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Cardi B Is Set To Host A Rap Competition Show On Netflix And We Can’t Handle This Huge News

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Cardi B can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. She’s always in the news and I, for one, stan. Sure it may not always be for the best reasons (like her felony charges for a strip club fight or her apparent feud with a group of 10 year old boys) but she keeps things real and she keeps them fun.

For real though, what would our world look like without some Cardi B drama? I don’t want to find out.

And the ‘Press’ rapper seems to be all over the place right now. She’s got her movie ‘Hustlers’ coming out and she’s making appearances at pretty much every single award show. She’s living her best life. And now, she’s trying to help America’s next rap star live theirs.

So it’s true, Cardi B is going to be hosting a rap competition show on Netflix.

Netflix has officially announced a premiere date for Rhythm + Flow, the streamer’s long-awaited hip-hop competition series hosted by Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I.—and it’s coming this October.

Rhythm + Flow was first announced in 2018 as a series that would bring together some of music’s biggest names in order to “find fresh talent and help undiscovered hip-hop artists pursue their dreams.”

According to Deadline, each of the ten, hour-long episodes will follow the judges from Los Angeles to New York to Atlanta to Chicago on their quest to “help undiscovered artists pursue their come up,” and Netflix will roll out each phase of the competition separately over the course of three weeks.

A show like Rhythm + Flow feels like it should be an obvious hit. Reality shows often appeal to wider audiences and are cheaper to produce than scripted series. Netflix has also seen recent success with reality competition shows like glassblowing series Blown Away and an Emmy nomination for the baking show Nailed It.

Unlike most shows on Netflix though, this one won’t be one that you’ll be able to binge watch all 10 episodes in one sitting.

Don’t expect to just blow through the whole season in one sitting, though. According to Netflix, the show, which follows amateur rappers vying for American Idol-style stardom, will be one of the only series on the platform to roll out weekly instead of dropping all at once.

The first four episodes will focus on the auditions, and are set to drop together on October 9. The next three episodes, where the contestants will shoot music videos and rap battle, will air the following week, and the last three, including the finale, will air on the 23rd.

Cardi B has hyped up the show on her Instagram and shared what she’s looking for in America’s next rap star.

“I‘m looking for somebody that when I’m going to my car I’m gonna remember their music, I’m gonna remember their face, I’m gonna remember their personality,” Cardi B said in an Instagram video announcing her role as a judge last November. “We wanna find you, we wanna discover you.”

Fans of the “Money” rapper are totally here for the new show.

And it’s true, Cardi B seems to be on a role. First, she’s in the big new movie alongside Jennifer Lopez and now she’s got her own major TV show coming out on Netflix. Bravo girl, bravo!

Many commented that they couldn’t imagine a more perfect set of judges for this type of show.

Between Cardi B, T.I. and Chance The Rapper, this show is gonna have some serious talent on that judging panel. And with all the sass and drama that Cardi B is known for, it should definitely make for a good entertaining show.

Others noted that it was about damn time that there was a rap competition show.

For years, we’ve had series like American Idol and The Voice that have largely focused on pop and country music.

The genres of hip hop, trap, and rap have all largely been ignored by the mainstream networks. So, it’s refreshing to see that Netflix is taking a huge step forward in producing a show that will feature the rap scene and its unique culture.

Her future as a TV show host though could be in jeopardy depending on how her upcoming trial goes.

Cardi is facing two felony charges for attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury. She has also been charged with various misdemeanors (including reckless endangerment) and violations (including harassment)

The alleged incident took place at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in August 2018. Two bartenders at the club allege that Cardi B ordered her associates to attack them with bottles and chairs, according to TMZ. Although Cardi B has pled not guilty to the charges, she has an uphill court battle.

You can check out the gag-worthy trailer below:

This trailer has us counting down the days. We didn’t want summer to be over but oh my god can it be October 9th already please?

What do you think? Are you excited for this series? Let us know in the comment section below.

Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez continues her reign as a Netflix producer with Living Undocumented. It is always great when celebrities use their platforms to enrich and educate. Gomez has a huge platform and can generate huge numbers. 13 Reasons Why blew Netflix’s expectations out of the water, and I can’t help but think it’s because of Gomez’s enormous Instagram following. The girl has reach. 

As you might have guessed, Living Undocumented is a documentary series that follows the lives of undocumented immigrants as they navigate life under the looming threat of increasingly cruel immigration policies and ICE raids.

Selena Gomez announces Living Undocumented on Instagram

“I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me. Available globally October 2,” Gomez wrote.

Living Undocumented 

Living Undocumented will focus on eight undocumented families. Premiering on October 2nd on Netflix, the show will chronicle the families as they face possible deportation. The narratives will range from hopeful to infuriating, but the series will put a human face on a dehumanized group of people. 

It cannot be said again that the United States has always struggled with two contradictory narratives: the one where it is a beacon of hope for the tired, hungry, and poor, versus the one where it has upheld numerous racist and xenophobic immigration policies. This is an issue that predates Trumpito, even if he has kicked it into it’s most degrading form. 

“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented because, over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” said Gomez. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”

Gomez is joined by executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Mandy Teefey, Anna Chai, and Sean O’Grady. Chai will also co-direct the series.

“Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time. But rather than discussing this issue with only statistics and policy debates, we wanted viewers to hear directly from the immigrants themselves, in their own words, with all the power and emotion that these stories reflect.”

Humanizing immigrants is key

People don’t just bring guns into Walmarts to kill 22 innocent humans beings for no reason. It is no secret that President Trump’s dehumanizing language was a catalyst for the El Paso shooting. The suspect whose name shall not be invoked told officers he was looking to kill “Mexicans.” Mexicans — the Latinxs Trump referred to as rapists and criminals. The mass murderer also said he wanted to stop a “Hispanic Invasion,” in his manifesto. Trump called Central Americans “invaders.” 

According to Pew Research Center, this year they found that 58 percent of Latinx adults say they experienced discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Across all races and ethnic groups, two-thirds of individuals surveyed say that expressing racist views has become more common since Trump was elected. 

This year, at a Trump rally, supporters were cheering about shooting immigrants. 

“How do you stop these people?” Trump asks. Then someone yelled back, “Shoot them.” Trump smiled. The crowd cheered. Three months later, the El Paso shooting took 22 lives.

“The language that criminalizes and makes Latinos out to be evil is affecting our own citizens and it’s going to have both short- and long-term consequences that we are starting to see in the Latino population,” Elizabeth Vaquera, an associate professor at George Washington University who studies vulnerable groups, told the Washington Post.

A Bipartisan Non-Issue Becomes A Partisan Issue

This immigration “issue” started off as a hoax but through Trump’s horrible policies he created this new immigration crisis. In 2017, when Trump took office, migrants arrested at the border were at the lowest level in three decades. 

Three former employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wrote in Politico, the border crisis is all Trump’s fault.

 “It is Donald Trump himself who is responsible. Through misguided policies, political stunts and a failure of leadership, the president has created the conditions that allowed the asylum problem at the border to explode into a crisis.” 

Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 80 percent of Democrats view the fact that the majority of the United States will be nonwhite by 2045 as a good thing, while 61 percent of Republicans say it is bad. 

The barrage of harmful rhetoric has turned what was not even a problem into a national crisis with opinions straddling partisan lines, and a heightened hatred of Latinx people. Living Undocumented might be exactly what this country needs. 

In A Major Political Statement, Los Tigres Del Norte Play Concert For Inmates At Folsom Prison And It’s Captured In A Netflix Doc

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In A Major Political Statement, Los Tigres Del Norte Play Concert For Inmates At Folsom Prison And It’s Captured In A Netflix Doc

Netflix just dropped an amazing documentary that follows the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte as they visit Folsom Prison in California, and perform for the inmates. Of course, this is a political act in itself: performing to those who are serving a sentence is going against conservative views that inmates should be isolated from society. This is particularly relevant in the Trump era, as convicted felons are stripped of their humanity in political discourse, oftentimes with racial and racist connotations. 

