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#BeyoncéAlwaysOnBeat is taking over social media right now. And everyone who’s seen Bey dance to almost anything can come to only one conclusion: Beyonce is kind of magic.
Michelle Obama has placed in the number 10 spot on the Forbes list of 25 Most Powerful Women in the World, the highest position for a Black woman on the list. The list, which includes women in politics, media, entertainment and more, is assessed based on financial resources, media mentions around the global and “sphere of influence,” which includes pop culture sway, philanthropy and other areas of influence.
“The concept of power can be nebulous — especially when it comes to gender,” the magazine writes, noting that as of January 2015, there were only 10 women serving as heads of state, 23 female CEOs at the S&P 500 companies and 197 women on the list of international billionaires.
“But there’s hardly a void of powerful women – and the numbers are growing. That is, if we enlarge our focus from just who owns the greatest wealth or the heaviest corporate hammer to include the women whose influence and impact may be greater than the sum of their title,” Forbes continues.
But in terms of cold-hard cash, Oprah comes in first, the top–ranking billionaire on the list at number 12. And Beyonce comes in at number 21.
The top three women on the list are, in order, German Chancellor Angela Merkel; former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; and Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
For the full list of all 100 most powerful women, click here.
Earlier this week, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj released the music video for their collaborative track “Feeling Myself” and it was everything. Judging by the awesome visuals, one would assume that the shoot took months of planning, but according to Marni Senofonte, the woman behind the video’s fashion, says that the shoot was a “spur of the moment” kind of thing.
“The truth of the matter is, it was really last minute. And it was Beyoncé’s idea to go to Coachella and to shoot at Coachella,” Senofonte told Marie Claire. “It was so spur of the moment! But that’s B, that’s her. She’s so spontaneous and it’s just part of her craft.”
There was no treatment for the shoot, but the concept was to capture two girlfriends having a good time.
“The idea was, you know, ‘let’s go to Coachella.’ It was supposed to feel the way that I hope it does—really good friends, just going and having a good time, and making fun memories. And I scrambled together in two days what we would need and we went over everything,” Senofonte explained.
As for the fashion, Senofonte says that some of the items were pulled from Bey’s personal wardrobe.
“It was a total girlfriend vibe. Totally, like ‘you wear this, no you should wear this. Oh no, you look better in that,’” said the stylist. “You know, some of the clothes were actually B’s. A couple of the bathing suits were hers and the rest we kind of just shipped out and had things made. Again, we had two days, so it was just kind of like, what looks good?”
Senofonte also styled the ladies with the intention of showcasing how a more urban crowd would dress at Coachella.
“I just wanted to frame it as a bunch of kids from like, Brooklyn and Queens and Manhattan went to Coachella—what would they wear?” she said. “It was really this idea of, you know, everyone at Coachella looks like a hippie, but I was like, what if the other kind of kids to go Coachella? This is all the clothes that we were wearing. It’s pretty much the urban version of Coachella.”
After Nicki Minaj jumped on Beyoncé’s “Flawless” remix, she told the world that Beyoncé was going to return the favor. And the two musical powerhouses gifted the world with “Feeling Myself.” People argued about whether the song lived up to the “Flawless” remix, (Y’all can discuss amongst yourselves in the comment section), but today, Beyoncé and Nicki released the video, exclusively to Tidal.
Being that the internet is a magical place where piracy is commonplace, you, non Tidal subscribers can check it out in the video below…perhaps before someone snatches it down.
Look and listen and tell us what you think.
In the past, both Jay Z and Beyoncé have been criticized for sometimes failing to speak out on issues that affect the Black community. But as it turns out, although the duo frequently moves in silence regarding these matters, they’ve been doing quite a bit to support these causes.
Over the weekend, writer dream hampton, who cowrote Jay’s 2010 book, Decoded, tweeted that the hip-hop power couple has put up tens of thousands of dollars in bail money for protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore.
“When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins,” she tweeted.
“I’m going to tweet this and I don’t care if Jay gets mad,” she followed up.
“When BLM needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that we’re growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check.”
The tweets were quickly deleted, but the Michigan native says that every word she tweeted was nothing but the truth.
“It’s true,” she told the New York Daily News. “I erased because I didn’t want it on Twitter.”
In addition to offering financial support, the husband-and-wife duo recently met with Freddie Gray’s family during a visit to Baltimore for last weekend’s “Rally 4 Peace” event where Prince performed his new record for the city of Baltimore.
“I am honored to join Prince in his mission to inspire through the uniting power of music and be able to offer a platform where this moment can be shared globally,” Jay said in a statement earlier this month.
