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Cardi B Talks Politics, Why She Avoids Discussing Gangs In 'GQ' Profile

Aspects of Cardi B that often go unnoticed amid her nimble ascent to superstardom are revealed in her latest interview.

Cardi B is infectious, so much so that fans and critics are now working to break her stardom down to a science. But Cardi, née Belcalis Almanzar, will tell you that she’s just a “regular, schmegular, girl from the Bronx.” Part of her fan base is a response to a perception of indigestible reality. It’s a response to the concealed element of a woman, the area often repressed because it isn’t suitable for the public. Cardi might be a regular girl but her commitment to it is what sets her apart.

A recent GQ interview presents the aspects of Cardi B that often go unnoticed amid her nimble ascent to superstardom. Breaking Cardi B down is as difficult as it is to determine a cause in an autopsy; it’s as difficult as it is for someone to deliver with clarity, and no rehearsal, a response to the scary, open-ended, “Tell me about yourself.”

"I love political science,” she told the interviewer. “I love government. I'm obsessed with presidents. I'm obsessed to know how the system works.” The 25-year-old remains unabashed when vocalizing her opinion on the recent influx and normality of gun-violence in schools on the designation of her’s and everyone else’s taxes. She truly cares but gets annoyed at the response to her involvement on these issues and the belief that she does it for “cool points.”

“Me, I’m always watching the news. I’m always looking at it on my phone," she said. "I hate when you talk about something that's going on in the community, people think, because you're famous, you doing it for clout."

Her major-label debut, Invasion of Privacy, landed on Friday (Apr. 6), and it’s been predicted that the album will land at No. 1. It would make her the fifth woman rapper with a No. 1 album, Billboard reports. While the New Yorker was poised to discuss the aforementioned project and relationship with Offset, there was one topic that she was hesitant to address.

Cardi joined a gang at the age of 16, but her involvement lessened with time. She explained why she doesn't like to shine a light on that part of her life, stating, “When I do interviews, I don't talk about it, because I will lose my endorsements. But since the cat is out of the bag, that's how I feel. ‘Why? For what? Why would you join a gang?'”

Cardi became busy making money moves and the two just didn’t go hand-in-hand. She says now that, “If somebody was to tell me right now, 'I want to join a gang,' I would tell them that it's a waste of your money, it's a waste of your time. And then you can never leave it.” When she began stripping at 19, she stopped “repping” so she could make money. “One of the laws in my set is that you always gotta have a job, you always gotta do something to contribute, to be right in the community," she said. "They want everybody to be successful. Nobody want to be in a group full of bums."

Despite her recent pregnancy announcement, no one expects Cardi B to let her hard work mentality take a dive.

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Fans Tweet About Erykah Badu's Defense Of R. Kelly At A Chicago Show

Erykah Badu has remained silent after Lifetime aired the six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. The singer and entertainer who once referred to Kelly as her "brother" while hosting the Soul Train Awards and has kept a low profile during the series.

Badu has finally broken her silence during a show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom in which attendees say the Grammy-award winning singer defended Kelly and instructed others to "keep their opinions to themselves."

Erykah Badu came to Chicago and told us all she finna love R Kelly anyway & we can keep our opinion to ourselves. Mad disrespectful to our city and a shitty use of her platform. Crusty ass bitch.

— hot headed yam (@tomapapito) January 20, 2019

Another attendee tweeted Badu attempt at trying to bring light to the hypocrisy in the public outcry against Kelly.

“what if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? we gonna crucify them too?” -erykah badu at her chicago concert

— IG: @boydonavin (@boyDonavin) January 20, 2019

Many in attendance were hurt by Badu's actions and left conflicted.

I really want to say how much i loved Erykah Badu’s concert tonight.

But i can’t get over how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and reputation during her set... I’m so disappointed...

— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019

I really don’t want to believe Erykah Badu is sacrificing her music legacy for R. Kelly. I don’t. everyone has their ignorance and places that deeply disappoint me, including my favorite artists (and myself), but supporting child predators is such a nefarious thing to do.

— Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) January 20, 2019

This isn't the first time Badu has come under fire for what many deem to be problematic commentary. In April 2016, Badu agreed with a school district that was making it mandatory for girls to wear longer skirts as a way to not "distract" the boys.

Erykah Badu's defense of R. Kelly prompted Twitter to dig up old tweets.

erykah badu already told y’all she doesn’t believe GIRLS when it comes to matters of sexual assault, harassment, rape, etc. so why y’all shocked now? pic.twitter.com/Eogzatc9aO

— ALEXIS$ 🧚🏾‍♀️ (@lexxdadon) January 20, 2019

Erykah Badu said she empathizes with Hitler because he was a beautiful painter. Why are y'all surprised?

— Experiment 625 (@Mariah__Cara) January 20, 2019

Writer and director dream hampton said Badu was one of many celebrities she contacted to be in the series but denied her request.

Does Erykah Badu's defense of R. Kelly make you think twice about the singer? Will you continue to listen to Badu's music, or does the defense of R. Kelly mean she's now an enabler? Sound off in the comments.

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Drake's "In My Feelings" Received The Kidz Bop Treatment

After the release of Drake's chart-topping Scorpion album, his single "In My Feelings" skyrocketed to number one, so it's no surprise the City Girls assisted track received the Kidz Bop treatment.

Since 2000, the compilation LP has sold about 17 million copies and over the weekend, Kidz Bop released its 39th installment offering the world a G-rated and tween-friendly version of today's biggest hits.

Once Twitter learned Kidz Bop laid its prepubescent hands on Drake's song, there was a mixed bag of feelings. Some went along with it and commented positively, while others were frankly offended.

I just saw a Kidz Bop commercial with the Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings and I feel like a curse has been placed on me

— Jeremy (@TacticalRPG) January 10, 2019

That Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings lets me know that hell is a real place.

— Nappy Head Nietzsche (@AugustCulture) January 19, 2019

This #KidzBop version of "In My Feelings" is SENDING me! 😂 pic.twitter.com/EQzTwdbfb6

— Nicholas D. (@Creat1ve) January 18, 2019

This isn't the first time Drake's music has been Kidz Bopped. For Kidz Bop 31, "Hotline Bling" was also featured. The new 18-track album also features Cardi B's "I Like It" as well as Khalid and Normani's "Love Lies."

The lyrics to the hook received a slight change.

KiKi do you love me/are you with me/say you'll never ever leave from beside me/cause I want ya/and I need ya/and I'm down for ya always

And when it came time for the City Girls portion of the song, they turned that down as well.

all of us kids and we hangin' in the rain/hangin' in rain/I need a black card with the code to the safe/code to the safe.

Hey, kids need love too. Watch the Kidz Bop version of Drake's "In My Feelings" below.

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South Carolina High School Students May Soon Take A Personal Finance Class

High school students in South Carolina may now have to pass a personal finance class in order to receive their diploma.

According to reports, Republican lawmakers Luke Rankin and Horry County Senator have filed a pre-bill that will require high school students to take a class that will aim to help students learn how to better budget their money.

"You can really put yourself in a really bad hole that you're gonna be digging yourself out of the rest of your life," financial planner Dr. Christopher St. John said.

The course will cover insurance, taxes, retirement planning, budgeting, banking, and how to avoid too much debt.

Finance website Make Lemonade reports there are more than 44 million borrowers who owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt within the United States. Student loan debt has become the second highest debt among consumers followed by mortgage debt.

The class of 2016, reportedly has $37,172 in student loan debt.

If the bill is passed, it would go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The course would be required and student who take a test at the end of the year prior to graduation.

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