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The Internet Reacts To The Kanye And Jay-Z Feud

October 21st, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Earlier today, we reported on a feud brewing between Kanye West and Jay-Z; “Kanye West is not very happy with Jay-Z right now. And of course, the reason has to do with his wife, Kim. During Kanye’s concert in Seattle Wednesday night, he lashed out at his Watch the Throne collaborator, telling the crowd (and Jay-Z we presume):“Don’t call me after the robbery and say, ‘How you feelin’?’ You wanna know how I’m feeling? Come by the house … Bring the kids by the house, like we’re brothers. “It went into some Tidal/Apple political s–t about percentage on songs. I can’t take this s–t, bro! Our kids have never even played together, ” our report read.

And while we can all relate to feeling angry when friends don’t show up for us the way we would like them to, Black Twitter doesn’t feel the least bit sympathetic for Kanye.


See why, below.

“Our Kids Have Never Even Played Together” Is Anybody Surprised By The Jay Z Kanye West Fallout?

October 21st, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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If you haven’t already heard, Kanye West is not very happy with Jay Z right now. And of course the reason has to do with his wife, Kim.

During Kanye’s concert in Seattle Wednesday night, he lashed out at his Watch the Throne collaborator, telling the crowd (and Jay Z we presume):

“Don’t call me after the robbery and say, ‘How you feelin’?’ You wanna know how I’m feeling? Come by the house … Bring the kids by the house, like we’re brothers.

“It went into some Tidal/Apple political s–t about percentage on songs. I can’t take this s–t, bro! Our kids have never even played together.”

The Kanye West Jay Z bromance died out in the minds of many of the rappers’ fans around the same time as the fanfare for “N-ggas in Paris.” In fact, when Jay and Beyoncé didn’t attend Kim and Kanye’s wedding May 24, 2014, some thought the relationship was as good as dead; and we all assumed the reason for skipping out on the festivities had to do with Kanye’s choice in a partner rather than any substantial beef between the two.

Now here we are two years later with Kanye choosing to use his wife’s controversial robbery as the breaking point for his relationship with the man he calls his brother while most of us are thinking, “I always wondered if Blue and North ever hung out.” Without a shadow of a doubt, that speculation has now turned into a firm no and, as bad as it sounds, I applaud Jay Z and Beyonce for keeping their child away from the circus that is the Kardashian klan. While it’s sad two creative geniuses who’ve built a friendship off of making great music together no longer see eye to eye, family has to come first. And for the Carters, I believe business comes second. The Kardashians aren’t good for Blue Ivy and they’re certainly not good for either one’s brand. It’s a concept we think the “Golddigger” Kanye would understand, but as many of us have lamented over the years that we lost that brotha a long time ago.

I’d also wager Kim isn’t the only deciding factor in Jay Z distancing himself from Ye — though she’s likely one of the biggest. Kanye continues to pride himself on sticking his foot in his mouth under the guise of artistry and suffers from one social media controversy after another. If his social media persona is an extension of his true self, it’s not hard to understand the need for some space — especially if you’re dealing with the type to air his grievances out before a crowd of tens of thousands and add an extra layer of drama to the fallout.

I love the Kanye West Jay Z bromance. Ever since Kanye jumped for joy over Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement at the VMAs in 2011 like she was having his baby, we’ve known Jay is the big bro Ye always wanted, needed and respects. But just like Kanye has to do what’s best for his family, Jay Z has to do the same for his. And right now that appears to be keeping them away from the Kardashians instead of keeping up with them. Is he wrong?

Jay-Z Says The War On Drugs Is An Epic Fail, Do You Agree?

September 15th, 2016 - By madamenoire
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From HelloBeautiful

Rapper and businessman Jay Z blasted the War on Drugs in a blistering op-ed short film for The New York Times.

Narrated by Jay Z and artist Molly Crabapple, the film goes through the history of the War on Drugs. From the Nixon administration to the Rockefeller Drug Laws and the increase of incarceration rates in the ’90s, this film was reportedly a year in the making.

Writer, filmmaker, and co-author of Jay Z’s biography Decoded, Dream Hampton approached the Drug Alliance policy about working with Revolve Impact, an organization that “combines organizing and the creative arts to drive communities to action.”

Dream wanted to challenge the issue originally raised by author Michelle Alexander in her 2014 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which asks the question, “Why are white men poised to get rich doing the very same thing that African-American boys and men had long been going to prison for?”