“We invite all to experience the music and contribute in their own way to promote peace, tolerance and understanding,” he continued. “Our prayers go out to Freddie Gray’s family and every family affected by brutality and senseless violence.”
Does any of this change your opinion of the Carters?
This time last week, the Met Gala took place in New York City with a lot of fanfare, and thankfully, a lot less drama this time around.
If you’ll recall, after last year’s star-studded and classy event, Jay Z took a street a**-whoopin’ from Solange Knowles over a situation people were never able to get to the bottom of. Many assumed that because Beyoncé allowed her sister to kick and swing at him in an elevator for a quite a few minutes before finally stepping in, the rapper had done something inappropriate.
Fingers were pointed at fashion designer Rachel Roy (she was accused of being flirtatious) and there was speculation of infidelity and marital drama for weeks after the fact. The couple tried to distract people from all of it with their “On The Run” tour. Fast forward to a year later and things seem to be in a much better place for the powerful duo. No more family fighting (just back-to-back white weddings). No more cheating rumors. Just family vacations and walking hand-in-hand. Thank goodness.
So they arrived fashionably late to the Met Gala, went in and enjoyed themselves, and walked out without a care. The only thing people were talking about that night was Beyoncé’s gown and her insane body.
But days later, people have something to say when it comes to the couple’s appearance at the Met Gala, but it has to do with Rita Ora. She is an artist signed to Roc Nation, and a singer known by many for…well, always being pictured at events. We can’t really name a song by her though.
The picture you see above is from the evening of the Met Gala, and it shows a giddy Ora hugging on her boss as he has an in-depth conversation with Diddy. Her chin seems to be on his back, and her embrace, from my vantage point, seems to be one that was meant to be one of those “Surprise!” hugs before the recipient of your squeeze turns around to greet you. It looks innocent considering that she did it in front of everyone, but the fact that such a display of affection was public may also be part of the problem. According to the Internet, homegirl was highly inappropriate at this moment.
“I really think Rita meant no harm but that pic looks bad on her part & makes Jay look even worst. Your suppose to check a female when something like that happens.”
“If ANY woman dares to hug my man from the back, I’m not holding myself accountable for the violence I emit.”
“Maybe she was drunk or overly excited ( for whatever reason), I don’t know. But, this is just too close for comfort. Yes, Rita is like a little sister to both Jay n Bey but uhhhhh, this is a bit much.”
Even your friend Wendy Williams thought Ora was doing too much, but also placed blame on Jay Z:
“A hug is not just a hug. I venture to say that a hug from behind is way more intimate from a hug from the front. Even as a married woman, you can go up and give a man a hug and kiss on two cheeks, and your husband could be standing right there, but you know to create separation and don’t linger. But a hug from the back? Rita Ora knew exactly what she was doing…When you’re married, you have to have your swat game up.”
But some felt it was a harmless hug people have blown out of proportion:
“I think that hug was innocent. Didn’t Jay Z help jump start Rita Ora’s career?”
“I don’t think Rita Ora did anything wrong. I picture her and Jay-Z having a brother sister relationship. I highly doubt Beyonce cares about this photo (which people could and probably ARE taking way out of context) so why do ya’ll care. Sit. down.”
Ora has since had a majority of her Instagram photos bombarded with bees, which only means one thing: the BeyHive has awoken, and they’re piiiiiissed. They’ve told her to “go die,” they’ve made comments about her looks, and they’ve literally just trolled for the past three days. As always, Beyoncé’s fans love to do the most, and it’s not even that serious…
But I must admit, Ora was just a tad bit disrespectful. I don’t think she meant any harm, and I’m under the impression that she has a comfortable relationship with both Jay and Bey. Plus, she’s clearly a fan of Beyoncé. She did her own version of the “7/11″ video, and when asked about last year’s cheating rumors surrounding the couple, Ora quickly came to their defense on “The Breakfast Club”:
“Don’t you dare disrespect Beyoncé like that ever again in your entire life. You should know better than that…that’s just straight-up disrespect. You can’t even go there.”
So she rides for her boss and his wife–she just may be riding a little too hard.
Hugging another woman’s husband from behind is just one of those things you shouldn’t do. You don’t want to give anyone any ideas, and you don’t want to get too comfortable with someone else’s spouse. It can appear as though you’re flirting, even if you swear that you aren’t (just ask Kenya Moore), and it’s like you (yes, I’m talking to you valued reader) trying to hold hands with a colleague’s man, or hugging up on your very married boss. You just don’t do it.
