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Celebrities Who Should Grace Vanity Fair's Cover

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Jay Z is constantly setting the bar higher and crossing barriers we didn’t know existed.

He recently landed on the cover of Vanity Fair looking dapper like a true business man. This is a huge feat to accomplish because the high-end magazine rarely appoints any Blacks on their glossy fronts. This year Kerry Washington got her first cover after what seemed like years of black women making very little appearances. Flip the page to see our mock Vanity Fair celebs who should land the next cover spot.

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Kanye West

He may be the most controversial man in hip-hop but he’s working his way to mogul status like his pal Jay. Kim Kardashian has helped the rapper show his softer side (read: he's taken a liking to French paparazzi).) He may go on his legendary rants every now and then, but his successful ventures make him Vanity Fair cover quality.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

If you follow Jada Pinkett-Smith on Facebook you know how inspirational this phenom woman is. She's constantly uplifting her fans, family, and career amidst the negativity that tries to invade her peace. With all her accolades, it’s well over due that she deserves a cover spot on the magazines glossy page. 

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Chris Brown

This is a long shot but the singer-turned-actor has been slowly changing his ways. Not sure who’s the person to thank for this transformation, but between his upcoming album release and new movie, Chris Brown would be a great cover story on the “real” road to redemption.

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Zoe Saldana

This actress has shared the limelight on the controversial "Hollywood Issue" of Vanity Fair. She was the only person of color to be featured in a sea of white. For a women with all her movie accomplishments— especially her upcoming role as Nina Simone—it would be great if she graced Vanity Fair’s cover solo.

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Drake

Whether you love or hate Drake, he's Vanity Fair cover worthy. The rapper has molded himself to a versatile young man and managed to keep a nearly squeaky clean image.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is one of the most powerful women in America, but she was only granted a shared Vanity Fair cover. We think she deserves more. She’s constantly making history and dare we say Jay Z used her blueprint as a guide to his success. Hmm...
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Michelle Obama

It’s long overdue for Michelle Obama to join her husband as one of the cover models of Vanity Fair.  She’s more than just the first lady, she has her own identity, inspires the young and the old, and believes in our health.
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Gabrielle Union

One of our favorite actresses constantly is making headlines for being a great role model, actress, and wifey to Dwade is Gabrielle Union. She’s been in this industry for a while and hasn’t fully been recognized.

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Lance Gross

Give it a year or two because Lance is turning into Hollywood's "it" guy. He’s fine, humble, and extremely talented. As his career expands we’re keeping our fingers crossed that he can check a Vanity Fair cover off his bucket list.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba is another well over due cover star for the glossy. He has had a solid acting career, and let’s face it, he’s extremely attractive. With his upcoming predicted Oscar nominee role as Nelson Mandela, hopefully the will gain the attraction he needs to land a cover spot with VF.

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'Boomerang' Episode 3 Recap: Stand In Your Power

As the aptly-named episode of BET’s Boomerang kicks off, Bryson is in a deep sleep when his sexual fantasy of Simone riding him like an Amtrak is abruptly cut short after she pulls out a strap-on (um, y’all are grown). Let’s just say, she’s not a football player but she rams. Despite his obvious initial thought, this isn’t a conflict of sexual identity. It’s that feeling of loss of power whenever he’s around the two most important women in his life: Simone and his mother Jacqueline who (FUN FACT) was played by the Queen, Robin Givens in the series’ 1992 film inspiration. First of her name. Mother of no BS. Protector of her pockets. Goddess of You Got the Wrong One. We stan.

While diving deeper into his familial issues, we realize that Jacqueline wasn’t just a ball-buster to Marcus back in the day. A therapy breakthrough reveals that mommy dearest isn’t too affectionate to young Bryson either.  Although she did pull her strings to land Bryson a solid role at the Graham agency, she didn’t make family a priority and that kind of thing sticks with you, ya know? Don’t feel too bad for Bryson just yet because at this point, he will no longer be a “yes, man,” no matter how bomb Simone always looks in her bob.

Just as Bryson decides to boss up, he unexpectedly runs into Simone back at the office who is helping herself to some supplies for her "home office." In a sudden “I can make moves, too” moment, Bryson shares with Simone that her idea (that he’s been persistently pitching)  has finally been greenlit and naturally, sis is annoyed. Marketing an avant-garde black film, such as the project in the episode, “Woke,” has always been a passion of hers.

Within two seconds into listening to his “plan of strategy” to market the movie, it’s obvious that Bryson can’t possibly be Big Bad Bry for too long without asking for Simone’s help. And Simone knows that. At this point, he’s still strong enough to not ask Simone for it but the Hustle Hungry protege takes it upon herself to force it anyway. It’s simple to her. Bryson needs black talent to promote the film and Simone has just the client- Tia. Granted, homegirl can’t sing a note to save her life, but Simone has some tricks and this is way too big of an opportunity to pass up.

Once again at the board meeting, a clearly annoyed Victoria is still over Bryson for previously messing up by being a sucker for love, but she hasn’t lost faith just yet. He still has a shot to prove himself. At an afternoon meeting at their swanky loft, the twin directors of “Woke” try to explain the direction they want for their movie. Although poor Bryson is lost (mainly because their responses barely answer his questions) he hasn’t reached a place of uncertainty to where he feels as if he has to agree with all of Simone’s suggestions. He’s holding it down as Boss Man Bry and he proves that when he reaches the studio. Simone has Tia record two different versions of the track, confident that Bryson would like hers better.

After listening to both, unbeknownst of who is responsible for which, Bryson chooses Tia’s track. He almost even backtracks when he finds out that wasn’t Simone’s vision, but he decides to man up instead and stand his ground, instead.  Yes, he said what he said. Operation Stand in Your Power is in full effect. Simone’s grip on Bryson’s heart slowly slipping. Maybe now she’ll retire from the Rams. *wink, wink*

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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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