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Beyoncé’s Soul Train-Themed Birthday Party Was Everything, And We Weren’t Even Invited

September 6th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While you were probably somewhere wining at a backyard BBQ last night, Beyonce spent her labor day celebrating her 35th birthday (which was on September 4). She had a Soul Train party set in the 1970s, and invited all of her celebrity friends to come through. Of course, they had to dress the part to attend, so you know the stars went all out:

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz were matching mates:

Usher, with a supersized ‘fro, and Jay Z, dressed pretty much like Jimi Hendrix, snapped a picture together:

👀 Happy Birthday Beyoncé!

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Hey, La La and Carmelo:

Kendrick Lamar and his fiancee also stepped out in style:

A side view of the platforms because they make the outfit, of course:

Solange, her son Julez and hubby Alan Ferguson all looked very chic — as to be expected:

Solange and Family arriving at her sister Beyonce Birthday Bash #beyoncesoultrainbdayparty #solange #juelz

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After her 308th Grand Slam win, Serena Williams stopped by Bey’s party:

Diddy looking like a pimp named Slickback and his lady, Cassie:

Stylist June Ambrose looked fierce, as usual:

#juneafterdark Happy Birthday B from the bathtub! #beyssoultrainbdayparty

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Chanel Iman, who I adored in a bell-sleeved and bell-bottom number:

Soul train vibes for 👑🐝 Birthday

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Loving this look on supermodel Joan Smalls:

It's all in the 70's details By the cool and talented @michaelsilvahair & @porschefabulous

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Jourdan Dunn was also a stunner:

✨The Team came thru with the 70's Realness ✨ @lacyredway @patrickta @erinwalshnyc @nailsbymarysoul

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Janelle Monae was a houndstooth dream:

Michelle Williams went for a Cher look to her stylist Diandre’s Sonny:

Kelly Rowland was there to give Donna Summer realness:

Musicians Chloe and Halle also looked mighty fierce:

And Chance the Rapper came through dressed like Shaolin Fantastic from The Get Down:

Beyoncé x Chance the Rapper

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Check out more images from Bey’s 35th birthday bash and get some ideas for your own upcoming celebrations (Because clearly my game night and pizza idea is not going to cut it…):

Beyoncé x Jay Z dancing #SoulTrainThemedBDayParty

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#Beyonce & Blue dancing to #WorkItOut last night

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Blue wishing Beyoncé a happy birthday 💙💙💙 Blue tasting the cake 😩😂

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Beyoncé's #SoulTrain themed birthday party tonight.

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Usher @usher headed to #beyssoultrainbdayparty #beyonce #soultrain #usher

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Ty and Bey😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍#beyonce #bey #soultrain #beyoncésoultrainthemedparty

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#Beyoncé and #SeanCarter arriving at #Beyonce's #SoulTrain themed party last night. #beyssoultrainbdayparty

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Absolutely, positively here for all of it.

#RelationshipGoals: Modern Lovers Coloring Book Lets You Color Your Fave Celeb Couples

August 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I live for a good coloring book. And as we’ve discussed around these parts, you should invest in one since adult coloring books help alleviate stress. If you’re still on the lookout and just so happen to be a hopeless romantic, I have the perfect option for you: Modern Lovers: The Relationship Goals Coloring Book. 

Brought to you by Belly Kids, the book pays homage to some of the celebrity couples people can’t seem to get enough of. The curator of the coloring book, Michael Coley, told Mashable that the artists behind each of the illustrations wanted to create “a picture of love gone right.”

“We’ve come together to create something fun, cute, a little bit dorky but immensely positive and warming.”

The book includes the likes of Bey and Jay (drawn by Elena Boils), Kim and Kanye, and though she’s never claimed him publicly, Rihanna and Drake. Fictional couples even get some love, including Mulder and Scully from The X-Files and Jon Snow and Ygritte from Game of Thrones.

With the right set of colored pencils, a pencil sharpener on deck, and a glass of wine, this coloring book seems like it will give you quite a bit of entertainment — and of course, all the relationship goals. It can be yours for just $9.

You Must See These Behind The Scenes Pics Of King Bey’s Lemonade

August 23rd, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In April of this year, Beyoncé released her sixth album Lemonade and four months after its debut, the album continues to tug on the heartstrings of new and old fans. Knowing the profound impact it still has on listeners (and viewers), Yoncé and her team decided to share never before seen pictures of the various music video sets in Louisiana  and the cast joking around with one another.

You’ll even be privy to Blue Ivy beating Jay-Z in a game of football, Bey jumping on mattresses and Zendaya smizing for the cameras.

