If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. Ye debuts the newest YZY campaign featuring Candice Swanepoel, Jessie Reyez drops her highly anticipated album Yessie, and Mariah Carey rolls out surprises for Butterfly’s 25th anniversary—this is what you missed.
Ye Debuts Newest YZY Campaign Featuring Candice Swanepoel
As seen most notably on North West, Ye debuts his YZY SHDZ design for the latest YZY campaign. The style was designed with creative collaboration from Balenciaga’s very own Demna, whom Ye says he can “collectively present new ideas for our species” with. New campaign photos by Nick Knight feature model-extraordinaire Candice Swanepoel, pictured bald-headed wearing silver shades which are connected around the back of the head with a cord. Funny enough, we learned through Vogue that the bald head isn’t actually Candice’s, but Nick Knight’s, which was later photoshopped in. The sunglasses are futuristic—which Ye has made commentary on. He shares, “Saying something is in the future takes out the accountability of it needing to exist in our reality, and the fact that it’s 2022 and we don’t have the future we thought we were going to have.” While the campaign itself is photo focused, it communicates a bigger message to those who are receptive to leaving a better world for future generations. On top of being a long-time music fan of Kanye West, I subscribe to this message he shares through his fashion. And I’ve got to admit that these glasses can make anyone look cool as hell.
Cardi B Surprises Her Former School In More Ways Than One
Rap icon Cardi B made a visit to her former Bronx middle school on Tuesday to surprise almost 300 students between grades 6 and 8. Not only did she drop in to say hello and give an inspiring speech but she paid it forward by donating $100,000 to after-school programs. “This middle school … has a very special place in my heart!! It turned me from an 11-year-old girl into a little teenage adult,” she shared in an Instagram post, “kids in the Bronx have to grow up quickly [due] to our circumstances and our environment.” Cardi said she hopes her donations will create positive change in a program to help students to allow them to learn something they can take with them through life. She also alluded to a bigger project coming down the pipeline that she’s been working on for two years that is seemingly very close to her heart.
Jessie Reyez Drops Highly Anticipated ‘Yessie’
If you’re still heartbroken from your summer fling or recent toxic relationship, Jessie Reyez wants you to know that she understands with her sophomore album Yessie. The album is a collection of songs “forged from heartbreaks, hardships, and life grounded in something spiritual,” as Jessie tells us, and learning to love after being wounded from past traumatic experiences. The Toronto-based singer brings on 6LACK for her track “FOREVER”, Calvin Harris to produce “TITOS” and Tim Suby to co-produce 5 other tracks in the album. Fans have known Jessie for her authentic vulnerability and willingness to share her raw, unfiltered emotions and we continue to get that from her in this album but with the focal point shifted. Jessie assesses her past relationships and is now in a clearer, more mature headspace. This results in tracks like “MOOD”, where she sings, “The underdog great, you ain’t gotta love me now / Because you’ll love me late, I learned to love the rain / It’s all the same, still got a smile on my face.” She also seems to find the courage to love again in “HITTIN” with the verse “Letting my confessions out / ‘Cause I realized life’s too short.” It’s never easy to admit that you’re hurt or finding it harder for yourself to love again but hearing Jessie’s retelling of her stories and choosing to rise from her pain shows us maybe we’ll be just fine. Healing is never a linear process and may you find solace in Yessie’s heartfelt lyrics and buttery tunes.
Demi Lovato Says They May Stop Touring
Demi Lovato shares some sadder news for fans everywhere. She’s currently touring for her eighth studio album and took to Instagram stories to share that she maybe can’t do this part of entertaining anymore, “this next tour will be my last. I love and thank you guys.” Demi has previously been open about her past health struggles, specifically in a 2021 docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, detailing her struggles with mental illness and addiction. While this is sad news, I believe this to be an empowering message to other entertainers or people, in general, battling any health ailment to meet themselves where they are and honor their boundaries to protect their health. The current “Holy Fvck” tour is set to go on, as she is powering through and singing her heart out until her seemingly much-needed break.
Mariah Carey Rolls Out Surprises For 25th Anniversary of ‘Butterfly’
Even though Mariah Carey once said she’s stopped counting her own birthday at 17, I guess the same doesn’t go for her Butterfly album, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. She has long spoken about the special place Butterfly holds in her heart—same, Mariah—and has planned for the “Lambily” to commemorate the occasion, “#Butterfly25 is here!! Celebrating 25 … minutes … since the release of my favorite and probably most personal album.” If you need a gentle reminder of the bangers from this album, we’re talking “Breakdown”, “My All”, and of course, “Butterfly”. Mariah dropped an array of items in her online shop, including several t-shirts and sweatsuits, a rhinestone tank top, a beautiful butterfly tufted rug, an agent M handcuffs keychain, the Butterfly vinyl, oh, and obviously a pillow with her face on it. Excuse me while I go play “Honey” on repeat—not special to the occasion, that’s just weekly practice.