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Style Charity: 5 Ways to Do Good + Look Good

With January coming to a close and February set to begin, pat yourselves on the back, Vixens, you’ve successfully made it through the first month of the new year! But as work, school and other activities continue to consume our lives, how many of you ladies have been able to keep up with your New Year’s Resolutions? If your resolution involves volunteering and charity work, VIBE Vixen is here to help!

As important as giving back to our community is, at times we lack the time and effort to volunteer for our favorite cause. While giving our time is just as important as the monetary support, sometimes donating to charity is a simple as a few clicks or a rummage through your bedroom closet. The old adage is true: charity begins at home. So, if you’re beginning to eye the new spring 2012 collections or are just looking for some retail therapy, let your money work for you. Though designers pride themselves in their charity work aside from their brands, there are always certain items available specifically for charitable organizations. Whether your interest falls under health and disease awareness, the environment, children’s aid or world hunger, click next to check out five brands that allow you to do good while also looking good!

 

1. TOMS

It’s not enough the makers of TOMS have consumers hooked with their colorful and comfortable footwear. According to their commitment to the One for One charity, for every pair of TOMS purchased, a pair of new shoes will go to a child in need.

2. Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson has been a proud supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness after battling the disease herself 11 years ago. Each season she releases shirts, bags, underwear and other products with her classic, funky spin available for sale on her website. A portion of the proceeds go towards the cause.

3. Juicy Couture

The makers of Juicy Couture proudly support the efforts made by St. Jude’s children's hospital by featuring a spin on their classic accessories with the words “Give Thanks.” Items from Juicy Couture, as well as other labels, are available on the St. Jude’s website.

4. FEED

The mission is to “feed the world one bag at a time”. Project FEED uses environmentally sustainable material to produce their accessories, apparel and bags. Depending on your taste and passion, there are plenty of charitable organizations to choose from in their FEED shop.

5. Solange Azagury-Partridge

UK jewelry designer, Solange Azagury-Partridge is famous for her abstract and elaborate collections. As a featured designer for AIDS awareness organization Join(RED), Solange is releasing the Bleeding Heart necklace and Red Hot Lips ring for sale on her website. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the cause.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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