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The Tropicalia Music And Taco Festival Is Back In California And The Lineup Is Better Than Ever

If you’re inclined to think that music festivals are too white — you’re not alone. In fact, it’s really hard to see performers of color headline big shows (because Beyoncé can’t do them all). Thankfully the Tropicália Music & Taco Festival in Long Beach, California is here to save us. The music festival will feature some of the hottest Latino musicians for two days of amazing music and food.

Morrissey and Cardi B will headline the Tropicália Music & Taco Festival at the Queen Mary Park and people are screaming.

They might be two completely different artists, but fans for the two headliners are energized and ready. After all, these two performers know how to get the crowd going.

But there are so many other Latinx musicians and groups rocking the Tropicália stage, like Chicano Batman.

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The psychedelic band is returning after a successful set at the 2017 Tropicália festival. Plus, they are California boys so showing up for their community only makes sense.

Kali Uchis won’t be a stranger with her return to Tropicália.

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The festival is happening November 3 and 4 at the Queen Mary Park. Let’s hope the California weather doesn’t stay too hot then.

Los Ángeles Azules is bring Long Beach their cumbias straight from Mexico.

They will definitely get the crowd dancing in the fall night along the water.

Our favorite sweet songstress Natalia Lafourcade will grace the festival’s stage.

Amigos de Monterrey, está tarde fui muy feliz. Llegue al escenario de este festival que tanto me gusta @palnorteoficial. Tengo tantas razones por las cuales agradecer este día. Simplemente no podía comenzar a cantar por la emoción que sentía adentro de mi pequeño cuerpo tan sólo de estar parada frente a todos ustedes. Primero, gracias por llegar a ese lugar donde todos juntitos cuerpo a cuerpo escuchan y se permiten vivir la intensidad y magia de la música. Gracias por abrazar a mi corazón de vuelta con cariño y complicidad. Gracias porque nos conocemos hace muchos años y cada vez este árbol crece más fuerte y con más conexiónes. Gracias a todo el equipo del festival por apoyar nuestros mundos y universos musicales. México tiene mucho talento y en estos contextos se deja notar. ¿Y qué tal el atardecer que nos acompañó? Fue perfecto y fue maravilloso. Gracias viento, gracias cielo, gracias sol, gracias vida, gracias Violeta Parra por venir a este escenario y acompañarme para cantar tu canción. Gracias a nuestras historias de vida que se entrelazan con cada letra y frase que vive entre melodías y acordes. Todos hemos vivido cosas similares. Gracias al movimiento y la energía entre ritmo, espacio y silencio. Gracias a mi banda que tanto amo y admiro. Gracias a @carolinakuniverse que me regalaron esta belleza de vestido azul con flores rojas a la mexicana, gracias @galaislove que hacen tan hermosos accesorios, mismos que también me acompañaron. Gracias a mis managers que antes de entrar al escenario me ven con ojos lagrimosos, encendidos, ilusionados y llenos de luz. Los amo familia. Gracias a todos. Gracias a la vida. Gracias a los sueños que nunca dejan de visitarnos y siempre hay un nuevo horizonte para explorar. 8 aviones en diez días. Estoy agotada pero sí que vale la pena. Los amo. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🌹 Ya estamos en la intensidad de cierre de ciclo y para mi ésto significa mucho. Cada segundo se disfruta al máximo. Nos seguiremos viendo. ❤️💙

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Her sweet and soulful ballads will serenade everyone under that Long Beach sky.

La Sonora Dinamita is bringing the tropical music to the party.

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Our parents will not be able to keep themselves from dancing during this band’s set.

And, of course, everyone’s favorite twins, Nina Sky, will keep everyone moving.

Other performers include Mac Demarco, Mazzy Star, Toro Y Moi, Cuco Devendra Banhart, BadBadNotGood, Broncho, Boy Pablo, and more.

This festival is giving some of Latin pops greatest names a chance to truly shine in their own festival.


