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The XX Project Unites Soledad O'Brien and Eve for Salon Sessions

Girl power filled New York City's No. 8 this past Tuesday, April 30. With Soledad O'Brien at the helm, The XX Project launched its 2nd installment of "Salon Sessions" with rapper Eve. Incorporated this March as part of Women's History Month, the interview series brings together a diverse group of women to discuss their careers and accomplishments. DJ Jasmine Solano, Gossip Game star Ms. Drama, and actress Natalie Dormer were spotted in the room as O'Brien grilled the rapper on her career.

"I love her authenticity—I think she's just a good and kind person," said Soledad about the raptress. "She loves her fans. She knows she's inspirational. She treats her fans like they're valuable. And she has an amazing story. And I think she knows that what she's been through can help other people."
Eve and SoledadThe reporter happily offered advice for aspiring reporters and journalists before the interview. Like any other occupation, she believes having a mentor is an opportunity to be of service.

"I think the thing to do is find women who want to be mentors. You make yourself invaluable. Also, it's not what person can I grab onto to get advice from, it's how can I be of service so that I'm sharing information with someone. What can I do?"

Soledad—who considers Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell her favorite hip-hop artists—was mostly interested in Eve's role as a woman in a male-dominated industry. The former Ruff Ryder spoke candidly about being pinned against other female rappers and her hope that they could some day all get along.

"I think it's men more than women that try to push girls into each other. When I got to sit down and actually talk to some of these ladies, they're actually pretty amazing. I think if all the craziness were pushed out the door and we had to sit and talk to each other, I don't think there would be an issue at all."
Eve speakingThe two seemingly opposite women continued to talk about Eve's ups and downs, including her bout with depression, her early days as a stripper ("I was definitely telling people I was a rapper...while wearing a G-string") and wanting to naturally hide her emotions. "I've always had an attitude," said Eve. "I'm a Philly girl. And Philly girls are crazy. I may leave you and go cry by myself. But in front of someone, I'm not going to show you anything."

In conclusion, the biggest lesson learned is that all women can be an inspiration, no matter what their background may be.

"The people you think are the complete opposite [of you] are not. Everybody has dreams and hopes and wishes and wants to be successful. You can learn from anybody," shared Soledad. "I never really interviewed a rapper before. Then I started doing my homework and you realize she's a woman who's a business professional, who's upstanding and inspiring."

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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.

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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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