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Pass Or Play? Beyoncé Producer, Boots, Features Bey On New Song “Dreams”

April 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Producer Boots, born Jordy Asher, was a relative unknown when he signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation imprint. But with writing/producing credits on Beyoncé’s latest self titled album, for songs like “Drunk In Love,” “Partition,” “SuperPower” and “Flawless,” among others,  it was only a matter of time before his name got hot out here in these streets. Perhaps, with another Bey collaboration, this time on his own record, that time has come.

In a newly released song called “Dreams,” Boots, whose voice reminds me a lot of Frank Ocean’s (in the first verse), delivers a deceptively simple, almost monotone vocal, while Beyoncé harmonizes in the background. There’s a second verse where he takes it up a notch. And lastly, Beyoncé sings her own verse and gets kind of rough and gravely near the song’s conclusion. I’m a Bey fan but I won’t pretend that I’ve enjoyed everything she’s recorded…just most things. And with that being said, this song really does highlight her range.

Aside from the voices, the production will you have your head bobbing.

In an interview with Vogue, Boots explained how the two came to work together on this project:

“I love that the song has me and what I’m doing in my realm and her and what she’s doing in hers, and it’s so completely opposite but they work incredibly together,” he says. “It’s just a really cool testament to our friendship and relationship to do something like this, and as natural as it was for it to exist in the way that it’s going to exist. I feel like I’ve been given my wings to fly. It’s the greatest kind of cosign you could get, from someone who truly, truly believes in you. As gifted and as brilliant as she is, and she is, to be able to believe in me in that regard is a really special thing.”

And what makes a good thing even better is that proceeds from the sale of the song, which you can purchase for $.99, will go towards Day One, a nonprofit charity that attempts to help New York City’s youth end the cycle of dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocate and leadership development.

Respect.

“Dreams” is one of sixteen songs from Boots’ mixtape  WinterSpringSummerFall. He’s been releasing tracks since February. You can listen to more from the producer, including tracks from this particular mixtape here.

What do you think of the song? Are you digging it? Are you a fan of the songs Boots wrote/produced for the Beyonce album?

Spring Time Fly: Beyoncé And Blue Ivy Celebrate Easter

April 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Just like some of the other celebrities posted pictures of themselves and their children celebrating Easter, Beyoncé shared some pretty adorable moments with her family at a colorful villa, draped in flowers. There were adorable shots with Blue Ivy, Solange, nephew Juelz, husband Jay Z and an appearance from the Easter Bunny.

Get into the pictures on the following pages.

Source: Beyonce.com

Source: Beyoncé.com

Beyoncé posed in an affordable Topshop two piece which is now completely sold out. But if you’re trying to look like Mama Bey, you can shop similar looks on the site.

Tupac Holograms, Outkast Reunions, And Yonce: Top 10 Coachella Moments Past And Present

April 21st, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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In the past few years the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has become a staple in our community. Every year, our favorite celebrities and music lovers head to the west cost to celebrate music. However it wasn’t until 2010 that the first hip-hop headliner, Jay-Z, appeared. Ever since then, Coachella has served as one of the locations for the most epic reunions and moments. Check out our favorite Coachella moments from both past and present shows and let us know which ones you loved.

 

 

 

 

“Do I Owe Sallie Mae Or Do I Owe The Mob?”: Actress Rewrites Beyonce’s “Partition” As “Tuition”

April 17th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Chanel Carroll — “Actress. Pop Culture Enthusiast. Professional Award Show Commentator. Star on the Rise.” — has taken a tweak to Beyonce’s “Partition” and created “Tuition.”

“For four whole years I was at the club. Now I’m out of grace and that interest up.” Sing it, girl.

In related news, Sallie Mae reported an 18 percent drop in first quarter profits yesterday in large part due to the costs related to its loan management company Navient. Net income for Sallie Mae fell to $279 million, but on a high note for us, delinquency on loans fell to 3.4 percent, the lowest rate since 2008.

On a not-so-positive note, new expert analysis says that repayment programs based on income may not really save borrowers in the long run.

“If income-driven repayment were mandatory, some borrowers would end up carrying debt for many more years and paying more over the life of their loans,” said  Lauren Asher, president of TICAS, in a statement. There’s a move now to make the income-based option the default for borrowers, which, TICAS warns, would not be to the borrower’s benefit. Having that debt could prompt many to delay things like homeownership as well, says US News & World Report.

Further research shows “low-income students who attended more expensive colleges would receive a disproportionate share of benefits because more of their debt would be forgiven.”

Sigh… “Oh Sallie Sallie.”

[h/t Jezebel]

Start Stacking: Beyoncé And Jay Z To Tour Together

April 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We can’t say we didn’t see this coming. After showing up and performing at each other’s shows frequently and Jay Z mentioning that a duo tour with his wife Beyoncé was starting to “make sense” in an interview with Hot 97, there are rumblings that music’s first couple are embarking a stadium tour as soon as this summer.

