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Raver-Singer Charli XCX Talks Love, Music and Crying Fans

You may recognize the name Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) from the popular Icona Pop jam, “I Love It”, but this dance-inspired singer is looking to set her mark further among international audiences with the drop of her debut album True Romance (out today on iTunes).

Already heralded and adored by her U.K. fans, we’ve quickly come to love this ultimate rave girl while talking with her during her European tour. Because honestly, what’s not to love about a woman who originally wanted her stage name to stand for ‘Xrated Cunt Xrated’.

VIBE: If you could compare your sound to any city in the world, which would it and why?
Charli XCX: I’d probably compare it to the neon lights in Tokyo. I actually haven't been there yet, but I know I will love it. I think they look so alive and bright, but also super 80s too. Some of my music is like that.

You started out by imitating the Spice Girls on the playground when you were 8. Which Spice was your favorite? Why?
When I was younger it was definitely Baby Spice. I always wanted to be blonde and when I was younger I would always beg my mum to let me dye my hair bleach blonde... I would have looked so ridiculous! I have such massive thick brown eyebrows; it would have been the weirdest thing.

Right now, what is your...
Must have fashion accessory? At the moment it's kilts. I love mini skirts and tartan so it's the perfect combination for me!
Go to drink? Vodka and lime…or vodka Redbull. I guess that's really bad for you right?
Favorite night spot to hang out? There’s this cute Mexican restaurant nearby where I live on Portobello Road in London--it does the best cocktails and the whole inside of the restaurant is covered in ‘day of the dead’ ornaments and stuff. It's cool in there. Otherwise I like house parties, just because I'm always out anyways on tour and they are where the real fun happens...
Craziest fan experience? I always find it crazy when people have breakdowns and are crying and shaking so much when they meet someone. I've had that a couple times, and it just blows my mind. It's like CALM DOWN! I'm just a person. We're all just flesh and bones anyways right?

The song you’re probably most known for at this time is the track you did with Icona Pop, ‘I Love It’. How’s you link with the gals?
I wrote that song in my hotel room in half-an-hour the first time I went to Sweden. I knew right from the start that I didn't want the song for myself; it just wasn't right for me. But then a couple of weeks later the Icona Pop girls (Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo) came down to the studio and producer Patrik Berger played it for them. They just completely GOT IT and started freaking out about it. It was so great, because we knew we had this amazing song, but just needed someone to sing it. And they were so perfect for it too, because they're not just boring bimbos - they're something different and exciting.

Tell us about your new album, True Romance. What can fans and dance buffs expect from it?
My debut album is all about my experiences with love. I feel like I've really grown up through the process of writing this album - and I've also fallen in love with someone as I've written it, which is kinda cool. The album explores the different angles of love. I think its funny how when you're in love with someone, one minute you can be head over heels and floating on clouds, and then the next minute you can feel so isolated and alone and dark…but you're still in love. It's such a schizophrenic thing.

What rapper (alive) would you love to collab with and why?
Kanye would be amazing...and A$AP rocky...and also Eminem. I was a really massive Eminem fan when I was younger. I used to wear those massive empty white t-shirts he used to wear...I looked so stupid!

What about DJs/producers?
I would love to work with Jai Paul. I think he's amazing.

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Barack Obama Discusses Racism And Police Reform During Virtual Town Hall

Former President Barack Obama joined local and national leaders for a digital town hall on Wednesday (June 3). The 90-minute event put on by the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance was centered around “reimagining policing in the wake of continued violence.”

“Let me start by just acknowledging that we have seen, in the last few months, the kinds of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as anything that I’ve seen in my life,” said Obama. “Although all of us have been feeling pain and certain disruption, some folks have been feeling it more than others. Most of all the pain that’s been experienced by the families [of] George [Floyd], Breonna [Taylor], Ahmaud [Arbury], Tony [McDade], Sean [Reade], and too many others to mention.”

To the families directly affected by racial violence and police brutality Obama added, “Please know that Michelle and I, and the nation grieve with you, hold you in our prayers. We're committed to the fight of creating a more just nation in the memory of your sons and daughters.”

The ex-commander in chief went on to speak about institutional racism, and what he believes to be the bright side to the recent tragedies, namely in that young people have been galvanized and mobilized into taking action. “Historically so much of the progress that we’ve made in our society [have] been because of young people. Dr. King was a young man, Ceasar Chavez was a young man, Malcolm X was a young man. The leaders of the feminist movement, union movements, the environmentalist movements, and the movement to make sure that the LGBTQ community had a voice, were young people.”

Obama also addressed the “young men and women of color” around the country, who have witnessed too much violence and death. “I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter.”

Other town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

Additional town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

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Derek Chauvin Faces Upgraded Charge In George Floyd’s Murder, Three Other Cops Charged

Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin  now faces unintentional second-degree murder for killing George Floyd, Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday (June 3). The upgraded charge was revealed along with charges against three more former MPD officers involved in Floyd's murder.

“Today I filed an amended complaint that charges Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree. I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second degree murder,” Ellison said during a news conference.

Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kuen, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

“This is absolutely a team effort,” added Ellison. “We are working collectively on this case with one goal: justice for George Floyd.”

Minnesota classifies second-degree murder as “intentional” and “unintentional.” A second-degree murder conviction carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Chauvin, the officer filmed with his knee in Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, was originally charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. An independent autopsy determined that Floyd died from “asphyxia due to neck and back compression.”

The other three officers are in “the process” of being taken into custody and could face up to 40 years on the first count and 10 years on the second count, if convicted.

Despite cell phone footage and witnesses, Ellison acknowledged the uphill battle of convicting police officers. “Winning a conviction will be hard. It’s not because we doubt our resources or abilities but history does show that there are challenges.”

Former police officer Mohamed Noor is the first and only cop in Minnesota's history to be convicted of murder for killing a civilian on the job.

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Black Out Tuesday: A Letter From VIBE

These unprecedented times are insightful, intense, infuriating, and inspiring. As Black editors, writers, and creatives, we have the privilege of telling our stories from those within the entertainment industry and to those who consume the Black art that has influenced generations.

Since before the days of Rodney King, this is nothing new. We’ve been here before, one too many times in Black history. Yet, we’ll continue to tell our often overlooked and untold stories within Black culture through the lens of facts and feelings. Although we’ve always made this our mission for nearly three decades, we’ll continue to stand in the fact that Black Lives Matter.

Today, we join #TheShowMustBePaused movement in honor of the one too many sisters and brothers lost to police brutality and systemic racism. Our support includes ceasing the production of content for #BlackOutTuesday. Please take a moment to practice self-care, and find ways to lend your voice and power to make “justice for all” ring true.

Registering to vote is a start. ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏽✊🏼

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— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 2, 2020

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