READ: Finally, a Latino Music Festival that Isn’t all Banda

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A Trump Supporter Tried To Come For Cardi B After She Said She Wants To Be A Politician And Failed

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A Trump Supporter Tried To Come For Cardi B After She Said She Wants To Be A Politician And Failed

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The 27-year-old queen of rap, Cardi B, announced to her Twitter followers Sunday that she’s thinking about becoming a politician. “I think I want to be a politician,” the rapper tweeted, adding, “I really love government even tho I don’t agree with Goverment.” Since then, the rapper has expanded on what she’s thinking she’ll do next to make those dreams come true, including returning to school. Since announcing her interest, Cardi B’s already started expanding on the issues that matter to her. She wants to represent the vast majority of Americans who don’t want war. Cardi B wants gun screening to look more like screening to join the military. Cardi B says she believes “we have the right to bear arms,” but she also believes in raising the minimum age limit to own a gun, requiring “mental check-ups” and “proper training” to screen for gun owners. 

Of course, Trump supporters have come to drag Cardi B, using coded language to attack her intelligence, education and slut-shame her. Good thing Cardi B is self-secure enough to combat classism.

First, Cardi B says she wants to go back to school “a couple of years” to “shake the table.”

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“I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense,” Cardi suggested, saying, “I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table.” A few minutes later, Cardi B recalled all the war documentaries she’s been watching lately. “No matter how many weapons a country have you need people! How are you trying to go against a country and possibly start a war when this country lacks patriotism? I barely see people claiming they LOVE being American,” she tweeted.

Trump supporter and internet personality Mindy Robinson decided to try Cardi B.

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You’re going to need more school than that.  👌🏻,” Robinson tweeted, along with a proofread version of Cardi B’s tweet and the subversive white supremacy symbol. “Your spaces are off too…but hey, how can we hold you accountable for kindergarten level sh*t, am I right?” Robinson asked of Cardi B. 

Cardi took the bait and clapped back with a warning: “don’t want to dog walk you ❤️”

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“Sis your lips ashy and you barely have none …Leave me alone,” Cardi responded to the MAGA right’s internet poster child. “I didn’t insulted your party or your believes so please don’t try me and let’s keep sweet OK….don’t want to dog walk you  ❤️,” Cardi added. Of course, Robinson soaked up the attention and responded to essentially assert classism. “I went to college for both American History and Political Science,” Robinson tweeted, adding, “although to be fair…even my cat is more qualified to run for Congress than Cardi B. 👌🏻” 

Robinson concluded her tweet once again with the controversial “👌🏻” emoji, which was initially used by a small set of white supremacists who thought the hand gesture symbolized the “w” and “p” in “white power.” It’s since grown into an internet sensation for the right as a way to “troll” liberals. The “👌🏻” is so ubiquitous that it’s easy for someone who uses it maliciously to just say they’re making an “okay” symbol. From MAGA far-right supporters, it’s become a well-protected microaggression to people of color.

In response, Cardi followed through on her word and dog walked the mierda out of Robinson.

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“You really mad cause you stay takin pics like this and mention Trump 20 times a day to get his attention,” Cardi B tweeted back along with a photo of Robinson in an American flag bikini. “HEY! Don’t take your anger out on me cause he don’t wanna fuck you sis  🤷🏽‍♀️ 😩😩,” Cardi B added. The MAGA-supporting right has been consistent in retweeting photos of Cardi B stripping or wearing bathing suits along with captions like, “she and ole AOC can compare how their cup size is inversely proportionate to their IQs.” A “Women for Trump” account with over 5,000 followers shared the news along with calling the rapper “Low IQ Cardi B.” We don’t even need to explain why “low IQ” is a racist dog whistle.

“Cardi B for Congress” has started a conversation on classism and has already generated campaign banners.

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The irony of suggesting someone couldn’t be a member of congress because of their grammar despite the fact that the president you so vehemently support uses nothing higher than 3rd-grade level diction 🤦🏾‍♂️grammatical skills ≠ intelligence,” another supporter tweeted at Robinson and Cardi. “Let me tell you something cause every time I post anything political I get attack all type of crazy,” Cardi later tweeted. “If you are a conservative & if you support a opposite party that’s OK( unless you racist)we can get into friendly debates on here voice your opinion… And I’ll voice mines HOWEVER don’t try me and don’t take my kindness for weakness.I BE VIOLATING!!! I don’t really like being on that type of time. We grown! Let’s be grown. Lets teach and learn.”

