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This week was all about Beyonce, from the epic visuals that accompanied her latest album Lemonade to questions over the ambiguous “Becky with the good hair” and even accusations the term Becky is a racial slur — if you ask Iggy Azealia that is. Watch and weigh in with the editors as they discuss all things Lemonade as well as Lil Kim’s resurgence as an even lighter and whiter version of herself and the implications of her skin bleaching.
Digital manipulation is so commonplace and pervasive these days that sometimes we don’t even recognize when images have been altered. But that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to women. Our bodies are constantly manipulated in order to achieve an impossible, so-called ideal, a standard of beauty that does more body image harm than publications realize. From lightening skin tones to minimizing the gap between thighs, the width of hips and fullness of curves, it’s safe to say that retouching often goes too far. While it’s nice to see more and more Black women represented on the cover of popular magazines, it’s not so nice to see a distorted image of them. Stunning stars have their pictures altered in ways that make no sense, and when magazines are called out for it, they often apologize. Yet and still, this type of thing keeps happening over and over again. It’s no wonder the following celebrity women and their fans have spoken out about their Photoshopped images in magazines.
Beyoncé has plenty of reasons to smile. Since the Saturday night debut of her visual album Lemonade, the accolades continue to pour in, and now, it looks like the visual portion of her sixth studio album, which debuted on HBO, might earn the singer her third Emmy nod. Previously, the singer scored two Emmy nominations for her Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show back in 2013 as well as for the “On the Run Tour” concert special with hubby, Jay-Z.
According to Variety, HBO has plans to submit the hour-long special for Emmy consideration in the variety special category. In the past, programs like “The Kennedy Center Honors” and “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary” special have scored Emmy nods in the variety special category.
As a cardholding member of the BeyHive, I, of course, think Lemonade deserves an Emmy, but I’m biased so…yeah. This year’s nominations will be revealed on July 18. The actual awards show is September, so we’ll see.
With each effort, Beyoncé, the Queen of Slay and Innovation, continues to break the mold. Her concept album Lemonade proves that with each song and its accompanying visuals, which something tells me we’ll be studying and unpacking for quite some time. Lemonade also happens to be the singer’s most personal album to date. Beyoncé opens up about infidelity in her marriage, sings about “Becky with the good hair” and promises her husband “You’re gonna lose your wife,” if he tries “this sh-t again.” Thanks to Lemonade and the real life “Becky” who allegedly outed herself via social media, legions of Beyoncé fans turned against Racheal Ray with a quickness, accusing her of being “Becky.” Oops! I mean Rachel Roy…
Among many things, all of this lemonade got us thinking about songs that speak to love, heartbreak, and cheating. Whether singers have been cheated on or did the cheating themselves, the issue is a common one in all kinds of music. Here are some of the best-known songs that deal with infidelity.
People who throw rocks then hide their hands and play victim are lame. Always have been. Always will be. Rachel Roy is no exception.
After basically inserting herself into the middle of Beyoncé’s Lemonade saga (see screenshot below), the designer is now trying to back away from the scene of the crime, insisting that she is not “Becky,” the woman Bey referenced as Jay’s ex-mistress on her new album.
Here’s the thing: It’s very possible that Rachel Roy is not Becky; however, I find it very hard to believe that she wasn’t intentionally trying to stir up some shit when she made that post. Considering that rumors have already placed her at the center of the Met Gala elevator showdown, one would think that she would try to steer clear of anything relating to Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and infidelity. But instead, she saw fit to throw that corny “good hair” comment out there on social media shortly after Bey suggested that Jay had cheated with “Becky with the good hair.” Sure, it can be argued that it’s just a coincidence, but I think we’re all smarter than that. And furthermore, who the hell is claiming that they have “good hair” in 2016? The answer is no one—except lame chicks looking for attention. And let us not forget her tweeting a Jay-Z lyric about a week or so after the Met throwdown. Shenanigans all round, y’all. Shenanigans all around.
The beach is better! Escape with RRR's Summer '14 video http://t.co/CqHIlScIEo
— Rachel Roy (@Rachel_Roy) May 14, 2014
Unfortunately for Roy, things didn’t play out as she’d probably hoped during Lemonade weekend. Her little stunt resulted in her social media accounts being flooded with bee emojis and threats, courtesy of the BeyHive. So now, she’s attempting to set the record straight.
“I want to put the speculation and rumors to rest. My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that,” Roy said in a statement to People. “There is no validity to the idea that the song references me personally. There is no truth to the rumors.”
