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“I’m So Bored By This Question” Chimamanda Adichie Tells Vogue How She Feels About Beyonce Sampling Her Work

July 31st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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For her 2013 self-titled album, Beyonce sampled Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” oration for her “Flawless” track. Although Adichie would be considered the “Queen Bey” of Millenial literature, her following has increased since “Flawless” hit international air waves. Yesterday, “We All Should Be Feminists,” based on Adichie’s Nigerian childhood and how it intertwines with the academic definition of feminism, was released as an Ebook and to commemorate the occasion Vogue spoke to the literary laureate and she gave insight on what success really means to her post-Yonce sampling.

What was it like to have your ideas about feminism go so viral?

It felt strange and surprising. I had done one TED Talk and I felt that I had already said what I could, in fact, say, and I didn’t think I had anything else worth talking about. But then I also realized the one thing I cared about is gender, feminism. So I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.” But I thought, This is not going to be popular, because it’s obvious that feminism for many people is a bad word, even if you believe in it, the word is off-putting. I thought seven people would care. I was surprised, but pleasantly so.

Is it always the goal of a writer to reach as many people as possible?
I don’t think in those terms. For this speech, it was an audience of mostly Africans, an audience I wanted to reach. I remember when I started off, just having a sense of push back, I knew that it was a subject that wasn’t popular, so when people stood up and clapped, that was success. My expectations had been low, so I was just surprised.

What was your first thought when Beyoncé asked if she could sample the song?

I’m so bored by this question, but I will say that I’m happy that my thirteen-year-old niece calls herself a feminist—not because I made the speech, but because of Beyoncé. Having attained the status of “cool” to my niece is wonderful.

Your 2013 book Americanah is being made into a movie by Lupita Nyong’o. Does that kind of Hollywood exposure frighten you a little?

I don’t really think very much about it. I’m just sitting here trying to write a good sentence. The kind of fiction I write isn’t the kind of fiction that Angelina Jolie or George Clooney seem likely to make into a movie, so you don’t think it’s going to happen. Particularly with Americanah, I was writing the book I was trying to write and having fun, and I never thought it would translate into a movie. But also, I just think that books are much more interesting than films, and there’s a part of me that resents that the world is much more interested in movies. People say, “Congratulations, you have a film!” But I think, What about the book?

I will say, particularly because it’s Lupita, who I admire very much, I’m excited. I love the space that she occupies. I love that she exists. So I’m quite happy. But it’s not for me a measure of success.

What is a measure for success?

Being read. Being read by people who get it. For me, success is that I have a book out and maybe I get an email from a friend of a friend who I don’t really know that speaks to what the book is about. That people get it: That can keep me depression-free for a month. That it means something to someone else, particularly in a positive way. A woman said to me, “Your book made me feel less alone.” That is success.

To read Adichie’s entire interview, click here.

#BeyoncifyMyBoyfriend: Toronto Teen Photoshops Ex As Beyonce

July 30th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Life will twist and turn while you’re dealing with a breakup. You may find yourself munching on sugary cupcakes by day and dancing on tables by night and in between these moments, deleting all your “so-in-love” photos on social media. But before you hit that “delete” button on your pictures, Toronto native Cassandra Blackwel has another option for you: Beyoncify your boyfriend! Buzzfeed reports when Blackwel broke up with her boyfriend instead of deleting every picture of them together, she photoshopped his face with the face of our Beloved Queen Bey.

Blackwel even turned her post-breakup photo project into a Tumblr page and is taking requests to Beyoncify everyone’s ex-boyfriend. She says: “It’s an ode to how much effort I put into the relationship, if you will.” In an interview will Elle Magazine Online, Blackwel said her project doubled her Twitter following and helped her forget about her break-up. Although many find her breakup recovery tactic a bit strange, Blackwel says of her project:  “I think it’s doing so well because everyone can relate to it. It’s just fun and innocent I think that’s why everyone is enjoying it. I made the blog for my friends and never expected it to get like this.”

With submissions streaming in for her to Beyoncify other men, Blackwel claims the project helps alleviate the pain during any breakup period. She notes, “ If imagining yourself at your happiest with Beyoncé doesn’t help, I don’t know what will.”

Blackwel ain’t say nothing but a word!

Below you will find some pictures of Blackwel Beyoncifying her ex-boyfriend via her Beyoncify Beyonce Tumblr Page:
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cozy night in with B

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For more pictures, check out Beyoncify My Boyfriend. Will you be submitting a photo?

