Cardi B has won some $4 million in a libel lawsuit in the United States against a celebrity gossip blogger, who posted claims that the superstar rapper was a “prostitute” who had herpes and used cocaine.
In 2019 the 29-year-old rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, had sued the YouTuber Tasha K for posting “malicious rumors” and “degrading and harassing” claims in some 20 videos that referred to the famous artist, according to the lawsuit filed in Georgia’s northern district.
Cardi B was awarded roughly $2.75 million — including punitive damages and medical expenses — and additionally approximately $1.3 million over the legal fees, according to court filings over Monday and Tuesday.
The YouTuber, born Latasha Kebe, made claims including that the rapper had oral herpes and that her children would be born with intellectual disabilities, assertions that brought her millions of views on YouTube.
According to the lawsuit, these caused Cardi B to “suffer embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional distress.”
They also brought damage to her “reputation and character within her profession and industry, including but not limited to among her fans and with prospective business relations.”
A rapper from the Bronx, Cardi B soared to fame with hits including “Bodak Yellow,” “I Like It” and “Money.”
The Grammy winner separately is facing ongoing charges in Queens over a strip club brawl case.
Her mum, Cardi B, announced that she’s given birth to her second child. The rapper shared the news in a super sweet Instagram post that showed a photo of her and Offset with their new bundle in what appeared to be a hospital bed.
She simply wrote, “9/4/21🦕💙🧸” and three emoticons, including a blue heart which, coupled with the photo of the baby wrapped in a blue blanket, is leading followers to believe the baby is a boy.
Cardi B and Offset, who have split and reconciled more than once, kept the second pregnancy private until revealing her baby bump during a performance with his group Migos during the BET Awards, which aired in June.
American rapper Cardi B is gearing up to launch her own line of cosmetic products.
TMZ reported that the Grammy award-winning rapper’s company, Washpoppin Inc, has just filed legal documents to lock down the rights to the phrase ‘Bardi Beauty’ through which she is apparently aiming to hawk a bunch of glam products such as cosmetics, fragrances, haircare, skincare and nail enamel.
In late March, Cardi had taken to her Instagram feed to announce a hair care line. While the hair care line was to be inspired by her own natural hair care journey, the rapper also took the opportunity to share how people often mistake all Hispanic (Spanish speaking) people to be Mexican.
She also clarified that just belonging to a certain ethnicity did not automatically mean that one would be blessed with great hair. Taking to her feed, Cardi shared multiple images of tweets and photos of herself with her natural hair, and wrote in the caption, “This year I will be coming out with a hairline that I been working on at home for my hair and my daughters however, I think is time for people to educate themselves on nationality, race and ethnicity. Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long , don’t make your skin light or don’t make your face features slim specially Latin countries from the Caribbean islands. Dna have something to do with your hair not your nationality but guess what you can always maintain your hair …..and one more things not everyone that speaks Spanish is Mexican.”
Celebrities breaking into the beauty industry is not uncommon these days. Stars like Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, and Selena Gomez a lot more, have proven that a successful beauty brand is possible. We’re living in the age of celebrity beauty brands, and the product lines are thriving. So it makes sense that Grammy winner Cardi B would throw her beauty brush into the ring.
The COVID-19 has shut down parts of the world, forcing many to stay at home and practice social distancing.
While the world of showbiz is not left out, it’s still far from taking a halt.
From AMVCA attendees getting some shocking COVID-19 news to Cardi B’s rant going viral and Runtown lending a hand by donating millions of Naira to Nigerians, you can catch up on the top moments that made the rounds this week.
After having ‘A Good Time’ in 2019, from what was arguably a successful music year for Davido, as well as the anticipation of his wedding to his lover, Chioma, the newyear started off on a rather dramatic note for the singer.
The drama started after photos of himself and his first baby mama, Sophia Momodu surfaced online, sparking rumours that the two were getting back together.
Meanwhile, American Rapper, Cardi B, has continued to shake social media with her talks about filing for a Nigerian citizenship.
The latest in her series of banter, was her asking fans to pick a Nigerian name for her.
“Let’s settle this once and for all, Chioma B or Cadijat”, she tweeted.
And trust Nigerians not to pass on a good banter. They went on with various comments and hilarious reactions. Read More
In Nollywood, Actress, Mercy Johnson has added a new feather to her filming cap with the release of the trailer for her debut production, titled The Legend Of Inikpi.
The film features a stellar cast of Nollywood Heavyweights including herself, Sam Dede, Odunlade Adekola, Saidi Balogun, Paul Obazele and others.
