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.
Michelle Williams Quits Broadway Show
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.
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.
Kodak Black Walks Out Hot 97 Interview After Ebro Brings Up Sexual Assault Case
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:
I find it so very interesting that people of Blackness will rightfully vilify Nicki Minaj for dating a rapist, yet ignore Kodak Black being one himself. There are terms for this, right?
— Akira Takizawa (@OnionKnight__) December 12, 2018
People being furious at Ebro for telling Kodak Black "We take sexual assault seriously here" is proof there's a lack of guidance out here. People whose job is interviewing musicians are supposed to ask hard questions. But that wasn't a hard question. That was just accountability.
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) December 13, 2018
In his defense, Ebro had this to say in regards to the touchy subject:
I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse… and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah….
— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018
Do you think Ebro was out of line? In what ways could Kodak have responded better?
Nicki Minaj’s New Beau, Spilled Tea
Social media has been dragging Nicki Minaj for her history of supporting alleged sex offenders. Tired of the misinformation, she’s speaking out to defend her man.
When Nicki was spotted with a new man on her arm, everyone wondered who he was. We were all sure, despite their dismissal, that Nicki and Lewis Hamilton were together. Instead of choosing the handsome millionaire Formula 1 driver, Nicki is riding with a convicted sex offender with a violent past. Talk about crying in a Nissan instead of a Phantom.
Nicki! You in danger, girl!
Kenneth Petty, Nicki’s new beau, is a registered sex offender convicted of attempted rape. Insisting its a complicated situation, Nicki says it stems from Petty dating the victim and her mother not approving. Arrested and charged with first-degree rape in April 1995, he and the victim were both 16.
In court documents obtained by RadarOnline, Petty used a “knife/cutting instrument” during the attempted rape. Carrying a sentence of 18-54 months, it’s unclear how much time was served. Even worse, Petty was charged with murder in April 2002 and was released in May 2013.
Nicki claims Petty is an old flame from her teens, but it’s unclear how much time they had together considering he’s spent so much of his life behind bars.
Who Said Dat?
Chinese Kitty, a castmate of Love & Hip Hop Miami, recently did a radio interview. But it wasn’t the interview that made waves, it was her IG Live segment afterward. Believing the cameras and mics were no longer recording, the crew began sharing celebrity details, mainly about Trina, Nicki, and Meek Mill.
While talking about her friendship with Nicki, a woman off-camera said to Chinese Kitty:
“I have a question: was that during the time she was covering? Because she had an issue with her butt shots? Oh, I know her.”
Chinese Kitty then starts laughing and the woman continues:
“My girlfriend, Renee that dates Adrian Broner the boxer, we all know one another. Meek, we know everybody. We all are friends. So Nicki Minaj had a problem with her butt shots, and you know about that story. So for a while she couldn’t have sex with Meek and that’s why she felt so insecure that he was f*cking somebody else. And that’s facts!”
When it comes to who that somebody was, Trina’s name came up, leaving her feeling some type of way. Not wanting to be a part of the drama, Trina let us know to keep her name out of our mouths PERIOD.
Go awf, sis! But did you notice she didn’t deny it? Whatever the case, Kitty felt like she needed to make amends with the Diamond Princess and apologized.
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