at the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Latinx Music Journalists On The Guise Of Intersectional Feminism In America

"[White] women don't always put everything on the line for women of color in the ways that women of color put everything on the line for our communities."

Thousands have joined hands for the "A Day Without A Woman" strike on Wednesday (Mar. 8), which follows the historic Women's March on Washington held in the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration.

Though the demonstration became the largest inaugural protest in U.S. history, it also cemented what women of color have known to be true for decades: their voices are diminished in traditional feminist circles.

Just in time for International Women's Day, Remezcla music editor Isabelia Herrera, Radio Menea host Veronica Bayetti Flores and VIBE's very own senior editor Marjua Estevez stopped by NPR's Alt.Latino to weigh in on the current climate of activism in the U.S. while tying the likes of Nina Simone and Beyoncé into the conversation. Here are some takeaways:

On Women's March:
"Did [the Women's March] inspire women to take action? Sure. Why not? But I think it should be made clear that women have always been in the trenches. We've always been at the forefront of any political movement. Really look into the Young Lords, the Black Panthers, even the Brown Berets--I think one of the things that has contributed to this element of visibility is the digital age that we're in. We aren't just reading about what's going on in the newspaper, or textbooks or pamphlets. The female presence can no longer be glossed over as in previous eras. There is no revolution without the woman." —Marjua Estevez

On the guise of intersectional feminism:
"There's a lot of frictions and divisions within the movement, and white women don't always put everything on the line for women of color in the ways that women of color put everything on the line for our communities." —Veronica Bayetti Flores

"More than anything else, [the Women's March], for me, [brought] to light how much work we still have to do as a collective. It was also a poignant reminder of the historic oppression and silencing of black and brown women by our Anglo counterparts." —Marjua Estevez

"I personally felt we [needed] to do a better job of uplifting and celebrating trans women...I think we need to do a better job of changing the rhetoric and the messaging of a lot of the signs and the way the movement has very specifically focused on cisgender women." —Isabelia Herrera

On reclaiming Brujería:
"Part of the colonization of the American continent was the Catholic Church in Latin America, and with that came a lot of demonization of indigenous and Afro-diasporic religions that came with slaves, and reclaiming that is very powerful because a lot of times Brujería, if it's in our family or if our family seek out brujas, was always hushed. It was a little bit shameful. We didn't talk about it very much, so a lot of women right now are talking about that unapologetically. It's about reclaiming a legacy outside of colonization." —Veronica Bayetti Flores

Listen to "Celebrating Mujeres: Butterflies, Brujas And Bey" here:

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Adored by celebrities like French Montana, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio, New York hot spot La Marina might be closing its doors for a good after a drug bust led to a suspension of their liquor license.

A statement released Dec. 6 by the New York Liquor Authority (SLA) broke down the case, which overlapped with an investigation by the NYPD in July. Bar manager Christian Mendez, 33, was arrested in November on felony charges after he was caught selling large amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs to undercover NYPD detectives. Their investigation into the venue also revealed 72 violations of the state liquor law like selling liquor to minors and impaired customers.

Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Lily Fan condemned the venue and hope to yank their liquor license for good. “When a bar manager is able to traffic and sell these types and quantities of narcotics from within an establishment it is incredibly alarming," Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano said.

“Licensees have a responsibility to ensure their establishments are operating within the law, and the SLA is obligated to take emergency action as it is clear that this licensee has failed to take any meaningful actions to protect the public.”

La Marina was also hit with sixteen violations of the ABC Law, including seven counts of operating disorderly premises for permitting the trafficking of controlled substances, six violations for fire, health and more safety code violations. Their inspection grade in July was something close to an F minus for mishandlings of food, shoddy plumbing and the presence of mice and flies.

The venue has been a staple in the area since its opening in 2012, attracting big celebrities and brands like Red Bull and HBO. The New York Post notes La Marina has a 15-year lease, where they make up to $7 million a year in revenue.

Their social presence hasn't acknowledged their current status, but their calendar for upcoming events has been scrapped from their website.

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Judge Awards Cardi B Release Without Bail After Alleged Bartender Attack

Cardi B reported to court Friday morning (Dec. 7) in efforts to resolve an ongoing court case, which stems from an alleged altercation back in August at a Queens strip club involving two bartenders named Jade and Baddie Gi.

Prior to attending court, the "Money" MC was threatened to face jail time by the judge in charge of the case if she missed today’s court date. She reportedly had a court appearance on Monday (Dec. 3) that she failed to report to.

In October, the Bronx rapper (born Belcalis Almanzar) turned herself in to authorities after being accused of orchestrating a physical attack on the servers at Angels Strip Club. Per TMZ, she was arrested for two misdemeanor charges: assault and reckless endangerment.

One of the bartenders, Jade Gi, was accused of having an affair with Cardi’s (now possibly estranged) husband, Migos member Offset. The “She Bad” rapper was released without bail. Prosecutors reportedly wanted to charge her with a $2,500 bail, but the judge felt she wasn’t a flight risk, meaning she wouldn’t leave the country before the case is over in its totality.

However, the judge did warn Cardi to have “no contact” to Baddie and Jade Gi, after he granted both an order of protection against the 26 year-old. She’s also not allowed to make any threats or comment on the two on social media.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

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