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We love the Carters around here. They don’t sign our checks like some of you are inclined to believe but they’re pretty awesome. And if I had to pick a favorite Carter…it’s still Beyoncé, but Blue is a very close second.
The girl just has so much personality. And all that spirit and spunk can be seen in the images her mama recently posted on her website from the family’s European vacation.
Yes, we already posted about the family’s amazing vacation here but this post is all about Miss. Blue. Check out some of the adorable images on the following pages.
We don’t know Blue Ivy personally, but what we do know is that this child is sassy, curious and full of style. Blue Ivy Carter is the daughter of Beyonce, international singer and dancer, and Jay Z, businessman and rapper.
One thing for sure is that Blue definitely has a great fashion sense. Whether she’s yachting in a fabulous locale with her parents or having brunch on one her days off, she is always together and dressed for the occasion.
Who could resist this delicious Blue Ivy photo Beyonce recently shared on Instagram from one of her Vogue magazine shoots? We can just imagine how many mommy-daughter matching fits they have.
This little girl has a thing for sundresses. We love this floral number with the brown sandals.
Blue Ivy matches mom last summer.
We still have absolutely no idea when Beyoncé will be releasing her next album, but we could be one step closer. Earlier this week, British producer DJ Naughty Boy released a collaborative track featuring Bey and Arrow Benjamin titled “Runnin’ (Lose It All)”.
At first listen, the track seems to be about heartbreak, but closer examination will reveal that the song is actually about a couple realizing what’s required of them to sustain their relationship. They recognize that their relationship success is partially based on both parties staying true to themselves.
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
Together we’ll win it all
I ain’t runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
I’m ready to face it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all
Listen to “Runnin'” below and let us know if you’re passing on playing.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, being the great orator that he is, sat down to speak with a Muslim woman and a man who were asking him questions about his take on recent events in the Hip Hop. If you haven’t noticed, Farrakhan has been reaching out to different influencers in the community to spread his message, likely promote his upcoming Million Man March and shake some things up in the Black community.
It’s needed and I appreciate him engaging.
If you’ve ever listened to him, you know that there is a lot of truth behind his words, particularly when it comes to racism in this country. He’s almost always on point. But when it comes to women, a recent video shared on his Facebook page proves that he has some more work to do.
The woman sitting at the table asked Minister Farrakhan: What is [a woman’s] specific role as a female artist?
Keep that question in mind.
In answering it, Farrakhan with all the eloquence, smoothness and charm of an old, Black granddaddy who used to be a playboy back in the day, explains his stance. See what he had to say and then we’ll discuss.
After applauding Beyoncé, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj for both their talent and physical beauty, he said:
“Today you strip the woman of her clothes. How can a man think straight, looking at the beauty of Beyoncé?”
So then the woman attempts to ask him another question, “So what would you say to…”
Farrakhan finishes by asking: Her managers?
And then he was off:
Help us to be more sane. A man is made into a dog by a way a woman presents herself to a man. There ain’t no preacher out there that’s that holy that a woman can disrobe herself and a man can still think Bible, still think Quran. How do you rule a man? You rule him by the beauty of your body and the suggestion of sex. So when you strip a woman down, a man becomes a dog. You don’t make a man? You make him to treat you like an object of sex instead of the creative genius that you are.
You have to educate the managers. Jay Z is a good man. Jay Z is a good manager. But now, your woman is on display. Do you want men looking at your woman, being tempted by your woman, to make advances at your woman? Who wouldn’t want to be with Rihanna? Who wouldn’t want to be with Nick Minaj? But you strip them then their body is being used as the tool of the degradation of a woman and the subjection of a man.
Then he speaks about the ways in which women have been abused by the men they trusted in their lives. And then goes back to praising women and all the contributions they could possibly make to the world.
There’s no man doing something that a woman can’t do, and in some cases do it better. Man is Hakeem. That’s the attribute of God, that means wise. She’s Hakeema that means God has made her to be a possessor of wisdom.
Don’t degenerate your woman and make her nothing more than an object of sex. She’s more than that.
So I would encourage Jay Z–and I hope you’ll take it in the spirit that I give it, out of love for you and honor for your greatness and honor for the love and beauty and greatness of your wife. I would love to see our women clothed, demonstrating the gift of their talent. The gift of their form should be seen by those who are worthy. You got an unworthy dog looking at something beautiful that he wants to paw at but can never have. Do you know what that does to a man, when he can see you and can’t have you? Then he wants to go home and attack a child.
A helluva left turn there, yes.
Then at the end, he referenced his friendship with Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons. He said that once he was invited to Simmons’ home and during that same time there was a billboard featuring his then wife Kimora Lee Simmons scantily clad–or maybe completely naked, hiding her breasts and vagina. I don’t know. And he made a point to tell Russell that he refused to look at his wife. Russell said he was a nut, crazy. And Farrakhan said that he respected her too much to do so.
