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Teacher Recreates Cardi B And Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP Lyrics’ To Inspire Students

This summer’s top song, “WAP Lyrics”, is showing up all over the place. Sometimes, given its explicit lyrics, even in the most unlikely of places – like school district Facebook pages.

That’s exactly where one teacher’s now viral remix of the hit song by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion ended up. The middle school teacher from Virginia wanted to continue her annual tradition of a back-to-school rap and decided to tackle one of this year’s biggest tracks.

The results have left many celebrating the new lyrics, with WAP standing for “We are going to work and progress.”

A Virginia teacher used the summer anthem of “WAP” to get her students motivated for the school year.

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Despite classes being cancelled amid a global pandemic, this Virginia teacher’s passion for education has not diminished. In fact, Eboni Harrington – a teacher in from Roanoke, VA – continued her annual tradition of creating a back-to-school rap to get her students pumped up for school (in previous years, she recreated Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj hits).

“Teaching gives me purpose,” Harrington, a middle school teacher, told Yahoo Life. “I truly enjoy inspiring and encouraging our future leaders of tomorrow. Their ‘aha’ moments are always worth the long hours and commitment.”

Harrington says she was “devastated” when school ended early this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she was determined to engage with her students, most of whom re-started the school year with remote learning.

“To be unable to have my passion fuel my purpose in a traditional way was tough,” she says. “I found ways to reach my students and had to get creative in doing so. From [using] the Remind [app] with parents and students to downloading a Google Voice number for direct contact, I was there.”

After posting the video to the school district’s official Facebook page, it’s racked up thousands of views.

In addition to recording the song, this year Harrington decided to put together a music video, a process she says took two weeks. Since releasing the track, she’s also posted the video to the Roanoke Public Schools Facebook page, where it has been shared 2,000 times.

“I was super excited to commit to changing the wap lyrics of today’s most popular song. I got feedback from my family almost every day and even asked the cheerleaders and coaching staff [for] their thoughts. I knew if the cheerleaders were feeling it, then the community would be just as excited, if not more,” she told Yahoo Life.

The middle school teacher adds that she is overwhelmed by the response she has gotten from the music video and was happy to see that parents and students felt less stress when they saw that she, along with other teachers, were excited about the upcoming school year.

Meanwhile, the hit song has inspired countless viral remakes and unique choreography.

If you’ve been on the internet within the past month or so, it’s likely that you have seen people on TikTok twerking with their hands on the ground, humping the floor, and spreading their hoo-has to the sky — all for the sole purpose of following a dance challenge set to “WAP,” the record-breaking No. 1 hit from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

“WAP” seems to naturally welcome a more queer, fluid form of sexuality, and that’s perhaps one reason why a new dance video set to the song, starring a troupe of insanely talented queer men, has gone viral. Created by choreographer Nicole Kirkland and beauty influencer Angel Merino (better known as Mac Daddyy), the “WAP” dance cover has racked up over 100,000 likes and nearly 50,000 retweets on Twitter, as well as over 460,000 views on YouTube, since its release last Wednesday

One choreographer from Guam even had his dance routine shared by Cardi B herself.

Just a day after Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion broke records with “WAP”, Esperon – a dancer from Guam – posted a challenge that went viral.

Huge TikTok stars such as Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae replicated the energetic dance, which features high kicks, booty popping, twerking, and splits, according to the tutorial with 28 million viewers. Cardi B even performed Esperon’s challenge on Instagram Live.

Once WAP became viral, Esperon’s social media flooded with comments. Some congratulated Esperon for making it to Cardi B’s Instagram live story; others said he achieved overnight fame. Since publishing his dance, over 100,000 users have posted videos of them trying Esperon’s dance challenge, according to Esperon.

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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At first glance, you may not think Cardi B and Mariah Carey have much in common. But the two chart-topping divas might actually be more similar than they are different.

Cardi B once called herself the “strip-club Mariah Carey”, so Interview magazine recruited the Afro-Venezuelan songstress herself to interview Belcalis.

In a new conversation in Interview magazine, Cardi B and Mariah Carey teamed up to talk about the challenges they’ve had to face as famous women of color coming from tough backgrounds.