Kunle Afolayn is also set to give fans another hit movie following his 2019 production, Mokalik.
According to him, the movie titled ‘Citation’ will explore the notorious sex for grades practice reported in some higher institutions of learning and colleges.
It features Hollywood actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis and celebrity fashion blogger Temi Otedola who would be cutting her teeth in Nollywood.
American rapper, Belcalis Marlenis popularly known as Cardi B, has asked Nigerians to pick a Nigerian name for her, following her recent announcement that she would file for a Nigerian citizenship.
She had made the announcement in reaction to the killing of a top Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, by the United States government in an air attack in Baghdad.
“Specially being from New York. It’s sad this man (Trump) is putting Americans’ lives in danger. Dumbest move Trump did till date (sic) … I’m filing for my Nigerian citizenship,” the 27-year old rapper said.
She has, however, now gone a step further by asking Nigerians to help her decide on a name.
Let’s settle this ones and for all CHIOMA B Or Cadijat
Beyond speaking about obtaining a Nigerian citizenship, the singer had previously tweeted photos of herself, her husband, offset and her daughter, all dressed in Nigerian native attires – in what appeared to be an endorsement of the Nigerian culture.
She had also previously retweeted that she was picking her tribe and asked her fans to convince her husband to move with her.
•— Davido showered you champagne/Hennessy worth millions – He’s a Yoruba made, Cardijat. •— You stayed in Lagos through your stay – it’s a Yoruba land, Cardijat. •— You met with them Zlatan, Burna Boy and co, They are Yoruba.
While Iran promised vengeance, Soleimani’s ‘termination’ sparked outrage in his country where hundreds of fellow citizens took to the streets to demand justice.
Amid growing tensions as a result of the incident, neighbours Iraq and a host of other nations identified with Iran while Israel declared support for the US.
In her reaction, Cardi B frowned on the action of the US government and criticised President Donald Trump for making such a decision.
“Specially being from New York. It’s sad this man (Trump) is putting Americans’ lives in danger. Dumbest move Trump did till date (sic) … I’m filing for my Nigerian citizenship.”
After about an hour later, the American star tweeted, “Picking my tribe.”
Cardi B arrived in Nigeria on December 5 for a live performance reportedly running into millions of naira.
During her stay which lasted about three days, she was engaged with many activities, including a visit to a motherless home in the Lekki area of Lagos to donate tonnes of gifts purchased from a supermarket in Nigeria.
The American rapper had, thereafter, travelled to Ghana before returning to the US.
Stop A War?
Her tweets came a day after Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) foreign operations arm, was killed in an air raid on Baghdad international airport.
Following the news of his ‘termination’, Trump addressed a gathering in Florida where he explained that the operation was not aimed at starting a war with the Middle East nation but to put a stop to it.
“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.
“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” said the US President.
Elsewhere, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Soleimani was planning imminent action that threatened American citizens when the general was killed in the strike.
Rap superstar Cardi B appeared in court on Tuesday over her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl, as her lawyers called for access to social media evidence currently available to prosecutors.
The 27-year-old Grammy winner known for hits including “I Like it” strode into the Queens courtroom wearing black patent Christian Louboutin stilettos, a black feathered train trailing behind her as she sported an enormous matching hat.
Having previously pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges including two felonies linked to the case, she stood before the judge with her hands complete with talon-esque mint green nail extensions clasped behind her back.
The hearing was a “control date” for both sides to appear and discuss scheduling and legal issues, namely the defense’s bid to obtain evidence they say is currently only available to the prosecution.
The artist’s lawyers said they had submitted a subpoena to Facebook, which owns Instagram, attempting to obtain direct messages from the image-sharing platform involving the complainants — but their request had been denied.
They did not go into detail on the content of the social media exchanges.
Judge Joseph Zayas requested both parties meet and reach an agreement for the defense to access the Instagram messages.
He set a hearing for the two other defendants involved in the case for January 17, but excused Cardi B from attending.
Insisting on his client’s innocence, her lawyer Jeff Kern said “the case is not close to going to trial.”
Asked repeatedly by journalists whether the rapper — just returned from concerts in Nigeria and Ghana — might settle the case out of court, both Kern and her other lawyer Drew Findling skirted the issue.
Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B’s meteoric rise began during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.
On August 29, 2018, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her entourage reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah pipe, which police said bruised a female employee’s legs.
Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them was rumored to have slept with her husband, the rapper Offset.
Initially facing only misdemeanor charges, the rapper in April rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office.
That offer would have given the Grammy winner a conditional discharge if she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.
