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I live for a good coloring book. And as we’ve discussed around these parts, you should invest in one since adult coloring books help alleviate stress. If you’re still on the lookout and just so happen to be a hopeless romantic, I have the perfect option for you: Modern Lovers: The Relationship Goals Coloring Book.
Brought to you by Belly Kids, the book pays homage to some of the celebrity couples people can’t seem to get enough of. The curator of the coloring book, Michael Coley, told Mashable that the artists behind each of the illustrations wanted to create “a picture of love gone right.”
“We’ve come together to create something fun, cute, a little bit dorky but immensely positive and warming.”
The book includes the likes of Bey and Jay (drawn by Elena Boils), Kim and Kanye, and though she’s never claimed him publicly, Rihanna and Drake. Fictional couples even get some love, including Mulder and Scully from The X-Files and Jon Snow and Ygritte from Game of Thrones.
With the right set of colored pencils, a pencil sharpener on deck, and a glass of wine, this coloring book seems like it will give you quite a bit of entertainment — and of course, all the relationship goals. It can be yours for just $9.
In April of this year, Beyoncé released her sixth album Lemonade and four months after its debut, the album continues to tug on the heartstrings of new and old fans. Knowing the profound impact it still has on listeners (and viewers), Yoncé and her team decided to share never before seen pictures of the various music video sets in Louisiana and the cast joking around with one another.
You’ll even be privy to Blue Ivy beating Jay-Z in a game of football, Bey jumping on mattresses and Zendaya smizing for the cameras.
Although we’re supposed to be rooting for Team USA, Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade has caught our attention too!
The 17-year-old junior has always been the Brazilian gymnastic team’s secret weapon but according to Elle Magazine, she hasn’t been publicly recognized because of the injuries she faced in 2014 and 2015. But this year Rebeca came to steal the show in Rio by using gymnastic techniques like the Amanar — a favorite of Simone Biles and, of course, Queen Bey.
During her floor routine, Rebeca floored judges by performing to a samba mix of Bey’s iconic songs “Crazy In Love” and “Single Ladies.” She even included a bit of choreography from the songs’ videos in her routine, wowing her home crowd of Brazil. And although Mrs. Carter wasn’t there, Rebeca gave everyone a show set to the Yoncé’s standard and it even landed her in the finals!
Check out the routine below.
It’s Beyoncé’s world. We’re just living in it. Need proof? The Texas-bred singer’s sixth studio album, Lemonade, which also happens to be her second visual album to date, is the third biggest-selling album of 2016.
When Lemonade was released in April, the hour-long visual component to the album sent the Beyhive into a tizzy and drew rave reviews. Lemonade is now currently nominated for four Emmy awards, including one for outstanding directing. Currently on the “Formation” world tour, Beyoncé continues to dazzle and slay. Check out some of the secrets and lesser-known details about Lemonade and its groundbreaking film.
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Aside from a select few individuals, none of the participants involved in the Lemonade film knew what they were getting into. Model Winnie Harlow, who appears in it, told Cosmpolitan that all of the details (except for the title’s project) were a secret. “I think after the filming, we all didn’t really know exactly what the project was, but we could sense how epic it was,” she said. “Like of course we were part of the scenes, but we just weren’t told what exactly was going on, you know?”
Beyoncé’s Lemonade provided us with all types of quoteables. But perhaps none more memorable and impactful than her “He only want me when I’m not there/ He better call Becky with the good hair.” line. The line itself was provocative, playing on America’s favorite subject: race; and a topic that never goes out of style with Black women: hair.
The fire was only fueled when Rachel Roy tried to, on the very night Lemonade dropped, that she was somehow connected to the drama. Then blogs started saying that Beyoncé had been calling Roy “Becky” for years. Iggy Azalea asked if it was a racial slur. It just blew up.
But the real origins of the lyric are a lot more innocuous than what they’ve become in the digital space.
The reason why so many people were able to relate to Lemonade was because it is a culmination of Black women’s experiences weaved together to share a bit of Beyoncé’s story. And the woman who wrote the “Becky” line was simply using Beyoncé to share her words with the world.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, singer and songwriter, Diana Gordon, explained.
Diana Gordon, formerly known in the industry as Wynter Gordon, has been writing for big named artists for years. And even wrote “Daddy Lessons” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” for the artist. But it’s her contribution to Beyoncé’s “Sorry” that has created so much conversation.
But in order to learn how the line came to be, we have to go back a little bit.
Gordon recently dropped a song of her own called “The Legend Of” and she prefaced it with a poem.