She Better Get A Great Mothers’ Day Gift: FLOTUS Takes Sasha and Malia To “On The Run” Tour

July 27th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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I guess Chelly-O has no issues with Beyonce pulling up the partition. When the “On The Run” tour hit Chicago on July 24, The First Lady was there front and center with daughters, Malia, 16 and Sasha, 13.

The FLOTUS was in Chicago to host a Democrat fundraiser. The 50-year-old First Lady is a proud Bey stan having attended the Queen B’s last two concerts. They also worked on Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign in which you may remember Bey bouncing to her “Get Me Bodied” beat with a lunchroom full of school kids.

A Chicago-area model caught the family getting their groove on to Jay and Bey in VIP and decided to take a selfie.

It may be much to Michelle Obama’s dismay, as it’s no secret The White House works overtime to keep public pictures of the girls to a minimum. According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama called a paparazzi agency earlier this month to take down shots of Malia walking into a restaurant.

We respect the family trying to keep the girls lives as normal as possible, but it’s still nice to see them out having some fun.

[Video] Beyoncé Lending Vocals To ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Soundtrack?

July 21st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Beyoncé stays with a trick or two up her sleeve. Over the weekend, the Grammy-Award winning singer uploaded a teaser trailer to Instagram for the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, which featured a sultry, slowed-down version of her 2003 hit, “Crazy In Love.”

She didn’t offer an explanation for the brief clip, and simply captioned the video:

“fiftyshades”

So far, it’s unclear if this version of the track will be Beyoncé’s only contribution to the highly anticipated film and its soundtrack. But according to E! Online, this hasn’t been the first hint that Bey would be playing a role in the project. Back in March, her song “Haunted” appeared in a clip of the film, which was shown at CinemaCon. Fifty Shades Of Grey is slated to premiere Valentine’s Day of 2015. We’re pretty sure that she will be hipping her BeyHive to the extent of her involvement in the film before then.

Do you think she’s a good fit for the soundtrack?

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I Been On: Yonce Racks Up 8 MTV VMA Nominations

July 18th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

Of course. Of course. Today MTV announced their nominees for the 2014 Video Music Awards (via Snapchat, interestingly enough) and, obviously, Beyoncé was nominated for all the awards–well, eight to be exact, but that’s more than anybody else got this year. She’s in the running for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Collaboration, and more. Coming in at a close second were breakout star Iggy Azalea and rap veteranEminem, who each got seven nominees.

Only one nomination from the top, Iggy and Eminem were almost too close for comfort. Is Queen Bey’s power waning? We’ll know for sure when the awards air next month on August 24.

We already know that Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Usher are all performing, but based on Bey’s penchant for surprises and just showing everyone up all the time, she could just pop up and start performing in the middle of the show.

Read more about the MTV VMA Nominations at StyleBlazer.com

Didn’t Get To ‘On The Run’? HBO Will Bring It To You

July 11th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Didn’t snag a ticket for Jay Z and Beyoncé’s tour, “On The Run”? No worries. HBO will broadcast the last performance — but not right away.

HBO president Michael Lombardo just announced that HBO will bring the final stop of “On the Run” to your living room. The September 12 and 13 shows at Stade de France in Paris, which happens to be the only international stop on the tour. The shows will air as part of a concert special to debut later in the month, Lombardo told the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills.

Coincidentally, Beyoncé currently appears on HBO in Beyoncé: X10, a ten-episode series of concert performances from her “Mrs. Carter” tour that run Sunday nights before True Blood, reports Black America Web. On top of this, Bey also aired her up-close and personal feature-length documentary Life Is But a Dream on HBO in February 2013.  HBO was also the choice for Jay Z to premiere his video, “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” last August. Obviously, HBO and the Carters have made some sweet deals.

Now, HBO will capture the power couple performing more than 40 songs on their first-ever joint tour, which was set to play at 19 stadiums in the U.S. and two stadium shows in Paris.

“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” noted Lombardo. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Despite rumors of poor ticket sales, as of June 17, the tour had pulled in about $86 million in ticket sales and is on a pace to gross close to $100 million from just 19 shows, reports Billboard. And if the tour tops 850,000 tickets sold as speculated, that equals an incredible nightly revenue of $5.2 million. So we’re guessing HBO is expecting high ratings as well for its “On The Run” special.

You Got Your Degree in Beyoncénomics? Surprising Pop Culture College Courses

July 10th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Pop culture always seems to have a way of influencing society whether it’s through trendy styles and habits. Should it be that surprising that universities across the country are also taking note and even tailoring classes to discuss non-traditional topics? Take a look at these surprising pop culture college courses. Does it make you want to go back to school?

