Beyonce and Balmain Launch Beychella-Inspired Apparel to Benefit Black Students

Beyoncé fans will be able to relive the Beychella experience thanks to a new capsule collection inspired by the wardrobe that Queen Bey wore during her epic performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The superstar singer teamed up with French luxury fashion house Balmain to create a six-piece collection that includes hoodies and T-shirts emblazoned with her initials in Greek letters and other sorority-style graphics. They will come in pink, yellow, and black.

Back in April, Beyoncé became the first African American woman to headline Coachella and delivered an unapologetically black performance that paid tribute to HBCUs and black Greek fraternities and sororities, in addition to Malcolm X, Nina Simone, and African queen Nefertiti. The prices for the new Beyoncé x Balmain collection, however, will be too steep for the average college student. T-shirts are expected to cost about $ 290.95, while sweatshirts will run around $ 1,785.22. As an alternative, fans have the option to shop online for Beyoncé‘s “Homecoming” collection, which offers fraternity and sorority-styled gear at more affordable prices.

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According to Vogue, the 36-year-old entertainer and Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, developed the idea to launch an apparel line while Rousteing’s team was designing the looks Beyoncé wore at Coachella. It took months to craft each custom-made costume, which included a Nefertiti-inspired cape and headpiece along with several logos that referenced black Greek college culture.

“I can say today, with absolute confidence, that collaborating with Beyoncé on her Coachella concerts is destined to be one of the most important and treasured memories of my career,” said Rousteing in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “She’s a goddess, blessed with an incredibly beautiful voice and a moral vision to match … Her level of obsessive perfectionism matches mine, so we loved poring over everything — literally everything — together; making sure that we agreed on every tiny, teeny detail of the two enormous collections that we created together for her, her family, and her 200-plus dancers and band members.”

All proceeds from the Beyoncé x Balmain collection benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to help students of color attend college. Rousteing said the UNCF was selected in response to their “need to repay an obvious debt for the inspiration we received from the signature spirit and legacy of America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).”

The capsule will be released Friday, July 13, at the Balmain flagship store in Paris and online on Saturday, July 14.

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Beyonce And Jay Z Take Gorgeous Pics Alongside Blue Ivy, During Mini Break From Their Tour

Beyonce and Jay Z have been very busy while on their joint On the Run II world tour, but they found some free time during which they could just relax with the family. Beyonce took to her social media of choice, Instagram, to share a few fantastic photos featuring her at the seaside alongside her rapper hubby and six year old daughter Blue Ivy.

One snap was of the married power couple posing on some stone steps and even though the photos were supposed to be casual and personal ones from their mini vacation, they still looked like superstars.

Queen Bey stunned in a colorful dress while Jay Z wore a polo shirt and a pair of black pants.

As to create ambiance and to give a little but more personality to the photo, Beyonce took her white heels off and placed them near a Corona bottle.

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But that was not their only snap. In the slideshow, there was also one that featured the family on the dock of a boatyard.

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The infant twins, Rumi and Sir, were nowhere to be seen during the family photo shoot but Blue Ivy definitely was!

The photos were not accompanied by any captions but we have heard that Beyonce and Jay Z were invited to the wedding of Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, in Spain so that might be where they were when they took the pics.

The star studded ceremony was a way for the couple to distress as they are currently on their European leg of their tour and these sort of things can be really tiring and stressful.

Not to mention that their latest date did not even go smoothly. Beyonce remained stranded on a flying stage when it malfunctioned, and staff had to bring a ladder just to get her down.

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Celebrity Stylist Zerina Akers Opens Up About Her Personal Journey, Black Designers, and Working with Beyoncé [Photos]

If you’ve been wondering why Beyoncé’s fashion game has been on point lately, it’s because of celebrity stylist Zerina Akers.

As Beyoncé’s “personal stylist and wardrobe curator,” Zerina is the woman responsible for the looks you see on Bey’s Instagram as well as recent music videos.

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Look-by-look and client-by-client, Zerina’s continuing to make a name for herself in MAJOR ways.

In an interview with Le Magazine Noir, Zerina keeps it real about how she manages her work ethic, the importance of uplifting Black designers, and her proudest moment.

Check out a few excerpts:

On managing her work ethic: I recently turned 30 and I’ve decided that my 20s were for working hard, my 30s will be about working smart, and I will enjoy it all in my 40s. I don’t have a lot of time so I try to spend it wisely. When I have moments to just be with my people and be in my home, I make sure to cherish it and make it count. For me, now is about investing my time into what I want to create, and who I want  to be. In between pulls or running errands, I’ll try to catch up with my friends and family over the phone and make sure that no matter what they know that I think about them and I love them.

On Black designers: “There is so much talent in the World and often not enough resources for some people to truly express themselves through their craft. I have watched many young designers grow but I have also watched many designers stray away from their dreams. I just try to support them as much as I can because sometimes it’s the most simplest moment that can completely launch someone’s career and completely change their life.”

On working on Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ hat look: “That was the fist time I realized that I can create work that will OUTLIVE MYSELF. That look was composed of all INDIE designers and became it’s own moment, it’s own image.”

You can read more of what Zerina has to say here.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Continue to Surprise on Joint Album Everything Is Love

Leave it to Beyoncé and Jay-Z to redefine what “pulling a Beyoncé” can be. Last Saturday, the pair headlined London Stadium as part of their joint On the Run II Tour, and at the end of their career-spanning set a message flashed on the screens: “ALBUM OUT NOW.” And there it was, on the home screen of the streaming platform Tidal (in which Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a controlling stake): Everything Is Love, credited to The Carters, an exquisitely produced happy ending to the cheating-heart narrative that unspooled on Beyoncé’s gravity-defying 2016 album Lemonade and Jay-Z’s terse yet personal 2017 release 4:44.

Rumors that this power couple would someday release a joint album have long been grist for pop’s mill, with Jay telling The New York Times last year that he and his wife had been using art “almost like a therapy session.” Everything was finished just a few hours before its splashy release, although its meticulous craft suggests otherwise. (“[Beyoncé and Jay-Z] don’t have rules,” producer Andre Lyon, who worked on the album as part of the production duo Cool & Dre, told Rolling Stone. “No one can get away with the things they do—and when I say get away with, I mean pull off.”) The album recalls other blockbuster duets in R&B and hip-hop—particularly Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s besotted soul sides, as well as Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s hip-hop-minded update of that pair’s 1968 smash “You’re All I Need to Get By”—as it plays with public perceptions of the duo’s relationship. Yet it incorporates too many of-the-moment elements to feel anything but timely: There are ad-libs from the Atlanta rap upstarts Migos, beats that take cues from the minimalist hip-hop subgenre trap, lyrical rebukes to the NFL and the Grammys, and cryptic references to other boldfaced names.

Everything opens with “Summer,” a lush ballad that sounds tailor-made for song-of-the-summer status. It also sets the thematic, if not musical, tone for the rest of the album: Beyoncé and Jay have weathered the storms of previous years and are ready to get back to the drunk-in-love business of beachside fun, shared plans, and knocking the rest of the world on their heels with their individual and combined success.

Over the course of Everything’s nine songs, the duo acknowledge bumps—subpoena-brandishing investigators, streaming services who don’t share the wealth, shady friends—while remaining resilient and focused, both on each other and on their art. Beyoncé’s swagger-filled rapping is as dead-serious as it is delightful: Her half-sung, half-rapped hook on “713” flaunts her mighty pipes and streetwise skills while throwing in some vocal processing that echoes the ’90s G-funk era; her demands for “respeck on my check” on “Apes–t” reframe the wage-gap issue in a radio-ready way; and her admonition of Spotify on the flinty, Pharrell-assisted “Nice” ends with a quote from the 1998 cult flick Half-Baked that’s as unprintable as it is cheer-inducing. Jay’s boasts are also in ample supply as he shouts out sellout crowds and big-ticket brands, although in a continuation of the openness he exhibited on 4:44, he pulls back the curtain on the couple’s origin story on “713” while also noting that life for black men in America is only made easier by black women.

