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California Artist Using Expired Cheese To Build Border Wall

A California artist is helping President Trump build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. Cosimo Cavallaro, the Los Angeles-based artist, is trying to do his part in creating a “barrier”. But instead of using fencing and barbed wire, Cavallaro is using spoiled cotija cheese. Cavallaro started building a competing wall (6 feet high, made entirely of $100 cheese blocks) on Monday in Tecate, California, near the Mexico border. Now he’s asking for donations to buy more cheese slabs and make the barrier as long as possible.

The art isn’t meant to be political but rather a reaction to the current American climate when it comes to the border wall.

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“To spend all this money to keep dividing the countries, I think is a waste,” Cavallaro told the Los Angeles Times. “You see the waste in my wall, but you can’t see the waste in [Trump’s] $10-billion wall, which in time will be removed?”

As well as putting together his cheese wall, Cavallaro is selling shirts to raise funds, including one showing an image of a cheese grater to make the pun “Make America Grate Again”, which is a play on President Trump’s campaign slogan.

Cavallaro says he is building the cheese structure with perishable components to show the decadent nature of material objects. It’s also to demonstrate the ludicrous purpose and meaning of the border wall.

“This has been on my mind for many years, but when he became president, it became obvious that was the place to do it.” Cavallaro said.

This isn’t the first time he’s made art out of food.

Cavallaro has worked on similar projects in the past that have included other perishable foods (cheese and chocolate) as an artistic gesture. That includes “My Sweet Lord”, a six-foot-tall, Jesus sculpted from milk chocolate and Room 114 at the Washington Jefferson Hotel in New York City, which he smothered in 1,000 lb of melted mozzarella.

“A lot of art is just an object in space. You take it, you move it, you move it here, you move it there. But when you cover a room in cheese or in ketchup or in food, you can’t rip that off anymore. That experience is so visceral, so real. And it lives in your mind. ” Cavallaro said in a video on the project’s website.

Cavallaro, who grew up in Canada and has roots in Italy, is following his previous projects theme in trying to make a statement through perishable foods. Cavallaro leased the property where he is building the project for a year and he plans to add to the wall as more donations come in.

For Cavallaro, the artwork represents how absurd and “cheesy” the time we are currently living in has become.

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While the border wall continues to be a divisive issue, Cavallaro hopes this brings people together. More than $2,000 has already been raised to complete the art work and has received national attention for the project.

For those pitching in for the wall, there is also some incentive. The Gofundme page says if an individual donates $1000 they will receive “a full cheese wall brick signed and vacuum packed after the art installation is completed.”

Cavallaro hopes his project doesn’t come off as political rather an artisitc statement of how turbulent times are right now. He says he hopes he gets people involved with art to try to create something positive.

“The idea is to get people involved in building this installation,” Cavallaro told the Sacramento Bee. “It’s about borders. It’s about overcoming that boundary. I believe that as humans that’s what we’re here to experience. We come up against them, we overcome them and we keep growing.”

READ:Artists In San Diego And Tijuana Projected Activist Art Onto Trump’s Border Wall Prototypes

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Cardi B's Apology Isn't Cutting It For Most Folks

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Cardi B’s Apology Isn’t Cutting It For Most Folks

If you’re reading this, it’s either because you love Cardi B or you hate Cardi B. There isn’t a gray area for most folks when it comes to the breakout Grammy award-winning Afro-Latina rapper. Cardi B always “keeps it real” with her fans. She’s been open about her past as a stripper, the plastic surgery work she’s had to advance her career, and how she made it out of the gangs.

This week, an Instagram live stream video from three years ago resurfaced of the rapper possibly confessing to troubling crimes to the Internet. Here’s exactly what she confessed and how different communities have responded.

Cardi B has been seen as a real-life rags to riches Bronx fairytale.

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Her story is not safe for children to hear. Cardi B has always been open about how she became a stripper to earn money to escape an abusive boyfriend. She’s always said that stripping saved her life. We ship that story.

