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If Beyoncé’s New Song Gave You Life, You’ll Love Her New Merch

February 7th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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After shocking the world with a surprise release of her first single since 2014, “Formation,” Beyoncé decided to add another great marketing tool to boost conversation about her upcoming Super Bowl performance and alleged world tour.

Instead of a song or a music video, she decided to re-up her fan merchandise with a brand new collection in honor of her new Internet-breaking single. Titled the Formation Collection, the newly released merchandise features her meme-able lyrics that have been flooding social media since yesterday afternoon.

So, whether you’re a hot sauce in your bag kind of gal or you believe in slaying and “twirling on them haters,” there’s something for you to covet to pledge your allegiance to Beyhive for just $60 and under.

Continue scrolling to see the offerings and shop here.

 

Conversational Tote, $25

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Haters Crewneck Sweatshirt $60

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Conversational iPhone Case, $25

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Slay Tee, $25

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Picante Dad Hat, $36

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Beyoncé Surprises With Slay-Worthy “Formation” Video

February 6th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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At this point, it’s safe to say that Coldplay should take the backseat on tomorrow night’s Super Bowl performance, mainly because Beyoncé just broke the internet per usual.

Earlier this afternoon (Feb.6), the global phenom dropped a brand new single,”Formation,” her first since 2014’s BEYONCÉ that had a similar surprise release, and a music video at the same d*mn time to accompany the tune. “Formation” is a smooth, mid-tempo track produced by Mike Will Made-It and co-written by Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd. The danceable beat (because that’s a part of Bey’s repertoire) is also complete with a vocal sample from New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia.


But aside from the technicals, the Melina-directed video set in New Orleans is nothing short of spectacular. In the opening, we meet Beyoncé floating on to of a cop car in a flooded street depicting post-Hurricane Katrina. Throughout the five-minute visual we see strong visual depictions of blackness that tie into her quite “woke” lyrics: “Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess,” “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros,” “I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.” Not to mention, Blue Ivy even makes her own cameo full of cuteness.

Honestly, only Beyoncé could pull of such a feat on the eve of a major performance. Press play and get into this slay-worthy video from Mrs. Carter. Continue scrolling to see reactions to “Formation.”

She Tried It: Reuben Reuel’s Still An Angel, Even After Beyoncé Wore His Clothes

February 2nd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I can’t quite remember how I stumbled across Demestiks by Reuben Reuel three years ago. But I was and still am glad I did. Thankfully, I had just gotten to a place where I could afford just a tiny bit of luxury every once in a while. Luxury for me, a splurge if you will, was anything over $100. So I bought “The Patricia,” a Dutch Wax print, wrap jacket that is nothing short of a show stopper.

I wore it for Easter.

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I was so impressed, I bought another piece, later that year for my birthday. The Gugu Wrap Coat dress which I wore to my little cousin’s christening.

 

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(Apparently, I only dress up when I attend church related functions.) Either way, I kept up with Reuben’s collections, admiring the pieces and the way the brand was taking off. Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily wore his pieces, then the woman behind Style Pantry. Then celebrities started to catch on. Jill Scott, Ledisi, Michelle Williams. 

And then, the behemoth of celebrities. Beyoncé wore it. Since I love Beyoncé like my own fairy godmother, I was happy that she had discovered this local, up and coming Black designer and was willing to highlight his talents both on her Instagram and her personal website. It was the ultimate plug, co-sign, stamp of approval. But it also made me sad. Reuben had made it. And you know when some people make it, they switch up.

I know if Beyoncé had validated my work in such a way, I would certainly be feeling myself. Pun intended. I was sure that Reuben’s once affordable prices were going to skyrocket. And my occasional fashion treats would be financially out of reach. Thankfully, they did not. How refreshing!

Reuben is clearly a man of morals, working out of passion and not a desire to get rich, at the expense of his customers. So naturally, I was happy to recommend his line to my mother when she was looking for a dress for my cousin’s wedding, later this year. I ordered an updated model of the Gugu Dress, through my Easy account, the day after Thanksgiving.

