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Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’ Is Genius And Here Are The Show’s Best Moments…So Far

Since the early 2000s reality television has become both a guilty pleasure for many of us, and a great way to take a peek into culture. We all love stories of winners and losers, we smile with their success and being brutally honest we also love to see them haciendo el oso. But reality shows, specially if they involve a competition, can also provide a glimpse into the everyday struggles of common people in a particular day and age. We equally enjoy watching celebrities doing all the things that us mere mortals do. 

Well, our new obsession is the Netflix show Rhythm +Flow, in which hip hop legends Chance The Rapper, T.I. and our very own one-woman-extravaganza Cardi B scrapped the whole of the United States to find the next big thing in the business. They held auditions in the urban culture epicenters of Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, where contestants from all walks offer an insight into their lives and their art. Of course, because this is 2019 America, these lives involve street violence, systematic racism, and the struggles of the 99% 

Throughout the show we see Black, Brown and white contestants who have been dealt a tricky hand in life and try to use their experience and lyrical dexterity to find themselves and impress the judges. Most of the episodes have been released, but in a new Netflix tactic they are being made available little by little. 

No spoilers, we promise!

When our queen Cardi B gave us just a little too much information on her sex life.

At one point in the New York auditions she tells a contestant: “Am I gonna think of you when I am getting f’d tonight? No”. Wow, rough. But one of the reasons why we love Cardi B is because she owns her sexuality, right? So let’s not get all moralinos on her. Yeah, good art gotta get our juices flowing, sometimes literally! 

When contestant Beanz rapped about violence and racism and left us con la boca abierta.

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She might look harmless, but Beanz totally explodes once the beat begins. Her family has suffered, like many, from violence and discrimination. She totally owns the stage and makes you root for her as she battles her way in a male dominated arena (yes, for every Cardi B there are dozens of Chance The Rapper, hip hop remains a boy’s club. Church).

When contestant Londynn B first served us those afro futuristic vibes

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Seriously, besides her undeniable rapping ability she reminds us of Iman and Grace Jones, powerful and unique representatives of African beauty and female class and creativity. Yes, with a hint of androgynous feels. 

When we realize that rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who helped during the auditions, died before the show was released.

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In the show we get to know Nipsey Hussle, a true legend from South Los Angeles. And we realize soon that he is no longer with us and he died before he could see the show. Hussle, who was a community leader and was recognized for his efforts by Barack Obama, was shot dead on March 31, 2019. His service was held at Staple Center and huge crowds turned up to honor him. He was going to meet with the LAPD just a few days after his death. In the meeting, they would look for joint solutions to prevent gang violence. 

When contestant Big Mouf Bo delivered some savage lines and taught us that looks can be deceiving.

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The Chicago Tribune published an article on the local talent showcased in the Netflix production, singling out this amazing and lyrical rapper: “Bo’s outstanding preliminary performance sounds as much like slam poetry as it does a rap verse, a natural result of her background”. We just know that if she doesn’t make it as a rapper, she could be the next rising talent in Black poetry. 

When Jakob Campbell tells his life story and breaks our hearts.

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This Atlanta young man lives in a precarious situation with his mom: they share a one bedroom apartment (he sleeps on the couch) and work odd jobs to survive. They are now free from an abusive man who used to beat her and verbally abuse him. Jakob looks like a nice, gentle young man… until he is in front of the mic and he unleashes his anger. Just wow. 

When Snoop Dog is in da house!

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Let’s be honest: if we think about hip hop in Los Angeles, Snoop Dog’s face, verbal gymnastics and cool stoner persona comes to mind. And well, the Los Angeles auditions wouldn’t be complete without him. It is lovely to see him being nice to the contestants as you know he genuinely wants them to succeed. 

When Flawless Real Talk became a Latino Eminem

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He is from Rhode Island and he can certainly deliver some mad lyrics in a very unique and hard to find combination of aggressiveness and vulnerability. Yes, the combo that turned Eminem into a global superstar. Wanna know more about him?

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Cardi B Just Created An Instagram Account For Kulture And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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Cardi B Just Created An Instagram Account For Kulture And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

There’s a new influencer in town and her name is Kulture Kiari. 

On Saturday, Cardi B posted a photo of 2-year-old Kulture to her Instagram page, writing: “Follow @KultureKiari new IG…So much cool cute baby stuff coming up.”

The Instagram page Cardi was linking to was a brand new page dedicated to the chart-topping rapper’s daughter, Kulture.

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So far, the page has only thirteen photos posted, but has already racked up over 700,000 followers–and counting. 

