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Cuffing Season Pros: Teyana Taylor And Iman Shumpert Are Sexual Role Players

VIBE sat down with Teyana & Shump to talk all things LOVE. 

With the winter weather invading the East Coast, Footaction's Cuffing Season campaign is right on time for the VIBE staff. As we gear up for the holidays, our inboxes are receiving indicators that finding the right bae is one wish going on a lot of Christmas lists this year.

Lovebirds Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are just two of the stars who are cuffed up and proud in 2016. VIBE sat down with the couple at Footaction in midtown for an honest chat about how they keeps things spicy during Cuffing Season, how they managed to stay together through the drama, their advice for those seeking love and more.

VIBE: Let's get right into it, guys. As a married couple, how do you keep things sexy during Cuffing Season?
Teyana Taylor: I’m obsessed with dressing up, and I think he’s very lucky on that behalf. I think some girls think it’s played out, but it’s definitely not. That’s what keeps things spicy.
Iman Shumpert: She’s talking about when the bedroom doors are closed and the candles are lit. She’s talking about “role play” dress up…

VIBE: But does Iman “dress up” too?
Teyana: Oh yeah, we be in characters and everything.
VIBE: Like cosplay and stuff?

Iman: Now, he’s reaching (laughs).
VIBE: Y'all started it!

Teyana: You know what would help a lot of relationships for Cuffing Season, too?
VIBE: Fill us in.

Teyana: We have this thing that we do… but we haven’t done it in a while. I think I’m gonna bring it back for the holidays, though. When he would go on the road, I would meet him in a city but I would be dressed undercover to make him feel like he kinda had a mistress. So I would be really sneaky, I wouldn’t go in as Teyana Taylor. I would go in with a wig on, real seductive, like a movie. You got to make him feel special. It can’t be the same thing over and over again.

VIBE: I’m starting to feel some kind of way because I’m 30, and I’m still single without any kids. You guys are only in your 20s and already are married with a child. What am I doing wrong, guys?
Iman: Check this out though, and I want to know this for my own personal knowledge. Did you ever push girls away because people always gave you advice like “don’t get married yet,” “wait until you are older…”?

VIBE: Definitely! Especially when I was in my 20s, looking back now, listening to my boys probably wasn’t a great idea.
Iman: People condition you to think like that so much. They want to tell you “live your life, make mistakes.” You can’t listen to people who are single, especially, about love and relationships.
Teyana: Misery loves company, and they want you to be right along with them like 'nah son, don’t wife that girl.' If someone can change you for the better, then she’s definitely a keeper.
Iman: You just become each other, that’s what it really is. We get like that. Like when she moved into my brownstone in Harlem, she made it into our home. Like certain people couldn’t come through no more. It’s wasn’t the “kick-it crib” no more.

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VIBE: What about dating in New York specifically? I can’t really grasp it, still. It’s like here, we meet someone, and then it cools off after a few months because I’m busy as hell and she’s busy as hell…
Teyana: It’s about making time! Let’s be clear, when you love a person you got to do what you got to do, especially as a woman. You make time for people you really love. You gotta fight for what belongs to your heart.

Iman: I’m a tell you the coolest thing she did, and I apologize if you don’t want this out there. She gave me that freedom to do my thing. We had split for a second, and she was like ‘cool, go see what’s out there, dog.’ She wasn’t like ‘you better not be in the streets’ or none of that. Then I realized that the single life is not what I wanted. Waking up dolo is wack.

Teyana: Honestly, I can say since that little break, and after getting back together, I feel it made him appreciate me more in life, and made me appreciate him more. I think when you find a soulmate, you forget everyone isn’t like that person. He got it right after that. One thing I respect about him is that he never disrespected me while we were together.

Iman: I wasn’t publicly wildin' and doing all that social media stuff. People didn’t even know we were together when we took a break.
Teyana: Literally when our relationship went public is when we got back together. He’s so spontaneous. Even when we got married, we knew right away. It just felt right.

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February was a difficult month for luxury brand Gucci. The legendary fashion house pulled a balaclava sweater from physical and online stores that many deemed disrespectful. The black sweater with a red print around the mouth area was deemed by many as reminiscent of blackface.

