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Jennifer Lopez returns to the Bronx, remembers her roots in TNT's 'Neighborhood Sessions'

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NEW YORK — Jenny returns to the block for TNT's "Neighborhood Sessions With Jennifer Lopez," airing after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

In the special, the performer revisits some of the places in the Bronx borough of New York where she grew up, including her childhood home. She also performs her first Bronx concert at Orchard Beach.

In a recent interview, Lopez said it's important to her to show where she came from.

"To this day my taste, my preferences, my outlook, my attitude, everything about me is so influenced by the fact I grew up in the Bronx."

She even attributes her style today to her hometown. "I still love big jewelry," she laughed.

Prior to the Orchard Beach concert, Lopez had never performed in the Bronx because "there is no real venue" and said her only regret about the show was the limited space because she wanted to accommodate everyone who wanted to be there.

"When we were rehearsing I remember I looked back at the beach and my mom has pictures of me on that beach when I was like one year old. ... It was so rich and full of memories for me."

PHOTO: FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, Jennifer Lopez performs on stage at CBS Radio's second annual We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A taped performance by Lopez called "Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez," will air Saturday, Feb. 14, on TNT, after the NBA All Star Game. In the special, the performer revisits some of the places in the Bronx borough of New York where she grew up, including her childhood home. She also performs her first Bronx concert at Orchard Beach. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, Jennifer Lopez performs on stage at CBS Radio's second annual We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A taped performance by Lopez called "Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez," will air Saturday, Feb. 14, on TNT, after the NBA All Star Game. In the special, the performer revisits some of the places in the Bronx borough of New York where she grew up, including her childhood home. She also performs her first Bronx concert at Orchard Beach. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

She said it's important for her to show, "Yeah I've gone out into the world and I've done all these things but it's because of the stability and the footing that I got from my family and the Bronx that made me be able to go out and handle all this craziness."

Cameras followed Lopez as she took her 6-year-old twins, Max and Emme, to the boys and girls club where she spent time as a child. "It was surreal to take them back there and show them like, 'When I was a little kid this is where I used to run around and this was like the best place in the world to me' and them looking around like 'Really? This place?' But it was true."

"Neighborhood Sessions" is a new series of music specials where performers highlight the communities where they come from.


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