Veteran filmmaker Terry Gilliam has displayed his white privilege once again. The British writer and director who is known for his Oscar-nominated films The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys wholeheartedly believes that white men are under attack. Go figure. MORE: ‘Utter Bullsh*t’: Acclaimed White Filmmaker Slams ‘Black Panther’ Gilliam spoke with The Independent and unabashedly…
Source: Gilbert Carrasquillo / GettyLizzo may have caused an uproar after she appeared at an NBA game in a tall tee with a huge hole cut out, exposing her bare buttocks and thong—but the appearance apparently opened up an opportunity for the “Juice” singer to shake her groove thing at half court. In a tweet…
Cardi B pleaded not guilty to charges emanating from a brawl at the Angels NYC gentlemen’s club in Queens the previous August. If there was a point to the timing, perhaps it was to assert that Cardi was already on trial. “I thought ‘Press’ was fun and it was gangsta, and then because it didn’t perform as good as my other songs, people was like, Oh, she’s a flop; oh, she’s dying out,” she explains. “This whole year has just been a lot for me. I feel like people are just so tired of me winning. I will look for my name on Twitter, and it’s like hate tweets, hate tweets, hate tweets.” Who could hate on a girl who has been an overnight success? I am not mad at you!
Her own apartment, in New Jersey, is spacious and quiet, an incubator for worry. “When I’m there by myself, a lot of thoughts go to my head, and when the thoughts go to my head, it just overwhelms me, and it puts me down, and it puts me on social media, and that drives me insane. So I just like to be where there’s a lot of people so I won’t be watching my phone.” “Being a mom—how can I say it? Things are a little bit harder to balance, but it’s good for the mental. Like, if I’m playing with my daughter, I forget about the issues.”
Perhaps the central question dogging Cardi at the moment is how to sustain the breathtaking momentum that carried her from stripper to social-media phenom to reality-television star to world-beating rapper in less than five years. “Bodak Yellow,” her breakout single from 2017, became the first number-one hit by a solo female rapper in nearly two decades. “What makes Cardi unique is her voice,” says Bruno Mars. “She was blessed with a distinct, memorable speaking voice and a tone that can set a party off. Her voice on a record is explosive.”
Cardi is now 27, a mother, and a wife. And although it was her refusal to self-censor that endeared her to audiences in that first flush of celebrity, she now finds the facts of her life distorted or submitted for judgment. It has often been painful. “Social media really made me,” she says. “Before I got on Love & Hip Hop, I had millions of followers just off the way I speak. But now social media makes everything hard.” She has seen her marriage to Offset, the Atlanta rapper and member of the group Migos, placed under a microscope. The couple broke off their relationship in December 2018 but reunited early this year.
“When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” Cardi explains. “But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. When I was pregnant with Kulture, a lot of people was like, oh, he has three kids already; why would you have a kid with somebody that have three kids? And it’s like, how is that such a bad thing? My dad has eight kids, and we all get along, and it feels better, fuller. And with Offset, I feel like his kids just bring a pop of fun to life when they’re in his house. I actually love it. It brings out a different side of him that I like to see, and I love to see my baby interacting with her siblings. The more the merrier.”
Cardi and Offset are still figuring out how to settle into family life together. They are rarely in the same city for more than a night or two at a stretch, and while she is shopping for a dream home, they don’t necessarily agree on where it should be. She is most comfortable in or near New York, but Offset has never wanted to live there. “It’s not an easy thing,” he says. “We both have our own households. But you grow. We’re way better now with communication. She’s balancing a lot. She feels like she can’t be absent a lot, and our jobs are crazy. But I think motherhood got her more focused. I always tell her, don’t follow the comments. But she’s been outspoken on things since before she was making music—she’s not ever putting on, she’s not ever being cool.
My thing is, everybody on social media acts like relationships is perfect,” Cardi says. “And that’s crazy to me. I’m around so many women, and there’s always a woman talking about how she loves her man, but her man is not financially stable, or she has a problem with his mom, or the sex is not as good anymore. Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world. He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your ass if you cheat on me.”
CARDI, who was born Belcalis Almánzar, has famously described herself as a “regula degula schmegula girl from the Bronx.” Her father is Dominican, and her mother is from Trinidad. She was a class clown who always dreamed of being a famous rapper. “I don’t know what it is—I will never know what it is—but ever since I was young, people liked to hear me talk,” she says. “I was always that person, like, I didn’t really have a lot of friends, but people was excited to see me in class because they knew I was funny. They was dying to hear a story from me.
When she was a teenager, people started to call her Bacardi, mainly to match her younger sister, Hennessy, who had been named for the cognac. (It wasn’t until she was 22 that she became Cardi B, after Instagram kept shutting down her account for use of a copyrighted name.)
When Cardi says that stripping saved her, this is what she means: “At that time I just felt like my world was coming to an end. I was that teenager who was like, I don’t need nobody. But my boyfriend kept cheating on me. He and I used to get into arguments, hitting each other a lot. But I started stripping, and I made enough money to move out.”
Cardi always intended to have a child by the age of 25, but she took care to wait until she had the means to provide for that child herself. Touring and performing create their own challenges: Although Cardi can depend on her own mother for help, it’s more complicated as her daughter gets older and more aware. “Flying is hard on Kulture, so if I go to a place and I’m not going to stay more than five days, I’m not bringing her,” she says. “But now that’s getting harder, because she’s sleeping on my chest and she doesn’t want to let me go, or she sees you on FaceTime and she’s crying. It’s kind of like a friendship now, and it’s hard to leave your little friend.”
“I could shake my ass, I could be the most ratchet-est person ever, I could get into a fight tomorrow, but I’m still a great mom,” she says. “All the time I’m thinking about my kid. I’m shaking my ass, but at the same time I’m doing business, I’m on the phone with my business manager saying, make sure that a percentage of my check goes to my kid’s trust. I give my daughter so much love. I want to tell her that a lot I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”
Lately she and Offset have been talking about codesigning a collection of children’s clothing. “And the CEO is over there,” she says, flicking her silver mane in the direction of the bedroom. “Right, Kulture? If my daughter wants to go to college, that’s okay, but I just want her to be an owner of whatever she wants to own. Just be an owner. Be the boss.”
This is why I LOVE the gift of GIVING. Thanks Ellen DeGeneres (The Generous). This is what money is truly about, its not meant for selfishness. So to ALL of those billionaires and millionaires this is only a fraction of Acts of Kindness that is suppose to happen with that good fortune.
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.
What I want for this Christmas is for people to humble themselves and let it pass. There is nothing that serious to get into an altercation with a stranger who could take your life at a blink of an eye. It’s just not worth it. Stop the road rage, let the person have the parking space, people driving to slow don’t blow your horn, just politely go around, take the time to let someone merge into traffic, take deep breaths when you feel anger flaring up. Just think about getting home to your family, make peace.
R. Kelly‘s finding out that when it rains it pours and given his history of pedophilia and sexual misconduct the flood gates were broken up thanks to what many consider his first sin: marrying Aaliyah. According to Page Six the embattled R&B thug is due in a Brooklyn court to answer for his latest bribery…
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Santa’s sleigh took the form of a delivery truck Tuesday as Amazon distributed 2,000 Boxes of Smiles to local families and individuals who experience homelessness. Inside were essentials like soap and toothpaste. “Items that are in these boxes go a long way,” Shaun Jones said. There were also items like headphones, games and…