The new, more serious charges filed in June include two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, according to the case docket.
At that time the rapper brought Findling — the so-called “#BillionDollarLawyer” who has made a name for himself representing hip-hop stars in Atlanta, Georgia, the de-facto capital of rap — onto her legal team.
“We continue to aggressively defend this case,” Findling told journalists outside the court.
US rapper Cardi B canceled a concert in Indianapolis on Tuesday evening due to concerns over a “security threat,” she said on social media.
Indianapolis police confirmed the cancellation, citing an “unverified threat to the artist.”
“There is no immediate threat to public safety, this (is) not an active incident. Ongoing investigation,” the department said on its official Twitter account.
The 26-year-old rapper posted a video on Twitter and Instagram of what appeared to be rehearsals at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse earlier in the day.
“Dear Indiana people I’m so sorry for today,” she posted on Twitter. “Unfortunately there was a security threat that is currently under investigation right now. My safety and your safety first.”
On Instagram she said, “Im so sorry guys I never dealt with a situation like this before and I’m not taking any chances. I love you guys,” followed by two heart emojis.
The superstar, who has a one-year-old daughter with her husband, the rapper Offset, also posted a screenshot of a statement from the show’s promoters Mammoth Live saying the concert had been postponed due to “a security threat and safety concerns.”
Annoyed fans tweeted that the show was canceled only “minutes” before it was scheduled to start, but others expressed their support for “caring about our safety.”
Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s Twitter account said the concert would be rescheduled for September 11 and promised to honor tickets for the show’s original date.
Earlier in the day, the outspoken artist, who has professed her support for US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, tweeted to remind her followers to watch the Democratic debate. In January, she posted a profanity-laced video on Instagram blasting President Donald Trump and the lengthy US government shutdown.
Last month the Grammy-winning musician, born Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges related to her alleged involvement in a 2018 strip club brawl in her hometown of New York.
It was another exciting night to celebrate the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by some of the biggest names across television, film and music.
The night saw artists and top acts such as Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Michael B. Jordan and Nigeria’s Burna Boy, take top honours.
Here’s a full list of nominees and winners for the 2019 Bet Awards.
Best International Act
Aka (South Africa) Aya Nakamura (France) Burna Boy (Nigeria) – Winner Dave (Uk) Dosseh (France) Giggs (Uk) Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)
Headie One (Uk) Jokair (France) Nesly (France) Octavian (Uk) Sho Madjodzi (South Africa) – Winner Teniola Apata (Nigeria)
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé – Winner Ella Mai H.E.R. Solange Sza Teyana Taylor
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Anderson Paak Bruno Mars – Winner Childish Gambino Chris Brown John Legend Khalid
Best Group Chloe X Halle City Girls Lil Baby & Gunna Migos – Winner The Carters
Best Collaboration 21 Savage Ft. J. Cole A Lot Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like It H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller Could’ve Been Travis Scott Ft. Drake Sicko Mode – Winner Tyga Ft. Offset Taste
Best Male Hip Hop Artist 21 Savage Drake Cole Meek Mill Nipsey Hussle – Winner Travis Scott
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Cardi B – Winner Kash Doll Lizzo Megan Thee Stallion Nicki Minaj Remy Ma
Video Of The Year 21 Savage A Lot Ft. J. Cole Cardi B Money Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me Childish Gambino This Is America – Winner Drake Nice For What The Carters Apes**T
Video Director of The Year Benny Boom Colin Tilley Dave Meyers Hype Williams Karena Evans – Winner
Best New Artist
Blueface City Girls Juice Wrld Lil Baby – Winner Queen Naija
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell All Of My Life Fred Hammond Tell Me Where It Hurts Kirk Franklin Love Theory Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen Blessing Me Again – Winner Tori Kelly Ft. Kirk Franklin Never Alone
Issa Rae Regina Hall Regina King – Winner Taraji P. Henson Tiffany Haddish Viola Davis
Anthony Anderson Chadwick Boseman Denzel Washington Mahershala Ali Michael B. Jordan – Winner Omari Hardwick
Caleb Mclaughlin Lyric Ross Marsai Martin – Winner Michael Rainey Jr. Miles Brown
Blackkklansman – Winner Creed 2 If Beale Street Could Talk Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse The Hate U Give
Sportswoman Of The Year
Allyson Felix Candace Parker Naomi Osaka Serena Williams – Winner Simone Biles
Sportsman Of The Year
Kevin Durant Lebron James Odell Beckham Jr. Stephen Curry – Winner Tiger Woods
Album Of The Year
Astroworld Travis Scott Championships Meek Mill Ella Mai Ella Mai Everything Is Love The Carters Invasion Of Privacy Cardi B – Winner
2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like It Childish Gambino This Is America Drake In My Feelings Ella Mai Trip – Winner Cole Middle Child Travis Scott Ft. Drake Sicko Mode
Bet Her Award
Alicia Keys Raise A Man Ciara Level Up H.E.R. Hard Place – Winner Janelle Monáe Pynk Queen Naija Mama’s Hand Teyana Taylor Rose In Harlem
A grand jury has indicted Cardi B over her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl, a spokeswoman for Queens prosecutors said Friday, with court documents showing 14 new counts including two felonies against the rap superstar.