With the help of Dapper Dan and other notable celebrities, Gucci is trying to make things right. They recently announced their new Changemakers Council, which according to reports will feature a board that will work together to select inclusive elements of programming. Besides the Harlem designer and Gucci collaborator, DeRay McKesson, will.i.am, writer/activist Brittany Packnett and many more will be part of the Council.

Through this new Gucci Changemakers initiative, the fashion brand and the designer will also introduce the Changemakers Scholarship, which awards a $20,000 grant to selected students over the course of four years. They will also implement the Changemakers Fund, which "is a $5 million fund that will invest in community-based programs, particularly those helping communities of color, in cities across the U.S."

“As a partner, I am proud to work with Gucci and other community leaders to help guide programs that will create meaningful impact for the Black community and fashion as a whole,” Dapper Dan said in a statement regarding the new project. “It is imperative that we have a seat at the table to say how we should be represented and reimagined. Through our work together, Gucci is in a position to lead the overall industry toward becoming a better more inclusive one.”


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Virgil Abloh And Louis Vuitton Condemn Sex Abuse Amid 'Leaving Neverland'

Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton are speaking up against child sex abuse. Abloh debuted a Michael Jackson-inspired collection in Paris Fashion Week in Jan. 2019, but in the wake of the allegations revisited by HBO's Leaving Neverland, the artistic director announced the luxury brand is pulling pieces of the FW19 line from production.

Abloh released a statement to WWD on Thursday (Mar. 14), condemning child abuse and explaining the motive behind the fall menswear collection. "I  am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights," he said. “My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers."

Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, also elaborated on the controversy surrounding the collection, noting that they were "unaware" of the documentary prior to presenting the collection in Paris. "We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing," Burke told The New Yorker. "Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause."

A spokesperson for the French label also confirmed that "no item that directly features Michael Jackson elements" will be available to the public. "The Fall-Winter 2019 Men’s collection has multiple inspirations and will be launched in stores in July," the statement reads.

As previously reported, Leaving Neverland spoke with two men who alleged they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were young. The shocking footage has triggered a worldwide response, both positive and negative. While some networks and organizations have started to remove Jackson-related content from circulation, some supporters have launched protests in their local areas to defend Jackson's innocence.

The singer's family has also denied the allegations and is seeking legal action against HBO and the alleged victims.

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Ryan Destiny Nabs Fashion Honor At International Women of Power Event

While donning the "lucky" color of green, in a shamrock green suit Ryan Destiny was named a fashion honoree at the International Women of Power Event. The event which took place in Los Angeles awarded Destiny with the "Fashion Queen NSAA Award" presented by Fashion Nova Cares.

The actress who plays the bold and fearless singer Alex on the Fox show Star expressed her delight through her Instagram page. "A bomb way to celebrate #internationalwomensday," the 24-year-old actress started. "Feeling so blessed. The only few words I can come up with to describe the weekend is thank you! Being an honoree is one thing but being in a room with women who are this incredible is beyond inspiring."


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A bomb way to start celebrate #internationalwomensday. Feeling so blessed. The only few words I can come up with to describe the weekend is thank you! Being an honoree is one thing but being in a room with women who are this incredible is beyond inspiring. Those are the moments I cherish. All LOVE to @koshiemills @diasporadialogues 🙏🏾 (had to show the failing process of getting pics on a roof) lmao. S/o to my Patna in style @scotlouie. I share this award w you friend<3

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Destiny was not the only celebrity in attendance who received accolades last week, other honorees included comedienne Tiffany Haddish, actress and activist Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, as well as First Lady of Sierra Leone H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, to name a few. The event is meant to celebrate powerful women who have positively influenced Africans worldwide.

Koshie Mills, whom Destiny thanked in her post is the brain behind the International Woman of Power Event. Mills a mother to hotshots Kwame Boateng, from Everybody Hates Chris and model-actor Kofi Siriboe, had this to say about her brainchild.

"This is an opportunity for everyone looking at Africa and its Diaspora to see how African women are not only beautiful, regal, intelligent, powerful and resilient, we are owning our own narrative and reclaiming our Queendom for the world to see," the mother of three said. "When we come together to exhibit pride in our heritage and celebrate one another, we are unmatched and unstoppable."

Learn more about the International Women of Power Event here.

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