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Cardi B And Offsets Music Video For “Clout” Is A Tribute To Earl Black Girl Groups Like Destiny’s Child

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Cardi B and Offset get really steamy in their music video for “Clout.”

The visual, directed by Daniel Russell, dropped on Wednesday, and features a lot of twerking, tongue and the color yellow.

Decked in all black, Offset plays a yellow piano before flexing in front of funhouse mirrors. Cardi joins her husband halfway through the song, performing a headstand while Offset holds her feet apart, sitting in a pool of lemons and later giving the father of their daughter, Kulture, a sultry lap dance.

The song, which appears on the Migos rapper’s solo LP Father of 4, is the couple’s fourth together and the latest after “Who Want the Smoke?”

The on-again, off-again couple, which reconciled after a brief split in December, seem to be on happier terms. Over the weekend, Cardi, who surprised Coachella guests when she joined Ozuna and Selena Gomez for a performance of “Taki Taki” during DJ Snake’s set, also joined Offset at #REVOLVEFestival, where the pair gave a PDA-filled show.

The Dominican-Trinidadian rapper, whose latest song “Please Me” features Bruno Mars, will soon be making her Hollywood debut in the Jennifer Lopez-executive produced and starring film, “Hustlers.”

Still, the best part of Cardi B and Offsets video is all in the visuals.

As some fans have pointed out, the entire thing has a pretty intense 90s/00s vibe.

There’s SO much love for Janet in this!

And a whole heck of a lot of Lil Kim love.

And TBH no one knows who did it better?

Like look at those mirrors in the background.

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Classic 90s music video trait.

It’s basically just like the ones in this 702 video!

Gotta love that Cardi took her love to this level.

This Is The Trippiest Commercial I’ve Seen But Somehow Cardi B And Reebok Make It Work And I Can’t Stop Watching

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This Is The Trippiest Commercial I’ve Seen But Somehow Cardi B And Reebok Make It Work And I Can’t Stop Watching

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She has never shied away from getting the biggest, baddest, sharpest and most decorated nails around. But now Cardi B has been taken to the next level in the nail game with nails that come to life with just a thought and can act as new limbs.

In the latest campaign for her brand partnership with Reebok, released Tuesday, the rapper takes viewers to the beauty salon. 

Cardi B highlights her famous nails in latest ad with Reebok and it totally works.

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A sneaker deal is a rapper’s rite of passage. And Cardi B has famously partnered with Fashion Nova and Steve Madden in the past, but last November she announced she would partner with Reebok, the classic sneaker and athletic-clothing brand.

On Tuesday, the company released a new advertisement, and at its center is the “Press” rapper. It’s absurdist, attention-grabbing, and completely Cardi B.

The video is next level Cardi B realness.

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While chatting with a friend under hair dryers everyone in the shop is alerted to Cardi’s one untied sneaker. Without missing a beat, she wills her already long, pink, jewel encrusted nails to do the task for her.

The video sees her nails grow a few feet and work independently to tie up her shoe before retreating back to a more normal length. 

With a freshly tied pair of Reebok’s Classic Club C, she turns to a customer and simply says ‘nailed it.’ Living!

These are the hot tenís she’s rocking in her new commerical that she also played a part in designing.

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Reebok spoke on the collab with Cardi, and said, “The film is a salute to Cardi’s own life experience, which saw her challenge expectations to become a self-made maven and incorporates boundary-pushing nail art that has become an iconic feature of her style.”

As for the shoes, Reebok describes vintage Club C’s as , “Take it down to pure essence with clean lines and a classic lineage. A Union Jack symbol along the side profile calls up heritage style. No excess, no riffraff. Made for icons.

And the shoes are currently on sale for $75.

People are absolutely living for her ad with the sneaker brand.

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Even though it looks like, at least on Twitter, people didn’t even realize the rapper had a collab with Reebok.

But her ad seems to be working because people are already posting screenshots of them buying Cardi’s new shoes.

While some are calling the ad absurd and totally attention grabbing. But ain’t that straight up Cardi B?

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I wouldn’t want anything less from Cardi B.

