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Drake Covers GQ Magazine; Talks Love, Sex, Chris Brown Beef, and Bigger Success

The last time Drake spoke with GQ, he ended up looking like a creep given he hit on the journalist interviewing him in the corniest way imaginable. In his latest cover story, though, Aubrey scales it back a bit and instead chooses to focus on the purpose of the story: his damn self.

Yes, Drake opens up about sex and promiscuity, love, his rift with Chris Brown, and criticism he faces from his rap peers.

On why he isn’t laying it low and spreading it wide:

“You know the way fighters don’t f**k before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.”

On what he makes of other rappers criticizing him:

“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though…I’m okay with that.”

On his beef with Chris Brown:

“I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. … It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage. Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess. … If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly.”

On what he learned about love during a lunch with Will Smith:

“I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to. Okay—I had lunch with Will Smith, and listening to him talk, it made me think I don’t know what love is. He said something profound. He said love is when you become one and you need that person. It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way. I’ve held women in very high regard almost to the point where I felt like I needed them for a very long time, but I don’t know if I comprehend it yet, and I’m okay with that. I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing. I think this is the first album I’ve made saying, I’m okay. I’m enjoying it right now. Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it and add some memories with my boys.”

On making $ 250 million by the time he’s 29:

“I feel this great responsibility to see how far can we take it, how out of reach can I set that bar for whoever comes after. While I’m here, I’m gonna keep pushing that bar higher and higher up and make you really work for it.”

Better, but he’s still a weirdo and there’s nothing wrong with making new friends, you guys. Check out the full interview over at GQ.com.

Evelyn Lozada On Getting Re-Baptized: “I Want To Start Over…”

I find Evelyn Lozada to be one of the meanest, most disrespectful people I’ve ever seen on television. So while I probably wouldn’t waste spit on her if she were on fire, I know she’s popular among many.

That leads me to her latest cover story with Latina magazine in which she professes to be hard at work with changing her life. Yeah, a month ago I saw her continue to berate Royce Reed as a non-factor so I’ll believe it when I see, hear, and read it.

Anyway, here’s what Jennifer Lopez without the talent had to say:

On her feelings after the violent abuse of her ex-husband during an argument:

“At that point, I knew my life would never be the same. I knew the world was going to laugh at me and be mean and nasty and blame me for everything. But I had no choice. I had to go to the hospital.”

On why she plans to start a foundation dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence called Pain Is Not Love:

“I get e-mails every single day from women who are still with their abusive partner and they’re like, ‘I need help.’”

On trying to reform her life with the help of life coach Tony Gaskins, Jr. and being re-baptized:

“Tony was talking to me about soul ties, and I felt like I needed to cut that cord [with Johnson]. I wanted to do things differently, to start over. I’m still going to be Evelyn, but I have a different vision of my life.”

[H/T: YBF]

Kerry Washington: First Black Woman Since 2005 to Have Her Own Vanity Fair Cover

This month’s issue of Vanity Fair features “Scandal” star Kerry Washington on its cover, making the actress the first black woman to be featured alone on the mag’s cover since 2005 when Beyonce was profiled. (Interesting Sidebar: Beyonce also appeared on the cover in 2007, but alongside Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy)

So if you thought the entertainment industry was becoming more diverse … you were sadly mistaken, as it took Vanity Fair nearly an entire decade to place another woman of color (alone) on the cover of their magazine.

As many probably know, Vanity Fair is known, like many mainstream mags, for failing to include women of color. Take their annual Hollywood issue for example. This past January, the special edition issue included white actors on the cover while Washington and Quevanzhané Wallis were featured on the inside fold. Not good enough VF!

This wouldn’t be the biggest deal, if the esteemed publication hadn’t been pulling this shit for years. The 2012 Hollywood issue featured four white actresses on the cover, but Adepero Oduye and Paula Patton were included on the right two-thirds of the cover.

This also happened in 2011 and for years before that, leading Jezebel to post an eye-opening timeline. Last year, Washington was featured in the mag’s TV issue, but was left off the cover.

Washington’s growing popularity has landed her on mags geared towards black readers, but it took quite some time before she appeared on the front of the more mainstream Elle Magazine for their June issue.

But the question shouldn’t be, “How has VF been able to get away with this?” It should be, “How has the mainstream media gotten away with excluding black men and women in general?”

Washington’s breakout role came in 2000, when she starred in the moving indie film “Our Song.”

After her scene-stealing turn in “Save the Last Dance,” the actress made guest appearances on shows like “Law and Order,” and before long, she was starring in high profile flicks like “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Fantastic Four.” By 2012, she had appeared in three Oscar-nominated films including “The Last King of Scotland,” “Ray,” and “Django Unchained.”

