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Yandy Smith Speaks on ‘Everything Girls Love,’ Gives Mommy Advice to Tamar Braxton

Women of all walks of life gathered to hang out with Yandy Smith on Saturday night (May 18). But unlike a scene from Love & Hip Hop New York, there was no drama.

Hosted at the Nail Boutique in Brooklyn, the "Everything Girls Love: Because You Deserve It" event was all about the empowerment of women. “I felt like women needed a network of sisterhood,” Smith explained. “It’s not about what you have on, the latest shoes. It’s about the real nitty gritty, unveiled, un-judged sister talk.”

Everything Girls Love (EGL) is an organization founded by Yandy among other business-minded women where they “personify the phrase ‘girl power.’” With over a hundred women present at the event, including makeup artists and vendors selling everything from Hennessy cupcakes to weaves and eyelashes, the program’s mission statement holds true.

“The mission of EGL is being a woman who cannot compromise her family or her career but can be great at both. We are women that come from diverse backgrounds," she says. "We all have different careers, we all have different ethnicities, but one thing we have in common is focusing on our families and our businesses and being great at both things.”

As the head of her own music management company, star of the VH1 series LHHNY, the brand ambassador of My Extensionz and president of EGL, Smith is about her dollars. But as a mother, first and foremost, the 32-year-old media mogul is proof that you can balance business and family. Because of that the diaper-changing, bottle-feeding vet has a bit of advice for Tamar Braxton and other mommies-to-be.

“Embrace every moment. Take as many photos as you can, take as many videos as you can. Every single day is changing. I look at my boy and every single day he’s doing something different. Every single day there’s a new hill that he overcomes.”

She later added, “You can be great at being both a mom and a businesswoman, you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.”

A great businesswoman she is, the multi-million dollar entrepreneur is just getting started. EGL not only has a magazine and accessory line that’s selling internationally, the organization is also expanding to include a loungewear line.

“When I got cast in Love & Hip Hop, I looked at it as an opportunity to promote a brand. People look at reality TV and think, ‘Oh it’s ratchet.' But if you use it as a platform and a brand, it’s worth more than I can tell you.” -- Shannon Powell

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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.

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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