Got extra emotional and wrote a poem . ( real tears not photoshop ) Its also up on @thefader . Extra thanks for the opportunity and the love . NEW SONG and poem LINK IN MY BIO #TheLegendOf #Thefader #DianaGordon LEGENDOFDIANA.COM
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“I turned my pain into stories/ And my stories into songs/ And sold them to the highest bidder. I had the most famous people in/ The world telling my story/ Meanwhile nobody knew who I was including me.”
Gordon told EW why she wrote the poem.
“I did have some dedicated fans who grew with me from MySpace, who knew I did more than just dance music. I think they would have questions. To the world, I was pretty much this girl who did dance music, very easily forgotten, so I wanted to just be real. I wanted to start this new chapter, like f— it, this is who I am and here I am. No more playing, no more sugar coating stuff. Working with Beyoncé has allowed people to shine a light on me and has given me a platform to say, “Okay I’m great, you should pay attention. I’m going to redo this again and we’re going to do it in a way where I don’t have to dance around who I am anymore, dance around the fact that there are real issues going on.”
EW: Why did you decide to use your given name?
I’ve always wanted to change my name. When I was given that name [Wynter] by people that I used to work with when I was very young, I didn’t really know who I was. I don’t associate myself with them anymore. I felt like I did a lot of things out of necessity, maybe because I needed money, because I was told that I was this person and I had to continue just to survive.
I had a breakdown a year and a half ago. It was the deciding factor. I was like, “I have to let everything go because I’ll either die or my life’s going to be ruined or I have to change everything.” As Wynter Gordon, I felt like I did a lot of things that weren’t my truth. I didn’t speak up on topics I knew I should have spoken up on. I didn’t talk about things that were bothering me. I wore a lot of things I hate now. I look back and I cringe. They didn’t seem authentic to my being. I spent the last three years trying to not wash it away, but trying to be myself. No one was really paying attention that much. When you put out a big song like “Dirty Talk,” they’re paying attention to one thing until you as an artist trump the music. Until you do something in a new light, people are always going to go back to it. That was bothering me.
We’re living in a time of wokeness and that’s what’s on my mind. I had an anxiety attack and I let go of everything, things like, “You should be married, you should have a kid, you should have money or a 401K.” I was freaking out about all these things like, “What am I going to do with my life? How can I save face?” I just lost my mind. When I finally got over that, it literally took me going away to another country, taking medication for a while.”
In the song “The Legend Of” she says she “just got a fat check from Beyoncé/“ The interviewer says it’s a bit tongue in cheek because she’s been writing for artists for years and now people have so much to say about her and her work.
Gordon: I respect Beyoncé but I’ve been working with legendary artists since I was 19 years old. I was like I’m going to put this in a song because I know that’s what you care about and that’s what’s going to get me to be able to continuously put out music.
EW: There are also very clear threads between that song and the songs you wrote for Lemonade. Did you come to Beyoncé with those songs or did you collaborate with her?
Beyoncé is a scientist of songs. I’ve never seen anyone work the way she works. She definitely changes the song structures. She can take two songs, say, “I like two lines, I like the melody then let me use that for a verse and a bridge and write the whole middle.” It’s more of a collaboration. You never know what she’ll like. I came to her with a bunch of songs and she was like, “I like that verse, I like the idea.” But she definitely doesn’t take things as is, at least not from me. I came in on the Jack White song [“Don’t Hurt Yourself”] and helped finish it.
EW: What did you think about people’s reactions to the “Becky with the good hair” line in “Sorry”?
I laughed, like this is so silly. Where are we living? I was like, “What day in age from that lyric do you get all of this information?” Is it really telling you all that much, accusing people?
EW: Did you and Beyoncé ever talk about the response?
No. I don’t think she expected it. I saw her at her Formation tour. She had a pajama party; we laughed, we danced, we hugged it out. But I didn’t say much about it at the time because I wanted to give her space. The idea started in my mind but it’s not mine anymore. It was very funny and amusing to me to watch it spread over the world. If it’s not going to be me saying it, and the one person in the world who can say it is Beyoncé, I was f—ing happy. With Beyoncé, I feel like the songs we worked on were specifically for her. I didn’t have a dad growing up, so “Daddy Lessons,” that was more of a fantasy for me. I felt like I was very strong in helping to raise my brothers and sisters but that really was her story.
EW: You’d written that whole song before you worked with her?
