‘I Ain't Going to Jail!’: In Spite of Indictment, Cardi B Remains Optimistic

Cardi B performs onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles.
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Cardi B’s been on a winning streak, as of late, and clearly, it’s not one she’s expecting a pesky little thing like a criminal indictment to end. Despite being indicted by a grand jury in Queens on Friday on multiple felony charges stemming from a 2018 strip club altercation, as Page Six reports, Cardi (born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) remained characteristically confident as she performed for the BET Experience audience on Saturday in Los Angeles.

“I ain’t going to jail!” the eventual winner for Album of the Year—the first female rapper to do so at the BET Awards—reportedly told the crowd. “Fuck you mean? I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!”

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We’re all for positive thinking, but we’re also pretty sure that’s not how the criminal justice system works. But while she already turned down a plea agreement that would’ve guaranteed she avoided jail time, the jury’s still out on whether Cardi will be somehow able to make this right without serving time.

In the meantime, she and husband Offset (Kiari Kendrell Cephus) are spoiling daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus ahead of her first birthday on July 10, buying yet another bit of new bling for the toddler last weekend. According to TMZ, the couple commissioned a custom necklace inspired by the children’s Netflix series Word Party, undoubtedly a favorite of the youngest member of the Cephus family.

The diamond necklace, embedded with enamel renderings of the show’s animal characters, was designed by celebrity jeweler Elliante and reportedly cost a cool $100,000. Showing off her daughter’s latest treat on social media, Cardi once again reminded us, “YOU KNOW A BAD BITCH GON SPOIL HER.”

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No word on Kulture’s reaction to the gift, but Cardi’s next hearing is on Aug. 9. Hopefully, she’ll be able to keep spoiling her daughter with her presence as well as presents.

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Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.