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Lap Dances And Fugees Reunions: 15 Of The Greatest BET Award Moments

June 26th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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With the 2015 BET Awards going down this weekend, we decided to take a look at some of the best tributes, reunions, performances, and hilarious moments from the award show over the years. What’s your favorite moment?

Beyoncé’s Vegan Diet: Is It Realistic?

June 11th, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Disclaimer: Under normal circumstances, I would in all likelihood write the following under an alias because we all know Beyhive fans are on some other stuff. But given the reaction I’ve seen to Beyoncé’s vegan diet announcement earlier this week, even from fans, I know I haven’t overstepped my boundaries.  So, carry on, I shall.

Beyoncé made an announcement via social media last week, alerting fans to some big news she just had to share that she would divulge on television.  The Internet was all aflutter with the possibilities.  Could the news be a new album or collaboration with husband Jay Z?  A world tour?  A baby sister or brother to join her cutie patootie daughter Blue Ivy?

On Monday, all questions were answered. The “Flawless” singer revealed on Good Morning America the details of her vegan diet and meal delivery partnership with 22 Days Nutrition. Bey and Jay both took the 22-day vegan challenge back in 2013, and the self-proclaimed foodie had already given her public her seal of approval.  Talk about déjà vu.  Wherein lied the news?

If you don’t know all the details, Marco Borges is the mastermind behind the 22-Day Revolution.  He’s an exercise physiologist – yes, you read that right – who also happens to be Beyoncé’s trainer.  In creating the healthy plan, Borges was inspired by the fact that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  The revolution takes you one day past the habit-forming mark in the hopes of turning you into a full-fledged vegan. Or to at least make you healthier, whatever. The 22-Day meals are 100 percent organic, plant-based, free of gluten, soy, and dairy and are composed of zero GMO ingredients.  The amount of meals you receive on the plan can be tailored to your liking, but if you choose the option that provides you with three meals a day for the full 22 days, it will set you back about $610.  Pretty sure the average American doesn’t have that kind of money to spend on food for 22 days, but no biggie…

Back to the GMA interview.  In it, Beyoncé spoke of her love of food and her struggle over the years with diets.  She said going the vegan route helped her shed some pounds, gave her more energy and even made her skin feel tighter.  That’s great and all, truly, but struggling with diets is a lot different than struggling with your weight.  By all indications, Beyoncé has never dealt with the latter.  She has been in the public eye since she was a wee lass and has never been overweight (aside from the weight she gained when pregnant with Blue Ivy, and some conspiracy theorists still don’t believe she carried a baby for nine months).  But Beyoncé says she lost weight and kept it off thanks to the 22-Day Revolution.  Serious question though: What weight did she have to lose?  Perhaps the singer’s decision speaks to the pressures of her demanding career and her penchant for chasing and staying in the spotlight.  More importantly, how many of her fans are really here for this vegan diet, a lifestyle still construed as extreme by most?

Let’s get something straight here. Beyoncé is one of the top entertainers in the world.  No matter what you think of her, her dedication to her craft is obvious and maintaining that kind of power and influence requires a strict regimen, the likes of which most of us won’t fully comprehend.  For one, she has a trainer (and a glam squad, hello) who is probably at her beck and call.  Most people’s version of a trainer comes in the form of a membership to 24 Hour Fitness. Or better yet, they go the free-99 route and stick to videos on YouTube.  Not to mention, the amount of work King Bey puts into her choreography alone keeps her all kinds of fit.  She probably burns more calories in her sleep than most of us do trekking up a flight of steps. Repeatedly.  In 90-degree weather.  Wearing heavy layers.

So while the benefits of going vegan may be significant, I would hope that most of us realize Beyoncé does a lot more than eat plants to be able to say, “I woke up like this.” If anything, Beyoncé is shedding light on healthy living, which no one can be mad at. Kudos to her for that. But something tells me that most of her ride-or-die fans, though they love and support her beyond measure, aren’t about to drastically change their eating habits just because she said it was cool.

If so, that would be a first.

[Watch] Beyoncé Visits Children’s Hospital In Haiti

June 9th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Plenty of people, even members of the Beyhive, were pretty upset to learn that they rose from slumber, tuned into “Good Morning America,” only to find out that Beyoncé was promoting a new vegan meal service.

Apparently, folks aren’t here for healthy eating and preserving life and what not. But perhaps people will appreciate the latest Beyoncé story that appeared on “Good Morning America.” This time, it’s a video package showing the superstar visiting and bringing awareness towards the only children’s hospital in Haiti, Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital.

With 40 percent of the country’s population still unemployed, the hospital cares for the children at virtually no cost to the families. All of their funding comes from private donations.

You can check out the GMA story in the video below.

So, What Was Beyoncé’s Big Announcement?

June 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Beyoncé responds to "XO" lawsuit filed by backup singer who claims the track was ripped off from him.

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If you watched the last night’s NBA finals game, you likely saw a commercial that Beyoncé was going to be making a huge announcement on “Good Morning America” today. And since we generally love Beyoncé’s surprise announcements, (i.e. her pregnancy, the album), our ears perked up, wondering what she could possibly have to say this time.

Well, she’s not pregnant again and there isn’t a new digital drop to stop the world.

Instead, according to USA Today, Beyoncé wants to talk to us about eating more vegetables.

We’re sure all of our mothers will be happy about this but it’s not exactly a “snatching wigs” moment.

Still, since Beyoncé is known for “giving us life,” telling us to embrace a vegan diet is something like improving the quality of it right? #Reach.

