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Rapper, songwriter Saweetie covers the April 2021 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. The 27-year-old California native is perhaps best known for dating Migos rapper Quavo Huncho.

Their very visible internet relationship crumbled after Quavo, 29, reportedly sent a repo man to pick up a Bentley he leased for her.

The "Back to the Streets" rapper blocked Quavo on social media, changed her passwords, and moved on.

The rapper recalled a disturbing encounter with a radio host while on a promo tour for her first hit single "Icy Girl". She recalls the radio host ambushing her and flat-out insulting her freestyle as "basic".

The radio man told her she needed to do more to "impress" him. Saweetie describes feeling gut punched after the encounter.

"It was a really dark point in my life. I went from being so loved so quickly because of 'Icy Grl' to, on my first promo run, well, you saw the interview. The script flipped really quick, like night and day. I was like, Wait... I had PTSD from that."

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She said those early experiences makes her more appreciative now.

"I'm really grateful for my start. Because the mistakes, the struggle, the grind—it allows me to appreciate the rewards that come now because I know what it feels like to sleep in motels, to drive and do promo, to be stressed out."

Saweetie and her grandmother launched a non-profit, The Icy Baby Foundation, to support single mothers, low-income communities, education efforts, and people living with autism.

"Money beats court cases, money buys medicine, money fixes potholes, money puts food on the counter, and money keeps the heat and electricity going. So if I can spread the wealth, that's what I want to do."

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Michael B. Jordan addressed speculation that his relationship with socialite Lori Harvey is a business transaction.

Rumors ran rampant that the hunky actor retained Lori's professional beard services to promote his public image as a heterosexual leading man.

But leaked photos of the couple on vacation just weren't convincing enough for many skeptics on social media.

Urban Dictionary defines a professional beard as: "Any opposite sex escort taken to an event in an effort to give a homosexual person the apperance of being out on a date with a person of the opposite sex."

Men's Health magazine linked up with the 34-year-old actor in St. Barts where he posed for celebrity photographer Leonardo Volcy for an April 2021 cover story.

Jordan expressed his anger and frustration at the scurrilous gossip that he and Lori are just business associates.

"People are always going to have their opinions about me," he said.

"People can make up something completely false that has no f**king substance or anything, and there's going to be 100,000 people that are going to believe it, and that's going to be their opinion of me. I can't do anything about that, and I've just got to accept that and keep moving in my purpose."

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Jordan added:

"People that know me know my heart. But people that know me for my work know what I allow them to know. The fact that I’ve been so closed off about a lot of parts of my life was a personal choice. As I’ve gotten older and a little more mature and comfortable in my own skin, I’ve become less concerned about it."

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André Leon Talley praised Vogue magazine's controversial cover featuring Senator Kamala Harris'.

The Afro-Indian vice president-elect is pictured smiling apprehensively with her hands clasped in front of her on the February 2021 issue. Instead of the glam look, she is clad in casual work clothes and black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers.

The controversial "working girl" cover sparked fury on social media, with many saying the cover was "disrespectful" and even racist.

But Talley, a former editor-at-large for American Vogue, supported his former boss, Anna Wintour, in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday.

"It's GREAT. JUST GREAT. GREAT," he wrote, after Wintour responded to the backlash in a statement on Tuesday. Talley said the cover will inspire young women around the world to wear work clothes rather than expensive designer clothing.

"Her work uniform with her ubiquitous Converse sneakers is aspirational. I predict its [sic] going to set a trend for all young women all over the world, [who] are going to dress like Kamala Harris," he wrote.

Talley, 71, defended 26-year-old aspiring photographer Tyler Mitchell -- the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for American Vogue in the magazine's history.

Talley said Mitchell's layman photography "comes from a universe that is new. He is not aligned with the titans of @vogue photographers before him... His work must be seen through the prism of 2021."

Harris' frantic staffers contacted Vogue editors on Monday after the cover leaked over the weekend. They demanded to know why Vogue chose a "test photo" for its print edition rather than the agreed upon photo of Harris wearing a powder blue pantsuit. The latter photo was chosen for the online digital edition instead.

