Still Got It: Janet Jackson Makes Her First Public Appearance In A Year

On the heels of Beyonce’s homage costume to her on Halloween, Janet Jackson made her first public appearance in a year. Heading to the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience, Ms. Jackson stepped out with her husband, billionaire Wissam Al Mana. A walking poster child for ageless beauty, Janet was flawless on the red carpet. Need further proof? Here’s a close-up, posted by her makeup artist:

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This summer, speculation ran amuck that Jackson would be dropping a new album after producer Ian Cross revealed that he had been working with the singer. She immediately took to Twitter to assert that, “If there is a new project, you'll hear it from my lips.” Her last album was 2008’s Discipline. Oh, and just in case you haven’t been keeping track, Janet is 48 years old (yes, you read that right).

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Beyoncé Says She’s Focused On “Joy,” Shares How 2020 Changed Her Life

Beyoncé posed for three separate covers for the December 2020 issue of British Vogue. The covers debuted on Friday (Oct. 30), and were shot by 21-year-old Kennedi Carter, the youngest photographer in history to shoot a British Vogue cover.

In a rare interview with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Bey shares how 2020 changed her life. “It would be difficult to experience life in a pandemic and the current social unrest and not be changed,” she says. “I have learnt that my voice is clearer when I am still. I truly cherish this time with my family, and my new goal is to slow down and shed stressful things from my life.

“I came into the music industry at 15 years old and grew up with the world watching, and I have put out projects non-stop. I released Lemonade during the Formation World Tour, gave birth to twins, performed at Coachella, directed Homecoming, went on another world tour with Jay [Z], then Black is King, all back to back. It’s been heavy and hectic. I’ve spent a lot of time focussing on building my legacy and representing my culture the best way I know how. Now I’ve decided to give myself permission to focus on joy.”

 

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Elsewhere in the issue, which , hits newsstands on Nov. 6, Queen Bey speaks about her mission to elevate Black voices, and how becoming a mother changed her outlook, particular after welcoming her first child (Blue Ivy Carter) and giving birth to a son. “After having my son, Sir Carter, I felt it was important to uplift and praise our boys and to assure that they grow up with enough films, children’s books and music that promote emotional intelligence, self-value and our rich history. That’s why [Black is King] is dedicated to him.”

In other Bey news, the adidas x Ivy Park “Drip 2” collection debuted on Adidas.com on Thursday (Oct. 29), and in Adidas stores on Friday (Oct. 30). Needless to say, the online portion nearly sold out within minutes.

The lot includes women’s, men’s and gender neutral clothing options that includes cozy, oversized, and cropped hoodies, figure-hugging biker shorts, tights, bodysuits, sneakers, hats, socks, and more. The line comes in coral, canary, azure, honey, and dark green color pallets, and is available in plus sizes.

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Trump Administration Vetted Rappers For Failed Covid-19 Ad Campaign

The Trump Administration put together a $265 million effort to round up the biggest rappers, singers, and actors in the entertainment industry to appear in a failed ad campaign about Covid-19. Lil Wayne, Roddy Ricch, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, Ludacris, Ice-T, and Nicki Minaj were among at least 247 celebrities vetted by the Administration, according to documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee and published by Politico on Thursday (Oct. 29).

The Department of Health and Human Services paid a contractor $256 million to complete the tax-payer funded public service campaign by Election Day. TheAdministration “vetted spokespeople based on their political positions and whether they support President Trump,” House Democrats argued.

Fors Marsh, a strategic communications firm, won a $250 million contract with HHS a week before, Atlas Research secured a $15 million contract. The campaign was the brain child of Michael R. Caputo, the department's assistant secretary for public affairs.

The 34-page spreadsheet dubbed the, “PSA Celebrity Tracker,” includes notes on each celebrity’s political affiliation, possible comments about Trump and coronavirus, criminal history (if applicable), demographic, and whether or not they expressed interest in appearing in the PSA. The entry listed Wayne as a “maybe; follow-up” option who previously supported President Barack Obama, “doesn’t like Republicans, ” and is popular among “Black Americans,” “super spreaders,” and the “general population.” It’s unclear what transpired between Wayne and the Trump Administration in regard to the PSA. He did of course meet with Trump this week and endorsed his re-election campaign.

Jay-Z was listed under “maybe; follow-up” as well. The notes state that Hov spoke with his manager and might, “Reconsider depending on who signs.” The entry lists Jay's criminal history, and support of President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Eminem, Lil Baby, Beyonce, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Chance the Rapper, and John Legend were also on the list.

Luda, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, George Lopez, Zoe Saldana, Trevor Noah, Betty White and Britney Spears were some of the celebrities who turned down the offer, and it appears that most of the people on the list simply didn’t respond.

Singer Marc Anthony accepted but did not want his coronavirus quotes used for Trump’s election campaign, CNBC reports. Gospel legend CeCe Winans recorded a PSA but pulled out after receiving backlash once the clip hit the internet late last month.

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Louisville Cop Involved In Killing Breonna Taylor Sues Her Boyfriend For Emotional Distress

Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville police officer involved in killing Breonna Taylor, is suing her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, for shooting him in the leg during the fatal raid. Mattingly filed a countersuit against Walker accusing him of emotional distress, assault, and battery.

Walker, a licensed-gun owner, shot Mattingly (a sergeant with the Louisville Metro Police Department who led the March raid on Taylor’s home) in the leg after police barged through Taylor's door in the middle of the night. In an email to the Courier-Journal on Thursday (Oct. 29), Mattingly’s attorney claimed that Walker “nearly killed” his client the night that Louisville police killed Taylor.

Authorities claim that they announced themselves, but Walker pointed out that if he had known police were behind the barrage of bullets, he would not have called 911. Authorities arrested Walker on attempted murder charges for shooting Mattingly. The charges were later dropped.

In an effort to prevent police from arresting him again, Walker filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and the police department last month. He is claiming immunity under Kentucky’s Stand Your Ground law.

Mattingly’s complaint alleges that Walker shot him “willingly or maliciously.” The lawsuit demands compensatory, damages for medical treatment, trauma, physical pain and mental anguish, and punitive damages.

In reaction to the lawsuit, Walker’s lawyer Steven Romines stated that Walker acted in self-defense and is therefore immune from civil liability and criminal prosecution. “Even the most basic understanding of Kentucky’s Stand Your Ground law and the ‘Castle Doctrine’ evidence this fact. One would think that breaking into the apartment, executing his girlfriend and framing him for a crime in an effort to cover up her murder would be enough for them. Yet this baseless attempt to further victimize and harass Kenny indicated otherwise.”

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