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While the world views Beyoncé as one of the greatest performers of our time, her two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, simply looks at her as “mommy.” A precious moment shared between the two was captured on video and it’s enough to make even the biggest Bey hater’s heart melt.
The footage was captured during a dress rehearsal for her 2014 Grammy performance. Bey was doing her thing to “Drunk In Love” with her choreographer Frank Gatson standing in as Jay Z when out of nowhere, a tiny voice can be heard echoing Bey saying, “Surfboard.” Realizing that the little voice is her baby girl, Bey smiles and says, “Hi Blue Blue.” Without missing a beat, Blue responds: “Hi mommy! Hi mommy,” which appears to totally make Bey’s day. We can totally understand why. The entire exchange is super adorable!
As cute as their little mommy-daughter moment was, it’s pretty interesting how that “surfboard” line seems to be the one that kids seem to gravitate to the most—especially considering its meaning and all. If you recall, The Game’s 3-year-old daughter, Cali, was scolded a few months back for singing along to the very same line.
Watch footage from the rehearsal on the next page [Baby Blue starts singing around the 4:27 mark].
Who said that Blue Ivy only likes to mean mug people with cameras?
Looking just like the perfect fusion of Beyoncé and Jay Z, Blue Ivy was snapped being the adorable toddler she is. The photo made its way from a fan site into the rest of the Internet, and now, we’ve got our hands on it! The pic is presumed to be from late last year when Blue and Bey were snapped playing backstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, especially since the toddler is wearing the same exact outfit from those pictures (aside from the cute headband), which were posted on Beyonce’s tumblr page.
She’s just too cute and this busy little one is growing up so fast!
We are not going to lie: Photoshop can definitely be a good thing. It can provide people with a little nip and tuck action without ever setting foot in an operating room. It can help when lighting and weather conditions simply aren’t your friend. But when abused, it can also become one of the most problematic tools in any editors’ arsenal. And celebrities seem to be baring the brunt of Photoshop catastrophes. So as 2014 chugs along, we take a look at some of the most egregious celebrity photoshop mishaps in history.
By day, they are actors, but by night these 15 male stars could be seen on the small screen moonlighting as one-time video vixens.
Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.
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Is Music By Female Performers Filled With Just As Much Man-Hating As Hip-Hop Is Filled With Misogyny?
Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas has done a piece for Complex magazine’s website on the art of the male response song, particularly the many (and I do mean many) responses to Nicki Minaj’s “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a,” and how it all exudes extreme “butthurtness” as he calls it. Damon Young also writes that all the responses are redundant and comical, considering how those in hip-hop address women in their music.
Of course, the comment section is full of folks who weren’t trying to hear that “respect women” bull crap. As one commenter noted:
“I’m also very suspicious of men like you who (rightly) point out instances of misogyny in rap, while at the same time, try to excuse, or turn a blind eye to the slew of misandric/ female supremacist material filling the catalogues of artists like Beyonce & Taylor Swift.”
I have heard this reasoning before: Female singers and rappers have as many man-hating songs as rappers have their woman-hating hits. But is it true? A casual listen to the radio would say, hell no! But in the name of pseudo-science, I decided to find out if songs performed by women in music were equally “misandrist.” The answers will surprise you – but likely not.
For this research, I decided to focus on the two “urban” radio stations here in Philadelphia. WUSL, better known to listeners as “POWER 99FM,” is owned by Clear Channel Communications. As evident by its signature, “Bangin’ Hip Hop and R&B,” Power 99 caters to those who listen to hip-hop as well as those who listen to R&B music. And according to the station’s marketing material, its audience is 54 percent women and 44 percent men. Therefore, if I were to find misandrist music anywhere, it would likely be on a station, which appeals largely to women.
The other station is WPHI, which is known locally as Hot 107.9 FM. Like POWER 99FM, WPHI is known as an urban station. Although demographics on the station were hard to come by in the short amount of time I allotted for this study, judging by the similar musical format, I assumed that its audience is also reflective of that of 99FM – with slight variations.
Since radio today tends to be repetitious (which might have something to do with the fact that only six companies control 90 percent of mainstream media), I limited my research time to two hours. To be specific, I listened to 99FM on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The playlist was as followed: YG, “My Hitta (My N-Word) Remix”; “NaNa” by Trey Songz; Drake feat. 2 Chainz and Big Sean, “All Me”; Young Thug, “Stoner”; Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown, “Show Me”; T-Pain feat. BoB, “Up Down”; Rick Ross feat. Jay Z, “The Devil is a Lie”; Rich Homie Quan, “Type of Way”; Miguel, “Adorn”; “All of Me” by John Legend; “Que” by OG Bobby Johnson; ScHoolboy Q, “Man of the Year”; Rico Love feat. Trey Songz, TI and Tiara Thomas, “They Don’t Know”; Beyoncé, feat. Jay Z, “Drunk in Love”; Mack Wilds, “Henny”; and finally, Sage the Gemini, “Gas Pedal.”