Last year, she took on the role of Olivia Pope in “Scandal,”  a show that become a smash hit.

After a lengthy and distinguished career, it’s about f**king time she got a Vanity Fair cover.

Nicki Minaj on Men: “They Want To Be Pet Like A Dog”

In her Marie Claire cover story, HB Nicki Minaj spoke about a number of things — including her memorable, albeit brief, stint on American Idol, the next phase of her career, and why you need to treat a man like a dog.

On American Idol:

“The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t me performing a song. It was, ‘Let’s see your real personality.’ My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn’t want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember.”

On doing “three more albums” before she moving on to acting:

“If I can do that, I’ll feel complete. One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know. . . I’ve kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects.”

On learning to enjoy the moment and prep for the future:

“For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow. I was praying every day, ‘You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.’ I wanted all of the feelings of entitlement to leave me, because some people have this life for a year or five or 10 — and a lot of them lose it. I didn’t want to become a person who wasn’t enjoying the moment.”

On love:

“Don’t chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women. You don’t have to be a bitch, but there’s nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog.”

[Quotes via US Weekly]

Beyonce is Naked & Covered in Glitter for Flaunt Magazine

Beyonce is all nude and sparkly on the cover of Flaunt magazine. The singer stripped down to her birthday suit and doused herself with glitter for Flaunt’s Context Issue, in which the sexy singer bares her flawless body in a set of images photographed by Tony Duran.

The African-themed photoshoot was reportedly done back in 2011 and was featured in Beyonce’s Year of 4 album campaign, but it isn’t known why the pics are just now surfacing online and in print.

Beyoncé Talks Apathy, Privacy, and Charges of Hypocrisy in New Q&A

We posted her surprisingly random Q&A yesterday where she talked about everything but music, like how to put together the perfect romantic picnic, her thoughts on gluten (sorry Gwyneth Paltrow, your BFF Beyonce is “okay” with it), and whether or not its hypocritical for her to promote Pepsi and health & wellness with First Lady Michelle Obama all at the same time.

Read those quotes here, and check out more pics from her shoot below:

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[Flaunt.com/beyonce]

Rolling Stone Draws Ire and Controversy for Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Cover

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It’s been a long time since a Rolling Stone magazine cover has made waves, but the latest issue, which features Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev on the cover, has succeeded in pissing lots of people off.

The cover story by Janet Reitman takes a deep look at Jahar’s life and attempts to string together the pieces of the puzzle behind what could have possibly motivated such a young man to commit such a heinous act.

The full story, highlights a few new important details about his disintegrating family and the increased role Islam played in his and his older brother, Tamerlan’s life.

But people have taken issue with the cover, which features Jahar looking wistfully at the camera, looking like the edgy, dangerous sixth member of British boy band One Direction.

A firestorm of criticism has been fired at the magazine for the glamorized treatment of Jahar, with Twitter users adopting the hashtag #boycottrollingstone to take aim at the publication.

The magazine’s initial response pointed out that the magazine in the past published a similar cover story in the ’70s of serial killer Charles Manson. But with drug stores threatening to ban the issue from sale on its newsstands and Boston Mayor Tom Menino firing off a letter to Rolling Stone publish Jann Wenner, the editors of the magazine were forced to issue a more sympathetic statement, which has been pinned at the top of the online version of the story.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS

While the outrage behind the cover story is understandable, the photo is NOT an original one that Rolling Stone commissioned. It’s a photo of Jahar that has already been run in several media outlets like The New York Times, which featured the photo on its front page.

So yeah. While people might not LIKE the idea of a terrorist on the cover their favorite magazine, it’s not outside of the magazine’s political/journalism history. And it’s not like Osama Bin Laden covers weren’t published after 9/11.

That being said, Rolling Stone would be wise to offer a similarly grand gesture to the survivors and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Kelly Rowland: Beyoncé Had Nothing to Do With My Unhappiness in the Past

A lot of people have misconstrued the lyrics of the Kelly Rowland track “Dirty Laundry.” The song was about an abusive relationship, not whether or not Kelly was seething with jealously over being the Mary Wilson to Beyoncé’s Jigging Jesus Diana Ross.

She’s making it even clearer now in her ESSENCE cover story, in which Kelly opens up about her past bouts with unhappiness, but makes it clear that her Destiny’s Child band mate was not the source of it.

Kelly explains:

“For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.”

This is a thoughtful, nuanced statement that stupid people predisposed to interpreting everything with a catty connotation will ignore in favor of their own preconceived notions about their relationship. I get it, though. Kelly was happy for her girl’s success, but was trying to figure out where hers was.

