Beyoncé’s Vogue Cover Is Fabulous. And It’s an Insult to Journalism.

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There is, rightly, much celebration and online praise about Beyoncé’s cover of, and words within, Vogue.

In the much-hallowed September issue of the magazine, the superstar speaks, in moving, inspirational extended captions, about race, racism, body positivity, motherhood, her legacy, and raising her children to be open-minded and open-hearted (“They can explore any religion, fall in love with any race, and love who they want to love”).

She talks about her past (“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave”).

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The past traumas of Beyoncé’s ancestors have taken a major toll on her.

The pop star told Vogue she had to come to grips after learning she’s the descendant of a slave owner who “fell in love with and married a slave,” and she says her family history is filled with abuses of power and “broken”…

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A tech guy messed up during Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance, but Queen Bey saved the day

A tech guy messed up during Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance, but Queen Bey saved the day


A tech guy messed up during Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance, but Queen Bey saved the day

We mistakenly thought that Beyoncé had peaked during her April 14th Coachella performance. Don’t ask us why we thought a Beyoncé peak existed — like we said, it was a mistake. But after seeing Bey’s second Coachella performance, we now know that the goddess is always at her peak, and will remain there forever (even if she has to turn on her own fan).

Yes, that’s right. One of Beyoncé’s tech guys forgot to turn on her diva fan during her April 21st Coachella set, and she was forced to take matters into her own hands like the #ladyboss she is. Bey noticed that a fan on stage wasn’t pointed in the right direction, so she marched on over to it to make the adjustment herself – literally mid-lyric. This is a woman who knows every nook and cranny of her sets, and — even after literally decades in the the business — genuinely cares that every little detail is perfect.

Check out the quick  moment for yourself, and prepare to bow down.

That wasn’t the only hiccup the queen encountered during the performance. She also tried to pick up sister Solange for a sisterly hug (that’s right — Solange was there, too!). Unfortunately, the Knowles girls ended up toppling over.

But, hello? They saved face like champs. Those kicks could have been choreographed for all we know.

If anything, these mishaps remind us that although we’re almost certain Beyoncé is at least half-goddess, she’s still relatable AF. Plus, the rest of the night went off without a hitch.

Now, um, about the tech dude who wasn’t on fan duty…you have some explaining to do, sir.

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It’s been less than a week since Beyoncé‘s epic Coachella performance and if you’re dying for a little piece of the history, you can have it. When her performance began, Beyoncé simultaneously dropped Coachella merchandise and included some pieces from her show.

The merchandise includes “Beyoncé Coachella CA ’18” t-shirts and tanks as well as t-shirts with “BΔK” boldly on them. There are also BΔK varsity jackets.

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Not one to disappoint, Bey added the varsity jacket she wore on stage, featuring Queen Nefertiti, a panther, a Black power fist, and a bee. This jacket will cost you $ 450.00, but prices for merchandise start at $ 40.00.

Unfortunately, you gotta be at Coachella to get these items. Go ahead and Cash App your festival-loving friend in advance if you want to get these items. However, if you aren’t in Palm Springs (and don’t have any friends there either), you can get the King Tut swimsuits that Bey’s backup dancers were wearing.

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Created by BlackMilk Clothing, they will cost $ 100.00 and go on sale, April 26th, 2018.

 

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Beyoncé’s Ivy Park Line Is Supporting the Figure Skating Dreams of Young Girls

Fresh off her triumphant Coachella — or rather, Beychella — performance as the first black woman to headline the festival and her announcement that she would be giving $ 100,000 in scholarships to HBCUs, it appears that Beyoncé still wants to pay it forward — this time, by showing some love to girls of Figure Skating of Harlem, an organization that aims to empower young girls by focusing on academic achievement in tandem with figure skating as an artistic discipline.

Queen Bey not only donated workout clothes and accessories to the Harlem nonprofit organization, but also featured the young skaters as models for Ivy Park’s Spring 2018 collection.

In a video clip for the campaign, one of the skaters eloquently describes her time on the ice as such: “The ice is my canvas, my blades are my paintbrush, I am the artist.”

See the girls of Figure Skating of Harlem in Ivy Park below.


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The Money Behind Coachella and Beyoncé’s Epic Performance

Despite being notorious for attracting the most reprehensibly privileged, culture-appropriating people on the planet, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival rakes in big bucks each year. Every April, thousands of music lovers convene in Indio, California, for the two-weekend concert that features an array of artists, from superstars like The Weekend to up-and-coming indie artists.

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This year, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter became the first African American woman to headline the mega-fest. On Saturday, Queen Bey delivered a dynamic, unapologetically black performance that paid tribute to HBCUs, Malcolm X, Nina Simone, and African queen Nefertiti. It was marked by a live marching band, an army of 100 dancers, costume changes, and cameos from Destiny Child, Jay-Z, and Solange. It was epic and it likely cost hundreds of thousands of dollars—if not a million—to produce.

Following the performance, which has been dubbed “Beychella,” the Grammy Award-winner announced that she will donate $ 100,000 to four different HBCUs. As part of her BeyGOOD initiative, one student Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Wilberforce University will receive $ 25,000 each for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Money Moves

Just days before hitting the stage at Coachella, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar revealed that she will earn $ 70,000 for each of her two performances. However, because she planned on spending around $ 300,000 of her own money on her stage set, she’ll actually take a financial hit. She explained during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation that the festival was booked in 2017 when she wasn’t quite as popular, which, therefore may have compromised her star power to negotiate higher pay.

“We booked Coachella like six or seven months ago,” she said on April 10. “So, I’m getting paid for Coachella like 70 [thousand] a day. I’ve been booked for this. Then it’s like, I have to invest so much money on my stage set—my own money that I have to go to Wells Fargo and write a check. It’s crazy. Almost $ 300,000.”



