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Last month, we learned that Mathew Knowles fathered another 4-year-old child. This time, it’s a little girl by the name of Koi Knowles. The girl’s mother, TaQoya Branscomb, recently spoke with “Inside Edition” about her dispute with Mathew and what took so long for paternity to finally be proven.
As soon as she informed Mathew that she was pregnant, TaQoya says that he told her that the baby couldn’t possibly be his.
“He’d had a vasectomy. Or at least that was what I was told,” she said.
Clearly, the story turned out to be false. However, Mathew has still failed to offer financial support. As a result, the two are feuding in family court.
“You can’t deny it once DNA tests come out 99.9% that you are the father,” TaQoya went on.
According to TaQoya, Koi has a passion for singing and dancing, just like her older sisters Solange and Beyoncé. Despite the messy and uncomfortable nature of all of this, she admitted that she hopes Koi will be able to meet her famous sisters someday.
“They are half sisters and maybe one day down the line that can be made possible.”
TaQoya’s full interview with “Inside Edition” airs Thursday, October 30.
It must be real nice being a celebrity that makes millions a year. Some act as if the money will never end–and kudos to those who can keep it coming. While us regular folks need to budget in order to keep our homes in order, it never gets old to hear about crazy spending sprees. Check out these celebrities and how they waste their money. Guess if you got it, you got it?
If you follow Beyoncé on social media, you know she adores the London-based fashion brand, Topshop. Yoncé loves them so much, she decided do a business venture with the label.
Beyoncé and Sir Philip Green (who owns Topshop) announced the debut of Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. The collaboration is set to launch Fall 2015 and will include clothing and footwear. Topshop excitedly shared the news on Twitter, stating:
Beyoncé + Topshop? That’s right! We’re joining forces to create a sports and activewear label! http://t.co/jHCA9TAW3Y
— Topshop (@Topshop) October 27, 2014
In a statement to Vogue, Beyoncé shared:
“I could not think of a better partner as I continue to grow the Parkwood business. I have always loved Topshop for its fashion credentials and forward thinking. Working with its development team to create and produce a technical and fashion-led collection is exciting, and I’m looking forward to participating in all aspects of this partnership.”
Topshop also confirmed that Sir Green hired a new team that consisted of a creative director and designers to create Beyoncé’s activewear label. Green noted to Vogue:
“We have been looking at this category as fashion-inspired fitness develops, and know that this is right in our customers’ heartland. Creating a partnership with Beyoncé, one of the most hard-working and talented people in the world, who spends many hours of her life dancing, rehearsing and training is a unique opportunity to develop this category. Being partners with Beyoncé and her team, who have the greatest creative energy and enthusiasm, is inspiring for all of the team at Topshop. We have much to achieve in just under a year, but we are all up for the challenge, and look forward to delivering athletic streetwear in an inventive and exciting way.”
We’re not surprised at Bey’s decision to launch a fitness clothing line. The hit-making singer shared intimate details about her 65 pound weight loss after giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Below is the video of Beyoncé discussing her weight loss:
Will you be making a purchase from Queen Bey’s Topshop line?
“Amidst That Hardship Is Ease” Yosra El-Essawy, Beyoncé’s Tour Photographer Dies From Esophageal Cancer
If you’re a hardcore Beyoncé fan, you may know that the photographer for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Yosra El-Essawy, was diagnosed with an inoperable esophageal tumor. And as her disease progressed, she had to ultimately resign from the tour. Beyoncé shared this tribute video to Yosra last September.
Sadly, on Saturday, October 25, Yosra passed away at the age of 33 years old.
But before she left this world, she certainly left her mark. In addition to working as a photographer for Beyoncé, she covered the Egyptian revolution, several weddings and displayed her work at a London photo exhibit. And while her work was remarkable, what is so inspiring about Yosra is the lessons she learned and shared throughout her strenuous journey and battle with cancer.
She kept a blog called Team Slug Slayer where she shared how she first got into photography and started working with Beyoncé.
Just before I got the job as Beyoncé’s photographer, my life was a mess. For years I had been that quintessential hippie artist, determined to follow the direction of my heart, with little clue as to where it was taking me. I always thought I was meant to be a painter but then this annoying thing called photography came into my life and it just wouldn’t leave me alone, no matter how hard I tried to push it away. I grew to resent the endless hours I would voluntarily spend editing my photos in the middle of the night whilst my canvases lay dry in the corner, yet I couldn’t stop. Then one day earlier this year, when I could no longer afford to pay my rent, I decided I was done. Done fighting it. So I packed up my studio and my apartment and asked God to catch me as I surrendered to him and I gave myself until April 15th to leave New York. Meanwhile, Beyoncé was looking for a photographer for her upcoming world tour. I was asked to audition and I got the job of a lifetime. 5 days later, on April 12th we left for Europe. I was home.
