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Nowadays, being a popular musician is harder than ever. Expectations from the public are high, there’s so much competition, and everyone has to continually reinvent themselves to maintain their relevance. For our faves, we are willing to wait. But some of our favorite artists have had us on hold for a little too long (We’re talking to you, Lauryn Hill!). Let’s look at 11 artists and the albums we’re waiting on.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.
R&B songbird Aaliyah may have sang, “Age ain’t nothing but a number,” but not everyone is ready to admit what that number really is. These celebrities have been caught up in age controversies as a result of being elusive or simply just out right lying about their age.
It seems like Karlie Redd and her messy ways were made for reality television. As it turns out, the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star may be a lot older than her cast mates. At one point, Karlie insisted she was in her twenties, but that was before fans found out about her adult daughter. Even though Karlie claims to be in her thirties, word around town is that number may be closer to 50.
Beyoncé had all of her fans excited when she appeared on the cover of Vogue‘s September issue, but there was no interview inside. In fact, the superstar hasn’t done a direct interview with the press in more than a year. But she’s not the only celebrity who has shied away from giving interviews. These stars said they avoid the media whenever they can — and you might be surprised at some of the reasons why.
The highly anticipated September 2015 issue is currently available at your local newsstand, but if you were hoping to hear from Beyoncé, you’ll be very disappointed.
The Grammy Award-winning singer doesn’t utter one word in the issue. In fact, cover story writer Margo Jefferson was never even in contact with her team.
“It was definitely posed to me as … call it a think piece, if you want,” Jefferson told the New York Times. “I had no contact with her camp.”
In place of what would typically be an interview, Jefferson penned a short essay on the music icon’s star power. The editorial decision to feature Bey is a huge deal considering that for the past five years, every cover subject of the publication has offered some form of an interview. However, it appears that it was ultimately Mrs. Carter’s decision to go mute for this issue. In fact, a member of her team told a reporter that despite numerous public appearances, the singer hasn’t answered a direct question from a reporter in over a year.
“She has to be studying how effective her interviews have been so far. She may have decided that they do not contribute as dazzlingly to the portrait of Beyoncé as the other stuff. It’s a perfectly reasonable decision,” said Jefferson.
The Vogue writer adds that having seen the singer’s HBO documentary, Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream, she’s not the least bit shocked by the decision.
“I’m not at all surprised. That is a deeply micromanaged documentary,” she said.
Honestly, after the initial shock wore off, I had to admit that I’m not too stunned by any of this either. Beyoncé has been making her own rules for quite some time now, and let’s also not forgot how deeply she’s criticized anytime she does decide to say anything.
Blue Ivy was born famous. Her parents, Beyoncé and Jay Z, are easily the most recognizable superstars in the whole world. When Blue Ivy was just brought into the world, the sounds of her cries on her father’s song “Glory” made her the youngest person ever to crack the Billboard charts. Her aunt is a famous singer and fashionista, and her grandmother adorns the covers of magazines for being fierce. She has been to more countries than most of the fully-grown adults I know. Her sippy cup collection, which, according to Jay Z, includes a Grammy, probably costs more than my rent. But behind all of that glitz and glamour, at the end of the day, Blue Ivy is a child. A 3-year-old toddler who has been thrust into the unforgiving spotlight by way of her parents.
While we all have our own set of “Blue Ivy is so rich and powerful” jokes, said with respect to her status as a beloved superstar’s child without a seed of malice, the child has also been attacked for not being “conventionally pretty” (whatever that is) and for not wearing her hair in a certain way. Even her nine months in utero were cause for conspiracy theories.
Blue Ivy has never gotten a break from the public.
Not everyone stans for her parents and she receives hostility because of her relation to them. Blue Ivy didn’t ask to be born into her family, but from the outside looking in, she still and should always remain a carefree child. She could be anyone’s innocent kid. But somewhere along the way, the writers of the Amy Poehler-produced Hulu comedy, Difficult People, conveniently forgot that when they made Blue Ivy the punchline of a child molestation joke on a recent episode.
“I can’t wait for Blue Ivy to be old enough for R. Kelly to piss on her.”
The joke was ironically something the lead character had tweeted out and was receiving backlash for. Then, yesterday, fantasy became reality when the Beyhive caught wind of the show’s inappropriate dig at Beyoncé’s daughter.
There is not a single thing funny about this crass joke. It’s mean for the sake of just being mean. A joke that is hiding behind its shock value while its writers no doubt are off somewhere proclaiming that we’re all being too politically correct, the show is meant to be cringe-worthy, and comedy is comedy. Excuse my English, but it ain’t. One thing comedy is supposed to be is funny, and that quip wasn’t. It was just malicious. R. Kelly allegedly peed on an underage girl who probably watched as her shame became a punchline—a viral sensation thanks to an infamous Chappelle’s Show parody skit about the singer’s alleged penchant for golden showers. And while Dave Chappelle used his comedy to highlight the despicable behavior, we never really thought for one second what Kelly did was okay.