 

This left us wondering if Cardi B received $ 140,000 then how much did Beyoncé earn minus the overhead for her over-the-top production costs?  According to Quora, the amount that artists are paid to perform at music festivals depends on their popularity, the festival’s budget, and how many slots are open in the lineup.

The price for an artist or a band also fluctuates depending on how successful they were the year before. “You can imagine that a band that releases an album right before a festival lineup is arranged will probably earn more than if they didn’t put out an album for a whole year,” writes Quora. It continues:

“Another simple way to evaluate how much bands might be getting paid at a festival is by looking at the lineup post. The bigger the font the bigger the cash! Bands at the bottom of the lineup in the tiniest font sometimes might not even get paid much if they get paid at all because the organizers of the festivals are really doing these bands a favor. Not only are they getting a ton of exposure by being on a lineup with other high profile names, they’re also going to get a huge audience at the festival.”

Last year, it was reported that Beyoncé received $ 1 million just for initially signing on to perform at Coachella in 2017 even without performing thanks to an insurance policy that is commonly signed by entertainers. Because she was pregnant with twins, she ended up canceling. According to a policy obtained by TMZ, the insurance covers an artist’s fee for “incapacity,” which typically includes complications from a high-risk pregnancy.

The Business of Coachella

The festival is run by billionaire Republican donor Philip Anschutz, the founder of the festival’s parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). AEG and AEG Live operate Goldenvoice, the company that launched Coachella in 1999. Despite the controversy surrounding Anschutz and his conservative views, the festival’s popularity and profit have soared over the last decade, making it the most profitable festival in the U.S. Back in 2007 it generated $ 16 million when it was still a one-weekend show. Five years later, the festival earned $ 47.3 million in 2012 after moving the celebration to two weekends.

In 2015, Coachella made just over $ 84 million in ticket sales and became the highest-grossing music festival in the world that year. That does not include the revenue it generated from merchandise and food and beverage sales. It topped $ 100 million in earnings in 2016 and then again in 2017 when it profited a record-breaking $ 114 million.

The festival will likely earn big bucks once again this year since its pricey tickets—which ranged from $ 429 for general admission to nearly $ 1,000 for VIP passes—sold out within a few hours after they went on sale on Jan. 5, 2018.

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Beyoncé’s Historic Coachella Performance Has Fans Singing the Praises of ‘Beychella’

Not only did Beyoncé crush Coachella by bringing out members of her former group Destiny’s Child, husband Jay-Z and sister Solange to perform with her, she also made history as the first black woman to ever headline Coachella.

Fans are calling this year’s music festival “Beychella” in honor of Beyoncé’s historic performance and her two-hour set which kicked off with “Crazy in Love.” Queen Bey also sang “Déja Vu” with Jay-Z and belted out some of Destiny’s Child’s most famous hits like “Say My Name,” “Lose My Breath,” and “Soldier.”

Beyoncé acknowledged her historic and creatively impressive show as Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her onstage.

“Coachella, thanks for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” she said. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” In classic Queen Bey style, she then sang “Run the World (Girls).”

Beyoncé performing with Destiny’s Child was especially epic because it was the first time the trio of women performed together since the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in 2015.

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The “Beychella” performance also included over 100 backup dancers and a New Orleans-style brass band.

The superstar was originally supposed to headline Coachella in 2017, but had to postpone due to being pregnant with twins Sir and Rumi.

Beyoncé is also going on tour again with husband Jay-Z for “On The Run II,” which starts in June. The music moguls’ first “On the Run” tour together was in 2014. The husband and wife duo have a lot to live up to after Coachella’s stunning and historic performance this weekend.

Needless to say, “Beychella” is the best thing to happen to the internet in a while.

 

 

 

 


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Beyoncé’s IVY PARK Spring/Summer ’18 Line Is Here

To many, Beyoncé is a prime example of feminism and bridging the gap that a woman can have everything a man has. She’s constantly spoken out on the power of women, of womanhood, and empowering your fellow sisters.

She’s shared videos that paid tribute to feminism, and has even signed an open letter calling for gender equality. One thing is for sure, Bey uses her platform to raise awareness that there STILL is an issue in how women are viewed and treated.

She even has athletes, like Risqat Fabunmi-Alade, and singers, like IAMDDB, in the campaign, supporting the message of being “Strong Beyond Measure.”

There are also cheerleaders from Ascension Eagles Cheerleaders, a charity youth program, featured in the campaign. The new line is already available at Topshop, and honestly, you probably will drop all your coins on the line if you’re not careful.

We’re cheering on Beyoncé and the countless women using their platforms to make change, showing badass women and just how dope we really are.

 

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Beyoncé marked International Day of the Girl with an empowering video with young women from around the world lip-synching and dancing to her 2016 song, "Freedom." Chime for Change and

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Beyonce’s Pastors Explains Their Joint Effort To Assist Hurricane Harvey Victims

Beyonce’s longtime pastor appeared on TMZ Live today after news surfaced of his role in the singer’s efforts to help Hurricane Harvey victims in her native Houston.

Rev. Rudy Rasmus from St. John’s United Methodist Church said one part of the plan is “to gather as many supplies as we can, knowing that in the next few days when the skies start clearing, people are going to be in intense need of items that they just right now, many have lost in the homes through the flooding.”

Rev. Rasmus said the singer usually keeps her charitable efforts out of the media spotlight, and that Bey will likely neither confirm nor deny an online rumor that she has already donated $ 7 million toward Hurricane Harvey efforts.

For those looking to donate to Rev. Rasmus and Beyonce’s relief effort, visit BreadOfLifeInc.org.

Watch Rev. Rasmus’ interview with TMZ below:

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