And then on her Instagram, four months ago, she wrote the very prophetic and inspiring meaning behind her name, along with this image.
“With hardship comes ease” July 3rd 2014. 33. Undecided on one name, my dad had a list of 17 names for me before I was born. As my mother went into labour, he rushed her to hospital but before the doctor had time to rub sleep from his eyes, I had arrived with ease. “This is Yosra” he said. Yosra was not on the list. Until recently, I always understood my name to mean “ease AFTER hardship” but in fact, “Yosra”, as is described in the Quran, is the ease that comes WITH hardship. This is significant because it totally changes the meaning. It means that life brings with it hardship but amidst that hardship is ease, if you choose to see it. (Continued below…)
And on her last Instagram post Yosra posted this picture with this lesson.
With too much to share in the last couple of months, it’s suffice to say it has been a very difficult time… But by the grace of God I feel like a new woman and have not felt so good in so long. Today I am in total awe of my life, of the beings that overflow it with love and peace and sincerity. Today I face the biggest challenges of my life but I am grateful because my life has been touched by God and I am in awe. Thank you God, thank you. Here I am in hospital following a procedure… And then my sister from NYC walks in. She is one of my life’s biggest blessings. God bless Orly and God bless my life Lord. Thank you. #blessedbeyond #awe #MyLifeTheWonderful #teamslugslayer #neverforgettosaythankyou
Thank you for your inspiration Yosra. Rest in peace.
Good news for stans! You can finally get college credit for doing what most of us have been doing for free – and without accreditation – on Twitter since its inception. You can now argue about who is better? Rihanna or Beyonce?
Better yet, you can argue Beyonce’s feminism vs. Rihanna’s womanism. According to KMBZ.com, The African & African Diaspora Studies department at the University of Texas will be presenting “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” (course number: AFR 372C, 29690 for those interested in changing majors).
According to the course description, which is available on the website, It’s All Academic:
By comparison, this class has a very eye-catching title. Whether or not you are a Beyoncé Bey or part of the Rihanna Navy, it will cause you to do a double take while scrolling through electives. The one downside, students may not realize the type of academic inquiry or material that will be covered in the course.
Students in this class will learn that there is far more than catchy melodies to Beyoncé’s and Rihanna’s music. They will not be simply listening to Beyoncé and Rihanna for fun or even comparing the roles of Beyoncé and Rihanna in popular culture, rather, students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression. The instructor hopes for students to understand the role black feminism plays in popular culture as well as everyday life.
For any student interested in women’s and gender studies or how popular culture reflects social studies, this is a class that will make them fall crazy in love.
While Beyoncé has been very vocal about her feminism, I don’t recall Rihanna declaring herself a womanist. So I’m not certain how fair and empowering it is to put a label on her that she might not own or even want. But there is no denying that Rihanna’s entire persona is so expressive, culturally centered, sexually-liberated and steeped in independence. With that in mind, I can certainly see the correlations. For instance, think about her in regards to Alice Walker’s definition of womanism, taken from In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose (and off of this Tumblr):
1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.) A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one. Interested in grown up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge. Serious.
2. Also: A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength. Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or nonsexually. Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. Not a separatist, except periodically, for health. Traditionally a universalist, as in: “Mama, why are we brown, pink, and yellow, and our cousins are white, beige and black?” Ans. “Well, you know the colored race is just like a flower garden, with every color flower represented.” Traditionally capable, as in: “Mama, I’m walking to Canada and I’m taking you and a bunch of other slaves with me.” Reply: “It wouldn’t be the first time.”
3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Loves struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless.
4. Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
Note: For those who want a refresher course on defining feminism, you can check out this link here. But even without the labels (or mislabeling), I can see some very fruitful debates coming out of this course, particularly around how we relate to each celebrity’s womanhood. And in fact, I can probably write an entire dissertation myself on the parallels as well as distinctions, but there aren’t any jobs out here for knowing Beyoncé and Rihanna.
What is interesting to note about this course description is how Rihanna is given the title of womanism, which has cultural ties, while Beyoncé, who has declared herself a feminist, is looked at from that angle, and according to some, “feminism” is only made for white women. I’m interested in seeing how the intersections of race (including intra-racial issues) as well as class (is feminism for more affluent women whereas womanism is for us commonfolk?) play into the debate.
But what say you? Are we here for a course focused on Beyoncé and Rihanna’s gender politics?
