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Vixen Chat: Eve Talks Having Biracial Children, Lauryn Hill and Her Signature Haircut

The new album title may be Lip Lock, but Philly born rapper Eve is more open than ever. After a 10-year hiatus, the Philadelphia native is back on the music scene with a newfound independence. "I've been truly blessed in my life. This new album is coming out on my label," she shared last night (April 30) at The XX Project's "Salon Sessions" event in New York City. "I'm the boss. That to me is an accomplishment. To do this and to believe in myself enough to put a gamble on myself, is a huge accomplishment."

Before sitting down with good friend Soledad O'Brien to talk about her diverse career, the former Ruff Ryder was an open book. During her chat with Vixen, she talked about why being a lyricist in a pop-centric era is still important. "My whole goal for this album was just to make a good feeling album and a good sounding album. Lyrically, I want people to listen to it and be like, 'Damn, that's my girl,' but then be like, 'Damn, the sound of that record is different.'

Plans for starting a family with boyfriend Maximillion Cooper? Undying devotion to Lauryn Hill? A possible return to her signature haircut? Eve unlocks her lips just for us. -- Nicole Brown

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VIBE Vixen: You've been fairly open about your relationship in recent interviews. How do you decide what to share and what to keep to yourself?
Eve: It's pretty hard. You can get so comfortable with sharing that you don't even realize it, but at the same time, I feel like I've been really good at being private. We might write tweets like, "I love you baby. Thank you," but I don't really put out much personal information about us or what we're exactly doing. It's  or whatever, but never anything too personal.

Multi-ethnic families are common in Hollywood. Kim Kardashian recently talked about raising her biracial child to never see color. Also, Halle Berry said that she believes in the "one drop rule." If you and Max have children, what will you teach them about race and their identity?
I don't want them to see color. I never did. I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people. I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races. I'm a black woman and I love being a black woman. And I think my child should know that black part of themselves. But at the same time, their father would be white and I would want them to know that side of themselves. And British! That's a whole other situation [Laughs].

As the only female in a rap crew, do you think that helped or hindered your confidence as a woman?
If anything, I probably overcompensated as a woman. With dudes, you have to snatch the respect. You earn it, gain it, snatch it. I also was adopted compared to everyone else. They're from Harlem and Yonkers and here's this girl from Philly, so I had to prove that I could write like them or better than them. I had to prove that I wasn't a groupie. I did whatever I could to gain that respect and let them know I didn't need them to carry me.

 

Eve and Soledad O'Brien VV: You've also talked about getting back to acting. What kind of role would you like to tackle next?
E: For TV, I would love to one of those borderline comedies that's so wrong but so funny. I want something like that. And then for movies, I want something where I have to strip myself down. Something I really have to study for, whether it's learning a language or an accent or something. I want to challenge myself.

Your style is constantly evolving. Will you ever go back to the short cut we all know you for?
You know what? Honestly, to my friend today, this morning,  I was like, "Girl, I think I'm about to cut my hair off." Like, I'm feeling it! But I don't want to go back to retro me [Laughs].

Maybe an updated version?
An updated version. I honestly have thought about it. I love hair.

Would you say that's your favorite part about styling yourself?
Yes. It's fun! It's an accessory. It's like putting on a bracelet or a ring. My boyfriend teases me. We've been together three years, and in every vacation picture, I have different hair. I can't help it.

Would you say you're a girly girl?
Oh, I'm a girly girl, but I'm like a schizophrenic because I love my sweatpants, too. That's the first thing I do when I go to a hotel or when I come home. I put on something comfortable.

You're in the hot seat for "Salon Sessions," but if you were sitting in the audience, who is someone you would like to watch get interviewed?
Lauryn Hill. She's such an inspiration still. I know she's going through a lot, but I'm really happy that she's signed a new deal with Sony. I'm happy to hear music from her. She's one of the greatest, and it's great that she's like, fuck it, I am who I am and I'm not gonna be who you want me to be.

Lip Lock hits stores on May 14.

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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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