Mya Covers The August 2014 Issue Of Women’s Running Magazine

Here are the highlights:

Why the New York City Marathon was her 2011 New Year’s resolution: “It was a test of my own strength and will” … “I wanted to prove to myself that I was still physically healthy and that I could do something to challenge myself.”

How going vegetarian for a year changed her outlook for good: “There’s a stigma attached to vegetarian food. My friends would say, ‘Oh, gosh, that’s no fun” … “But I discovered so many great dishes that I eat habitually now, because they’re delicious.”

Why she likes to train outdoors: “Getting outside and getting in touch with nature is such a spiritual cleanse for me.”

How that New Year’s resolution became a lifestyle: “I am so happy and proud to call myself a runner.”

What She Really Eats: Mya shares snapshots of her daily meat-free meals, including her favorite smoothie recipe

Mya’s issue of WOMEN’S RUNNING is on newsstands now.

See What Zoe Saldana Had To Say In The Latest Issue Of Marie Claire

On her relationship with husband Marco Perego: “I don’t do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew.”

On the biggest thing she’s learned about relationships: “Not to settle. If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

On disrespect: “I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. I don’t want to be the one going, ‘I’m cool, because I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re going to walk this earth knowing that there’s an individual who has no respect for you.”

Read more from Zoe’s Marie Claire cover story here.

Jessica Alba Covers The August Issue Of British GQ

Here’s what the Sin City star had to say about Paul Walker:

"He has a real childlike innocence. He was game to try anything and do anything. He treated everyone with respect and love. He was never treating anybody differently because of who they were.”

"He was really a guy’s guy. And loved his daughter so much and talked about her all the time. He never cared about Hollywood. He never cared about the hype."

About her famous role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:

“There’s more dancing, but the dancing’s really connected to the story,” she explains. “Nancy’s a bit of an alcoholic and a bit of a mess and she’s depressed and angry. The dances in the movie reflects where she’s at.”
“Then I was a girl, I was timid, I was afraid,” she says. “I was so insecure and now I’m a woman and it’s different… I’m more uninhibited.”

About her body:

“My legs I’m not as excited about all the time, but I wouldn’t cover up my stomach,” she admits. “That’s what women do. Enhance what we’ve got.”

FLOTUS Michelle Obama Covers The August 2014 Issue Of ESSENCE

Check out some of the highlights:

On Working Hard and Believing In Yourself:

"I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard."

On Opportunity and what we owe our Ancestors:

"We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school. And I still think about that."

On Preparing Sasha and Malia for the future:

"We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously."

Jhené Aiko Covers VIBE’s Summer 2014 Issue

Here are some highlights:

On songs about killing her ex lovers, like on “The Worst”

“I’ve never killed a guy, and I’ve never went to jail, but those are the things I have to get out of my head some way,” she says. “It’s writing a song and then turning my crazy thoughts into those moments where I’m like, I could really do that, but I’m not going to.”

On her real-life love style

She once gave a guy flowers from Walgreens (“He was like, ‘You’re making me feel like a bitch.’ He liked it, though.”) The biggest splurge gift: a boat ride, at $200 per hour, for a day-time excursion that she references on “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestlye),” singing: “I should’ve never fucked you on a boat on your birthday.”

On comparing her style and collabo partner Drake’s style

“Drake’s a conversation with a woman on a level of honesty,” says producer No I.D., who signed Jhené to his Def Jam imprint, Artium, in 2011. “Jhené represents the woman who talks to herself and deals with the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the spiritual and the ghetto.”

On preferring vapors or papers over blunts for the occasional stress reliever

“Everyone’s [singing] about weed now, ‘cause that’s the ‘in’ thing to do. I’m like ‘Do you even smoke?’” says Jhené, without singling anyone out. “You can tell when it’s contrived. You don’t have to do it. Talk about what you do.”

On her self-proclaimed “hood rat behavior”

Doing hood rat things was part of Jhené and her best friend Tynetta’s agenda. In fourth grade, they took a midnight Metrolink bus ride to Compton—“I told everyone about it. I felt so brave,” says Jhené. She gradually smartened up and later realized she was a lightweight after downing a whole bottle of brandy with two friends while one of their moms weren’t home. She woke up to vomit in the sheets. “I just remember having a ridiculous conversation, being loud,” says Jhené. “I probably had a hangover for the next two days. Until this day, I can’t drink brandy.”

