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6 Things To Know About Jora Frantzis, The Director Behind Cardi B's "Money" Video

Her colorful flavor pairs perfectly with Cardi's style, creating major wins like her maternity shoot and the video for "Money." 

Cardi B's"Money" video has everyone talking thanks to the blending of avant-garde fashion and the rapper's playful personality. But as the woman appeared in front of another camera, another was behind it–Jora Frantzis.

The photographer, art director and all-around creative put her magic touch on the cinematic-like visuals and included elements of Cardi's life like the young mom breastfeeding and strutting on the pole. Her fashion odes to Lil Kim and au naturel looks were also crafted by the photographer.

While we don't know much about Frantzis, her past work says it all. There's a love for pastels and bold makeup, as well as futuristic settings.

Here are a few more tidbits about Frantzis.

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1. She Shot and Provided Art Direction For Cardi's Invasion of Privacy Album Cover

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2. Frantzis Also Shot The Visuals and Single Art For "Be Careful"

The video was the third to show Cardi's versatility and the first directed by Frantzis.Other videos like the viral "Bodak Yellow" and "Bartier Cardi" proved Cardi was on her way. Her previous work sans Frantzis included gritty visuals for "Foreva," "Lick" (feat. Offset) and "Red Barz."

3. Cardi's Maternity Shoot Was Also Directed By Frantzis

 

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Cardi delivered several looks including basking in a garden full of flowers and a studio with pink silk trimmings.

4. Her First Cover Shoot Was Cardi's People En Espanol Looks

 

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Thank you so much @peopleenespanol! I love it!

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Her second was her glitzy Entertainment Weekly cover.

5. Frantzis' Many Hidden Messages In "Money" Are Quite Clever 

The "Money" video also includes homages to Cardi's most memorable looks like a flowery number seen in the "I Like It" video and her Invasion of Privacy cover.

6. Frantzis Has Also Worked With Celebs Like Sanaa Lathan 

 

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There's enough glam to go around. The Atlanta Black Star noted in November, the Nappily Ever After actress shared the gorgeous photo as a nod to her 20 years in the industry.

READ MORE: Most Iconic Looks From Cardi B's "Money" Video 

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Ozuna To Headline 2019 Soulfrito Music Fest

By the end of the summer, Latin trap reggaetoneros and rappers will take the Brooklyn's Barclays Center stage for Soulfrito Music Festival (Aug. 30). The one-night-only music fete, which is returning to the NYC area for the second time, released the full line-up on Monday (June 24), and award-winning Latin singer Ozuna is sure to have fans entertained as the headliner.

Aside from being set to perform his single,"Baila Baila Baila," the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards Artist of the Year made Latin history this year when he became the first to be nominated for 23 awards in 15 categories. Joining him on the performance roster are Jeremih, Farruko, Melii, Jay Critch and more, with A Boogie with the Hoodie, Arcangel, Gunna recently added to the lineup.

 

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Emphasizing the mainstream East Coast demographic, Soulfrito Music Festival is the first and largest music festival to bridge the Urban Latino and African American community. With a 17-year legacy, Soulfrito focuses on the diversity of the youth and Generation Z of the U.S.

The influential fest has successfully blended second and third generation multi-cultural Latino communities in the U.S. and with the festival being a supporter for the music industry's top supporters, it is predicted that by 2020 that Latinos will have the buy power of 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars, according to Statista.

Take a listen to Ozuna's hit records below:

 

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Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's Mother Shares Message For The Youth

A year ago, Bronx teen Lesandro Feliz-Guzman was brutally killed in a case of mistaken identity. Since the 15-year-old's passing, an investigation has led to the charging of 13 men involved in the attack. Now, his mother is speaking up on ensuring that people like those suspects remain in prison.

"That's the kind of people we have on the street," Leandra Feliz said to PIX11 "That's why we have to keep these killers in prison for life, because we're going to stop a little bit of crime with those kind of people." The case placed a spotlight on the Dominican Trinitarios gang, with alleged members that are being held responsible for Guzman-Feliz's death.

On the subject of protecting others from wayward activities, Feliz shared a statement that'll hopefully remain with those who are reading this as the summer approaches. "My message is, 'stay out of the street. Follow your fathers,'" she said. "Because the teenagers, they do what they want to do and they don't know what they're doing. Just follow the father and stay out of the street."

On June 20, 2018, Feliz-Guzman was fatally stabbed by a group of men in the Bronx's Belmont neighborhood (East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue). The suspects believed the teen was a rival gang affiliate. PIX11 notes five of the attackers face guilty charges of first-degree murder, second-degree gang assault, second-degree conspiracy, and second-degree murder. CNN reports eight more suspects will be tried in the near future.

In memory of the teen, Power actress LaLa Anthony, who assisted the family in finances after Feliz-Guzman's murder, honored him on her Instagram page: "You have forever changed so many people's lives, including mine."

 

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One year ago today..heaven got an angel🙏🏽Junior we love you. We miss you. I promise to continue to look after your sister @__octobersveryown__ and always make sure she is ok. She is working nonstop to make sure your legacy lives on. You would be so proud❤️Rest easy. You have forever changed so many peoples lives, including mine 🕊#justiceforjunior

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Premiere: El Alfa And J Alvarez Pay Homage To The Muchachos In "Me Da La Mismo" Video

El Alfa and J Alvarez have created a cheeky anthem for all the hard working dudes whose girlfriends don’t appreciate them. The video for their latest single “Me Da Lo Mismo,” is dotted with scenes in colorful supermarkets and desert-like props, the video looks like a screenshot of Coachella posting Instagram accounts.

With a mélange of intricate beats and auto-tune voices, El Alfa has put the Dominican Republic’s dembow genre on the map, garnering attention from mainstream America and its artists. He’s collaborated with Cardi B on “Mi Mami”  and has worked with mega-producer Diplo on singles like “TecnoBow.”

And he’s also getting praise from producers that predominantly dominate the reggaeton scene in Puerto Rico and abroad. “That music that El Alfa and Mozart La Para and all these guys are doing over there, that’s what’s popping right now,” Tainy, a well known who has worked with Bad Bunny,” told Rolling Stone. “It feels like you’re on a vacation over there. The Dominican Republic has so much talent. They deserve that respect.”

Watch the video for "Me Da Lo Mismo" above.

 

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