Everything Is Love closes with “Black Effect” and “Lovehappy,” both of which return to the string-laden classic-soul sonics of the album’s opeer. The former examines America’s complex racial politics before making a simple declaration: “The Chitlin’ Circuit is stopped/ Now we in stadiums,” Jay declares, calling back to the path black musicians had to take during the era of racial segregation while flicking at how he and his wife have reached music’s highest echelons not just in their home country, but around the world. “Lovehappy,” a gorgeously plush ballad with sparkling synths and trilling strings, ends things on a hopeful note, the couples’ back-and-forth banter sounding like it was taken from the therapy sessions Jay mentioned (“Love is deeper than your pain and I believe you can change,” Beyoncé growls at one point) before bubbling over into a sighing “happy in love.”

Nearly two decades after their first meeting (the encounter Jay describes in “713” happened in 2000), Beyoncé and Jay-Z have ascended to celebrity’s highest heights by playing it close to the vest. They’re the masters of indulging the gossip-industrial complex’s hunger for “the real story” while also holding on tight to whatever the actual story might be. Everything Is Love’s melding of the personal and the imperial, the old-school and the next-wave, and the soulful and the stubborn give away the real story: Years later, The Carters still inspire each other to push harder and aim higher as they salute their love of each other, and of their art.


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Jay-Z and Beyonce Pulled the Ultimate Power Couple Move and Surprised Everyone With a New Album

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper’s disgust at this year’s Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

The album features Beyonce rapping on songs more than she has done on previous releases.

One song that has a profanity in its title includes Jay-Z lashing out at the Grammys. He was the top nominee at February’s awards show, but left empty-handed.

The rapper also says he turned down the NFL Super Bowl halftime show, rapping that the league needs him more than he needs them.

Blue Ivy ends the song “BOSS” with a shout-out to her 1-year-old brother and sister, Rumi and Sir.

In 2013, Beyonce released the self-titled album “Beyonce” without any notice.


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Watch: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Release ‘APESH*T’ Visual From New Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’ [Video]

Not only did Beyoncé and Jay-Z release joint album, ‘Everything Is Love’ — but The Carters also gave us a six-minute visual.

The video is for “APESH*T” and you can watch it in full (without TIDAL) below.

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Must Be Nice! Beyoncé Wore a $10,000 Victorian-Inspired Gown to Renew Her Vows [Photo]

When Beyoncé and Jay-Z kicked of their ‘On the Run II’ tour last week in Cardiff, England, fans were treated to footage of The Carters dressed in white and surrounded by their children, Blue Ivy, 6, and twins Rumi and Sir, 11 months.

It appeared to be a vow renewal ceremony,.

Designer Galia Lahav confirmed in a press release that the ceremony was indeed a “vow renewal” and that Beyoncé wore the label’s “Thelma” style wedding dress.

It’s a stunning dress. Now, we just need Beyoncé to drop photos (and more video) of her in it so we can see her in all her glory.

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Beyoncé Buys Old Church in New Orleans for $850,000

Beyoncé is the proud owner of a historic church in New Orleans.

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Queen Bey’s the new owner of a stone structured, 7,500 sq. ft house of God in The Big Easy. The New Orleans church — which is more than 100 years old — was listed at $ 850,000 … but it’s unclear if she got a divine discount.

We’re told Beyonce’s church was built in the early 1900s, but has been out of commission as a place of worship for some time due to its church members passing away.

Looks like it could be revival time though … and Beyonce shouldn’t have any issues finding folks willing to get in formation and join her congregation. Her sister, Solange, lives nearby, too.

Speaking of … a San Francisco church held the first ever “Beyonce Mass” a few weeks ago and had more than 900 people show up for it.

Imagine what the turnout would be at the actual Church of Bey.

A few years ago, it was rumored that Beyoncé and Jay Z bought another church-turned-mansion in New Orleans. It’s unclear if that sale ever went through.

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Chance The Rapper Says Beyoncé Is Better Performer Than Michael Jackson At Dillard Graduation

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Chance the Rapper wants to secure a Beyoncé feature so bad bruh. While speaking at the commencement for Dillard University, the Chicago MC told the assembled graduated that Queen Bey’s Coachella performance was better than any of Michael Jackson’s, ever. 

This guy.

We get what Chance was trying to say—you have to aspire to be greater than your predecessors. That’s cool.

But there’s a time and a place for that. The focus should be on the graduates, not a petty debate.

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Did Tidal Fake 300 Million Streams For Beyonce And Kanye West?

Tidal—Jay-Z’s music streaming platform—is being accused of manipulating its audience’s listening numbers for albums by Beyoncé and Kanye West in order to pay out larger royalties to the artists’ music labels. An investigation, which began in 2017 by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv found that Tidal massively inflated 320 million plays for Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s Life of Pablo albums.

Details:

After Tidal’s acquisition by Jay-Z, Beyoncé and West both exclusively launched their albums on the platform the following year and have since received disproportionate shares of royalties to the detriment of other artists, according to Agence France Presse report.

Dagens Næringsliv, a financial newspaper, said it obtained a hard drive containing extensive data from an anonymous source that indicates that the royalties paid out were excessive. Tidal paid Sony Music $ 2.5 million in April and May 2016 for Lemonade tracks listened to by its members. It also claims that Malmo, a Swedish-based company paid $ 3 million to Universal Music in February and March of the same year to cover its users playing songs from The Life of Pablo.

The Breakdown:

In March 2016, the firm claimed that Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, a six-week exclusive on its platform, had been streamed 250 million times in just 10 days. At the same time, TIDAL claimed that its platform had surpassed 3 million subscribers. These numbers meant that, on average, every single TIDAL subscriber would have had to be playing the Kanye album over eight times a day. Similar suspicions were triggered by the success of Beyonce’s record-breaking Lemonade a couple of months later. TIDAL claimed that Lemonade was streamed 306m times on its platform in its first 15 days post-release.

With the global appeal of Kanye West and Beyoncé, the figures Tidal reported aren’t far-fetched, however, data from trusted music industry research firm Midia in the same month found that TIDAL’s subscriber base only included 1 million people worldwide.

Forensic Evidence:

To support their claims, DN enlisted the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which has also published its own report. According to the BBC, the analysis indicates that 320 million false play records were logged for both albums and affected more than 1.7 million user accounts.

“Due to the targeted nature and extent of the manipulation, it is very unlikely that this manipulation was solely the result of a code-based bug or other anomalies,” their study said.

A spokesman for the university added: “Our researchers have used advanced statistical analysis methods to reach this conclusion. However we cannot, based on the data provided to us, determine the source of the manipulation.”

The Next Web puts it in plain English:

According to them the data manipulation is too specific, too targeted, to be the result of a bug or a technical flaw. Furthermore, there are none of the typical traces that usually indicate a breach from the outside. Thus, it’s most likely the manipulation was internal.

Read the full report here

Human Element:

DN also reported that it had identified and tracked down several Tidal users from the logs. It said they had disputed listening to the two albums’ songs as frequently as the records indicated and in some cases had evidence they would not having been using the app at the registered times.

DN tracked down 34-year-old Tiare Faatea, a law student in Washington DC, whose streaming logs played tracks from Beyoncé’s Lemonade 180 times within 24 hours.

“No, that can’t be right, I love Beyoncé, but 11 hours a day is completely impossible.”

Geir Rakvaag, a music critic and Tidal subscriber supposedly played Life of Pablo 96 times in a single day—with 54 plays in the middle of the night.

“It’s physically impossible,” he says.

Danish composer and musician Halfdan E. Nielsen’s numbers were also manipulated. He tells DN he initially was enthusiastic about Tidal’s business model, which puts emphasis on high-quality music and proper pay for the musicians involved. “This was supposed to be the way for the music industry to go—the future,” he tells DN, “but now I feel Tidal deserves to get sued the hell out of it.”

Statement from Tidal:

This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an “Israeli Intelligence officer” and our owner as a “crack dealer.” We expect nothing less from them than this ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods. The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously.

Response from DN’s Editor-In-Chief:

“We have since February tried to get comments from Tidal to our well-documented story. They have not been willing to answer detailed questions about the manipulated data. Tidal let the company’s American lawyers answer. And their response was that the data were stolen and manipulated by us. This is of course not true.”

The said article ran by DN early in 2017 in Norwegian, translated to English by Black Enterprise opened with the blurb:

“When 16 of the world’s biggest pop stars, a convicted cocaine smuggler and a former Israeli intelligence officer failed to get enough customers for Jay-Z’s Tidal, the company began to blow up the subscription figures.”