Initially facing only misdemeanor charges over the 2018 incident, the Bronx rapper in April had rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office.
That offer would have given the 26-year-old Grammy winner conditional discharge if she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.
The new charges include two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, according to the case docket.
The felony classification would not spell jail time, according to New York state law, but could result in probation that could impact Cardi B’s heavy touring schedule.
Her lawyer did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment. The rapper’s arraignment is scheduled for June 25.
On August 29, 2018, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her group reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah smoking device, which police said bruised a female employee in the legs.
That October, police charged the artist with assault and reckless endangerment over the incident.
She allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them slept with her husband, the rapper Offset.
Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B’s meteoric rise to fame sparked during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.
She is no stranger to controversy — she was involved in a fracas with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week in September, later taking to Instagram to say that the older Minaj had questioned her parenting skills.
Cardi B has not yet publicly spoken of her heightened legal battle, having become the first female rapper to be named Songwriter of the Year during the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in California on Thursday night.
Lady Gaga stunned Monday at New York’s Met Gala, embodying the extravaganza’s “camp” theme as she peeled back to look after garish look at the fete thrown by the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art that sees Hollywood and fashion collide.
The 2019 carpet — pink, for the occasion — into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose yearly bash welcomes over-the-top looks that skew to a theme, was even more of an eye-popping doozy than usual thanks to this year’s concept.
Gold, trains, fringe, fur, blonde wigs and inspirations from drag as well as camp legends Cher and David Bowie were trending on the pink carpet celebrating fashion so bad it’s good.
Superstar Gaga set a high bar, bringing a shape-shifting look sure to spawn a thousand memes.
The pop diva played Russian doll as her entourage unzipped three different looks in hot pink and black until she sported nothing but glittering black lingerie, fishnets, vertiginous platform boots and wildly long spiky gold false eyelashes.
Singer Katy Perry was literally glowing: the superstar dressed as a candelabra chandelier dripping with crystals, a clear reference to the Lumiere character from Beauty and the Beast.
Rap star Cardi B brought her own red carpet, donning a curve-hugging oxblood Thom Browne gown embellished with feathers that radiated out to form a lengthy circular train, a look she capped with a bugle-bead headpiece.
Pop futurist Janelle Monae had jaws dropping with an elaborate black, white and pink number that recalled a cubist painting — complete with a Cleopatra-style eye covering one breast whose lavishly long eyelashes blinked and a tower of hats that would inspire envy in the Madhatter himself.
– Barbie girl – The gala kicks off the Met’s annual major fashion exhibition, with seats going for $35,000 a piece.
Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list.
Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams joined Wintour and Gaga to co-chair the event, which raises money for its Costume Institute.
Country superstar Kacey Musgraves rolled up in a bright pink Barbie corvette and was dressed as the iconic doll to boot, sporting a skin-tight Moschino pink zippered dress, with matching cat-eye sunglasses and a feather boa.
Lupita Nyong’o meanwhile embodied the theme donning a gown topped off with a rainbow-coloured plume, matching fluffy fan and gold Afro picks in her Marie Antoinette-style beehive updo.
A coterie of men also ran with the concept, including actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who wore an all-white suit with an ascot tie and glittering green brooch.
Billy Porter, meanwhile, had his mic-drop moment with a fabulous entrance that saw the performer arrive on a gold litter hoisted by six shirtless men before he got down to show off his sparkling set of wings.
– ‘Subversive’ – So what exactly is “camp?”
The museum’s exhibition is based on “Notes on Camp,” an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.
“Camp is by nature subversive… confronting and challenging the status quo,” the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said at a press event ahead of the gala.
“In the end, the purpose of the camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.”
Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the “swan dress” worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.
“We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,” said Bolton.
“Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment, as were the 1980s.”
The exhibition “Camp: Notes on Fashion” — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — opens to the public at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.