College, man. You can study just about anything. I know I did. When I was in grad school I wrote papers on 1) black and white cop buddy movies, 2) riot grrl and 3) drag queens on film. Like, really. So there’s that. And now, over at Rutgers University in New Jersey, you can take an entire class on Beyoncé. The class will focus on the continuum between Beyoncé Knowles in regards to black feminism, studying Bey’s lyrics alongside/against historical black female figures like Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth. So…. “Single Ladies” vs. The Color Purple? “Run the World (Girls)” vs. Ain’t I A Woman? “She certainly pushes boundaries,” said Professor Kevin Allread of the class. ”While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.” Keep reading »
The rampant white-washing of models, actresses, and musicians of color is not a new concept. Freida Pinto, Rihanna, and Aishwarya Rai have all previously fallen victim to white-washing on magazine covers and in promotional images. Beyoncé’s skin was lightened dramatically in a 2008 cosmetics ad by L’Oreal, where she is the spokesperson. These incidents can be contributed to digital retouchers and the outlets that choose to release the images … but what about your own album cover and promo ads? The photos accompanying Beyoncé’s most recent release, 4, have stirred up controversy and it’s not a struggle to see why. Beyoncé is a fairly light-skinned black woman and she generally keeps her hair lightened to a shade that’s more caramel than chocolate. But these shots have her looking straight up like Lindsay Lohan with a subtle tan. If you showed me this image on its own and asked me who it was, Beyoncé would be my last guess.
Again, these light-skinned images are promotional ads for Béyonce’s own album, which leads me to believe that she absolutely approved the photos. [NYMag.com]
Over the weekend, the feminist blogosphere was all a-titter with the “news” that Jay-Z has sworn off using the word “bitch” in his rap lyrics after the birth of his baby Blue Ivy Carter. A poem posted online, which RollingOut.com claims was written by the rapper, says he’ll no longer use that “degradation.” Read it, after the jump! Keep reading »
We knew Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby Blue Ivy was going to be influential, but this just isn’t what we expected.
The week-old child is already racing up the Billboard charts with her cries audible on her dad’s song “Glory,” and she already has her own strain of marijuana named after her, reports TMZ.
According to the website, several weed dispensaries in Los Angeles are selling a new strain of pot called “OG Blue Ivy.” Of course, Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t sign off on the new strain, but they don’t have a trademark on their daughter’s name and so far the stores haven’t received any sort of legal notice from the couple. Read more…
To the person who created the Downton Abbeyoncé Tumblr:
I bow down to you. I am humbled by your brilliance. If this was 1914, and you were a member of nobility, I would serve you with pride and honor, like Mr. Carson serves the Earl of Grantham.
P.S. Click through to see some more selections from the Downton Abbeyoncé blog.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z did not register at Babies ‘R’ Us for Blue Ivy — they registered at Babies ‘R’ Fabulous! To go with the days-old, blessed cherub’s consortium of (what one can only assume are) freakum diapers, fans made of money, and pre-determined stage names like Blue Fierce and Blue Bérry, the new parents will also bestow on their spawn the following extravagant gifts, thePost reports:
1. “[A] solid-gold, handmade horse from Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka that Jay-Z bought for $600,000.” Read more…
The most amazing feeling I feel, words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real / Baby, I paint the sky blue, my greatest creation was you / The most beautiful-est thing in this world / is daddy’s little girl
New papa Jay-Z has released a track called “Glory (Featuring B.I.C.)” with two-day-old baby Blue Ivy Carter cooing and crying in the background. (Listen to the full song after the jump!) And if that’s not enough to make you cry, then listen to him sing about the couple’s miscarriage and how scared they were this time around: “We were afraid you’d disappear, but no, baby, you’re magic.” My eyes are wet with tears and dammit, it’s not even my kid. What an amazing baby gift for Jay-Z’s new little girl. Listen to the full song, after the jump! [Styleite] Keep reading »
Now that older sister Beyonce is all busy with her baby Blue Ivy (can’t even with that name), it’s time for younger sis Solange to break out of her shadow. That’s why we think it’s no coincidence that the same weekend that Bey-Z finally had their baby, Solange announced she’d signed with Next Model Management. “Artistic expression is invaluable to me in all walks of my career and I am so excited to continue to develop this path along such an amazing team at Next Model Management. I feel right at home working with people who have worked beside such creative forces in the world.” Oh sure, whatever Solange. Just take a little bit of that spotlight back for yourself. We won’t tell anyone. [FashionIndie]