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Do You Tan?

We know skin tone is a big deal for women of color so as the sun's rays begin to heat up and beam down this coming season,

some of us have a tendency to either duck and run for cover or lather on the baby oil to get nice and toasty---neither of which are particularly healthy.

In some of our quests not to get any darker, we avoid the sun like the plague, missing out on all of the fun activities that make the summer great---swimming, hanging out at the beach with our girls, jet skis, water skis, beach volleyball. We get caught up in colorism and can't bare the thought of being a shade darker for an entire four months or so. Now If you're a top-notch makeup junkie, a few too many days in the sun can mean revamping your entire summer makeup inventory which isn't so nice on the wallet---but we typically do that anyway this season so that's no excuse to unnecessarily avoid the sun.

We know skin tone is a big deal for women of color so as the sun's rays begin to heat up and beam down this coming season,

some of us have a tendency to either duck and run for cover or lather on the baby oil to get nice and toasty---neither of which are particularly healthy.

In some of our quests not to get any darker, we avoid the sun like the plague, missing out on all of the fun activities that make the summer great---swimming, hanging out at the beach with our girls, jet skis, water skis, beach volleyball. We get caught up in colorism and can't bare the thought of being a shade darker for an entire four months or so. Now If you're a top-notch makeup junkie, a few too many days in the sun can mean revamping your entire summer makeup inventory which isn't so nice on the wallet---but we typically do that anyway this season so that's no excuse to unnecessarily avoid the sun.

On the flip side, those of us who can't wait to add a little more color during the season sometimes forget that we aren't immune to the threat of skin cancer. Simply put, sun block is not optional. Not only do we need a minimum SPF of 15 on a daily basis, which many moisturizers now have, we need an entire ounce of an SPF up to 50 cover  our bodies. If you're in the sun for more than six hours, you need to apply twice. Since a dip in the water and laying poolside is the typical routine to get the perfect bronze glow, the SPF absolutely should be water resistant and you definitely don't want to overdo it because while a sunny bronze glow is beautiful this time of year, painful, peeling skin is not. Whatever your summertime preference make sure you're safely having fun in the sun.

Are you ready for a summer tan or do you avoid the sun?

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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