Entertainment

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.

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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.

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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.

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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.

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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!

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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

Credit: Rhythm and Flow / Netflix

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?

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

Entertainment

Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

Getty Images

There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Cardi B and Olivia Rodrigo Had an Adorable Exchange on Twitter and Now Fans Are Calling For a Collab

Entertainment

Cardi B and Olivia Rodrigo Had an Adorable Exchange on Twitter and Now Fans Are Calling For a Collab

Photos via Getty Images; olivia.rodrigo/Instagram

You may have heard of Olivia Rodrigo, the 17-year-old Disney Channel actress who has recently take the music industry by storm with the success of her debut single, “Driver’s License”.

Well you wouldn’t be the only one who is thinking about her. Recently, Cardi B tweeted about the viral song, namely lamenting over the fact that she does not have her driver’s license.

On Tuesday, Cardi tweeted out her frustration about the fact that she has to rely on other people to fulfill her late-night McDonald’s cravings.

“Just like that girl [who] wrote a song about getting her driver’s license, Imma write a song about the struggle of not having a drivers license,” she wrote. “I really wanted my McDonald’s at 4am last night instead of today, but I couldn’t so I felt asleep hungry.” More relatable words have never been spoken, tbh.

Shocked that the Bronx-born rapper even knows who she is, Rodrigo tweeted a response back at Cardi.

“Girl i will pick u up and take u wherever u wanna go,” Rodrigo wrote back.

Cardi, for her part, seemed excited to find a driver to take her on late-night McDonald’s runs. She wrote back: “Yaaayyy!!! Let’s go to McDonald’s and get happy meals!”

Cue the influx of Twitter stans demanding a future Olivia Rodrigo x Cardi B collab.

Olivia Rodrigo is just as surprised about “Driver’s License” success as everyone else is.

Rodrigo recently told Billboard that this past week, when “Driver’s License” shot to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart has been “the weirdest week of my whole life.”

Rodrigo was a relatively unknown Disney Channel star on Disney+’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” before this song hit the airwaves. Now she’s a pop sensation.

“So many people that I look up to have reached out and expressed their love for the song, which is absolutely surreal,” she told Billboard. But I truly am just the same 17-year-old girl, doing statistics homework in my bedroom.”

While many people are wondering what Rodrigo’s background is, she is proudly half-Filipino.

While some people have mistakenly called Olivia Rodriguez Latina, she is actually of Filipino descent, just like previous “High School Musical” star, Vanessa Hudgens. Just like Latin American countries, the Philippines were colonized by Spain–that is why so many people of Filipino descent have Spanish-sounding last names.

Rodrigo has talked at length about her cultural and familial roots. “My great-grandfather immigrated here from the Philippines when he was just a teenager. He’s my grandma’s dad, and my grandpa is also Filipino as well,” Rodrigo revealed in an interview with the Center for Asian American Media back in 2018.

“My dad grew up in a house where they were always making Filipino food, his grandpa always spoke Tagalog. All of those traditions have trickled down to our generation.”

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com