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She Brought The Oil: Ledisi Performs A Goose-Bump-Inducing Rendition of “Take My Hand Precious Lord”
Chile, we’ve talked ad nauseam about the way Beyoncé snubbed Ledisi out of a well-deserved Grammy performance of “Take My Hand Precious Lord.” And while we would like to move on, hoping a few people have learned a valuable lesson from this, there is something that still needs to be said. Perhaps after this, we can close the chapter.
Ledisi is currently on her Intimate Truth tour. And she’s added a very stripped down version of “Take My Hand Precious Lord” to her set list.
Her rendition of the song is nothing short of amazing. There’s a sincerity behind her delivery that literally brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms. And it’s not just spirit and soul, from a technical standpoint, every note and every run was perfection. The girl is that good.
Check out Ledisi’s performance of the song in the video below and be blessed.
Let the church say Amen…and Amen again.
There are few fans who ride for their favorite celebrity the way Beyonce’s fans do and these entertainers found out the hard way jut how far the Beyhive will go when they feel their “Flawless” leader has been disrespected.
A lot of people were shocked when Beck walked away with Album of the Year at the Grammys, but none more than Beyonce’s fans. They were so upset that Queen Bey (who has 20 Grammys under her belt) didn’t win, they took to social media to express their dismay. Beck’s Wikipedia page was hacked and he was called a thief who robbed Beyonce of Album of the Year. Apparently Kanye West agreed with them because he almost interrupted Beck’s acceptance speech but instead chose a post-Grammy interview with E! to voice his disappointment over Beyonce not winning the coveted award.
Give Them Their Flowers Now: Black Women Who Will Go Down In The History Books For Their Contributions
They’re bold visionaries who are an inspiration to not just black women, but all women. And just like many of the women who have come before them, they will go down in history for their contributions and accomplishments. But instead of waiting to celebrate them long after they’re gone, it’s only fitting to recognize their accomplishments now.
Some are more familiar than others; but each of them are playing a major role in changing the world and the representation of black women, and we appreciate them for that.
So as we prepare to close Black History Month, let’s celebrate our sisters who are paving the way for us all.
The fastest way to place yourself in the middle of a social media war zone is to talk crazy about Beyoncé. Unfortunately, Kid Rock has to learn this lesson the hard way. During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the musician said that he was “flabbergasted” by how infatuated people are with Queen Bey.
“Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a f-cking ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’?”
Oh, but the shade didn’t stop there. Rock also expressed that her beauty doesn’t make much of a difference either.
“People are like, ‘Beyoncé’s hot. Got a nice f-cking a–.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t-ts.’ Doesn’t really f-cking do much for me.”
Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but his approach to the conversation was rather disrespectful. Nevertheless, the “Bey Hive” wasted no time going after the recording artist for speaking poorly of their beloved queen. In addition to flooding his Instagram comments with bee Emojis, they’ve been weighing in on Twitter.
Kid Rock upset Beyonce Stans … there is 30,000 comments under 1 of his pictures on Instagram going in on him for Beyonce.. damn.
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) February 27, 2015
Check out some of their reactions on the next page.
Remember that old saying, “Wow, you look like a million bucks!”? I’d say it comes from a certain truth — seeing as Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Rihanna spend a jaw-dropping fortune on looking and staying perfect for the public spotlight. From 24-karat gold facials to personal masseuses, perfection ain’t cheap!
Let’s take a look at how much the three most talked about divas spend on their appearances — by the numbers.
Kim K reportedly spends over $1 million a year to maintain her beauty, says the Daily Mail.
The most famous Kardashian spends $42 - $455 on facial creams and cleansers.
To protect her olive skin from the sun, Kim Kardashian shells out between $48 and $85 on SPF 30 and 50 facial sunscreens.
“I have this at-home LED light therapy machine called Quasar MD Plus that I got it for my psoriasis because I’ll try anything,” Kim Kardashian told In the Gloss. If you want one of your own, be prepared to spend $795.
On make-up, including brushes, foundation, bronzer, contour kits, mascara, and lashes, she spends between $11 and $62. Two of the products she mentioned happened to be part of her own line, Kardashian Beauty.
Kim K says that at the end of the day, she wipes off all her make-up with Neutrogena’s Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, which costs an inexpensive $1.83.
Because I’m convinced this whole interview was a paid sponsorship, let’s see what the rumor mill — which I surprisingly have more faith in — has to say about Kim K’s beauty regimen.
According to Hollywood Life, the curvaceous star spends $2,175 a week getting beautified. That includes $300 for a 24-karat gold facial, $500 for weekly glygolic peels, and $2,500 bi-montly visits at Beverly Hills salon Bailey’s. Her favorite facial, HL adds, costs $1,269!
