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Cardi B Sat Down With Vogue At Her Grandma’s House To Answer ’73 Questions’ And We’re Obsessed With Her Candid Answers

Vogue’s 73 questions, is a video series featuring celebrities in their natural habitat, answering —well duh— 73 questions. The videos are fairly choreographed and surely scripted, but they do offer insight into the homes and minds of celebs. This week, Vogue went to the Bronx to interrogate Cardi B. At her grandma’s house, the rapper opened up about politics, her new album, her marriage to Offset, and how Beyoncé taught her a life lesson —the tea is boiling. 

Our favorite Bronx-native Latina rapper got real with Vogue on a 73 question-long interview and we’re living for her candid answers.

The rapper, actor and fashion slayer, brought Vogue to the Bronx for a round of 73 questions, “Welcome to the hood,” she said holding Kulture who made a cameo during nap time. While holding her baby, Cardi answered questions on motherhood, fashion, fame, music and her favorite place to be, right there at her grandmother’s house in the Bronx. ‘What makes the Bronx so special?’ Vogue asked. “That if you can survive in the Bronx, you can survive anywhere.”

The rapper explained that she loves being a mom, but that she feels committed to her fans too. 

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Cardi explained why she apologized for wanting to be pregnant again, “It’s because of my fans,” she explained, “They want a new album and so many other things in the world that won’t be able to get done if I’m pregnant.”

After putting hers and offset’s baby to sleep, she answered questions about politics. 

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When asked what she would ask President Trump if she could make him one question she said: “If you don’t love every American citizen, why become president?” She then went on to talk about how growing up in the Bronx always made her want to speak up. “Seeing the injustice, seeing how kids my age, my color or darker, were getting treated in my neighborhood. That always made me want to like, be involved.” 

Cardi has made it very clear that she supports Bernie Sanders, and she told Vogue why.

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After Cardi took the time to set up an interview with Bernie Sanders at a Detroit nail salon to talk police brutality, the economy and health care a few months ago, it became pretty obvious that the rapper from the Bronx was rooting for him. “He’s a natural humanitarian,” she said about the Democratic presidential candidate. The rapper explained that what she likes about him most is that he “cares about people.” 

The conversation then steered toward her fans, the industry and music. 

If she could give her young female fans a message, what would it be? To not worry about what’s happening to them right now “especially if you’re in high school, people bullying you, picking on you. Those people are not going to matter in a few years.” 

At one point during the interview, Cardi facetimed Offset —and it got steamy.

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The Bronx-native Latina facetimed Offset at one point during the interview, explaining that he was far away, in LA, working. “I love that I feel secure with him,” she revealed. “He makes me feel protected… I love him bigger than my ass, and my ass is big.” When asked about relationship advice she said: “The best relationship advice I can share is that if you love somebody no matter what, try to work it out.” —and we’re sure she’s hinting at that cheating scandal that went down between the two rappers back in 2017.

Cardi talked abut how Beyonce taught her an important lesson. 

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‘I Like it Like That’ rapper opened up about what made her feel the most vulnerable and explained how Beyoncé indirectly taught her a lesson about not caring about what the world says. “I feel most vulnerable when people say so many mean things about me. But Queen Bey came to the rescue and helped her cope with those feelings, “I heard she only allows herself to feel bad for one day,” Cardi says. “So I only give myself one day to feel bad for myself. Then I go back to work and not giving a fuck.”

Cardi got real about about what she’s learned from becoming a mother. 

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“Things don’t go as you plan, never!,” to her own fashion icons, “Lady Gaga, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna,” and her new “spicy” album. She also opened up about her meteoric rise to celebrity: what’s kept her going; “In order for me to spoil my child for the rest of my life, I have to have money and make money for the rest of my life,” how she would like to be remembered: “as the girl-next-door who made it,” and what’s been hardest to get used to: “criticism”.

She also revealed that her new album will be “spicy” and “controversial.”

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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