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Cardi B and Offset Split Reminds Us All That Love Ain’t What It Used to Be. Here’s How.

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Ain’t it strange how two people could be so madly in love with each other in one year and in a matter of months, they’ve completely switched, turned off –  matter of fact, that love has died and there’s no hope of salvaging it? Such is the state of Cardi B and Offset’s relationship, according to the Bronx born rapper.

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, took to Instagram overnight, where she let out her secret, revealing that she and her hubby of just one year, have been enduring problems in their relationship that could not be worked out. She admitted they had tried. The famous rap couple welcomed their daughter, Kulture, in July this year.

The news has set off a firestorm of comments across social media platforms, many arguing that the couple had rushed into marriage. They secretly wed last year. What this situation draws into focus however, is the fact that marriage and love just isn’t what it used to be.

5  Ways Love Has Changed Over the Years: 

1. Women are less pursued. In the olden days, men with interest would pursue the woman they had their eyes set on. Today, women, being the outspoken and independent creatures they are, are pursuing men even before the men have a chance.

 

2. Chivalry is dead. Yes it’s cliche, but it’s true. When was the last time a man opened a door for you, lady? Because women have been settling in a sense, for whatever is handed down to them, there’s no denying that men no longer feel they need to work as hard to woo the opposite sex. With the common sentiment that there is now a deficit in men to fulfill the needs of the billions of women world over, men are getting through with their pursuits, faster than the wink of an eye. Are we wrong? 

 

3. Couples have less time together than they once did. The fact that both men and women are now in the workforce, leaves very little time to truly communicate and understand each other. Relationships today are in most cases, built on physical and material attraction, than emotional. Many people often make the decision to enter common law relationships or get married, without truly understanding the people they’re committing to. 

 

Cardi B and Offset have lived their lives openly on social media. They’ve been open to criticism and applause alike.

4. Social Media, in recent time, has made intimacy and sexual relations tremendously transparent and crass. While many would agree that today’s world functions more openly than it once did, because of social media, most fail to discuss the effect that this open book method of living, has had on marriages and relationships. Today, everyone knows what everyone is doing, all the time. Privacy is a thing of the past. True love, while beautiful to share and boast about, is difficult to contain and keep alive, with the world viewing and commenting on. Truth is, Cardi B and Offset lived their short relationship in full public view- near naked and all. Did it work out for them? 

 

5. Women have become overly independent. If a man is told, “I don’t need you. I can do sh*t all by myself,” and worse yet if he sees, you can do it by yourself ladies, chances are, he’ll hold his corner and allow you to do it all by yourself. This leaves room for many consequences in a relationship. The over-independence of many women in today’s society has had a ripple effect on relationships and the way men show love. Once upon a time, men wooed women with expensive jewelry and weekend trips. In today’s world, the Independent woman purchases her own damn jewelry and gets on her private jet to wherever in the world she chooses to go. How’s that working out? Truth is, men need to feel needed. If they aren’t needed, where’s the true love going to come from? 

 

 

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Fay Ann Takes Charge of The International Soca Monarch Competition. ‘Power’ Segment Will Return. Blaxx, Patrice, Swappi Praise Decision.

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Things just got interesting. “Power is back”- the words of 38-year-old Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, in the wake of news that she’d been appointed to head the International Soca Monarch Competition. Her new portfolio will afford her the opportunity to make strategic changes, to better the show, as seen fit.

The announcement, made by National Carnival Commission Chairman, Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, Lyons-Alvarez’s uncle, has since gone viral. Peters has also disclosed that while finances to be allocated to the competition, have not yet been decided, the event’s semi finals will return to the Arima Velodrome, while the finals will take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Lyons-Alvarez last took part in the competition in 2011. To this day, she remains the only female to have ever won the Power leg of the competition. Both she and her husband, Bunji Garlin, removed themselves from the competition, citing unfavorable contractual stipulations in the ISM contract at the time.

Blaxx Praises ViQueen’s Appointment

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In an immediate response on the appointment, fellow soca artiste, Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart said a better person could not have been chosen for the post. “Personally I had no intentions of going back into the Soca Monarch but, I think having senior artistes in the competition is very beneficial to the culture. I will say this, I will be entering this year! Just the mere fact that Fay Ann is running it, I can vouch, she is one of the most astute, straight up persons in this business,” said Blaxx. He said while many criticized her, he felt that Fay Ann would do the best job at handling the competition.

