Who Is Yung Miami? City Girls' Star Facing Backlash For Asking Fans To Send Her Birthday Money

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Who Is Yung Miami? City Girls' Star Facing Backlash For Asking Fans To Send Her Birthday Money
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The City Girls are a female hip hop duo based in Miami, FL, that have quickly risen to the top of the rap game because of their unique sound, their gorgeous looks, and most of all, because of their hard work. 

They are not, however, without controversy — and while JT, the other half of the City Girls duo, was actually arrested for, and convicted of, a series of charges relating to credit card fraud, her partner in the City Girls has come under fire for a series of different reasons. 

And her latest "stunt" has earned her the greatest backlash of her career to date. 

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So, who is Yung Miami of the City Girls, and why is she facing a backlash now? Let's look at what we know about her. 

1. Who is Yung Miami? She went on Instagram and asked her fans for money. 

In a controversial Instagram post — which you can see below — Yung Miami (real name: Caresha Brownlee) posted her CashApp information, and encouraged her followers to send her some money for her birthday. "I want all my followers to send me $5, and if you're feeling generous, send me $20!" she wrote. 

Needless to say, it didn't take long for her comments to light up with negativity. One fan said it was "weird" when celebrities asked for money. Another said that it is she who should be sending her fans some money, not the other way around. 

2. Before she was a rapper, Yung Miami was an Instagram influencer. 

As a result of growing up in a rough area in Miami, both of the City Girls had to "get it" however they could. As such, Yung Miami got her start by being an Instagram influencer. Before she became one-half of the City Girls, she would frequently take to her Instagram to promote her own fashion line, and even admitted that she and JT were "the biggest scammers of all time."

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3. She also received backlash for a series of homophobic tweets. 

Back in 2013, Yung Miami sent out a particularly homophobic tweet that, when discovered, immediately earned her backlash from the LGBTQIA+ community. While what she said can't be repeated here, she initially stood by her statements. Later, in a now-deleted Instagram post, she recognized the folly of her statement. "I understand how it can be seen as offensive to the LGBTQ community,” her post said. “I also realize how insensitive my comments were to my fans and followers … my deepest apologies and heart goes out to those who have seen that tweet and were offended.”

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4. Even the birth of her daughter was controversial. 

In October 2019, Yung Miami gave birth to a daughter she named Summer Miami. The child's father is a producer known as "Southside" in hip hop (but whose real name is Joshua Luellen). And while that seemed to be a momentous occasion, it was immediately marred by Southside's baby mama, Ashley, who claimed that not only was Southside a deadbeat baby daddy, but that he had five other children in addition to hers and Yung Miami's, bringing his total number of children to seven. (It's unclear how many women he's had all these children with, but we know for certain that Yung Miami and Ashley are two of his baby mamas.)

5. After that, Yung Miami deleted all her Instagram posts. 

After Yung Miami got put on blast by Southside's baby mama, she deleted all of her Instagram posts and filled the page with videos of her twerking. As of this writing, she's deleted all her posts again and this time, there are about 17 or so posts up, all of which promote her new music. 

6. Yung Miami got a nice birthday gift, regardless of how much money she did, or didn't, receive from fans. 

Even though Yung Miami received backlash from her fans for asking them for money for her birthday, she did receive a nice gift from her City Girls compatriot. JT, who claimed she spent "a car" on Yung Miami's gift, enlisted the aid of celebrity jeweler Elliot Eliantte to create a custom piece totaling over 130 carats

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Very nice, ladies — and happy birthday, Yung Miami!

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, publicist, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, BET.com, and more.