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Cardi B and Lauryn Hill share a Billboard Hot 100 title


Cardi B and Lauryn Hill share a Billboard Hot 100 title

By Elyse Cheatham
Photos by Jerome Dorn

When I think about Cardi B, the quote “Well-behaved women seldom make history”, comes to my mind. Back in 2014, Cardi B started gaining popularity. Her unapologetic personality and vivacious curves began to earn her a massive social media following. The raw Instagram posts detailing her life as a dancer and free spirit were the prequel to her mixtapes as she began to showcase her rap skills.

Since then we have watched Cardi’s glow-up from Love & Hip Hop cast member to chart-topper. Her single ‘Bodak  Yellow (Money Moves)’, was dubbed the song of the summer by the New York Times and just knocked Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ out of the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The number one spot just earned the Bronx MC a seat at the table with hip-hop royalty. Cardi B is the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Hot 100 Chart without a feature, sharing the title with Ms. Lauryn Hill who topped the charts with her single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” back in 1998.

The achievement is one that is deserved and Cardi’s infectious personality is what undeniably helped to propel the success of  ‘Bodak Yellow’. #CardifortheCulture trended on social media last week in an effort to help her snag the top spot.
In the past week, the single has earned 46.4 million U.S. streams and there’s no slowing down in sight.

Congrats, to the Cardi B, the “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx”.
Cannot wait to see what other history-making, “money moves”, are in store for the breakout star.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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