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.
CRAZY IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/vyRIWC0r6B
— Thula Sindi (@thulasindi) December 2, 2018
Video Footage Posted by Twitter User Thula Sindi.
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) December 2, 2018
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) December 2, 2018
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.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.