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The BLACKstory Behind Beyoncé’s Tidal X 10/15 Dress

October 17th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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While Solange’s entire album has become the soundtrack for every woke Black person in America, nay the world. Her older sister Beyoncé has taken a more subtle approach in asserting the pride she also takes in being Black, with an homage to our African ancestors.

On the red—or in this case Black carpet for the Tidal 1015 concert, she wore a handmade, hand beaded black, Gattinoni dress.

The dress without the context of the inspiration is beautiful in and of itself. But when you get the backstory, you might appreciate it even more.

The pattern for the bead work came from this picture of an African woman’s back, which had been intricately and artistically scarred.

Source: Beyoncé.com

Source: Beyoncé.com

The picture below was posted on Beyoncé.com and later on the Instagram page Beylite, where there is a bit of debate about the authenticity of the story, likely because they didn’t realize the image was on the singer’s official page. But if you look at the two images side by side, it’s hard to ignore the similarities.

According to Wikipedia, scarifying or scarification involves the scratching, etching, burning or branding of the skin to permanently alter the body. There are several theories as to why the practice is used in many cultures. It’s believed to be as a rite of passage for both men and women in some areas, a hardening technique, or is associated with social or religious practices. These permanent markings, similar to the Western practice of tattooing are used to tell a person’s story.

Beyoncé’s red carpet look wasn’t the only African-inspired attire for the night. Her musicians wore face paint, East African beaded jewelry and her background singers, The Mamas, wore African print dresses from designer Reuben Reuel.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

Guess How Many Millions Beyonce Raked In From The ‘Formation’ Tour

October 16th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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With her wildly successful sixth album still in rotation and having wrapped up the sold out ‘Formation’ Tour earlier this month, Beyonce continues to slay and pull edges shamelessly with all the major keys she’s been accumulating.

For starters, the international stadium tour kicked off in April raked in $256,084,556 while selling 2.2 million tickets, as reported by Billboard. So, if you do the math, that’s an average of $5.2 million total and over 45,000 proud members of the Beyhive per show to.

The highest grossing tour stop came from two shows the global chanteuse did at Wembley Stadium in London. The two-nighter pulled in $15.3 million and sold 142,500 tickets. New York’s City’s Citi Field was the highest earning show in North America with $11.5 million and 73,486 tickets.

So, from the looks of it, Queen Bey not only did the damn thing but will probably sit atop the throne for the highest grossing tour of 2016 as a solo artist.

10 Beyonce Costumes We Expect To See This Halloween

October 13th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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People love to imitate Beyonce’s style on a regular day of the week, so with Halloween around the corner and the love for Lemonade still going strong, we can only imagine the slew of Beyonce costumes we’ll see this year. Actually, we can do better than that, we can predict them. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when you and your girl show up at a party with the same look; here are 10 Beyonce costumes we fully expect to see everywhere this Halloween.

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All you really need is a big black hat and a lace dress with a few chains.

Beyonce Brings Out Serena Williams For “Sorry” During Latest Formation Tour Stop

October 8th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Instagram

Photo Credit: Instagram

It’s safe to say that we were all chanting “YAAASS” when Serena Williams made a cameo in Beyonce’s “Sorry” video, all while popping it and looking back it at.

And that same moment happened during the latest Formation tour stop at New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium when Williams and Beyonce reunited once again. In a sexy black leotard, glittery showgirl stockings and serving Diana Ross kinky curly hair realness, the tennis star let loose on stage and had the crowd going absolutely wild.

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Chimamanda Adichie Speaks On Her Success Being Credited To Beyoncé

October 7th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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If you watched an interview with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, post the Beyoncé album, you might have noticed that there was a noticeable twitch when anyone would ask her about Beyoncé and how thankful she was to Beyoncé for putting her on by featuring her “We Should All Be Feminists” talk on her song “Flawless.” She was tight lipped, visibly eager to change the line of questioning.

During the recent Brainwash Festival in Amsterdam, Adichie explained why she didn’t speak about it too much.

‘In the first place: of course Beyoncé asked permission to use my texts, and I did give her permission. I think she’s lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions. In addition, Beyoncé is a celebrity of the first order and with this song she has reached many people who would otherwise probably never have heard the word feminism, let alone gone out and buy my essay.’

‘But I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé. I felt such a resentment (laughs loudly). I thought: are books really that unimportant to you? Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful. I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: “Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.” That’s why it didn’t speak about it much.’

As a member of the BeyHive, I completely understand Adichie’s stance. Work all your life to become a writer only to have your life’s work be attributed to someone else.

