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Ryan Ashley Malarkey Just Became the First Female Ink Master

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Apparently it wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s year to shatter the glass ceiling for women — it was tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s. The live finale of Spike TV’s Ink Master started off intense Tuesday night, but ultimately became historic when the 29-year-old became the first female to champion the competition in its 8-season run.

Photo submitted by Lauren Malarkey of Ryan Ashley Malarkey shortly following her historic win.

Malarkey, of Pennsylvania, entered the finale with fellow contestants Gian Karle Cruz and Kelly Doty.

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Not only did she prove to be a strong, dedicated competitor, but she proved to attract a following of equal power. Even daytime talkshow host Clinton Kelly, from ABC’s The Chew, was rooting for her.

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It even appeared as though Twitter wasn’t limited to being a diary for Donald Trump for once when supporters had #InkRyan trending around the country.

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The dykes and a tyke got what they wanted — and Malarkey got the $100,000 grand prize.

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It wasn’t since season three of Ink Master that a female had made it to the finale, with contestant Tatu Baby. It may have taken five seasons because there’s still a strong struggle for female tattoo artists to be taken seriously, says Malarkey. She recently opened up to .Mic saying there’s an underlying expectation for women in the industry. “We have to act a certain way, and all those expectations aren’t always placed on guys. Who cares about what a guy tattooer looks like? Nobody gives a shit about that,” she said. “But as a woman tattooer how we look and how we present ourselves is a factor in our quality of artwork for some reason, and that’s where the inequality comes in.”

Shortly after Malarkey’s win, her sister, Lauren, 23, told Better than the Weekend how proud she is of her big sister.

“Her win sends a message to work hard for anything you want and it can be yours,” Lauren said. “It took 8 seasons for their to be a female Ink Master. Male or female, don’t give up because something doesn’t happen right away. Keep fighting.”

Now underdogs in any profession have a role model to help discredit the naysayers, and social media is fucking thrilled about it.

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Bleacher Report Releases World Cup x Hip Hop Capsule Jersey’s and They’re Fire

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Dude, grab your debit card.

Timed to this weekend’s World Cup Final, Bleacher Report has tapped some of today’s top hip-hop artists – both rising stars and legends – to design soccer jerseys and t-shirts that represent their personal style while also paying homage to their respective hometowns. The “capsule collection” jerseys and t-shirts are available for purchase exclusively via BleacherReport.com this Friday, July 13, through Monday, July 16.

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The campaign, which directly connects the broad appeal of hip-hip and sports culture, includes up and comers such as Smokepurpp and YBN Nahmir – both named to the 2018 XXL Freshman Class – iconic legacy artists The Roots and popular contemporary artists such as 21 Savage, Vince Staples and Vic Mensa.  All of the featured artists have close ties with their hometown cities.

21 Savage | Atlanta, GA

Vince Staples | Long Beach, CA

Vic Mensa | Chicago, IL

SmokePurpp | Miami, FL

YBN Nahmir | Birmingham, AL

The Roots | Philadelphia, PA

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Eeeeooowwww! Cardi B Just Shattered Two of Beyonce’s Biggest Records

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Cardi B has her finger on the pulse of her success. Fresh off her debut album drop, a Saturday Night Live pregnancy reveal, a special co-hosting gig on The Tonight Show and a Coachella performance that was straight fire, the 25-year-old is finding new ways to outdo herself. This time, she shattered two of Beyonce’s Guinness World Records. Truth.

The Invasion of Privacy rapper now holds the titles for most simultaneous Billboard Hot 100 entries by a female and the most simultaneous Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 entries by a female. (Get it, Cardi B!)

Queen Bey previously held the title with 12 tracks all charting at the same time following the release of Lemonade in 2016. Cardi B now has 13. Eeeeooowwww!

So, Nicki Minaj, what’s good?

On another note, Cardi B’s rise is bustling beyond Friday night playlists, too. Even Bernie Sanders is a fan. Cardi recently weight in on Social Security during an interview with GQ, telling the mag she felt President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was “the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”

Sanders tweeted about it.

So again, Nicki, what’s good?

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Avicii Is Dead at 28, Here’s What We Know

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Swedish artist, DJ and producer Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died April 20 according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th.  The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Avicii retired from live performing in 2016, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. He had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014.

Last year, Avicii posted the following message to his website:

“WE ALL REACH A POINT IN OUR LIVES AND CAREERS WHERE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST TO US.
For me it’s creating music. That is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do.

Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.

The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.

Hope you´ll enjoy it as much as I do.”

Gone too soon, his music will live on for generations. Here’s one of Better than the Weekend’s favorite Avicii hits from back in the day, blasting all day in honor of his contribution to music.

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