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This past weekend, Solange stunned the crowd with her dance moves alongside big sis Beyonce at the California Coachella Festival. Instead of taking a break, Solange decided to take her fans to the East for an Asian inspired editorial spread. Shooting for a magazine called, The Ground, Solange was styled in Japanese fashion by Nick Nelson and shot by Seiji Fujimori. The focus of the spread centered around Solange’s activism for civil rights, family life and her career. Here are a few highlights from the interview:
Thoughts on civil rights in the United States
“Justice for Trayvon Martin. Is this not what our ancestors, grandfathers and fathers fought for? Now, I will be fighting for my son.”
“My parents encouraged me to be a free-thinking, free spirit[ed] person. Sure, I caused some trouble once in a while, but when I think back on my childhood, I have great memories. I was lucky.”
Her Thoughts On Performing As Independent Artist
“A little, but as I walk on stage, the first thing I do is look around and take it all in. In that moment, there’s no time to be nervous because it’s just overwhelming to realize that music has connected me to so many people. I’ve also just implemented a super, cheesy, backstage ritual. Before we go on stage, the band stand[s] around in a circle and spell out, ‘Let’s Have Fun’. It’s all about making the experience enjoyable for everyone, which is one of the freedoms of being an independent artist.”
We love how personable Solange is! Check out her gorgeous photos on the next page.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Appropriately labeled the Beauty Issue, inside the mag, these musical heavy hitters are discussing self-expression, personal style, and, of course, hair. Erykah told Essence:
“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”
And yet, Miss Badu does just that every time we catch a glimpse of her on a red carpet, performing on stage, or posing in an ad for Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, though, her take on her personal style is shared by fellow cover beauty Ledisi. Echoing some of the same sentiments she shared with us in a recent interview, the New Orleans-bred singer said:
“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”
The baby of the bunch, Solange, also shared her view on style, pointing out that everyone should be allowed to dictate what works for their own bodies, saying:
“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”
Amen to that. These three gorgeous Essence covers are available on newsstands today and you can check out each one solo on the next few pages. Which one are you picking up?
This week was a wave of emotions! Our hearts dropped when Paula Patton released a statement to PEOPLE Magazine about her marital separation from Robin Thicke. The news also brought AlexSandra Wright, mother of Beyonce and Solange’s half-brother forward. She revealed Matthew Knowles owes her $32K in child support. Spike Lee gave a seven minute rant on gentrification and how hipsters have “Christopher Columbus Syndrome”. While Lee diagnosed New York City’s hipsters, Rick Ross used Trayvon Martin’s name in yet another controversial lyric. To top the week off, Lupita Nyong’o delivered a beautiful speech on black beauty at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Check it all out below!
“Go Get That Donald Trump Hair Redone”: NeNe And Marlo Fall Out Over Friendship With Kenya; RHOA Ep. 16
Did you watch Real Housewives of Atlanta on Sunday night? Who are we kidding, of course you did. We are sure you have a lot about NeNe (sort of) hashing things out with Kenya, but falling out with Marlo,too. It was quite the mess.
Sad news to report ladies and gents. It seems that after almost 10 years of marriage and being together since they were teenagers, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have decided to separate. According to PEOPLE, the couple sent them a statement today where they said that they mutually decided to move on from one another.
Back in November, we told you about Solange’s upcoming collaboration with Puma. The youngest Knowles signed on as Puma’s art director and creative consultant. Back then she debuted one of the designs from her “Girls of Blaze Disc Collection” on her Tumblr page. But now there’s more as there’s now a Lookbook.
And for the funky and eclectic among us, this is a dream come true. The design and shape of the shoe is cute and the designs are hot, colorful and innovative. They’re inspired by Brazilian culture and designed by Solange and four designers she hand selected. They include New York based William Okpo, a Nigerian design label owned by sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, Gerlan Marcel of Gerlan Jeans and Hisham Bharoocha.
The lookbook was directed by music video director and Solange’s longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson. Solange wasn’t photographed, but based on a video posted on her Tumblr, was very involved. You can see her applying lipstick and painting the nails of the models featured in the photos. Her level of creativity is astounding.
The shoes are a little pricey at $150.00 but definitely a show stopper for the summer. If you like what you see, you can purchase them now at Opening Ceremony and then in stores tomorrow, Saturday, February 8.
Check out the shoes and images from the lookbook on the following pages.
Yesterday, we posted the pictures Beyoncé shared on her Tumblr from Blue Ivy’s birthday party at Jungle World. And I guess she’s feeling charitable. Because today she shared a few more flicks. More from their New Year’s celebration in Miami and even Mama Tina’s birthday celebration in New Orleans. Check out the pictures on the following pages.
Drake announced a partnership with Nike’s Jordan brand of sneakers during his concert in Portland, OR on December 3 using as many cuss words as he could possibly squeeze into a minute and a half. So the video above is NSFW for language. Keep the volume low at the office.
The new kicks are already in the works; Drizzy posted pics on his Instagram showing the Air Jordan 10′s and OVO Stingray 12′s.
While he was at it, Drake also mentions that Portland made it to the top of the list for cyclists, microbreweries, and single women in Shape, the women’s fitness magazine. And BTW, he got caught up in a snowstorm on the way to the concert. OK!
What isn’t clear are the details of the partnership. MTV says it was in touch with Nike (which is based in Portland) but hadn’t heard back.
It’s a crazy time for sneaker companies with Kanye going off about the way Nike treated him recently, saying he wasn’t properly compensated for his Air Yeezy sneakers. He’s now signed a deal with Adidas, which announced that partnership yesterday. “For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West,” the company said in a statement (via Complex). “Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
And then we got news today that Teyana Taylor officially got the heave-ho from Adidas over her Twitter tiff with Rihanna. And there are those funky new kicks that Solange made with Puma as part of her new gig as their creative director.
The sneaker industry is really working overtime for the holidays.
There’s an underlying myth plaguing the African-American community that wearing one’s natural tresses is an impediment to success. In the case of Vanessa VanDyke, a 12-year-old girl threatened to be expelled due to her voluminous mane, many people deemed her natural hair to be “unprofessional.” But is the issue much deeper than this?
For centuries, the unique characteristics of Black women have been undermined by Eurocentric standards of beauty and we’ve all been wired to believe that somehow our hair — in its purest, natural state — affects our skills, abilities, and competence in the workplace. Check out some of the ladies who challenged these erroneous notions and grabbed success by the horns — coils, kinks, curls and all.
As much as Jay Z and Beyoncé like to do their private jet-setting, yacht-riding thing together, from time to time, every gal (famous or not) needs a girls-only trip. Go somewhere sunny with a nice beach and do the things you wouldn’t do in front of your man–like completely pig out on some local food and drink like a fish. Bey did exactly that (or something like that) as she spent some special time during a short break from her tour with her one and only sister and her friends, posing for pictures, drinking Red Stripe and showing off some serious body. Shall we be nosy? Let’s!