Furthermore, Adichie said that her brand of feminism is different than Bey Bey’s.

‘Her style is not my style, but I do find it interesting that she takes a stand in political and social issues, since a few years. She portrays a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, who does her own thing, and she has girl power. I am very taken with that.’

‘Still, her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger? We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men. Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20 per cent of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.’

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

They Get It From Their Mama: Mama Tina Shares Sweet Social Media Posts Of Solange And Beyonce

October 7th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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Not too long ago our little sister Solo released her third full-length album, ranking number one album on the iTunes charts, A Seat At The Table. The album is a passionate and heartfelt ode to Black womanhood, encapsulating the current social climate, and a timelessness of artistic creation. Her mom, affectionately known as Mama Tina (Tina Lawson) took to social media to express her excitement and pride for her daughter’s achievement. With two instagram posts, Tina gushed over Solange’s long overdue recognition as an artist. Each post is dripping in joy, and love, and will have your eyeballs sweating.



With a bit of humor, Mama goes on with one of Kanye’s most notable quotes, “I’m a let you finish” and shares how she has waited for the day the world would acknowledge, and embrace Solo’s artistic gift, as well as her uniqueness.



At the moment it doesn’t seem like there is anyone more proud of her children than Mama Tina. Taking every opportunity she can, Tina acknowledges, and revels in her daughter’s successes. Beyonce is even goals for her own mom! With a passion for tacos like the rest of us, Tina also shares via Instagram, that it was a picture of her daughter, sent by her trainer, that kept her fitness goals on track.



Mother Tina is the real Queen. Reigning effortlessly, she has reared, and ushered into greatness two of the world’s most notable musical contributors. She the living holy grail, responsible for a large part of the era we are experiencing. Shoutout to Mrs. Lawson, for coming through for the win!

Viola Davis: On Sex Scenes And Her Daughter’s Obsession With Beyonce

September 29th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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Credit: Brian To/

Viola Davis took to “The Ellen Degeneres Show” to chat all about her daughter, and the growth of her character Annalise on “How To Get Away With Murder.” The 51-year-old actress beamed in a radiant fuchsia jumper, as she gushed about her daughter Genesis’ and her passion for Queen Bey. Davis’ six-year-old is a proud member of the Beyhive and was devastated when her parents told her she could not go to the Beyonce concert.

Viola told Degeneres: “She wanted to go to a Beyonce concert, and we said, no,” to which Genesis replied, “No, you don’t know what Lemonade means to me, Mom! You don’t know what Beyonce means to my life.”


Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

The actress and mom also shared that her daughter also wants to be an actress. In an effort to convince her mother she had what it takes to be an actress, animated little Genesis had this to say, “Mommy, I know how to live the words. I know how to breathe the words. I know how to remember the words.”

As for her turn as the conflicted and ruthless turn Annalise, Viola says there will be a few changes on set that are non-negotiable. Due to sustained injuries, Davis declared she was done with sex scenes, to which Ellen replied, “Sounds like you aren’t doing it right.”

Check out the clip below, and get the full scoop on Genesis, and why Viola was limping for two weeks now.

Solange Wants You To Have A Seat At The Table

September 28th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Solange, Solange. Where do I, or any of us, begin?

Well, Beyoncé’s biological better-half is about to release a glorious album on September 30 and already, I just can’t.

Titled, A Seat At The Table, it appears that Solange will give us an intimate look at her life since Elevator-gate with Bey and Jay, her all-white wedding to Alan Ferguson, (publicly) reconciling with her father, Matthew Knowles, turning thirty and raising son, Juelz during a time where police brutality and racism is excessively rampant.

The 21-song track list featured below displays a number of odes to Mama Tina, self-care, and love, as well as an interesting interlude: Dad Was Mad. Alongside the album, Solange will be releasing a book filled with poetry and photography. Eighty-six people who willingly gave the songstress their name and address via her website, will receive a copy of the book by Monday, reports Complex.

Tweet, Kelly Rowland, Weezy, Beyoncé and Q-Tip helped conjure this ear-candy with Solange, and if you’ve been following her on SnapChat, where she’s played snippets of the album, you know having A Seat At The Table will also help you open a window to your own soul.

Check out these dreamy photos and videos of Solange and company from her new website, below.

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A Seat At The Table drops on September 30. Don’t be tardy.