Good thing she’s enjoying it now. And frankly, at least she’s aware that everyone isn’t meant to be Beyoncé. Good for her because the Kelly Rowland life looks good in 2013. Now go buy Talk A Good Game.

Ricky Martin: I Used to Bully Gay People Because I Was Angry

Since coming out of the closet in 2010, Ricky Martin has joined several openly gay celebs in becoming a symbol for equality. So many would be surprised to learn that the “She Bangs” singer was once a homophobic bully.

In a new interview with GQ Australia for their October 2013 issue, the Puerto Rican native admitted that he was once ashamed of those that were gay, primarily because it conflicted with his Catholic faith.

“I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, I’m not like that, I don’t want to be like that, that’s not me. I was ashamed,” Martin told the mag. “When you’re told you’re wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith – my self-esteem was crushed.”

The 41-year-old added, “I look back now and realize I would bully people who I knew were gay. I had internalized homophobia. To realize that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that.”

Martin famously came out via his website after years of dodging rumors regarding his sexuality. The Grammy-winner is currently raising two adopted twin boys and in a relationship with financial advisor Carlos Gonzalez Abella.

Jennifer Lopez Admits to Feeling Insecure About Singing: “I’m Not Good At This…”

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not Jennifer Lopez knew that she wasn’t the best singer around, fret not any longer. Not only did the former Fly Girl know it, it used to make her insecure.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan, the multi-faceted entertainer explained, ”It was after I had kids to be honest… The biggest insecurity I had was my singing. Even though I had sold 70 million records, there was this feeling like, I’m not good at this.”

What she calls insecurity, I call self-awareness. After all, two of her biggest hits — “I’m Real” and the remix to “Ain’t It Funny” — are basically Ashanti demos that J.Lo sings over.

Same goes for much of the material on my favorite J.Lo album, ‘This Is Me…Then.. Shout out to you, Natasha Ramos, for putting in work.

Now, despite Jennifer feeling a little weary over her waif thin vocals, she added that her ex-husband encouraged her to be confident in the singing talent she had.

She continued: ”And while I was married to Marc, he helped me get over it. He kept telling me, ‘You’re the only one holding yourself back from reaching your full potential as a singer. You have to let go.’ I was always so insecure and just kind of going along. Then I grew, little by little, and realized, wait a minute, this is not a fluke. I’m not a mistake – I work my ass off. And I know what I’m doing.”

Uh, well that’s a nice way of flipping it.

You know what? Jennifer, you sure do work your ass off and deserve your success. You still can’t really sing all that great, though, but oh well.

You dance better than many acts half your age and you continue to make hits. Pro Tools or not, that’s all that matters for a pop act.

Kelly Rowland Shows Off Her Sexy Bikini Body on Shape Magazine Cover

When you get to the check-out line at the grocery store this week, try to keep your composure if you happen to notice Kelly Rowland showing off that sexy bikini body of hers on the cover of the October 2013 issue of Shape Magazine!

Inside, the 32-year-old R&B singer talks about her favorite part of her body, what she likes to do when she’s in relaxation mode and how staying in shape makes her feel “sexy” because “Isn’t that everyone’s goal when they work out, to look good naked?”

Yes, but not everyone can (or will) look good as you do, Kelly!

Read more quotes from the issue below.

On how she relaxes:

“When I want to relax, I usually cook or watch an episode of Game of Thrones. But if I’m really worried about something, nothing is better than a walk on the beach, which is where I meditate. It’s so peaceful. And by meditate, I mean talk to God. Prayer is my best de-stresser.”

On finding something she loves about her body:

“My trainer always tells me to find something I love about my body. For me, it’s my arms, which I got from my grandmother. I remember she always wore tank tops and cute little shirts that showed off her upper body, and I thought it was so cool! So I’m proud to say, I love my toned arms.”

On the part of her body she works out the most:

“What I’ve learned is, I use my core for everything. Absolutely everything. When I’m dancing on stage, when i’m walking around — I have to make sure that my core is strong, is tight. You use it for everything.”

On her strenuous workout regimen:

“I work out five or six times a week. I feel better, look better, sleep better. As I’m getting older, the Rowland family trait of having bigger bottoms is taking its toll on my hips and butt. The other day, [my trainer] had me doing squats that were so hard I wanted to kill her. But my behind is getting higher and tighter. Exercise really does change your body.”

On her secret to controlling cravings:

“When I want a steak, I grill some Portobello mushrooms and put a little goat cheese on them. And I’ve learned to satisfy my sweet tooth by replacing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with half a tablespoon of almond butter on half a banana.”

For more on Kelly Rowland, visit Shape.com and pick up the October 2013 issue of Shape magazine, available on newsstands and on the iPad now!