But what was fun or lighthearted about that post? Seriously. I’ll wait.
“Consequently, online haters have targeted me and my daughters in a hurtful and scary manner, including physical threats. As a mother – and I know many mothers would agree – I feel that bullying in any form is harmful and unacceptable,” she continued. “I would hope that the media sees the real issue here – the issue of cyber bullying – and how it should not be tolerated by anyone.”
While it’s wrong that people have gone as far as to threaten Roy and her kids, I can’t help but feel that she brought some of these headaches on herself trying to be funny.
Since 2013, Beyoncé has blessed stans, young and old, with captivating visuals that unfold her musical storylines. In her most recent work, Lemonade, Beyoncé paid homage to her New Orleans roots by filming the project in the city’s famously known streets, plantations, and historic Fort Macomb. Largely known as the setting for True Detective, Fort Macomb was initially built in 1815 but was named Fort Wood. The named later changed to recognize Alexander Macomb, a War of 1812 hero. After 1812, the fort was used for stocking supplies during the Second Seminole and Mexican Wars. It’s no surprise Yoncé used the ruins of Fort Macomb as the setting of Lemonade —the location has been used to prepare for wars, protect major New Orleans’ ports and it has survived violent storms. Symbolically it is the perfect site for the singer’s rendition of Kubler-Ross’ Seven Stages Of Grief, a major theme in her latest visual album.
Learn three facts about the fort and how it can become the backdrop for your next Instagram photoshoot.
Fort Macomb’s Purpose
The fort guarded the waters of Chef Menteur Pass in New Orleans and protected the city from British invasion during the Battle Of New Orleans.
It Was Never Used In Battle
Although it was at the center of many wars, Fort Macomb was never used as a battleground. Instead, it functioned as a training facility where freed slaves learned artillery and lived when they weren’t on the battlefield during the Civil War.
Is It Open For Tours?
If your name is Beyoncé or you are a part of the True Detective cast, yes. Otherwise, no. The fort was decommissioned in 1871 and over the years has slowly deteriorated thanks to Hurricane Katrina and other harsh weather conditions. But there’s hope, Fort Pike, located minutes away from Fort Macomb is open for tours and is just as worthy of a Lemonade-inspired photoshoot.
Fort Pike is open to the public on Fridays between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. According to the State of Louisiana Tourism site, the entrance fee for Fort Pike is $46 for groups of up to 10 people and $4 per person after the 10-person group.
To plan your visit to these historic forts, visit the Louisiana Department Of Culture Recreative And Tourism site.
We all loved Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” But what we didn’t love, or expect, was an Instagram post from designer Rachel Roy that looked like this:
Strong attacks from the BeyHive followed, including attacks on Roy’s teenage daughter, Ava, which came about after the designer made her IG private. But aside from crowning her “Becky with the good hair,” based on the Lemonade track “Sorry,” and knowing about her clothing, what do we really know about Rachel Roy? Probably not a lot. So here are 10 interesting things:
Rachel Roy Is Not Rachael Ray
I’m sure you heard that quite a few very confused BeyHive members swarmed the page of chef Rachael Ray, accusing her of being “Becky with the good hair,” and pretty much attacking her character. Despite many people commenting on the fact that they were coming after the wrong Rachel, people have continued to leave crazy remarks on the chef’s page as recently as five hours ago. One woman even said, “I’m perfectly aware of that fact but this chick had it comin for a million other reasons anyway.”
Every time a woman hears a song by Beyoncé a little piece of her likes to pretend she really is the singer, even if the circumstances don’t exactly match up. This weekend, I realized for the first time I am Beyonce and she is me; and so is every other Black woman who inhabits this earth and makes lemonade out of the sour lemons we’ve been handed as a result of our mere birthright: a double minority in a patriarchal society whose face of excellence is white.
I had little intention of sipping Bey’s Lemonade, which I’d prematurely likened to drinking the kool-aid, this weekend. I know how a mere whispered breath from the woman many facetiously crown Beysus, yet treat as if she truly is a part of the Holy Trinity, can cause many to proclaim their wigs snatched when my edges are still nicely intact. I wasn’t interested in yet another overblown declaration for b-tches to bow down and I could wait a few more months before listening to another ode to blowing one’s husband in the backseat of a limo. Don’t get me wrong, I like Beyonce’s music, a lot. I just normally don’t get anything more out of it and the visuals that accompany her singles than motivation to get in the gym and maybe hit a new note. At the end of the day, I always think Beyonce’s beautiful; she’s rich, she’s powerful and influential, at the end of the day she’ll be alright while I still question my purpose and whether my accomplishments measure up. In other words, she and I are not the same.