And in case you thought otherwise, Mariah Carey was not throwing any softballs. The conversation was intense. The women covered everything from confidence, to body image, to prejudice in the music industry. It didn’t seem like either of the women held back.

Mimi opened the interview by asking Cardi if she ever felt beautiful as a child. Surprisingly, Cardi responded opened up about a topic that society doesn’t take about very often: anti-Blackness in the Latino community.

“I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way [in the Bronx]. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so nappy?'”

Cardi went on to admit that she bleached and permed her hair when she was young to the point where she damaged her hair. But she soon learned to take care of her natural hair and appreciate it for what it was.

Cardi’s confession about her hair prompted Mariah to reveal her own vulnerable story. “It was a very traumatizing thing for me having a black father and a white mother, because my mother, who raised me, didn’t really know about textured hair,” Mariah said.

The superstar duo also touched on the sensitive topics of racism and prejudice in the music and fashion industries.

In fact, MC point-blank asked Cardi B: “Do you feel that the record industry or the fashion industry, from your perspective, is inherently racist?”. Cardi explained that she wouldn’t technically use the word racist, but has “felt prejudice.”

“I have been involved in endorsement deals, and then I found out that certain white people got more money for their deals from the same company,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘When you’re not paying me what you’re paying these other people, why is that?’ It’s kind of insulting.”

Cardi also added that Black artists have a tougher time getting dressed by designers and getting seats at fashion shows, even though hip-hop culture influences fashion in so many ways.

Cardi B and Mariah Carey then bonded over the fact that both of them could only be themselves throughout their careers in the public eye.

Mariah applauded the fact that the public doesn’t require celebrities to have a squeaky-clean image anymore. “I do think people are much more accepting now,” she said. “…I do feel like people are, at least in some circles, allowed to be themselves and express themselves more than they were back in the day.”

“People expected me to be something specific, but I can only be me,” she added. “We’re similar in that way.”

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Cardi B Goes On Jimmy Fallon And Talks About A Poop Issue So Many Of Us Can Relate To

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Cardi B Goes On Jimmy Fallon And Talks About A Poop Issue So Many Of Us Can Relate To

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It’s not too often that the lyrics of a Cardi B song are highly ambiguous or leave you wondering what she’s talking about. I mean take the lyrics for her song “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion, we all know what they’re talking about there.

But the lyrics to her song “Up” are a bit less transparent and more open to interpretation. So, during a recent guest appearance on The Tonight Show, she explained to Jimmy Fallon the actual meaning behind the lyrics and although they also have to do with the body, it’s quite a different angle for the “Bodak Yellow” rapper.

Cardi B explained to Jimmy Fallon the meaning behind the lyrics for her song “Up.”

Cardi B left Jimmy Fallon lost for words after explaining the unexpected meaning behind a line in her new single “Up,” as she revealed one part of the song originally referred to an uncomfortable constipation situation. The line in question, which she had borrowed from her husband Offset, is: “If it’s up, then it’s stuck.”

Cardi admitted she initially thought it was a “Georgia thing” as Offset, who is from the state, says it “a lot”, but she soon learned fans from other Southern U.S. states are also familiar with the phrase, so she was inspired to use it too. She said, “After the song came out, I thought it was a Georgia thing, but then people were like, ‘We say that in New Orleans,’ ‘We say that in Florida.’ I’m like, ‘OK, man, listen. I guess, whatever.” 

During the exchange with Fallon, Cardi added: “Um, so have you ever taken a poop, right, and it don’t come out?” “It’s just up and it’s stuck. Yeah,” she shared. After an awkward silence, Fallon uttered, “Wow,” while Cardi simply nodded.

Fallon tried to look for other meanings in the ambiguous lyrics.

A stunned Fallon then offered his own take, suggesting the phrase could be about reaching a certain level of success and then maintaining it.

Cardi followed up, “It’s a metaphorical quote,” suggesting that achievement and constipation are just two of many possible interpretations of the song and that poop probably wasn’t actually on Cardi’s mind when she wrote the tune.

The pair also had fun during the show’s Mimic Challenge segment.

She is always one of the best guests on these shows. It makes them so much more fun to watch.

Meanwhile, get a look at the video for her song “Up” below.

And tell us what you think of the lyrics!

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