A few of the pictures show Kulture in peak-cute form, wearing an adorable plaid skirt and pink cardigan. She also has a big white bow fixed on top of her head. 

The rest of the photos range from Kulture swimming in a pool to experimenting with Snapchat filters. All of the pictures have captions written in first-person, like “I look like mommy here” and “My mom was annoying me but it’s ok cause I look cute.”

The Instagram account even has some #TBT photos of when culture was a baby–one notably cute one where she’s trying mashed potatoes for the first time. 

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Naturally, Cardi’s fans are eating up all the extra Kulture content, writing comments like “Kulture is looking all cute” and “She is so freaking beautiful”.

Commenters couldn’t help but exclaim over Kulture’s fashionable outfits, accessories and hairstyles. 

In the past, Cardi has defended her decision to dress Kulture in expensive designer clothing, saying that her child is in the public eye and deserves to be dressed as well as she is.

“If I’m fly and Daddy’s fly, then so is the kid. If I’m wearing Cha-nay-nay, my kid’s having the same, you know what I’m saying,” she said on Instagram. “Because if I was looking like a bad b**ch, expensive b**ch and I have my kid looking like a bum bum, then y’all would be talking s**t.”

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Kulture’s new Instagram page comes just days after Cardi B filed for divorce from husband of three years, Offset.

While she has largely stayed mum on the topic, she recently broke her silence via Instagram, explaining the reason behind the divorce. Cardi said she was simply “tired of the arguments” and that her and Offset “grew apart”. She also added that she “hasn’t shed one tear” over the dissolution of her marriage.

Interestingly enough, Offset has previously been candid about his desire for Kulture to stay out of the public eye and lead a relatively normal life. “I want my kids to be kids. I don’t like them having Instagram, I don’t want to move to LA, so there won’t be cameras in their face,” he told The Breakfast Club in 2019. “I keep my kids in public school, I don’t want my kid to be spoiled.”

Cardi, it looks like, has other plans.

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Cardi B Is, Once Again, Fed Up With Trolls Trying to Body Shame Her With Edited Photos

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Cardi B Is, Once Again, Fed Up With Trolls Trying to Body Shame Her With Edited Photos

Cardi B, once again, took to Instagram to combat the neverending stream of trolls who are trying to tear her down.

Earlier this month, some unflattering photos of Cardi made the rounds on the internet, prompting people to publicly bully her for her looks. The unflattering photos showed her makeup-free, her hoodie up, appearing to be shopping at her local Target.

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Cardi was hone too pleased with the photos. In a now-deleted Instagram post, she shared a side-by-side photos of the viral picture next to the original one. The viral picture was noticeably photo-shopped to make her face look less attractive and her behind look more exaggerated.

In a lengthy Instagram caption, Cardi condemned the internet bullies, calling out people for sharing photoshopped pictures on their platforms for clicks and likes.

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“It’s the fact that people try to photoshop my face and body to post on their platform so people can bash me and make me feel down on my appearance on purpose….and the fact this a paparazzi picture from months ago,” she wrote.

She also added a note in her comments calling out the hypocriy of some of the female bullies who otherwise claim to be all about “supporting women” and “female empowerment”.

“And the sad sh– is,” she said. “That the people that be doing these rumors and be trying to make people bash me about my looks are WOMEN!”

Ironically enough, the shopping session that Cardi was papped at was allegedly dedicated to her buying $5,000 worth of gifts for children in need in the upcoming holiday season. The photos were from December 2019.

This isn’t the first time Cardi has publicly clapped back at body-shamers and online haters. In June, she was also the target of internet harassers who were criticizing her for gaining weight during quarantine.

At the time, Cardi posted a response video to Instagram joking that she “gained a little weight” but had “lipo money”, so the haters didn’t bother her. And in the past, it seems that haters never have bothered her.

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Cardi has always been transparent about her willingness to go under the knife in order to alter her appearance.

But she’s always expressed her frustration at the catch-22 that comes with plastic surgery. “I feel like women constantly body shame me. They wanna be like: your body’s mad fake. You got fake boobs, you got a fake ass,” she said in a 2017 interview with HOT 97.

“And it’s just like: if you love your body so much, then why are you mad that I have a fake body? Maybe I didn’t really like my body. Does it bother you that I didn’t like my prior body and I wanted to get it fixed? People is never happy.”

But as always, Cardi considers success the best form of revenge. She promised that the haters are going to be especially mad in the next months, seeing as she has a project in the works that will “make a sick soul nauseous”.

If her new project comes anything close to the success she’s had recently, we’re 100% here for it.

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