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Beyoncé Slayed the Stage During Global Citizen Performance

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What more can I say that the average Beyhive member hasn’t already said? Beyoncé once again proved why she’s the greatest performer that currently grace’s our presence. From the moment she steps foot on stage to when she opens her vocal cords on a microphone.

This year’s theme for the Global Citizen Festival was Mandela 100 in honor of Nelson Mandela and the legacy he left on the country during his time as president and the civil rights work he did.

Here are some quick facts about the Global Citizen Organization and the work they have done to help end global poverty and other humanitarian deeds. From their website,

  • “Since 2011 Global Citizens have taken more than 13.3 million online actions across the world to place pressure on business leaders and policy makers to end extreme poverty.
  • Over the past six years, these actions alongside our high-level advocacy and the tireless work of our many partners  have helped secure 390 commitments and announcements. 
  • The commitments are valued at more than $35 billion, of which $10 billion has already been disbursed or fundraised all commitments recorded are new commitments that were announced on a Global Citizen stage or were driven in a significant way by the actions of Global Citizens, as well as our own high level advocacy efforts, conducted with partners.
  • Thus far the funds have impacted the lives of 648.9 million people, and are set to affect the lives of 1.1 billion more.

Long story short Global Citizen is doing the work. But now back to Beyoncé and her husband performance.

South Africa Hive was throwing all kinds of shade to the rest of the international hive community because usually they’re left out the fun. Especially since a report came out stating that we were only going to see the first 25 mins of her performance.

Nevertheless, Beyoncé did show out during the sets that were viewable during the streams. But after that 25 mins, Pettyoncé was like lights out dats all you getting from me.

Beyoncé also performed along with Jay-Z, Pharell, Ed Sheeran, and Tofo Tofo.

Here’s some video footage of some of the songs that she performed.

Video Footage Posted by Twitter User Thula Sindi.

Video Footage Posted by BeyLegion.

Not to mention the outfits she wore during her sets. Giving me Colors of the Wind realness. A full box of Crayola Crayons looking a**.

 

If you were able to tune in during the livestream or view the performance in person what was your favorite Beyoncé look or set? Comment down below. See you in 2019 Beyoncé or should I say Nala.

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Kanye Feuds with Drake

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A flurry of tweets erupted from Kanye West’s Twitter account. Alleging Drake threatened him, Kanye says Drake has gone too far.

“No tough talk either”

At 10pm EST, Kanye began his tweet streak, calling out Drake’s shady behavior. In the 4-hour-long tirade, he implied Drake was responsible for the hospitalized Pusha T concertgoer that rushed the stage. He also credited Drake for the death of XXXTentacion and arrest of Tekashi69. Saying “I got a family and kids”, it seems Kanye may fear for his safety.

“I need my apologies now!”

Calling him “disrespectful to all people with mental health conditions”, Kanye implored Drake to work things out. In the past, Drake has held an extensive feud with Kid Cudi, who famously struggles with depression. Going for the low blow after being name-checked for having ghost writers, Drake said this in “Two Birds, One Stone”:

“You stay xanned and perc’d up, so when reality set in, you don’t gotta face/Look what happens soon as you talk to me crazy/Is you crazy?”

The track, released while Kid Cudi was seeking care in a rehabilitation facility, sent him into a tizzy, promising retaliation upon release. But Cudi would need to aim twice if he wanted retribution, as Kanye was credited as a writer for the diss. Despite championing for the normalization of mental health care discussion in recent years, Kanye does not have clean hands either.

While no one is entirely sure what caused the beef, tweets about 2 hours into Kanye’s rant hinted why. Blaming Travis Scott, Drake drew his ire for dissing him in “Sicko Mode”. Claiming “Trav is my family and let this met throw sneak disses at me for clout”, Kanye says he heard there was more to Drake’s verse insulting him.

Drake Ki Ki-ing

Through it all, Drake seemed to be amused by his meltdown, allegedly sending “purple emojis” to Kim. He even requested clearance for “Say What’s Real”. Kanye ultimately denied the request for the sample.

Kanye West Drake Beef

Upcoming Diss Track?

Never one to stand idly by when it comes to family, Kim eventually popped out to defend her man.

Kim Kape Kardashian

Completely sidestepping Lil Wayne’s discovery of Drake, many said Kimberly should’ve just sat there and ate her food.

Kim Ray J

This whole thing is just so messy!!!

While there’s no indication there’s been a resolution to their disagreement, Kanye says “don’t sneak diss or diss at all”.

What do you think about this situation? Is the King of Calabasas really about that action or is he bluffing?

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Michelle Williams Quits Broadway Show

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It has been a difficult year for Michelle Williams. Having ended her engagement, per doctors’ orders she now has to end her Broadway career.

From a statement provided to People magazine, the Destiny’s Child alum has orders to take it easy.

“Effective immediately, Michelle T. Williams has been advised by doctors to take a leave of absence from performing.”

The 38-year-old  singer and mental health advocate had the role of Erzulie, a goddess, in “Once On This Island”. She had only been performing in the role for two weeks.

Sources say her understudy, Cassondra James, will take over until December 26th. From that point, Lea Salonga, the original lead, will resume her role until the finale January 6th.

Rocky Road

With no further explanation given regarding why Michelle must take a sabbatical, its tough to say why she needs a break. Her ongoing struggle to conquer depression, the recent stint in a mental health care facility, and toxic relationship may have taken their toll.

Hopefully, Michelle is taking some time to mend herself. This summer she stated, “Take one step at a time! Don’t overwhelm yourself.” We’re all hoping she’s following her own advice.

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Kodak Black Walks Out Hot 97 Interview After Ebro Brings Up Sexual Assault Case

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During an interview with Hot 97, Ebro asked Kodak questions about his criminal past. Things went smoothly until Ebro mentioned the seriousness of sexual assault allegations.

At the beginning of the segment, Ebro posed an interesting question to Kodak for which he had no answer.

“When you look at all the stuff that you’ve got on your rap sheet, everything that you’ve been charged with, how much do you take accountability for?”

“Everything that you’ve been charged with.” At the time, Kodak may have only been thinking about misdemeanor drug charges. Ebro had specifically mentioned marijuana possession and alluded to “different things” Kodak had been going through.

Kodak was obliged to answer the Hot 97 crew’s questions, but it wasn’t until the focus was shifted to sexual assault that he got uneasy. Ending the interview, in a huff, Kodak said:

“I feel like sometimes when n*ggas like me going through sh*t, like, y’all be entertained by bullsh*t.”

Indicted on sexual misconduct charges, Kodak could face 30 years in prison if convicted. He stands accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a hotel. Allegedly biting her neck and breast before the assault, prosecutors claim he also pushed her into a wall. With the trial tentatively scheduled for April 2019, Kodak is avoiding any discussion surrounding the case.

Far to go

Following the release of the interview, many of Kodak’s fans took to social media to support the artist. Showing that the hip hop community is not prepared to call out misogyny and abusive behavior, his fanbase began attacking Ebro. Still, many stood in Ebro’s defense. Despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, hip-hop is still ages behind in terms of inclusive progression. Twitter users echoed the same sentiments with statements like these:

In his defense, Ebro had this to say in regards to the touchy subject:

Do you think Ebro was out of line? In what ways could Kodak have responded better?

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