Tidal, which has its main offices in Oslo was bought by Jay-Z in 2015 for $ 56 million and has received significant coverage from the daily financial newspaper ever since. According to Variety, the quotes reference descriptions of Jay-Z and Tidal COO/Roc Nation executive Lior Tibon in a previous Dagens Næringsliv article, “which were technically accurate at one time but are decades out of date.”

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Beyonce Fans Drag Kim K For Recycling Singer’s 2011 Versace Gown For Met Gala After-Party

Uh-oh! Kim Kardashian channeled Donatella Versace for the Met after party on May 7, but fans are trolling her because Beyonce wore the exact same look in 2011. See the comparison here!

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Watch: Beyoncé and Solange Take a Tiny Tumble During Their Coachella Weekend 2 Performance [Video]

Beyoncé and Solange had a tiny misstep on stage Saturday night during Bey’s second Coachella set.

While they were dancing to “Get Me Bodied” like they did during weekend one, Beyoncé tried to pick Solange up for a hug and it didn’t quite work out as planned.

In seconds, they both hit the ground and turned the moment into a rather cute recovery.

Take a look:

 

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Beyonce Switches Things Up — A Bit — for Coachella Weekend 2 (Photos)

Wherever Beyonce goes, gossip precedes her, and rumors abounded that she would dramatically change up her world-beating Coachella performance last Saturday for the festival’s second weekend — one of her dancers even told Variety that the performers would “switch up a couple things.” While there were some tweaks — mostly different outfits, although J Balvin […]

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Beyoncé Performs Black National Anthem, Reunites Destiny’s Child & More At Coachella

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Beyoncé just may be the greatest entertainer all time. After performing the Black National Anthem, reuniting Destiny’s, having Jay-Z come through and much more during her show-stopping Coachella set last night (April 14), that’s becoming less debatable. 

Bey’s performance was unapologetically Black, and it was glorious. She didn’t have to come out to “Life Every Voice and Sing” or dish out the HBCU vibes, but she damn sure did.

To say that Bey’s performance was Internet breaking is an understatement.

If you weren’t there, or couldn’t get to a livestream, Twitter had you covered. See the reactions and clips below and on the flip.

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All the Wedding Videos & Photos Beyoncé & JAY-Z Have Shared in Honor of Their 10th Anniversary

A decade ago, on April 4, 2008, Beyoncé and JAY-Z married on the fourth day in the fourth month of the year in honor of their shared favorite number. (She was born Sept. 4, he was born Dec. 4 and they have “IV” tattoos on their left ring fingers.)

And very little has been shared from the top-secret, super-intimate wedding ceremony due to Bey, 36, and JAY, 48, requiring their 40 guests, including Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, to abide by a no recording devices rule. Even their proposal has been kept hush-hush, though the couple delighted fans with a mock proposal at the 2014 Met Gala when Beyoncé’s ring fell off during her red carpet photo op.

However, last year, proud mom Tina Knowles Lawson toasted to her daughter and son-in-law’s ninth wedding anniversary by sharing a never-before-seen black-and-white portrait of the couple walking down the aisle right after they said their “I do’s.”

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“It was a very emotional wedding — lots of crying — and really very spiritual,” a source told PEOPLE at the time of the soirée, held at the rapper’s 13,500-sq.-ft. Manhattan penthouse and decorated with 70,000 Dendrobium orchids flown in from Thailand. The couple obtained a marriage license at a village hall in Scarsdale, New York.

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The pair — who are now parents to 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 9-month-old twins Rumi and Sir — celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary with fans when they shared a video, titled “Die with You,” which she captioned, “4.4.17,” with two blue hearts.

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Images from their ceremony were also seen in Beyoncé’s 2016 standalone video for the Lemonade track “All Night” in which home video from their nuptials showed the epic wedding dress made by her mom.

In April 2015, JAY-Z posted a video of the big day on Instagram. Though his account has since been deleted, the clip showed he and his wife exchanging vows before Jay slid a wedding ring on Queen Bey’s finger. For the first time, fans were able to see her favorite color — blue! — painted on her nails.

And if you were among the lucky concert attendees of their joint On the Run tour in 2014, Beyoncé and JAY-Z aired footage from their wedding during their sets.

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Also in 2011, Beyoncé shared two photos of gown fittings in the music video for “I Was Here” which showed behind-the-scenes footage of the making of her white strapless sweetheart gown with a curve-hugging bodice, billowing skirt and dramatic train.

Ms. Tina previously admitted that her daughter was not a fan of her mother’s wedding design. “ was so sweet to let me do that. She came back later one day and she said, ‘You know, when my daughter gets married, I’m going to let her pick out her own dress.’ Maybe she wasn’t so excited about it at the time, but she’s a sweetheart,” she told Today in April 2016.

In November 2008, Beyoncé told Essence magazine that she wanted to forego an engagement ring. “People put too much emphasis on that. It’s just material and it’s just silly to me,” she said. “What Jay and I have is real. We’ve been together a long time. We always knew it would happen.”

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The 21-time Grammy winner also previously discussed their long-standing romance that began when she first met JAY-Z at 18 years old.

“There was no rush — no one expected me to run off and get married,” she also told Seventeen in November 2008.I really don’t believe that you will love the same thing when you’re 20 as you do at 30. So that was my rule: Before the age of 25, I would never get married. I feel like you have to get to know yourself, know what you want, spend some time by yourself, and be proud of who you are before you can share that with someone else.”

Though photos of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s wedding are rare to come by, fans have been able to witness the couple taking part in sister Solange’s November 2014 wedding to husband Alan Ferguson as well as Tina’s April 2015 wedding to Richard Lawson.

Fast forward to the present, Beyoncé has discussed her marriage in her sixth studio album, Lemonade, and JAY-Z referenced their relationship in his 13th studio album, 4:44. And in March, the power duo announced the sequel to their 2014 tour by revealing the dates for the OTR II Tour which kicks off on June 6 in Cardiff, England.


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Beyoncé and Gucci Team Up to Provide 120,000 Women and Children in East Africa With Clean Water

Beyoncé has teamed up with Gucci to provide thousands of people in the East African country of Burundi with clean water. The 36-year-old superstar singer and philanthropist made the announcement Thursday, World Water Day, on her website. The post reads:

Beyoncé’s BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, UNICEF, and now Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE have joined forces to help bring safe water to the most vulnerable women and children in the “Heart of Africa.” Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water.

 

With your help, nearly half a million people will gain access to safe water, as BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, UNICEF, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE will support building water supply systems for healthcare facilities and schools, and the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts.

 

The first 35 wells have now been completed, and BEYGOOD4BURUNDI is set to reach 366,000 women and children by 2020.

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Everything You Should Know About Vegan Diets Before Copying Beyoncé

According to Queen Bey, it’s “vegan time.”

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Beyoncé Becomes The First Woman To Have Three Albums Surpass One Billion Streams On Spotify

Ever since her husband, Jay Z, has launched his own streaming service, TIDAL, Beyoncé has remained loyal and only had her full discography available via that service. That hasn’t stopped her albums from gaining more listens than those whose albums …

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As Beyoncé Loses Instagram Title She Sets Bigger Record On Spotify

Beyoncé may have lost her Instagram “like” crown to Kylie Jenner this week, but the singer has set another record based on the amount of folks who like her product.

Bey has just become the first woman to have three albums surpass a billion streams on Spotify, MTV reports. The album that gave Beyoncé the record was 2011’s “4,” which just hit one billion streams. That album, which featured “1+1”, “Run the World (Girls),” and “Love on Top.” The other two earning a billion Spotify streams are 2008’s “I Am… Sasha Fierce” and her 2013 visual album.

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Perhaps most impressive about Beyoncé’s latest feat is that she broke the record without even having her entire discography on Spotify, as she’s remained loyal to her husband Jay-Z’s streaming service TIDAL since its 2015 launch. One of her albums currently missing from Spotify is her most recent, “Lemonade.”

Meanwhile, Beyonce lost her “most-liked” title on Instagram to Kylie Jenner this week. In 2017, Bey’s pregnancy announcement of her twins Rumi and Sir Carter took the top spot generated 11.2 million likes.

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Jenner’s post of her newborn baby girl Stormi Webster on Wednesday amassed more than 14 million likes.

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Blue Ivy Had a Strong Reaction to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Clapping at the Grammys

Nobody tells Beyoncé what to do — except her six-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

Blue Ivy was in attendance at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden with her mother and father, Jay-Z. During “Havana” singer Camila Cabello’s speech about the importance of Dreamer children, Beyoncé tried to clap — but Blue Ivy wasn’t having it.

