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Jazmine Sullivan says making music in the recording studio is an “intensely personal experience” for her.

The R&B songstress opened up in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about her songwriting process, which includes soul searching and channeling her personal drama into her music.

She is able to “talk about things that (she) wouldn’t normally have talked about” through her music.

Toward the end of 2019, her mother, Pam, who once co-managed Jazmine’s music career, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jazmine also endured years in an abusive relationship that ended not long before the pandemic shut down the music industry last year.

“When I’m making music and I’m in a studio, it really feels so personal. I’m just literally telling my story, and it’s for me. I know people are going to hear it, but it’s just me getting out these thoughts and these feelings that are inside of me.”

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Jazmine’s EP album, Heaux Tales, released on January 8, 2021, is described as her “fourth and bleakest” album to date.

Heaux Tales won Album of the Year at the 2021 BET Awards, and spawned the hit songs “Lost One” and “Pick Up Your Feelings.”

The EP is her first release since 2015’s critically-acclaimed Reality Show.

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Themes on Heaux Tales include feminism, sexuality, classism, and body-shaming, which are all personal to Jazmine.

Among Jazmine’s favorite songs on her 14-song EP is “The Other Side” – which tackles the contradictory body image feelings that women experience.

The 34-year-old Philadelphia native topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2008 with her debut album, Fearless.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA and spawned four singles, including “Bust Your Windows” and “Need U Bad.”
 

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Obama scales back 60th birthday bash amid surging Delta variant cases

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Barack Obama is scaling back his 60th birthday bash amid surging Coronavirus Delta variant cases around the country.

The former U.S. President sparked outrage over plans for his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people and 200 workers at his beachfront Martha’s Vineyard estate.

READ ALSO: Michelle Obama: ‘I wanted to push Barack out of a window’

Original plans called for a guest list of over 500 celebrities, politicians, professional athletes.

AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

But politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the private bash.

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Many pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

Attendance is now limited to 200 hundred family and close friends, according to a press release from his office.

Obama spokesperson Hannah Hankins said in a statement:

“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place. Due to the new spread of the delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends.”

Obama turned 60 on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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Dr. Dre’s oldest daughter is homeless, living out of her car

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Dr. Dre’s oldest daughter says she’s homeless and living out of her car — despite pleas to her billionaire father for help.

LaTanya Young, who delivers food for DoorDash and Uber Eats, is living out of her car because the money she earns can’t pay her rent.

LaTanya, 38, has repeatedly pleaded with her father for help, but she hasn’t heard from him in a year and a half.

“My kids are staying with friends — they are not living in the car, it’s just me,” Young told the UK’s Daily Mail.

READ ALSO: Dr. Dre Ordered to Pay $300K PER MONTH in Spousal Support

The single mother of four is Dre’s daughter with Lisa Johnson, who split from the Beats by Dre founder when LaTanya was five years old.

LaTanya’s unemployment benefits expired and she began taking odd jobs to pay for her rental car.

“I’m taking odd jobs just to make it now — I got paid $15 an hour as an assembler at the warehouse. I’m trying to keep my head above water. I’ve been in debt for a while.”

LaTanya said she fears losing her rental car because she can’t afford the payments after moving to California from Las Vegas in search of better work.

“The car is a pretty penny,” she explained. “It’s an SUV that costs $2,300 for three weeks and I only paid for one week.

The rental car agency is looking for the car, but LaTanya stays one step ahead of the repo man.

“Sooner or later they are going to take the car,” she said.

Dre, 56, has four sons, Curtis, Marcel, Truice, and Andre Jr. (deceased), and two daughters, Truly and LaTanya.

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‘Friends’ Star Jennifer Aniston Says She Cut Ties with ‘a Few People’ over Vaccination Status

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Losing friends? Actress Jennifer Aniston said she cut ties with “a few people” over their coronavirus vaccination status, and insisted that people have a “moral”  and “professional” obligation to share whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.
“There’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts. It’s a real shame,” she revealed in InStyle’s September cover interview, before expanding on her reasons for cutting off contacts:

I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate.
I feel it’s your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we’re not all podded up and being tested every single day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.

Aniston has long been an enthusiastic supporter of coronavirus restrictions.
The Golden Globe winner last June pleaded with her 37.7 million followers to wear a mask. “This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.
The Friends star revealed she received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on May 7.

Despite her entreaties, it appears some Americans are choosing to live with the risk and not get vaccinated.

Nolte: “Those who choose not to get vaccinated are almost no threat to those of us who are vaccinated, and yet they are the ongoing targets of the left’s rising bigotry, hate, and social exclusion.” https://t.co/mWkbSMOPaM

As Breitbart News reported, as of the latest polling, 47 percent of whites are vaccinated, and 62 percent of Asians, but Hispanics sit at a much lower 39 percent, and blacks at an even lower 34 percent.
That means that 66 percent of blacks and 61 percent of Hispanics, clear majorities, will bear the brunt of vaccinations laws, mandates, and policies as enthusiastically embraced by Aniston and her Hollywood cohorts.
Aniston recently told People magazine about the importance she’s found in meditating “every day” as the pandemic continues.
“I just have faith in a bigger picture, I guess,” she said in June. “And I believe in humanity, even though there’s so much to discourage us from believing in it — but I do.”

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