Today is Beyoncé’s 37th birthday and what better way to honor Queen Bey than to celebrate some of her best moments over the years.
1. Her Debut Single “Crazy in Love” in 2003
When this video dropped we finally got to see what Beyoncé can do on her own. The song was the start of the “Dangerously in Love” era and gave us the infamous “uh-oh” dance that still goes off today.
2. Performing with Prince at the 46th Grammy Awards
Just a year into her solo career and young Beyoncé was already performing with the legendary Prince, at music’s biggest night.
3. “B’Day” drops on September 1, 2006
What’s so iconic about this album is that she recorded it in 2 weeks!! Didn’t tell anybody and created timeless bops and classic videos. “B’Day” is such a slept on album but it really gave us some bops!!
4. “Single Ladies” Dance Phenomenom
Beyoncé had everyone recreating the “Single Ladies” choreography from girls in clown masks in the living room to Justin Timberlake on SNL. This minimalistic black-and-white video was such a staple in pop culture that you can’t think of 2009 without it.
5. Somebody’s Getting Fired
While on tour performing “Diva” one of her employees missed the cue for the lights. Beyoncé being the performer she is continued singing in the tune of the song but changed the lyrics to “Hey! Hey! Somebody’s Getting Fired!”
6. Pregnancy Reveal
During the 2011 MTV VMA Awards Beyoncé decided to let the world know that her and husband, Jay Z, were expecting their first child together. We will know that child to be Miss. Blue Ivy Carter. The adorable announcement was at the end of her song “Love on Top.”
7. “Formation” Breaks the Internet
In a very hot political climate Beyoncé took the time to let everyone know where she stands in the unapologetically black song “Formation.” In the song she addressed Illuminati rumors, her roots, how she lets Blue wear her hair, and not being ashamed of her black features. It was a black empowerment song for this generation.
8. Performing at the Superbowl
While this is Beyoncé’s second Superbowl performance I included this one because in the midst of the “boycott Beyoncé” movement she gave us one of the most blackest performances on mainstream broadcasting. Not only did she perform “Formation” but she had all black dances with their hair similar to afro puffs and Black Panther inspired attire. She showed out for a mostly white audience and didn’t care who was offended.
On April 4, 2016, HBO premiered Beyoncé six studio album, “Lemonade.” The visual album took us on a journey of a black woman dealing with infidelity in her marriage. The stages of dealing with such an issue and the visual behind it cultivated a movement and conversation that gets overlooked, black women’s vulnerability. From “Lemonade” we were able to have college courses that delved into the album, pop culture references, and an open dialogue and safe space for black women’s issues.
Coachella invited Beyoncé to be the first black woman to headline the festival and she did not disappoint. Beyoncé took this opportunity to give us the HBCU experience. Beyoncé had a live band, all black dancers, and even performed the Black National Anthem. This performance showed she isn’t one to shy or hide her culture and that she will let the world know at every turn. Fearlessly.
Those are some of Beyoncé’s top moments. Some funny, some inspirational, and some that changed the culture. What are some of your favorite Beyoncé moments? Let us know in the comments.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.
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