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Cardi B, Black Panther Women Among EW’s 2018 Entertainers Of The Year

Entertainment Weekly's honor is the latest accolade for the cast of the blockbuster movie and the platinum rapper.

Cardi B’s had a meteoric rise from stripper, reality tv star to new rap queen icon and she’s not slowing down. 

Every week she seems to be receiving a new accolade. This week Cardi graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly as one of the publication’s 2018 Entertainers of the Year. 

Cardi thanked EW and all of her fans for the continuous love. 

The former Love & Hip Hop: New York star kicked off 2018 as a guest on Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” remix and by Jan. 17 had surpassed Beyoncé to become the first woman to have five top 10 singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop chart — including the monster hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”


Despite her rap beefs and public brawls, Cardi has set the industry on fire and her flame is still burning hot. 


Her debut album, Invasion of Privacy is certified double platinum and in August, Cardi became the first female rapper to ever unseat herself atop the Billboard Radio Songs chart when “I Like It” was supplanted by her Maroon 5 collaboration “Girls Like You” — which stayed at No. 1 for four months. 

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Entertainment Weekly also acknowledged the four black women whose talents fueled the Black Panther movie by awarding them 2018 EW Entertainers of the Year props.   

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“In Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, Danai Gurira played Okoye, the stoic tactician and head of the all-female Dora Milaje secret service, while Letitia Wright costarred as Shuri, the little sister with a Nobel Prize mind for devising medical treatments, weapons, and gadgets galore. Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o exuded intensity as Nakia, a Wakandan “war dog” spy who wields charm and beauty is as lethal as fashion as her ring blades. And Angela Bassett brought a wisdom and fearlessness to the ear of the king as his mother, Ramonda.”


It’s truly been a powerful year for women of color in music, politics, and entertainment. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.