What struck me the most was in spite of 99FM’s listening audience being slightly more female, its playlist for those two hours was heavily dependent on male-performed content. Because of that, I decided to tune in again on Sunday, from 11 to 1 p.m. The only other differences were old school songs Like DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” as well as the following: Mack Wilds, “Own It”; Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Part II (On the Run)”; Wale feat. NickiMinaj, “Clappers”; Chris Brown, “Loyal”; and French Montana, “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’.”
On 107.9FM, which I tuned in to from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, there was more of a gender balance in the playlist, but only slightly: Rico Love, “They Don’t Know”; Beyoncé, “Yoncé/Partition”; Janelle Monae, “Primetime”; Tamar Braxton, “All the Way Home”; Aaliyah, “Try Again” (throwback classic); Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, ”Part II (On The Run)”; “Happy” by Pharrell; Ariana Grande feat. Mac Miller, “The Way”; Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown, “Show Me”; Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, ”Drunk in Love”; Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown, “It Won’t Stop”; Rick Ross, “Sanctified”; August Alsina feat. Chris Brown and Trey Songz, “I Luv This S**t”; John Legend, “All of Me”; Bruno Mars, “When I was Your Man”; Jay Z feat. Rick Ross, “F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”; Jhene Aiko, “The Worst.”
In total, I heard 32 unique songs in a span of six radio hours. Despite the gender imbalance of both playlists, quick research showed that the playlists were more aligned with the national top 20 lists for popular urban music. Therefore, this was as good as it was going to get. In terms of misogyny, here are some of my observations as followed:
- Nineteen out of the 23 unique male-performed songs referred to women as either b**ches or hos or a combination of both.
- At least 10 of the male-performed songs had direct themes revolving around using money as economic power over women, particularly using it to lure a woman home or entice them to shake body parts. “Gas Pedal” gives you that much in the title without even having to cite a single lyric. Equally as direct was T-Pain, who reminds us that “she don’t even like girls but a stack will make her kiss her.” However, Trey Songz was a little more smooth in how he financially finessed himself closer to the “NaNa.”
- At least half of the male-performed songs were keen on establishing boundaries for women, and usually of lesser importance, even when the song itself had little to do with male-female relationships. For example, Chris Brown tells us directly about how he “done did everything but trust these hos” in “Loyal.” However, Young Thug, who focuses most of his lyrics in “Stoner” on his drug use, takes a bar or two to make clear that you can “can suck my banana, but I won’t eat your pudding.”
- At least 12 of the male-centered songs contained lyrics, which treated women as possessions, in particular, collectible items. For example, in “Devil Is A Lie”, Rick Ross brags about “switching old b**ches for new b**ches” and more. Whereas ScHoolboy Q couldn’t see women outside of disembodied body parts (“Titty, a**, hands in the air, it’s a party over here”) in “Man of the Year.”
- While not necessarily misogynistic, at least 10 of the male-centered songs had lyrics, which focused on non-committal relationships with the opposite sex. In “They Don’t Know,” Rico Love tells us about the very special yet secret relationship he has with a side jawn, who he is willing to wine and dine, just as long as she keeps her mouth shut.
- Only five of the male performed songs featured lyrics that were non-authoritative, combative and expressed healthier sentiment with the opposite sex. The majority of those songs were R&B, including Miguel’s “Adorn” and John Legend’s “All of Me” – or duets performed with a female performer. Even when the topic was about heartbreak, male-centered R&B songs were more likely to engage in self-reflection compared to their rap counterparts. The unique exceptions to that included R&B singer Chris Brown, who blames the cheating girls he willingly has relationships with in “Loyal” for his trust issues and rapper Big Sean, who seems willing to own up (slightly) to his paranoia in “All Me” with the following lines: “Like I got trust issues, I’m sorry for the people I’ve pushed out. I’m the type to have a bullet-proof condom and still gotta pull out. But that’s just me, and I ain’t perfect, I ain’t a saint but I am worth it…”
So the misogyny is well-documented, but what about the misandry? Well, according to my observations:
- Out of the nine female-performed songs on the radio, I found two examples, which could possibly be interpretative of misandry: the first is in Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst,” when she says of her deceiving significant other, “Please don’t take this personal, but you ain’t sh**t…” The second is Nicki Minaj’s verse on “Clappers” when she says,“Where your money? Let a b***h evaluate. If you ’bout big money, elaborate.” However, Minaj’s lyrics on “Clappers” seemed to be aligned with misogyny more than man-hating in that particular song.
- The vast majority (eight in total) of female-performed songs involved themes of love: how to get it and how to keep it. In “Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé told us sordid tales of all-night sex and drinking babies (as she also did in “Yoncé/Partition”). Tamar Braxton is so in love in her song she thinks about her man on her drive all the way home. Ariana Grande’s track was about being in love, as was Sevyn Streeter’s.
- All of the female-performed songs were more likely to focus on keeping and maintaining relationships with the opposite sex as opposed to their male-performing counterparts, whose songs were on varied topics (note: I included Janelle Monae in that number because “Primetime” was a duet with Miguel).