Behind The Scenes Of Lemonade


Dame Dash Reveals How Yoncé’s And Rachel Roy’s Lemonade Saga Affected His Children

July 1st, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The most memorable, if not iconic, lyric from Beyoncé’s riveting Lemonade is from her song Sorry, where King Bey eloquently riffs, “He better call Becky with the good hair”  about a cheating partner’s side-piece.

The song, along with the entire album, stirred controversy around Bey’s marriage to Jay Z since most of its songs allude to a partner committing adultery and how to overcome that. Beyoncé’s die-hard fans, the BeyHive, began speculating that the album was an autobiographical body of work and began a witch hunt to find Jay Z’s alleged mistress.

But they didn’t have to look too far.

During Lemonade’s HBO premiere, fashion designer Rachel Roy who was married to Jay Z’s ex-business partner Dame Dash uploaded the photo below with the following caption: “Good hair don’t care but we will take good lighting for selfies or self-truths, always. Live in the light. #NoDramaQueens.” 



Once the photo and its shady caption went live, the BeyHive, began to attack Roy, accusing her of being “Becky.” And unfortunately, their stings also landed on her and Dame Dash’s children.

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood Live, Dash revealed to Kit Hoover and Arsenio Hall  how the BeyHive’s behavior has affected his kids:

The only issue I had is them putting pressure on my children. And for me it’s the history between me and Jay and me being his partner at the time in Roc-A-Fella and Rocawear and all that and [his] best friend… Of course on a human level, it would bother me.

The worst disrespect of all time is to disrespect someone’s children… The way I was feeling about it, is that anyone who would harass a child is a coward. I have been in rap for a while but I have never had anyone disrespect my child.

Dash also told the hosts that he has objective opinions about the Roy-Beyoncé- Lemonade saga but definitely addressed it with his therapist.


Watch his full interview, here.

Beyoncé’s CFDA Speech Had Mama Tina Crying And Jay Z Beaming With Pride

June 7th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, Beyoncé, in addition to being on tour, took some time out to collect an award. This particular one, given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), was for being a Fashion Icon. The singer, accompanied by her husband and daughter, wore a sparkly Givenchy suit, paired with an obnoxiously large hat. Designer Diane von Furstenberg presented her with the award.

But the real highlight of the night, aside from Blue Ivy waving a disapproving finger at the paparazzi, was Beyoncé’s acceptance speech. In it she slyly called out the narrow-mindedness and *cough* racism *cough* of the fashion industry, celebrated the ingenuity generations of her family used to help their children achieve their dreams and tasked the industry to showcase diverse body types.

“As long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life. Its affect on me actually started before I was born. Most of you guys don’t know this but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money. They could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition. So my grandmother sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made the uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education. She then passed this gift down to my mother and taught her how to sew.

When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four Black, country, curvy girls. And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But, like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle Johnny, God bless his soul, designed all of our first costumes and made each piece by hand, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. But when I wore these clothes on stage, I felt like Khaleesi I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.

And my mother, who is so fabulous and beautiful and is here tonight— I love you— my mother, my grandmother and my uncle were always with me so I could not fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress and the list goes on and on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity, expression and strength. It transcends style and is a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones. So to my mother, my uncle, my grandma, thank y’all. Thank you for showing me that having a presence is far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me to never take no for an answer. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard and live life on my own terms.

I want to say thank you to every designer that works tirelessly to make people feel like they can write their own story. Y’all are fairy godmothers and magicians and sculptors, sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power that you have or take it lightly. We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection.

Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see. And you have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower and to show people how to embrace their complications and see the flaws and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award. I’ll never forget this night. And God bless y’all. Thank you.

You can listen to Beyoncé’s full speech in the video below.

Jay Z Finally Responds To Lemonade With New Rap, And It’s Pretty Underwhelming

May 25th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Lemonade has been out for a month now, and while everyone spent their time trying to find “Becky with the good hair,” Jay Z was out here trying to find the right way to respond to it all. And while no reply probably would have been the best way to go, there was talk of an entire response album, and there have even been rumors about a possible joint album with Beyoncé. But Jay decided to say a little something in the new remix for Fat Joe, Remy Ma and French Montana’s hit song, “All The Way Up.” To be honest, it was kind of underwhelming. But then again, the whole remix was pretty flat for me.

In his verse, the rapper said, “You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions/Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is/Survival of the littest/Ni–as who really up versus ni–as up in your business.”

There was also a line near the end of his verse where Jay Z mentioned Prince and the late icon’s partnership with his streaming company, Tidal.

“Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/We never gonna let the elevator take him down.”