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My mother waited anxiously. And waited. And then waited some more. Though the tracking Reuben sent said the package had shipped, it never made it to my parents’ house. And before I had a chance to reach out to him, Reuben sent me an e-mail via Etsy asking if we’d received the dress. We hadn’t.

My mother is a very eager person. And when she wants something, she’s not very patient…at all. So as she was waiting for Reuben to fix the problem, she left a message on his Instagram account asking about the status of her order. In a separate Etsy message, he apologized sincerely and then assured both of us that he was going to make sure that my mother was going to be pleased with her order.

He shipped the new package certified mail so he could be sure about delivery. It arrived a few days later. And while it seemed that the problems were solved, the dress my mother ordered was too small. So she had to send it back, requesting the next size up. Thankfully, this time she included her measurements. Reuben looked at them and thought that the next size would be too big. So he asked me to send a picture of her. I did and he looked at her build and realized the size would be fine and shipped it within a few days.

Needless to say, when it finally arrived, my mother absolutely loved it. It was as beautiful as pictured and as Reuben speculated, it fit perfectly. My mother told me to be sure to tell  Reuben that he has a customer for life.

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In a world where people believe their own hype, and get the big head once they’ve made it, having little to no time for us regular folk, Reuben didn’t have to half of the things he did for my mother. And I’m very grateful to him for taking the time to send her a quality piece of clothing and make sure that she felt and will beautiful at the upcoming wedding. He has at least two customers for life.

By the way, his Etsy site is currently having a sale. So if you’re looking to treat yourself and look stunning in the process, you can do so here.

Is Beyoncé Responsible For The Cultural Appropriation In Coldplay’s “Hymn For The Weekend” Video?

February 2nd, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Credit: Coldplay's Hymn for the Weekend video

Credit: Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend video

You know, I’m not much of a Beyoncé stan, but even I find myself annoyed by this claim that the singer is appropriating other people’s culture in the new Coldplay video, “Hymn for the Weekend.”

And it is not because cultural appropriation isn’t worth having a conversation about, though I do find some of the conversations surrounding the topic to be petty and frivolous. Still, there are very real instances where folks have been hurt and disenfranchised from this subtle form of cultural imperialism.

One of my favorite examples of this is the Maasai tribe in Kenya. They are working to reclaim (through copyright and trademark courts) ownership of their image from corporations and fashion brands, including Land Rover and Louis Vuitton. Brands they claim used their traditional patterns, customs and even name for tribal-themed products. Folks are making a lot of money off of their images, even as the Maasai struggle to hold onto and not be erased from their land.

So when you think of cultural appropriation in that context, you can understand how there is more stake culturally, politically and economically than just some hurt feelings over a White girl rocking box braids.

And I would like to say that even if we are just talking about White girls rocking box braids (or in this instance, Beyoncé rocking a sari and mehendi), discussing how we use and pay homage to people’s cultures and traditions – and how different traditions and cultures influence each other over time – is an important conversation to have as well.

Beyoncé has been called out before about using images and cultural items inappropriately. More specifically, the time she was called out for using blackface in a photo shoot to “pay tribute” to Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

But it should be noted that scarves and mehendi are not exclusive to Asian culture. A good primer to read is this article entitled, “Connecting the disconnected: when South Asians accuse East Africans of cultural appropriation.

And as Susanna Myrtle Lazarus writes for The Hindu about the Coldplay video controversy:

Yes, Beyoncé is wearing mehendi and stars in a movie called Rani, but there’s nothing disrespectful about it. If the complaint is that she’s supposed to be an Indian, well, what about Amy Jackson, Sunny Leone, Katrina Kaif or Nargis Fakhri playing roles with decidedly Indian names. At the same time, young Indian boys are shown breakdancing, which is clearly adapted from Black/African-American culture. So where does cultural appropriation cross the line from being imitation as a form of flattery and become mockery?

Amy Jackson, Sunny Leone, Katrina Kaif and Nargis Fakhri are all mixed-race Westerners who have made big names for themselves playing Indian characters in Bollywood films.

