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Princess Nokia Runs A Podcast, A Non-Profit And Is The Face Of A Major Fashion Brand

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Rapper Princess Nokia, whose real name is Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, is the Boricua Bruja who refuses to abandon Puerto Rico during this extended crisis after Hurricane Maria. She is still fighting and raising money to provide aid to the devastated island.

For the last few weeks, Frasqueri has been working with NYC based non-profits to launch “Hood to la Genter.” This is a GoFundMe aimed to combine Frasqueri’s charitable efforts with the NGO’s organizing resources to actually help Puerto Ricans.

Here’s what we know about the cause and its champion.

Princess Nokia is a proud New York raised Puerto Rican woman.

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She grew up around East Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York City and was born as on June 14, 1992.

She is best known for her unapologetic feminist music.

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With lyrics like, “I love my little titties and my fat belly” under titles like “Tomboy y Bruja,” Princess Nokia has made herself known as a shameless intersectional feminist badass.

She even has a podcast called “Smart Girls Club” to talk about the realities of urban feminism.

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She told VICE that Smart Girl Club is “a safe space for me to decompress and turn my anger and my dissatisfaction into positive outlets. And I think that’s why safe spaces are always important; it’s one thing to feel the anger, but it’s always about finding a healthy solution for it.”

She started making viral music when she was 20 but her album, “1992 Deluxe” is what has launched her career.

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She told The Guardian, “Growing up in the 90s was the coolest thing to me. Listening to metal with my gothic babysitter, dancing to Kriss Kross, hanging out and listening to the music at the block party downstairs from my house, the cartoons I’d watch, seeing black representation and Latina representation on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, going to summer camp; oh, God, it’s so vivid, so significant.”

Princess Nokia’s mother died of AIDS when she was 10 years old.

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The rapper was in the foster care system after her mother died and dealt with abusive foster parents. She was in foster care between the ages of 9 and 16 until she could live with her grandmother.

Her foster mother was so physically abusive, she had to use makeup to cover a black eye in a school photo.

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Princess Nokia calls her a “succubus.” She ran away with “three dollars in my pocket and 75 percent on my cell phone battery” to live on the streets.

The FADER released a documentary called “Destiny” that shares Princess Nokia’s unimaginable life story.

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In the documentary, she shares what it was like growing up in the foster system. She thanks that queer community around her that helped her harness her true self, even amidst the chaos of her violent home life.

Princess Nokia identifies as bisexual and is an avid advocate of LGBTQ+ rights.

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That girl is a tomboy and it looks great on her. In “Destiny,” she sums it up pretty easily when she yells at her dad in the kitchen, “Dad, I always been gay, right? [Dad:] Yup!”

The artist has always been real about what’s going on in her life.

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Her feed is a real treat. Plus, she really does fight the Trump administration and racists in the flesh. She has no issue with being loud about the injustices she encounters in her day-to-day life.

She made headlines when she threw hot soup on a racist subway passenger.

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It’s all on video. The person in question was shouting the “N” word on the train so passengers kicked him off at the next stop. When he tried to board the train again, Princess Nokia came at him with some hot soup. Dale.

The rapper has launched a relief initiative to help the still struggling Puerto Rico.

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In an Instagram video, Princess Nokia wrote, “When the government intentionally neglects and actively works to hurt our people for profit, it’s on us to organize and fight for our communities. We understand as working class and oppressed peoples living in America, we are struggling in so many ways under the same system that is hurting the people of Puerto Rico. But when we combine the little bit we’ve got as individuals, we can make a huge impact.”

“We know we cannot trust the government or the millionaire non-profits aligned with it to fight for our people.”

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How do we know? Because, “Almost a year after Hurricane Maria, the nation of Puerto Rico is still in a massive crisis. Puerto Rico has a higher poverty rate than any state in the U.S. Poverty has increased from 44 percent to 52 percent after the hurricane. Suicide rates have doubled.”

She even cancelled her Mexico City show to focus on her work for Puerto Rico.

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In the GoFundMe, the musician wrote, “It is expected that Puerto Rico will lose close to a half million people by next year, resulting in ‘brain drain,’ which means leaving the island without doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists, and other trained professionals.”

No wonder she’s taking time to focus on the island.

The fund has raised more than $7,000 of it’s $12,000 goal.

