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Since her start with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has amassed a legion of fans who cheer her on at every move. She’s also inspired a lot of people to channel their inner Sasha Fierce and impersonate the “Bootylicious” singer. Here are some of the best and funniest Beyonce impersonations.
Maya Rudolph Talks About Elevator Beat Down
When the public got its hands on the now infamous video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while her big sister Beyonce silently watched, we all knew an “SNL” parody was right around the corner. Show regulars Sasheer Zemanta and Jay Pharoahe played the younger sister and the Brooklyn rapper respectively but when Maya Rudolph walked on as the R&B diva, she stole the show.
When one becomes a fashionista on Solange Knowles’ level, it’s hard to pick her best style and fashion moments. Therefore, I had to settle for just some of her best moments in recent years. In celebration of Solange’s 28th birthday, MadameNoire collected 15 of her best fashion moments. From classic looks to bold, colorful and free-spirited choices — Solange is one of the entertainment industry’s style “it” girls. Let’s celebrate that on her birthday shall we.
Catergate has come and gone, but the aftermath still lingers. Although things seem to be calming down on the Carter-Knowles home front, Jay and Bey’s blaring absence from Kanye West’s wedding seemed to serve as another red flag that things are not going as well as the family would like us to believe. Naturally, there are plenty of theories floating around as to why the couple pulled a no-show, but one particular theory leads right back to Catergate’s front door step. According to E!, insiders are stating that the hip hop power couple bailed on the ceremony to avoid being in the presence of Rachel Roy.
“Given Kim and Kanye’s list of celeb friends, surprisingly, they didn’t invite that many,” the source claimed. “They wanted it to be a small and intimate wedding. Jay Z and Beyoncé were invited but didn’t come, seemingly to avoid drama from Rachel Roy who was going. In the end, the wedding was full of love and super intimate.”
As you may recall, it was said that Rachel Roy played a role in Solange and Jay Z’s blowout fight the night of the Met Gala. Some even believe that it was sparked by Jay behaving inappropriately towards Rachel, who is the ex-wife of his former business partner, Damon Dash. Interestingly, Dame recently weighed in on the entire scandal and he doesn’t seem too convinced that Jay would try to move in on his “wife.”
“If he was tryna holla at my wife though, that’s kinda f*cked up. [laughs] But I don’t think he was doing that. That would be bad,” he told Hip Hop Motivation. “That would be dark. That means he really has some resentment but I would hope that that wouldn’t be the case.”
As for what he thought about the fight, Dame says it was hilarious.
“I thought it was funny because Jay is the kind of guy you don’t see him move like that that much. And when he does move, if it’s not that cool looking, then it’s going to be kicks. Also I feel like nobody teases Jay but me for some reason. It’s just the first time I’ve seen people freely expressing themselves.”
“I don’t think he should mad about it,” Dame continued. “I think he should be laughing. That sh*t was funny. Everybody fights. Girls done spit on me before but I be a little more ‘You better chill out.’ The shit is funny.’ Jay has to worry about perception because corporate people pay him. He really has to play that game. I thought what was ironic about it was people got to see how he played sh*t off. And how something crazy can happen and four seconds later when it’s cameras on they act like nothing is going on. I thought that was interesting to see that and how good he is at it. If people don’t like what he’s doing, he won’t get that corporate check.”
Watch Dame’s interview below.
If you were like me when the footage showing Solange attacking Jay-Z in an elevator was released by TMZ, you were probably thinking, “What the hell happened?” While many people have theorized and expressed on the details of the night, I actually thought there were some great personal branding gems that came out of the incident.
Here are three tips on personal branding I learned from Solange, Jay-Z, and Beyonce.
1. Pick your battles wisely. This gem came from Beyonce. It’s never cool to flip out in public. Though I don’t know the details of what really happened, whatever it is, Beyonce chose not to react while she was “out of the house.” This serves as a reminder to not only keep your composure in public, but to also decide which battles you want to fight. If you really believe you need to intervene in a situation, then do so, but be ready to justify your actions. Maybe it just wasn’t worth it to Bey. That’s okay. Though not everyone can be so composed, there is much to be said for the person who doesn’t act up in public. Bey was sure to remember this. What will be the consequences of your reaction ? Think it through and then make your decisions.