With that said, I am not quite sure why this controversy over cultural appropriation centers around Beyoncé, and Beyoncé alone?

After all, the video is for Coldplay’s song entitled “Hymn for the Weekend.” And there is a lot more appropriating happening in the video than Beyoncé’s crazy hand gestures.

As Nishita Jha writes in a piece for The Wire entitled, “So Coldplay’s ‘Exotifying’ India, Just as Bollywood has Done to Others for Years“:

“Chris Martin, who performs on a street corner while covered in Holi colours, and sticks his head out of taxis to gaze at a diwali-lit sky, never actually attempts to appear Indian in the video. He does, however, behave like a classic white-dude backpacker in that he only notices saffron flags and bearded holy men (can’t believe no one told him that we’re secular). Finally, since information about the video’s shoot locations and contents have been doing the rounds since September last year, it can hardly be argued no one knew what Coldplay was doing.

It’s fair to wonder why Martin, Coldplay or Ben More (the video’s director) resorted to a bunch of lazy clichés to depict India. In the time he spent here as ambassador for the Global Poverty Project, Martin met members of Oxfam India, Prime Minister Modi, Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal and various NGOs. He also hung out at a bar, listened to Raghu Dixit, and visited Kalyanpuri’s slums and the trash pickers at Madanpur Khadar. Why did none of these people feature in his head full of dreams? Primarily, Indian Twitter’s problem seems to be the lack of representation of People Like Us, who listen to Coldplay and Beyonce, stream music on Spotify and Tidal, and mistake sullen-faced, dark children who b-boy on streets, for beggars. Why does the video feature no posh homes, fancy cars, swish malls or Twitter trolls?”

And as the title of the article suggests, Jha goes on to further point out how Bollywood, in particular, is no stranger to producing stereotypical characters and tropes (including the use of blackface) based around people with dark skin.

But truly, that is all besides the point.

And call me a conspiracy theorist, but it certainly seems like in the mad dash to pit two oppressed groups against each other, we are kind of letting “The Man (or in this case: a band full of men)” who are responsible for creating both the concept and the context, skirt by unscathed by the pushback. And worse, this is being done at a time when the dominant culture is being called out and held responsible for decades-long forms of stealing and co-opting other people’s culture.

Again, I said call me a conspiracy theorist…

But I’m curious about what folks think? Is this appropriation? And if so, do you think it is fair that Beyoncé is taking the brunt of the accusations?

How Long Should You Wait for Him To Put A Ring On It?

January 27th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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How long is too long to wait for him to put a ring on it? How about seven years? Maybe 10 years? What about 15? We wonder if these stars had a number in mind before they joined the list of celebrities who waited the longest to get engaged. Some aren’t even interested in getting to married after many years together. Could you do it?

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Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Can putting off marriage be a sign that something is off? Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were together for quite a long time. We’re talking between 1998 and 2012. And despite that, and the two children they brought into the world during that time, the good-looking pair never married. Maybe Paradis never wanted to be Depp’s Mrs.?

But when Johnny Depp met Amber Heard, it didn’t take long for them to fall in love, and for him to put a ring on it, which shocked a lot of people. While he didn’t propose to Paradis during their time together, he proposed to Heard in 2014 and the couple were married in 2015.

Pass The Popcorn: Our Vote For Lifetime’s Next Biopics

January 27th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year.  Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics.  Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.

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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career.  But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television.  If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.

Ghanaian Artist Gives Your Favorite Celebs An African-Inspired Makeover

January 20th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Since its inception, pop art has allowed artists and viewers alike to transcend and define how pop cultural icons in America are viewed. Taking the latest spin at the art genre is Ghanaian-born New York artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah who has reimagined our favorite celebrities by dressing them in traditional African clothing. The 26-year-old recently told CNN in an interview the inspiration for his project:

“After witnessing my friend get teased by a group of men for wearing a kente cloth on our way to church, I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture.They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted ‘That man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’ I saw this incident as an opportunity to educate people about who we are, and what we stand for through my art.”