When I played it for her, I was like, “This is one of my favorite songs.” She was like, “This is my life.” I told her, “You know what, take it, do what you want with it.” She went and re-produced it, she changed some words, added the bridge, it’s hers. She didn’t talk to me about her father. We didn’t go into details. I see their relationship in the media just like everyone else. I watched the HBO special just like everyone else. When you do work closely with an artist they touch on things and she touched on it. Beyoncé’s been in our homes for nearly 20 years. I’ve loved her since she was in Destiny’s Child, so yeah I know her story.
I was having anxiety and I told her that I felt like I hadn’t gotten” to a place I wanted to get to in my life and she talked to me about things that I wanted for my life. She entrusted a lot power into me. She made me [Parkwood signees] Chloe x Halle’s performance coach. She’s the perfect person to help me tell my story.”
You can read the rest of her interview on Entertainment Weekly.
Angela Rye Tells Another Political Commentator “Boy Bye” For Questioning Pres. Obama’s Harvard Admission
Earlier this week President Obama came out with some very strong criticisms against Donald Trump. In case you missed it, he said, among other things, that he was unfit to become president. In fact he said Trump keeps proving his inadequacy.
He explained his stance even further.
“The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge of critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”
Many are calling these remarks the strongest President Obama had made against the Republican presidential candidate.
So naturally, all of the talking heads had a few things to say about this. Political commentator and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in speaking with Don Lemon and other panelists, argued that the president shouldn’t have spoken out about Trump, that he should save those types of comments for the campaign trail.
“Let me be very clear. Donald Trump has been attacking the president long before he began campaigning for this important office. He is the one who was the spokesperson for the birther movement and was calling for transcripts and saying that the president was an Affirmative Action admittee of Harvard…”
Lewandowski interrupts Rye to ask, “Did he ever release his transcripts?”
Rye was ready with a response. “Tell me about those tax returns Corey while you’re at it.”
“You raised the issue. Did he ever release his transcripts or his admission to Harvard University.”
“Corey, in this moment I’m going to Beyoncé you: Boy bye. You are so out of line right now.”
The woman is sharp and she ain’t sorry.
Check out the full exchange in the video below.
It’s not often we get to see Beyonce’s playful side, so it’s especially cute when we catch her having adorably unplanned mother-daughter moments with Blue.
The Carters are spending time in Paris this week and nobody can get enough of the pics of Bey and Blue in matching teal Gucci dresses on a hotel rooftop with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop. And you can’t tell us Blue doesn’t already know she’s a star in the making. Check this pose.
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And there’s plenty more where that came from.
The most adorable shot of all is this candid of Yonce and her mini-me jumping up and down, showing off the fact that the two are literally matched from head to toe with pink sandals.
And of course mama bear had to strike a few solo poses showing us how to get in formation in Gucci.
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When it comes to curves, there are plenty of Hollywood stunners that proudly wave their body-loving flags. Here we celebrate these lovely, voluptious ladies who prove one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to embracing their figures.
Queen Bey has always been proud of her curves and has certainly encouraged legions of female fans to do the same. In fact, when she caught wind that her photos with H&M had been heavily photoshopped, she was quick to go on the defensive. She even demanded that the un-retouched photos be used for the campaign instead.
#23 Ways: Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Rihanna & More On Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America
I don’t have to tell you what’s going on in our world these days. You’ve seen the news. They’re killing us, often times for nothing at all.
Now is the time for everyone offended by these senseless killings to speak out. And thankfully, there are some celebrities using their platforms for good by speaking out.
In a recent video released by Mic.com, several celebrities spoke out about instances of police brutality, recounting the common actions these Black people were involved in when they were killed by police. Actions like running to the bathroom in your house, playing with a toy gun, asking for help, wearing a hoodie or failing to signal.
There’s also a call to action at the end of video, that directs viewers to WeAreHereMovement.com, where you can tell President Obama and Congress about your desire to address racial injustice in this country, particularly when it comes law enforcement and the government.
Celebrities grace the covers of magazines and partake in photo shoots on a regular basis. No biggie, right? Well, that privilege takes on a completely different meaning for pregnant stars. For some of them who haven’t already shared the good news, posing while pregnant serves as their official baby announcement to the world. For others, a baby bump magazine cover or photo shoot is a chance to document and flaunt one of the most exciting times in their lives. Many pregnant models, actresses and singers have happily posed for magazines over the years, and some of them have even done it with zero clothing on. The result? Artful, classy, timeless images that present pregnant women in a beautiful, vibrant light. The joy and magic of pregnancy is a wondrous thing. Click on for pictures of some of your favorite celebs who bared it all – and in some instances, went fully clothed – while pregnant.