Double The Sexy: Essence Debuts Dual July/August Covers Featuring Jazmine Sullivan And Yahya Abdul Mateen II

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ESSENCE July / August covers featuring Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Jazmine Sullivan

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ESSENCE Magazinedefinitely understood the allocation when it came to their July/ August 2021 problem, which aspects GRAMMY nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan and EMMY award-winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on it’s two comprises spreads dedicated to the “ESSENCE Festival of Culture” and “Summer Screen Kings” respectively.

Keep reading for excerpts from both of their interviews!

For ESSENCE’s feature on Sullivan, titled Jazmine’s Tale, the vocalist opens up to Insecure co-creator/ novelist/ farmer Issa Rae about the importance of harbour seat for Black maidens, rehabilitation and the freedom of sharing her own outing.

ESSENCE July / August covers featuring Yahya Abdul Mateen II and Jazmine Sullivan

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The magazine journalists were inspired to raise the creatives together after their tweets about collaborating went viral…

Check out excerpts from the article below.


“I wish I could say I had a master plan, but I actually didn’t. I was just doing what sense natural, and luckily I had come with a record company and with people who allowed me to do that. But for me, I just wanted to express myself in the most natural way, and that symbolizes me writing my legends. So many of the psalms at that time came from a lot of the childish stuff I was going through. For example, busting spaces out of an ex’s car and literally leading straight-out from doing it to not being able to sleep. I was unruly, because I was still in the moment. And so I just started writing about it. I cause my lovers hear the views, and they were like,’ Girl, do your thing–whatever this leads to.’ And it contributed significantly to my nature opening up in such a different way…”

Wow … so she really busted ol’ boy’s windows huh.


“Before now, I had really time been concerned about carrying myself and getting my narrative out there–and parties have connected to that. But for such projects, it was important for me to share the stories of the women I affection and hold dear to my mettle. I feel like they are just as banging and dynamic as me. And I want to give infinite and opportunity to women, period…”

She reached her objective. That last EP was truly FIE!


“I feel like we get caught up in belief there’s’ simply one’ of us. There can only be one R& B superstar; there can only be one rap girl at a time. That’s not true. God was not stingy when He was paying out offerings. And you’re not the only person. There are many other women, especially Black wives, who can do what you do. And let’s all create seats for each other to get out there and do that…”

She’s preaching a whole sermon right here. Black women earn when we come together instead of participating!


“The first five minutes I was holding back rips, because I was like,’ Wow, this is the first time I’m actually speaks with my feelings. And it’s not in a song. It doesn’t require indicates. I don’t need to impress anybody with what it is that I’m actually doing. This is the first time.’ So I was holding back rips even doing that. But after that first five minutes, I was surprised by how much I was enjoying speaking to somebody, and somebody listening to me, and I didn’t have to perform to do it. But find the claim therapist is a process–because I went to therapy one time, years ago, and I detested its own experience, and I feel like it stopped me from going for a long time. And then I ascertained this new lady, and it’s a totally different experience. So you have to find the title party for you, that you actually want to open up to. But once you do that, a value heaves off of you–just from speaking, exactly from telling your story. And that’s what’ Heaux Tales’ was. It’s like,’ Tell it, girlfriend. Tell it. Set yourself free.’”

Finding the liberty therapist is so essential! We’re glad Jazmine is working on her mental health and that her music has helped with that soothing. It sure helped us! What’s your favorite song off’ Heaux Tales ‘?

In case you missed it, Jazmine Sullivan is the ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola headliner. The carnival will stream across two weekends June 25 -2 7 and July 2-4 on ESSENCE.com and ESSENCEStudios.com.

Hit the fling for excerpts from Yahya’s feature.

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