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Crazy in Love: 15 Artists Who Collaborated With Their Boos On Hit Songs

July 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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There’s always a special spark when two artists make love and art together. While the unions may not always last, the music lives on forever. Popular music is at its best when couples collaborate. Check out 15 artists who put their boos on the track and made beautiful (or at least decent) music together.

Beyoncé Biographer Claims To Have The Tea On SolangeGate

July 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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I consider myself to be a pretty nosy person, but I have a list of questions that I have settled on never knowing the answers to. That list includes the nitty-gritty details of that elevator fight that went down between Solange and Jay Z last year. However, New York Times Best-Selling author J. Randy Taraborrelli claims to have the tea on that infamous showdown, which he intends to spill in his new unauthorized biography, Becoming Beyoncé.

Last fall, we briefly mentioned Taraborrelli’s book, which he says is “based on exhaustive research” that includes “exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life who have been pivotal to her personal and professional development.” Among those pivotal players who contributed to Taraborrelli’s book is former Destiny’s Child manager Brian Moore, who dished on DC’s early days in an exclusive interview with Madame Noire earlier this year.

Grand Central Publishing boasts that the biography will highlight many of the “firsts” in Bey’s career while also delving into her personal life. Provided below are just a few of the questions Taraborelli and GCP publishers believe that the book will answer.

Beyoncé’s 1st boyfriend of 10 years and what happened to him.

How many boyfriends she really had.

Why Jay Z & Beyoncé’s story is indeed a love story through and through – one that has never really been told.

How did Rihanna come between Beyoncé and Jay Z?

Beyoncé’s relationship with her father before and after she fired him and why she fired him.

Why she really created Sasha Fierce.

What really happened in the elevator between Jay Z and Beyoncé’s sister Solange?

Becoming Beyoncé is slated to hit shelves October 27, 2015.

Considering how hard Bey and her team work to keep a tight rein on her personal affairs, it will be interesting to see what will be revealed in this new bio.

Will you be adding Becoming Beyoncé to your fall reading list?

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Beyoncé May Be Starring In “The Wiz”

July 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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NBC’s production of The Wiz won’t be short on star power.  According to an E! News report, our beloved Queen, Beyoncé Knowles, has been offered the role of Glinda the Good Witch.

Production sources tell the publication that Knowles has not officially accepted the role and that casting directors are considering “Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba for the part in the event that Bey declines.

While witnessing Bey in a live musical would be amazing, seeing our girl Uzo step into this role would be quite the treat as well.

As previously reported, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah have been cast as Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the Wizard, respectively.

NBC has declined to comment on the casting rumors, but we will continue to keep you posted with any new developments.

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MTV Announces 2015 Video Music Awards, Queen Bey Nominated Five Times

July 21st, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Mark your calendars!

The MTV Video Music Awards will air on August 30, 2015 and today, the pop culture driven media outlet released this year’s nominations. Queen Bey, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are the leading nominees who are most likely to earn a Moon Man during the award’s ceremony. Also, newcomer and hitmaker Fetty Wap has been nominated for the 2015 summer jam, “Trap Queen.”

Here are a few highlighted nominations along with the award categories from the 2015 Video Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

Fans can cast their votes for their favorite artist who have been nominated in the following categories: “Video of The Year,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Female Video” by visiting vma.mtv.com. After Madonna, Beyoncé has earned over 15 VMA awards during the span of her career; last year she was awarded the Video Vanguard Award for making a profound impact on MTV culture.

To see the entire 2015 VMAs nominations, click here.

Why Joe Budden And Other Folks Should Stop Hating On Meek Mill And Nicki Minaj’s Relationship

July 8th, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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Serious question: How often is Black love celebrated these days? Millenials like myself are pretty much chalking up the idea of true love to rare chance, nearly as rare as getting out of student loan debt before 30. These things simply don’t happen often enough.

In a sea of #MCM, #WCW, #relationshipgoals, Love & Hip Hop dysfunction and a mountain of scholarly articles on why we aren’t getting married, Joe Budden is further contributing to our issues with his recent comments about Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj’s relationship.

I won’t lie, when these two first got together, I thought it was a complete joke. I didn’t believe it and refused to. Then I saw the heavy social media promotion on both sides – can you believe that two people involved in a relationship are both excessively claiming each other on the ‘gram? – and accepted the new hip-hop couple. As Budden’s co-host on his podcast “I’ll Name This Podcast Later” stated, they’re cute.

For the most part, many of us ladies see sappy captions, and we melt. But the Slaughterhouse MC has an issue with the way some women swooned over the way Meek Mill looked at Nicki Minaj during their performance at the 2015 BET Awards.

“Girls are fucking idiots,” he said.