By choosing to represent influencers in the entertainment industry, Owusu-Ansah wanted their fans to learn “that Africa isn’t only about what the media portrays on television” but is “a continent rich in history, diversity, and traditions.” He also told CNN he hopes his artwork will help bring awareness to the Africa’s traditional culture and it will spark interest in those to educate them about Africa.

Currently, Owusu-Ansah has 15.8K followers on Instagram and has recently launched a unisex clothing line. For more about Dennis Owusu-Ansah’s artwork and clothing line, visit his site here.

Check out a few more of his pieces, below!

Beyoncé’s Stylist Has Created An iPhone Case That Will Fiercely Enhance Your Selfies

January 10th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Ty Hunter is known for being Beyoncé’s trusted, longtime stylist, but he’s stepping out in the spotlight with this latest venture – literally!

Well, for those of you who love to snap selfies, Hunter’s new Ty-Lite is the iPhone case you’ve been waiting for. The Ty-Lite not only protects your phone but is equipped with a frame of lights that illuminates your selfie, making for a flawless photo.

“I’m such a selfie king and just wanted that extra light,” he told Glamour. “Light is so important to look your best.” We agree! 

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The case also features three light settings that work well with where you are what look you’re going for. There’s Cool for outdoors; Warm for a glossy, dewy effect; and Indoor/Outdoor for that “little extra glam,” Hunter says.

“A lot of celebs have been hitting me up for them,” he added. “They say that they don’t even need to use a filter when they’re using it.”

The Ty-Lite. retails for $79.99, which is a little steep for a phone case, but hey, if you’re all about a good selfie then this is definitely for two-for-one deal.

Watch Beyoncé Crash Channing Tatum’s Lip Sync Battle And Kill It!

January 8th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Spike Tv

These days, it’s hard to keep anything a secret. You remember how people were eager to report the news that Michelle and Kelly were joining Beyoncé at the Super Bowl or that Missy Elliot was going to make a guest appearance during Katy Perry’s set a couple years later? When everyone wants an exclusive, it’s hard to surprise the masses.

But if anyone can do it, it’s Beyoncé.

During a lip sync battle on Spike Tv, actor Channing Tatum, channeled his inner woman to perform Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).”

Y’all know Channing is a dancer. So he didn’t half step. He was in full drag, complete with contouring, costume and choreography.

And just when we thought he was killing it and the performance couldn’t get any better, King Bey stepped on stage to send the audience into an uproar.

If you missed the moment, you can check it out here.

And in other Beyoncé news, she’s coming back to the Super Bowl. Her friend Chris Martin is performing with his band Coldplay and according Pepsi, the sponsor of the halftime show, confirmed to the Associated Press that Beyoncé will perform along with them during their performance.  Entertainment Tonight reports that Bruno Mars will also make an appearance. The Super Bowl and the halftime show will air on Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Un-Clutch Your Pearls: Beyoncé Has Nothing To Do With The Sarah Baartman Project

January 5th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Beyoncé Has Nothing To Do With The Sarah Baartman Project

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Yesterday, the internet was ablaze with rumors that Beyoncé was going to be writing and starring in a new film about Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman.

Though we certainly had our doubts about the story—mostly because it just didn’t make any sense— we were surprised by the strong reaction to the rumor.  We reported that a South African chief, Jean Burgess of the Ghonaqua said that Beyoncé lacked “basic human dignity” to even be worthy to tell the story.

Well, damn.

You don’t have to be a Beyoncé fan to realize that’s a bit harsh.

Particularly when the rumors weren’t even true.

A representative for Beyoncé told Billboard,

“Beyoncé is in no way tied to this project. This is an important story that should be told however.”

Great.

For those who don’t know Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman was the South African woman who was taken from South Africa only to be paraded around Europe as a spectacle, under the name “Hottentot Venus.” It’s a tragic, inhumane story of racism, sexism, abuse and exploitation. Baartman died just five years after arriving in Europe, at the age of 26. Even in death she was exploited as her corpse was dissected and her remains, including her brain, skeleton and genitalia, were placed on display. She didn’t receive a proper burial until her remains were transported to South Africa in 2002.

Whoever get their hands on this story, we really hope they do it justice.