Sources told The New York Post’s Page Six that Beyoncé and Jay Z tour would start in late June with the couple performing in New York on July 4.

I guess there’s no rest at the kingdom because both of them just came off tour. Jay performed 52 dates for his “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” tour in January and Bey just closed a whopping 132 shows for “The Mrs. Carter Show” in March.

I agree this does make sense for them at this time and there are a lot of salty…or eager Bey fans who want to hear her perform songs from her latest surprise album.

All I know is tickets are about to be cray-zee.

What do you think about a tour with these two? Will you try to check them out?

[Photos] Beyoncé Enjoys Coachella Music Festival With Solange, Jay Z And (Queen) Tina Knowles

April 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you over the weekend that Beyoncé hopped on stage with sister Solange during Solo’s performance at Coachella. Of course, that wouldn’t be the only stop Bey (who was just named the most important person in music right now by People) would make in Indio, California. Along with her family (Blue sat this one out and Mama Tina took her place), she took in the sights, sounds, and flowing drinks that were made available to folks at the popular festival, and it looks like she had a very good time. Quite a few pictures from this weekend were shared on Beyoncé’s Tumblr, which included Mama Tina and Solange getting their boogie on, and Bey and Jay taking their private jet to the festival. Must be nice! Check out a wealth of colorful shots here and on the next couple of pages.

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Oooh Kill ‘Em! Beyonce And Solange Perform At Coachella Together

April 13th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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If you skipped out on Coachella this year you might be kicking yourself in the butt right now. Last night, in a rare occurence, Beyonce surprised fans at the annual outdoor concert and hit the stage to perform with her sister Solange.

Bey joined her baby sister during the final act of her set for what was quite possibly the cutest sisterly dance routine we’ve seen in a minute.

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Dancing along playfully to “Losing You,” we love that the sisters looked like they were having so much fun together on stage, as opposed to performing a heavily rehearsed routine. And you could feel the love between the two who were all smiles during the set, ending the show with a huge hug.

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Bey actually wasn’t the only mega-star to surprise Coachella attendees last night. Her hubby, Jay Z, also snuck up on fans during Nas’ set and, of course, massive screaming and yelling ensued. Check out Beyonce and Solange below. Cute right?

Doing The Most: 15 Of The Most Ridiculous Beyonce Rumors

April 10th, 2014 - By M A
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Beyonce is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world so it comes as no surprise that she is also the subject of incredible speculation and some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous rumors. Though Queen Bey seems to take it all in stride, we couldn’t help but call out some of the most insane, off-the-wall and absolutely ludicrous whispers even a Beyhive hater wouldn’t believe. So without further adieu, her are the most ridiculous beyonce rumors to hit the web.

[Photos] Beyoncé & Jay Z Celebrate Six Years Of Love In The Dominican Republic With Blue Ivy

April 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Six years of marriage is worth at least a nice dinner somewhere fancy, but if you’re one of the wealthiest couples on the planet, it’s worth a tropical trip to the Dominican Republic. Now that the Mrs. Carter World Tour has ended, Beyoncé and Jay Z had time to take Blue Ivy and jet to the DR for an extended family vacation.

According to E! Online, at one point in their vacation, the couple was spotted at a local bar at the Casa de Comp resort mingling with other patrons:

A source tells E! News, “They were sitting at the bar,” adding that at one point, Jay Z tapped a man on the back who was “wearing a Brooklyn Nets shirt, and said ‘cool shirt man.’ ” The insider also noted that the couple looked happy and in love, and sharing that Beyoncé “looked beautiful” (as if we would think otherwise).

Jay was also reportedly spotted by people as he pushed Blue on a swing on the playground at the resort.

As cute as all that sounds, you can actually see how much fun the couple had because quite a few photos were shared through Beyoncé’s Tumblr of time the couple spent together, them playing with the growing Blue Ivy (in her colorful swimsuits), and Bey by herself, reflecting. Check all that out on the next couple of pages. As Jay would say, life is but a beach chair!

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“He’s Probably Wearing It To Say He’s Proud Of His Family” Insight On The Jay Z 5 Percenter Medallion

April 9th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 

Jay Z turned more than a few heads rocking a gold 5 Percent Nation medallion at a Brooklyn Nets game over the weekend.

The New York Post reported that some members of the radical Islamic group were displeased, because Hov is not a practicing member of their faith.

But what some of the media coverage around this latest ‘controversy’ has missing is the long-standing connection between hip-hop and the 5 Percenters — and Jay’s own background with the group.

Founded in 1963 by former Nation of Islam member Clarence 13X (Clarence Smith), the Five Percent Nation (also known as The Nation of Gods and Earths) came together in Harlem against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.

Much like the NOI, the Five Percenters integrated Islamic teachings with messages of black empowerment and social reform.

Practitioners count themselves among the 5 percent of people who are righteous teachers of truth, while they believe another 10 percent of the population controls the remaining 85 using false teachings.

Read more about Jay Z and the 5 Percent Nation at TheGrio.com 

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