2. Don’t act a fool in public. I think this one is a given. Unless being rowdy is part of your brand or you’re defending yourself against attack, it’s always best to just wait until you’re in private to settle a dispute. Solange probably didn’t think there were cameras in the elevator, but guess what? Cameras are everywhere. Many times we don’t stop to think about who (or what) is watching us. Though it may have be hard to control your emotions all the time, it’s never acceptable to act out like that, especially in a public place. It just gives people reason to throw dirt to your name. Now, because both camps will probably never come out with a release that actually explains the incident, there’s room for people to draw conclusions about the incident and the participants. All of the Instagram antics aren’t making the speculations any better, either. Even the joint statement their reps released calling the incident a “private matter,” assuring us that the two “have apologized to each other [and] have moved forward as a united family” is still not going to resolve the questions people still have.
3. Keep consistent with your image. Who really knows how Jay wanted to react when his sister-in-law started trying to beat him up? One thing we do know is that Hova was NOT about to be portrayed as a woman beater by hitting her back. If he even put his hands on Solange, many of his fans and supporters would have probably turned their back on him. Jay-Z already created the image as a man against violence against woman with his reaction to the Chris Brown/Rihanna scandal. Any other behavior would’ve been disastrous for him. Thankfully, it looks like he lives his image, refraining from any sort of non-verbal response (since we don’t have audio) to what was going on. Though we wouldn’t expect anything less since his wife speaks out on various feminist issues. If there are any positives out of this whole situation, this would be one.
And if you’d like to learn more about Jay Z and his brand, check out Moguldom Studios documentary “A Genius Leaves The Hood.” Buy it or rent it here!
If you want to see crisis management at work, look no further than Beyonce’s Instagram page. The entire world knows that Baddie Bey and her baby sister Solange haven’t been on the best of terms since Solo went off on Jay Z in an elevator after the Met Gala and, to add insult to injury, Solange deleted all pictures of her big sister from her IG page. Though Beyonce responded by posting more pics of Solange on her Instagram, the most telling photo came by way of the image above, which was posted Saturday morning on Bey’s Instagram with the simple caption “New Orleans May17th 2014.” Someone sure wants to make sure we know the Knowles sisters are back in good standing, huh?
Despite Solange’s less-than-enthusiastic smirk, it’s good to see these two together after all of the speculation going ’round last week. Though there are many Carter-Knowles skeptics who say the real photo they want to see is one of Solange and Jay Z together, we think it’d be best if those two spent a little time apart and let wounds heal before jumping into suspiciously opportunistic photos together. Bey and Solange will always be sisters but it’s probably going to take Jay Z and his sister-in-law a little more than a week or two to let bygones be bygones. What do you think about Beyonce and Solange making up in New Orleans?
Jay was there too…lol
This week we recap the news with the New York Times hiring their first African-American executive editor, Temple University bestowing Jill Scott with an honorary doctorate degree and the Knowles-Carter camp speaking out about Solange assaulting Jay Z. For all this and more, check out the articles below!
The Carters Release Statement On Elevator Attack: “Jay And Solange Each Assume Their Share Of Responsibility”
Beyonce and Jay Z have finally provided a meaningful response to the biggest news story of the week: Solange’s vicious attack on her brother-in-law after the Met Gala May 5 via a statement to the Associated Press.
TMZ obtained footage from an elevator at an Met Gala after party of Solange viciously attacking Jay Z in an elevator.
After weeks of talking about stories of men in Hollywood allegedly putting their hands on women, this Monday the tables were completely turned when video surfaced of Solange rather violently attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z as Beyonce stood by idly. The footage, of course, ignited widespread speculation about the health of the Carter-Knowles familial relationship, but beyond that it sparked a national debate on why abuse toward men at the hands of women is seen as laughable to many, and whether Jay Z had a right to strike Solange back. Whoopi boldly proclaimed on “The View” that if a she slaps a man, he was a right to slap her back and judging by the response to those remarks it appears many would agree.
