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Behind the Scenes: Janelle Monae’s Essence Cover Shoot

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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.

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Lil Wayne Causes Pandemonium In Beverly Hills With Young Money Merch Launch!

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Smiles, hugs, fist bumps … oh my! Lil Wayne showed his fans major luv during the debut of his Young Money clothing collection.

Weezy F. Baby teamed up with Neiman Marcus to launch Young Money Merch featuring caps, jackets, t-shirts and more. Hundreds of fans showed up to the fashion retailer’s Beverly Hills store for the exclusive reveal and Wayne made sure to make it worth their while. The rapper not only signed autographs and took pics, but he genuinely connected with each and every person that he encountered. Check out the video below … it’s was great to see Wayne in such a great mood.

And, of course, if you want to grab some Young Money Merch for yourself it’s available exclusively at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (and online).

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