The famous Johnny Cash played a concert there 50 years ago, a great political statement at the time.

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Cash swore at and denounced the authorities in his groundbreaking performance at the Folsom Prison cafeteria. He was just spectacular, calling out mistreatment of prisoners and making inmates feel heard. Even though he didn’t go to prison himself, he often wrote songs about incarceration and received dozens of letters from prisoners. What a legend. The original Man in Black! 

Things have changed: over 40% of the inmates today are Latino. Enter Los Tigres del Norte.

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The prison population encountered by Cash was mostly Black and white, and only a few Latinos spent their days behind Folsom’s bars. But the population is vastly different today, and Latino faces are seen everywhere. For the concert, Los Tigres dressed in black, honoring the memory of Cash. “Doing this job inside the prison is a very significant thing for us. We sing true stories and everything we’ve recorded we try to make it from the pure heart, taken from the feelings of the human being,” said Jorge Hernandez, vocalist and accordionist, to CD Noticias Financieras. 

And they opened the show with their own version of the iconic Johnny Cash song “Folsom Prison Blues.”

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The documentary starts with full engines on. Los Tigres, with the Cash family blessing, reimagined “Folsom Prison Blues” and gave it a Mexican saborcito that is just a delight. The banjo is replaced by the iconic accordion and the inmates shed a tear when listening to the story in Spanish: a man is imprisoned in Folsom and listens to a train full of rich people go by. He knows he will never be on that train and that he will die behind bars.

As reported by CE Noticias Financieras: “The first single from the album, ‘La Prisión de Folsom (Folsom Prision Blues)’ is the first Spanish-language version of Johnny Cash’s classic song, created with the support of his son, John Carter Cash,and written in collaboration with Ana Cristina Cash,daughter-in-law of the artist”. 

Los Tigres del Norte sing about marginalized individuals.

Credit: Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison / Netflix

Their corridos, some of which are controversial for humanizing cartel members, talk of rags to riches stories, but also of the many perils faced by undocumented migrants. Many prisoners at Folsom could relate. Ay, dolor. 

And the documentary shows plenty of heartbreaking stories.

Credit: Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison / Netflix

Songs such as “La jaula de oro” (about an undocumented worker feeling trapped un the United States) are intercut with the inmates’ own stories of regret, redemption and loss. The first half focuses on the male population while the second explores the lives of female inmates. Many of them have found redemption in religion, while others have had to dig deep into their family past to unearth the reasons behind their crimes. 

But there are also stories of redemption.

Credit: Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison / Netflix

The most teary and joyful moment of the documentary comes when a prisoner who used to be a musician shares the stage with Los Tigres. He gets the self respect he has been fighting his demons for since he was imprisoned for murder. It is a tender moment in which he probably gained the respect of all the other reclusos as well. 

Many inmates were put there because of the three-strike rule.

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Some of the stories point to a fundamental fault in the system whereby no matter how small your crime is, if you got other two convictions under your belt you end up in jail. Harsh and also a rule that seems to target marginalized communities that don’t get enough help to straighten the path.

Los Tigres spent some quality time with the inmates, showing us that we all deserve a second chance.

Credit: Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison / Netflix

Los Tigres del Norte have been blamed for glorifying crime and his songs have been banned in places like the Mexican state of Chihuahua. However, by seeing them laugh with and hug a group of inmates we realize that they are just able and willing to find human kindness in everyone. Sometimes, they say, all someone needs is to be heard. 

Of course, social media is going crazy about the documentary, particularly during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Credit: Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison / Netflix

Even though the documentary has only been available for a few days, Twitter has exploded with positive reviews. 

The music is almost irrelevant compared to the strong political message “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison” sends.

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And people are noticing. The documentary will surely spark discussions around the penitentiary system in the United States and the lives of Latinos in the face of inequality. 

And it is bringing families together.

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Can we join you and sing hasta el amanecer

And of course it is giving la raza all the feels.

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We are right there with you, Gabinha. 

Puro Orgullo Mexicano!

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Gracias, Netflix.