Hennessy Carolina Talks 'Champs vs. Stars,' Creating DIY Heels At 10 & Her Passion For Fashion

The bubbly sister of Cardi B is making a splash on TV and then some. 

Hennessy Carolina Almanzar likes to have fun. While her ironically spirited name raises assumptions on what that fun entails, her enjoyment comes in many forms. "I just like to live my life," she explains to VIBE VIVA. Growing up in the Bronx, Hennessy dabbled in recreational games which seemingly prepped her for a position on MTV's reality series Champs vs. Stars. The show is inspired by the network's legacy series, The Challenge, except cast members from the former take part in competitions against a mix of celebrity athletes and personalities.

Just a few episodes into season two, we see the younger sister of Cardi B holding her own between games that consist of scaling an oily bright blue staircase and playing on a life-sized shuffleboard. The series is all about the extraness of it all, which Hennessy can handle. Her exuberant personality has made her a cast favorite and also privy to the drama that comes with going for the gold.

"To be honest, I was really scared of going on the show because as you just said, they do a lot," she says. While the $150,000 prize goes to a charity of their choice, politics divide The Challenge vets from the stars. Some of those celebs include actor Drake Bell, former NBA star Daniel "Booby" Gibson, Lil Mama, and Brooke Hogan, daughter of the legendary wrestler, Hulk Hogan.

"They do the most and I actually look back at some episodes and I see that there was some drama involved. But to be honest, I was really scared to do the show [not for the physical challenges], but I wanted to avoid the drama. That's the one thing I didn't want. I thought twice about it, but I said to myself, 'I'm gonna do it for the Bronx,'" she adds.

The 22-year-old is competing for BronxWorks, a community network designed to uplift low-income families in a variety of fields like workforce development, immigration services and children and youth programs. "They do a lot of things for the kids and for families in the Bronx," she explains. "They hold food drives and create a lot of opportunities in the Bronx like job preparation and training. They do a lot of things for the Bronx."

The TV and social media personality says she reminded herself of her mission when things got spicy in the game. "I was trying to avoid the drama, but people just deliberately start with you," she says. "And it's really hard because I'm from the Bronx and I'm doing it for the Bronx, and when someone tries it with you, you respond [a certain way.] But I really got along with everyone and they showed me a lot of love. There are some crazy things that go down and you'll have to see."

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Ms. Carolina is also hoping fans stick around to see some of her other passions come to fruition. One being fashion, the other acting. "I'm currently vibing through the TV and acting world," she says with a chuckle. "I have a couple of movie deals in the making you know, you know." She enjoys all aspects of acting, but don't expect her to pop up in a horror flick. "I'm not sure if I'd do it, but I'm into thriller movies," she adds. "I love everything, to be honest, but I do love suspense movies."

But one thing she can't deny is her love for designer threads. "I like the classics. I'm a very classic girl. I enjoy Louis Vuitton, Versace, Miu Miu, YSL, and Balenciaga. I also love Off-White. They're popping right now," she says. While she's spoken of her fondness for heels at the very adorable age of 10, Hennessy explains how she was able to rock pumps like a boss. "I knew I had to wear heels to school every single day," she says. "I remember being in fifth grade, wearing heels that didn't even fit me. I used to put toilet paper tissue in the front, just so I can fill them in since my feet were too little for the shoe. They didn't even make the heels I preferred for my size. I already wanted to wear the taller heels so filling them worked."

Her ability to rock heels and stylish threads with ease even impressed her teachers. "Every single day people would ask me, 'Where are you going? Is it your birthday?' or my teachers would tell me, 'You look so great! Can you take me shopping?' It was surprising, these people have their degrees and are smart and for them to come up to a teenager for fashion advice. It dawned on me then that maybe this is my thing."

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She might show love to luxury brands on the red carpet and in the club, but Hennessy is hoping to rock her own threads in the near future. "Lord willing, that's the dream, that's what I'm going for down the line," she said. She's also down to get help from her fashion heroes Virgil Abloh and Rihanna.

See more of Hennessy Carolina on this week's episode of Champs vs. Stars Tuesday (May 1) at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.

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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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