There were calls for Wintour to step down, but Talley said she isn't going anywhere.

"All I can say is Anna Wintour is not abdicating. And I wish I was there, at Vogue, to celebrate w/the team," he wrote.
 

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Kamala Harris' team is furious over her photo on the cover of American Vogue. Harris' camp is outraged that the first Afro-Indian female vice president-elect looks like a candidate about to hit the campaign trail.

This weekend, Vogue unveiled two covers for its February 2021 issue. One cover, featuring Harris in work clothes and black Converse sneakers, was supposed to be on the digital online issue.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Harris' team was under the impression that the photo of Harris wearing a powder blue blazer would make the print edition cover.

Harris' staffers frantically reached out to Vogue editors to complain about the cover switch that they did not agree upon.

According to the AP, "the shot of the country's soon-to-be No. 2 leader isn't what both sides had agreed upon."

"Harris' team was unaware that the cover photo had been switched until images leaked late Saturday, according to a person involved in the negotiations over how Harris would be featured on the cover. Harris' office declined comment and the person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity."

The cover photo was shot by Tyler Mitchell, a Black photographer who shot Beyonce's cover for the September 2018 Vogue issue.

In unrelated news, House Democrats have the necessary votes to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.

The Washington Post reports that House Democrats formerly introduce articles of impeachment against Trump on Monday, Jan. 11, for "inciting an insurrectionist mob" to storm the Capitol.

"We actually have the votes. There's no doubt about that," Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) told The Post.

The text of the article included a quote uttered by Trump at his rally moments before the riots in Washington, DC on January 6: "If you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore."

5 people died in the ensuing melee, including an Air Force veteran who was shot by a DC cop, and three people who died from natural causes (obesity, high blood pressure).

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Cosmopolitan UK

Cosmopolitan magazine has come under fire for promoting obesity as healthy.

Cosmopolitan UK's February 2021 issue features plus-size women on multiple covers, including influencer Callie Thorpe and yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley, under the headline "This is healthy!"

The magazine shares the stories of "11 women who prove wellness isn't 'one size fits all.'"

But social media users criticized the magazine for sending the wrong message.

Conservative activist Candace Owens slammed Cosmo for celebrating obesity in a Twitter post.

"We must fight to protect the next generation of children who are being intentionally targeted and brainwashed with lies.

Women can be men?
Men can be women?
And now—obesity is "healthy"?

NO, it's not. Clinical obesity is the main cause of the America's #1 killer: heart disease."

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According to Healthline, 36.5 percent of adults are obese. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancers that can lead to preventable, premature death.

Obesity is expensive to treat

Obesity costs Americans $147 billion each year in out-of-pocket expenses.

All 50 states have obesity rates over 20 percent

Just two decades ago, no state had obesity rates over 15 percent.

The South has the highest obesity rates

West Virginia leads with 37.7 percent of adults overweight and morbidly obese.

Obese individuals miss more work

Obese workers cost employees more in lost production time and higher insurance premiums.

Obesity is largely preventable

The good news is obesity is preventable by eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly. Obesity is beautiful when a woman's weight is proportionate to her height and bone mass, i.e. thick sistas.

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People magazine

Actor Michael B. Jordan is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2020. The magazine made the announcement late Tuesday.

"It's a cool feeling," Jordan says. "You know, everybody always made that joke, like, 'Mike, this is the one thing you're probably not going to get'. But it's a good club to be a part of."

The 33-year-old Creed and Black Panther star succeeds singer/songwriter John Legend, who recently declared former GOT star Jason Momoa as his choice for the 2020 title.

Jordan gained worldwide fame as Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office in 2018.

His other notable roles include Fruitvale Station, Chronicle, That Awkward Moment, Fahrenheit 451, Fantastic Four, Just Mercy, and HBO's The Wire.

He also played Reggie Porter Montgomery on the TV soap opera All My Children from 2003 to 2006.

Jordan, who is rumored to be bisexual, shares a home with his parents (who are both separated).
 