Oh. I’m sorry that a Black man on stage – who isn’t President Obama looking at Michelle or Jay Z staring at Beyoncé – makes us smile. I think it’s actually refreshing. But I don’t find Budden’s critiques of their relationship anywhere near delightful. In fact, I find his reasoning for considering Meek Mill’s open display of adoration as “nasty” to be even more trippy.

“Meek’s music is too hard for me to look at him with this fucking sappy fuck shit. Be the hardcore guy that I’m sure she was attracted to at some point,” Budden said.

Ah, yes. Be hard. “Be a man.” Here we go again with that.

Sure, I blast Meek Mill when I’m feeling a little thuggish on my morning commute, but I do the same with Jay Z. Why is Meek Mill scrutinized for openly adoring Nicki Minaj when Jigga has done the same thing on countless stages and for an entire tour? Perhaps Budden knows that if he tried to criticize Jay, the vet would lyrically assassinate him on wax, and the Beygency would probably wage war across countries – he simply would not be safe.

But as far as Nicki’s “type,” how does he know what it is she is attracted to? And most importantly, why does Meek Mill’s personality have to be one-dimensional to folks? It’s typically the toughest men who are the softest on the inside. We all crave and certainly deserve love and tenderness, and there is more to people than just the persona we see on social media, through their records and when they’re with one group of people versus another. We all manage to have significant parts of ourselves that we only expose to certain people.

Joey, if you’re jealous of Meek just say you’re jealous of Meek. There is nothing “simp” or “nasty” about the way the Philly rapper salutes his girlfriend. We should stop discouraging rappers, athletes (Hey, Russell Wilson) and everyday men for that matter, from openly expressing the way they feel about the women they love. It’s not a weakness. In fact, it can be a beautiful thing when done right. As Minaj expressed via Twitter, “Why would you be bothered by another man showing love to his girl? Let’s celebrate black love.”

There aren’t enough positive relationships being celebrated or even cultivated today. And considering that Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj seem happy while Budden (and the world) has seen his own romantic life go to hell in a handbasket, he has no room to tell anybody how they should express or handle themselves in their relationship. I’m sure Tahiry and Kaylin Garcia have plenty advice for him…

 

Beyoncé’s Lead Dancer, Ashley Everett, Shows Us Her Passion For Dance

July 6th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Over the years, many of us have channeled our inner-Beyoncé, trying to imitate her latest dance moves.

However, no one could ever come close to Yoncé or her lead dancer, Ashley Everett. Known for her stunning looks, talent and fiery red hair, Everett has worked with Beyoncé since the age of 17. Initially accepted into Julliard, Everett took the opportunity of a lifetime to work with the iconic singer after her high school graduation and hasn’t looked back. Besides working with Beyoncé, she has also worked with Usher, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez, La Toya Jackson and Tina Turner.

Throughout her career, Everett has also appeared on television shows such as Glee, Shake It Up, Hit The Floor and commercials for H&M and Lays. Ashley has even performed at the Super Bowl, Grammys, World Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. Prior to working with Bey, Everett studied at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and other dance institutes. She is trained in ballet, modern, and jazz. To showcase her knowledge of dance, Ashley was photographed by James Anthony, styled by Apuje Kalu and had her makeup done by Mel Hunter for an exquisite spread showcasing her passion.

Check out the exclusive photos from Ashley’s photo shoot after the jump!

TMT: Floyd “Money” Mayweather Is The Highest Paid Celebrity In 2015

June 30th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This past spring many flocked to friends’ houses or bars in order to watch Floyd “Money” Mayweather win his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao and because of his victory, Mayweather has become the highest paid celebrity for 2015 earning $300 million. Coming in second is his opponent Pacquiao, who earned $160 million for the year and third, Katy Perry. Perry, who raked in $135 million, increased her wealth by performing 124 shows during her Prismatic World Tour and according to her managers. Sixty percent of her income now comes from foreign markets, reports Forbes magazine.

Surprisingly, Beyoncé dropped to the 29th place after earning only $54.5 million this year and taking home about $115 million. Kim Kardashian landed in 33rd place this year after climbing from the 80th celebrity spot in 2014. She earned $52.5 million this year. Below are the five highest paid celebrities of 2015:

1. Floyd Mayweather ($300 million)

2. Manny Pacquiao ($160 million)

3. Katy Perry ($135 million)

4. One Direction ($130 million)

5. Howard Stern ($95 million)

 

Forbes created their list by focusing on celebrities who work primarily in “front of the camera.” The also measured their finances by focusing on their income prior to subtracting management fee, taxes and data from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo and IMDB. The eminent financial magazine also looked at celebrity candidates who lived outside of the United States, as well.

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.