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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, coupled-up women everywhere are wondering what they’re going to get this weekend. If you haven’t dropped your hints just yet, check out these romantic gifts from celebrity men and get inspired. These husbands, boyfriends (some are now exes) went all out to surprise their significant others with just what they wanted for Valentine’s Day. Or better yet, something fabulous that they never expected.
An $8 million dollar necklace may not be in your boo’s budget. But a girl can dream, right?
Check out the fabulous gifts these guys provided for their ladies and get in the Valentine’s Day spirit. And yes, there is such a thing, thank you very much.
Plane Tickets To Anywhere In The World
Right on time for a Valentine’s Day trip around the world, Russell Wilson, who was crowned MVP at the Pro Bowl recently, was given plane tickets to anywhere he wants to go. He said he’s taking Ciara with him, and they will go wherever she chooses!
Back in October, after the Tidal concert, I wrote a piece about why I was still not completely sold on the music, streaming service yet. I mentioned the fact that up until this point, the brand seemed to be relying on star power rather than actual product. And the concert, which was supposed to be huge, with incredible celebrity talent left quite a few people disappointed.
The one highlight from the concert was that the money was going to be going to charity. In October, the name or type of charity hadn’t been announced yet. Which caused alarm for some people. “Why won’t he name the charity?” “This just means that money is going right back into his pocket.”
But this week we learned that wasn’t the case at all. According to The Grio, Jay Z and the people at Tidal donated $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups including the Dream Defenders, the Black Youth Project.
Some of the funds will also be allocate to organizations created by family members of police brutality victims like the Oscar Grant Foundation and the Trayvon Martin Foundation. All of the funding came from that concert.
I have to admit, it’s quite impressive.
So much so, that when I heard the news I immediately thought about signing up for the service. I’m still conflicted about whether or not I need a music streaming service at all. I just canceled Apple Music after that free trial. But I’m convinced that if I had to choose one, it would be Tidal for the simple fact that their most recent moves seem to prove that they really are for the people and are hearing their concerns.
Many of us have known this about Jay Z and Beyoncé for some time now though. We remember them showing up to the Trayvon Martin rally. Writer dream hampton talked about how the Carters “wired tens of thousands” of dollars to bail Black Lives Matter protestors out of jail after they’d been arrested.
And then we can’t ignore the in your face Blackness of Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, her trip to Haiti to assist with their children’s hospital. And that’s not to mention the very practical way Beyoncé is planning to give back to Flint, Michigan by starting a children’s fund to help the children affected by the lead-contaminated water.
I’ve certainly had my criticisms of the brand before. But money talks and I like they that are publicly putting it in places that are important to me and many others in the Black community.
Does the recent donation to Black Lives Matter change your opinion about Tidal? Does it make you want to buy the service?
How long is too long to wait for him to put a ring on it? How about seven years? Maybe 10 years? What about 15? We wonder if these stars had a number in mind before they joined the list of celebrities who waited the longest to get engaged. Some aren’t even interested in getting to married after many years together. Could you do it?
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
Can putting off marriage be a sign that something is off? Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were together for quite a long time. We’re talking between 1998 and 2012. And despite that, and the two children they brought into the world during that time, the good-looking pair never married. Maybe Paradis never wanted to be Depp’s Mrs.?
But when Johnny Depp met Amber Heard, it didn’t take long for them to fall in love, and for him to put a ring on it, which shocked a lot of people. While he didn’t propose to Paradis during their time together, he proposed to Heard in 2014 and the couple were married in 2015.
Even though photos have made it seem like Rita Ora and Jay Z were pretty tight, the 24-year-old singer is not happy at Roc Nation, Jay Z’s music management company and record label.
Today, Ora filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court seeking a declaratory judgment that the recording agreement she signed in 2008, at 18-years-old, violates California law and is therefore unenforceable.
What has given Miss Ora this sudden change of heart?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s suddenly felt “orphaned” by the company since Jay Z has been preoccupied by his new sports management business and other endeavors.
Documents submitted in the case say:
“When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist,” states the complaint. “As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.”
Those other endeavors include references to Tidal. The lawsuit paints Roc Nation as a “diminished record label” with “only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists.”
Ora’s attorneys also claim that she has been funding most of her recent television appearances, recording costs and video projects.
The suit is complicated by the fact that in 2013, Roc Nation switched their distribution from Sony to Universal. Rita has been reportedly left behind at Sony.
Her complaint states that “Rita is caught in a political quagmire of dysfunction.”
Ora hopes to use California Labor Code §2855 or the “Seven Year Rule” to get out of the contact. The Seven Year rule states that an artist “cannot be subject to a contract to perform personal services beyond seven years from the beginning of the deal.”The seven year rule has been controversial in the music industry when artists wait years before making a record.