The six-year-old was caught on camera appearing to shush her mother before warning her father not to clap as well.

The interaction only lasted a few seconds, but it was not missed by a number of Grammy viewers, who shared their thoughts on social media.

Moral of the story: do not clap until Blue Ivy tells you to.


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Beyoncé, The Weeknd & Eminem To Headline Coachella 2018

This year’s lineup for the 2018 Coachella festival is packed with all your favorite artist. After 14 months of waiting, hoping and guessing promoters have released the list.

USA Today reports that The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem will be headlining the event for April 13-15 and April 20-22.

Fans will be more than happy to see Beyoncé back on stage. Last year she didn’t perform at the event because she was pregnant with her twins Rumi and Sir Carter. She gave birth to them in June of 2017.

Tickets for the music-filled weekend go on sale Friday, January 5, 2018, at Coachella.com. General admission passes cost $ 429 including taxes. The Festival pass with the shuttle cost $ 504. And if you’re going for the VIP Festival passes, they cost $ 999 with VIP parking at $ 150.

Check out the tweet below to see other artists that will be performing at Coachella.

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Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd to Headline Coachella 2018

Making good on her promise from last year, Beyoncé will headline the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival along with Eminem and The Weeknd. The first of two weekends kicks off on April 13 to 15, and ends the following weekend April 22.
Additional performers include SZA; Haim; Odesza; Tyler, the Creator; Portugal. The Man, and Kygo. Tickets go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. P.T. on Coachella.com. The attraction of the desert festival is not only the music, but the slew of celebrities and parties thrown by brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s Revolve, Pop Sugar and Bumble.
The complete list of performers is below, in alphabetical order.
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A Perfect Circle
AC Slater
Alan Walker
Alina Baraz
Alison Wonderland
alt-J
Alvvays
Aminé
Angel Olsen
AURORA
Avalon Emerson
B Boys
Bane’s World
Barclay Crenshaw
Bedouin
Belly
Benjamin Booker
Benjamin Clementine
Beyoncé
Big Thief
Black Coffee
blackbear
Bleachers
Boogarins
BØRNS
BROCKHAMPTON
Buscabulla
Busy P
Cardi B
Carpenter Brut
Cash Cash
Cherry Glazerr
Chic ft. Nile Rodgers
Chloe x Halle
Chris Liebing
Chromeo
Cuco
Daniel Caesar
David Byrne
Declan McKenna
DeJ Loaf
Deorro
Detroit Love (Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, Moodymann)
Django Django
Dreams
Ekali
Elohim
Eminem
Fazerdaze
FIDLAR
First Aid Kit
Flatbush Zombies
Fleet Foxes
French Montana
Giraffage
Greta Van Fleet
HAIM
Hannah Wants
Hayley Kiyoko
Helado Negro
Highly Suspect
HITO
Hundred Waters
Ibeyi
Illenium
Jackmaster
Jacob Banks
Jamie Jones
Jamiroquai
Japanese Breakfast
Jason Bentley
Jean-Michel Jarre
Jessie Ware
Jidenna
John Maus
Jorja Smith
Joseph Capriati
Jungle
Justin Martin
Kali Uchis
Kamaiyah
Kamasi Washington
Kelela
King Krule
KITTENS
Knox Fortune
Kölsch
Kygo
LANY
LÉON
LION BABE
Los Ángeles Azules
Louis the Child
LP
Maceo Plex
MAGIC GIANT
Marian Hill
MHD
Michael Mayer
Migos
Miguel
Mild High Club

Moon Boots
Moses Sumney
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Noname
Nothing But Thieves
ODESZA
Oh Sees
Omar-S
Otoboke Beaver
Pachanga Boys
Party Favor
Peggy Gou
Perfume Genius
Petit Biscuit
Portugal. The Man
Post Malone
Priests
Princess Nokia
PVRIS
REZZ
Rolling

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Jay-Z Confesses to Beyoncé in Star-Studded ‘Family Feud’ Video Directed by Ava DuVernay

Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” music video is here a day after a teaser dropped, with visuals from director Ava DuVernay and an all-star cast, including his wife Beyoncé.

The eight-minute long video features a lengthy montage of various moments in the future before transitioning to Jay-Z’s church confession while he raps to the song from his latest album, 4:44.

In addition to Beyoncé, the video includes of slew of high-profile names, including Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Chastain, Thandie Newton, Rosario Dawson, Brie Larson, America Ferrara, Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu and Blue Ivy Carter —Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter. The video is scored by producer Flying Lotus.

Jay-Z dropped “Family Feud” at 4:44 p.m. eastern Friday exclusively on his music streaming service, Tidal. A subscription to the service is required to watch the video, but its teaser trailer is viewable by anyone.

In November, Jay-Z confirmed that he and Beyoncé worked on a collaborative album during the making of 4:44 and Beyoncé’s 2016 album, Lemonade.

He told the New York Times’ T Magazine that he and Beyoncé used “our art almost like a therapy session,” presumably as a response to Jay-Z’s infidelity hinted throughout “Family Feud” and both of the artists’ latest albums.


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Beyonce Slays in Silver Feather Minidress: Pics

Beyoncé is at it again, showing off her envy-inducing style and toned body in a series of photos posted to her Instagram account on Saturday, December 9.

Looking fit for a jaw-dropping appearance at a holiday party, the “Formation” singer posted a shot of herself wearing a silver feather minidress by Nina Ricci. In the first shot, split into a three-piece collage, she strikes a sultry pose while a blonde curl lays in the middle of her face.

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In another series of photos, the Lemonade diva, 36, showcases her lean legs, which were highlighted by matching ankle strap high heels. Another photo highlighted her jewelry, including a boxy diamond ring, another ring with an oversize hanging silver circle and a hand cuff with bedazzled feathers.

She also shared a shot of her clutching a stunning silver purse while walking and another with her arms on her sides as she did a power pose.

Her followers couldn’t help but comment on the look, with many of them praising her for her chic outfit. One commented, “Sheer and utter perfection” while another wrote, “U jus luv slaying lives” with heart emojis.

Bey, who shares twins Rumi and Sir, 6 months, and Blue Ivy, 5, with husband Jay-Z,  has been utilizing her Instagram account as a personal lookbook for her impressive outfits. She also posted a fierce photo of herself tossing her crimped waist-length ponytail while at Serena Williams wedding in November, and prior to that, she shared a series of epic photos of herself dressed up as Lil’ Kim for Halloween.

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Beyonce, Blue Ivy & Mama Tina Spotted At Target

Well, who knew Beyoncé was a Tarzhay (Target) fan just like the rest of us?

In fact, Bey, Mama Tina, and Blue Ivy were spotted at a Target outlet in San Clemente (Orange County), CA getting their (holiday) shopping on, without a bodyguard, no less (at least not in sight)! We’re even more impressed.

Folks at the store didn’t make a big ruckus at the store, but of course, they got snaps and a video. Check ’em out below.

And you know social media had to speak on it.

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Beyoncé Makes Surprise Appearance to Present Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Beyonce awarded Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night, which celebrates athletes who use their platform to bring about social change.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback said in his acceptance speech, “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”

“I accept this award knowing that the legacy of Muhammad Ali is that of a champion of the people,” said Kaepernick, who has also been shortlisted for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people, because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested.”

Beyonce said she was “proud and humbled” to present the award to Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem before the games, in protest against oppression of people of color. He is currently unsigned, and has filed a grievance form against the NFL alleging they are colluding against him as a result of his protests.

“Thank you Colin Kaepernick. Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction,” Beyonce said, according to Variety. “Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night, and Kaepernick promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”

Beyonce was brought out as a surprise presenter by comedian Trevor Noah. She said she was “proud and humbled” to present the award.

 

“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,” Beyonce said. “Only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other. Especially people of color.”

Last year’s Ali Award winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, called Kaepernick a “worthy recipient” during a video tribute.

“He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African-Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump.

Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team. He filed a grievance against the NFL in October alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests.

He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy for fighting social injustice, saying the boxing great “mentored me without ever meeting me.”

 

 

“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, “and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”

Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for questions. The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.

Kaepernick also recently was honored by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism, which included pledging $ 1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities.”

