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Celebs and Style Brands You Should Be Following on Instagram

Facebook pages are cool. Twitter and Tumblr are pretty tight, too. But the relatively new Instagram is the dopest of all.

The iPhone (soon-to-be Android) photo app allows filtering and sharing via social media platforms--something celebs have caught on to. Since its emergence, some of our favorite big names have used Instagram to build a tighter relationship with their fans, sharing snapshots of their cameos, besties, family, food, favorite hobbies, outfits and more! We've compiled a list of the top celebrities and style brands you might want to check out on Instagram!

RIHANNA (badgalriri)
OCCUPATION: Pop singing rebel
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: The free-spirited songstress is kind of new to Instragram, but her enduring pictures of her closest friends and family reveal an unbound tale.

VA$HTIE (vashtie)
OCCUPATION: Director, producer, fashion lover
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: If you're into everything vintage and NYC, "Downtown's Sweetheart" flourishes those traits, sharing her very artistic lifestyle.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME (bsmceo)
OCCUPATION: Rapper, unexpected funny guy
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: You get to see a fun, softer side of Waka through his flicks. Brick Squad is heavy in his heart, but he actually seems like a nice guy!

Kim Kardashian (KimKardashian)
OCCUPATION: Um... reality star? TV personality that we hate to love?! Yeah.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: There isn't much to Kim K, but she's cute and she's hip. Instagram gives us a first look at the personal pics we end up scrolling through on the internet later.

T.I. (troubleman31)
OCCUPATION: The Kang of all things southern and lyrical
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Such a family man, he is! If VH1's Family Hustle wasn't enough for reality TV heads, Tip keeps the idea of the saga going via pics of his family, musical adventures/appearances and entrepreneurial role in Akoo.

EMILY B (emilyb_)
OCCUPATION: Fashion designer and Fab's girl
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Em is a style guru who loves to 'gram inspiration quotes. Most importantly, you'll get a more intimate peek into her and Fab's love life. Her kids? You'll see them too!

NASTY GAL (NastyGal)
WHAT: Online clothing shop that drops high level (not eye level) vintage gems!
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Are you into vintage? Then you should follow NG now! Their sole purpose to preview all the great threads you can purchase from the online.

TREY SONGZ (TreySongz)
OCCUPATION: Girlfriend-stealing panty droppa'
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Since falling back in terms of social media, fans are sprung on any BTS glimpses they can get from the singer. Here's where to find them!

DIAMOND SUPPLY (nickydiamonds1)
WHAT: Lifestyle brand that caters to the street wise and style smart.
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Not only are you going to get hip to the #DiamondLife, you'll see more than a few familiar faces and cool things along the way!

DIDDY (iamdiddy)
OCCUPATION: Rapper, entrepreneur
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Ready for Party101 lessons? Take that, take that from Diddy's account, but also be aware that he takes things seriously! (#JusticeForTrayvonMartin)

TRINA (trinarockstarr)
OCCUPATION: Rapper
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: Trina is also new to IG, but her pictures are adorable. Some include her celeb bestie, Lala.

DRAKE (champagnepapi)
OCCUPATION: Emo-spilling lyricist-slash-singer
WHY YOU SHOULD FOLLOW: If you want a peek into what life is like for a 25-year-old sitting on 25 mil, follow this man now.

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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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