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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.

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What To Know About The Doctor In Nipsey Hussle's Reported Documentary

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What To Know About The Doctor In Nipsey Hussle’s Reported Documentary

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Close to a week after the untimely death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, interest has grown on one of his passion projects. Hussle was reportedly working on before he was killed in Los Angeles outside his Marathon clothing store. According to several reports, Hussle was working on a documentary focusing on a herbalist in Honduras who claims to have found a cure for AIDS.

Dr. Sebi is a herbalist who claimed he had found a cure for AIDS in the 1980s.

Google Trends shows a spike for the search term ‘Dr. Sebi’ in March. Related search queries include Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Sebi documentary, and Nipsey Hussle dr. sebi documentary (among others).

In case you don’t know who Dr. Sebi is, here are some fast facts to know about the herbalist that has been fascinating social media users and conspiracy theorists over the last week.

Dr. Sebi called Honduras his home.

Born Alfredo Bowman in Ilanga, Honduras, Dr. Sebi did not consider himself African Honduran, but instead referred to himself as an African in Honduras. He established the USHA Research Institute on the coast of Honduras, 15 miles from La Ceiba, Honduras. The research institute features natural springs for bathing and is now managed by his daughter Samma Bowman. It has been visited by celebs, tourists and locals looking to ail their cures with a rigorous diet and holistic healing. After some legal troubles, the institute relocated to California.

He gained both praise and notoriety for his “African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy”, which claimed to cure AIDS, cancer, leukemia, epilepsy and other health problems.

In part, critics were skeptical of Dr. Sebi’s ways because he was not a trained medical doctor. After marketing his products in the U.S. in the 1980s, he was charged with practicing medicine without a license. However, a jury found his not guilty because he had not prescribed medications or made diagnoses.

He was a celebrity herbalist to pop stars and entertainers.

After Dr. Sebi died in 2016 at the age of 82, the Telegraph wrote an obituary listing some of the herbalist’s former clients, including Michael Jackson, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Eddie Murphy, and John Travolta.

His legal troubles followed him until his death.

Months before he died in November of 2016, in May of that year, Dr. Sebi was arrested in Honduras for having cash he couldn’t account for, and was subsequently charged with money laundering. It is reported he died while in police custody, and the AP reports the official cause of death was pneumonia.

Conspiracy theories abound on Dr. Sebi’s death.

In an article published this week by the AP, the theories surrounding Dr. Sebi’s death were once again re-visited. Some believe Dr. Sebi was killed by the government to silence his natural cures. Some go further posting that perhaps Hussle’s death was caused because he was trying to shed light on Dr. Sebi’s health claims through the documentary.

Other social media users are reminding other users to calm down on the conspiracy talk.

There is no evidence of people being cured of their ailments strictly based on Dr. Sebi’s tactics.

The documentary seems to be getting a new producer.

Despite the controversy Dr. Sebi’s methods stir up, Nick Cannon wants to make sure Dr. Sebi’s legacy lives on by honoring Hussle’s work and continuing the project for him. Cannon posted on his Instagram he will be “picking up the baton” for Nipsey Hussle and will continue his work on the documentary on Dr. Sebi.

No release date has been set for the documentary, but if Cannon finishes it, we’re sure he will also be posting it to his IG page.

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