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Cardi B Made A Video With Bernie Sanders And It’s Not Totally What We Expected But It’s Still Vital

It’s no secret that Cardi B is interested in politics. The rapper of Dominican and Trinidadian descent has made it clear that second to being a superstar rapper and Instagram baddie, the “Press” singer might just be the political ticket Democrats might need to win out in 2020. In recent months the rapper has done well to express her opinions on candidates and political policies, even our president, in an attempt to educate and spur discussion amongst her fans. 

This week she has taken her political action one step farther by “feeling the Bern” and meeting up with Bernie Sanders to film a campaign video. 

On Monday, Cardi B posted a picture on her Instagram account of her and Bernie Sanders engaged in what looks like an intense conversation. 

In the photo, Sanders appears to be explaining something to Cardi while she looks on, listening intently. She captioned the picture: “Not me, US. Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders for sitting with me and sharing your plans on how you will change this country”. 

According to Cardi’s caption, the meeting had been a long-time coming: “A couple of weeks ago I asked my followers if you had the opportunity to have a question answered by a democratic candidate what would it be? I got a lot of submission[s] and selected the most popular questions to get answered. Stay tuned to see how he will fight for economic, racial, and social justice for all. Together, let’s build a movement of young people to transform this country. LETS LEARN OUR CANDIDATES!”. 

According to sources, the Cardi B. x Sanders collab was apparently done for a Bernie Sanders’s 2020 campaign video.

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The meeting was an orchestrated effort to encourage younger voters to become more active in politics. In the yet-released video, the duo apparently talked about the student debt crisis, climate change, and raising the minimum wage. It was also apparently a long time coming, with Sanders recently telling CNN that he and Cardi were working on collaborating to find a way to “involve more young people in the political process”. No word yet on when the video will be released.

The admiration Cardi B has had for Sanders isn’t anything new, with Cardi previously having expressed her loyalty to the Vermont Senator. Recently, she took to Twitter to say: “I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016. This man has been fighting for equal rights, HUMAN rights for such a long time. Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign”. 

As for Sanders, he also appears to have been a fan of Cardi’s for a while.

In a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, when questioned about whether he’s ever talked to Cardi B, Sanders said: “We have talked on the phone on several occasions. She is really smart. She is deeply concerned about what is happening in this country”. He continued to express his admiration for Cardi, saying that she “comes from a humble background”, so she “knows what it’s like to live in poverty, to struggle”. He finished his slew of compliments by asserting that Cardi “wants to make sure that we improve life for working people in this country”. 

The meeting with Bernie Sanders is one of the many ways Cardi B has been using her large platform to make her voice heard in the political sphere. 

And indeed, along with being a chart-topping, Grammy-award-winning musician, Cardi B is also a well-informed news junkie. In previous interviews, she’s admitted that she’s “always watching the news”. And she has no patience for people who doubt her sincerity. “I hate when you talk about something that’s going on in the community, people think because you’re famous, you doing it for clout,” she’s said before in an interview with GQ. “But you concerned about it because you are a citizen of America; you are a citizen of the world”. Who could forget Cardi’s infamous government shutdown rant on Instagram where she blasted President Trump for forcing government employees to work without pay during the 2019 Government Shutdown crisis over Border wall funding. 

And although many people might not immediately think “politics” when they think of Cardi B, we think nothing would be more appropriate than Cardi teaming up with a political candidate to get her fans excited about the upcoming election. In the past, Cardi B has made her views on issues such as healthcare, police brutality, taxes, and gun control, so it makes sense that she would lend her platform to the political candidate she most believes in. As for us, we can’t wait to see Cardi’s next move when it comes to being involved in the upcoming 2020 Election. 

And lest we forget (and we don’t want to be on Cardi’s bad side), register to vote here or in-person with your state or local election office.

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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Florida’s Latino vote is a crucial part of a winning strategy in the Sunshine State. The demographic shifts in recent years because of natural, financial, and governmental disasters has led to a big Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. President Trump’s handling of the Hurricane Maria recovery has left Puerto Ricans upset with the administration.

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are battling for Florida’s Latino voters.

Both the Democratic and Republican nominees are making concerted efforts to shore up Latino support in Florida. There are 3.1 million eligible Latino voters in the swing state and make up a crucial voting bloc. While a large number are conservative Cubans and Cuban-Americans, there are also other Latino communities representing different parts of Latin America.

The polling tells a story of two candidates locked in a heated race for the Latino vote in Florida.

Polls, like The Washington Post-ABC News poll, show Biden taking the lead with Latino voters in Florida. According to that poll, Biden is leading Trump 52 percent to 39 percent. However, Hillary Clinton won the Latino vote in Florida 62 percent to 35 percent in 2016. Clinton’s success with the Latino community of Florida shows that the Latino vote is not the only way to clinch the electoral college votes.

On the other hand, President Trump wants everyone to pay attention to one poll. President Trump is sharing a poll by The Washington Post and ABC News that shows him leading in Florida. According to the poll, Trump leads in Florida by 4 points.

The Latino community in southern Florida is being bombarded by a disinformation campaign.

The disinformation is aimed at Florida’s Latino voters and is peddling conspiracy theories against Biden. One of the most prominent examples of this disinformation was the racist and anti-Semitic insert published in a recent edition of the Miami Herald. The insert compared BLM protesters to Nazis but argued that Nazis were nicer since they didn’t steal anything.

Both candidates are pouring money into their campaign efforts in Florida. Both are spending time and money trying to court the Latino vote in an effort to win the key state.

Critics of the president are pointing to the sudden relief package to Puerto Rico is a grab for votes.

President Trump was harshly and fairly criticized after he didn’t respond to the natural disaster in Puerto Rico. The 2017 hurricane devastated the island and left millions without power for weeks. One of the most memorable moments of that time was President Trump throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans recovering from the disaster.

President Trump, during an election, approved $13 billion in relief funds for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican voters have not forgotten the three years it took for the president to approve relief funds to help rebuild the island after a devastating storm.

READ: The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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