For months there was speculation that Jay Z and Beyoncé’s relationship was possibly on the rocks after that elevator video leaked and shook up the world. But alas, it seems that all is well with the couple, because according to People, the two found time to renew their vows recently.
A source admitted to the magazine that they were going through things, like most married couples, but worked on them and are in a good place. The motive behind trying to work on everything was reportedly “for the sake of their reputations and their 2-year-old daughter.” Not necessarily in that order I hope…
“They did have major problems. But they worked it out and they’ve renewed their vows.”
And not only that, but the source says that the couple is “looking for a place” in Paris, the same place where they were engaged, conceived Blue Ivy and finished their joint On The Run tour. They’ve checked out properties near the River Seine and near Elysee Palace. The couple have been snapped by paparazzi moving about in Paris checking out the pricey real estate.
One other thing the source confirmed that the couple is doing together is a joint album, which isn’t a surprise since it seems like the natural next step after performing together for months.
Glad to see these two were able to work on whatever issues they had, but do you believe there were any really big issues threatening to separate them in the first place? As crazy Mathew Knowles once said:
“From experience, there’s a tour going on. So you sometimes have to ignite that tour. It’s called a Jedi mind trick. The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot…Everyone’s talking about it. Ticket sales went up. Solange’s album sales went up 200%!”
Whatever was going on, we’re just glad to hear of two people in Hollywood staying together. It’s becoming all too rare these days…
Michael Costello Responds To Racial Slur Controversy: “I Have Worked My Whole Life To Further The Cause Of Equality”
Yesterday, we reported on the public urging Beyonce to sever ties with fashion designer Michael Costello after an image surfaced of him allegedly calling someone the n-word on Instagram during a debate. Costello’s publicist reached out to MadameNoire with an exclusive statement from the designer, which read:
“I have never used, and would never use, racial slurs. The hurtful screenshot circulating is fake and does not represent my views on society, nor do I condone the use of such a terrible term. I have worked my whole life to further the cause of equality. Diversity is the very foundation that Michael Costello (the brand) was built upon. I am deeply upset and I am struggling to understand why someone would try to tarnish my reputation by creating a fake screenshot of me using a derogatory term.”
Costello’s attorney, Neama Rahmani, backed up the designer’s claim, adding:
“Fortunately, Instagram has been very cooperative in working with Mr. Costello to delete accounts created by the people who created the false picture and who are attempting to disseminate it, Mr. Costello and his attorneys will continue working with Instagram and the legal system to bring these cyber bullies to justice.”
So, far Beyonce hasn’t responded to her fans pleading with her to desert Costello. After the release of this statement, we’re pretty sure she never will. What do you think of Michael Costello’s statement?
These celebrity conspiracy theories take celebrity rumors to a new level. Get ready to be shocked, scandalized and shaken up by these behind-the-scenes stories.
Rihanna Has A Secret Baby
According to this rumor, when Rihanna first signed to Def Jam in 2008 she was pregnant — with Jay-Z’s baby. The buzz started when Ri went back to Barbados for nine months and came back as Def Jam’s number one star. Recently the rumor popped up again when Ri was allegedly spotted out and about Barbados with a boy who was about six years old…
There has been a bit of drama surrounding former “Project Runway” designer Michael Costello, whose designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Tamar Braxton, Jessica White and a host of other beauties. It all began a couple of weeks ago when online boutique owner Maxine James expressed in an Instagram post that Michael, who is (or was at this point) one of her favorite designers, purchased one of her designs, then shared it on his Instagram page as if it were his own creation. Her post reads:
“When I received pymt from @mtcostello @michaelcostello a week ago I was lost for words… excited but a TAD confused … I called wubs like ‘wow my favorite designer just purchased a dress from me wow he wants a dress from little ol me?!’ Like this man makes dresses for freakin BEYONCE and he just bought a dress from me!” a week later This happens he literally bought my EXACT dress … Put it on HIS model took pictures in HIS showroom as if he designed this piece his self.
It’s so disheartening I couldn’t help but shed a tear… Him as a designer should know first hand how heart breaking it is for ppl to take something you worked so hard on …..It’s like why? Who does that? I mean we ALL get inspired from some where but it is completely unfair to take someone’s EXACT design and EXACT dress at that and claim it as your own…. @michaelcostello You are already a well-known designer you design dresses for TOP celebrities… Why would you do something so low?
I put so much into my brand … I eat sleep breath it… I paid for so many mistakes while making this design I went through so much to make it perfect …for it to fit perfectly… patterns..grading …cut… Production …photo shoots ALL OF THAT and you literally take my EXACT DRESS and claim it as your own … I tried to reach out to you and you block me ? Like seriously … It’s extremely disheartening I TRUELY did look up to you as a designer…you were one of my favorites….I hope this lasts you for a life time … because God will never continue to bless someone who does evil malicious things like this…. Period.”
