Rihanna Covers American Vogue

So here it is, your first look at Rihanna’s cover for the April edition of American Vogue. Shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, the inside shoot is rumored to be hot, hot, hot and a complete departure from anything the singer has done in the past. This will be Rihanna’s first ever American Vogue cover shoot and expectations are high.

So what do you guys think of the cover?

Rihanna’s Couture Cover

As previously reported, Rihanna does indeed have an editorial feature in the just released September edition of Italian Vogue. However, the singer does not land the cover- at least not of the magazine itself. Instead, Rihanna will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s couture supplement, which they release every year. The cover photo was shot by famed photographer Steven Klein and features the singer clad in a Valentino dress and what looks to be some sort of “Sasha Fierce” type arm.

Peep the cover below- and I am sure better quality images will be released soon.
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Btw, want to see who actually did land the cover? Well, just look below.

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Lol- three times. A total Riri cover would have been so much better.

The Body Shop

Brazil Nut Body Butter After years of hearing about The Body Shop I finally decided to visit their website and give a few of their products a try. In the past I had heard their body butters were to die for and rumor even has it that Jennifer Lopez used her pull to get one of their shops to open up after hours just so she could buy a few cases of the legendary cream before leaving the country. But it wasn’t the name J-Lo that got me to purchase their creams. Instead it was the rave reviews of friends, family and dozens of acquaintances online who finally led me to try this line of beauty products.
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Tyra Banks Covers Essence Magazine

I’ll admit it- I haven’t really paid much attention to Tyra Banks in years and don’t really watch either of her television shows. Still, Tyra is Brown Sista Icon and so when she does something noteworthy I am more than happy to showcase it here. Such is the case with Tyra covering the February 2008 edition of Essence Magazine. And it is not so much Tyra landing the cover, something she done twice previously, but rather what she talks about in her interview with Jeannine Turner. It seems Tyra is none to happy with the opportunities for Black women in Hollywood and is poised to do something about it. After reading December’s issue of Essence with Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union and Nia Long, Tyra said “It really upset me to read about how the money they make doesn’t match up.” In fact, after reading that article, she phoned her mother at 5:30 in the morning and announced, “Ma, I have a new calling.” So now Tyra, who is the Executive Producer of not one but two television shows and who recently inked a multi-year development deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment, may actually be in a position to turn things around for Black women in Hollywood- and is making plans as we speak to do just that.
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Keyshia Cole Vibe Photo Shoot

Keyshia Cole As many of you already know Keyshia Cole is Vibe Magazine’s December 2007 covergirl. Keyshia set tongues a wagging and officially elevated herself to sex symbol status when she posed topless for the cover. Vibe promised more breathtaking photos of Keyshia inside the magazine and I think they delivered on that promise. Keyshia’s inside pictorial features her totally dressed, but no less stunning. I compared these photos to those she took for Vibe back in 2006 and truly there is no comparing the two. Keyshia seemed quite uncomfortable with the sex symbol label back then but without a doubt seems to embrace it more as she says “she is comfortable in her own skin now”. You can check out one of the beautiful pics from inside the mag to your right and more can be found on the next page.
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Nia, Gabrielle & Sanaa Cover Essence

Nia-Sanaa-Gabrielle My three favorite actresses, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Gabrielle Union will all grace the December cover of Essence Magazine. The three sistas come together to talk about men, the lack of quality roles for Black women in Hollywood, and their dislike of gossip blogs- especially those run by Black women. Gabrielle Union, who has been taken to task by gossip blogs for supposedly partying too much, is especially ticked off about what is said about her and laments how painful it is to have your own community tearing you down. And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby—I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts..
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