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This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

From the inside, the place is filled with Mexico’s finest ingredients: pork, avocado, tortillas, shredded lettuce, and rabanos. We’re not describing your mom’s house (although we’re sure she has those things too), but rather an iconic local restaurant that is now blowing up because of a music video. It’s not just any music video. Tacos Mexico was the filming location for the latest collab with Cardi B and Bruno Mars called “Please Me.”

Cardi B and Bruno Mars filmed their latest collaboration video inside Tacos Mexico in East Los Angeles.

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Sometimes the coziest place for a couple can be inside of a taco joint. Just check out the chemistry between those two. The singers were giving us so much life and lighting up the iconic taco joint at the same time. After the success of “Finesse,” it isn’t a total surprise that the two could light up the screen while grinding in a taco restaurant.

On Instagram, Tacos Mexico said they were extremely proud to be part of this amazing project.

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“Tacos Mexico is very proud of being part of ‘Cardi B & Bruno Mars” official music video (Please Me) that is a total Hit! On the very first day of release with over 10,000,000 views and coming…thank you.”

And they’re not exaggerating on those numbers. Total views are now more than 20 million and counting.

Tacos Mexico isn’t just a random Mexican restaurant but an eatery that has deep L.A. roots.

According to their website, Tacos Mexico was founded by
Antonio Moreno. “In addition to expanding his menu, Mr. Moreno also began opening additional restaurants throughout southern California including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and expanding out of State to Nevada and Arizona. By 2009, the number of Tacos Mexico restaurants had grown to almost 40 locations in three states, all while staying true to its roots and using only the freshest ingredients.”

Moreno passed away in 2009. We’re certain he would have loved this video.

If you want to visit the spot of this video, here’s where you need to go.

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Head on down to 5120 E Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles and you can eat and vibe in the same spot. Good for you, the restaurant is open 24 hours so there is no time where you won’t be welcomed in for some great food and reminiscing about the first time you saw “Please Me.”

Let’s also take a moment to give Cardi B and Bruno Mars some props for highlighting a local, Latino business.

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Tacos Mexico might have locations in two other states but the home of the restaurant is in downtown Los Angeles. We can only assume that the video will help to push the restaurant, which is already a neighborhood staple, into a go-to destination for fans and taco lovers alike.

Check out the video below.

Who wants to meet up for a fun time with delicious tacos? Clearly they are going to be playing “Please Me” on repeat for a while.

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Lisa Frank And Hotels.com Created An Apartment That Looks Like The Inside Of Your 3rd Grade Backpack

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Lisa Frank And Hotels.com Created An Apartment That Looks Like The Inside Of Your 3rd Grade Backpack

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Calling all ’90s kids. Was there ever a better feeling in the world than getting a new shimmery, colorful Lisa Frank binder? We all know that one person who had the whole kit; pencils, erasers, notebooks, stickers. Maybe that person was you or maybe they were someone you were always just a little jealous of, whether you admit it or not. It was a rainbow-colored explosion in every elementary and middle school in the ’90s. Yet, Lisa Frank stationery wants to make the experience immersive. You now have a chance to stay in an apartment decorated in the signature rainbow-colored and slightly psychedelic style of the ’90s brand.

The Lisa Frank apartment, a collaboration between Lisa Frank and Hotels.com, screams nostalgia.

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Lisa Frank teamed up with Hotels.com to bring your ’90s backpack to life. Hospitality company Barsala, which specializes in delivering the best value for price to their customers. A lucky few fans will be transported to the wonderful world of fluffy rainbows, unicorns, golden retrievers, and technicolor dolphins. The Lisa Frank-themed penthouse is in the Los Angeles Fashion District in downtown. But if you want to stay there, you better hurry. The room is only available for a couple of weeks this month only.

“We wanted to design a room that celebrates all things ’90s, and nothing screams childhood nostalgia more than these iconic designs,” Adam Jay, president of Hotels.com told Curbed LA.

The bed has Lisa Frank sheets and duvet and there are pillows with the trademark colorful kitties and puppies of the brand.

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The bedroom features a hot-pink four-poster bed with a light-up canopy outfitted with Lisa Frank’s signature chromatic bedding and rainbow-hued curtains. There’s a wall-sized mural featuring some of Lisa Frank’s most iconic designs like the rainbows coming out of fluffy clouds, the bear dressed like an Elton John-styled magician, and all of the animals and characters we remember.

The bathroom is an underwater technicolor oasis with all of the Lisa Frank nautical designs we all recognize.

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The bathroom walls are decorated with Lisa Frank’s underwater scenes that graced out school folders for years. Heart-shaped bubbles, rainbow colored tropical fish, and the famous pink and blue dolphins cover the bathroom walls. It is everything you ever wanted your parents to do for your bedroom and bathroom growing up.

Of course, Lisa Frank’s chromatic animal print collection is on full display in the kitchen. 

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You’ll find a true rainbow color spectrum in this kitchen from bright pink to pale blue and all the colors in between. Lisa Frank’s iconic animal prints come to life on the cupboards. Yellow zebra print, a red leopard print that fades to orange. The best part? The kitchen comes fully stocked with the most iconic vibrant-colored candy from your childhood —like Gushers, Pop-Tarts, Pixy Stix, and Planters Cheez Balls.

Get in touch with your inner pop artist with all the stationery and Lisa Frank goodies you can take home.

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If all the rainbows and colors are making you inspired, next to the lounge area, there’s an office space complete with all the cutesy rainbow Lisa Frank stationery you could ever want. The desk comes supplied with pencils, post-its, notepads and stickers. If ever we wanted to smuggle something out of a hotel room, this is it. 