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GQ magazine

GQ magazine has named Megan Thee Stallion Rapper of the Year. The 26-year-old "Savage" rapper was chosen from a short list of rappers who don't mumble.

Megan, who is best known for her stripper anthem "WAP" with fellow rapper Cardi B, covers GQ's 25th annual Men of the Year issue.

She said: "I want [Black women] to be sassier. I want us to demand more, be more outspoken, keep speaking and just keep demanding what you deserve."

She added: "Don't change — just get better. Grow from these situations. Don't be beating yourself up about these situations. I feel we keep this stuff in and there's some kind of way we flip it on ourselves. We didn't f--- up — we didn't do something wrong."

It isn't clear what criteria GQ used to pick the Rapper of the Year. It must be her in-your-face attitude that scored points with the judges.

She did share her personal take on the Tory Lanez shooting that made her a household name over the summer.

"Like, I never put my hands on nobody," she told GQ. "I barely even said anything to the man who shot me when I was walking away. We were literally like five minutes away from the house."

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Olivia Wilde slammed conservative activist Candace Owens after she criticized British pop singer Harry Styles for wearing dresses during a recent magazine photo shoot.

Harry, an ex member of the boy band One Direction, became the first male to appear solo on the cover of Vogue. He marked the occasion by blurring gender norms in a photo shoot that featured him wearing dresses.

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On Sunday, Candace retweeted a Vogue post with the comment:

"There is no society that can survive without strong men. The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men."

Director and actress Wilde, who is friends with Harry and cast him in her new movie Don't Worry Darling, reacted angrily to the conservative commentator's post, tweeting, "You're Pathetic."

Candace later clarified her "manly men" comment in a follow-up tweet.

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In his Vogue interview Harry explained he shops for women's clothing to challenge gender norms in society.

"I'll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women's clothes thinking they're amazing.

"It's like anything - anytime you're putting barriers up in your own life, you're just limiting yourself."

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The Centers for Disease Control has changed its guidance on face masks once again. This time the CDC emphasizes that face masks protect you, rather than just the people around you.

The CDC's old guidance, which changes with the political climate, claimed face masks don't protect you, they protect those around you.

The CDC's updated guidance also advocates cloth masks over the blue surgical masks littering beaches and city landscapes.

According to the CDC: "Studies demonstrate that cloth mask materials can also reduce wearers' exposure to infectious droplets through filtration, including filtration of fine droplets and particles less than 10 microns."

The coronavirus is 1 micron or less.

The CDC suggests wearing multiple layers of cloth with higher thread counts such as silk, which the CDC claims filters "nearly 50% of fine particles less than 1 micron."

The CDC maintains that silk "may help repel moist droplets and reduce fabric wetting and thus maintain breathability and comfort."

About the cover

Maryland rapper IDK, real name Jason Mills, is pictured above on the cover of British GQ Style issue 31.

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IDK, who was born in London, is the first artist ever to creative direct his own GQ cover, which was shot by Micaiah Carter.

IDK (Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge) explains, "The cloth represents roots. The doll represents youth. And I represent the 70 per cent [sic], which is education."
 

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Women's Health

Kelly Rowland is expecting her second child with her husband Tim Weatherspoon.

The former Destiny's Child singer told Women's Health magazine that she and Weatherspoon had discussed potentially having another child when the Covid-19 pandemic happened, at which point they decided to, "see what happens".

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Kelly is already mother to 5-year-old son Titan Weatherspoon.

The 39-year-old added that she was nervous about sharing her happy news considering the high-risk of having a baby while pushing 40.

She is also concerned about the fading coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming U.S. presidential election. "But you still want to remind people that life is important. And being able to have a child," she told Women's Health. "I'm knocking at 40's door in February. Taking care of myself means a lot to me."

Kelly has been taking regular yoga classes, as well as walking and stretching alongside a physical therapist. And while she's been craving chocolate and peanut butter, she's managed to maintain the majority of her healthy diet - which includes drinking four liters of water per day.

The singer revealed her pregnancy by showing off her growing baby bump on the cover of the publication. Her baby is due later this year.
 

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