For years the image of who drives change in our democracy has reflected an old narrative of straight white men in smoky rooms. 

The Beat DC blows through that trope. 

We’re the only daily political news platform that highlights the people of color driving policy in the nation’s capital and beyond, and the policies that impact communities of color at large. 

Cardi B Heads to Iowa

Cardi B Heads to Iowa

Rapper and occasional Instagram political commentator Cardi B is heading to Iowa. The Hawkeye State is on the 26-year-old Bronx native’s tour schedule on May 3rd. The Polk County Democrats (the county that includes state capital, Des Moines) invited Cardi B to "a reception of her choice" during her visit, in a pitch on both Twitter and Instagram. No response so far. But, if you follow Cardi, it’s best to stay tuned. Iowa hosts the first presidential nominating contest of 2020 and is an important stop for White House hopefuls. The "Bodak Yellow" rapper has always been outspoken on politics. However, she got the attention of Democratic leaders earlier this month when she spoke out about Donald Trump’s government shutdown using very ... colorful (??)... language. She didn’t brag about grabbing women by their genitalia or anything, but she got her point across. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)(who also happens to be Cardi B's home-state Senator) weighed in on Twitter asking Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), "Guys, I'm still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?" There were also multiple online requests to have Cardi deliver the Democratic response to this year’s State of the Union. Late Show host Stephen Colbert even made the request on his CBS show. “Why not,” she replied on Twitter. But former GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is going to do it this time. Okurrrr? The former stripper -- who doesn’t dance anymore but, instead, makes money moves -- is a great entré for 2020 hopefuls to reach an audience who may not otherwise pay attention to politics. It will be interesting to see which, if any, candidate employs her as a surrogate on the trail. We’ll be watching. More here.

Andrew Gillum Joins CNN

Andrew Gillum Joins CNN

Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Campaign Operation Falters Before Official Launch

Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 Campaign Operation Falters Before Official Launch