The singer said, I’m not naturally the thinnest woman. I have curves. have struggled since a young age with diets. Finding something that actually works and keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.”

And she finally found a solution with her trainer Marco Borges. Borges also has a 22 Days book and meal delivery service. 22 days because there is a belief that that is how long it takes to break a habit.

The vegan diet encourages plant-based selections over processed foods, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and drinking plenty of water.

Beyoncé says that the nutritional changes made a difference in her overall appearance.

“I felt like my skin was really firm–a lot tighter than when I deprived myself of food–and the weight stayed off.”

There you have it.

Beyoncé Lends Helping Hand To Haiti With Proceeds From BeyGood T-Shirt Sales

June 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last month, Beyoncé ventured to Haiti on a United Nations humanitarian mission to assess how much progress the nation has made since a devastating earthquake ripped through the country five years ago.

During the trip, social media was flooded with photos of the Grammy Award-winning singer wearing a white t-shirt emblazoned with her BeyGOOD charity’s logo. She has since decided to sell the popular t-shirt. All proceeds will go to the Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre.

The hospital, which provides high-quality medical care to underprivileged and sick children in the country, has lost a significant amount of funding due to a recent reduction in contributions. The cutback has resulted in a decrease of staff members as well as the number of children that the hospital is able to treat. The 33-year-old’s website explains:

Your purchase of a BeyGOOD Haiti t-shirt can help solve an urgent funding crisis with all proceeds from sales of this shirt directly aiding St. Damien in re-opening an abandoned wing and continuing to aid the people of Haiti. To help support this incredible campaign, Teespring will also make a donation to Saint Damien for each shirt sold.

The t-shirts are priced at $24.99 and will be available until Saturday, June 13.

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Beyoncé And Bianca, Dr. Dre And Warren G: Celebrity Step-Siblings

June 1st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Hollywood is a lot smaller than people think. Everybody knows everybody and sometimes, stars can be related to some of your favorite celebrities. The following famous folks included on this list are related by marriage. While you probably won’t catch them passing the peas and cutting the turkey together during the holidays, they are (or were) indeed family. These are celebrity step-siblings.

“We Are Rooting For Jay And Tidal To Succeed”: Sony CEO Will Not Remove Beyoncé’s Music From Tidal

June 1st, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last week, a Bloomberg feature insinuated Sony would pull all of its artists, including Beyoncé’s music off of Tidal if they didn’t reach an agreement on the streaming services rights. However, Entertainment Weekly reports that is false. In a statement from Sony’s CEO Doug Morris: “Jay Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music. All of our content, including Beyoncé, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed.”

Another source told Rolling Stone it was ill-judged for Bloomberg to focus heavily on Beyoncé’s work being taken off of Tidal when in reality streaming rights affect all artists.

“Sony is regularly negotiating with partners,” the magazine writes. “They took that point and obviously focused on one artist, which is inappropriate as well. This is a Sony Music issue and it’d be across Sony Music.”

It appears since the launch of Tidal, facts regarding its legal issues may become skewed due to the lack of general support. And the folks running Tidal haven’t exactly done a bang up job of talking publicly about the service either. (We’re looking at you Jay.)

Sony May Pull All Of Beyoncé’s Music Off Of Tidal

May 29th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The latest difficulty in the Tidal business saga is Sony Music’s request to be paid for the streaming rights for artists who appear on the service. Although Tidal  received approval from Universal and Warner music labels, Sony is still pending because it is seeking large advances in order for their artists to be featured.

Bloomberg says if Tidal cannot pay Sony, it may lose music from already featured on the service — most importantly (and, perhaps, most ironically) Beyoncé. Although Beyoncé serves as a TIDAL co-owner, Peter Mensh, co-founder of Q Prime told Bloomberg artists even of Beyoncé’s caliber may not even own their own streaming rights.

Sony’s music label controls Columbia Music, RCA and Epic Records to name a few. Musical acts who fall under these labels will have issues if any streaming service has not had its rights or payment agreements approved.

Let’s just add Sony to the list of 99 problems that Hov is having in 2015.

h/t Complex

The Best Of #BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat

May 26th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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#BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat is taking over social media right now. And everyone who’s seen Bey dance to almost anything can come to only one conclusion: Beyonce is kind of magic.

Michelle Obama, Oprah & Beyonce Make ‘Forbes’ List Of 25 Most Powerful Women

May 26th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Michelle Obama has placed in the number 10 spot on the Forbes list of 25 Most Powerful Women in the World, the highest position for a Black woman on the list. The list, which includes women in politics, media, entertainment and more, is assessed based on financial resources, media mentions around the global and “sphere of influence,” which includes pop culture sway, philanthropy and other areas of influence.

“The concept of power can be nebulous — especially when it comes to gender,” the magazine writes, noting that as of January 2015, there were only 10 women serving as heads of state, 23 female CEOs at the S&P 500 companies and 197 women on the list of international billionaires.

“But there’s hardly a void of powerful women – and the numbers are growing. That is, if we enlarge our focus from just who owns the greatest wealth or the heaviest corporate hammer to include the women whose influence and impact may be greater than the sum of their title,” Forbes continues.

But in terms of cold-hard cash, Oprah comes in first, the top–ranking billionaire on the list at number 12. And Beyonce comes in at number 21.

The top three women on the list are, in order, German Chancellor Angela Merkel; former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; and Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For the full list of all 100 most powerful women, click here.