I’m about 1000% sure that Beyoncé was not pressed about this hug (and Solange came to the Gala with her husband this year, so she was distracted and unable to kick a** and take names), so there’s no reason to read Ora for filth. But this is a good example for others when it comes to boundaries and how to behave around someone’s husband or significant other. Since he is her boss and the husband of someone else, she overstepped her boundaries. A light tap to get his attention and a quick hug would have sufficed. And considering that we haven’t even seen Beyoncé display this sort of affection towards her own husband in public, I have to state that it just wasn’t a good look for Ora.
I say all that to say, keep your distance and always remember to have boundaries when it comes to other people’s partner’s, ladies. The last thing you want is to get your reputation dragged, or your wig snatched over a misunderstanding…Don’t start none, won’t be none.
For its annual 50 Most Powerful Mothers list, Working Mother featured Queen Beyoncé atop a list of other powerful mothers in various industries. Coming on the heels of Tina Knowles Lawson’s essay about raising four daughters and how their personal traits have added to her strength, Working Mother recognized Beyoncé for her talent, societal influence, work ethic and her PDAs for her own family.
In their write-up, Working Mother noted Beyoncé’s impact on feminism. “To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her Beyoncé album in December, she released a surprise black-and-white video tribute, ‘Yours and Mine,’ extolling her feminism, as well as the joy she’s found in motherhood and marriage.”
Another major mom who made headlines this year and is featured in Working Mom is Angelina Jolie. In March, she penned a New York Times op-ed on removing her breasts and ovaries in order to remain cancer free after finding that she was genetically predisposed to the disease, which had killed a number of members of her family. In her piece, Jolie revealed:
“I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history. But that wasn’t all. He went on. “There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries. I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren. I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.
Other notable mothers on the Working Mother are Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Lopez, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington and Victoria Beckham. As we reported last year, Working Mother does not the rank its selectees.
“I Have Four Incredible Daughters” Tina Knowles Lawson Pens Open Letter To Her Children For Mother’s Day
— adegoke (@ghowkay) April 23, 2015
In honor of Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend, Time magazine asked influential mothers to write open letters to the daughters in their lives. Tina Knowles Lawson was one of those women; and in addition to addressing her biological daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, she also wrote to Kelly Rowland and her niece Angie.
See what she had to say in the letter below.
To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie
When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.
I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.
When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.
I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.
I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.
The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.
Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.
Solange, I knew when you were born three days late that you would walk to the beat of your own drum. You were always my rebel warrior! Always defending the underdog and fighting for what you believe in. I remember you, at 10 years old, started a petition to remove a bad teacher, and your dad and I were so proud of you. I love that you do not let others define who you are, or what you are. Whether in your music, fashion or your life, you truly are your own incredible, unapologetic person! As tough as you are, you will drop everything to take care of someone you love.
Kelly, I know without a doubt that you were a true gift from God. You came to live with us when you were only 11 years old. You were the sweetest, most kind person I had ever met and you still are. You are also a true survivor. You never give up. Your discipline and drive always inspires me. You make me want to take better care of my body and constantly motivate me to exercise and take time for myself. You have the best listening skills and are a loyal friend to many. I’ve seen you take the jewelry off of your arm and give it to someone because you wanted to make them feel good.
Angie, you are my niece, but we have always been more like mother and daughter! You were always so mature, always challenging me and questioning why. (Fortunately I never believed in the “Because I said so” or “I’m the adult” crap, either.) I always trusted that you would look out for and protect Solange, Kelly and Beyoncé, and you did! You still do sometimes. You are so smart and perceptive, and you see through bullshit right away! You’ve always had our backs. Our own family fixer!! You know I call you Olivia Pope!!!!!
I’m often asked, what was my most proud moment? I would have to say it was at my recent wedding, when all four of you said in your own words that I taught by example and that I helped to make you the women you are today!!!! That was truly my proudest moment!
All my love,
The First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray also wrote a very moving letter to her children Dante and Chiara which you can read on the next page.
Last week Beyoncé posted a picture of a young man wrapped in the American flag on Instagram. The names of Black men who died due to police brutality were written in the white stripes. In light of the Baltimore uprising and the recent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, Beyoncé captioned her photo, “People are hurting. Join us in supporting the NAACP to help in the cleanup efforts and to provide housing, food and supplies to those affected by the unrest in Baltimore.”
