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Cardi B Sings A Camilo Sesto Song Reminding Us His Legendary Music Transcends Generations And Genres

Cardi B took to social media to do a brief musical tribute to the late Spanish artist Camilo Sesto on Monday. The singer and songwriter, who has been a beloved musical staple in the Spanish-speaking world since the 1970s, passed away this weekend.

Born Camilo Blanes Cortés in Alcoy, Spain, Sesto has sold over 180 million records worldwide over the span of his 40-year career. Known for his romantic rock ballads, Sesto succumbed to heart failure on Sunday. He was 72 years old. Celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss of the artist on social media. However, it was Cardi’s tribute that left a few baffled.

Cardi B pays homage to Camilo Sesto.

The “Money” rapper took to her Instagram stories to share a selfie video of herself lip-syncing to Sesto’s song “Jamas.” While Cardi is of Dominican heritage, it is not uncommon for there to be cultural diffusion in the Spanish-speaking world. Our tíos and tías make sure of it. 

However, Sesto recorded songs in multiple languages including English, Catalan, Italian, German, Japanese, and Portuguese. So you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear anyone referencing his music. The man had global appeal if there was ever a word for it. 

A Latin legend passes away at 72 years old.

“Queridos amigos & amigas. Lamentamos mucho comunicaros que nuestro gran y querido artista Camilo Sesto nos acaba de dejar. Descanse en paz,” Sesto’s management announced on Twitter.

Translation: “Our dear friends, we are very sorry to inform you that our great and dear artist Camilo Sesto has just left us. Rest In Peace.”

Sesto’s manager, Eduardo Guervós, confirmed the artist’s death to Spanish public broadcaster TVE. Sesto died in a Madrid hospital after experiencing two heart attacks. The death came as a shock to fans as the 72-year-old was just 8 days away from his next birthday, had an album set for release this week, and planned to embark on a tour in the United States this October. 

In 2003, Sesto survived a liver transplant and stunned fans with his comeback album Alma. In 2011, he was awarded the “Highest Hispanic Pride” medal in Las Vegas in which the day was declared Camilo Sesto’s Day in Nevada.

A 40-year legacy left behind.

Sesto came to prominence in the 1970s and has been prolific ever since. The singer-songwriter has released 20 albums, written songs for prominent artists such as Ángela Carrasco, Miguel Bosé, Lucía Méndez, Charytín Goyco and José José. A pioneer in Spanish-language rock ballads, his music would even influence rock icons such as The Beatles. 

His hits included the songs Algo de mí,” ”Perdóname,” and “Melina.” Sesto was also an actor who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Spanish version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. 

Fans had a mixed reaction to Cardi’s homage.

“Cardi B singing Camilo Sesto songs on IG stories – she’s just a Latina mom like the rest of our moms haha,” one user wrote.

Other fans were baffled that Cardi was a fan of the late singer’s, joking that we must live in some kind of simulation or alternate reality. 

Translation: “Cardi B listening to Camilo Sesto, we definitely live in a simulation,” another user joked.

“After seeing Cardi B singing songs of Camilo Sesto, the day can only get worse,” another person said.

Cardi wasn’t the only one to honor Sesto’s memory.

“With his genuine voice, as an interpreter and composer, he managed to be one of the most beloved and universal artists. Spain and all Latin America lament the loss of Camilo Sesto,” Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted about the loss of the legendary artist. “A hug to his family and the world of music. His melodies will always be part of our memory.”

Antonio Banderas joined in those mourning the loss of this mega star.

“From ‘I can no longer’ to the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, he [Camilo Sesto] leaves us many emblematic songs that make up the soundtrack of our lives and time can not take that away,” the actor Antonio Banderas tweeted. 

He even had a writer for the LA Times commemorate his successes.

“Back in the 80s, the women in my family shed many tears listening to the legendary Camilo Sesto. His music was a love song to all the precious things they left behind in Central America,” wrote Esmeralda Bermudez, a writer for the Los Angeles Times

Sometimes we underestimate the reach of Spanish-speaking artists. Perhaps, it is how America continues to trap us in a bottle. Not all art may make it into the mainstream cultural zeitgeist of the United States, but that doesn’t mean hundreds of millions of people don’t adore it. Sometimes it’s the massive hole a loss leaves behind that illuminates just how impactful Latin culture is. 

Samantha Barbash Said Jennifer Lopez Should Not Have Played Her In ‘Hustlers,’ It Would Have Been Better With Cardi B

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Samantha Barbash Said Jennifer Lopez Should Not Have Played Her In ‘Hustlers,’ It Would Have Been Better With Cardi B

Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said

There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film. 

Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez. 

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The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”

Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her. 

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For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.  

Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers. 

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“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business. 

We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role. 

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The Bronx rapper did admit to drugging men and robbing them, just like the characters did in the movie “Hustlers.” In 2017, Barbash was charged for conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation

In March, Card admitted on social media that during her stint as a stripper in New York she too did what the “Hustlers” did in the movie. “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” 

Soon after that post, Cardi said she it was wrong of her to do that and has since tried to make a better life for herself. 

READ: Critics Think Jennifer Lopez Gave An Oscar-Worthy Performance In ‘Hustlers’

 
 
 

Cardi B Blows Up Instagram As She Shares Her Opinion On Best Lighting Options For Sex

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Cardi B Blows Up Instagram As She Shares Her Opinion On Best Lighting Options For Sex

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Would you even be surprised to hear that Cardi B is at it again – this time talking about the best lighting to have during sex? Probably not. In classic Cardi B style, she took to Instagram to set the record straight, and give everyone the low-down on how we should be having sex. Because we all know that in the modern age, the best way to get your message across on the important things is via the glorious Insta feed.

As any true sex aficionado, Cardi gave us all the reasons why we shouldn’tuse certain lighting.

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She begins by explaining why a fully-lit room can ruin the mood. ”If I see a pimple on a n**** face, it distract me from cumming because now I wanna pop the pimple … I can’t focus at all,” she said. Clearly, Cardi B is one of those people who can watch one of those Youtube vids showing pimples getting popped in graphic detail, without getting squicked out over it. More power to her – except for when she’s in bed, obviously.

Next, Cardi brought out the next point in her argument: that there’s no way you wanna be banging when it’s pitch black.

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”You know you start seeing monsters when it’s too dark and sh*t. Oh, b*tch, I’m scared I wanna get out of here,” she explained. Okay, so now somehow we’re not only getting hints and tips on getting the best out of our time in the bedroom, we’re also learning more about Cardi B. She’s afraid of the dark? Man, it’s time for her to invest in some cute lil fairy lights or something. We all know that even though that hipster aesthetic is hella adorable, it was really made for people who aren’t a fan of the dark.

And then, Cardi B schooled us on how we should be setting the mood when we’re in the bedroom.

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“You know when you’re in the club, when that blue light is on and everyone looks beautiful … you look beautiful when the TV light is on,” she said. And you know what, she’s not wrong. There’s something to be said about the dim lighting that a television can provide. After all, “Netflix and chill” was invented for a reason, right? And now it’s evolved beyond just being a simple pickup line, into an actual phenomenon, thanks to Cardi B.

But, this brings up more questions: is it possible for whatever’s on TV to be too distracting?

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For us hippies out here: would a lava lamp suffice? What about sound coming from the TV? Are we going to ignore the initial awkwardness of getting hot and heavy with someone, to then fiddling with the lights and turning on the television? If Cardi’s gonna argue this, then she’s gonna need to go all out and really explore the topic with us. We. Need. Answers. And if this turns into a series on Insta, we’re breaking out the popcorn.

Anyway, as you’ve probably already guessed, things are blowing up on Insta and on Twitter.

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The comments were alive with people applauding Cardi for sharing a universal truth. It’s now a fact, babes.

Some of these comments though…

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Others were surprised that what should be a sexy night in can turn into a full-on ghost story for our girl.

Maybe not too surprising, Cardi B had her supporters online.

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Chances are Cardi isn’t the first one to have discovered the benefit of a blue light, with some fans applauding her statement and making them feel seen.

Things were a bit different on Twitter, though.

It probably doesn’t help that Cardi also took to Twitter to share her thoughts on spitting and sex – and suddenly everyone had to Tweet their thoughts on what was going on behind the scenes for Cardi B. This led some to inquire about the health of Cardi and Offset’s relationship. We can answer this now, for you: they’re doing fine, of course – Cardi’s got the whole TV lighting thing sorted, after all!

Others had a bit of a giggle – because Cardi B was doing what Cardi does best. No, not rapping – chatting about sex online!

A fan or two couldn’t help but think about what Cardi’s comments meant for Cardi and Offset’s sex life. 

At the end of the day Cardi B is out here doing God’s work, since she’s destigmatizing women having a sexual appetite, one Instagram rant at a time. Thanks, Cardi. And for those of you who are curious about the original post, we’ve got it right herefor you. Yeah, you’re welcome.