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How Bazaar : The Cost of Being Cardi

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“If you beef with me, we beef forever” will be Cardi’s career ending epitaph.

Cardi has always presented herself as raw and unapologetic. Her decisions in love and finance are questionable at best yet, she maintains a position among the A-List. That won’t last after tonight’s events.

Girl Fight

At the Harper’s Bazaar NYFW party, Cardi attacked Nicki Minaj, initiating an altercation by throwing her shoe. The rapstress, intending to assault Nicki, only found herself in a brawl with security and allegedly faced Rah Ali. Cardi was heard shouting “Like some sh*t about my daughter again!” repeatedly as she was escorted from the engagement, parting a sea of white faces who looked on in awe and disgust. Cardi exited barefoot and restrained by two guards. Her head foolishly held high, she smirked proudly as paparazzi and onlookers caught sight of the knot on her brow. The cost of being Cardi may be too high for her Kulture.

Whew, Chile! The Unprofessionalism!

We all know how PoC are forced to maneuver in this world. The nuances of oppression and influence one’s proximity to whiteness can command are lessons lost on no one. Individually, we all play the game of navigating office politics, occasionally suffering setbacks. What is painfully clear is that no matter how high she climbs up the social ladder, Cardi will never learn to separate business from personal vendettas. Because of that, her social credit score is about to plummet.

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Fashion Week is the statement event for designers, affording artists an opportunity to spotlight themselves, forge partnerships, and expand their reach. Cardi had such an opportunity to establish contracts with notable fashion houses and break barriers for Latina women. Instead, Cardi was about that action instead of about her money and she may have cost herself dearly. Here’s how:

  • The dress she wore, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, was destroyed since she can’t control herself.
  • If she was expected to walk during any of the events, the knot on her forehead has eliminated those opportunities.
  • If she had any contractual obligations that were contingent upon her appearance, she can no longer fulfill them.

For reference, everyone involved in New York Fashion Week is bound by contract (i.e., models, hair and make-up artists, designers) with no exclusion regarding status. If she can’t work, she won’t get paid, and she will pay a penalty for breaking her contracts. Cardi may be out of pocket quite a bit. Since she’s paying for Lambos in cash, instead of leasing (Lambos lose 46% of their value in 3 years), she may not have the coin to keep up.

Broke and Homeless Tour

Having pulled out of her tour with Bruno Mars, which is still listed on her site, Cardi has not established a solo tour and only has 4 performance dates remaining in 2018. Ticket prices for her older performances were just $90. Fans report that even at those rates, she was late and only performed 3 songs. With just a 2 star rating on TicketMaster, it is unlikely she would be able to sell out shows, so who is truly stopping her bag?

In addition to a history of poor performances, Cardi has been on a revenge tour, seeking out her adulterous husband’s consorts at their jobs and attacking her detractors online. In her statement, Cardi laments that she has worked too hard to allow anyone to f*ck with her success, but her actions show just that — she is.

Can Cardi Turn It Around?

A lot of people want to see Cardi win, but her biggest adversary is proving to be herself. She is notorious for searching for mentions of her name, instigating conflict where there is none. She has allowed the public to have full control of her emotions, lashing out in strip clubs, at NYFW, even telling fan pages devoted to her that they can’t speak to other celebs. Cardi’s only chance for longevity is to learn to put her feelings aside.

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50 Cent to Teairra Mari: “Where is my money?!”

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Emerging victorious from the revenge porn lawsuit filed against him in May 2018, 50 Cent is wasting no time collecting his debt. Posting multiple photos to Instagram, Fiddy says Teairra better get him his money.

If there is one person you never want to de indebted to, it’s 50 Cent. He has been relentless in his pursuit of payment since winning his lawsuit 4 days ago. Filed in May 2018, Teairra Mari alleged 50 Cent was responsible for the leak of her racy photos and videos. However, a Los Angeles judge dismissed all claims against 50 Cent and ordered Teairra to pay $30,618. Originally, Fiddy demanded $161,550 to cover all legal expenses, but the judge declined, awarding him less than half of the requested amount.

Fiddy’s involvement in the case was questionable by all accounts. At the time, Teairra was dating Akbar Abdul-Ahad, a friend of 50. When she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, she broke up with him. Shortly after, she saw images and video of herself on Akbar’s Instagram. 50 reposted the images, which Teairra says were uploaded “clearly to humiliate me”. During a press conference, Teairra alongside her representation, Lisa Bloom, released an emotional statement and announced they were pursuing legal action against 50. To counter her claims, Akbar posted audio clips of Teairra allegedly discussing the case, stating Fiddy was targeted for his friendship with her ex.

Now, 50 has taken to IG to get his laughs at Teairra’s expense. His heckling includes captions like, “Now Teairra you can cough up the money or 🧐 you can go with R. Kelly and sh*t in a bucket. LOL”.

