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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.
Minister Louis Farrakhan, being the great orator that he is, sat down to speak with a Muslim woman and a man who were asking him questions about his take on recent events in the Hip Hop. If you haven’t noticed, Farrakhan has been reaching out to different influencers in the community to spread his message, likely promote his upcoming Million Man March and shake some things up in the Black community.
It’s needed and I appreciate him engaging.
If you’ve ever listened to him, you know that there is a lot of truth behind his words, particularly when it comes to racism in this country. He’s almost always on point. But when it comes to women, a recent video shared on his Facebook page proves that he has some more work to do.
The woman sitting at the table asked Minister Farrakhan: What is [a woman’s] specific role as a female artist?
Keep that question in mind.
In answering it, Farrakhan with all the eloquence, smoothness and charm of an old, Black granddaddy who used to be a playboy back in the day, explains his stance. See what he had to say and then we’ll discuss.
After applauding Beyoncé, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj for both their talent and physical beauty, he said:
“Today you strip the woman of her clothes. How can a man think straight, looking at the beauty of Beyoncé?”
So then the woman attempts to ask him another question, “So what would you say to…”
Farrakhan finishes by asking: Her managers?
And then he was off:
Help us to be more sane. A man is made into a dog by a way a woman presents herself to a man. There ain’t no preacher out there that’s that holy that a woman can disrobe herself and a man can still think Bible, still think Quran. How do you rule a man? You rule him by the beauty of your body and the suggestion of sex. So when you strip a woman down, a man becomes a dog. You don’t make a man? You make him to treat you like an object of sex instead of the creative genius that you are.
You have to educate the managers. Jay Z is a good man. Jay Z is a good manager. But now, your woman is on display. Do you want men looking at your woman, being tempted by your woman, to make advances at your woman? Who wouldn’t want to be with Rihanna? Who wouldn’t want to be with Nick Minaj? But you strip them then their body is being used as the tool of the degradation of a woman and the subjection of a man.
Then he speaks about the ways in which women have been abused by the men they trusted in their lives. And then goes back to praising women and all the contributions they could possibly make to the world.
There’s no man doing something that a woman can’t do, and in some cases do it better. Man is Hakeem. That’s the attribute of God, that means wise. She’s Hakeema that means God has made her to be a possessor of wisdom.
Don’t degenerate your woman and make her nothing more than an object of sex. She’s more than that.
So I would encourage Jay Z–and I hope you’ll take it in the spirit that I give it, out of love for you and honor for your greatness and honor for the love and beauty and greatness of your wife. I would love to see our women clothed, demonstrating the gift of their talent. The gift of their form should be seen by those who are worthy. You got an unworthy dog looking at something beautiful that he wants to paw at but can never have. Do you know what that does to a man, when he can see you and can’t have you? Then he wants to go home and attack a child.
A helluva left turn there, yes.
Then at the end, he referenced his friendship with Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons. He said that once he was invited to Simmons’ home and during that same time there was a billboard featuring his then wife Kimora Lee Simmons scantily clad–or maybe completely naked, hiding her breasts and vagina. I don’t know. And he made a point to tell Russell that he refused to look at his wife. Russell said he was a nut, crazy. And Farrakhan said that he respected her too much to do so.
It’s a lot. And I encourage you to watch that particular portion of the interview, eleven minutes, on the last page, to get the true nature and sentiment behind his comments. He really seemed to be speaking out of love. Love and misogyny.
Days after Beyoncé celebrated her 34th birthday, the singer was spotted on a family vacation with hubby, Jay Z; their daughter, Blue Ivy; and Bey’s cousin, Angie. Fellow Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland; her husband, Tim Witherspoon; and their adorable 10-month-old son, Titan Witherspoon, also joined the family for some fun in the sun.
Continue to the next page for more photos from the family’s end-of-summer vacation.
Brooklyn emcee and all-around business man, Jay Z, has finally given in and succumbed to yet another social media app. Back in 2010, he surprised all by creating a Twitter account, and just yesterday (Aug. 29) he joined the popular photo sharing app, Instagram.
Going by the username “HovSince96,” Mr. Carter’s first post honored the life of Michael Jackson on what would’ve been his 57th birthday. And while many of us thought this day would never come, he wanted to be sure everyone knew he wouldn’t been snapping pics for the ‘gram on the regular and flooding timelines, captioning the post: “Happy Birthday to the King! This may be my first and last post.”
As of today, Jay Z has already accumulated 96.1k followers. And in the words of Hov himself, “Grand opening, grand closing.”
There’s always a special spark when two artists make love and art together. While the unions may not always last, the music lives on forever. Popular music is at its best when couples collaborate. Check out 15 artists who put their boos on the track and made beautiful (or at least decent) music together.