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Behind the Scenes: Janelle Monae’s Essence Cover Shoot



HipHollywood got up close and personal with eclectic singer Janelle Monae for her first ever Essence cover.

Hot on the heels of her Grammy win for the song “We Are Young” with the band Fun, Monae dished to us about gracing the May cover and how she hopes it inspires young girls. ” I just hope to continue to make our generation proud,” she said. “By being on Essence I just pray other young girls are just inspired.”

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For the shoot Monae ditched her signature uniform and rocked a series of a vintage and couture pieces from designers like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.

“Essence knows I have a strong love for science fiction and the future,” said Monae. “So we wanted to pick pieces that represented what that felt like without over stating.”

Inside the issue, Monae also dished about her choice to not be overly sexy in her fashion and remain covered up saying, “I like skirts and dresses just like everyone else, but I had a message I needed to put out there. It was up to me to show people and young girls there was another way.”

Monae is gearing up to release her 2nd studio album The Electric Lady later this summer and will also hit the stage for the Essence Music Festival this July. In the meantime, the May issue of Essence hits newsstands April 5th.


Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy



Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.

If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage.  So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.

Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.

“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”

“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”

To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.

“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”

So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.


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