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 job when it came to their July/ August 2021 concern, which pieces GRAMMY elected vocalist Jazmine Sullivan and EMMY award-winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on it’s two extends plasters 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, designation Jazmine’s Tale, the vocalist opens up to Insecure co-creator/ writer/ producer Issa Rae about the importance of holding gap for Black maidens, care and the freedom of sharing her own journeying.

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

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The magazine writers were inspired to accompany the artistics 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 experience natural, and fortunately I had gone 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 signifies me writing my legends. So many of the carols 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 becoming straight-shooting from doing it to not being able to sleep. I was unruly, because I was still in the moment. And so I precisely started writing about it. I make my girlfriends hear the views, and they were like,’ Girl, do your thing–whatever this leads to.’ And it contributed significantly to my macrocosm opening up in such a different way…”

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


“Before now, I have actually really been concerned about uttering myself and get my floor out there–and beings have been incorporated into that. But for this project, it was important for me to share the stories of the women I adore and hold dear to my middle. I feel like they are just as banging and dynamic as me. And I want to give cavity and opportunity to women, period…”

She fulfilled her destination. That last EP was truly FIE!


“I feel like we get caught up in remembering there’s’ exclusively one’ of us. There can only be one R& B celebrity; there can only be one hip-hop girlfriend at a time. That’s not true. God was not stingy when He was holding out offerings. And you’re not the only person. There are many other women, extremely Black ladies, who can do what you do. And let’s all cause seats for each other to get out there and do that…”

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


“The first five minutes I was holding back ruptures, because I was like,’ Wow, this is the first time I’m actually speaking about my feelings. And it’s not in a song. It doesn’t require memo. 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 weepings even doing that. But after that first five minutes, I was surprised by how much I was experiencing speaking to somebody, and somebody listening to me, and I didn’t have to perform to get it on. But noting the liberty 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 located this new lady, and it’s a totally different experience. So you have to find the title being for you, that you actually want to open up to. But once you do that, a value elevates off of you–just from speaking, precisely from telling your story. And that’s what’ Heaux Tales’ was. It’s like,’ Tell it, girlfriend. Tell it. Set yourself free.’”

Finding the privilege therapist is so essential! We’re glad Jazmine is working on her mental health and that her music has helped with that salving. 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 flip for excerpts from Yahya’s feature.

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