Until we were. Until I realized her beauty, fame, and dedication to keeping the spice of her union alive so her husband could never say how it used to be couldn’t shield her from the wicked ways of a man too ignorant to realize when he hurts her, he hurts himself. Until I recognized my own behavior and the experiences of many women in my family in the lines of the Warsan Shire poetry she recited. Until I realized, like all Black women, Beyonce’s been handed some lemons in life too and, thankfully, she’s made some damn good lemonade out of it. Such is the legacy of Black women for centuries.
And that’s who lemonade was really for: Black women. And that’s what makes this project beautiful: it’s universality. Like the literal summertime beverage, Beyonce’s Lemonade is something painstakingly made by one of us, for all of us to enjoy and get nourishment from. You don’t have to personally know the pain of a husband’s infidelity to identify with the sentiment of trying everything to make a relationship work and getting so caught up in a man’s satisfaction that you begin to doubt the qualities that make you extraordinarily you and consider changing who you are and even tolerating things you never would have to keep that love. You don’t have to have suffered the loss of a son to gun violence to be torn apart when you see Mike Brown’s mother shed a tear as she holds a portrait of her slain son and feel rage that we can’t protect our Black men — the very ones who often don’t realize when they love us, they love themselves. You don’t have to strut in 6-inch heels to know the walk of a woman making her own money and who knows if a time comes that she has to leave her man she can, and she will live a good life. Your father doesn’t have to have abandoned you for you to understand the emptiness of being a slave to the back of a man’s head. You don’t have to be more than Black and female to know Malcolm X’s words woven into the album’s third track on screen,”The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman, the most neglected person in America is the Black woman,” are as true in 2016 as they were when he first said them in 1962.
So while I may not have sat in solidarity with women around the world Saturday night watching Lemonade as it made it’s HBO premiere, I do sit with them today. Because even though the specifics of our situations may not be the same, the outcome always is: redemption. We may not hear the audience as it applauds us — most likely because we’re not used to the unfamiliar sound — but that’s never stopped any of us from running because we need freedom too and a winner don’t quit on themselves.
I’ve always rolled my eyes whenever I heard women say Beyonce makes them want to work harder, but I won’t lie, today she makes me want to. She makes me want to inspire other women, remind them of their resilience, and offer up something with complete vulnerability that will allow all of us to heal, grow, and be instilled with pride together. I want to stop complaining about the lemons and make some lemonade that’s not just for me, but for every Black girl on the planet because even though we break chains all by ourselves, we’re in this together and I needed this reminder.
When it comes to breaking the internet, there’s no one that can quite compare to Beyoncé.
Just last night, the highly-anticipated, hour-long HBO special Lemonade arrived, and in true Bey fashion, she also released her long-anticipated sixth album, Lemonade, exclusively on Tidal. Of course, we all knew that with her powerful Super Bowl performance and Formation World Tour underway, she would be releasing new music soon, but not this soon.
As expected, the social media streets and Beyhive stans alike were buzzing all night about her latest body of work: 12 tracks that include guest appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, James Blake and the Weeknd. Lemonade is Beyoncé’s sixths studio album, following her self-titled, surprise-released 2013 LP that also was accompanied with video components.
So, without further ado, stream Lemonade here.
Some celebrities are very private when it comes to their children. The little ones don’t ask to be brought up in the same limelight that their parents inhabit, and therefore, some famous moms and dads keep their children out of the public eye. That’s exactly why you probably won’t see Kerry Washington’s daughter, or Michael Ealy’s son until they’re probably adults with their own kids…
But other people want to share their joy with the world when it comes to giving birth and bringing up little ones. So they show off their kids in simple ways, like on Instagram, and in grandiose ways as well, like on the cover of magazines. Here are 10 memorable times our favorite ladies showed off their babies–many babies who are now well into childhood and have grown up right in front of our eyes.
We’ll start with a baby who just made her debut online this week:
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
After giving birth to a baby girl named Luna Simone Stephens last week, Chrissy Teigen showed off baby Luna yesterday. And based on her parents, we’re sure Luna will be gorgeous–and quite the vocal little lady on social media.