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Haters Have Been Coming For Cardi B For Her Latinidad And She Clapped Back In Instagram Video

Cardi B is in the news…a lot. Whether she’s releasing new music, talking about her plastic surgery, kid, or mounting legal problems, it seems like every day we get a new headline about the rapper.

And this time isn’t any different.

But the “Press” singer is in the news today because she had a few choice words for people who are questioning her identity.

Cardi B had some serious words for people who say she can’t be both black and speak Spanish.

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Cardi B has faced a lot of criticism from listeners since she first rose to fame with “Bodak Yellow.” Now apparently, people are coming for her because she speaks Spanish but identifies as Black.

The rapper was giving on her favorite social media platform, Instagram giving a live session. In it, she talked about how she’s mistaken for Mexican because she speaks Spanish. “I’m not Mexican at all. I’m West Indian and I’m Dominican. I speak Spanish because I’m Dominican,” Cardi explained. “And it’s like, ‘So what’s the difference between Dominican and Mexican?’ And it’s like, everything!” And she’s totally right.

From there she circled back to the assumption that she’s not black.

“People just don’t be understanding shit. It’s like, ‘Cardi’s Latin, she’s not Black.’ And it’s like, ‘Bro, my features don’t come from…white people f*cking, OK?’ And they always wanna race-bait when it comes to me…I have Afro features,” she continued. “‘Oh, but your parents are light-skinned’ – alright, but my grandparents aren’t.”

She added that a lot of other artists haven’t faced the same criticism due to the darker complexion of their skin. “It’s crazy because some island women, some artists that are from the same islands as me, people will be like, ‘Oh they’re Black,'” she said. “But because Cardi speaks Spanish to people, she’s not Black, even though we have similar features, same skin complexion. But no, they want to not put Cardi in it because I speak Spanish.”

Also, don’t people get that people other than Mexicans also speak Spanish…?

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Like seriously, from Spain to the Philippines, parts of Africa, and nearly all of Latin America and much of the Caribbean – Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world. Obviously, it’s going to encompass a wide array of cultures, identities, and communities.

Some on Twitter were obviously in need of a history lesson.

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When Africans were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean like cargo, they were taken all over the Americas. Yes, most ended up in the British colonies of the present-day United States but many were taken to Spanish-speaking colonies, especially in the Caribbean.

Quite a few people tried laying out the facts right there on Twitter.

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Read: Speaking Spanish doesn’t make a person not Black.

To many, the argument got personal.

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Is anyone gonna go tell this person’s abuelo that he isn’t black just because he speaks Spanish…? Nope? Didn’t think so.

But a lot of people came out on Twitter standing by those who say she can’t identify as Black.

For many, it’s about identity and the struggles that the African-American community has gone through.

While at least one Twitter user summed it up like this:

We’re all Black. And not many people seemed to disagree with them – unless of course it meant Cardi B is Black too.

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Karol G, Bad Bunny, And Cardi B Lead AMA Nominations

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Karol G, Bad Bunny, And Cardi B Lead AMA Nominations

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The American Music Awards included three new categories to highlight Latin music stars. The nominations are officially out and here are the Latinos who are nominated for awards at the AMAs.

Cardi B

Not even a pandemic could keep Cardi B down. The rapper had an amazing year when it comes to her music career, especially with the release of “WAP.” Therefore, it should not be a surprise that Cardi B has been nominated for Collaboration of the Year for “WAP,” Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip Hop, and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop for “WAP.”

Bad Bunny

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The Puerto Rican artist is one of the most beloved members of the Latin music world. He has been nominated for the most awards of all male Latin music artist with four nominations. Bad Bunny is up for Best Male Artist – Latin, Favorite Album – Latin for “Las que no iban de salir” and “YHLQMDLG,” and Favorite Latin Song for “Vete.”

J Balvin

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J Balvin will always be an important part of Latin music and the AMA nominations show why. The Colombian artist has been nominated for Favorite Male Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin for “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life).”

Ozuna

Ozuna was the center of a controversial couple of years but his music career has always been strong. This year, he is going against Bad Bunny and J Balvin for Favorite Male Artist – Latin.

Becky G

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The Inglewood-native continues to slay with her incredible music. The AMAs have taken notice and the singer is up for Favorite Female Artist – Latin.

KAROL G

KAROL G is one musician that will definitely be around for a long time to come. The Colombian singer and songwriter has made a major name for herself and landed two AMA nominations. KAROL G is up for both Favorite Female Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin for “Tusa.”

