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In “Self-Titled #3,” Beyonce Talks About The Making Of “Drunk In Love”

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The third video in her series explaining the making of her new self-titled album, Beyonce gives us some behind-the-scenes footage of her and Jay Z recording and filming the video for their duet, “Drunk In Love.” It’s so fun seeing Bey react to hearing Jay’s freestyle for the first time — she seems especially, uh, moved when he raps “hope you can handle this curve.” Oh, Mrs. Carter certainly can. Also, while I’m excited that she shouted out my favorite odd pronunciation in the song (SERFBORT forever!), I wish she had explained the line further. “Serfbort” is obviously “surfboard,” and when she says she’s “graining on that wood” she means “grinding,” but is she trying to say Jay’s penis is like an old-timey wooden surfboard from the 1920s as opposed to a more modern foam board? Also, do people actually put cigars on ice? Clearly I have spent a lot of time thinking about this song, but questions remain! Anyway, watch above.

Who Will Buy The Insanely Priced Pieces From Jay Z’s Barneys Collection?

Jay Z with pieces from his Barneys collaboration

The seemingly innocuous topic of Jay Z’s limited edition holiday collection in collaboration with Barneys turned rife with controversy in the past few weeks after the upscale NYC department store was accused of two separate racial profiling incidents in the last month alone. Everyone from Jon Stewart to Andre Leon Talley criticized the hip-hop mogul’s decision to go forth with the high-profile partnership, even after he announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from the collection would go to his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation for low-income students. Keep reading »

All Proceeds From Jay Z’s Barney’s Collab Will Now Go To His Foundation

All Proceeds From Jay Z’s Barney’s Collab Will Now Go To His Foundation

Jay Z is doing everything he can to hold onto his potentially highly lucrative collaboration with Barney’s, even after the hoity-toity department store came under fire for two racial profiling incidents in the last month. Many has encouraged Jay Z to bow out of the deal, including Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, who told The New York Times, “Any African-American, male or female, with any consciousness of what has happened would not go into Barneys right now … for the simplicity of making a broad statement I would pull out.” But Jay isn’t budging. Instead, he and Barney’s announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from the BNY SCC collection will go to the rapper’s Shawn Carter Foundation, instead of the original 25 percent. Also, on launch day, an additional 10 percent of the proceeds store-wide will also be donated. And, to directly address the store’s terrible recent history of racially profiling and detaining Black youths who the store assumes can’t pay for their high-end goods, Jay will sit on a special committee to “deal” with the issue. Wrote Jay on his website:

While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.

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This Photo Of Jay Z Holding Blue Ivy Is Too Much

This Photo Of Jay Z Holding Blue Ivy Is Too Much

Too much for my ovaries to handle, I mean. And that infinity pool? Not a bad life you lead, Blue. Not bad at all. [via I Am Beyonce]

Jay Z Releases Statement About Racial Profiling & His Collaboration With Barneys

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Last week, the mainstream media suddenly remembered racial profiling exists after a series of high-profile incidents in New York City. Unconnected to each other (as far as I know), several young Black people came forward about having been detained by police after shopping in department stores after they were accused of not reeeeally being able to afford the pricy items they bought.

Two were college students who were detained after they shopped at Barney’s, one for buying a Ferragamo belt and another for buying a handbag; another was actor Robert Brown from “Finding Forrester” and the TV show “Treme,” who was detained after he shopped at Macy’s. (He has subsequently filed a lawsuit against them.)  Even male supermodel Tyson Beckford spoke up about being racially profiled and “followed all the time, any time I go to a store,” including Barney’s.

In response, Barney’s agreed last week [third item] to meet with civil rights leaders to discuss the allegations of racial profiling. However, many folks were waiting on Jay Z, who sells a high-end collabortion through the store, to respond. He also became a target last week of a Change.org petition with over 16,000 signatures asking him to end his partnership with the store.

This weekend, Hova finally released a statement, although it is perhaps not what everyone would have liked to hear.  Keep reading »

Jay Z & Chris Martin Took The London Underground After A Gig

Jay Z & Chris Martin Took The London Tube Home After A Gig

Jay Z continues to use public transport even though he’s rich enough to helicopter everywhere. After a gig in London this weekend, Hov was snapped taking the London Underground with pals Chris Martin (Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow and chief Coldplay warbler) and producer Timbaland. Check out one more pic after the jump! [Photos: INFPhoto.com] Keep reading »

Shawn Carter Snags Vanity Fair Cover, Talks Bed-Stuy, Blue Ivy, And Bey

Jay Z covers the November issue of Vanity Fair

Jigga what? The Brooklyn-born rapper-turned-multimedia mogul, looking characteristically cleaned-up in a stark white suit, will line November newsstands on the cover of Vanity Fair. Jay Z has always given good interview, but a VF cover story is another matter entirely … and if the excerpts from the piece are any indication, Young Hov delivers. The conversation runs the gamut from his years spent slinging drugs as a Bed-Stuy teenager (and the surprising way in which that experience serves to benefit him now), wooing Beyoncé, the Blue Ivy surrogacy rumors, and, perhaps most importantly of all, whether Blue prefers his music or Bey’s. Some quotes from the interview, after the jump! Keep reading »

Beyoncé & Jay Z Pose For Carter Family Portraits … Well, Not Really

  • Hahaha, this Tumblr that Photoshops Jay Z, Beyoncé and their friends’ faces onto great works of art is my everything. Botticelli might be rolling over in his grave, but I think “Birth Of Beyoncé” is amazing. [Carter Family Portraits]
  • “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes is the new mama of a baby girl. Mazel tov! [US Weekly]
  • Nick Carter says Paris Hilton was a bad influence on him. You don’t say! He also revealed he used to drink a bottle of vodka a night, as well as take cocaine and Ecstacy. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Liam Hemsworth was photographed making out with his hot Mexican rebound, Eiza Gonzalez. Somebody’s moving on. [US Weekly]
  • Nintendo creator Hiroshi Yamauchi died in Japan at age 85. [New York Times]
  • This ethically questionable art show depicts topless photos of attractive young women with serious mental disorders. [VitaminW]
  • Check out “The Kiss,” the first film shot using Google Glass. [YourTango] Keep reading »

So That’s What Jay Z & Beyonce’s Bodyguard Was Doing With Their Family Passports…

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So That’s What Jay Z & Beyonce’s Bodyguard Was Doing With Their Family Passports…

Yesterday, Jessica told you about how Jay Z and Beyonce fired their bodyguard, Norman Oosterbroek, because he has been caught “using the family’s passports in a lewd act” while in the company of a hooker. (Oosterbroek passed away earlier this month after being Tasered by police.) The lewd act in question has not been detailed in the mainstream press, but I had my suspicions. “Did he shove them up his butt?” I asked Jessica. “I don’t know,” she replied. “Maybe the hooker rubbed one of them on her vagina,” I continued to hypothesize aloud. Well, it turns out this incident may have been written about months ago in a blind item for the gossip site Crazy Days And Nights. Back in February, CDAN posted a tip, which described Oosterbroek masturbating not just to Beyonce’s passport photo, but Blue Ivy’s as well: Keep reading »

Jay-Z And Beyoncé Fired Bodyguard For Hiring Sex Worker, “Using Family’s Passports In A Lewd Act”

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It’s so hard to find good help these days! Beyoncé and Jay-Z had to fire former bodyguard Norman Oosterbroek last year, after he hired a sex worker while traveling with the family in Las Vegas and filmed himself “using the family’s passports in a lewd act.”  Keep reading »

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