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Interview: Eric Bellinger Talks Valentine's Day Dates And How To Treat The Ladies

February is the month for lovers, so it was only right that we got some insight from R&B wordsmith Eric Bellinger on how to do it right for your lady this Valentines Day.

The talented singer/songwriter dropped his latest musical offering yesterday in the shape of his new album The ReBirth, the West Coast ladies man described it as “solid, R&B, classic, timeless music” earlier this year. VIBE caught up with Eric to talk about his love life and how to spoil your girl this Valentines Day. --Megan Saad

VIBE: When you’re dating where do you go to meet women? Do you worry about dealing with chicks in the industry who are well known?
Eric Bellinger:
It’s weird I always go back and forth on what I want to do and who I want to date. I want to be this power couple like Jay and B and then I’m like meh I don’t really want all that, I just want something simple. Then I’m like nah maybe I do want that. When I first meet them I lay it out what it is at the front and be real honest with them. So they support it and they’re like ‘yo whatever you want to do’ because I’m real honest and open to them like this is what I want, this is what I don’t want. It’s crazy how everything just works out in my favor.

Valentines Day is coming up soon, have you got any romantic plans?
Man, right now I’ve just been doing a lot of shows and I know that Valentines Day is a big day for lovers to go out and see a show together. So I’m probably going to do a cool event that night and then after I do my event I’ll probably go have my own event, little after party (cheeky grins) haha.

Are you seeing anyone right now?
Nah, not at all, just you know…chilling haha.

Can you give us five date ideas?
One, you can do the dinner at the crib. Fellas you gotta cook though, don’t cater, maybe some of y’all have to cater. But even if you don’t cater and it’s nasty maybe your chick, if she a real one, she’ll understand it’s the thought that counts. You’ve got to make sure you go all out though, candle lights and all that kind of stuff.

Two. Maybe take it back and do something like the hot air balloon. You see it back in the day on the TV and in the movies, I haven’t done it, but I think that that experience sounds like it would be something real fun. I don’t know over here in New York how y’all would do it, but I’m in LA so for me it’s going to be nice and sunny.

Three. You got the hotel of course. Depending on where you at, if you in LA you can do the beachfront, if you in New York or on the East Coast you might just have to have the woods outside with the snow. I think a hotel is dope. You got the hotel with the cool view, you’ve got to have the Jacuzzi in there, rose petals. Go all out, it’s one day a year. Even though it’s like why wait for Valentines Day I can do something special everyday, I feel like that’s just the day that they chose to represent it so just go hard.

Four. You can shower her with some gifts. I think every woman likes that. Go get her some lingerie, go get her some chocolates, whatever it is. You know your girl better than anybody, so you’ve got to take care of her on that.

Five. Whatever you do in your area of expertise. If you’re at work all the time, I feel like if your girl’s always understanding, do something to show her this is what I’m out doing everyday. For me I wrote a girl a song, maybe if you do poems or if you are a merchandising specialist get her some merch. Do what you do and make it the best, because it’s what you do and I feel like she’ll appreciate that.

Omarion spoke about giving a girl a soya milk bath one time to set the mood. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a woman?
Aye man to each his own. Man, I remember one time. Earlier I said a different one, so now I’m going to do a different one just because I want everybody to know that I’ve really got things under my belt. One time I went to Atlanta with somebody and we stayed in this hotel, it’s called The Mansion that’s probably one of my favorite hotels I’ve ever stayed at. They had everything electronic; it was just really, really dope. We just stayed in the room, had the food delivered, room service, massages. I did all that and just went all out and treated her special like she’s supposed to [be treated].

Cop The ReBirth right here.

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As you wait for the fast-approaching release of his album, now due on May 3, watch the video for "Stop Snitchin" up top.

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Lil Uzi Vert Returns With "That's A Rack" Music Video: Watch

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Lil Uzi Vert is prepping for his next album, Eternal Atake. It's unclear when the album is slated to drop as Uzi has previously cited scheduling and production issues.

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Homecoming: The 5 Best Moments Of Beyoncé’s Documentary

Once Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline in its nearly 20-year history, we knew Coachella would never the same. To mark the superstar’s historic moment, the 2018 music and arts festival was appropriately dubbed #Beychella and fans went into a frenzy on social media as her illustrious performance was live-streamed by thousands. (Remember when fans recreated her choreographed number to O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”?)

With a legion of dancers, singers and musicians adorned with gorgeous costumes showcasing custom-made crests, the singer’s whirlwind performance honored black Greek letter organizations, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, and paid homage to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Aside from the essence of black musical subgenres like Houston’s chopped and screwed and Washington D.C.’s go-go music, the entertainer performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Black National Anthem,” and implemented a dancehall number, sampling the legendary Jamaican DJ and singer, Sister Nancy, to show off the versatility of black culture.

One year after #Beychella’s historic set, the insightful concert film, Homecoming, began streaming on Netflix and unveiled the rigorous months of planning that went into the iconic event. The 2-hour 17-minute documentary highlights Beyoncé’s enviable work ethic and dedication to her craft, proving why this performance will be cemented in popular culture forever. Here are the best moments from Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary.

The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

Beyoncé’s Love And Respect For HBCUs

#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas Southern University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

The Familiar Faces

Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

Blue Ivy’s Cuteness

Last, but certainly not least, Blue Ivy‘s appearance in the concert film is nothing short of precious. One of the special moments in the documentary zeroes in on the 7-year-old singing to a group of people whilst Beyoncé sweetly feeds the lyrics into her ears. After finishing, Blue says: “I wanna do that again” with Beyoncé replying with “You wanna be like mommy, huh?” Seen throughout Homecoming rehearsing and mirroring Beyoncé’s moves, Blue just might follow in her mother’s footsteps as she gets older.

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