Beyoncé Talks Body Acceptance, Opening Doors for New Artists and more with VOGUE

Beyoncé continues to show us why she is the Queen. Dressed in a white gown and a floral headpiece, the music icon graces the cover of VOGUE’s September 2018 issue.

This issue is special and historic — and it’s all thanks to Beyoncé. She made some boss moves when she handpicked 23-year-old Atlanta native Tyler Mitchell to shoot the cover. It is the first time in VOGUE history that a Black photographer has shot the cover.

In her cover story, Beyoncé opens up about how her body has changed since motherhood (and accepting her body for what it is), opening doors for a new generation of creatives, being free and much more.

Check out excerpts from the interview below.

On pregnancy and body acceptance: After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy…After the twins, I approached things very differently. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section…During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier…I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.

On opening doors for new artists: It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.

On her freedom: I don’t like too much structure. I like to be free. I’m not alive unless I am creating something. I’m not happy if I’m not creating, if I’m not dreaming, if I’m not creating a dream and making it into something real. I’m not happy if I’m not improving, evolving, moving forward, inspiring, teaching, and learning.

Read the full interview on VOGUE. You can her On the Run with her hubby in a city near you.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

Teyana Taylor Announces ‘Keep The Same Energy Tour’ Following Jeremih’s Dismissal

Teyana Taylor is a woman with a plan. After making a loud exit from her joint tour with Jeremih due to being “extremely mistreated,” the Harlem native has announced her headlining Keep That Same Energy Tour, which is named after her sophomore album.

Taylor will perform in the originally scheduled cities from her previous tour except for New Orleans and Kansas City, since Jeremih has been reportedly removed. Although she had to cancel Toronto’s show (Aug.16), she is working on rescheduling the show for later this week.

Taylor will keep DaniLeigh as the special guest for her. She also plans to have a couple of friends join the tour.

The tour drama between Jeremih and Taylor became public on Wednesday (Aug. 15) after she posted her disappointment in the crooner acting like a diva. The R&B acts went back and forth — directly and indirectly — on social media, which ultimately led to Jeremih’s dismissal.

Find tickets for Taylor’s KTSE Tour at axs.com, etix.com, ticketfly.com and ticketweb.com.

Keep That Same Energy Tour Dates
August 17 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
August 18 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
August 21 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
August 24 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center*
August 25 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
August 28 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
August 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
September 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
September 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory Orange County
September 4 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
September 5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
September 7 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox SODO
September 8 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

*Daniel Caesar

SZA Plans to Launch Sustainable Clothing Line to Help Save Oceans

SZA wants to do her part to help save the ocean. The Grammy-nominated singer announced her new clothing line, in possible collaboration with Champion, dedicated to sustainability.

SZA shared an assumed final product of Ctrl Fishing Company — the possible name of her new apparel line, which is named after her debut album — on Instagram that featured a stylish hoodie. Across the hooded sweatshirt, in a rainbow embroidered font, it reads “Sustainability Gang” under a Champion logo.

In a series of IG story posts, the singer revealed other chic t-shirts and sweatshirts that included prints of cute seahorses and blue whales next to a “Puck Flastic” message.

SZA is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the collection to support sustainable efforts focused on protecting the oceans.

In other news, SZA is banging it out in the studio for her final album. “My world got so much smaller so fast,” she told Flaunt. “I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album.”

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Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

Legendary singer and musician Aretha Franklin has died at age 76. The devasting news comes after reports of Franklin being ‘gravely ill’ in a Detroit hospital.

Franklin’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed The Queen of Soul died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning.

“Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute,” Quinn told The Associated Press.

Franklin’s family added, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements for Franklin is expected to be announced in the coming days.

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