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The Versatile Flow of Haitian Rapper Princess Eud Dominates Rap-Kreyòl

Being a woman trailblazer and rapper in the Haitian music industry is rare, and it has taught Princess Eud many hard lessons.

Born and raised in Haiti, Eunide “Princess Eud” Edouarin emerges from a culture that lacks rappers who magnify the feminine energy. Traveling throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to collaborate with artists from all corners of the world, Princess Eud made a pit stop in New Jersey to work on a song with international songstress, Emeline Michel.

Strolling around a park, Princess Eud wears her waist-long locks like a coat of armor and delves into the foundation of her artistry: “The subjects I talk about in my music are things that people are living with today. For example: women who are getting abused.”

She has been rapping and singing since she was eight years-old, when her father gifted her with a toy microphone to practice with. Today, she’s made a career of singing and dancing on stages around the globe. With over 333K followers combined across her social media platforms, Princess Eud can hardly walk down the street in her native homeland without being stopped for a picture; her versatile style often compared to hip-hop luminary Lauryn Hill.

“I love Lauryn Hill, but I have my own personality. My parents instilled a great education in me and developed my good qualities. I never learned how to be cool, it’s [just] in my blood.”

Princess Eud’s music is island-infused, filled with the rituals of dancehall and drums. With lyrics that touch on “political situations that are destroying the world,” Princess Eud has the stamina to spar with the biggest artists of our time. While digging her approach to style in her “Eudomination” music video, it's easy to imagine her on a track with the likes of Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma. An all-women's version of Cruel Summer’s “Don’t Like”—how sonically orgasmic would that be?

A mother to a 12-year-old boy, Princess Eud doesn’t need to actively seek motivation to be the best version of herself. She finds the light in her son, from whom she is sometimes separated for long periods of time. His very existence inspires her, providing her with greater reasons to connect with her audience.

“I want [the people] to hear the positivity in what I am saying in my songs," she says emphatically, "because I’m supposed to speak for the people who don’t have a microphone in their hands.”

She carries this sense of responsibility everywhere she goes, using music as refuge all the while. When the 2010 earthquake devastated the country, she found music to be a form of escapism, admitting that she doesn’t know what she would have done had she not been able to channel her griefs in such a way.

“I lost somebody who was really important in my life. The last time I saw him was December 24, and the earthquake happened in January. That made me really sad, but it gave me strength to write music and create,” she recalls.

Being a woman trailblazer and rapper in the Haitian music industry is rare, and it has taught Princess Eud many hard lessons. First and foremost, for instance, to stand her ground and always defend with conviction what she believes in.

“I refuse to put my head down and conform. I create what I feel and what fits me. I don’t follow trends because I have to like what I’m creating,” she says.

A second lesson of perseverance and endurance came by virtue of hair: “I’ve always been fascinated by dreadlocks, especially whenever I saw someone with them. People always ask a lot of questions about them. [Growing] locks has definitely taught me a lot about patience and friendliness.”

Get familiar with Princess Eud and listen to her album here.

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Romeo Santos is making history and his fans have the most to gain from it.

On September 21, Santos will perform at MetLife Stadium making him the first Latin artist to do so. The venue holds up to 80,00 seats, which is more than enough for Santos' fans who will go see the singer perform his recent number one album, Utopia.

The one-day event will be called, UTOPIA the Concert, and Santos, the King of Bachata has already taken to his social media to express his appreciation on being chosen to make history at the stadium.

"I've never performed in such a prestigious venue, not even when I was a part of Aventura or in my solo career," the 37-year-old said in a video posted to his Instagram account about his upcoming concert. The "Odio" singer shouldn't face too much of a challenge in filling up the MetLife stadium seats.

In 2014 he sold out two Yankee Stadium shows, the stadium holds over 50,000 people; during his Golden Tour he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden three times. His draw power is undeniably huge, so tickets may be hard to come by once they go on sale.

 

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Fans can expect Santos to perform hits from his Utopia album, which includes records with fellow Dominican singers Frank Reyes, Anthony Santos, Monchy & Alexandria, and his former group Aventura.