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This is a grassroots initiative. If every person with a dollar to spare donated it to the organizations that have always been closely tied to Puerto Rico, lo mejor.

Princess Nokia is inspired by her daughter.

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Caption: “The God Mother & Her Apprentice. Teaching her magic and self love every single day. Teaching her the importance of kindness, self esteem, and inner beauty. And what she teaches me… words could never explain. My little witch and old soul. My daughtaaaaaaaa, my twin 🌙✨🌻”

She’s been named the face of Betsey Johnson’s 2018 Fall Catalog.

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That means she’s bringing Boricua beauty even more mainstream. Princess Nokia has modeled for Calvin Klein and isn’t afraid to rap about it. (See: Tomboy)

She is also a big advocate for decriminalizing marijuana.

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I mean, there are the obvious reasons and then there is the fact that brown people are incarcerated far more often than white people for possession of marijuana.

While Princess Nokia gains worldwide fame, she isn’t turning her back on her roots.

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Somos Americanos, pero por siempre somos Latinos. With more Puerto Ricans fleeing the island for a better life on the mainland, we’re responsible for maintaining what’s left of our mami’s homeland. There’s nobody else.

She released a powerful PSA that tells the world we’re on our feet and we’re fighting.

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Caption Part 1: “Despite the attention Hurricane Maria has brought to the current struggle of my people in Puerto Rico, many are unaware of the centuries-long suffering Boricuas have endured in the form of colonialism. We created this campaign to spread knowledge on the poverty and exploitation Boricuas have survived under the boot of the US government.”

When you’re already sick about the negligence, get sick about Americans profiting off PR disaster.

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Caption Part 2: “This video is a call to act in speaking out for the independence of the Puerto Rican people and to support organizations working to actually help the people. We can not stay silent while Puerto Ricans continue to suffer under the colonizer American government, which consistently places profit over the lives of the people and silences those who rise up to defend the people.”

Princess Nokia wants you to know that you can help.

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If you want to help, you can donate to Hood 2 la Genter or donate directly to these organizations: Sol es Vida, el Hormiguero, Luis Llorens Torres projects, Urbe Apie, the Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition and el Centro de Apoyo Mutuo de Utuado.


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Demi Lovato's Mom Shares Her Story On Her Daughter's Overdose And Sobriety

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Demi Lovato’s Mom Shares Her Story On Her Daughter’s Overdose And Sobriety

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With the state of America as it is today, most of us know and love at least one person struggling with drug addiction. If that person is in recovery, then you have a glimpse into how challenging it can be to choose sobriety day in and day out, no matter how much time they have. Demi Lovato is one of millions of people facing drug addiction who need our love and understanding to overcome a mental illness that has been heavily stigmatized.

It’s been less than three months since Lovato revealed she relapsed and had a drug overdose. She’s been in rehab since then. Her mom has finally broke her silence and shared hair-raising details of her experience finding out Demi overdosed.

Demi Lovato is no stranger to addiction and has seen it in her own family.

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Her mother, Dianna Hart, has had her own substance abuse disorders. She first went into treatment in 2011 for addiction and an eating disorder.

Demi celebrated six years of sobriety in March of this year.

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As we all know, sometime between March and June, at the release of her song “Sober,” she started using again. Alcoholism is a hereditary disease and is often passed down generation to generation. Lovato was the generation that broke the cycle and inspired her mom to get the same help.

Hart released a book, “Falling with Wings,” which details her family’s journey towards mental health.

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The two have been supportive of each other along each other’s journeys, now more than ever with the help of many professionals.

In a tweet, Lovato said, “I’m so proud of my momma .. the journey she’s survived makes an incredible story and today she gets to share that story with you all. Check out her new book #fallingwithwings which is out today!! I love you momma, you’re my hero.”

Hart revealed that she learned about her daughter’s OD after TMZ published it.

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People just randomly started texting her. In her own words, Hart says, “I was looking at my phone and all these texts started coming in. I thought, ‘What is going on?’ the first lines of these texts were saying, ‘I just heard the news. I’m so sorry. I’m praying for your family. I’m praying for Demi.”

At the time, she was with her oldest daughter, Dallas.