Again, this is not to sit in judgment of the artists and their individual songs, but rather, to smack down the silly notion that female-performed contemporary music is filled with just as much misandry as hip hop is filled with misogynistic lyrics. The most interesting side note to this experiment is that if you take the female-performed songs and put them between the male-centered songs, you get an interesting mix of mostly men saying, don’t trust these girls – unless you can pay them to dance and have sex with them – while female performers are begging these guys, who don’t seem to care about them at all, to stay. I guess it is true what Beyoncé says, “who wants that perfect love anyway – cliché, cliché…”
Divas are known for throwing shade. Just a few months ago Patti Labelle was ragging on female R&b singers of today for giving divas a negative connotation.
“All these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas,” Patti exclaimed. “It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick. You know, I’m speaking for me – I don’t know if they like to be called divas – but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.”
On the red carpet of the Essence’s 7th Annual Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, Chaka Khan also appeared to be throwing a little shade of her own. While chatting with Hollywood Today, Chaka was told that she looks beautiful and “flawless” like the song off of Beyoncé’s song and her reaction was a little difficult to read. After receiving the compliment, Chaka can be seen giving her interviewer a once-over before offering a neck roll and mumbling something under her breath. Some believe that she mumbled the word “b***h,” but it’s really hard to tell. Honestly, her reaction could have simply been a bashful response to the correspondent’s hail of compliments, but of course, folks ran with it and insisted that she was throwing shade at Beyoncé and calling her a b***h. Chaka, however, insists that this simply isn’t true. She even tweeted Bey, apologizing for the drama.
“@Beyonce Sorry you had to be the target of a slow news day. You know I have nothing but LOVE for you! Keep handling your business!!”
Witness the alleged shade below. Thoughts?
This week was a wave of emotions! Our hearts dropped when Paula Patton released a statement to PEOPLE Magazine about her marital separation from Robin Thicke. The news also brought AlexSandra Wright, mother of Beyonce and Solange’s half-brother forward. She revealed Matthew Knowles owes her $32K in child support. Spike Lee gave a seven minute rant on gentrification and how hipsters have “Christopher Columbus Syndrome”. While Lee diagnosed New York City’s hipsters, Rick Ross used Trayvon Martin’s name in yet another controversial lyric. To top the week off, Lupita Nyong’o delivered a beautiful speech on black beauty at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Check it all out below!
“Go Get That Donald Trump Hair Redone”: NeNe And Marlo Fall Out Over Friendship With Kenya; RHOA Ep. 16
Did you watch Real Housewives of Atlanta on Sunday night? Who are we kidding, of course you did. We are sure you have a lot about NeNe (sort of) hashing things out with Kenya, but falling out with Marlo,too. It was quite the mess.
Sad news to report ladies and gents. It seems that after almost 10 years of marriage and being together since they were teenagers, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have decided to separate. According to PEOPLE, the couple sent them a statement today where they said that they mutually decided to move on from one another.
With a new year comes a whole new set of enviable Hollywood figures. While some of the lovely ladies on our list have become mainstays in the fashion, beauty and fitness worlds already, there are certainly a few new women the world should take notice of. And though staring at these gorgeous women might fill us with a little bit of jealousy, we’re also hoping it kicks us into high gear with our resolution to get it right, get it tight in 2014. So without further adieu, here’s a look at 2014’s hottest celebrity figures.
A month after the Grammys aired, it seems that in the time that passed after January 26, the FCC was flooded with quite a few complaints over Beyoncé’s performance of “Drunk in Love” alongside Jay Z. She opened the show, and as we all saw, her performance was quite risqué. Her backside was out, she was writhing on a chair, and there was even a booty palming moment when Jay entered the stage. It was controversial on social media, but it was even more controversial with parents, who according to The Smoking Gun, filed more than 40 indecency complaints against the singer and CBS.
The complaints, according to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, showed that people took issue with everything from her outfit, to the fact that such a performance was aired at the very beginning of the show, at 8 p.m., a time when people’s kids were still up. As someone put it, she was behaving like an adult film star: “porn is hardly an acceptable way to demonstrate marital love in front of children, and at 8pm children ARE watching.”
One complaint went quite far:
Another person said “Her spread eagle poses barely covered her vulva and the smoke machine didn’t solve the problem.”
But while Beyoncé was the subject of most of the ire from viewers about the Grammys, other people who were targeted include Katy Perry for her performance of “Dark Horse,” which some felt was too dark (and others called “demonic”), and the mass wedding that took place during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance. People claimed Perry was literally taking part in “the summoning of Satan,” while others said that the mass wedding was an attempt to force the “gay agenda” on viewers.
I understand why people took issue with Beyoncé’s performance, though I’m surprised by the anger at the other performances. However, I think I’m more surprised by the fact that folks are still sending letters and hitting up the FCC like that. Who knew!?
But what do you think of all the complaints that were filed because of Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” performance, as well as the other controversial performances?
Each February we take time out to look at the progress of Blacks in the United States — where we have been and where we are going. As this year’s Black History Month draws to a close, it’s an interesting exercise to take a look at the past month or two of 2014 to see what pages we’ve added to our history, for better or for worse. Here are some memorable moments to reflect on from Black History Month 2014.