Guests even get limited edition robes, slippers, and sleep-masks.

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With your booking, you get to take all of the goodies you like. The candy, the stationery, the Lisa Frank-embroidered robes, and slippers, all yours for the rate of $199 a night.

Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person, but the art was a collaborative effort.

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The Lisa Frank brand first rose to prominence in the 1980s and ’90s as purveyors of hyper-bright, animal-centric school supplies, including Trapper Keepers, pencil bags, backpacks, stickers, and stationery. Lisa Frank is a real person and started the company while she was still in college. However, many artists collaborated to design the illustrations. 

“The artwork was a collaborative effort, but it all began with me putting it on paper as a marker rendering,” Rondi Kutz, who was Lisa Frank Inc.’s Senior Designer and Product Development Leader told HelloGiggles. “The concepts came from Lisa, James (her husband), or me, so I can say that some of the characters were my idea and original design. But by the time it went on to an illustrator to redraw it, adding detail, then to a computer artist who rendered it on the computer (which entailed hundreds of hours of work), it had many artists’ stamps on it.” Kutz went on to work at the company until 2002.

Other notable themed properties available to rent (not on Hotels.com) include Bella Swan’s house from “Twilight,” a “Taco Bell inn” pop-up and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Stays at the Lisa Frank Apartment are available only from October 11 through 27. The cost per night is $199 and the room can only be booked through Hotels.com.

READ: This Mexican Hotel Will Give You Unlimited Tequila And Let You Sleep Inside A Tequila Barrel

Cardi B Flipped Out At A Media Outlet After They Claimed She Said That Her Daughter Called Other People ‘Mommy’

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Cardi B Flipped Out At A Media Outlet After They Claimed She Said That Her Daughter Called Other People ‘Mommy’

Cardi B is once again in hot water after she publicly let her temper get the better of her. The 26-year-old Grammy-winner took to Instagram live to vent her frustration at a story that was written about her that she felt “twisted her words”. While on a press tour for her new Netflix* show “Rhythm and Flow”, Cardi B was asked a question by Access Hollywood as to how she achieves work/life balance as a new mom. Cardi responded with an in-depth, two-minute answer where she described the ways she puts her child before her work. 

However, Access Hollywood ran the story with the headline: “Cardi B Admits Baby Kulture Calls Someone Else ‘Mommy” Because She Works So Much.”

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Cardi B responded to the “clickbait” headline in a fiery, expletive-filled Instagram Live video. In the video, she not only took issue with Access Hollywood using her daughter to generate views but the way in which the media outlet edited her response to change what she said. “That’s not what the fuck I said,” she yelled at the camera. “Don’t use my motherfucking kid for clickbait bitch. Don’t fucking cut shit off, try to make me look like I’m a fuck-ass mom ‘cause that’s something that I’m not.” But, as her tirade continued, she crossed a line for many people. 

At one point in the video, she said: “Access Hollywood, suck my whole dick. Suck a dick, I hope your fucking mom catch AIDs, bitch.”

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While some people were sympathetic to Cardi’s anger at the media peddling an inaccurate image of her mothering skills, countless others were disappointed in her choice of words–mainly her decision to use catching HIV/AIDS as a “curse” on her enemies. People were quick to call out Cardi’s insults as crass and below-the-belt. LGBT and HIV/AIDS activists have long worked towards erasing the stigma surrounding the STI, and critics are saying that “weaponizing” the disease in this particular way is problematic. 

“Cardi couldn’t come up with a better insult than wishing AIDS on people?!” said Twitter user @EnigmaticLone. “Contributing to the stigma of AIDS is gross and irresponsible”. Others accused Cardi of only aligning herself with the LGBTQ community when it benefited her: “[Cardi B] claims to be a ‘ally’ to lgbt ppl while wishing AIDS on ppl she doesn’t like,” said Twitter user @Gaynerdman.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has gotten into trouble over her problematic behavior. 

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She’s previously been dragged on social media for making light of the civil rights movement, spouting transphobic language, and admitting to drugging and robbing men before she was famous. Cardi B’s relationship with the media is so contentious that she even released a song describing her feelings. 

After the most recent influx of bad press and negative fan reactions, Cardi went back on social media to explain herself a bit more. “I go out I do press run people took my kindness for weakness,” she said via Twitter. “I felt violated I said how I felt now I am THE INDUSTRY WICKED WITCH AGAIN.” She then claimed she would shortly be taking a break from social media because she is “over it”.

Naturally, the reaction on Twitter has been swift and immediate.

While a lot of people understand Cardi’s anger at her words being manipulated, the majority of her fans don’t condone how she went about expressing it. 

Some fans expressed their support but still asked for an apology.

Cardi has been the first to admit that she comes from “a place that people have closed mindsets”, and she isn’t always educated on the baggage that certain language comes with. Still, ignorance can’t always be an excuse for bad behavior.

This fan is still on Cardi’s side regardless of her problematic words:

Cardi responded to this stan’s Tweet with: “Thank you…Boy they will push every type of narrative to cancel me NOBODY CANT CANCEL ME BUT GOD…”. 

This fan believes that Cardi B should choose to rise above negative press.

The truth is, this won’t be the last time the press takes Cardi’s words and twists them around. If she wants to stay in the spotlight, it might benefit her to either get a thicker skin, or avoid reading articles about herself. Celebrities have always been the targets of negative press. 

This Twitter user seems to be 100% fed up with Cardi’s history of problematic statements:

At this point, it does seem rather likely that Cardi B might continue to say hurtful things about marginalized communities.