Naomi Smalls first made her name as a season 8 contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and she is known for her legs and her model good looks. Legit, it is one of the biggest things going for her. Well, now she can add interviewing Cardi B to her ever-growing résumé of accomplishments. The queen sat down with the other queen and gave an incredible interview about Cardi B’s life before music and what we can kind of expect from her in the future.
One of the first things we learned from this interview is that Cardi B won “Most Dramatic” at her high school. This then led to a mini rant about how women tear other women down when they hang out with men. She was real quick to let everyone know that there is nothing wrong with the fact that she is one of the boys and that if you have a problem with it then you need to get over yourself.
Then we get into relationship stuff.
Smalls: “One deal breaker in a relationship?”
Cardi B: “When a guy f*cks around with his ex.”
Cardi B explains, in an expletive filled rant about the fact that being with a new woman is different than being back with an ex. Not that one is a lesser relationship sin but by going back to the ex, you prove you haven’t really moved on and that is something that will eventually end a relationship.
And, of course, they talked about her relationship with Offset.
Smalls: “Tell me about Offset. How’s that going?”
Cardi B: “Everything is going good. One day I was really upset with him and he just got me 300 roses. I really wanted to act up and be like, ‘Whatever. I’m still not going to call him.’ But I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ [insert super in love face here].”
Check out the rest of the video to get more insights and tips from the one and only Cardi B.
Shakira first gained fame in her native Colombia in the mid 1990s. And as a young millennial who grew up to her music, it’s hard to believe that the singer’s been such an iconic presence in Latinx music for almost three decades now. Shakira has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse, this Latina has changed pop culture and reigns supreme as the hip-shaking queen. This year, she’s back from a vocal injury with a whole documentary —which will be premiering in theaters this month.
In November 2017, Shakira suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage.
After a vocal injury which forced the singer to postpone her first tour in seven years — and her first since becoming a mother to two sons— Shak is ready to bounce back with a documentary that brushes on her vocal-cord hemorrhage injury, but mainly follows her in her 2017 tour ‘El Dorado’.
El Dorado, in 2017, marked her first U.S. trek in seven years. The run, however, was delayed for several months until Shakira recovered from her injury.
We’ll get to see the Colombiana perform all of her classics.
The 30-second trailer for the documentary, opens with shots that capture Shakira’s difficult recovery. But the rest of the trailer is packed with shots teasing the singer’s iconic return as she dances across the stage, plays guitar, beats the drums and sings to her classics “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”
Shakira took control of 100% of what went down during her ‘El Dorado’ tour.
Much like Beyonce did in her Homecoming show and ‘documentary’, this Latina diva took absolute control of every aspect of her live show: from the lighting to the musical arrangements to the choreography. “I want to look sexy as hell, or I cancel this!” yells Shakira with zeal to her crew during rehearsal in a scene of the film —and we can relate on a deep spiritual level.
In contrast to Beyonce though, and other superstars of her level, on this tour Shakira had no backup dancers, “I wanted the freedom to improvise,” she says to the camera during the film. The set design was purposefully minimalistic —inspired, she says, by Anton Corbijn, one of her favorite visual artists, who has directed music videos for U2, Metallica, and Depeche Mode.
The documentary was co-directed by the singer and will feature a lot of clips from her 2018 show in LA.
Shakira co-directed Shakira in Concert with James Merryman, and much of the movie was filmed at the pop star’s August 2018 concert in Los Angeles. The film will also feature behind-the-scenes clips and narration from Shakira.
Latinx music fans will also get to see other singers who have collaborated with Shakira.
Fans of reggaeton are in for a treat! The documentary also features a few behind-the-scenes moments of Shakira in the studio with Maluma and Nicky Jam, writing and recording their songs ‘Perro Fiel’ and ‘Chantaje’ together. We’ll get to catch glimpses of her interacting with her family —aka her hottie of a husband, Gerrard Pique— and her band during rehearsals and between concerts. Viewers will even get to see her dancing and singing aboard her private plane, still brimming with adrenaline after performing the nightly two-hour-long show.
El Dorado won’t be available on streaming platforms just yet —the singer has something much bigger planned.