Check out the full cover story over at VIBE.

Melissa McCarthy: Fearless and Funny on Rolling Stone’s New Cover

Here are some highlights:

On how she got her start in comedy:

“I really dressed to rival a drag queen, for sure,” she recalls. (“It was the time of Lady Miss Kier, RuPaul and Lady Bunny,” says Atwood.) “I had a gold lamé swing coat on, a huge wig, big eyelashes,” McCarthy recalls. “I talked about being incredibly wealthy and beautiful and living extravagantly.”

On how she was cast in Bridesmaids:

Improving with Kristen Wiig in front of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, McCarthy blacked out and began rambling about inter-species dolphin sex. “There’s not one thing you could have done to seem any stranger,” she said to herself in the car home. “Sex with a dolphin? Handplay with a dolphin! You just could not have been any weirder.” A year or so later, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film.

On her goth phase:

Early in high school, McCarthy was a preppy jock: a cheerleader and a student-council member. But when puberty hit, she dyed her hair blue-black, wore weirdo fishnets on her arms and snuck out to Chicago, where she’d frequent a club called Medusa’s and dance on scaffolding.

You can read the full interview here.

Rickey Smiley Covers The June/July 2014 Issue Of UPTOWN Magazine

Rickey on his career thus far:
"I’ve just had some great and wonderful opportunities but my opportunities now are just going through the roof. I have a diction coach now. I’ve been practicing. I read the teleprompter every day so I’m prepared."
Rickey on today’s comedy:
"It’s not about telling jokes anymore. You have to be a great storyteller. You got to bring people into your neighborhood. You got to be animated and years of experience [will] get you into that space and you just crack people up. And don’t take yourself so serious. That’s what brought on my success.”

Rickey on building his brand:
“I am excited about building the Rickey Smiley brand. I love having a sitcom and working on the set all day. I love having a syndicated radio show, getting up every morning and making people laugh all over the country and then taping Dish Nation. It’s hard work and that’s what it takes to get to the top and we’re on our way.”

Rickey on his Lil Darryl routine:
“Lil Darryl changed my life. It changed everybody’s life. That year every [fraternity and sorority], whoever had a line that year and the year after that and the year after that, somebody on line was named Lil Darryl. Even my Lil Darryl First 48 probably got a million hits on YouTube. Lil Darryl got a vine video that’s hilarious. I got kids that love Lil Darryl that were not even born when I first did it. Lil Darryl has been reborn.”

Rickey on being Steve Harvey’s protege:
“Steve Harvey put me on. He came to Birmingham and decided he was going to work with me. I was blessed to open up for his [tour] The Kings of Comedy a few times. I would have to be in the hotel lobby early to ride in the limousine with Steve and I was a nervous wreck.”

Rickey on being a father:
"I enjoy being the best father I can be and being an awesome father to the fatherless. My dad was murdered and taken away from me when I was 7 so I know what it’s like growing up without a dad. To be able to fill that void for somebody else is just incredible. I would actually pay money to do it."

Ricky & Uptown Magazine BTS here:

Magic & Cookie Johnson Discuss Their Relationship & Donald Sterling For The July 2014 Issue Of EBONY Magazine

“We had our ups and downs. We had a period where we were about to separate. There was a point where I was home all the time; he was working,” she continued. “Sometimes you start growing apart a little because he’s seeing new adventurous stuff. He’s out in the world. He’s growing. [But] I’m stagnant.”

Magic on Sterling’s remarks:
“I’m glad that I was able to stand up for our people and be the voice.”

Magic on changing:
“If I had kept going [that way] and the kids left, we would probably be divorced. Now we’re so connected to each other, but it took that situation to bring us back.” He also added, “I’ve always told Cookie, ‘The only thing I wanted was to grow old with you.’ [Now] we just look at each other and say how blessed we are.”

Magic on Cookie being a CEO:
“It’s so sexy,” he says with a wink. “It is beautiful to see her become this brand; this CEO.”

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