Within moments, the Beyhive and the singer’s detractors began to sound off in the post’s comment section. While some praised Beyoncé for her charitable efforts with the NAACP, others felt underwhelmed. The latter bunch claimed Beyoncé only posted the image for publicity while others jokingly commented, “Y’all know Beyoncé didn’t write this caption!” Yes, there are a number of celebrities who have social media managers, however, on numerous occasions I’ve heard people claim Beyoncé can’t write a complete sentence, much less touching photo captions, let alone song lyrics. All of this leads me to ask: Why do people think Beyoncé is dumb?
Whether it be the nicest or rudest family members, co-workers or even strangers, there is a large group of people who firmly believe Beyoncé is intellectually deficient. In order to gain more clarity on this First Degree offense for the Beyhive, I asked professionals who do not work in the media industry why one of the biggest marketing geniuses of all time is often looked at as a “simpleton.”
Since Beyoncé did not attend college, professionals in the financial and advertising industries believe she lacks education in gender studies, knowledge necessary in order to speak about and promote feminism. Feminism is something the singer speaks on often. Professionals in the education field agreed, with some saying they were perturbed to hear and see Beyoncé perform her hit 2013 song Drunk In Love with her husband, Jay Z, while he rapped the lyrics: “I’m like Ike Turner, turn up, baby, no, I don’t play/ “Now eat the cake, Anna Mae,” said, “Eat the cake, Anna Mae!”
Malissa Rivera, a community director at University of Maryland, Baltimore County noted:
The abuse Tina Turner faced from her husband, Ike Turner is well known and horrific. For someone to call themselves a feminist but not to see the issue of including those lyrics in a song, featured in the album people believe solidifies Beyoncé as a feminist, is a bit irresponsible on her part. Also, in her own written articles or interviews, Beyoncé has shared very basic ideas one would hear in a Gender Studies 101 course. I believe the feminsit hype that surrounds her is more about her celebrity status than what she’s actually saying. The obsession over her being a feminist is what causes people to attack her intelligence. Also Beyoncé is vocal in safe, controlled spaces and avoids controversial topics. Not that these things make you dumb, but it doesn’t make you look smart either.
Other professionals have pointed out that Beyoncé has been called “dumb” for allegedly using Photoshop on her Instagram pictures, accusations that she stole performance and song ideas, and not providing much thought-provoking content. An office manager who works in the fashion industry noted that Beyoncé usually, if not always, appears very nervous when she speaks publicly, while others believe Beyoncé’s perfected image makes people want to create flaws for her to have. Andy Anderson, an IT Clinical Liaison who has a financial managerial background said, “I think she is obviously smart because she chooses not to say much. She’s got everything, so it makes people feel better about themselves to suggest that she may not have the intelligence they assume to have themselves.”
I do not blame Beyoncé for not revealing her true feelings about social injustice if every time she tries to take on a cause, she is accused of sounding incompetent and lacking authenticity. Public speaking is an acquired skill that needs constant improvement and with social media becoming an engine for malicious memes and Vines, one misstep would alter how the public perceives, perhaps, the biggest star on the planet. Interestingly enough, the intellect of her husband Jay Z and other male moguls (Diddy, Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerburg) is never questioned, nor are they severely ridiculed for not obtaining higher education.
Those of us who’ve graduated with degrees believe the education we’ve acquired makes us experts on any given liberal arts topic, including feminism. As a woman of color whose parents are immigrants, my relationship to feminism is not one dimensional. The feminist theories taught at the university level are based on ideas constructed by White women who have not had experience being a racial minority, nor do they have the cultural agency that comes along with it. If we believe the examples given define intellect, many of us will fall short due to the superficiality of these characterizations.
As millennial women, we are rapidly changing our gender roles by waiting longer for marriage, children and investing more in our professional brands. We are also changing the conversation regarding domestic violence: There are many of us who enjoy being a spectator to violent media content, but could never place ourselves in the shoes of someone on the receiving end of abuse, nor do we try to understand others who have. Even for those who have been abused, women still cross-examine others in order to verify the truth of her experience. By using these modules, it appears being dumb has nothing to do with IQ, but everything to do with how you perform gender roles in your personal or professional space. And that alone is flawed.
Do you think Beyoncé is as “dumb” as some try to make her seem? If so, what does “dumb” mean to you?
Last night was the Met Gala, the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in NYC. The theme for this year’s ball was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” so the stars were inspired by fashions from the far East. But were their looks a hit or a miss? We usually give you our two cents on the fashion moves of the stars, but this time around, we want to know your thoughts! Check out our favorite folks doing their thing on the red carpet and let us know if their ensembles were a hit or a miss.
Rocking custom Givenchy and the highest ponytail you ever did see, Bey was ready to come in and make a statement!