It’s a lot. And I encourage you to watch that particular portion of the interview, eleven minutes, on the last page, to get the true nature and sentiment behind his comments. He really seemed to be speaking out of love. Love and misogyny.
Days after Beyoncé celebrated her 34th birthday, the singer was spotted on a family vacation with hubby, Jay Z; their daughter, Blue Ivy; and Bey’s cousin, Angie. Fellow Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland; her husband, Tim Witherspoon; and their adorable 10-month-old son, Titan Witherspoon, also joined the family for some fun in the sun.
Continue to the next page for more photos from the family’s end-of-summer vacation.
It’s a mystery worthy of a Murder She Wrote and Matlock crossover episode.
Who is Doris?
If you ask me, Doris is no other than Beyoncé. In fact, it is pretty obvious.
But you can’t tell that to the Internet, in particular, her hive. Her fans are all tripping over themselves to convince the rest of us that the onesie-wearing voices in their heads are real, swearing to the great Spanx in the sky that Doris isn’t her.
In case you weren’t aware, Grace Jones decided to pull the Excalibur’s sword from that dusty old rock and slay every single so-called diva on the scene. I’m talking Rihanna’s head on a stick. I’m talking Lady Gaga diced up so severely you could wear her as a meat dress. I’m talking Kanye West being turned into an eunuch.
According to witnesses on the scene, the massacre occurred sometime yesterday when Time Out released an excerpt from Jones’ upcoming autobiography titled, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. Not only did she call the entertainers out for improperly jacking her style and being fake divas, but she also called them individually out by name – well, almost all of them:
I remember when one of the singers on the list of those who came after me first said that she wanted to work with me. Everyone around me is going: “You have to do it, it will be so good for you, it will introduce you to a whole new audience, you will make a lot of money.” No! It will be good for her; she will draw from everything I have built and add it to her brand, and I will get nothing back except for a little temporary attention. No one could believe that I said no, but I am okay on my own. I am okay not worrying about a new audience. If the f**k don’t feel right, don’t f**k it.
With this one, who I will call Doris, I thought she was trying on other people’s outfits: she’s a baby in a closet full of other people’s clothes, a little girl playing dress-up, putting on shoes that don’t fit. I could see what she wanted to be when I watched her doing something when she started out that was starker and purer. Deep down, she doesn’t want to do all the dressing-up nonsense; she loses herself inside all the play-acting.
The problem with the Dorises and the Nicki Minajes and Mileys is that they reach their goal very quickly. There is no long-term vision, and they forget that once you get into that whirlpool then you have to fight the system that solidifies around you in order to keep being the outsider you claim you represent. There will always be a replacement coming along very soon – a newer version, a crazier version, a louder version. So if you haven’t got a long-term plan, then you are merely a passing phase, the latest trend, yesterday’s event.
No one knows for sure why Jones decided to call everybody out by name except for Beyoncé. Perhaps she didn’t want to get blackballed? But being the keen sleuth that I am, I noticed that she did leave us a couple of valuable clues as to the true identity of the mysterious starlet named Doris.
The first clue is the name “Doris” itself.
When you think of a Doris, what instantly comes to mind? That’s right: a little old White lady. While pretty shady, it is definitely an odd choice of comparison to make against a contemporary artist, performers who are all pretty young. Maybe she was trying to point out how aged Beyoncé’s blonde weaves are? It is a thought.
However, I’m picking up on a more classic cultural reference here. I’m talking about Doris Day. For the youngins, Doris Day is a film and theater star from the ’50s and ’60s. She’s most notable for playing opposite Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk as well as James Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much. Like Beyoncé, she wore blond hair.
She was also known widely as “America’s Sweetheart” for her squeaky clean girl next door image. And which one of today’s blonde pop stars does that sound like to you?
That’s okay, I’ll say it for you: Beyoncé, aka Miss “Pretty Hurts.” (Seriously, who writes a song about how hard it is winning beauty pageants and being the most beautiful woman in the world? Women like Doris Day.)
The resemblance in image is almost uncanny. However, I know that is not enough to convince some folks that Doris and Beyoncé are the same person. So I point to this passage from I’ll Never Write My Memoirs as exhibit B:
I look at Doris and I think: Does she look happy? She looks lost, like she is desperately trying to find the person she was when she started. She looks like really she knows she is in Vegas, now that Vegas is the whole entertainment world filtered through the internet, through impatient social media. I don’t mind her dressing up, but when she started to dance like Madonna, almost immediately, copying someone else, it was like she had forgotten what it was about her that could be unique. Ultimately, it is all about prettiness and comfort, however much they pretend they are being provocative.
