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We gave you a teaser of VIBE’s June/July cover a couple of weeks ago. It featured a backward-facing Erykah Badu covered in black paint: SNEAK PEEK: Erykah Badu’s Nude VIBE Cover

But now she’s finally turned around. Above is the official cover of the issue, set for release.

In the story titled “Arts & Craft”, written by Chloé A. Hilliard and shot by photographer Erin Patrice O’Brien, Badu talks going naked and the importance of having a good partner.

Nicki Minaj is also featured on the double-cover issue. See it here: PASS OR FAIL? Nicki Minaj’s Vibe Magazine Cover


ON HER “WINDOW SEAT “VIDEO: “I look at some other videos. I’m not naming names, because I don’t want that to be mentioned. There is the thing with sexuality. I’m naked for 13 seconds, and these people are naked the whole time and gyrating and saying come “lick on my lollipop,” and “suck on my cinnamon roll,” and, you know, suggesting sex. People are uncomfortable with sexuality that’s not for male consumption. could be ‘cause I did it in public too. Do you think people would have been complaining if I had on high-heel shoes?”

ON HER BOYFRIEND: “I am a big fan and a supporter of [Jay Electronica’s] evolution and growth as an artist. I write all his rhymes. I’m joking. [laughs.] I’m always amazed and impressed with the things he comes up with. He definitely does what a partner is supposed to do, that is, evolve you.”

ON HER 3 CHILDREN, 3 DIFFERENT FATHERS: “I was 27 when I had Seven. I was already a vegetarian. I had been for 10 years. I had started making choices that would shape me for the rest of my life. I never thought to measure by each child. My children are six years apart. It wasn’t planned, just how the relationships rolled out. I’ve had three unorthodox marriages of sorts. I’ve had the benefit of having substantial amount of time with people, mind-building time.”

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