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Azealia Banks & Cardi B Exchange Words Over Representation Of Black Women

"I'm talking about this caricature of a black woman that black women themselves will never be able to get away with," Banks said. 

It's the conversation you have with friends on a chill Saturday night. The one where social construction and personal experiences mix; the conversation surrounding the representation of black women. The topic was lead by Azealia Banks, who used Cardi B's persona to frame her argument about the dwindling image of black woman in music.

The "Anna Wintour" creative chopped it up with The Breakfast Club this week about an array of topics, like her music and some of the lessons she's learned in times of hardships. But the most talked about point came at the 21:36 mark of the video above when she was asked about her previous comments on the "Be Careful" artist.

After confirming her comments about calling Cardi illiterate, Banks gave more perspective to her point about black women losing intellectual ground after Beyonce and Solange's dynamic projects Lemonade and A Seat At The Table.  

"I think that it's very concerning to me that this conversation surrounding black women's culture changes from..two years ago the conversation was really reaching an all time high. We were discussing the power of ourselves, Beyonce came out with Lemonade and there was just this really really intelligent conversation happening and everything kind of just changed and then it was, Cardi B."

Cardi's breakout single "Bodak Yellow" was the talk of 2017. She went on to earn two Grammy nominations and earned fans like Beyonce, Denzel Washington and most recently, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Banks explains that Cardi's personality wouldn't be as receptive if it came from someone like Nicki Minaj or herself.

"I'm talking about this caricature of a black woman that black women themselves will never be able to get away with," she added. "If my spelling and grammar was that bad, I would be cancelled. If Nicki Minaj spelled like that, you would be ragging on her all day. When it comes to this black women's culture thing, I just don't understand how we go from Beyonce, Solange, Lemonade and all these great conversations to like, this."

Her comments received backlash, evoking several replies from Cardi herself. The rapper accused Banks of being jealous of her success, pointed out her vernacular shouldn't be up for debate and also accused Banks of pitting women against each other.

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The debate has continued with fans supporting Banks and others taking Cardi's side. Both women raise valid points in today's view of black women in music and other platforms but it seems like fans are looking for a right and wrong label in the conversation. Cardi has since deactivated her IG account with hopes to focus on her pregnancy.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

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The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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