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Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé Join Forces For Remix Of “Perfect” [LISTEN]

Ed Sheeran‘s big 2017 was somewhat overshadowed by him getting snubbed by the Grammy Awards, but that hasn’t slowed the soaring success of his latest album, Divide. The English singer and songwriter teamed up with Beyoncé for a remix of his “Perfect” single, with the Houston superstar taking over the second verse while the original opening lines remain intact.

The track is the fourth single from Divide, which is stylized using the math function symbol. The album’s global appeal has essentially made it possible that every single released from the record was positioned to blow up and that has been true for the single even before Queen Bey added her vocals to the remix.

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Jay Z Did Cheat On Beyonce & Now He’s Ready To Talk About It

After years of rumors, Jay Z finally admitted to cheating on Beyoncé. In a candid interview with The New York Times, the 47-year-old rapper opened up about his marriage and how his infidelity was a result of going into “survival mode” emotionally.

The rapper landed on the topic of his infidelity after discussing his recent relationship with therapy, which he said has helped him manage his anger and actions. Jay Z revealed that he’s become much more in-tune with his feelings after he began seeing a therapist, who helped him understand the meanings behind his emotional outbursts.

“I grew so much from the experience,” he said. “But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere.”

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Prior to seeing a therapist, Jay Z explained that he would “put on a shell” to protect himself from people seeing his pain and insecurities. “You don’t want me to see your pain. So you put on this shell of this tough person,” he said. “Knowing that and understanding that changes life completely.”

Though Jay Z didn’t reveal where his emotional stress came from, he admitted that he went in “survival mode” because of it. While in survival mode, the rapper said he shut down emotionally, which eventually led to actions he regretted, such as losing a connection with his wife and eventually cheating on her.

“You have to survive. So you go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happen? You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect,” he said. “In my case, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity…”

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The interview is the first time Jay Z has spoken about his rumored infidelity with Beyoncé since rumors first swirled in April 2016, when Beyoncé released her most recent album, Lemonade. The album, which makes numerous references to an affair, is believed by fans to depict Beyoncé’s emotional journey with her husband’s cheating and her eventual forgiveness of him.

Though we might never know what happened between Beyoncé and Jay Z, the rapper recent words shine a light on what may have occurred, as well as the importance of going to therapy.

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JAY-Z on Saving Marriage with Beyoncé After Infidelity: ‘The Hardest Thing Is Seeing Pain on Someone’s Face That You Caused’

JAY-Z is opening up about how his marriage survived scandal.

In an extensive new interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the famed rapper offered a rare glimpse inside his private world with wife Beyoncé, admitting to past infidelity, revealing his state of mind leading up to the infamous transgression and sharing how the power couple pieced their relationship back together.

“You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself,” he told the outlet. “So, you know, most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself. And so you walk away.”

JAY-Z never walked away from his own marriage, but it hasn’t always been easy.

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Since 2013, the musician has been dogged by cheating rumors, which were only compounded by the news of his notorious 2014 #elevatorgate squabble with sister-in-law Solange after the Met Gala. Beyoncé more than hinted at marital strife on her 2016 adultery-fueled visual album Lemonade — and JAY-Z finally alluded to being unfaithful on the title track of his latest album, 4:44, released in June.

JAY-Z, 47, told T that therapy helped him look inward.

“I grew so much from the experience,” the rapper (born Shawn Carter) said. “But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a … you’re at such an advantage.”

The artist — nominated for eight awards at the 2018 Grammys — said he built up walls due to experiences from his childhood.

“You go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happen? You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect ,” he said. “In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity …”

JAY-Z acknowledged problems in their relationship informed both Lemonade and 4:44.

“We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said of the music, adding that playing the deeply personal tracks for one another was painful — and “very, very uncomfortable.”

While the A-list pair were working on their respective albums — and a joint album they had previously been working on — emotions were running high.

“We were sitting in the eye of that hurricane,” JAY-Z said. “The best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that’s where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. You know. really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.”

Today, it seems, JAY-Z and Beyoncé are doing better than ever. Already parents to 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, the couple welcomed twins Rumi and Sir in June.

“It is not a secret that Beyoncé and Jay had huge problems a couple of years ago. It was obvious to everyone that spent time with them,” an insider told PEOPLE this summer. “There was always tension in the air, but they both worked very hard to get to the place where they are now … They are very excited about adding babies to the family. Jay was great during Beyoncé’s pregnancy and continues to be great. He loves being a dad and Beyoncé seems very happy.”


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Beyoncé Launches Holiday Capsule Collection [Photos]

Beyoncé looks to extend her winning streak and close out 2017 strong. She is launching a collection of holiday themed wears.

Right on the heels of being named Forbes Magazine highest paid female in music, Queen B delivers new merchandise right in time for the Christmas season.

 

This drop includes hooded sweatshirts, onesies, crewnecks and t-shirts. All the selections are tagged with slogans relative to her songs including “I Sleigh All Day,” “Slay Bells,” “Holidayoncé,” “Have a Thicc Holiday” and “Sis the Season”.

Thankfully Bey kept things affordable with pricing ranging from $ 35 to $ 55. Additionally she has accessories and ornaments available as well.

You can peep more photos on the flip. The collection is available for purchase here.

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Beyoncé & Jay Z Had Dinner At Legendary New Orleans Restaurant, Dooky Chase

Legendary rapper Jay Z and global super star Beyonce put down their fancy titles for a night of classic southern grub. The pair was spotted out at Dooky Chase, a historic New Orleans eatery.

The restaurant is highly regarded, considering the pivotal role the landmark played during the Civil Rights era. Leah Chase and her husband Edgar welcomed members of the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to use the space to discuss segregation, discrimination and black voter registration. MLK held meetings at the legendary restaurant to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Beyonce featured Leah Chase in her 2016 visual album, ‘Lemonade.’

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Beyoncé Dedicates Halloween 2017 to Lil Kim: ‘Hip Hop Would Not Be the Same Without Our Original Queen B’ [Photos]

Beyoncé transformed the front page of her website to honor Lil Kim.

As you’ve probably seen, Beyoncé celebrated Halloween dressed as Lil Kim from Missy Elliot’s “The Rain” music video — and Jay went as Biggie.

Accompanying dozens of photos of their costumes (Bey recreated several of Kim’s iconic looks that we haven’t seen yet), Bey kicks off the tribute with the following note:

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Beyonce Confirmed for New 'Lion King'; Here's Everything We Know So Far

After the monster success of Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book last year, Disney announced that the director would take the helm of another "reimagining" of an animated classic, The Lion King. A string of announcements has followed, capped by the latest news confirming that Beyonce Knowles-Carter has joined the cast. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
 

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Disney's Lion King remake will feature the voices of Beyoncé and Donald Glover in the lead roles (Nala, Simba, respectively). Jon Favreau, who directed the Jungle Book remake, is directing the Lion King movie. The release date is set for June 19, 2019, according to

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Beyonce And Jay Z Dress Up As Lil’ Kim And Notorious BIG For Kelly Rowland’s Halloween Party – Check Out The Pics!

Beyonce and Jay Z were in attendance at Kelly Rowland’s Halloween bash this past weekend, and they took the opportunity to channel another famous hip-hop couple! Queen Bey dressed up as Lil’ Kim, while her rapper husband Jay Z took […]
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Fixer Upper? Beyoncé and Jay-Z Drop Nearly $1 Million to Renovate Their $88 Million Bel-Air Property

Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped $ 88 million on a beautiful Bel-Air estate over the summer — but $ 88 million isn’t enough to get The Carters exactly what they want.

So, like most people who aren’t happy with the state of their home, they’re reportedly undertaking a bit of a renovation project.

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The Carters have taken out 2 permits in the past month for work on their recently purchased Bel-Air property — one to install a backup generator and make a $ 30k alteration to the pad, and another to add a living area under the pools for around $ 750k.

Bey and Jay closed escrow on the mansion in August for $ 88 MILLION — a dream come truefor one new neighbor. But apparently $ 88 mil only gets you so much.

As we reported … the couple also went bicoastal last month by gobbling up a baller house in the Hamptons for a cool $ 26 million.

If you can’t buy what you want, then you make it what you want.