Rosalía

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There is a lot of controversy about Rosalía and her inclusion in Latin music. While she does sing in Spanish, people have an issue with her being considered Latin music. However, the AMAs nominated Rosalía for Favorite Female Artist – Latin.

Anuel AA

Anuel AA rounds out the list of nominees for the AMAs. The singer is nominated for Favorite Album – Latin for “Emmanuel.”

READ: Karol G Use Of A Problematic Message To Make A BLM Statement Is A Reminder That Y’all Need To Listen Before They Speak

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Offset Is Detained By Police After Run In With Trump Supporters And He Live-Streamed The Whole Thing

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Offset Is Detained By Police After Run In With Trump Supporters And He Live-Streamed The Whole Thing

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Week after week there is no shortage of Cardi B and Offset news. It seems like every other day we have a new story involving their on-again off-again relationship, their extravagant gifts to one another, or their outspoken political beliefs.

However, over the weekend Offset made headlines for a brief encounter with Beverly Hills police after he passed by a pro-Trump rally.

Offset decided to livestream his interaction with police and the result was a heated exchange that resulted in the arrest of one of Cardi B’s cousins and many wondering why the police stopped the Migos rapper to begin with?

Offset was detained by police after driving past a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

On Saturday evening, rapper Offset streamed a confrontation with police on Instagram Live while being pulled over, after a passerby reported that a person inside the Migos rapper’s car allegedly pointed a gun through the window at him as they drove past a pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

According to police, they received a license plate and vehicle description that matched that of Offset and attempted to make a traffic stop. That’s when Offset began to livestream the encounter with police.

“Because you’ve got guns out, I’m not finna move my hands from my steering wheel,” Offset can be heard saying in video reported by TMZ, before officers open the door and pull him out of the vehicle. “You can’t just open my door,” he says. “That’s illegal. I’m going to sue to the shit out of y’all.”

Offset’s representatives have released the following statement in response to the incident.

“Artist and Philanthropist Offset was detained by the Beverly Hills Police Department following an attack by aggressive Trump supporters,” the statement reads. “He was released shortly thereafter. Offset thanks his fans for their support and wishes everyone peace and safety during these trying times. He encourages everyone to get out and vote because nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Although the police say a crime was committed, they add that the victim didn’t want to press charges.

“The victim of the crime did not desire to press charges for the pointing of the weapon,” police said in a statement. Police also reassured Offset was not arrested.

The Migos rapper live-streamed the entire encounter on Instagram Live.

As soon as the police made the traffic stop, Offset got his phone and began to livestream the encounter with police. Considering the way police so often handle encounters such as this with Black men, it was a wise decision on his part.

In the video, you can hear officers ask him to exit his car but he refuses becase the officers have their guns pointed at him.

“I’m not going to move my hands from the steering wheel,” he can be heard saying in the video.

In the video, you can also hear Offset argue with officers over what had just happened, as he claims people had “beat his car up with a flag.”

A passenger in Offset’s car was arrested and charged with firearms offenses.

Although police literally dragged Offset out of his own vehicle, officers have reiterated in statements that the rapper was not arrested or charged with any crime. However, a passenger in his car, 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar (who shares a surname with Offset’s wife, fellow hip hop heavyweight Cardi B) was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded, concealed firearm in a public place, according to the report.

In a tweet, Philip Lewis of the Huffington Post said that person, Marcelo Almanzar, is Cardi B’s cousin. However, as of Sunday afternoon, Marcelo is still in a Beverly Hills jail on a $35,000 bond.

Cardi B showed up to the scene and allegedly had to be restrained after trying to intervene to help her husband.

As the story broke on Saturday, Cardi B rolled up to the scene in her new black Rolls Royce just as Offset was arguing with the cops. When he refused to turn off his car, police reached into his car and physically dragged him out of it.

“That’s my husband! Why are you pointing a gun at him?” the rapper yelled while restrained by a friend, according to The Daily Mail.

Cardi then gets out her phone and shouts, ‘Let me record this.’ As Offset is led away, she yells loudly: ‘No! This is crazy! My husband is not armed. My husband is not armed.”

Much of the commotion took place as a crowd gathered – including several people carrying pro-Trump signs which had to have added to the tense situation.

By Sunday, things appeared to be back to normal for the couple as the pair went shopping in Beverly Hills.

Despite the traumatic incident, both Cardi B and Offset were sharing stories to their Instagram on Sunday as the couple were out shopping in Beverly Hills.

The pair had popped into a Beverly Hills Hermès store, and in an Instagram post joked that they were ‘spoilt’ by the luxury goods on offer.

So what do you think? Did Offset make the right choice to livestream the encounter with police?

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