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Hulu’s New ‘Into The Dark’ Anthology Installment ‘Culture Shock’ Deals With the Horrors of the Migrant Crisis at the Southern Border

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Hulu’s New ‘Into The Dark’ Anthology Installment ‘Culture Shock’ Deals With the Horrors of the Migrant Crisis at the Southern Border

In the most recent installment of Blumhouse’s “Into the Dark” Hulu TV movie anthology series, “Culture Shock”, a story about a Mexican woman who finds herself trapped in a warped American utopia after attempting to cross the border, Blumhouse explores the horrors of the migrant crisis, adding a dose of supernatural to the already chilling situation many migrants are face when striving for a better life. 

“Culture Shock” follows Marisol, played by Mexican actress Martha Higareda, a poor young pregnant woman living in Mexico who dreams of a better life for her and her unborn child.

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“Culture Shock” immediately establishes the harrowing conditions that many immigrants face in their home countries before deciding to emigrate. Indeed, one of “Culture Shock”‘s first scenes shows Marisol being raped by Oscar, a man we had previously been led to believe was her loving boyfriend. Shortly after, we also discover that Oscar stole money she had given him to secure her passage across the border to the U.S. This leaves Martha stranded and alone in her home country of Mexico, and also now carrying the child of the man who assaulted her, which adds even more urgency to her situation.

Marisol bravely decides to attempt the crossing one more time to secure a future for her and her baby, paying a “coyote” hundreds of dollars to help smuggle her into the U.S. The journey isn’t an easy one–at nearly every stop on the way to America, Marisol is strong-armed into giving every new handler additional money–money that she wasn’t told about before. If nothing, “Culture Shock” gives a realistic, if infuriating,  portrayal of all of the injustice desperate migrants are subjected to while trying to cross the border. And the danger is steeper than ever for Marisol, a single woman who is also pregnant. The threat of sexual violence on Marisol’s body is constant, and what’s more disturbing is how habituated to sexual and other forms of violence she seems to be. It’s just another subtle nod towards her complicated and traumatic history.

After being caught at the U.S. border, Marisol wakes up in a pastel-colored paradise that embodies the American dream in every aspect: the residents are beaming, the food is delicious and abundant, and the pervading sense of peace and harmony of the so-called town of “Cape Joy” easily lulls Marisol into an immediate sense of security. It’s here that the director, Latina auteur Gigi Saul Guerrero, begins to flex her artistic muscles. The cinematography is disorienting, with off-center and odd-angled close-ups, quick cutaways that mimic Marisol’s constant confusion, and a visual stark contrast between Marisol’s old, dreary life in Mexico and her new, vibrant life in Cape Joy, USA.  

But something isn’t right in Cape Joy.

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Not only does Marisol have no recent memories of what happened to her after being caught by US Border Patrol, but the fellow immigrants she crossed over with have no idea who she is. And while Marisol mysteriously gave birth to her baby while she was presumably unconscious, she’s never allowed to hold her. When Marisol expresses concern to her host mother, Betty (Barbara Crampton) about her missing old belongings, Betty tells her: “Don’t worry about what you’ve lost. Think instead of all that you’ve gained.” It’s lines like this, which are obviously meant to convey more than just the literal meaning of the words, that the movie leans hard into.

Throughout “Into the Dark”, there is an underlying current of not-so-subtle political messaging that makes it obvious that this movie isn’t your typical straight-forward horror film. It’s as much a vehicle for social commentary and critique on the migrant crisis and America’s inhumane treatment of migrants at the border as it is about delivering stomach-churning gore and jump scares. The movie, directed by,  confirms the existential fear many migrants have of looked at as sub-human when they try to cross the border. Sometimes, the social commentary comes off as a little too on-the-nose, with Big-Bads saying things such as: “Nobody gives a fuck about these people,” and “We’re not paid to give [them] the American Dream. We’re paid to keep them out of it”. 

When the mystery behind the oddness of Cape Joy is finally revealed, the element of sci-fi and horror that’s added to Marisol’s story can almost feel like a relief, purely due to its obvious fictional tropes. The more terrifying parts of the movie–the abusive boyfriends, the violent men, the human traffickers, and the Mexican cartel–are arguably more frightening than the supernatural parts.

And lest, while watching, you trick yourself into thinking the movie isn’t really a horror movie, prepare yourself for a few jarring scenes.

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The climax of the movie is an extremely gruesome and violently gory climax that establishes the anthology installment as exactly what it markets itself as: a horror movie. But as we’ve seen in headlines that flood the TV, the newspapers, and our phones, sometimes, reality can be more horrifying than fiction. 

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