Every month, the sultry starlet gets Fraxel ($800) and Velashape ($3,000) laser treatments to keep the cellulite at bay.
As for her luscious hair? Well, she bought that for about $800 from the Shade salon in Beverly Hills.
Beyoncé isn’t as publicly open about her beauty regimen. But the streets are talkin’ and Queen Bey also drops $1 million a year to stay “flawless.”
No Beyoncé — you did not wake up like this.
OK! Insider speculates that Bey spends her big bucks on personal spray-tan artists, personal masseuses, skin products, chemical peels, and botox — ouch, the Partition singer was right. “Pretty Hurts.”
When it comes to Beyoncé’s locks, Hype Hair swears that the songstress spends over $100,000 – the extensions Bey wore during her Mrs. Carter World Tour last year is rumored to be valued at $145,000. Unbeweavable!
And here’s a wacky rumor, according to The Loop: Beyoncé spends $85 — per finger — to get a gold manicure. If you do the math, that’s $850 for both hands. Is it true? I don’t know, but I secretly want it to be!
The Island Princess allegedly spends — wait for it — $56,000 a week on her appearance according to Yahoo! Lifestyle Rumor has it that RiRi pays her dermatologist $11,000 a week to be on call.
“She gets laser skin tightening, oxygen facials, photo facials, even the infamous vampire facials. It’s not just her face, she gets laser treatments on her body too,” according to a source.
She pays her lash expert, hair stylist, and tanner $5,500, $2,800, and $1,000 a day, respectively. Her make-up stylist, Mylah Morales, makes a pretty penny at $3,700 a week.
Wearing nothing but unprocessed human hair, Rihanna’s hairstyles can hover around $7,000.
Hey, what’d you expect? Perfection is pricey.
Why is everyone in super defensive mode over the leaked L’oreal pictures of Beyoncé’s pre-photoshopped and untouched face?
I mean I understand the superstar entertainer and her stans are still licking wounds after she stole…er, I mean, borrowed that gospel song from Ledisi for the Grammys and got dragged for sounding like Barry White on it. But really are those pictures such a big deal that they require this much offense?
I mean, it’s not like the pictures are really unflattering. If anything Beyonce without all the filters and good lighting, is still pretty and actually looks perfectly normal. In fact, she probably looks more normal than the images of herself that she passes off as natural.
But let her stans tell it, the internet has shamed Beyoncé. I’m not calling out any folks directly (this time) because there are just too many of you all to quote. However you can pretty much search “Beyoncé leaked pictures” and find a plethora of angry think pieces and tweets from stans, shaming and wishing death upon anyone caught passing the photos around. Hell some stans even called the FBI over the leaked photos.
I get the angst to an extent. All photos are deceptive. Even the ones we take on our personal cameras. We may not have fancy-schmancy editing program; but we do tend to stand in the good light, pose on our good sides, and wear our good makeup and outfits to make us look more “flawless” than what we actually are normally. If some folks are like me, we’ll might even take a dozen or so pictures of ourselves until we find that one “natural” selfie that will do us justice aesthetically. In a sense we are all guilty of not keeping it photogenically 100. So why should we expect anything different from celebrities, particularly ones whose careers are based around keeping up appearances?
But that’s kind of the point. The unnecessary need to keep up appearances and the overall importance we put on beauty, even over other more useful attributes (like brains and skill) seems counter productive. Like the folks who are dismissively asking “why does it matter” and saying things like “everyone has a bad picture” only seems to confirm that there is something legitimately wrong with the pictures even though there isn’t.
Likewise folks, particularly those who write and care about eradicating social ills and empowering impressionable minds, know why untouched photos of celebrities matter. In a world where folks, particularly young people, are not only comparing themselves to these altered images, but doing all sorts of surgery and suffering through all sort of body dysmorphic disorders, the continuation of projecting false images of ourselves is genuinely hurting people. And we can all talk about “loving ourselves” and how proper self-esteem starts with the parents, but some folks weren’t nurtured that way. And some were, but still have trouble seeing themselves through a wall of images and beauty ideals, which have been reinforced by society and counteract everything they grew up believing. Therefore in the interest of healing all of society, we should call more attention to when folks are not being their authentic selves.
Like Beyoncé once said, “pretty hurts.” And the assault on our individual psyche is real. And the insecurity that those assaults create is how the powers that be go about getting all of us to be good consumers to products and services which we really don’t need, including L’oreal makeup. I mean, I can understand if we were talking about removing a blemish or two, but the advertisers literally resized her face so that it was thinner and altered her neck, so we wouldn’t see the normal folds we all have while operating our body like a human being. I mean, who is looking at and judging that child’s neck like that?