Her 3-year-old IG rant revealed that the stripper chapter of her story included drugging and robbing men.

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In the video, she says, “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah yeah yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”

“All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”

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In a post on Instagram days following the viral outcry, she posted her apology.

“I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world with a perfect past. I always speak my truth. I always own my sh*t.”

“I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”

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“There are rappers that glorify murder, violence, drugs, and robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that life. I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.”

“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options.”

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“I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive.”

Then, her ‘apology’ gets confusing…

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“The men I spoke about in my life were men that I dated that I was involved with–men that were conscious, willing and aware. I have a past that I can’t change. We all do.”

In her live video, she had said, “I drugged n****s up and I robbed them.”

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People are understandably outraged to witness their favorite rapper confess that when clients at the strip club attempted to lure her to have sex, she lured them right back. Drugging and robbing someone is never okay.

Cardi B, however, seems absolutely unfazed by #CancelCardi.

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Song lyrics: “I’m Still Here” She did eventually post on Twitter, “Okay I’m off Twitter for a few days 😘 Have fun.”

The lack of police or celebrity response has inspired a #SurvivingCardiB hashtag.

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The hashtag is meant to echo the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary to point out that if a man had admitted to drugging and robbing women, we would all be angrier.

Even this man begging for money in New Orleans is concerned.

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That’s a smart guy, milking the empathy people have for Cardi B’s potential victims. Prepare yourself because there’s more. 😖

In another video, Cardi B confesses to some pretty horrible transphobic and sexual misconduct.

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In this video, Cardi tells women that there’s more than one way to get revenge on your man for cheating. The story she tells is one of getting her guy drunk, inviting him to a threesome and the ‘joke’ is that the woman ends up being a “trannie.” We’re all cringing right now.

The Black community is especially angry that the rapper seems to be escaping accountability for her actions.

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Not pictured: the incredible amount of colorism and racism towards Cardi B right now. The ignorance around Afro-Latinidad and not being “Black enough” is familiar in every culture and race.

Pictured: Cardi B giving zero f**ks.

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In an Instagram live rant following #CancelCardi, she claims that male rappers are given a pass on how the streets affected their past. She makes a good point that male rappers who sing about robberies and gun violence are not held accountable.

That said, it’s understandable to feel a little wary of Cardi B right about now.

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Many feminists are arguing that sex work is not something to be shamed or to riot about–that the men consented to the sex itself, and that “robbing” them was young Cardi B’s mental workaround the trauma of feeling forced to perform sex work.

Many people are calling on Pepsi to cancel their sponsorship of Cardi.

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Literally, people are counting the days that Pepsi has not responded to the allegations; that celebrities have not chimed in. It’s understandable that people want to know the truth and see potential sex crimes resolve.

Cardi is no stranger to the hate.

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She seems to be handling it well. Her husband, Offset, posted his support as well:

“RIDE OR DIE FOREVER LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHATS GOING ON I LOVE YOU BEST MOTHER AND HUSTLER I KNOW.”

Amidst all this, Cardi B is leading the Billboard Music Awards with 21 nominations.

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She just barely missed the record set by Drake and The Chainsmokers, who both received 22 nominations. She’ll get ’em next year.

Many fans are still stanning the artist’s talent and work ethic that brought her to the top.

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It’s true that Cardi B is responsible for her own rise to fame. For my crew who boycotts R. Kelly and Chris Brown, we have another case for the public court.

We imagine that the police are investigating Cardi B’s statement.

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…and that more information will be revealed. Already, one of Cardi’s ‘victim’s admitted that the transphobic incident did happen but that it was a joke that went too far.

The bottom line is that the public jury is still out on Cardi B’s behavior.

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No official jury has gathered. We are not aware of any official police investigation. We understand that people have complicated pasts that become more complicated compounded by poverty and classism.

READ: Cardi Saved $35k in Singles By the Time She Was 22, And Other Things You Should Know About Cardi B Before She Made It