“She is a no grin, no smile person. I don’t care how the other artists feel but brother, what a choice! That girl will be one hell of an administrator. I am one of the oldest artistes in the industry and I will say this : they could not have made a better choice.”- Blaxx

Separately, Blaxx said he was certain that Gypsy too, would do a great job at the helm of the NCC. He spoke of Grenada’s Soca Monarch competition, saying that the Spice Isle has made their competition a part of the island’s tourism product and it has been tremendously successful. “A lot of our things that we have taken for granted, they have made it amazing,” he said.

Patrice Roberts, Swappi, Give The Thumbs Up to Fay Ann’s Appointment.

Patrice Roberts

Meanwhile, fellow female soca heavyweight, Patrice Roberts in a quick chat with EBUZZTT while working out at the gym, said she was happy to see a female now standing at the helm of such a major carnival competition.

“I think she has what it takes to take Soca Monarch where it could possibly be. She has been in the industry and in Soca monarch for a while and I am honestly happy for her and even more happy to see a female being the chairman of the ISM.” – Patrice Roberts.

Patrice, who has unleashed a slew of hits for Carnival 2019, said she could not confirm whether she would be taking part in the competition. She said her head had not been on that, when we spoke with her.

Swappi

Likewise, Swappi, who has been having a pretty incredible pre-carnival 2019 season, said he is very happy and confident that Fay Ann Lyons will do a great job. ” There is no ifs, ands or maybes. I know she will do a great job. She always strikes gold at everything she does. She is a warrior. She has a warrior’s spirit in her. I can afford to say Power Soca is back and the whole energy of the competition is back!” He said he is still unsure as to whether he would re-enter, having been emotionally affected by previous years of inclusion in the competition.

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Tribe Ice Sets Things In Motion. De T’ing Start.

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We’re not gonna review any fetes. That’s honestly for you the patron to do, all on your own. The reality is, every person experiences a fete in his own way. Three people may attend the same fete and have completely different perspectives. Now, direct from EBUZZTT’s lens, here are a few things we peeped at Tribe Ice, which was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah this past Saturday night.

Shal Marshal at Tribe Ice.

Fetters Do Not Want Long Winded Performances.


The days of telling crowds to do this and do that, are long gone. Soca artistes we are here to tell you that your job has gotten a hell of a lot easier! We know you want to see crowds get wild- jump, wave and misbehave, but the truth is, there are no WASA, Fire or Licensing fetes that once encouraged that vibe, anymore. The last of the mohicans is Army Fete, so save all the long-winded stage antics for Army Fete on Friday, February 22nd. It was awesome to see acts like Shal Marshall, Vaughn and Nailah Blackman execute with consideration to this reality on Saturday night at Tribe Ice.

The Women of Soca Are All Showing off The Goods.


Nadia Batson’s already having a phenomenal season. Her hit, “So Long” has possibly guaranteed her a place at every fete this season, and beyond. Added to that, the sultry beauty is claiming her space among the Soca hotties, reveling in the saucy sexual splendor of her physical structure and showing fans, she’s just as hot as the rest, if not hotter! On Saturday night at Tribe Ice, Nadia boldly took the stage in a white outfit that left very little to the imagination. She was in charge and she feared nothing. A veteran in the game, Batson, who was once a part of Kes The Band, has been at the fore of the soca industry for many years, and knows just how to make crowds shake. She proved it this past weekend!

Machel Montano’s Often in The Mix, Chillin.

Machel Montano may not have graced the stage at Tribe Ice on Sunday morning, like Erphaan Alves, Teddyson John, Vaughn, Nadia and Nailah, but he certainly was at the event. The artiste was photographed in the Committee area with fashion designer, Neil Young. Machel’s presence continues to be a thrilling sight for many at carnival time and while he may not be on the cast at all carnival fetes, it’s highly likely that the ‘Toco Loco’ singer will be seen mingling and having fun, when stage isn’t on his agenda.

Now, all this said, there are some rumblings in various circles that Tribe Ice 2019 still lacked the kind of feting spirit once synonymous with T&T carnival. Truth be told, it’s been missing for some time. Sadly, Fay Ann Lyons’ ‘Feel Good’ on the Foli Riddim wasn’t on the DJs list of “must plays” for the night, obviously diminishing any hope of reminding folks to put away their phones and just FETE! Now, onto the next!

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