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D△wn Strips Down for PETA

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D△wn, aka Dawn Richard, has been known to turn heads here and there with her music videos and bold looks, but now the ex-Danity Kane singer is baring it all as PETA’s new spokesperson for Body By Vegan.

In the ad campaign, she looks gorgeous while posing totally nude and biting a strawberry. Dawn’s vegan lifestyle was inspired by her father, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This caused her to do some research and better her health habits.

“My whole life has changed,” says Dawn, a self-described “avocado junkie.” “I get up earlier, I want to exercise, I feel better, my skin feels better—and these are things I didn’t even know [about vegan eating], coming from the south, coming from New Orleans.”

D△wn is currently readying RedemptionHeart, the third album in her trilogy, for an early 2016 release. Look out for a new single in September.

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Tinashe Sets Kode Magazine Ablaze in New Summer Shoot

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My Gawd! Tinashe sets Kode Magazine ablaze in the cover shoot for their new summer issue.  The R&B starlet flaunts her voluptuous figure in multiple swimsuits and provocative summery looks.

She models thigh-high pink boots on the golf course, shows some serious side boob in a sexy Aiisha Ramadan dress in the pool, and strikes a bold pose in a matching leopard print swimsuit and matching jacket.

Tinashe also spoke briefly about current and upcoming projects: “I’m currently focused on touring, but I have been busy working on music in my available time,” she confirmed.  For her anticipated sophomore album she has already logged studio time with Hit-boy, boi1da, Max Martin, and Nic Nac.

When asked what she does to continue to grow as an artist she explained: “I try to be surrounded by positive energy and things that inspire me. It’s important to not get burnt out due to all of the hard work that goes into it and take the time to enjoy your experiences.”

See more of her blazing photos and behind-the-scenes of the shoot below:

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Fantasia Says I Do! Marries Kendall Taylor

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Congrats are in order for Fantasia who tied the knot over the weekend! The R&B songstress married her fiancé Kendall Taylor, and took to Instagram to share details.

The 31-year-old “American Idol” champ posted photos from the romantic reception, which took place on a yacht—one photo showed her place settings decorated with her red, black, and white color scheme, another showed Fantasia surrounded by falling rose petals, and several more featured her posing with her new husband.

During the pre-reception, the bride wore a Black Swan-inspired gown and changed into a lacy white dress for the ceremony.

She also gushed about marrying the man of her dreams, who is the CEO of a courier company. “This Man … God made him just for Me and me Just For Him,” she said. “This Man.. Covers and prays for me and my children EVERY morning.. This Man.. Loves My Father in Heaven and his name is God.. This Man allows me to just be a woman.. No more Hurt because King Kendall will never let that happen.. I’m off to just kiss, Hug and play in some water with This Man…Real Love.”

The couple got engaged in November of last year. Fantasia has a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Dallas Xavier Barrino, and teenage daughter, Zion, from previous relationships.

See more photos from Fantasia’s big day below:

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Brandy Dazzles In ‘UPTOWN’ Magazine Shoot

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If you were one of the people who didn’t notice Brandy on the subways of New York recently, we hope these new shots will grab your attention.

Shutting down the cover of UPTOWN Magazine, the famed singer and actress looked absolutely stunning as she posed in her Midtown Manhattan suite. Tilted, “Brandy Norwood: An Icon Rises,” the article highlights Brandy’s 20 year tenure within the industry and how she continues to remain relevant.

Stating, “I don’t view myself as a celebrity. It’s all about the intention. It’s not about me. I thought that it was before. But, now I know that it is about other people. Who else could it be about?” the singer exposed to the famed publication that having the status of a celebrity is not all that important to her.

Also discussing her role as Roxie in the Broadway hit musical Chicago, who she considers to really be a star, and her connection to the late Whitney Houston, Brandy’s transparency was noted in this interview.

To read the interview in full, click here and check out photos from the shoot below.

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ThisisRnB Nights: Goapele Performs at Highline Ballroom (NYC)

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On Friday evening the place to be was Highline Ballroom in New York City for another exceptional show from Bay Area native Goapele.

Set up with tables in front for couples to get their drink and dine on, while the songstress serenaded the room performing fan favorites off her past albums, and most recent release Strong As Glass.

With today being the singer’s 38th birthday she was surprised on stage by friends, including actor Omari Hardwick, who presented her with a cake.

Check out our exclusive photos below:

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Ciara Named New Topshop Ambassador

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Jackpot!

Gorgeous singer Ciara is definitely having a great 2015!

From her new show on NBC and a budding new relationship with football star Russell Wilson, to holding the title as the new face of Roberto Cavalli, the singer-model seems to be having the time of her life.

To add to the growing success and happiness that she’s enduring, CiCi can now add being the newest USA ambassador for the popular UK brand, Topshop. Announcing the new achievement via Instagram, Ciara posed it up at the Fashion Retail Academy Awards in London Wednesday night. Appropriately dressed in an trench coat style black leather Topshop dress and black strappy heels, the talented artist has more than enough to celebrate right now.

Check out a few more pictures of Ciara at the event below:

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Recap: ThisIsRnB Takes Essence Fest 2015

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It’s that time again!

Yes, while everyone was out firing off fireworks and enjoying BBQ and family time, we were bracing one of the largest R&B festivals of the summer known as Essence Fest in New Orleans. With record breaking numbers of nearly 500,000 attendees pouring in to see over 80 performing artists and more than 120 speakers, authors, leaders, and celebrities, we can confidently confirm that Essence will always have July on lock in our opinion.

Although this was not our first year covering the event as a site, it was my first year covering it as Assistant Editor and I must say, it was absolutely incredible! To be able to see so many positive events come together behind the scenes and so many people piled in one place to see some of their favorites (and mine too) take the stage at one time was a great feeling. And not to mention, seeing so many positive black people in one building was a feeling like none other.

Now, I’ve been to New Orleans before for Mardi Gras back during my college days, but this was definitely a different experience. While I’ve covered many events on behalf of ThisIsRnB, this was my first time covering an event this large without our Editor close by. That being said, I was a little nervous, but mostly because I’m naturally a scary  person lol.

While we are clearly an R&B site, I decided to take this trip (and every future event I cover) and let our readers experience as much of what we’re doing as possible. So, for Essence Fest, food was definitely included because you can’t go to New Orleans without taking in as much of the culture as you can. In addition, of course you’ll be able to get the details on each one of my nights at the biggest festival of the summer and thoughts on how it was executed.

So, without further adieu, read on for our recap of Essence Fest 2015!

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Seagram’s Gin Takes over The House of Blues in New Orleans During Essence Festival with Tank, Raheem DeVaughn & More

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Seagram’s Gin took over the House of Blues in New Orleans during Essence Festival over July 4th weekend.

Kicking the festivities off with a day party on Saturday and special performance to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the movie house party. Later that night Seagram hosted Omari Hardwick, Tank and Avant at The Black Hollywood Affair with Kid Capri on the mic.

To close out the weekend Seagrams had Nelly hosting with Bryan-Michael Cox on the wheels. Joining in the fun were fellow R&B artists including Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Rico Love, Justine Skye and more.

Check out the pics below:

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