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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?

Fans Grow Frustrated With Cardi B After She Once Again Defends Offset From Cheating Allegations

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Fans Grow Frustrated With Cardi B After She Once Again Defends Offset From Cheating Allegations

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We all know by now that Cardi B isn’t shy when it comes to talking about her relationship with offset. This time, she was addressing yet another round of cheating allegations that have been leveled at her husband. On Tuesday, Cardi B took to Instagram live to set the record straight about the latest incident in the long line of drama the couple has been involved in.

It all started on Tuesday, when Tekashi 6ix9ine’s girlfriend Sarah “Jade” Wattley revealed on Instagram that she was receiving DMs from Offset, one of which read “miss you fr [sic]”. Wattley, for her part was not impressed, captioning the post: “Your wife Cardi B has an open criminal case. Why are you writing me[?]”. In case you need a refresher, Wattley is one of the women that has accused Cardi of assaulting her outside a strip club.

But according to both Offset and Cardi, the entire DM exchange was a result of his Instagram account being hacked.

After Wattley shared Offset’s DMs with her followers, later that night a series of sexually explicit and offensive Tweets were posted on Offset’s Twitter account. The tweets were so outrageous that it became obvious to many Twitter users that Offset was not the one writing them. The logical conclusion was to believe that, he had, indeed, been hacked. 

But, some critics have been quick to point out that the timing of the very out-of-character Tweets from Offset seemed to be a little too convenient.There has even been some speculation that Offset staged the offensive tweets in order to cover up his transgressions. As one observant Twitter user observed: “Offset sent the DM at 1:36AM and [Wattley] posted it at 2:30PM. Then he got “hacked” at 2:35PM…He should have gotten the tweets off right after he sent the DM”.

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Cardi, for her part, didn’t seem to be taking the entire debacle too seriously. 

The 27-year-old “Clout” rapper got on IG live (along with Offset  and Kulture) to address her fans. Looking a little disheveled and more than a little sleepy, Cardi took turns addressing both the camera and her husband. In a statement that seemed to be pretty supportive of her husband and trusting of his actions, she said: 

“Hey guys, so as you can see, this guy’s Instagram has been hacked,” she said. “I know babe, you’ve done some dumb shit. Everybody knows he’s done some dumb shit. But come on now, [he’s] not dumb, he’s not crazy, we’ve been so good, we had a sweet weekend, our life has been good, he’s not going to play himself like that. That’s why I’m not going to entertain that, that’s why I’m not getting rowdy. Simple as that”.

This latest scandal is simply another addition to the dramatic chronicles of Offset and Cardi.

Not did Offset admit to being unfaithful to Cardi, but Cardi B felt that she needed to retaliate against the women with whom he cheated with. In August of 2018, Cardi was allegedly involved in a premeditated violent altercation outside Angels NYC Strip Club–an altercation that left Cardi facing two felony counts

Unsurprisingly, the reaction to Cardi B’s Instagram video defending Offset has been mixed. A lot of people are fed up with Cardi defending a man who has, historically, treated her with little respect. 

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And as with most scandals that involved Belcalis Almanzar, Twitter has not hesitated to air their thoughts on Cardi’s handling of another cheating scandal.

Because Cardi has been so previously open with her personal life, many people feel invested in her personal life to the degree where they want to comment on it publicly. And a lot of people don’t think Cardi is making the smartest decision by sticking by Offset. 

This person believes that Cardi may be defending Offset because she’s tired of the drama.

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A lot of us have been in this type of situation before. 

This person was not about all the Tweets calling Cardi a “clown” for staying with Offset

It is frustrating that Cardi is the one that’s being made fun of when Offset is the one who has admitted to being unfaithful before. 

This person felt the need to defend their frustration with Cardi:

It can be frustrating to see a celebrity you admire so much act in a way that you don’t agree with.

And of course, there were the obligatory memes about the entire situation: 

Sometimes, all you can do is laugh.

‘Selena: The Series’ Finally Has Their Chris Perez And Los Dinos And Fans Are Getting So Excited

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‘Selena: The Series’ Finally Has Their Chris Perez And Los Dinos And Fans Are Getting So Excited

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‘Selena: The Series’ is coming together and fans are getting more and more good casting news. The Netflix series that dives into Selena Quintanilla’s childhood and early career is slowly but surely rounding out its cast. The show, which will debut at some point in 2020 is getting a dramatic overture, in the sense that every single bit of news related to the show has been drawn out. But we’re not mad. We just wish the series was out already. Here’s the latest development in the show

The cast that will portray Selena’s band, Los Dinos, has been named. Jesse Posey will play Chris Perez.

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Jesse Posey, not to be confused with his older brother, actor Tyler Posey, will be Selena’s love interest, Deadline reports. The Santa Clarita, California, native could previously be seen in “Stitchers,” the 2017 TV series. His brother, Tyler, is definitely the more famous of the two. You may have seen him in the series “Teen Wolf” and as J.Lo’s son in “Maid in Manhattan.” So we’re really excited to see what his younger brother will bring to the table as Chris Perez. Those are some big shoes to fill because the love between Chris and Selena was undeniable. Jesse is also a musician, which is perfect for this part. 

Julio Macias will play Pete Astudillo, the recognizable member of Los Dinos, who wrote some of Selena’s greatest hits.

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Macias can be seen on the T.V. show “On My Block” as well as “S.W.A.T.”

Daniela Estrada will portray Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla. From what we know of Selena’s family (from the Selena movie), Suzette wasn’t exactly thrilled to be the drummer of the band but definitely came through as her own becoming an established musician. Today, Suzette is Selena’s loudest advocate who continues to champion the legacy of her sister. 

Suzette is only one of those responsible for approving of the series. 

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives,” Suzette Quintanilla said a year ago to the Hollywood reporter. “We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

Other cast members include Hunter Reese Peña, seen in “Morning Ritual” Carlos Alfredo, Jr., from “Mutt and Chopps,” Juan Martinez from “Triple Frontier” and Paul Rodriguez, Jr.

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That last name should ring a bell. Paul Rodriguez, Jr. will play Roger Garcia another member of Los Dinos. He is also, in real life, the son of actor Paul Rodriguez and a pro-skater in his own right.

Peña, who will portray Ricky Vela, posted on his Instagram that he was beyond himself at the news that he would be in this new show. “Walked out of the shower this morning to a notification that I was on the news 😜 I’m going to be on @selenanetflix a new @Netflix series about my childhood hero Selena Quintanilla. I will be playing the role of Ricky Vela, her keyboard player, and songwriter for many of her hits. Dreams come true. P.S. This is kinda funny LOL they unknowingly cast my roommate @carlosalfredojr as a band member also 🤣🤣🤣 God has a sense of humor. Glad I didn’t give up.” So awesome! 

Just last month, the announcement of all announcements came through that Christian Serratos of “The Walking Dead” would be portraying Selena.

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While the news was speculation for weeks, the announcement finally became official when Netflix finally released a Selena: The Series teaser, which showed Serratos as Selena. We were thrilled to finally see the role fulfilled, especially because we knew this pivotal role could make or break the series. After seeing the teaser, including Serratos in Selena’s signature look, we feel she will do an amazing job as the queen of Tejano music. 

Other cast members include Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemi Gonzalez, Seidy Lopez, and Madison Taylor Baez.

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Chavira, from the ABC show “Desperate Housewives” will play Abraham senior, Selena’s dad, and Chavira, will play Abraham Jr., Selena’s brother. 

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