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Beyonce Denies Infringement Allegations in ‘Formation’ Lawsuit

Beyoncé denied a slew of copyright infringement allegations in a new response to a lawsuit filed by the estate of Anthony Barre, better known as the late New Orleans rapper and YouTube sensation, Messy Mya. In February, the estate sued Beyoncé for $ 20 million over samples of audio from Barre's YouTube clips, which

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Jay Z And Beyoncè Will Perform Joint Concert For Hurricane Relief

Dynamic duo Jay-Z and Beyoncè will perform a rare joint concert next month to raise money for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The show, expected to include several artists from Hov’s Roc Nation, will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, October 17. So far, no word on when tickets will go on sale.

Beyoncé, 36, has been actively involved in relief efforts following the devastating hurricanes, which made landfall in late August and early September. In addition to assisting relief efforts on the ground in her Houston hometown, she delivered an impassioned plea to donors in a video message that aired during the Hand in Hand telethon on September 12.

“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” she said in a pre-recorded message before urging fans to “come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal.”

Meanwhile, Jay-Z, 47, has been busy promoting his latest album, “4:44.” He recently performed at V Festival in England and The Meadows Music & Arts Festival in NYC, and will kick off his world tour in Anaheim, California, on October 27.

The concert comes just four months after Bey and Jay welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter. They are also the parents of 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.

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Rihanna’s Diamond Ball Draws Beyoncè, Kendrick Lamar And Dave Chappelle

Rihanna, center, poses with her grandfather Lionel Braithwaite and mother Monica Braithwaite (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — At a Rihanna charity event, she will encourage you to drink heavily — so that you donate generously.

The pop star played the role of slick bartender at her third Diamond Ball on Thursday night in New York City, encouraging the audience to drink up and donate money to her foundation at the same time.

“The more you drink, the more inspired you’ll be to donate money … and help kids around the world,” said Rihanna, the founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation, which promotes education and arts globally.

The benefit raised more than $ 5 million.

Dave Chappelle worked as Rihanna’s right-hand man. He first told jokes and later joined the auctioneer onstage, even purchasing a Retna art piece for $ 180,000.

“I have the perfect wall for this,” he said.

 

When selling two tickets to the Obama Foundation Fall Summit in Chicago, Chappelle said he would throw in his pocket square. It jumped from $ 200,000 to $ 201,000.

It eventually sold for $ 275,000.

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Trevor Noah were some of the A-listers who attended the black-tie event, which included a video message from former President Barack Obama. He thanked Rihanna “for the great work” she’s doing with her foundation.

“You’ve become a powerful force,” Obama said, in helping people find “hope” and “dignity.”

Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 and named it after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Many of her family members attended the event and posed for photos on the red carpet with the Grammy-winning singer.

The foundation said at the event they were among the first responders to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and that they’re currently strategizing how best to support victims of Hurricane Irma. The organization has a scholarship program and an oncology and nuclear medicine center in Barbados, where Rihanna was born and raised.

“It’s exciting to come to New York for the first time. It’s the first Diamond Ball on the East Coast, and we’ve been dying to do something like this for a few years,” Rihanna said in an interview at Cipriani Wall Street. “Now is the perfect time. September is Fashion Week. Everybody is here. And we hope that they are in the mood to give back.”

Kendrick Lamar’s performance went into Friday morning, as he worked the stage excitedly with hits like “Humble,” ”Alright” and “Loyalty,” which features Rihanna (she danced in the audience). Calvin Harris, who worked with Rihanna on the hits “We Found Love” and “This Is What You Came For,” followed with a fun DJ set.

NFL player Victor Cruz, Latin singer Romeo Santos, entertainer La La Anthony and rappers Lil Kim, Cardi B., Future, Fabolous and Young Thug also attended the event.

From the auction held Friday night, Rihanna’s organization raised $ 840,000.

A necklace, featuring 16-carats of white diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, went for $ 130,000; a visit and tasting for four at the Petrus wine estate, along with lunch at the family’s private mansion in France, sold for $ 80,000; and a trip for 12 in the Maldives went for $ 100,000.

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From Beyonce to Clooney, stars unite for hurricane relief telethon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A cadre of Hollywood celebrities gave passionate speeches, moving performances and hit the phones on Tuesday at a live televised telethon to raise funds for the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
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Mathew Knowles Wishes Beyoncé a Happy Birthday: ‘I Remember the Day You Were Born’ [Video]

Mathew Knowles took to Instagram to wish his daughter Beyoncé a happy birthday.

We’re not sure why he couldn’t just pick up the phone, but he clearly wanted the world to hear the intimate words he had for his oldest superstar.

In the clip, he starts off by showing Bey ‘her city’ before diving into a quick anecdote about the day she was born.

It’s a sweet message, but also an odd one.

Check it out below.

Happy Birthday @beyonce! I love you and I’m so proud of you!

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Beyoncè Ramps Up Houston Aid, Solange Announces Benefit Show

Beyoncé has officially launched her previously announced effort to support her Houston hometown in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Early Friday, the singer hit Instagram with the message: “BEYGOOD HOUSTON.”

 

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Without any further explanation or caption, a Google search eventually turned up a donation page for BEYGOOD HOUSTON on her website Beyonce.com.

The page reads:

Join us as the BeyGOOD team heads to Houston to continue our relief efforts on the ground. We have teamed up with Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation, who have been working with the displaced from the start of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

JOIN US & BEYGOOD
Your donations will help in long-term revitalization and aid in purchasing immediate needs including: cots, blankets & pillows, baby products, feminine products, wheelchairs and more.

The page allows users to donate to either “Bread of Life,” or “Greater Houston Community Foundation [GHCF] directly.

Solange is joining in relief efforts as well.

She’ll be joined by the Sun Ra Arkestra on September 28 at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre for a performance called “Orion’s Rise.”

“I’m committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love,” she wrote in a statement via Instagram.

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Solange is also due to perform select dates in October with Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Chassol. Her “Seventy States” digital piece is showing now at London’s Tate Modern, and her site-specific performance art piece “Scales” debuts October 8 in Marfa, Texas.

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Hurricane Harvey: Beyoncé Pledges to ‘Help As Many’ Residents As Possible

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Beyoncé has pledged to assist those in need following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Houston native released a statement exclusively to the news outlet in response to the devastating effects of the natural disaster that has claimed the lives of at least nine people.

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said in a statement. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

Rasmus confirmed that the 35-year-old star had in fact made a significant contribution to the disaster.

“She’s starting out with a significant donation, and that donation is getting us to launch out into some areas that help us more effectively impact the communities that have been the most affected,” Rasmus said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “She has, over the years, been very generous to our cause, and we continue to work together. She has been a huge benefactor to our efforts here in Houston, Texas.”

Beyoncé launched BeyGOOD in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour. It’s a philanthropic effort that collaborates with global charity organizations to help people find jobs, provide clothing, counseling, housing, food and medical assistance.

According to an estimate by officials, more than 30,000 residents are in need of shelter. The city has experienced unprecedented levels of rain, and more is set to arrive over the coming days.

Beyoncé has pledged to “help as many” residents as possible, and offered her prayers to

“I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said.

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Despite Recently Having Twins, Beyoncé Steps Out In A Crop Top And Short Shorts

On June 13, Beyoncé welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter. On August 6, she attended the Kendrick Lamar DAMN. tour stop in Los Angeles wearing this: What kind of wizardry is this?! But really, the 35-year-old mother of three looks pretty great nearly two months after welcoming the twins. She’s been attending SoulCycle classes regularly with Jay […]

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The Houston Rockets are in a good place right now, and it looks like Beyoncé wants to be a part of it. According to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick, people “familiar with the matter” told him the pop superstar is interested in becoming a part

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Beyoncé Shares Photos Of Date Night With Hubby Hova

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are now the proud parents of three, but date nights are still essential. The couple hit the town, and Bey shared images from their night out on Instagram. 

Also, the prices on that Supreme x Louis Vuitton clutch that Bey was rocking will surely now be astronomical.

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The 35-year-old delighted fans as she treated fans to a video montage of their date night – showing her posing in a low cut dress and drinking wine with Jay Z.

Showing off her impressive cleavage, the singer looked amazing while leaning across the table, with her glass to her mouth.

Other images show her posing in the dress, which is cinched in at the waist, showing off her Supreme x Louis Vuitton red clutch bag.

Her hair is styled in loose curls and she is wearing a pair of Fifties style cat eye sunglasses in some of the images, as Rake It Up by Yo Gotti and Mike WiLL Made-It, featuring Nicki Minaj plays in the background.

