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Tameka Foster Raymond is set to publish her new memoir titled Here I Stand . . . in a Beautiful State.

The memoir covers Tameka's career, her marriage to pop singer Usher Raymond, her divorce, her son Kile Ishmael Glover's death in 2012, and dealing with Instagram stalkers.

According to Eurweb.com, Tameka decided to document her life story after speaking with three women on a beach in Bali.

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Tameka was surprised when they insisted there was no way she could be Usher's ex-wife because his wife had died.

The title of the book is inspired by Usher's fifth studio album, Here I Stand (2008).

The album was followed up by Usher's 6th studio release, Raymond v. Raymond, which was recorded in 2009 amid their contentious divorce.

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Usher married Tameka, his former stylist, in 2007 after dating for two years. They share two sons, Usher "Cinco" Raymond V, 13, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 12.

Usher filed for divorce in June 2009 in Atlanta.

Tameka said her book will clear up many misconceptions about her life after divorce.

She said the book's title is "a double-entendre. Here I stand after going through all the media crap, the divorce, the loss, the grief."

Here I Stand ... in a Beautiful State is available for pre-order beginning July 25, 2021, online at https://www.tamekaraymond.com. Hardback copies retail for $26.00 and paperback copies retail for $21.00.
 

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Megan Thee Stallion made history as the first rapper to cover Sports Illustrated's highly anticipated, "woke" Swimsuit edition.

"REAL SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION COVER MODEL SH*T!!!" she wrote on Instagram.

"Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit. I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover DREAM COME TRUE!! #SISwim21."

Megan is one of three cover stars on the 2021 Swimsuit issue.

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Tennis champ Naomi Osaka is on one cover, and the mag's first Black male-to-female trans, Leyna Bloom is on the other.

The "Savage" rapper's impressive curves are stuffed into a zippered nude bikini that's 2 sizes too small. The bikini is available in her new Fashion Nova swimwear collection ($39.99).

"We have three inherently different cover models that come together to tell a story rooted in female empowerment, setting a reminder that beauty comes in many forms," said SI Swim's editor-in-chief, MJ Day, who hailed Megan as "a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm."

Megan's cover is not the high-budget cover that fans come to expect from Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition.

Still, it's an achievement that Megan can be proud of. No other female rapper has graced the Swimsuit edition.

The only celebrity to come close was Beyonce, but her cover didn't sell well and she wasn't asked to grace the cover again.

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Megan Thee Stallion's amazing body proportions will be showcased on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2021 Swimsuit issue.

The "WAP" rapper will be among the models gracing the 2021 cover, according to New York Post's Page Six.

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A source told Page Six Megan is one of the hottest rappers out right now, thanks to her raunchy collaboration with Cardi B.

"She's the biggest star [right now], so it's a no-brainer and they love surprises," the source said, referring to the magazine's male readers.

While it is rare for a non-model to grace the cover of the Swimsuit edition, Sports Illustrated has been evolving into a "woke" publication for years now.

Megan isn't the first artist to appear on the SI cover. Studio singer Beyonce posed on the cover of the 2007 SI Music issue when she was at her peak.

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Teyana Taylor has officially arrived. The former child star was named Maxim magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive.

The singer, dancer, model and business woman is the first Black woman to receive the honor.

Teyana appears on the cover of Maxim's July/August 2021 "Hot 100 Women of Influence" issue.

She wore a cutoff wife beater over camouflage cargo pants, gold hoop earrings and her hair in braids extensions.

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Teyana made the transition from singer to directing music videos for other artists such as Macy Gray, Queen Naija and Monica Brown.

"Honestly, directing is one of the best things that I've ever done, and one of my favorite things in my career that I'm doing, 'cause I kind of always had that eye,” Taylor said to Maxim.

The aspiring songwriter has also written songs for Usher, Chris Brown, and Omarion.

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The 30-year-old Sagittarius released her debut mixtape, From a Planet Called Harlem, in 2009.

She shares two daughters, Iman Tayla, 5, and Rue, 8 months, with NBA player Iman Shumpert, also 30. They were married in 2016.

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Marvel Comics is set to unveil a new LGBT+ character as part of a five-part limited edition series titled The United States of Captain America.

The timing is intended to coincide with Pride Month in June, and the character featured in that month's intro story will be a teenage Captain America who is homosexual.

The plot will follow four popular previous Captain Americas (Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes and John Walker) who go on a cross country journey to meet people who have made a difference in their communities.

One of the people they meet is Aaron Fischer, an openly LGBT+ teenager who dubs himself "Captain America of the Railways," and protects runaways and homeless people.

Marvel Comics is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which is committed to increasing visibility of LGBT+ characters by 40 percent in 2021.

Fischer is depicted as a white male punk rocker with a mohawk haircut and tattoos. Black male teenagers as a consumer group don't read Marvel comics.

Fischer will debut in the main story of issue #1, written and illustrated by Aaron Trujillo and Jan Bazaldua.

"Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders, and everyday folks pushing for a better life," Trujillo said in a Marvel press release. "He stands for the oppressed, and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers, and helps inspire the next generation of heroes."

