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YBF INTERVIEW: Celebrity Stylist Mariel Haenn

With New York fashion week kicking off tomorrow, we wanted to give our fab YBF readers an insider’s view on the hottest fall trends from coast to coast.  Also, dish on the must-have fashions this season from celebrity stylist, Mariel Haenn. And it doesn't hurt that she's a huge YBF fan. As you probably know, Mariel is the stylist credited with transforming Rihanna’s style, but she’s also worked with Keri Hilson, Kerry Washington, Lauren Conrad, Ciara, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay-Z, Common, and so many others.  The L.A. based stylist doesn’t just know about the hottest styles, she also knows simple ways to incorporate new trends into your current wardrobe – so even if you don’t have a celeb budget, you can still have a celeb caliber wardrobe with pieces. In fact, Mariel has teamed up with the MasterCard and Saks Fifth Avenue Fall 2009 Want it! Collection of statement pieces – the Rocker Boot, Vest and Forever Bag, to name a few – to provide readers simple ways to incorporate new trends into their current wardrobe and express their own personal style with versatile fashions.  YBF ATL Correspondent Eileen chit chatted with Mariel about the campaign and having the dream job of being a stylist to the hottest chicks and gents in the game... Click the jump for the interview....

Rick Ross Got ENGAGED?!

TIDBITS: Jay-Z, Tricky Stewart, Lamar Odom & Khloe K.

Performing at Chicago's House of Blue's last night

Janet Jackson Does Harper's Bazaar: Confirms Singledom & VMA Tribute

And this is why I heart me some Janet Jackson:

She is looking stunning with her Old Hollywood glamourpuss self on the cover of the October subscriber issue of Harper's Bazaar. It's her first interview since the death of her brother Michael. And she's opening up: Janet is also now single, recently breaking off her seven-year relationship with music producer Jermaine Dupri. Does she still believe in marriage? "For [some] people, sure! I don't know if I'll get married again. [She's been married twice, as a teen to James DeBarge and to choreographer Rene Elizondo.] I'll put it like this: If God wants me to, then I will." Dating? "Yeah, I've had people ask me out. I haven't entertained any offers thus far, but I'm locking myself in my work right now." Some might say boys smell anyway. "Yeah, they stink," she chuckles, "and they're dirty." Another interesting snippet: "I always wanted to have my mother's [Katherine Jackson] strength, but I didn't know if it was really there. But a few years back, something happened and I learned that I did." She fixes you with a keen gaze. "I'm not going to mention it, but we all know what it is. And now, coming off all this, it's even beyond that. I was just focused on my job at that moment within my family." She pauses. "Now at least I know that I can step up to the plate and not crumble when I'm needed. When it comes to something like this that is so, so serious, so painful, so traumatic, I can handle it."

Source for rest of article and pics: Harper's Bazaar

So she and J.D. are officially split, she's not sure if she'll ever re-marry, and she misses her brother deeply.  Speaking of that...

Believe what you heard! MTV has confirmed that Janet Jackson will OPEN this year's MTV Video Music Awards with a special tribute to her late brother, Michael Jackson. The awards air THIS Sunday, September 13 @ 9pm/8C. (The "True Blood" season finale re-airs later Sunday night for all you Fang Bangers.) More pics from Ms. Jackson's Bazaar shoot when you read the rest....

LADIES' NIGHT: "The September Issue" L.A. Screening+Rihanna's Vegas Pics+"ATL Housewives" Do "Ellen"

YBF chicks hit up The September Issue special screening in L.A. last night. And everyone was looking fab:

Kelly Rowland looked hot in all black and riding pants and a statement necklace.

Sanaa Lathan looked a bit summery but still cute.

Nicole Murphy brought her daughter along. And here's a few extra pics from Rihanna's Labor Day weekend in Vegas:

Cute.  More from all these ladies when you read the rest...

TIDBITS: MJB Covers Essence Bishop Weeks Getting REMARRIED+Princess & The Frog Official Trailer

For the umpteenth time. Mary J. Blige is Essence's cover girl. But at least she's looking fabulous:

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige graces the cover of ESSENCE's October issue (for the tenth time!) in a piece where she talks about her latest album, "Stronger;" her role in Tyler Perry's new movie, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself;" her foundation to help young women, the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN); and the 15th anniversary of her album "My Life." In honor of the album's milestone, ESSENCE asked its readers what they would like to ask Mary J. by posting more than 100 questions on Twitter and ESSENCE.com. Find out what burning questions Mary J.'s fans asked—and how she answered each of them from the heart.

Do you feel any pressure to keep pumping out hits because of the younger artists?—Angie Kyles, Los Angeles MARY J. BLIGE: I feel no pressure. I pump out hits for my fans. They just want to hear from me. I don't compete with the young generation, I learn from them. I listen to what they're saying, so I can get a little bit of that, so we can cross, so we can have an understanding and hear each other. When I listen to your music I can't help but feel the emotion, whether it is joy, pain, anger or bitterness. How do you control and channel your emotions to give us these great performances?—Adina Oubre, New Orleans Every lyric in my songs is real to me, so I channel the words and the feelings. Whatever those different songs are, they really are relatable to me. And then the fans give me the energy back, because they're basically saying, "It's us too Mary," so I just take it to the next level. I always wondered why, and I'm not hating on Faith Evans (I love her too), but were you to be the First Lady of Bad Boy?—Erica Neal,Columbus, Ohio If I wasn't signed to MCA, it could have been me, which I believe Puff would have wanted. But I understand Puff is a businessman, so he had to go get his First Lady, which I understand. It took me a couple of years to understand, but you know, after a while I was like, "Oh, okay. He had to do that," because he didn't have a female artist over there. The rest of the article is here.

And look who's getting remarried:

Bishop Thomas Weeks has more than moved on from his tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Juanita Bynum. He's getting married to a chick young enough to be his daughter. Why are we not surprised?  His bride to be is Christina Glenn and they're getting hitched this October.

And here's the OFFICIAL trailer for Disney's The Princess And The Frog movie. Too excited about this. News on 50 Cent when you read the rest...

EVENT FAB: Paper Magazine Party+Precious Screening+"Get Schooled" Premiere

The Paper Magazine part/HP 25th Anniversary Party went down last night at the NY Public Library.  And Amber Rose and Kanye were there for the fashion mag's festivities:

Hot look.  Speaking of these two, they also hit up the Lee Daniels film Precious after screening dinner:

Amerie and Queen Latifah hit up the Paper mag party too:

And Monica performed for the Viacom sponsored "Get Schooled" premiere:

She loves this look I see. More pics from these events when you read the rest...