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“Before I could get to TMZ to see what they were reporting, I got a phone call from Demi’s assistant at the time, Kelsey. My oldest daughter, Dallas, was standing next to me. I remember I hadn’t even had a chance to say anything to her. I looked at her and said, ‘Kelsey’s calling me.’ She had no idea what I was seeing on my phone.”

“I hesitated to ask. I said, ‘Is she ok?'”

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“So, I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It’s something that I never, ever expected to hear as as parent about any of my kids.”

“Dallas was looking at me and said, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘Demi has overdosed. We need to get to the hospital and I don’t think I can drive.’ Dallas said, ‘It’s ok. I got you, Mom. Let me get my keys. I’ll drive us.'”

They rushed to Cedar Sinai Hospital, where Hart said Lovato was in “bad shape.”

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“She just didn’t look good at all. She was in bad shape. I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here. I love you.’ At that point, she said back to me, ‘I love you too.'”

The truth is that Lovato almost died.

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“We didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not,” she said. “I feel like the reason she’s alive today is because of the millions of prayers that went up that day. I don’t think she’d be here if hadn’t been for those prayers and the good doctors at Cedars-Sinai.”

Thankfully, she was alive to celebrate her birthday one month later.

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And everyone in her family and fanbase took the time to express gratitude for Lovato’s life, journey and recovery. Lovato has been in rehab ever since her overdose and is working towards her sobriety once more.

Lovato has openly said that her littler sister is the main reason she got sober in the first place.

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On The Jonathan Ross Show, Lovato confessed, “I knew that I had a lot of life ahead of me but one of the main reasons of getting sober was so that I could be around my little sister because my mom and dad [said I couldn’t be around her] if I was doing stuff.”

Meanwhile, fans have openly shared how Lovato has helped them find serenity.

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Many wrote to claim that Lovato’s sobriety has inspired their own. Her lyrics have buoyed them during hard times. Her raw honesty has helped them remain true to what they’re feeling and who they are.

After “Sober” came out, Lovato shared a new tattoo on her finger:

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I bet that tattoo is already taking on new meaning for her while she’s in recovery. Many people battling addiction will say that drinking and using isn’t freedom; it’s enslavement. You lose yourself and do things your highest self would never do when substances take top priority.

Her fans have been nothing but supportive, even before the overdose.

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After performing “Sober” for the first time in Portugal, she posted this on Twitter: “Tonight I took the stage, a new person with a new life. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. It will never be forgotten.”

Videos from fans show her choking up as she sings the lyrics, tears welling as the crowd continues to cheer her on.

Lovato has always been open about her sobriety.

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She shared on The Jonathan Ross Show that the final trigger to her first finding sobriety was when “everyone was like, ‘We are no longer going to leave, we are leaving.’ That was the moment when I thought, ‘Okay, I really need to get help and get sober.’ This time I knew … I had hit rock bottom and I just needed to do this for myself.”

It doesn’t go off like a flick of a switch. Every day she works a program.

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While receiving the “Spirit of Sobriety” award from the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular, she told a crowd, “I see a therapist twice a week. I make sure I stay on my medications. I go to AA meetings. I do what I can physically in the gym. I make it a priority.”

One secret to sober success for Lovato: no parties.

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She once said to Refinery29, “I know [my life] sounds so boring. But I’ve come to a place where I’d rather be relaxed than get all dressed up and go to some party or club with people who don’t really care about my well-being at all.”

But honestly, not going to parties is better than this alternative:

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“I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes. I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well.”

“The day that I got sober was the day that I actually started living.”

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Last year on “Ellen,” Lovato shared, “[My sobriety anniversary] means so much to me because I feel like the day that I got sober was the day that I actually started living and so I like to call myself five years old. I’ve decided to be open about my story and share everything that I’ve been through because it helps others. And I’ve had several people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, my dad got sober because you did.’ or ‘I got sober because you did.’ And it just is so meaningful and impactful to me that I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Today, her whole family are “accidental advocates” against drugs.

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Her mother took the spot on the show this week with Lovato’s blessing to help raise awareness for the plight of addiction. One in 7 people have faced addiction, and many, many do not survive.

While Lovato’s sobriety birthday will change, open-hearted, vulnerable, resilient Lovato hasn’t in the slightest.

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“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.

I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time.”

So keep them coming, Lovatics.


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