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Women's History Month: Vixens Who Give Back

Sometimes, women don't get the credit they deserve for the things that matter most. In celebration of Women's History Month, VIBE Vixen is putting the spotlight on five Vixens who give back to the world in a big way.

1. Alicia Keys
While balancing motherhood and music, Alicia Keys is also a maestro at charity work. In 2002, she co-founded and became the first Global Ambassador of Keep A Child Alive, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against AIDS. She has traveled to Africa on numerous occasions to provide life-saving treatment to children and their families afflicted with HIV/AIDs. She also hopes to raise a charitable child with husband/hit-producer Swizz Beatz to follow in their philanthropic ways.

2. Shakira
This hip-shaking Latina is known for more than just her Spanish grooves. She was honored by the United Nations labor agency for her Barefoot Foundation, a non-profit aimed at making education universally available to every child who has been affected with violence and poverty. The organization supports several schools in Shakira's native Colombia, providing over 5,000 children with nutritious meals and classes. She is also a founding member of the ALAS foundation, which promotes public policies for children across Latina America and the Caribbean. Her international appeal not only made her a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador but helped launch a $300 million initiative with the World Bank and ALAS Foundation to expand development programs for children. She even powwowed with President Obama to discuss childhood development policies.
3. Gabrielle Union
Juggling a successful film career and her relationship with Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union is no stranger to giving back. In 2007, Union's best friend was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Her fundraising efforts for the cause led her to be named Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Circle of Promise program. The Think Like A Man star also devotes her time to helping the Young Survivor Coalition and the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA. The Nebraska native even helped found a program called "A Step for Success" which helps to raise money for the economically-challenged Kelso Elementary School located in Los Angeles.
4. Beyoncé
While Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z have kept themselves busy with family affairs and sold-out shows, she still makes time to donate. With thousands of gifts pouring in from fans for the birth of their first child Blue Ivy, she shared the presents with children's charities, which included goodies from A-list names like Oprah Winfrey, Diddy, Kanye West, Rihanna and Mariah Carey. Pre-mommyhood, Bey was still active in charity work, finding her own Cosmetology Center and The Survivor Foundation in 2010 to provide a vocational training center for cosmetology students to learn the theories and practical skills necessary to pass the NYS Cosmetology Licensure Exam.
5. Lady Gaga
Behind the wild costumes and shocking performances, Lady Gaga is a notable champion of human rights. With over 21 million followers on Twitter, Mother Monster was able to launch her Born This Way foundation this year to prevent bullying, but most importantly, to empower the youth and promote bravery. In her efforts to also promote unity, Gaga will bring a “Born Brave Bus” with her on tour that invites everyone to meet with others and discuss love, acceptance and kindness.

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

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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