In his recent jab, he says Teairra “better catch a date” to run him his coin.

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“Not On My Watch” Iyanla Criticizes R Kelly, His Team

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Iyanla Vanzant on Sway in the morning

Iyanla Vanzant has added herself to the growing number of public figures denouncing R. Kelly and his controversy. During an interview with Sway, Iyanla admitted the singer came to her for help and she declined.

Proving some things are too much even for her, Iyanla told Sway during his morning show that R. Kelly reached out for her services. However, the Fix My Life life coach says R. Kelly “didn’t have…the emotional capacity. Just didn’t have it. And I know, based on what I was looking at — the paces that I would have to take him through — it would have been brutal.”

While she recognizes that R. Kelly is in dire need of mental health care, Iyanla doesn’t agree that he deserves prison. Suggesting incarceration is not the answer, Iyanla said the following on Twitter:

While I do not condone the behavior that has been shown by R. Kelly, it is important that we as a society understand that it represents a symptom of a bigger problem, which is that we do not honor, value, or protect our children.”

Referencing the admission by R. Kelly and supported by his brother Carey’s corroboration, Iyanla thinks of R. Kelly as a damaged boy who grew to become a damaged man. “I would never ever condone, or justify anything that he’s been accused of doing. but locking him up in jail? It’s not the answer… He’s sick… Just like the people he allegedly committed these acts with — they’re sick. This needs to be massive healing — them, him, all of them.”

Iyanla then said that the team surrounding R. Kelly is catching more heat from her than Kelly himself.

“The ones who gave the notes to the high school girls, the ones who sat around the studio knowing there was a bedroom in the middle of the recording studio. The ones who knew those girls were in there, the ones who didn’t care enough about him to hire a tutor to teach him how to read. I have issue with that…as well as with what he did.”

As Lady Gaga, and now Celine Dion, have stepped forward to condemn R. Kelly and remove their collaborative songs from streaming services, Kanye West has come forward…but not in the way you think. During a strange rant in front of a Black choir singing spirituals, Kanye took a moment between their songs to share his opinion. stating:

“They want art from the artist, but anytime they do anything erratic, they just gonna pull up the full documentaries on him. And then, they gonna come with the Michael documentary.”

While the excerpt seen earlier was alarming, Kim Kardashian has taken to Twitter to clear any suspicions that Kanye was referring to R. Kelly.

https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/1084865437953740804

Kim Kardashian West has since released the full video for context on Kanye’s comments, adding:

“I want to make it very clear, he is not condoning anyone’s actions or unacceptable disgusting behavior. My husband’s words are being taken out of context due to timing.”

Let me be clear: jail is the answer for all of them. Put R. Kelly under the jail with his White Walker brother, Bruce, and call it a damn day. Let the people that helped R. Kelly face justice as well. We are not equipped, at this moment, for alternative justice that includes sipping green tea and sitting in a prayer circle. That’s just my take.

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The Girls Are Fighting! Blac Chyna Throws Drink At Alexis Skyy

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Love & Hip Hop’s Alexis Skyy got into an altercation with Blac Chyna at a private party in LA. After sharing a section, Skyy claims Chyna threw a drink and told her to leave.

Drop the pin!

Sometimes sh*t goes down when there’s $1000 in the club! Alexis Skyy took to Instagram following an altercation where she alleges Blac Chyna threw a drink at her and used drugs. Skyy claims that out of nowhere, the former Rob & Chyna star just flipped out, causing security to intervene.

https://instagram.com/p/BsljRi8ldJr/

Skyy wasn’t one to back down, continuously trying to reach out and touch Chyna, pushing past guests and screaming. After she left the premises, Alexis went on IG Live to share her side of the story, stating:

“I’m sitting down, minding my business, somebody said, ‘Yo, Chyna is at the party, she want to kick it wit you. So I went over there, I sat with her, we kicked it, we had a drink or two. After the second drink, we had some Red Bull, and out of nowhere this bitch starts, ‘Bitch, you gotta get the f—k up out of my section.’ I said, ‘Who the f—k are you talking to?’ She’s like, ‘You gotta get up right now.’”

Alexis continued, “So at that point, she starts throwing a drink, and when you start throwing drinks, I start throwing hands.”

https://instagram.com/p/BslkDmcgHZV/

Chyna didn’t post anything about the night aside from an unbothered selfie, but Alexis kept arguing by herself. In a since deleted post, Alexis said “Since you wanna throw a drink & run……I’m not leaving until u walk outside these gates!!! So see me b*tch!!!!”

In bitter baby mama fashion, Rob Kardashian has posted his support for Alexis Skyy, stating she was his WCW. Chyna has not responded to requests for comment.

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