Cardi B to design Fashion Nova line

Cardi B is on top of the world right now: her new rap album “Invasion of Privacy” recently debuted to rave reviews, she made her first Saturday Night Live appearance AND in the same night, revealed that she’s pregnant with her first child.

But that’s not all this rapper has going on: according to Harper’s Bazaar, Cardi recently announced the launch of her collaboration with Fashion Nova, an ” online retailer for women’s clothing that Cardi has been wearing and repping long before her ‘Bodak Yellow’ days.”

Rumored to be released in October, Harper’s Bazaar says her collection will include 80 to 100 items that Cardi designed on her own in what is Fashion Nova’s first design collaboration; pieces will range from “dresses to jeans and outerwear.”

Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian told Harper’s Bazaar that Cardi isn’t just a good choice for their first collaboration, she’s the only choice.

“I can’t think of a better fashion icon for our first design collaboration than Cardi B,” he said. “Cardi loves the brand and was wearing it before she became famous. She’s the ultimate fashion muse and has incredible style.”

Can’t wait to see what this muse dreams up for the collection!

Jay-Z inspires in tour stops

Let’s face it: we could all use a little inspiration every now and then. And thanks to Jay-Z, we sure got a dose.

According to HuffPost, the famed rapper took a moment at his concert at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio to serve up some inspiration to a young fan attending his 4:44 Tour. Stopping his own show, Jay-Z offered that nothing can — or should — keep the unidentified 9-year-old girl from being anything she wants:

At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist,” he said. “But you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that.”

Apparently this isn’t the first time Jay-Z has used his show to share a message of empowerment; HuffPost says he also said during his Nashville show that even though there’s “a lot going on in the world right now,” he knows that “love will always trump hate.”

Preach it, Jay.

Cardi B makes history with ‘Bodak Yellow’

Make way for the new queen of the charts.

According to HuffPost, rapper Cardi B just claimed the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” and with it, she claimed a spot in history, becoming “the first female rapper to top the chart without an accompanying act since Lauryn Hill in 1998.”

But her accolades don’t stop there: HuffPost reports that her seat at the top of the charts “makes her the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 with a solo hit, and only the fifth female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart at all,” joining the likes of Lil Kim, Iggy Azalea and Shawnaa.

Cardi B also became the first solo female artist since Meaghan Trainor to have her debut track hit No. 1, says HuffPost.

You can’t ask for anything better than that! Congratulations to Cardi B.

 

Missy Elliott is fierce on ‘ELLE’ cover

The original queen of rap is taking the cover of ELLE magazine by storm, and with her cover comes a few life lessons from a career well-versed.

According to HuffPost, Missy Elliott used her place on the June cover of ELLE to share how her music and adjoining music videos helped her to express herself uninhibited. For  example, in her 1997 music video for “The Rain,” HuffPost says the rapper explained her “black plastic bag suit” was a way to make her feel powerful.

“To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look,” she said. “Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”

Even in a career marked with hits, the “Work It” rapper said that she’s never wanted to do anything to compromise who she is; in fact, HuffPost reports Missy Elliott offered that changing herself to fit in is something she’d “never do.”

“I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in.”

Read the full interview here.