Lastly, her complaint claims “Rita’s relationship with Roc Nation is irrevocably damaged. Fortunately for Rita, the California legislature had the foresight to protect its artists from the sorts of vicissitudes she’s experienced with Roc Nation.”
Well, this is particularly risky.
There are some pretty strong adjectives in this complaint. So much so that Roc Nation and its executives just might take offense to some of these allegations. Even if Roc Nation does decide to release her from her contract, this verbiage might inspire someone to make it very hard for her to work in the music business moving forward.
What do you think about the lawsuit? Did Rita and her attorneys go about this the right way?
Alicia Keys & Jay Z To Serve As Keynote Speakers For Harvard’s African American Student Union Conference
It has been six years since concrete jungle natives Alicia Keys and Jay Z teamed up to rep their hometown with “Empire State of Mind,” but the duo have big plans up their sleeve for the new year.
Both Keys and Z have been named as keynote speakers for Harvard Universities H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference, which is being launched by the business school’s African American Student Union. The two will share wise words of wisdom they’ve gained throughout their life and career with students at the event, alongside American Express CEO Kennth Chenault, and managing director of Bain Capital, Deval Patrick.
The annual conference, which is titled “Transcend: Redefining Expectations,” will take place from Feb. 5 – 7, 2016 and focus on owning and operating Black businesses, impactful networking events, TED talks and panel discussions.
“We aim to celebrate African-American achievements, inspire many new milestones, and provide a forum for attendees to take on issues facing our community such as: What is the African-American business community’s response to social injustice? Where do African-Americans fit in to the ever expanding definition of diversity?” the AASU website reads.
Congratulations to both Alicia Keys and Jay Z for making an impact on the culture and continuing to spread their wisdom on various platforms.
The Carter’s do not play when it comes to their family costumes for Halloween. While the trio were artists last year (Beyonce was Frida Kahlo, Blue dressed up as Picasso Baby and Jay donned his best Jean-Michel Basquiat gear), this year they spent Halloween as characters from Eddie Murphy’s 1988 classic, Coming to America.
No need to hit Netflix for who they were, the exact costumes are as follows: Jay Z is Prince Akeem of Zamunda, Beyoncé is Queen Aoleon of Zamunda, and Blue Ivy is Imani Izzi, the woman who will never become Princess of Zamunda, no matter how long she jumps on one foot and barks like a dog. But please, go check out this classic flick and you’ll see how perfectly they nailed the regal characters.
Beyonce’s colourful costume was a gorgeous two-piece from a brand called Demestiks from New York City. Selected by stylist Ty Hunter, it was complimented by a headwrap and ornate beaded necklace. She paired the look with a skunk-printed fur, chunky earrings and black and white fringed sandals and carried a large golden goblet filled with rose petals (just like the one in the movie). She later removed her fur and larger head wrap, revealing a smaller, yellow leopard-printed one.
Meanwhile, her hip-hop mogul hubby’s costume was also on point in a tuxedo complete with a leopard-skin stole. He even nailed Akeem’s long braid, bedazzled wedge cap, and we hear he used Akeem’s accent while joking with photographers.
But the star of their movie tribute was definitely Blue Ivy. As seen in a family pic Bey posted on Instagram on Sunday, their daughter wore a gold patterned dress and high ponytail, resembling Imani Izzi, Akeem’s submissive bride and “queen-to-be,” played by Vanessa Bell Calloway.
After watching the Halloween parade as a family, word is that the couple went out for some adult time at a party at the 1 OAK nightclub.
Last weekend, Bey also dressed up for a party, wearing an X-Men outfit to fellow R&B star Ciara’s costume-themed birthday bash.
For years, there have been whispers about an affair between Rihanna and Jay Z. But it seems that we can now lay those rumors to rest. According to the New York Daily News, Rihanna’s former publicist Jonathan Hay recently came clean about fanning the rumors to promote the singer’s debut single, “Pon de Replay.”
“I apologized to her … this whole thing is very awkward,” Hay told the publication via email.
Hay, who says that he previously apologized to Jay Z for the stunt, issued a public apology to Beyoncé on “Inside Edition” Friday.
“The PR stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break ‘Pon de Replay,’” he wrote. “It was reckless, and I didn’t think it was going to work. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick.”
Hay recently received a copy of J. Randy Taraborelli’s forthcoming Beyoncé biography, Becoming Beyoncé: The Untold Story, which touches on the rumors and is apparently what pushed Hay to come clean.
“I was blindsided by the news of ‘Becoming Beyoncé’ coming out and it couldn’t come at a worse time for me,” Hay said in a statement. “I’m currently releasing projects with my label Urban Hitchcock through Tidal, a company that is owned by Jay Z and Beyoncé … Hopefully, this news hasn’t ruined that relationship for me.”
Hay never spoke with Taraborelli directly, but he says that he did speak to the author’s researcher.
“I didn’t think it would be this big story,” Hay wrote. “But now, seeing Beyoncé on the cover of this book and knowing that people are profiting from speculations and opinions about her really turns my stomach.”