So what is the real punchline of their Blue Ivy and R. Kelly joke? That the character hates Blue Ivy so much they hope she grows up and gets sexually abused? After the outrage, you have to consider something else. Would they have made this joke about Violet Affleck or Harper Beckham or Suri Cruise? Subbing R. Kelly for another alleged sexual abuser like Roman Polanski? If we’re keeping it real, the answer is hell no. This is because Black children are not seen as children in the eyes of the public. They are sexualized early and deemed without innocence long before their Caucasian counterparts. Think back to the 2013 tweet from satirical news site The Onion about a then 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis:
“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #oscars2013”
The backlash to that non-joke was swift and furious, and The Onion quickly deleted that tweet, with its CEO, Steve Hannah, issuing an apology.
On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.
No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.
The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.
In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.
Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.
Even in the guise of satire, calling a 9-year-old girl a cunt is unacceptable. That word is still considered one of the most potent insults that can be lobbed at an adult person, so when you call a young Black girl that word, you are robbing her of her innocence. You are making a statement about the open disregard for Black vulnerability and innocence.
What the writers on Difficult People did was masquerade a humorless and shocking one-liner as comedy. But Blue Ivy is a child, and she should not be the punchline of a sexual joke. Hell, of any jokes for that matter. If you must make someone the butt of a joke, rag on her parents all you want to. They signed up for it and probably don’t bat an eye at it nowadays. But when you lob disgusting insults at helpless children you are telling the world loud and clear that, in my opinion, you are a garbage human being. Think about your child, or the children in your family, and how you would feel if someone went after them for a cheap laugh. There’s so much comedy in the world to pull from if you are talented enough to recognize it. Do your homework and stop attacking innocent children.
God knows that we love us some Blue Ivy. So we were too tickled to see the adorable throwback photo that Mama Bey shared over the weekend.
The beautiful mommy-daughter moment was likely captured by celebrity photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who led the Grammy Award-winning singer’s March 2013 Vogue photo shoot.
“The real cover girl,” Bey gushed over then 1-year-old Blue on Instagram. “My delicious Blue Blue at 11 months.”
The flashback photo followed a post celebrating Beyoncé’s 2013 cover with the fashion publication. As previously reported, the singer appears on Vogue’s September 2015 issue, which is scheduled to hit newsstands Tuesday, August 18.
According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.
Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.
Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine
Look at the signs. Beyoncé is totally setting the stage to bless us with some new music. In addition to whispers that the musical icon has been gathering wardrobe pieces for a new music video, which is reportedly set to be released next month, Blue Ivy’s mama also appears on the September cover of Vogue. The story’s tagline reads:
“There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.”
It’s not 100% unclear what the focus of the actual interview will be; however, judging by the story’s cover line, which reads: “Just B. Beyoncé and The Art of Global Domination,” we’re guessing that it will likely center around the singing sensation’s rise to worldwide stardom. We’re hoping that she will also use the opportunity to confirm that new music is on the way.
To hold us over until the issue’s August 25 release, the fashion publication released footage from the shoot, in which Bey playfully poses for renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino.
Beyoncé has been quite vocal regarding her support of the LGBTQ community over the years. And now, the singer has been provided with the opportunity to put some action behind those words.
According to NBC News, Houston’s HERO bill, which protects LGBTQ people from housing, employment and other forms of discrimination, may soon be voted down. HERO was passed in 2014 by Houston’s City Council; however, opponents of LGBTQ rights have been hard at work trying to repeal the bill. Last month, the Supreme Court handed down a judgement that left HERO supporters with two options:
1. Repeal the ordinance
2: Place it on the ballot, leaving its fate up to voters.
Wednesday, Houston’s City Council decided on the second option, which is where Beyoncé comes in. Carlos Maza, the LGBT Program Director of Media Matters, penned an appeal titled “With One Post, Beyoncé Could Stop Anti-Gay Discrimination In Her Hometown,” aimed at “Superpower” singer urging her to endorse the bill to her 42.2 million followers on Instagram.
“It really does protect all kinds of people from ugly discrimination. Bills like HERO should be happening at the federal level too,” said Maza. “It’s the first really big equality fight after marriage and it is showing everyone across the nation that there’s more work to be done.”
For Maza and many other LGBTQ advocates, Beyoncé is the perfect celebrity to advocate for the bill. For one, she’s from Houston. Secondly, she’s a longtime support of LGBTQ rights. The suggestion has since inspired the #BeyBeAHero hashtag, which advocates are using to encourage the singer to step up to the plate.
Stand up for opportunity and equality for Houston LGBT residents & citizens! #BeyBeAHERO
— Michael Lund (@MichaeLund1) August 6, 2015
— Jace Woodrum (@JaceWoodrum) August 6, 2015
— Denise Whinnen (@DMWhinnen) August 6, 2015
— HIV Advocate Mom (@SaveRyanWhiteD) August 6, 2015
So far, Beyoncé has not commented on the social media campaign.