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How to Rock Blonde Tresses As A Black Girl

Who says black girls can’t rock blonde? Tons of our favorite Black female celebrities of every hue rock golden coifs as there staple hair color, from NeNe Leakes platinum blonde pixie cut, to Mary J. Blige’s golden tresses. It’s Blue Ivy’s mama’s staple hair color, and most recently Rihanna and Ciara have been seen with long blonde locks. Whether short, long, natural or straightened Black women of all hues can rock blonde hair beautifully. But, before you take the plunge here are 5 things to consider before doing so.

Consider your skin color. Blonde like the brown in our skins comes in a variety of gradations. You want to make sure that the hues in your skin, mesh well with the blonde hair color that you select. For instance Real Housewives of Atlanta star is a mocha colored complexion, but has taken the leap to an almost honey blonde which accentuates the copper tones in her skin.

Natural vs. Relaxed. For girls with natural tresses and naturally colored dark hair, it is recommended that you let the dye application set on your hair for about 90 minutes, to get the full effect. Relaxed girls, should wait at least two weeks between perm applications before dying their hair blonde, and should definitely avoid bleach.

Condition. Condition. Condition.  It’s a none fact that blonde hair dye has the tendency to dry out your hair. It’s important that you get regularly scheduled deep conditionings and hydrate your hair between services.  Moroccan oil has a great selection of natural hydration products for the hair. My favorite Moroccan Oil product, Hydrating Styling Cream (http://moroccanoil.com/en_US/products/Hydrating-Styling-Cream) is the perfect formula to keep your new blonde hair well conditioned.

Blending. For those of us who are not ready to take the plunge of going blonde with our own natural hair, tracks are a good alternative. In this case a more subdued look with blonde highlights can be achieved. If going for this look, you want to make sure that the highlighted tracks match the true hue of your hair as much as possible, and follow the above mentioned rule of making sure that the blonde compliments the undertones in your skin.

Eyebrows. For some this is a no-brainer, but it still needs to be addressed. Thou shall not have black eyebrows and blonde hair. It looks crazy. For some getting their eyebrows taken down a few shades may be a bit much, but at the very least find a light brown eyebrow pencil that matches the color of your hairline to shade in your brows. Sephora’s Anastasia Eyebrow Pencil (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P69305) priced at $22 and has a brow brush on one end so that you can shade in the pencil for a natural finished look. --Phelena Jean

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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.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

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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