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Twitter imploded this week when Joe Biden announced Dr. Seuss books will not be part of "Read Across America Day."

Parents everywhere expressed outrage at the U.S. president's decision to break tradition and erase Dr. Seuss books from his proclamation on Read Across America Day.

The Read Across America program was launched by the National Educators of America (NEA) in 1998 to promote children's literacy, according to MSNBC.

Amazon removed the six Dr. Seuss books from its online platform, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press, the decision to cease publication and sales of the 6 books was made last year.

At issue are images that may be offensive to Asian people in the books titled "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", "If I Ran the Zoo", "McElligot's Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!," and "The Cat's Quizzer."

Social media users who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books took to Twitter to express their outrage.

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Former hip-hop/country rapper Lil Nas X hopes his new core audience -- children -- will make his new career choice a big success.

After the success of his one hit song, "Old Town Road," the Grammy-winning country/hip-hop singer released his first children's book, "C is for Country."

The cover illustration features a little Black boy wearing a pink rhinestone cowboy outfit with matching cowboy hat and boots. The boy holds a guitar in one hand while straddling a pony.

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The concept of the new book is "just be yourself." The book takes young readers on a tour of a mythical farm and the things Lil Nas X loves.

"A is for adventure." "B is for boots." "C is for country" are examples Lil Nas X uses to teach minor children their ABCs.

It doesn't take long for the Alphabet to take a detour off the farm.

"F" is for fringe, feathers and fake fur, according to Lil Nas X, who dabbled in his mother's makeup, shoes, and fake furs as a child.

"I love that for me," he says, before adding that the "be yourself" message is missing from children's books.

"It was never truly enforced. It was kind of like 'do what you want, be who you want, but be who I want you to be.'"

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The Atlanta rapper, real name Montero Lamar Hill, came out of the closet in 2019.

Lil Nas X, 21, said his young nieces and nephews, to whom the book is dedicated, helped influence his message in the book.

He clapped back at fans on social media who accused him of being a pedophile after a young male fan unfounded leveled accusations at him.

Lil Nas X doesn't regret leaving his gimmicky rap career behind to help LGBT+ children discover their truth.

"I'm well aware that life and careers and everything goes in chapters," he said. "That's the chapter I'm in right now and I'm OK with that."

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A new study recently published by a college professor finds that the American media portrayal of Black men "perpetuates many of the same, negative patterns that are common in popular culture."

Armon Perry, a professor of social work at the University of Louisville, spent two decades reviewing research on Black men and families.

The research falls into one of two categories: many Black men are "disproportionately low income," and "poor Black men reject monogamous romantic relationships in favor of a hypersexual masculinity to overcompensate for their inability to fulfill the traditional breadwinner role."

Other studies found that Black males desire intimacy and companionship in stable relationships. But the economic disparities they face in every day American society is one of the factors in their struggles to maintain stable monogamous relationships.

In his 4 year study, Perry followed 33 Black men from Louisville, Kentucky. He found that "the near-exclusive focus on low-income Black men in research related to the family skews perceptions of these men."

He found that the skewed perceptions of low income men reinforce negative stereotypes that portray Black males as dangerous and predatory.

Many of the Black men Perry interviewed credited their partners with making them better husbands, fathers and men.

According to one of the participants, "I always tell her that I couldn't have become who I am without her. Meeting the right person... is probably the most important decision I've made in my life."

Perry's findings, which counter the popular image that society holds of Black men, are published in his book: "Black Love Matters: Authentic Men's Voices on Marriage and Romantic Relationships."

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Barack Obama's new book broke records for his book publisher Penguin Random House. The news comes as supporters of the former U.S. president celebrate his "third term in office."

Obama's new book, A Promised Land, released on Nov. 17, sold 1.7 million units in all formats and editions in the U.S. and Canada to date.

The first week sales of 887,000 units is a first-day record for the book publishing house.

The first-week sales stand as the largest one-week total for any book ever released by Penguin Random House.

Obama promoted the book with an interview on Power 105.1's Breakfast Club last week. Co-host Charlamagne tha god held Obama's feet to the fire by demanding to know why he didn't do more for Black people in his first 2 terms in office.

Co-host DJ Envy also pressed Obama to explain why he uplifted LGBT+ people over Black people who have suffered for 200 years.

Obama said he was confident that he did more for Black people than current President Donald Trump.

He also blamed Republicans for blocking his attempts to pass laws for Black people. But Democrats held the majority in both the House and the Senate in Obama's first 2 years in office.

Obama was asked to name his specific pro-Black laws that Congress blocked, but he danced around the answer.
 

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Filmmaker and author Matthew A. Cherry announced the audiobook adaptation of his Oscar-winning short film Hair Love is available for purchase online.

The audiobook is narrated by Blue Ivy Carter, the 8-year-old daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z.

The six-minute film was originally released in 2018 and follows the story of a Black dad who learns to style his daughter's hair for the first time.

The animated film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film this year.

Blue won her first major award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. She later took home a BET Award for her collaboration on "Brown Skin Girl" with her mother, Beyonce.

Blu Ivy's 4-minute narration is available on Audible Plus.