Unlike other pop-star documentaries, El Dorado won’t be immediately available on streaming services or DVD. Shakira wanted her fans to have a communal fan experience by screening it in theaters. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will be shown in more than 2,000 theaters in more than 60 countries on the same day. Alongside the film, there will be a live album of the tour coming out this week as well.
Shakira dedicated ‘El Dorado’ to her fans.
The entire project, the film and album, is a gift to fans who have been with her through thick and thin and who, Shakira says, are the true protagonists of El Dorado. “When an artist decides to go on tour, in a way, he or she needs reaffirmation,” she said. “We need to confirm that there’s people out there loving us, worshipping what you do. . . . [There’s] a very narcissistic motivation behind all of that.” “When I came out on tour this time, there was none of that. I just wanted to do it for them, because they were there for me.”
Tickets for Shakira in concert are available on the film’s website. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will premiere internationally on November 13th
Earlier this year, Instagram began trialling the removal of likes in Canada. In a bid to reduce stress and anxiety surrounding the user experience with the platform, Instagram has announced that the social media will be test hiding likes in the US, too —And Cardi B had some thoughts.
Instagram announced that the platform will be hiding ‘likes’ in the US this week.
Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri, announced last Friday that the platform will be hiding the number of ‘likes’ on posts this week. The new feature is being met with strong backlash, especially many influencers and celebrities —among them, the opinionated rapper, Cardi B.
Cardi B took to Instagram to protest the feature, arguing that removing likes wouldn’t make Instagram any less toxic because “the comments affect more than the likes.”
The rapper posted a video on Instagram, explaining how she believes that the comments section is more toxic to users than seeing likes or not. She said: “If anything is affecting Instagram right now, I really feel it’s the way the comments have been done or have been changing these past few years.”
Cardi voiced her concerns of the comments section, pointing out how many trolls will post triggering comments just to get reactions.“That’s when I feel like when people started sayin’ nasty things … somebody would just say something so vile because … they want comments back,” she explained.“Because I feel people been saying the most weirdest shit, been starting the craziest arguments, been starting to race bait, all because of comments, because they want to get to the top, they want to get the most reactions.”
The feature was already been tested in other countries, and now that it’s coming to the US, celebrities are sharing their take.
The feature has already been tried out in seven countries including Australia, Ireland, and Canada in recent months. When it was rolled out there, influencers complained that hiding likes would give them less leverage over brand deals and sponsored content now, celebrities are calling out the app for experimenting with removing likes, with some threatening to stop posting to Instagram.
Nicki Minaj says she won’t be posting on IG anymore.
Another rapper known for not holding back on sharing her opinions, threatened to stop posting on Instagram if the feature were to take effect. What indeed would we do with all the time we’d have without Instagram?
Nicki has a sort of conspiracy theory to explain what’s behind Instagram’s new move.
Minaj went on to tweet about her speculation that Instagram is hiding likes to manipulate what posts users get to see in their feed, regardless of how much engagement posts are getting. Nicki’s speculations might have some grounds. She referred to the well-documented phenomenon of YouTube view counts fluctuating after videos are posted, which can happen when YouTube determines views come from bots or other fraudulent sources.
Juicy J also had something to say about the new IG feature.
The rapper predicts backlash against the change, tweeting that he expected people to leave Instagram and go “back to real life.”
Others however, think that the decision to hide likes is a good thing.
Despite having more than 151 million Instagram followers and the platform being crucial to making some of her $350 million personal net worth, Kim Kardashian West seems to agree with Instagram’s decision to hide ‘likes’. “As far as mental health, I mean it’s something that taking the likes away and taking that aspect away from it would be really beneficial for people,” Kardashian West said during The New York Times’ DealBook conference last week.
Tracee Ellis Ross also voiced her support for the change.
Everyone’s favorite person on IG right now, Tracee Ellis Ross, is also in support of removing likes. She said that the like count had “adverse effects.” “It creates a culture that isn’t helpful for well-being and isn’t fruitful for creative energy,” during a panel discussion with Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri.
The popularity-contest-style pressure associated with Instagram likes will probably just shift to another one of the many metrics measured on the platform —or who knows, maybe the move will actually make everyone happy? Either way, the social media platform will be rolling out the new feature on a small group of users this week, whether we like it or not. And we’ll be keeping our eyes open to see what the change brings.
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