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A bunch of Cardi B-inspired graduation caps and what you need to make yours

Through the course of her fairly brief career in the spotlight, Cardi B has become a symbol of independence, bluntness, and belief in oneself. The Dominican and Trinidadian rapper has become a powerhouse of popular culture in the United States and globally. She has also long spoken out about the awesomeness of her Latino heritage (her full name, FYI, is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar). 

Her rise to fame is an example of the power of fan and Internet cultures: she was first made famous through YouTube and Vine videos, and then caught the attention of the powers that be and entered the musical and cultural mainstream. Her stage name, Cardi B, is a derivative of the rum brand Bacardi, a staple of Latin America). She has created a striking visual style that mixed kitsch with rapper culture. 

She is proud of her body and isn’t apologetic when showing it off in outfits some might consider over the top (but, seriously, can people just mind their own maldito business?)

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Cardi B’s unique personality has caught the attention of many Latina graduates who imprint her face on their caps and use some of her lyrics and quotes as quirky messages. What better way to face the future than to do it with a smile and a healthy dose of irony? The most used image is, of course, the iconic photograph of Cardi B defiantly sticking out her tongue (don’t you secretly wish you could do that every time a gringo makes an unintentional racist remark?). 

The superstar even acknowledged the existence of this increasing number of graduation caps on her Instagram!

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We are sure she was calling these girl “bitches” in a playful and not at all insulting way! (we just needed to clarify that before people start badmouthing her!). 

People immediately replied with photos of their caps

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The black glitter is just so flashy but follows the conventions of dark graduation regalia. We can almost hear Cardi B saying “Betta!” with that cute Bronx accent of hers. 

The day after tomorrow… the loans will be there waiting for you

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And what better way to face them than with Cardi B’s in-your-face attitude. After all, this is the woman who once said: “Knock me down 9 times, but I get up 10.”

Hagamos algo con nuestras vidas

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Think what you may of her, Cardi B has taken her life into her own hands. When she needed to get some money and some self-confidence she worked as a stripper, and when she wanted to change her life she started rapping and promoting her own work. So, as the cap says, you better not screw up the opportunities life throws at you. 

Sácale la lengua a la vida

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Even though she didn’t graduate from college (not yet at least, we are sure that is she put her mind to it she would!), Cardi B has certainly triumphed in life and her career has really taken off. By the way, of course, young men and gender diverse folk can also use Cardi B as graduation inspo, it is not just reserved to women. 

Here’s a girlier version… 

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This one is so cute, female power in da house! We love the big sunflowers. Awesome. Want some more inspiration? What about this great quote from our Cardi? “Do whatever you have to do. People always want to tell you how to do it. No, do it your way. And don’t ask for like oh how can you do it … do it, figure it out. I figured it out one way or another and I did it.”

Gloomy but funny

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One of the biggest worries of graduates is the debt they will walk into… mejor tomarlo con una dosis de humor

Take this, haters!

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Felicidades, Karlita, and show this to anyone who ever doubted you. Disfruta sus caras de what! Cardi B is all about smashing the glass ceiling put up by los hombres necios y mensos. She has said: “But being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. Anything a man can do, I can do. I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”

Getting the D tonight!

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You dirty minds, we mean the DIPLOMA or the DEGREE, not what you were thinking

Yes, finally!

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We are sure that all of you siguen de malpensados… mentes cochinas. 

You go, girl…

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By the way, where can we buy that FU jacket Cardi B is wearing? She is as urban as it gets, she says: “I’m the rose that came from concrete.” Deep. 

Want to emulate and twist some of these designs? So this is some of the stuff you might need to decorate your cap!

Glitter, tons of it! 

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Yes, the word that comes to mind when we think of our girl Cardi B is “shinny”. She is over the top and… well, glittery. Just make sure that you cover your table with newspaper or an old tablecloth and that you have a vacuum cleaner at hand. Things can get really messy!  

Hairspray… yes, really! What a great hack! 

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Es en serio. Once you have glued glitter to your cap in the desired areas, apply two layers of hairspray (leave five minutes between them to let the first one dry). The hairspray makes the glitter stay in place. You wouldn’t want to leave a shiny trail behind you as you walk up the stage, would you?

Your mom’s old lace adornitos (just ask her first, porfis)

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Cardi B’s style is very eclectic. She pays homage to urban cultures and to her ethnic heritage, always with a touch of scandalous kitsch. She is sexy as well: that is why a piece of your mom’s or abuelita‘s old lace tablecloths work wonders in adding a touch of cheekiness to your graduation cap. 

Glow in the dark paint

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Just picture this: the after graduation party is going on, the lights go out and boom! your cap glows. Such a 90s-inspired and kitschy addition. Hell, yeah! You could even write one of the many Cardi B phrases that make her wise beyond her years. What about this one? “Remain humble but stay hungry.” 

That old San Marcos blanket

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Yes, we are not kidding, these blankets are a staple of Latino identity and a little piece of one would be a cute, kitsch and furry addition to your cap. Ask your abuelita for help.

Don’t wait. Get your mitú “Mamá didn’t raise no mensa” shirt to celebrate your success.

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Congratulations, everyone. You all deserve all of the best the future has to offer you.

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Looks like Cardi B is following in Rihanna’s footsteps and getting into the beauty game! According to a recent Instagram post, the Bronx-born rapper is going to be releasing a line of hair-care products for Afro-Latinas this year.

“This year I will be coming out with a hair[care] line that I been working on at home for my hair and my daughter’s,” Cardi announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

She explained that the decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas was inspired by her realization that it’s “time for people to educate themselves on nationality, race and ethnicity.”

“Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long, don’t make your skin light, or don’t make your face features slim, [e]specially Latin countries from the Caribbean islands,” she explained further. “DNA [has] something to do with your hair, not your nationality.”

As many Latinos know, many non-Latinos are uneducated about the diversity of Latinidad. People expect all Latinos to look like Eva Longoria or Salma Hayek. But as we know, Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos come in all different shades, with vastly different features.

The comments on Cardi’s post were elated at the news that she would be releasing hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

“Thank you!!! I’m Panamanian and they act like we don’t exist!” wrote one fan.

“Hair doesn’t have ethnicity. It has texture. It’s not black hair or white hair. It’s curly hair or straight hair. Kinky hairy or curly. 4a or 4c. People just generalize it and don’t understand,” wrote another.

On Twitter, another fan wrote: “Ok fav let’s talk about the hair care line you talking about so I can buy it and I won’t have to keep making the mask, forget everything else.”

Cardi’s decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas came from (what else?) a Twitter argument.

When a Twitter user decided to challenge Cardi’s Blackness (again). The argument started when a Twitter user was claiming that Cardi’s hair pattern disqualifies her from being considered “Black.” So Cardi took it upon herself to educate her followers about the existence of Afro-Latinos. She also gave her followers a history lesson on the Dominican Republic.

The conversation got so frustrating that Cardi tweeted: “I think I’m going to do a video of different Hispanic people or Latin people or w.e. the correct term is nowadays. Cause people be thinking that every Hispanic is Mexican or something and must have the same hair texture, color, and features.”

Cardi B has always been passionate about hair-care. Last year, she shared a DIY hair mask recipe that she uses on her and Kulture’s rizos.

The hair mask consisted of argan oil, castor oil, olive oil, and mayonnaise. Since then, the at-home hair mask has gained a small but vocal fan club online.

If her hair mask recipe is a preview for things to come, we can’t wait to buy Cardi B’s hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

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Cardi B and Candace Owens Reignite Their Feud on Twitter After Owens Calls Cardi a ‘Cancer’ on Black Culture

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Cardi B and Candace Owens Reignite Their Feud on Twitter After Owens Calls Cardi a ‘Cancer’ on Black Culture

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Cardi B and Candace Owens have a long and storied history together. The two outspoken women haven’t exactly been the best of friends over the years. The conservative media personality has often gone after Cardi’s hypersexual music and persona.

Cardi B and Candace Owens’ rivalry started last year when Candace Owens called Cardi an “illiterate rapper“. Since then, there has been no love lost between the two women.

On the heels of Cardi B’s raunchy Grammys performance, Candace Owens took to Fox News to complain about the effect that Cardi’s music is having on America’s culture.

“Virtually what we were looking at last night was a lesbian sex scene being simulated on television,” Owens told host Tucker Carlson. “And this is considered feminist.”

Owens went on to describe Cardi B’s performance as a “destruction of American values and American principles.”

And she didn’t end there. She continued: “You’re actually actively trying to make children aspire to things that are grotesque,” she said. “We are celebrating perversity in America.”

Owens hammered it home by saying that parents should be “terrified” that I his is the direction that our society is heading towards.”

Well, if Candace Owens thought that the criticism would hurt Cardi’s feelings, she was dead wrong. The next day, Cardi took to Twitter to celebrate the fact that she “made Fox news”.

As part of her thank you speech, Cardi B thanked Candace Owens (whom she calls “Candy”) for “put[ting] my performance on Fox News, giving it more views that boosted the views on YouTube and is counting towards my streams and sales.”

Owens quickly hit back, Tweeting: “I don’t work for Fox News, Belcalis, nor do I take issue with you having success. I take issue with you being used to encourage young women to strip themselves of dignity. Men typically treat women how they treat themselves. You know that.”

Presumably, Owens was referring to the fact that Offset has cheated on Cardi in the past.

And just like Cardi, she wouldn’t take Candace Owens’ clapback lying down. Instead, she brought Melania Trump into the ring.

“No! Candy, men treat women on how a woman allows a man to treat them,” she wrote. “I mean look at Melania, she was a porn star. However, she didn’t allow Trump to treat her as [such] or shame her for her past. And [he] made her into a First Lady & the mother of his child,” she wrote.

And to top it off, she accompanied this tweet with a nude photo of Melania Trump from her modeling days (one that we will not post here). She followed that post up with a Tweet saying that “W.A.P.” was “inspired by our former First Lady”.

In response, Owens accused Cardi of being “obsessed” with the Trump family while saying that Melania Trump has “evolved” while Cardi has not.

Then the escalated and became heated and incredibly personal. Owens called Cardi a “cancer” on Black culture, and added that there’s “no person in America who can look you in the face and honestly say they wish they’re daughters turned out like you.”

In response, Cardi posted a video of Candace Owens bragging about making a sandwich for her husband. “I’m making my husband a sandwich, of course. Because that’s what a woman should do. Be making her husband a sandwich when she’d nine months pregnant and barefoot.”

At this point, the gloves were obviously off. Cardi B asked Candace: “And black women should be more like you?”

It was around this time that onlookers saw that Cardi B and Candace were actually truly heated.

“If you think making your husband a sandwich is a sin, but popping your vagina into another woman’s vagina in front of the world is power— you are a lost soul,” wrote Candace Owens.

Cardi B hit back: “It’s not a sin, but claiming ‘That’s what a woman supposed to do’ set us women, Black or white, to hundreds of years back. You have your own show and voice because women fought for years for us to be free to do what we please. NOT to be in a kitchen being submissive to a man.”

As of now, the feud doesn’t seem like it will be ending anytime soon. Head over to the rapper’s Twitter page to see the full feud between Cardi B and Candace Owens.

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