Check out our editors discussing the touchy subject in this weeks episode of “Did Y’all See? as well as the messy divorce between Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally and Tank outing a preacher who was sending him explicit pics. Weigh in on these subjects in the comments section!
The Carters Release Statement On Elevator Attack: “Jay And Solange Each Assume Their Share Of Responsibility”
It took them a minute, but Beyonce and Jay Z have finally provided a meaningful response to the biggest news story of the week: Solange’s vicious attack on her brother-in-law after the Met Gala May 5. In statement to the Associated Press, Mr. and Mrs. Carter said:
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.
“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
Given this is likely the first and the last we’ll hear from the Carters on this situation, we all have no choice but to put the matter behind us. Unfortunately, every time a suspect photo pops up on social media or one of the three parties is caught in a compromising position, people will use the Met Gala incident as evidence all is not as well in the House of Carter as they’d like us to believe. We’re just hoping the sisters can get back to the days of dancing on stage together and posting new genuine memories to Instagram.
So Rachel was in a position where –she started off as an intern– Dame was attracted to her and started assisting him. She got to be hands-on with the lines because being that she was dating him, he brought her into his business structure. So while he was running a record label and Roc-A-Wear, he had her there. She learned a lot about the business and Dame taught her as well. It helped her ultimately in the long run.
So, again, was there ever anything between Rachel and Jay? Naw. I doubt that. I doubt that highly. If that was the case, it would have come out a long time ago. I think people are reaching with that one.
What about after her divorce from Damon? I don’t doubt.. I don’t think so. She just doesn’t strike me as that type of person to be that devious or mean to date her ex-husband’s former partner. She doesn’t come across or carry herself like that. I don’t think so, but I’ve seen it happen. These things can happen… but I don’t see Rachel Roy doing that.
Do you know what set Solange off? I don’t know. It’s a possibility… I know Solange. And Solange is Beyonce’s “big sister,” even though Beyonce is older. She’s very protective over her sister. Me seeing what I saw, I can say that maybe she felt like her sister was disrespected in some way and as she normally does, she defends her.
Is Solange mentally ill or on drugs? Naw! No! Hell no. I don’t think Solange is on drugs at all. Not on hard drugs, anyway. Like I said, she’s very passionate about her sister. She’s very, very passionate. And Solange is a no tolerance, non-political, don’t care about the music industry or entertainment business [person]. She’s not a politically correct person. So she’s going to do what she feels, despite all the politics in the industry. She doesn’t care for it.
Read more about Rachel Roy at StyleBlazer.com
“If I Slap A Man, He Has Every Right To Slap Me Back”: Whoopi Says If Jay Z Hit Solange, He Wouldn’t Have Been Wrong
In a discussion this week about the whole Solange and Jay Z fight, Whoopi Goldberg made some interesting statements about how both parties handled the situation and what the rapper could have done in response to her attack. First of all, her theory about the whole melee was that Jay possibly said something disrespectful to Beyoncé, which caused Solange to stick up for her in the manner she did. But as for the fight, in her mind, Goldberg believes that if a woman violently puts her hands on a man, said man has the right to put his hands right back on her.
“I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was gonna do. This is the thing. If anybody hits you, you have the right –I know that many people are raised in a very different way, but if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back. If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back. Every right.”
In response, Sherri Shepherd (who is going through her own behind-the-scenes drama right now), said that Jay Z knew that despite Solange’s behavior, he didn’t need to react with violence. And with security there, what sense does it make to make the situation any uglier?
“We weren’t there. We don’t know. The difference between Jay Z and somebody else is maturity took over. He grabbed her foot–you only got one time to kick me–he grabbed her foot. He didn’t do anything. I think in his head, he was like, ‘You’re not gonna have me have a mugshot.’”
We chatted about this yesterday on the site with the help of author Brooke Dean’s essay, “When Is It Ever Okay For A Man To Hit A Woman?” and as always, the response was mixed on such a topic. I wouldn’t advocate for men having such a response to a woman’s attacks and behavior, but if a man does feel threatened, he does have the right to defend himself, and vice versa. But I’m a firm believer that if one can avoid violence, please do.
What do you think of what Whoopi had to say? Check out her statements, and the entire table’s opinions below.