After learning of the young designer’s experience, social media users began to go after Michael, asking why he would do such a thing to someone who looks up to him. Now according to reports (and screenshots), Michael became so angry that he lashed out at one person with a racial slur.
“You’re just probably a dumb n—er defending her. I am royalty b—h! I dressed Beyoncé! Who are they gonna believe!” he allegedly wrote.
Once folks learned of his alleged use of the slur, they began reaching out to Beyoncé and her stylist Ty, begging them to stop supporting Michael’s designs. Michael’s partner, Stephanie Costello, later offered an explanation for why they purchased Maxine’s dress and shared the picture on their Instagram page. According to her version of events, she did so because the dress was ripped off from one of their older designs.
“There has been a recent accusation that MT Costello posted a picture on our Instagram account of a dress that was purchased from another designer. The image was later reposted by the same designer and included a caption stating we had bought the dress and were attempting to rebrand it as our own. As the co-designer of MT Costello, I feel it is important to address this matter and provide an explanation to all affected by the issue. I, Stephanie Costello, purchased the garment in question due to the apparent similarities between it and a gown that Michael Costello and I designed that was posted on social media over a year ago.
Regretfully, my emotions became involved when the dress arrived and, driven by frustration, proceeded to photograph the dress on a model in our showroom as a sarcastic and inappropriate attempt to expose the designer’s garment as a forged duplication of our own. I did not, nor ever intended to sell the item as a MT Costello product. As a business we take duplicated work very seriously as it affects our ability to support employees, interns and families. Michael and I work diligently on our gowns adding signature cuts and silhouettes unique to the MT Costello brand.
As designers we grow attached to our creations and I reacted emotionally before considering the effect it would have on the public and the brand. I realize that my attempt to expose the designer and the garment was extremely unprofessional and for that I apologize. I ask for your understanding and forgiveness for my emotionally driven reaction. I have learned a valuable lesson from this experience and fully intend to address similar situations in the future more professionally. Sincerely, Stephanie Costello.”
Maxine has since responded to Stephanie, claiming a similar dress was actually a part of Anthony Vaccarello’s 2012 Fall Collection, which means they’re guilty of the very thing that they have accused her of doing. As for his alleged use of the n-word, Michael claims the screenshots were doctored.
“The hurtful screenshot circulating is fake and does not represent my views on society, nor do I condone the use of such a terrible term,” Michael said in a statement shared on his website. “It deeply saddens me that an individual would go to such lengths at an attempt to demean and misrepresent my character. My designs are centered on accentuating the inherent and natural beauty found in EVERY woman. My career would not be where it is today without the support of individuals from all walks of life.
We are currently looking into this urgent matter to identify the culprit. At this time, we have reason to believe the fake image was edited and circulated by a disgruntled intern who is no longer employed at Michael Costello. Once the individual is fully identified, we intend to pursue legal action.”
There’s quite a bit going on here. What are your thoughts on all of this?
Often times when Beyoncé does something different to her hair, it is big news. Earlier today, the 33-year-old beauty stepped out in Paris with her hubby and daughter. And of course, the paps were on the scene. Apparently, she was looking to switch things up because she was rocking very short bangs, which prompted an interesting response from fans.
As always, there are those who will praise anything Queen Bey does, so many were totally here for her super short bangs. Others were not feeling them and had no qualms with taking to Twitter to let that be known.
WTF…..@Beyonce bangs look like Blu cut them!!! Yall need to stop lying to that girl!!
— Such A Lady (@SCHaLDY) October 14, 2014
Beyonce and these half of an inch bangs are so unacceptable… — Taylorrr (@loveTayNicole) October 14, 2014
Beyoncé bangs happened to me in 7th grade when my mom swore she could trim my hair good
— Manzana Canela (@BmoreLikeNita) October 14, 2014
Beyonce just out here chillin with them Sailor Moon bangs — Kar’s al Ghul (@karyewest) October 14, 2014
Beyonce’s bangs are in Paris. Your Milky Way tracks are somewhere in the frozen food section of Winn Dixie.
— IG: iRickyVasquez (@iAmRickyVasquez) October 14, 2014
Y’all hoes going in on Beyonce’s bangs but y’all leave-outs don’t be well-blended. Be humble. — IG: iRickyVasquez (@iAmRickyVasquez) October 14, 2014
It’s always amusing to see how bent out of shape folks can get about something as simple as hair. At the same time, we must say that those bangs are quite interesting.
Check out more photos of Bey’s new do (and of course, a peek at Blue Ivy) on the next page. Thoughts?