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Beyoncé Hits SoulCycle (with JAY-Z!) 6 Weeks After Welcoming Twins: How They’re ‘Motivating Each Other’

Six weeks after welcoming twins Sir and Rumi, Beyoncé is back in the gym — with husband JAY-Z by her side.

“She is slowly starting to get back to her ‘normal’ life,” says a source close to the singer, 35. “Her babies are now six weeks old, and she started working out again.”

The entertainers have taken several classes at SoulCycle this past week, and “they are motivating each other to stay in shape,” adds the source.

The “Formation” singer reportedly attended classes at the celeb-favorite spinning studio during her pregnancy and JAY-Z, 47, was photographed leaving the Beverly Hills location just days after Beyoncé delivered their new additions.

RELATED VIDEO: Beyoncé Shares First Photo of Twins Sir and Rumi Carter

Earlier this month, the new mom of three (the couple also are doting parents to 5-year-old Blue Ivy) showed off her enviable post-baby body in a corset-like mini skirt and long-sleeved white top at Roc Nation artist Vic Mensa’s L.A. album launch party.

The family is currently living in a $ 400,000 per month rental home in Malibu and are still looking for a permanent home closer to Blue’s school.

“Beyoncé is happy with just being a mom right now. She has no plans to work,” an insider previously told PEOPLE about the star’s current slower pace. “She seems relaxed and very happy. Everything is good with her and Jay, and they seem to have a lot of fun raising their family together.”

 


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Beyonce Wax Figure Reinstated After ‘Whitewashing’ Backlash

Beyoncé's wax figure is back on display at Manhattan's Madame Tussauds after critics slammed the museum for purportedly "whitewashing" the Lemonade singer's wax likeness.

The controversy began when photos of the statue began to circulate online. People pointed out that the statue looked more like

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Met Gala Time Machine: Revisit Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Wintour and More Fashionistas’ First and Last Appearances

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Beyoncé Sculpted In Cheese Is Strangely Alluring

Remember when Beyoncé was vegan? This is pretty much the opposite of that. 

A London-based creative agency teamed up with a group of artists and designers to create Queen Bey’s likeness in cheese. We can’t decide if we want to eat this replica, aptly titled “Brie-Oncé,” or preserve it until the end of time.  

The sliceable sculpture is modeled after Beyoncé’s iconic pregnancy announcement in February. It’s made from about 45 pounds of cheddar cheese and took 28 hours to create. (And they say Rome wasn’t built in a day!)

Brie-Oncé, which was created for The Robin Collective by sculptors David Bradley and Jacqui Kelly, creative director Brandy Klingelpuss and designers Guy Roberts and Robin Fegen, will be on display at a wine and cheese festival in London this weekend.

“Hopefully she won’t lose her formation,” The Robin Collective’s Rosa Holmes told HuffPost. We’re melting. 

The delicious-looking statue is a genius combination of two universally loved entities, and we have to admit everyone involved did a ***flawless job. Beyoncé was always the G.O.A.T., but now she’s the G.O.A.T. cheese, too. 

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‘Star Wars’ Is Pretty Much Happening In Real Life Because Beyoncé Is Pregnant With Twins

It was Oscar Wilde who said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” And right now, the basic plot of “Star Wars” is pretty much happening in real life because Donald Trump is president and Beyoncé is pregnant with twins. 

 Look, it just works: 

It's Star Wars, people!

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If you need that spelled out for you, just like the fictional Queen Padmé Amidala, our Queen Bey is carrying the twin and future rebels who will one day save us from the Dark Side. 

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Mom-to-Be Beyoncé Will Perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards

The good news just keeps on coming, thanks to Queen Bey.

Beyoncé will perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards just over a week after announcing her second pregnancy, Entertainment Tonight reports.

Her father, Mathew Knowles, also confirmed the performance to The Insider while discussing his daughter’s pregnancy. Noting their phone call about the baby news, Knowles said, “She sounded a little tired ’cause she’s been working on the Grammy performance.”

The singer is nominated for an impressive nine awards at the annual ceremony, including album of the year for Lemonade, and record and song of the year for “Formation.”

Beyoncé, 35, most recently performed at the CMA Awards last fall, singing Lemonade‘s “Daddy Lessons.” She’s taken the Grammy stage several times before, including in 2004, 2007 and 2008, 2010, 2014 and in 2015, when she sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”

RELATED VIDEO: Beyoncé Says About Blue Ivy: “She Introduced Me to Myself”

The star will definitely be sporting her newly debuted baby bump onstage. On Feb. 1, Beyoncé announced through social media that she and husband Jay Z would be adding twins to their brood, writing, “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over.”

“We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes,” she said.

During her first pregnancy with Blue Ivy, Beyoncé waited until she took the stage to break her baby news. She famously unveiled her growing belly at the end of her performance of “Love on Top” at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.


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And For Her Next Trick, Pregnant Beyoncé Will Save The Grammys

When it rains Beyoncé, it pours Beyoncé.

Bey might as well make the Grammys stage her permanent home because not only is she nominated nine times for her album “Lemonade,” but according to multiple reports, the singer will perform at the award show next weekend. 

That’s right, all loyal subjects with a cable connection and access to an espresso machine might actually have a reason to stay awake during the ceremony this year because our Queen is set to slay. 

According to Entertainment Tonight, which first broke the news of her performance, Beyoncé was caught rehearsing for the show with a group of dancers in Los Angeles Thursday. The Huffington Post has reached out to the Recording Academy and Beyoncé’s representatives and will update the post accordingly. 

The singer’s father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, also confirmed to The Insider that Bey would bless the Grammys stage with her presence in an interview about her pregnancy announcement Thursday.  

“She sounded a little tired ’cause she’s been working on the Grammy performance,” he said. “We just had a wonderful daughter-dad conversation.”

The Grammy news comes a day after the “Hold Up” singer announced she was expecting twins with husband Jay Z, and pretty much broke the internet. Girl has been busy.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air Feb. 12 on CBS. 

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A Full Dissection Of That Outfit Beyoncé Wore To Announce Her Pregnancy

Beyoncé, queen, announced Wednesday that she is blessing the masses with not one but two more angels disguised as humans, setting off shrieks around the world and making the world feel a little less broken for one fleeting moment.

Then the moment passed, and we were left with some questions. Questions about whether she’ll still show up at Coachella, questions about who could think up the funniest reaction and many, many questions about this look:

Posing nearly naked atop a bed of flowers, Queen Bey wore an Agent Provocateur bra (which were quickly identified by lingerie blogger Cora Harrington), a pair of baby blue silk bloomers and one large piece of green mesh netting.  

Not everyone was taken with the look. The Huffington Post’s own Noah Michelson wasted no time bringing the hard-hitting questions to the forefront on Facebook:

“I’m having a hard time thinking about anything other than whose idea was it to shoot her in front of a funeral wreath in that awful bra and that pea soup green mosquito net? Is this some kind of coded illuminati message? Can we start a petition to get her art director fired? Help?”

Others commended her for doing whatever she damn wants to do at any given moment in time. 

But if you, like Ellen Degeneres, wish to recreate this colorful, polarizing outfit, you’re in luck. Journelle carries a similar-looking bra that’s on sale for $ 33:

 

And these bloomers, which for some reason are for adults, are available on Etsy for just $ 45.57:

And for those looking to go all out, this outdoor mosquito netting from REI, at a bargain $ 16, should do the trick:

We are not worthy. 

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Beyoncé Recalls a Time When High-End Labels Wouldn’t Dress the “Four Black, Country, Curvy Girls” of Destiny’s Child

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Mondays tend to be disorienting enough. But the events that transpired in the pop culture sphere this week set a particularly confusing tone to the day, forcing innocent consumers to question their loyalties and even, shockingly, suspect that the media may in fact not have the purest of intentions.

The action actually began on Sunday, when an unlikely source fiercely declared herself as a feminist, taking to social media to unleash an impassioned essay regarding the media’s dehumanizing depiction of women as mere arm candy accessorizing the appendages of successful men. “I… do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you,” she wrote, chastising media outlets for perpetuating stale double standards and explicit misogyny. She name-dropped the likes of Gloria Steinem, called out the injustice of female slut-shaming and beseeched young women to recognize their truth worth and inherent value.

Ariana Grande: badass feminist.