“I’m ashamed that I’m even talking about this. I just want to put this rumor to rest once and for all,” he concluded.
As previously reported, Taraborelli’s book hits stands October 27.
When I heard the news that Tidal was hosting a concert featuring Prince, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Usher and more I immediately hopped on G Chat to let my sister and friends know that it was probably the place we needed to be on October 20.
My sister, the ticket purchaser extraordinaire, volunteered to stare at her screen until 12 pm when the tickets were available. None of us are Tidal subscribers so we had to wait until they became available to the general public. Well, they never really did.
Thankfully, there’s StubHub. But if you’ve ever used the service you know people can be a bit outrageous with their asking prices. So we waited for the date to near and the ticket prices to come down some. In the meantime, I bought a cheap flight to Puerto Rico and Victoria (our Senior Editor) remembered she was saving for a wedding and that money could probably be put to good use elsewhere. So we dropped out.
But my sister and her friend were still down and they purchased tickets for $150 each.
They ended up being somewhere in the nosebleed section but they were going to see quite a few of their faves under one roof. Surely, it would be worth it.
When my sister came home last night, after the concert, she didn’t come in humming a tune. Her voice wasn’t hoarse from screaming and singing at the top of her lungs. She came in silently. I had to ask her how it went.
“It was terrible.”
She said that when she and her friend got there they noticed that Prince’s name was no longer on the flier. They thought it was weird but would eventually learn that he had pulled out of the performance all together.
Then artists like Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and even Usher only sang 1-2 songs.
And Beyoncé, the greatest entertainer of our time? She didn’t even get a set to herself. She only appeared on stage to slay with Nicki Minaj during “Feelin’ Myself” and alongside her husband for “Holy Grail.”
No wonder the homie Prince had to back out. Which two Prince songs would you want to hear in concert? That’s an impossible question to answer. I want to hear 20 Prince songs…at least.
While I was thankful that I didn’t spend my own money on what would have been an epic let down, I was also disappointed for my sister and for Tidal at large.
At the end of the day, I would love for Tidal to win; but up until now, they really haven’t shown me anything that proves they deserve to.
For centuries, artists, particularly Black artists have been screwed out of their fair share. The record companies never let them see it. Their managers and lawyers take it. And now, in this digital age, fans can listen to the music, virtually any time they want, and the artist is not compensated for it.
As a fellow creative, I know, fundamentally, that’s not right.
And while I would love for Jay Z, a Black businessman to be the one to change the game and bring power back to the people who create the music and culture we love, he seems to keep missing opportunities to do just that.
At the press conference when the service was first announced, all of the celebrities trotted out and stood in a line, smiling before signing a paper. Alicia Keys made a speech about changing the game but I still didn’t understand exactly what I was supposed to be buying into. And I just can’t afford to pay $20 for a service of which I haven’t been convinced.
Instead of using the press conference as a time to tell the people what it’s like to feel used and abused as an artist, the world’s most financially successful musicians smiled and asked for even more of our money.
That’s ballsy particularly when there are services that will do it for free. See Spotify, Pandora etc.
I can’t help but get the impression that Jay Z and his executive board felt like their mere presence and star power would be enough for the people. And when it comes to $20 a month, after we already support these artists’ albums, tours and art, it’s a bit much. At the very least, it will take some convincing.
This is the same thing that happened last night at the Barclays Center. The most successful names in music stood out, gave us a sampling of their talent and then dipped. Thankfully, the money went to “nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing positive community relations and effecting systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies,” but once again, the consumer was left uninformed and slighted.
It’s been a rough start for the brand. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a way to both market the product better and actually appeal to the customer’s needs and wants rather than just relying on celebrity.
We love the Carters around here. They don’t sign our checks like some of you are inclined to believe but they’re pretty awesome. And if I had to pick a favorite Carter…it’s still Beyoncé, but Blue is a very close second.
The girl just has so much personality. And all that spirit and spunk can be seen in the images her mama recently posted on her website from the family’s European vacation.
Yes, we already posted about the family’s amazing vacation here but this post is all about Miss. Blue. Check out some of the adorable images on the following pages.
We don’t know Blue Ivy personally, but what we do know is that this child is sassy, curious and full of style. Blue Ivy Carter is the daughter of Beyonce, international singer and dancer, and Jay Z, businessman and rapper.
One thing for sure is that Blue definitely has a great fashion sense. Whether she’s yachting in a fabulous locale with her parents or having brunch on one her days off, she is always together and dressed for the occasion.
Who could resist this delicious Blue Ivy photo Beyonce recently shared on Instagram from one of her Vogue magazine shoots? We can just imagine how many mommy-daughter matching fits they have.
This little girl has a thing for sundresses. We love this floral number with the brown sandals.
Blue Ivy matches mom last summer.