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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

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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.

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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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