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5 Women Who Deserve Honorary Degrees

Jill Scott was recently honored with an honorary degree from her alma mater, Temple University. The Philly-native is one of many female entertainers worthy of getting a diploma for their achievements in art and entertainment. Check out this list of powerhouses who also deserve to toss their tassels.
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The Houston beauty is one of the most dynamic performers of our time. Beyonce' continues to sell out venues across the globe and make music that not only touches fans, but empowers women while also making them feel sexy. Blue Ivy's mom also recently became the highest paid black musician in history. She has truly mastered her ar

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Alicia Keys

Not only has she sold over 12 million records, Alicia Keys has done a ton of charitable work. While she served as a Creative Director at Blackberry in 2013, ?she did work with their Scholars Program, which awarded scholarship money to women earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. ?The Harlem native is? also? the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV?/AIDS? living ? in Africa. For all of her selfless efforts to bring awareness, funding and good will to populations in need, Swizz Beatz'sbetter half deserves an honorary diploma.

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Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott is one of the most celebrated artists in hip hop. As an all around entertainer who sings, raps, writes songs and produces, Timbaland's partner has sold over 30 million records. She is the only femcee with six platinum albums. For her contributions to the artistry of hip hop and R&B, the "Supa Dupa Fly" rapper deserves recognition from a top institution of higher learning.

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Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

In 1997, she became the first African American ?to cover the Victoria's Secret catalog. Banks was? also? the first African-American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.? She broke barriers in the modeling industry ?and also became a successful talk show host, producer, and author.

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Jennifer Lopez

Billboard's newest Icon Award recipient has shown that she is worthy of much recognition. J. Lo has successfully crossed lanes as a dancer, actress and musician throughout her 23-year career. The Bronx-native became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a role with the 1998 film Out of Sight. The American Idol judge is the first to have a number one album and movie in the same week with the 2001 releases of  The Wedding Planner and her second studio album J. Lo. She's not the highest paid Latina entertainer for nothing. Let's dress Jenny from the block in some graduation garb and present her with an honorary degree.

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

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.

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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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