Ticket information is not yet available but is to be expected soon.

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Gang Member May Testify Against Defendants In 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz' Murder Trial

A member of the Trinitarios gang who witnessed the fatal stabbing of Bronx teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz may take the stand against five defendants this week.

The first of two murder trials for the killing of Junior Guzman-Feliz began earlier this month, NBC4 New York reports. Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago (24), Jonaiki Martinez Estrella (24), Jose Muniz (21) and Manuel Rivera (18) and Elvin Garcia (23) were given second-degree murder, manslaughter, conspiracy, gang assault and criminal possession of weapon charges for the June 2018 stabbing of the 15-year-old.

It was previously reported that the leader of the Trinitarios gang assisted the police with information about the defendant but it isn't known if he is the same witness who will testify this week.

A total of eleven women and one man make up the jury. During the first few days of the trial, the courtroom watched three clips from the harrowing incident that showed Guzman-Feliz before and after the attack. The teen was reportedly stabbed by the defendants in a case of mistaken identity.

One of the clips was never seen by the public and showed the attackers dragging Junior out of the grocery story with the teen fighting back as the gang yielded machete and knives. Later in the trial, jurors were shown 13 different angles and the six locations of the group looking for the teen.

As family members sobbed in the court, prosecutors claimed that Junior's murder was premeditated given the weapons used. But defense attorneys deemed most of Junior's wounds as "superficial" and noted how the cut to his throat was the cause of his death. They also claimed four of the defendants did not intend to kill Junior. The defense rilled up the court, including Junior's family.

"Why would they need those weapons if they're not trying to kill someone?" sister-in-law Ione Guierrez told ABC7. "I need somebody to explain that to me." Junior's father was later escorted out of the courtroom for using profanity as the defendants reportedly laughed during the trial. "These guys are sitting there, just looking at us, just literally laughing," supporter Ilene Mariez told reporters. "The family got really really upset, and the father, towards the end, he was so upset he was using profanity," Mariez added. "So they pulled him from the courtroom."

Defense attorneys cross-examined witnesses like a woman who saw what happened from her apartment window. The witness said Junior motioned for her to call the police. After heading outside to help the teen, she said in disturbing detail his last word was "water."

A total of 14 people are facing jail time for Junior's death. The other nine suspects who are accused of taking part in other aspects of the assault will have a pretrial hearing dated for June 17.

Junior's passing sent waves around the country as clips were seen on social media. A number of celebrities took part in the #JusticeforJunior movement like Carmelo Anthony, Cardi B, Lala Anthony, Rihanna and Wesley Snipes. The street where Junior died was changed from Bathgate Avenue to Lesandro Junior Guzman Way. He was also honored by the NYPD with a scholarship created in his name. The teen was a member of the NYPD's Explores Program and had an interest in becoming a police officer.

"He was one of the good kids in the Bronx," his mother said at the time of his death. "He has never been in any fight, never, in 15 years. He was innocent. He never grew up on the streets. He was with me all the time."

If found guilty, the five defendants will face life in prison.

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Cardi B's Fans Are Creeping Her Out With Comments About Her Family

Cardi B loves her fans, but she's making one thing clear to them: her family is off limits. During one of her popular Instagram live sessions, Cardi revealed that she frequently talks to her fan pages but that recently they've been crossing a few lines and talking "hella crazy" about her family, especially her sister Hennessy Carolina.

Before getting into it, the "Please Me" artist made it clear that she's incredibly thankful for her fans and that she goes out of her way to respond to their comments and like their pictures, they just have to leave her family alone.

"I am so thankful that I have people who love me, that follow up with my life, always supporting me, always supporting my music, my looks and everything," she said during the live.

"But it's like bro, no, you cannot talk about my sister. I would go to jail for my sister, I would die for my sister, I would take a bullet for my sister. So nobody could talk about my sister. I could be best friends with somebody for 100 years. Once they say something slick about my sister, you’re getting cut the f*** off, period.”

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