Like A Boss: Beyoncé Ups Her Biz Ventures With Music, Clothing, Drink Deals

September 27th, 2016 - By Ann Brown
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Ivy Park

Ivy Park

Beyoncé didn’t get into music just to sing and dance. She got into music to build an entertainment empire. Over the years, she has slowly and methodically organized her team and set goals. Now she is CEO of her own brand –in addition to being an artist, film director, entrepreneur, and political activist. “I think about Madonna and how she took all of the great things she achieved and started the label and developed other artists,” Beyoncé said in a 2013 interview. “There are not enough of those women.”

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, 35, has been making major business moves as of late. As an investor, she’s “taken stakes in start-ups that share her interest in women’s health, from 22 Days Nutrition, a vegan-diet company, to WTRMLN WTR, a sports beverage she drinks while prepping for her physically demanding stage show,” reported the Wall Street Journal.  She has also tightened up the team around her, having reshuffled her management team which is now being led by former J.P. Morgan Chase executive Steve Pamon, who led J.P. Morgan’s sports and entertainment marketing division. He is now the head of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment company and is the main chief negotiator for all Parkwood matters. There are also new departments under Parkwood, including an in-house record label. “She’s broadening her reach,” Mathew Knowles, her father and manager until Beyoncé parted ways with him in 2010, told WSJ. “She’s paying more attention to ownership—as an entrepreneur.” He added that Beyoncé grew up knowing the ins and outs of business. “It didn’t just happen overnight,” he said. “A lot of artists, they start companies, but they don’t have a clue what happens inside of them. They pretend. She’s not pretending. She’s actually making these decisions, coming up with these ideas.”

Beyoncé is very serious about her business–and growing it. She’s added new executives to her circle to help her find talent from the finance, tech and entertainment industries and she’s made the following moves, like a boss.

–Launching the Ivy Park “athleisure” clothing line, selling running shorts, tank tops, and hoodies ranging from $35 to $60 as well as higher-priced jackets and backpacks. For this venture, the singer partnered with British retail tycoon Philip Green.

–Investing in her husband, Jay Z’s, artist-owned music-streaming service Tidal.

–Just months ago this spring, Beyoncé unveiled a partnership with WTRMLN WTR. WTRMLN WTR, co-founded by Jody Levy, sells watermelon juice made from bruised or misshapen watermelons. Beyoncé is already cross-marketing the product. “Instead of simply endorsing the drink, Beyoncé invested capital. The brand was recently part of Beyoncé’s ‘BeyHive VIP’ package on tour. Last month, Beyoncé promoted it on Facebook, saying the drink ‘keeps us happy, healthy and hydrated’,” reported WSJ.

–Beyoncé also wants to make other artists superstars. Her company has signed new acts and formed a record label and artist-management department. Again, she tapped veteran executives to help her on this end. “Last year, she hired [Peter] Thea, a 30-year veteran of the music industry, to head up her label: Besides engineering albums with Aerosmith and the Grateful Dead, he’s worked as an entertainment lawyer and ran Jive Records’ A&R department, working with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake,” reported WSJ. Among the artists already signed to the label are teenage R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle, Houston rapper Ingrid, and singer Sophie Beem.

–She knows how to tour–and tour profitably. Her “Formation World Tour,” marked her first global solo stadium outing, might just be 2016’s highest-grossing international tour. Pollstar estimated her ticket sales at around $260 million. And Forbes estimated Beyoncé raked in $54 million in 2015, beating Jay Z’s $53.5 million in income.

Queen Bey X Barbie Instagram: It’s To Die For!

September 19th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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Barbie Beyonce Life Instagram

Barbie Beyonce Life Instagram

The Beyhive is still swarming on social media since Beyoncé ‘s Lemonade lost the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special last night to Grease: Live, but they might find some comfort in this new Beyoncé-themed social media account.

Recently a new Beyoncé  Instagram page surfaced, and while it’s everything, it isn’t what you’d expect.

The latest IG page dedicated to Bey, @BarbieBeyonceLife, is a fan page unlike any other. Bey X Barbie shares looks of the doll from the Lemonade tour with behind the scenes looks at Bey’s life on tour, and looks like behind the scenes of the making of the outfits and doll herself as well. As of now it is unknown whether or not Mattel plans to join in the fun, but the uncanny resemblance is superb.

Though Barbie Beyonce only has a few posts, they are stunning and fun to look at nonetheless, and she already has over 2000 followers. A selfie with vocal powerhouse Brandy, and a shot of her tour outfit fabric are just a few snippets into the busy life of the touring doll. Check out some of the fierce Yonce posts below. 



Fitting… #FormationWorldTour

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Design and cutting… #FormationWorldTour

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Are you following Barbie Beyonce? What are some things you hope to see on the page?