Beyoncé Covers Harpers Bazaar, Talks Privacy & Personal Evolution
In a deeply reflective interview with Harper's Bazaar, Beyoncé reflects on her personal and professional evolution. "I’ve spent so many years trying to better myself and improve whatever I’ve done that I’m at a point where I no longer need to compete with myself," she told the outlet. "I have no interest in searching backwards. The past is the past. I feel many aspects of that younger, less evolved Beyoncé could never f*** with the woman I am today."
Bey also touched on her noticeable decision to dial back on offering up her personal life for public consumption. "One day I decided I wanted to be like Sade and Prince," she explained. "I wanted the focus to be on my music, because if my art isn’t strong enough or meaningful enough to keep people interested and inspired, then I’m in the wrong business."
Florida Governor Threatens to Withhold Pay Over School Mask Mandates
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the state Board of Education could withhold the pay of superintendents and school board leaders who issue mask mandates in their respective school districts, NPR reports. The move comes after some school leaders ignored DeSantis' executive order, which banned districts from requiring students to wear face masks. Presently, the CDC recommends universal masking for students, staff, teachers, and visitors of K-12 schools "regardless of vaccination status."
Biden Extends Student Loan Repayment Pause
An additional six months have been added to the repayment pause for federal loan borrowers. Friday, the Biden administration announced that repayment of loans will be not be required until January 31, 2022. The pause, which was implemented in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, was set to expire in October. "This will give the Department of Education and borrowers more time and more certainty as they prepare to restart student loan payments," Biden explained in a White House press statement. "It will also ensure a smoother transition that minimizes loan defaults and delinquencies that hurt families and undermine our economic recovery."
Ludacris and Wife, Eudoxie, Welcome Baby Girl
Monday, Ludacris announced that he and his wife, Eudoxie, are the proud parents of a brand new baby girl. Named after Eudoxie's late grandmother, the family's new addition is called Chance Oyali, according to Page Six. Chance, who is Luda's fourth baby girl, was born on July 28. “So far I’m a girl dad, if I ever had any doubt in my mind I’m loving every minute of it. I turned into the dad that doesn’t know how to say no, and if they put those sad faces on it’s very difficult for me to be the hard parent," expressed the rapper-turned-actor.