Now diehards might argue that this is passage is in reference to Lady Gaga, who is known for putting together elaborate stage shows, or even Britney Spears, who is currently doing actual shows in Las Vegas. However, Vegas, to me, is clearly being used here as a metaphor to describe the fabricated yet regulated world of the entertainment industry, where image has been known to take precedence over actual talent.
There are some other holes in the Gaga and Spears theory too. For one, Spears hasn’t really been relevant for some time now – not even in Vegas. Likewise, it should be noted that throughout the excerpt, Jones continuously calls Gaga out explicitly by name, including the last line in which she does a roll call of her pupils. More specifically: “Gaga, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Miley, Kanye West, FKA Twigs and… Doris.”
Now if Gaga is supposed to be Doris, why the need to shade her (or any of them) after she had already been directly called out? It’s just not logical.
Not to mention, who among the starlets has been called out recently for jacking Madonna’s style? Okay, you got me there. All of them. But who blatantly jacked Madonna’s entire Erotica phase for her surprise album concept, in particular, the “Haunted” video?
Now, admittedly, Rihanna plays up the sexy too. But despite what Jones may believe, there is something pretty authentic about her image. For example, if I see Rihanna pretend-smoking a blunt while getting a lap dance at a strip club in one of her music videos, there is no doubt in my mind that she’s about that life in reality.
But nobody puts on an image like Beyoncé. And I mean that with the least bit of shade. Her ability to transform into characters with ease is one of her greatest attributes (besides her actual singing abilities). She is almost like a living and breathing Barbie. And who doesn’t love Barbie?
Still, no one (without the implant) would believe Activist Barbie is really out here leading anarchist rallies against the system through non-descriptive embattled city blocks like she did in the “Super Power” video. Not dressed like that at least. Even her version of sexy is still kind of controlled and refined, never straying too far from what the stage directors tell her to do. What I am saying is that we will never see Beyoncé cut loose in real life as she does in her music. That’s just not her personality.
So as I prepare to rest my case, I ask the jury to consider Jones’s own testimony here. Jones’s legacy wasn’t about creating buzz for album sales by donning elaborate costumes and putting on sexy stage shows. To the contrary, Jones got naked because she saw herself as an artist. And that free-spirited woman we see on stage is who she was in real life. That is what made her not only unique but a disruption to the status quo.
And while that label clearly applies to all of these divas, there is only one Queen B–er, I mean Doris, among them. And I think we all know who that is…
The singer has been fairly quiet this past year—including in this month’s issue of Vogue in which she failed to utter a single word—but she was down to play a word association game with the Flaunt team. Below are just a few of the connections the 34-year-old made.
Celebrities — “Bipolar”
Iconic — “Overused”
Confidence — “Blue Ivy Carter”
Social Media — “Polluted”
Check out more takes from Queen Bey’s breathtaking shoot on the following pages.
I’m a part-time member of the Bey Hive, so I would be lying if I said that I didn’t wake up knowing that today is Beyoncé’s birthday. But one Brooklyn fan took things a step further when they decided to head over to WhiteHouse.gov to start a petition demanding that the Obama Administration formally declare Bey Day a national holiday.
If passed, Americans are invited to celebrate September 4th by acknowledging that girls run the world, reminding everyone around them that “they woke up like this,” reminding their ex’s that if they liked it they should have “put a ring on it,” flexing while their hands are raised and of course, by “feeling themselves.”
“In recognition of Beyoncé Knowles’ (also known as Sasha Fierce) numerous positive contributions to the betterment of both the musical landscape and society as a whole, we hereby petition the Obama Administration to officially declare September 4th ‘B’Day,’” the petition reads.
So far, the petition has received
1, 134 1,135 signatures. 98,865 signatures are need by October 3. As much as the FLOTUS adores Bey, we highly doubt Mrs. Carter’s birthday will be added to the national calendar any time soon.
Nice try though, Bey Hive.
Do you know what today is? It’s B’Day. Whether you’re a die-hard member of the BeyHive or a casual Beyoncé fan, there’s no denying that Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has broken major ground in a career spanning nearly two decades. What better time to celebrate Beyoncé than on the day that Ms. Tina brought her into the world? Happy 34th birthday, Bey! Let’s look at 20 Beyoncé performances that gave us life on her big day.
Nowadays, being a popular musician is harder than ever. Expectations from the public are high, there’s so much competition, and everyone has to continually reinvent themselves to maintain their relevance. For our faves, we are willing to wait. But some of our favorite artists have had us on hold for a little too long (We’re talking to you, Lauryn Hill!). Let’s look at 11 artists and the albums we’re waiting on.