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11 Reasons to Be Proud to Be An American on 9/11

Thirteen years have passed and America is still scorned by the unfortunate events that took place on September 11, 2001. Yes, American citizens should shed light on the tragic event and pay respect to the innocent individuals that lost their lives in the attack, but it is also important that we as Americans celebrate the importance of loving and appreciating our country.

Stop with the 9/11 conspiracies for a day and use today to remember the people we lost in the fire and their families that have suffered from the loss of a loved one. Also, to avoid to being a reminder of misfortune, reflect on the quirks and perks that add to our love for the red, white and blue.

Flip through the pages to check out 11 lighthearted reasons to be a proud American.

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Patriotism

We have some die hard patriots who have no shame in loving their country out loud.

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Independence Day

We have an awesome holiday called Independence Day where, in addition to celebrating America's birthday, drinking and fireworks are the main event.

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Blessed and fortunate

America is a pretty abundant place. We have the means to move forward and give back to the less fortunate.

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Everything is convenient

On a lighthearted note, if you're hungry at 4 a.m., you 're guaranteed to find something to eat. America is home to the most fast food restaurants in the world.

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Change is reoccuring

The civil rights movement happened only about 60 years ago and now we have a black president. While it's not a bandaid to fix the nation's race problems, it's a step in the right direction.

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Diversity

America is one of the most ethnically diverse nations in the world. Regardless of the varying stances on immigration, a large percentage of our families came from other countries and made this nation the colorful land that it is today.

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Sports

Most countries only have one national sport, the U.S has three: Baseball, football, basketball (and sometimes hockey).

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Food

Thanks to our point on diversity, there is so much to choose from. America is one of a handful of countries where a Mexican restaurant, Italian restaurant and Indian restaurant are feet away from each other.

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Reality TV

When you just want to clear your mind of all seriousness, the U.S. is home to some of the greatest ratchet television to ever grace the entertainment world i.e: The Real World, Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of Atlanta etc.

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Holidays

We celebrate a lot of holidays that are not limited to certain religions.

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Celebrities and Icons

America is home to some of the most famous people to ever make it to Hollywood. Artists, musicians and actors provide us with products of their craft to take our minds away from the things that cause us grief.

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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.

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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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