Cardi B became a household name in no time when she released “Bodak Yellow.” Not only is she making amazing music on her own, she is also a big name when it comes to features. She slayed with Bruno Mars rapping in “Finesse” and, of course, she has had some collabs with her fiancé Offbeat. Now, the couple has joined Lil’ Yachty on a song and it’s a bop. Mainly because of Cardi B and no one else. Let’s see how well you know the words to the song.
Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rapper Cardi B have been teasing their on-screen discussion on issues ranging from police brutality to canceling student debt for a few weeks now. Finally, the Sanders campaign published the video in all its nearly ten minutes of glory.
The two met at Detroit’s TEN nail bar, a deluxe nail salon founded and operated by two women of color. Cardi B came prepared with a list of questions that her own followers have brought up with her. In essence, Cardi B served as a representative of her fans’ political interests and brought them to a Presidential candidate to see if he would be the guy to officially represent their needs in the nation’s most meaningful capacity–as POTUS 2020.
Six weeks ago, Cardi asked her fans what they would want to hear Bernie Sanders discuss.
On July 2, the rapper shared a video to Instagram telling her followers that her number one question to Bernie Sanders is about how to end police brutality in this country. “What would you like to ask? what change would you like to see in your community and in the USA 🇺🇸?” she posted. “2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country! Put your questions down below and your questions may be answered very soon.”
Nobody expected she was actually going to sit down with Bernie Sanders and represent the Bardi Gang’s political issues.
Hilariously, Sanders wiggled his fingers alongside Cardi B’s as he told us that, “Cardi B’s nails are juuuust a little different than mine. Our views on the issues are pretty similar.”
Cardi B absolutely nailed it as an interviewer. She steered the conversation and truly represented her followers’ interests. She opened the video to remind everyone that, “A couple of weeks ago, I asked my followers what types of questions would you want to ask a Democratic candidate. Let’s go baby.” Here are the takeaways.
Number one: Cardi and Bernie’s shared goal is getting Trump out of office.
“You know what I’m trying to do is I’m trying to advocate the youth in my community because I feel like there’s a serious problem right now in America,” Cardi opens. “We have this bully as a President and the only way to take him out is somebody winning.”
“We’ve got to get rid of Donald Trump, obviously. Because Donald Trump is an overt racist. He’s just way out there.”
The first question on Cardi’s mind is putting an end to police brutality in America. Bernie has a three-pronged plan.
Cardi B got vulnerable and talked about the mental effects of what it’s like to “constantly see on social media police brutality against black men and against minorities. What are we going to do to change that, because that is discouraging our people? We constantly see our men getting killed every day, and it seems like nobody cares.”
Sanders wants to end the militarization of police departments, which he sees as a form of intimidation.
To address police brutality, he wants the Department of Justice to investigate every police killing to ensure accountability and prevent local police departments from covering up crimes. He also wants to federally obligate police departments to “look like the community they serve” and “not like an oppressive army.” Sanders related to the “disgust” of seeing 1 in 4 young black men in the criminal justice system. His solution to that specific issue is to invest in free education instead of investing in prisons and incarceration.
During his first week as President, Sanders will reinstate the executive order that gave protections to DREAMers, and he wants to extend those protections to their parents.
Cardi had recalled meeting a fan who enrolled for protections under DACA and is now facing deportation back to Mexico–a place that he has no living memory of ever knowing. Bernie wants the 1.8 million young people who qualify for DACA to experience the freedoms of this country. When he said he wants to expand that program to their parents, Cardi did a little jiggle and let out a “Yeahhh!”
Bernie is going to raise taxes to allow free healthcare and education, but it will be cheaper on a day to day for Americans.
“People are afraid to pay more taxes than they’re already paying,” Cardi rightly stated. Bernie’s plan to offer free health care for all will ultimately be cheaper for the overwhelming majority of people than paying for premiums, deductibles, and copayments.
Cardi B will never forget how hard it was to make a living wage before she found fame.
Cardi B brought up how “certain people like to brag” about how there are more jobs in America, but she’s questioning the quality of these jobs. Why are her followers having to work two or three jobs to survive? Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
By placing a modest tax on Wall Street, Sanders plans to cancel student debt.
Forty-five million Americans are living with student debt. Sanders knows that those of us in our 20s and 30s were told that we had to go to college to get a good job. Where the good jobs at? Our generation is far less likely to own homes and make financial progress in our lives. For the first time, our generation is worse off than the generation before it.
Sanders has a message to Cardi B’s followers: “Trump doesn’t want people of color to be participating in the political process.”
“Participate in the political process,” he tells POC. You can spend five minutes to register to vote here.
Our girl is at it again with her iconic sass. Cardi B injected some humor into her latest Insta post, saying that, “I can’t swim so I bought these titties so I can float.” Now, before we go any further, someone has to say this: there are cheaper ways to float in the water, babes! All jokes aside, though, Cardi’s comment comes after some wild online drama that’s had us breaking out the popcorn.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Cardi has a bangin’ body.
But, it’s not all natural. And that’s where this whole story starts. Because back in May, Cardi B admitted that she’d gotten her “boobs redone” after giving birth to her daughter, Kulture Kiari. Pregnancy took its toll on Cardi’s body. So much so, in fact, that a few days later she declared to her fans during a set at the Beale Street Music Festival that she’d also recently undergone liposuction. “I should have canceled today, because moving too much is gonna f*ck up my lipo,” Cardi B announced to the audience. “But b*tch, I’m still gonna get this motherf*cking money back. Let’s go!”
When asked about it in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cardi B admitted, “I really wanna explain to people how hard [the liposuction process is] … I feel like a lot of people look at girls on Instagram and think, like, ‘Oh, they got their lipo done, and it was so easy,’ and it’s just such a long, hard process … it’s almost like the same process as after you give birth to a baby, and you see your body change, and [work to snap it] back.” It’s hard not to like Cardi for being so open about the work that she had done.
And that should have been the end of the conversation.
But of course, it wasn’t. Because two weeks later, our girl had to cancel a whole series of shows that she had planned, including performances in El Paso and Baltimore. “My doctor was like ‘yo you can not be doing all these shows because you’re not fully healed and I keep telling you this and then if something happens to you you’re going to try to blame me,” Cardi said. And that’s when it really hit the fan.
Many have come out slamming the artist for the amount of work she’s had done.
Critics started to weigh in on Cardi B’s decision to get work done, accusing her of being “lazy.” Cardi wasn’t having a bar of it, saying on Instagram: “I do whatever the fuck I want to do with my body, I don’t have the time of day like you do. My job as an entertainer is a 24-hour job, bro. So no I don’t have time to work out. I wanted specific things that I know that no matter how much I work out won’t get fixed.” And there’s the rub.
Modern beauty standards are the real problem in this equation.
It’s undeniable that there’s a widening gap between what’s physically possible, and what’s considered the standard for beauty – especially when we look at the way that beauty is portrayed online. The goal these days for women seems to be high cheekbones, luscious lips, with a well-endowed chest, tiny waist, and a bouncing booty. Not to mention that you should be sporting thighs that’ll crush a watermelon, as well as well-toned calves. Heaven forbid you have the beginnings of cafeteria lady arms! It’s an unattainable standard, unless you get work done. No wonder Cardi’s fans came out in force, with her latest on Insta.
And so who are we to tell Cardi what to do with her body? It’s her job to entertain.
Part of that, for her, also includes looking the part. Whatever augmentations Cardi has made to her body fit into the beauty expectations we all seem to have for each other. At least now that the storm has blown over, Cardi B can post ridiculous jokes on social media, and we can laugh along with her about them.
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