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Viola Davis and John Legend are just two of five stars landing on covers for Time magazine’s 100 most influential issues.

It should come as no surprise that both stars were granted covers, especially because of the mega year they’ve both had. The Black pioneers have not only been one to watch and beat, but were also names throughout award season; Viola for Fences and John for La La Land.

John, who landed under the artist category of the top 100, told the magazine that, as artists, their goals are to “try to bridge the divide by helping us feel what someone else might feel.”

Speaking of Viola, the one and only Meryl Streep described the actress as being someone one whose “midlife rise to the very top of her profession has not led her to forget the rough trip she took getting there. And that is why she embodies for all women, but especially for women of color, the high-wire rewards of hard work and a dream, risk and faith.”

Also landing on the coveted list, Chance the Rapper, who was labeled a pioneer. Common said of the Chicago rapper, he “upends expectations about what artists, ­especially hip-hop artists, can do.”

Leslie Jones, Donald Glover and Ava DuVernay also made most influential. Venus Williams had the opportunity to write about the director, telling the mag, “Ava’s point of view is fresh, it’s inspiring, it’s original, it makes people’s heads turn. But she also embraces other people’s perspectives.”

RuPaul also made the list and was praised by supermodel Naomi Campbell. “Ru was different. Not just because he had perfect, precise clothes and makeup, or because he was the only man I knew who could look that good in a wig and heels,” the model wrote. “There were no rough edges to be found. But as I got to know him better, I got to experience firsthand his wit and his intelligence—he’s like an ­encyclopedia. And his beauty is far beyond skin-deep.”

Click here for the full 100 list.

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

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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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