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Cardi B Paid Tribute to Selena Before Her Record-Breaking Performance at the Houston Rodeo

Cardi B has always repped her Latinx heritage loudly and proudly, including supporting and collaborating with fellow Latinx artists like Bad Bunny and Bruno Mars. On Friday, she took the Latinx love even further by taking to social media to pay tribute to the Queen of Tejano music herself: Selena Quintanilla.

As we previously reported, Cardi B was chosen to perform at the famous Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show–otherwise known as the biggest rodeo in the world. In line with her heretofore history-making career, Cardi B broke further boundaries by smashing the rodeo’s previous attendance record and playing to a massive audience of 75,580 people.

Before hitting the stage, Cardi took to social media to share with fans how nervous she was to perform in front of such a large audience.

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Wearing a very fitting sparkly pink cowgirl outfit, Cardi stood in front of a picture of Selena, also dressed in a western-style outfit, and addressed her 41 millions followers.

“I was so nervous to perform in front of 70,000-plus people, but when I saw this picture,” Cardi said, pointing to the photo of Selena wearing her signature bustier and an off-the-shoulder leather jacket, “…I knew I was gonna be alright.”

According to Cardi, the outfit Selena was wearing in the photo was the style inspiration for her recent “Please Me” music video.

In her “Please Me” music video, Cardi B wears a very similar purple bedazzled Western-style leather jacket and matching bustier along with corn-rowed hair stacked with gold beads, effectively repping both sides of her Afro-Latina heritage.

Cardi continued to stan for Selena by singing along with a recording of “Como La Flor” that was playing in the background, including turning and serenading the picture of Selena on the wall.

Naturally, the collision of so much Latina magic in one post had Latina Twitter on Fire.

It’s always heartwarming to see Latina artists support each other, so the fact that Cardi B took time to acknowledge Selena’s influence on her own career is not lost on the Latinx community.

This Latina was happy to see Selena’s legacy live on today.

It’s almost as if Selena’s presence was there with Cardi for her performance

Some fantasized over what could have been if Selena was still alive to team up with Cardi

We can just imagine the chart-topping ear-worms two talented Latinas like this could come up with.

And of course, some Latinas got emotional at the memory of Selena, who’s life and career was so tragically cut short

Latinas will always have a soft spot in their heart for Selena. It doesn’t take much to get teary-eyed when thinking about her.

After hearing Cardi’s short rendition of “Como La Flor”, some fans were asking for a cover

Who wouldn’t love our current Latina queen flexing her vocal muscles and giving us a rendition of one of Selena’s numerous legendary songs?

We hope Cardi continues to slay her goals and uplift the Latinx community as her career continues to soar.

A New Documentary Exposes The Massacre In Porvenir, Texas That Left 15 Mexican-Americans Dead

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A New Documentary Exposes The Massacre In Porvenir, Texas That Left 15 Mexican-Americans Dead

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Porvenir is a Spanish word. If you break it down, por venir literally means to come, and the translation is the future. It’s also the name of what used to be a tiny town in Texas located right next to the Rio Grande on the border. The village of Porvenir in Texas, which is a town no more, had roots that reflect the brutal and deadly colonization that this country was built on. 

“Porvenir, Texas” is a new documentary on PBS that brings to light the massacre that happened on the border more than 100 years ago. 

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As the tense immigration crisis continues in this country today, the documentary “Porvenir, Texas” shows how this struggle has been part of our history since the inception of the United States of America. 

The story of the massacre cannot be told before discussing the war between the U.S. and Mexico. While the U.S. continued to expand in the southwest through its war with Mexico, the battle to live and remain in the country affected the most vulnerable people who weren’t part of the war at all. They were Mexicans who lived in Texas and along the border before it was ever part of the United States. However, after Mexico lost Texas to the United States, those living in Texas, became Americans overnight. That didn’t please the incoming residents — white people looking to make the country their home. 

The documentary exposes the brutal killing of 15 Mexican men — some who were American as well — which the U.S. tried to hide from history. 

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With the expansion of the U.S. throughout its new state of Texas, white ranchers staked their claim in areas that were owned by Mexican-Americans. Like gentrification today, Texas was also gentrified during the Wild West, which meant Mexicans, who were now Americans, were displaced because of higher taxes. 

With the revolution still going on in the Mexican border and new white ranchers taking over land, racial tensions were high. White people were told that all Mexicans were “bandits” and Mexican-Americans were in fear for their lives thinking they could be killed based on the color of their skin.

White people were killing Mexican-Americans outright with no consequences, and the film shows graphic images of that. 

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Here’s a summary of that fateful violent night as reported by NBC News: “In the early morning hours of Jan. 28, 1918, a group of ranchers, Texas Rangers, and U.S. Army cavalry soldiers entered the village and rousted the residents from their beds. They led away 15 unarmed men and boys of Mexican descent to a nearby bluff, where they shot and killed them. These victims ranged in age from 16 to 72, and some were American citizens. The town’s women and children fled across the border to Mexico for safety. The next day, the perpetrators returned and burned the village to the ground. Porvenir ceased to exist.”

We have no idea how many other Mexican-Americans were killed with such brutality during this period because there’s no record of it. The only reason the story of Porvenir can be told today is because of two men that documented what happened. 