Color me old (it’s cool, I am, what with being over 30and all that), but I am not intimately familiar with the nuances of Grande’s public persona. Perhaps she’s long been hailed a feminist icon, and I’ve simply been in the dark, but her essay felt groundbreaking, if not a little shocking (in the best way possible) when it came across my feed yesterday morning. In the context of famous young women continuously denying their right (obligation?) to identify as feminists, Grande stood up loud and proud and sent an incredibly important message to her young, impressionable fans, and to women all around the world: the media is fucked up, and you deserve better.

With the unexpected arrival of this declaration, things started out well on Monday. But quickly took a turn. It was early yet — just after 8 a.m. — and the day was filled with so much promise. But then Beyoncé appeared on my television screen and spent the next several minutes extolling the benefits of a vegan diet. Not the health benefits or the environmental payoff, however. No, Beyoncé really just wanted viewers to know that veganism is how she triumphed over her body, achieving that fit, trim figure admired the world over, and that we can follow in her dainty footsteps — all for the price of one best-selling diet book.

That’s right, just as Ariana Grande — pop princess, wearer of cat ears — revealed herself to the world as a strong, self-possessed female standing up for the empowerment of other women and girls, Beyoncé — fierce, outspoken feminist, champion of equality — told us her secret to flatter abs.

It was a confusing day, indeed.

I experience an overwhelming, almost visceral sense of uneasiness when I morally disagree on any issue with Beyoncé. I’m a superfan. I worship at her altar. I drink the Bey Kool-Aid. And she’s given me good reason to do so: Besides being a mind-blowing performer and entertainer, she’s an activist, arguably doing more to further the conversation on equality than any celebrity with her expansive influence. She drops speeches on feminism from Nigerian writer Chimamamda Ngozi Adichie smack dab in the middle of radio-friendly tracks. She performs proudly on MTV in front of a towering backdrop boldly emblazoned with the word “FEMINIST.” She’s dominated a notoriously male-run industry, successfully standing atop her own empire and supporting women every step of the way.

So when she has a slip-up, I wince a little.

And I wasn’t alone yesterday. I was heartened to log into Facebook and see a trending news story regarding the outrage Beyoncé fans were expressing over her morning announcement. I felt validated to know that others stood up and took notice, calling out the hypocrisy and degradation of this impossibly strong female role model taking to the airwaves to shill out a diet book.

But I quickly learned the legions of angry Beyhive members weren’t up in arms over the decidedly disempowering move. They were pissed because they expected a bigger announcement.

In fairness, the irritation is understandable.”Good Morning America” teased the three-minutes-and-change segment as if the singer were about to unveil a new album, tour, baby, documentary series and cure for cancer, all in one breath. The endorsement of a diet book she’d already publicly supported for months felt underwhelming to some, and insulting to many.

But I have yet to see any ire over the endorsement itself. The fact that a woman who has stood for so much more substance has stooped to plugging diet advice. A woman who has taken on society’s soul-crushing, oppressive beauty ideals in her song “Pretty Hurts,” is advocating veganism as a vehicle for sustained weight loss. A woman with over 35 million Instagram followers and sold-out stadiums worth of male and female fans is using her platform to sheepishly confess, “I am not naturally the thinnest,” on national television and that she’s finally found a food plan that “keeps the weight off.”

This isn’t the Beyoncé I know, love and admire, and the stumble is hard to stomach. It would be a flat-out lie to deny the fact that much of her fame has undoubtedly been influenced by her iconic body. But the agency Beyoncé took in displaying, flaunting, concealing and using her body onstage and onscreen differentiated her from other female performers who have seemingly been positioned as scantily-clad puppets selling iTunes singles. Beyoncé owned her body in a way that felt powerful. And surrendering that power in order to promote a diet book doesn’t feel relatable or real; it feels weak.

I’m grateful for the empowering messages Beyoncé and women like her have fearlessly put forward in the name of feminism. And I’m happily surprised to find that others in the public eye like Grande are opting to own their feminist convictions and unapologetically stand for something more than their looks, weight, or carefully-contoured faces. I just hope Beyoncé doesn’t continue to disappoint — the world is confusing enough.

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In This Week’s Cheap Celeb Finds, It Looks Like Beyonce Loves H&M

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When we think of Beyonce, we normally think of her wearing a gorgeous (and extremely expensive) designer dress. And for most red carpet appearances, that proves to be the case. But this week, we spotted Ms. Knowles-Carter out and about in jeans that look awfully similar to a pair we saw for $ 39 at H&M. Looks like Bey may also be the queen of bargain shopping.

Check out all the other celebs we spotted in affordable items this week, and let us know which ones you’re coveting.

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Oscar Plan to Give All Awards to Beyoncé to Prevent Kanye ProtWests

The Oscar awards committee today announced controversial new plans to give all future awards to singer Beyoncé Knowles in an attempt to stop rapper Kanye West from storming the stage.

The sight of Kanye, producer of such international hits as “Jesus Walks” and “Gold Digger”, helping himself to the podium steps has become a common sight in recent years and has been dubbed ProtWests or ProtWesting by satirists with too much time on their hands.

A spokesperson for the committee told us, “I think it’s become obvious that Kanye knows best; I mean take the Grammys. Awarding the prize to a genial newcomer like Beck who barely has thirty years in the music industry instead of Beyoncé was just unforgivable and, frankly the totally impartial committee should have known better. As should E! News for branding the microphones that they paid for with their own money.”

“Originally we thought that awarding statues to recipients based on a consensus from a large and diverse group of industry professionals was pretty fair, but then Kanye brought to our attention that this just didn’t sit well with him.”

Despite Ms. Knowles, 34, not actually doing anything to qualify for the movie industry’s highest award this year, a source close to Mr. West made it clear that “they shouldn’t let that stop them, or buddy, Kanye will.”

Other organizations said to be considering similar moves are the SAG Awards, The Producers Guild and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. A spokesperson for the latter told us, “We considered other moves to prevent Kanye protWesting us, such as large fences around the stage with really big spikes, armed guards or just not inviting him to anything with a statue, but we think that in the long run just giving all the awards to Beyoncé will work out better.”

Dan Miles is the cult bestselling author of Filthy Still – A tale of travel, sex and perfectly made cocktails.

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Watch Beyonce And Taylor Swift Dance During Justin Timberlake And Jay Z’s Performance

After celebrating her 25th birthday with some of the most famous people in the world, Taylor Swift rounded out her perfect b-day weekend by dancing with Queen Bey.
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Bikini-Clad Beyonce Cozies Up To Jay Z On Vacation

Divorce rumors? What divorce rumors?

Beyonce and Jay Z looked like the happiest of couples as they cozied up on vacation in Portofino on September 6. To celebrate Beyonce’s 33rd birthday, the couple jet-setted to the gorgeous Italian village for some quality Bey & Jay time. Beyonce rocked a floral bikini top and a slitted nude cover-up as she and Jay Z strolled holding hands:

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We can’t decide what’s cuter: these photos or the music video Jay Z made for Queen Bey on her birthday.

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Beyoncé Released A Teaser For The ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Trailer

Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, oh, no, no: Beyoncé used Saturday night to tease “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The singer posted a teaser to the forthcoming film’s trailer on her Instagram account, whetting appetites for the S&M drama that’s due out in theaters on Feb. 13, 2015. Things to note: Christian Grey’s hand, Anastasia Steele’s thighs and a new version of “Crazy in Love,” one with more breathiness than ever before. According to the clip, the first “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer will arrive on Thursday, July 24. Let’s assume Beyoncé has some involvement with the soundtrack? Or maybe she’s just a big fan:


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TIME Regrets Naming Pope Francis ‘Person Of The Year’ After Beyoncé Drops Surprise Album

Staff at TIME have been left fuming after Beyoncé released a surprise album just days after the magazine chose the Pope as their Person Of The Year.

“I told them we should wait at least a few weeks for any late entries,” one unnamed staffer told HuffPost UK Comedy. “But they wouldn’t listen. Now look what’s happened.”

“Beyoncé unexpectedly dropping a new album is a complete game-changer,” said another. “There’s nothing Pope Francis could have done to beat this… except for releasing an album. And even then, he’d have to better 14 new songs and 17 videos.”

Beyoncé is now expected to be a last-minute entry on at least 500 end-of-year lists, including 2013’s Best Albums and 2013’s Most Overrated Albums.

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Pope Francis: chosen too quickly?

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