Quiet as it’s kept, it’s likely the pressure from many of her stans themselves, which forces Beyoncé to want to be perfect all the time. I honestly believe that some of them are scared to see Bey without the lights and glam as it will ruin the shallow illusion of immortality. Yet most times, it’s her critics who don’t have a problem because we have no problem seeing her as what she truly is: a human being just like the rest of us.
After watching Amber Rose put Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and the whole Kardashian clan in their place earlier this week, it made me think of the many other times that the family (and their friends/flunkies) have gone up against their detractors over things they’ve found disrespectful. Considering how much people have to say about this family, you think they would be involved in Twitter beefs every week. But after doing some thinking, and digging, there haven’t been that many public squabbles–but I would say at least 11. Here are people who’ve had beef with the Kardashians over the years, and some of the names might surprise you.
Gossip magazines and websites are full of celebrity dirt that can become toxic if consumed too much. In an effort to balance out how much negativity we expose ourselves to on a daily basis, why not highlight selfless efforts? Here’s a look at some celebrities who put their charitable foot forward through events and foundations.
I’m convinced that we are obsessed with policing ourselves and each other too much, and this happens a lot when it comes to what we say is okay to do and wear in public. I’ve realized, as I’m sure that you have as well, that there is a double standard when it comes to the pedestal we expect each other as African American women to stand on. This is especially true for black women in the limelight, and made clear when compared to what we cheer on white women for wearing and doing. This became evident to me after watching the red carpet for the 57th annual Grammy Awards last week.
In case you missed it, Madonna mooned photographers while walking down the carpet in fishnets and what looked like a contraption made to lift her butt. And while I saw many women telling the 56-year-old singer to put some clothes on (mostly because of her age), I also saw others cheering her on. This is not the first time that Madge has worn little to nothing on the red carpet and been given a high five. But, I thought to myself, if Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj or any other prominent black woman in the public eye dared to try something like this, we would probably read her for filth.
Even in a previous post I wrote, I, along with a few others, criticized Amber Rose, Beyoncé and others for showing too much (after much more thought, my views about their attire, or a lack thereof, are less harsh). These are mothers, who by default, are placed in a category far removed from the word sexy. And yet, these beautiful women continue to show off their assets and encourage other women to embrace their own.
As for Madonna, the proud mother of four, who is known to push the limits, was allowed the opportunity to moon a crowd and receive “good press.” Certain sites described the superstar’s moment as “wacky” and “fun,” and applauded her for her “toned butt.” Essentially, the conversation was framed as something light-hearted that “only Madonna” could do. Bravo’s Andy Cohen even celebrated Madge and spoke up in her defense:
“Why should you deny Madonna the right to be Madonna? This is who she is. This is what she does. I was tweeting about her, and I got a lot of tweets from women who were saying, ‘She’s too old, she can’t do this, she looks ridiculous.’ I tweeted a couple back and I said, ‘Look, I’m looking at your avatar, and with all due respect, honey, you have a situation happening yourself.’ I don’t know why I’m on such a soap box about it, but I think it’s interesting. She’s Madonna. Let her keep being Madonna. Don’t take that away.”
I can’t help but wonder if this had been a notable black woman, who would have come to her defense? How come we laugh or cheer on other women for being bold and proud of showing off their bodies, but virtually rush to cover our own stars with a James Brown cape when they show the same confidence?
If something is deemed crass or tasteless, then let it be so across all platforms. If Madonna is getting a pass to show that ass, then so must Kim Kardashian’s LOVE magazine spread, Beyoncé’s pride in her post-baby body and booty, and Amber Rose’s barely there monokini photo shoots.
The responsibility placed on our women to operate within the constraints of having some sort of good behavior in order to represent well for us all on the main stage is both unfair and unrealistic. This is not a cover-it-all type of generation, nor should we force black women to live within a higher morality code if no one else has to. While I plan to keep my clothes on, I will no longer fault anyone else if they choose not to.
When fans go to a concert venue or event to see their favorite artist sing, chances are, they’d prefer to see them sing live. But in what has become common practice, more and more singers lip sync, and while that’s okay under certain circumstances, these artists were criticized for faking it to the music.
When he was sworn in for the highest office of the land for the second time, President Obama decided to have none other than Beyoncé sing at the inauguration. She gave such a great rendition of the national anthem that her flawless performance left some in tears. But it turns out that the flawless performance was actually a recording. Queen Bey opted to “sing” over a recording because she didn’t have time to properly rehearse with the Marine band, who was backing her up beforehand.