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Solange Talks Pregnancy, Relationship with Beyonce, Blue Ivy, and More

Solange Knowles recently graced the cover of London's 'Evening Standard Magazine' and was very open about personal details of her life. In her feature story, Solange touches on getting pregnant at 17, her relationship with Beyonce and Bey's new daughter, Blue Ivy. Solange also elaborates on getting into the music business and releasing two albums that didn't do so well. Read the interview below:

On Getting Pregnant & Settling Down at 17-Years-Old
“I just loved being at home and being domestic,’ she says. ‘We would have gotten married for sure anyway, but then I found out I was pregnant. We were crazy, impulsive teenagers and I was obviously craving some sort of stability. [My family] were alarmed and frightened that their 17-year-old daughter wanted to get married and have a kid, but I’d been working since I was 13. I was making my own money. I wasn’t really asking permission, and once they found out I was serious about it, they were supportive and amazing.’

On Her Close Relationship With Beyonce
[Kelly Rowland's] mother was a nanny for another family, so Kelly lived with us when they first moved from Atlanta. She was like a second sister. It definitely was tough, having your sister have a built-in BFF, and me being five years younger. But my sister was very protective of me, and we were very sweet with each other. I’m sure if we were closer in age we wouldn’t have gotten along so great. But we’ve been super-close ever since I was about 13.”

On First Telling Her Father She Wanted to Be a Singer & An Unsuccessful First Album
“And he told my mother, who said, ‘Oh, no. We don’t want you doing this, too. You can do anything in the world! You’re so smart.’ I think she was nervous about me losing my childhood. My sister started at such a young age that this was her life for as long as she could remember. From a very early age I decided that I wanted to be able to do my music but still be able to live a normal life. I went into the meeting [with Columbia] and said, ‘I want it to be clear that I want to write all of my music. I want to have control of that.’ I had grown up around this.” After a disagreement with the label, Solange had to promote the album, Solo Star, on her own. “I didn’t care. I didn’t need the money…” She pauses. “It wasn’t very successful.”

On Her Second Album Not Being Received Well
“I’d have to time it around the baby’s naps,” she says. “And make sure he wasn’t crying in the background on demos. [I wrote] all of these Sixties songs… I would send them to my publisher [EMI] and would check every day if someone was interested. This was before the retro vibe of Amy Winehouse and Adele… they were not very well received.”

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Black-Owned Business Walker & Company Acquired By Proctor & Gamble

Walker and Company, the cosmetic company that creates health and beauty products specifically for people of color, has joined forces with Proctor & Gamble in efforts to keep maximizing their global outreach for black and brown people.

Founded in 2013 by Tristan Walker, Walker & Co. has created a slew of other flagship brands that make grooming products designed for the various textures of hair and beards that people of color pre-dominantly have. For men, Walker shelled out the Bevel Trimmer designed to help style men with more coarse or curly beards. Back in 2015, the trimmer made it on GQ's coveted Grooming Award List. 

“We wanted to build a trimmer that we fundamentally believe is the most advanced trimmer on the planet,” Walker told VIBE of the Bevel Trimmer. “We’ve innovated it in three ways: power, blade innovation and form.”

Our story. Our mission.https://t.co/x8WuSGgJ9S

— Walker & Company (@walkercobrands) January 29, 2016

Because Walker has helped revolutionize the beauty industry, there's no denying he's excited about joining Proctor & Gamble family and taking advantage of all he could accomplish with its support.

"When I started Walker & Company Brands, I set out to build a company that would meet the health and beauty needs of people of color on a global scale,” Walker said in a statement. “Having access to P&G’s outstanding technology, capabilities and expertise helps us to further realize that vision, giving us the power to scale and bring new products to people of color, while staying true to our mission and continuing to nurture the loyal community we’ve worked hard to build.”

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Incoming Attorney General Letitia James Planning Investigation Of Donald Trump And Co.

Incoming New York Attorney General Letitia James is planning a sweeping investigation of Donald Trump, his family and anyone associated with the president.

While speaking with NBC News, James said she will use every corner of the law to look at any illegal activity committed.

“We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well," James said.

Specifically, James will investigate any illegal activity associated with the president's New York real-estate holdings, including the 2016 meeting with a Russian official at Trump Tower and any government subsidies he's received.

"We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law,” the Democratic attorney general said.

After James announced her forthcoming investigation, Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen will face the music for lying to Congress and violating campaign laws. Cohen faces four years in prison.

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Nicki Minaj Plans To Sue 'Daily Mail' TV Host Jesse Palmer

Nicki Minaj has declared war on Daily Mail TV host Jesse Palmer. The “Good Form” rapper recently took to social media to announce her plan to sue Palmer for defamation. Minaj’s plight with the on-air host stems from the controversy surrounding her new partner, Kenneth Petty.

 

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You better have a good lawyer, #JessePalmer #ArnoldPalmer You just lied on me on nat’l TV & now you’re being sued. You better be able to back up what you just said about me with FACTS. #SuperFacts #Defamation 🥳 #GoodFormVIDEO link in my bio. 😋

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Petty is a registered sex offender in the state of New York and did a seven-year stint in prison for manslaughter. In conjunction with Petty, there has also been a discussion about Nicki's support of her brother Jelani Maraj, who was convicted in 2017 of child rape charges. In Palmer's report on the Queen artist's current beau, it seems like he's only reporting the news, Deadspin notes. The news site published a video of the actual report where Palmer discusses the matter with co-host Alicia Quarles.

This is why Nicki Minaj is Suing Jesse Palmer #jessepalmer #NickiMinaj https://t.co/tDx4OdCZbH pic.twitter.com/LpWKlHLNMB

— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) December 12, 2018

Since the Internet has learned about the Queens rapper's relationship with Petty, a number of disgruntled fans have shared their thoughts on the situation. And in true Nicki fashion, she's also clapped back as well.

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#NickiMinaj addresses the accusations against her new bae 👀

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Additionally, Nicki took to Twitter to re-iterate her rift with Palmer.

You going to jail 😂😂😂😂😂@JessePalmerTV

— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2018

The barbz are getting more tuition & student loan money after I sue this hoe @JessePalmerTV

— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2018

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