All Up In The Video: Stars Who Appeared In Other Artist’s Music Videos

July 9th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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There’s competitiveness in any field that you work in, but it’s always nice to see some camaraderie, support, and just have someone that you’re working with lend a helping hand… or a face.

In this list (which was inspired by a comment from poster Dark Child) we’re going to be bringing you musicians who appeared in other musicians’ music videos.  Now, here’s the stipulation for their selections:

They have to either play the role of a love interest, they didn’t have a vocal part in the song, and/or they are merely there as a form of solidarity for their friend.  So, with that said, let’s get it going with:

Mya’s Manager Says Rumored Jay Z Affair Brought Death Threats From Crazy Fans…

July 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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R&B singer Mya reacts to reports pegging her as Jay Z's mistress.

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We told you last week that singer Mya shut down any and all rumors that she has been involved in anything with Jay Z at some point during his marriage to Beyoncé. These rumors came out of the blue as there was speculation of trouble in paradise last week after Beyoncé changed the lyrics to her song “Resentment” during an On The Run tour stop. But the 34-year-old said she plays second fiddle to no one, and respects the sanctity of marriage too much to get involved with anybody’s husband, let alone Jay Z.

“Never did, never was, never will. Illegitimate thirsty sources with no facts and that’s the ‘media’ for you—especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage way too much for nonsense. False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers. And miserable, unhappy people need someone to judge to deter the attention away from their own misery and feel better about their miserable lives. If they did it to Jesus, they’ll do it to anyone. God Bless.”

But another person opening up about such rumors is the singer’s manager, Mike Killmon. He told the New York Daily News that online threats from crazed fans and having people question her about whether or not she was meddling in a marriage in the house of God made some form of a response very necessary.  

“Someone walked up and asked her about it while she was accepting an award at a church.

At first it was just ridiculous, but then some die-hard fans start making threats. She really couldn’t care less about the rumors, but she wanted to set the record straight when the after-effects started to become troublesome.”

Mya and Jay Z first collaborated on “The Best of Me (Part 2)”  in 2000 (which is my jam by the way), but there have been rumors about them since. But as Mya says, the rumors are untrue.

 

“It’s Very Hurtful And Extremely Upsetting”: Jennifer Hudson On Claims She “Sacrificed” Family Members To Be In Illuminati

July 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m sure that after all these years you’ve heard a thing or two about the Illuminati. For conspiracy theorists, it’s a powerful group of individuals who have a hand in and control many aspects of everyday life, including our culture, our government and more. People commonly pegged as members of this society include Jay Z and Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and surprisingly, even Jennifer Hudson. Some who believe that the Illuminati is real and includes these celebrities also believe that these notable individuals made blood sacrifices to be in the society. Some have also tried to say online that Hudson “sacrificed” her mother, her brother and her nephew (murdered by her brother-in-law) to be a member and gain her massive success.

If you ask me, all that sounds silly as hell and quite disrespectful, and Hudson has actually heard about such claims. In an interview to help promote her upcoming new album JHUD (coming out in August) with DC’s Majic 102.3, Hudson addressed them and says that as a Christian woman, people are really crossing the line:

“I think people find a way to discredit people in everything you do. Nothing is ever what it really is. And at the end of the day, we all work hard for what we get and what we do just like anyone else. And it’s unfair that some people would be that cruel to impose such negativity on things that is done from a positive place and perspective. And t’s very hurtful and extremely upsetting. Especially coming from a Christian standpoint.

Every time I hear stuff like that, I’m like ‘You will not take the credit for God’s work and give it to Satan. Not on my watch. Not on my watch.’ So again, it’s extremely upsetting. There’s so much to be said about that, but you don’t have the time, and neither do I.”

This isn’t the first time Hudson had to confront such rumors about herself. In 2011, she told fans this during a U-Stream session 

“I’m so glad someone brought this Illuminati mess up because only a child of God would address it. That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard in my life. And it’s offensive because basically what? The people that are here today don’t deserve to be where they are? What, we didn’t work for it? So I find—and I hate to go there—but I find it’s those that can’t make it that would probably join Illuminati, or whoever that is, to get somewhere.

Don’t listen to that type of stuff, don’t follow that stuff because those people are only luring you in to become a part of some mess like that, so know that you’re only falling victim. That’s their way of gaining [followers]. I’d advise you to stay away from it. Those who are reading it are falling into it. It could not be more untrue.”