During his interview on TMZ’s Raq Rants, director Lee Daniels says his selfie video of rap star Cardi B was the reason Mona Scott-Young cast her on Love & Hip Hop: New York.
Daniels told the show host Cardi is his current favorite rapper and detailed how they met. The Bronx native showed up nearly three years ago to audition for his Fox series Star. Though Cardi B was not cast in the show, he says he was amazed by her personality and posted a video of their meeting on his Instagram account. A video, he credits for the “Bodak Yellow” rapper’s appearance on the VH1 reality show that would propel her into mainstream success.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.