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Harry Warren was a white teacher that worked with some of the community in Porvenir and wrote about what happened that night. He also was a witness to the bodies.  José Tomás (“J.T.”) Canales, who was a state legislator at the time, launched an investigation against the Rangers, and his depositions and testimony have been preserved as well. 

“There were many cases like Porvenir, where the initial response from the state was to try to fabricate what really took place,” Monica Muñoz Martinez, an assistant professor at Brown University and the founding member of the public history project Refusing To Forget, told NBC News. “It was not unusual for the state to try to justify such acts, by criminalizing the victims. Residents of Porvenir were described at times as squatters or bandits. None of this is true.”

Christina Fernandez Shapter produced the film and spoke about the importance of making sure these stories are never forgotten. 

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“I am Mexican American myself, I am from Texas, my family has been here for generations,” she told NBC News. “And I know we all have stories in our families, sometimes of land being taken from us or other injustices.”

Here’s a clip of the film.

Click here to watch the entire documentary. 

READ: This Exhibition Told The Stories Of Mexicans And Mexican-Americans Who Were Illegally Deported In The ’20s And ’30s

Cardi B Flipped Out At A Media Outlet After They Claimed She Said That Her Daughter Called Other People ‘Mommy’

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Cardi B Flipped Out At A Media Outlet After They Claimed She Said That Her Daughter Called Other People ‘Mommy’

Cardi B is once again in hot water after she publicly let her temper get the better of her. The 26-year-old Grammy-winner took to Instagram live to vent her frustration at a story that was written about her that she felt “twisted her words”. While on a press tour for her new Netflix* show “Rhythm and Flow”, Cardi B was asked a question by Access Hollywood as to how she achieves work/life balance as a new mom. Cardi responded with an in-depth, two-minute answer where she described the ways she puts her child before her work. 

However, Access Hollywood ran the story with the headline: “Cardi B Admits Baby Kulture Calls Someone Else ‘Mommy” Because She Works So Much.”

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Cardi B responded to the “clickbait” headline in a fiery, expletive-filled Instagram Live video. In the video, she not only took issue with Access Hollywood using her daughter to generate views but the way in which the media outlet edited her response to change what she said. “That’s not what the fuck I said,” she yelled at the camera. “Don’t use my motherfucking kid for clickbait bitch. Don’t fucking cut shit off, try to make me look like I’m a fuck-ass mom ‘cause that’s something that I’m not.” But, as her tirade continued, she crossed a line for many people. 

At one point in the video, she said: “Access Hollywood, suck my whole dick. Suck a dick, I hope your fucking mom catch AIDs, bitch.”

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While some people were sympathetic to Cardi’s anger at the media peddling an inaccurate image of her mothering skills, countless others were disappointed in her choice of words–mainly her decision to use catching HIV/AIDS as a “curse” on her enemies. People were quick to call out Cardi’s insults as crass and below-the-belt. LGBT and HIV/AIDS activists have long worked towards erasing the stigma surrounding the STI, and critics are saying that “weaponizing” the disease in this particular way is problematic. 

“Cardi couldn’t come up with a better insult than wishing AIDS on people?!” said Twitter user @EnigmaticLone. “Contributing to the stigma of AIDS is gross and irresponsible”. Others accused Cardi of only aligning herself with the LGBTQ community when it benefited her: “[Cardi B] claims to be a ‘ally’ to lgbt ppl while wishing AIDS on ppl she doesn’t like,” said Twitter user @Gaynerdman.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has gotten into trouble over her problematic behavior. 

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She’s previously been dragged on social media for making light of the civil rights movement, spouting transphobic language, and admitting to drugging and robbing men before she was famous. Cardi B’s relationship with the media is so contentious that she even released a song describing her feelings. 

After the most recent influx of bad press and negative fan reactions, Cardi went back on social media to explain herself a bit more. “I go out I do press run people took my kindness for weakness,” she said via Twitter. “I felt violated I said how I felt now I am THE INDUSTRY WICKED WITCH AGAIN.” She then claimed she would shortly be taking a break from social media because she is “over it”.

Naturally, the reaction on Twitter has been swift and immediate.

While a lot of people understand Cardi’s anger at her words being manipulated, the majority of her fans don’t condone how she went about expressing it. 

Some fans expressed their support but still asked for an apology.

Cardi has been the first to admit that she comes from “a place that people have closed mindsets”, and she isn’t always educated on the baggage that certain language comes with. Still, ignorance can’t always be an excuse for bad behavior.

This fan is still on Cardi’s side regardless of her problematic words:

Cardi responded to this stan’s Tweet with: “Thank you…Boy they will push every type of narrative to cancel me NOBODY CANT CANCEL ME BUT GOD…”. 

This fan believes that Cardi B should choose to rise above negative press.

The truth is, this won’t be the last time the press takes Cardi’s words and twists them around. If she wants to stay in the spotlight, it might benefit her to either get a thicker skin, or avoid reading articles about herself. Celebrities have always been the targets of negative press. 

This Twitter user seems to be 100% fed up with Cardi’s history of problematic statements:

At this point, it does seem rather likely that Cardi B might continue to say hurtful things about marginalized communities.