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9 Celebrity Relationships That Surprised Us

New celebrity relationships seem to blossom every week, and many of them, whether for love or business seem to be an unlikely match. We've compiled a list of some the most surprising pairs, most short-lived, but some are still going strong. — Nina M. Nwofia

Soulja Boy and Meagan Good
Meagan Good didn’t admit to her relationship with Soulja Boy until they broke up. Most were in the dark about the pair, but unsurprisingly, they didn’t last. In a Twitter feud after the break-up, Good alleged that the rapper was gay.
Mariah and Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
We’re so accustomed to seeing Mariah and Nick together that it’s easy to forget how surprised we were about their engagement. Then Mariah didn’t seem to mind their 11-year age difference, but Nick Cannon was barely out of his Wild ‘n Out antics. Regardless of their differences, we’re glad they’re still going strong.
Kimora and Djimon

Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons was living her life in the diva fast lane when she met Djimon Hounsou, better known for his film roles than any paparazzi antics. The two split, but not before their adorable son Kenzo was born.
Erica Mena and Rich Dollaz

Erica Mena and Rich Dollaz
Rich received warnings from his mother, fellow managers and clients to leave Erica Mena alone during their well-documented relationship on Love & Hip-Hop, but he had other plans.
Sean and Maliah

Sean Kingston and Maliah Michel
We first heard of Houston stripper Maliah Michel in Drake’s “Miss Me” in 2010. The two stars dated briefly, but her heart was with Sean Kingston, who collaborated with Justin Bieber and crooned about steering clear of “Beautiful Girls.”
Chilli and TJ Holmes

TJ Holmes and Chilli
Before BET’s Don’t Sleep, TJ Holmes was a straight-laced reporter on CNN, so it’s hard to envision him with a member of an iconic female hip-hop group. But, he had eyes for TLC band member, Chilli. The pair split before their relationship was revealed, and TJ Holmes is now married with a baby girl named Sabine.
50 cent and Vivica

50 Cent and Vivica Fox
It's hard to imagine thugged-out 50 Cent approaching Vivica Fox, who's been linked to Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx. But the pair dated for sometime, until they split in 2003.
50 cent and Chelsea

50 Cent and Chelsea Handler
Who knew that funny girl Chelsea Handler had a thing for rappers? Chelsea briefly dated 50 Cent before telling Howard Stern that Ciara was trying to get back with her rapper boo, and she thought it was "eighth grade." She did say, however, that the rap mogul was a nice guy who treated her well.
stevie j and eve

Stevie J and Eve
Stevie J is best known for displaying ratchetness on Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta making it easy to forget that he’s an acclaimed producer. Even Eve admitted that although he was her first love, they wouldn’t even “speak the same language” today.

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Red Bull Music's 'Inspire The Night' Series Introduces Chinese Female DJ Collective

Not only is female empowerment being highlighted across industries in the United States. Through their docu-series Inspire The Night, Red Bull Music is highlighting the NÜSHÙ Workshop, a female music collective hailing from Shanghai. The collective was founded by Lhaga Koondhor, Daliah Spiegel, and Amber Axilla.

In episode three of the series, Shanghai-based NÜSHÙ artist Lin Jirui is highlighted. Jirui, a DJ who mixes techno, gabber and grime in her sets, discusses the importance of music in her life, especially growing up in a strict household where she was often told by her mother "don't be too different."

NÜSHÙ was named for the centuries-old Chinese script used exclusively by women for communicative purposes, and focuses on inclusion through connection, education and championing "femme, femme-identifying, queer, LGBTQ+, and non-binary individuals." The collective provides its members with the tools needed to succeed in their careers and in life.

“[NÜSHÙ Workshop] is not about becoming the next great DJ, it’s a safe place to discover something. There is so much love and passion…,” says co-founder Koondhor in the episode. “It’s a space where friendship is growing.”

Check out the full episode above.

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va DuVernay speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ava DuVernay And Theaster Gates To Lead Diversity Council For Prada

Major luxury brands like Prada and Gucci have been under fire since releasing luxury items with racial undertones. Sparking controversy that is not easily repaired with public apologies, Prada has announced a Diversity and Inclusion Council lead by director Ava DuVernay and social practice installation artist Theaster Gates.

Gates and DuVernay, who have used their art in social justice missions will join " Prada’s initiative to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large.” The pair will also help the brand provide the opportunity for designers of color to obtain internships and apprenticeships that are inclusive of diverse communities.

In a statement to WWD, Miuccia Prada, Prada’s Chief Executive Officer, and Lead Creative Director stated explained the brand's willingness to learn from their own mistakes while actively including creative of color in the company.

“Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company, Prada said. "In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry, we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with long-time collaborators, Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates, on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals.”

The Diversity Council will work alongside the company's Social Responsibility department to recommend strategic approaches within the next few months.

 

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Solitary Alignment: 5 Self-Affirming Reads For Single Ladies On Valentine’s Day

Ahh, the Feast of Saint Valentine—the Hallmark holiday that strikes us with its arrow each year, for better or for worse, depending on your bae status. While the romantic holiday is adored and celebrated by many, if you’re still reeling over, say, your ex’s refusal to commit, chances are Feb. 14 is more of a heartache for you than anything.

But as a wise woman once said, “If they liked it then they should’ve put a ring on it.” So whether V-Day has you scared of lonely or sulking over a lost love, as another wise woman once said, they “would be SUPER lucky to even set eyes on you this Valentine’s Day. That’s it. That’s the gift.” Shout out to The Slumflower.

Sure, having a bae on Valentine’s Day is cool, but so is reminding yourself why you’re just fine without one (cue Webbie’s “Independent”). In fact, single folks have better relationships overall, according to the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. You know how the old adage goes: love yourself before loving someone else.

For this Valentine’s Day, VIBE Vixen rounds up a nourishing list of books for our sisters doin’ it for themselves. Consider this your reminder of how badass you are—because you are! Oh, oh, oh. *Beyoncé voice*

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