That is, of course, a reference to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and the “Are we going to let the elevator bring us down?” line. But it could also be in reference to the 2014 elevator incident between Jay and Solange Knowles. You never know. Either way, clever wordplay there.

You can check out the song exclusively on Tidal, and images of the reunited and it feels so good couple out on a dinner date in NYC last night below.

Beyonce and Jay Z

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Beyonce and Jay Z

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Beyonce and Jay Z

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Thoughts on his verse?

Jay Z’s Allegedly Working On An Album Response To “Lemonade” And I Don’t Want It

May 4th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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😒😕😂😂 #jayzandbeyonce #lemonade

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If you’ve been wondering how Jay Z’s managed to stay quiet in the midst of Internet slander and women and men all over the world essentially calling him the dumbest and most ungrateful man alive for cheating on Beyonce, here’s a clue: rumor has it he’s saving his response for the studio.

This morning, US Weekly published a report from an insider close to the couple who claims “Jay is working on an album telling his side of things.” Say it ain’t so. No really, someone in Jay Z’s camp please, say it ain’t so.

Last Monday, I wrote a piece about Lemonade, the first offering from Beyonce that actually caused me to look at her as a human being rather than a robotic symbol of perfection so concerned with her image and her reign as Queen Bey she lost her voice when it came to issues that mattered, unless it was for material gain. Lemonade literally fed my soul in the most unexpected way because, contrary to many memes and mainstream reviews of the body of work, overcoming infidelity in a marriage was the least important message to digest. Lemonade was about the spirit of Black women, our sisterhood, our resilience, our legacy of turning the most sour of circumstances into something beautiful to be experienced by those we love. It’s for that reason that I don’t need a recorded response from Jay Z to her album, no matter how much it may satisfy my curiosity.

In last week’s episode of Did Y’all See? I admitted that I really didn’t care whether Lemonade was based in truth or not. Enough women have experienced the heartbreak of cheating that to place herself in the shoes of those women and offer up songs of pain, solidarity, and hope that women from all walks of life could identify with,  Beyonce did a great service, in my mind. If Lemonade is factual, Beyonce’s work is extremely courageous and vulnerable. If it’s fiction, I still consider the album and its accompanying visuals an overwhelmingly selfless work of art. If Jay Z releases an album spilling tea all over Bey’s Lemonade, I’ll be right back where I started 11 days before teetering on the fence between Beyhive member and music appreciator: There’s little these disillusioned individuals won’t do for the sake of having their names roll off the tongue of every man, woman, and child, and collecting the type of million dollar checks that come with that level of notoriety.

As interesting as it would be to hear what Jay Z has to say about stepping out on Bey, and as supportive as I am of real conversations about infidelity that don’t reduce men’s decision to cheat in monogamous arrangements as a consequence of biology, an album of this sort would do nothing more than cheapen Lemonade. If Jay Z were to deliver his own sweet tasting, I’d have no choice but to question Beyonce’s album — not the factual accuracy of it, but the motive behind it — as many naysayers have been doing since its release April 23. Instead of believing, as I do now, that Beyonce bared her soul and exposed the wounds of her mother at the hands of her father and former manager for the sake of reminding women not to quit on themselves and that we all have “stuff,” I’d have no choice but to view Lemonade as an opportunistic gimmick. And as much as that would have me in my feelings, I’d feel far worse for the mothers of Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin whose real tales of strife were woven into Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s plan from the jump and exploited, as Piers Morgan has charged, for capital gain. In short, all the respect I gained for Bey last Saturday would be lost and likely never regained because in many Black women’s minds, Lemonade is far more than a he said/she said marital battle, and if Beyonce and Jay Z see adultery as nothing more than a behavior to harness in lyrics for their misuse, then, as one coworker simply pointed out, “I need folks to be deeper than that.”

Truthfully, I wouldn’t mind one song from Jay Z owning his mistakes and walking us through the process of reconciliation from his side, but anything more than that at this point is not only too soon, but inappropriate. Beyonce, through her lyrics, album visuals, and the poetry of Warsan Shire spoke a word for Black women and Black girls everywhere. Jay Z is a man who considers his mere presence a charity; I don’t need an inauthentic donation from him to overshadow all Lemonade stands for for women like me.

So like I always hope when TMZ reports the death of an entertainer before anyone else, I’m going to wish upon a star that US Weekly and their insider got this news wrong and Jay isn’t even considering, let alone currently working, on an album as brazen as what I consider his retort would be. But then again, when you’re talking about a man with a God complex, a project like this is very likely.