In conclusion, in the words of another Twitter user, “If Donald Trump is the president of the United States right now I don’t see why Cardi B can’t be a politician.”

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

Cardi B Is Releasing A New Album In 2020 And She Just Posted A Sneak Peek

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Cardi B Is Releasing A New Album In 2020 And She Just Posted A Sneak Peek

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Cardi B’s career has absolutely skyrocketed since she exploded onto the scene in 2017. Of course, she had already been around for awhile before releasing “Bodak Yellow,” appearing regularly on VH1’s reality series Love and Hip Hop: New York in pursuit of big music dreams (she also released two mixtapes long before her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2018). In 2019, Cardi B took her career up a notch, serving as a judge on Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow and making her acting debut alongside J Lo and Constance Wu in Hustlers.

And although fans are excited that she’s been exploring other creative opportunities, several folks are starting to get restless for more music. Fortunately for them, the NYC rapper confirmed that a new album is due to arrive sometime in 2020, sharing a brief clip of her upcoming single on Twitter last week.

While Friday, January 10 is Global Release Day for music, few artists actually participate, and Cardi B’s album is no exception—while little is known about the upcoming LP, it is unlikely to appear right away. In the meantime, fans have enjoyed the two singles she’s dropped since Invasion of Privacy: “Press” and “Please Me,” though Cardi B told Billboard that she’s hoping to embrace a different sound with her new album.

“It has evolved a lot, especially because I’ve been listening to different types of music,” she said. “But . . . there’s the challenge of it. Because there’s certain types of music that I want to do, but I feel like—is people interested in that? I feel like things have changed . . . but I cannot just go with what’s hot. I still gotta do what I want to do.”

That approach seemed to work out for Cardi B’s first album which, in addition to topping the Billboard 200, earned her a Grammy for best rap album (and making her the first solo female rapper to win in that category). But even if the rapper is trying to stay true to her vision, she’s not trying to replicate what she achieved with Invasion of Privacy. Referring to that record, she told Billboard: “I was going with what I want people to hear, and what I like, so that’s what I’m doing now,” adding, “I’m just having fun in the studio, because if you think, ‘My first album was like this, I gotta have the same recipe,’ it’s just not gonna work.”

And in spite of another acting role in Fast and Furious 9—as well as another lead film role that the rapper mentioned, but wasn’t at liberty to describe—Cardi B is devoting as much time as possible to the production of her new album.

“My album is on my mind 24/7,” she said. “It’s practically all I’m focusing on.”

The news of Cardi B’s upcoming album is also accompanied by another major milestone: Invasion of Privacy currently sits at No. 56 on the Billboard Top 200, meaning that Cardi B is tied with Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill for the longest-charting debut album by a female rapper in history. Miseducation occupied its place on the charts for 91 weeks, and it appears as though Invasion of Privacy just might break that record.

In addition to winning Cardi B a record-breaking Grammy, Invasion of Privacy also earned a nomination for Album of the Year. The single “I Like It” won a nomination for Record of the Year and “Be Careful” earned a nomination for Best Rap Performance. With such a hard-hitting debut, Cardi B’s sophomore album has a lot of hype to live up to—but when asked about the legacy of “Bodak Yellow,” the hit that started it all, Cardi B seemed proud of her past success, alluding to great optimism and enthusiasm for what’s to follow.

“It’s just the littest song of ever,” she said about the song. “Every party, every New Year, every Cinco de Mayo, every Thanksgiving, it’s just that type of song that you want to play to turn the party up . . . It’s that song that makes you feel like that b–ch, that girl. ‘Bodak Yellow’ is that girl.”

So if “Bodak Yellow” is “that girl,” what kind of bops can we expect from album number 2? The sneak preview above gives us a bit of an idea, and Cardi B’s statement last fall about naming her next album Tiger Woods—which she has since dismissed as a joke—might also offer some clues about the vibes of her upcoming record.

“I think I’m going to name my album Tiger Woods . . . because, remember when everybody was talking sh*t on Tiger Woods . . . and then he f*cking came and won that green jacket? That’s what I’m going to name my album.”