one of my favorite singers because of a great, crystal clear voice.`–

John Ali   August 22nd, 2010 2:43 pm ET

i just thought that Beyonce is better than Ashanti;.'

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