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Easter to Music Festival: 3 Looks I’m Crushing On

If I were dressing for Easter and/or festival season like Coachella, I’d take style cues from a few of these South African stars I peeped on South African style mag All4Women’s roundup of the best Easter l inspiration looks last year.

For a festive and colorful day at Easter Service or Mass at church, I’d go with a structured maxi dress in a floral or African print like the one TV Host Khanyi Dhlomo wore last year sometime.

For Easter brunch, I’m digging the look another TV host Ayanda Thabethe rocked and would sport something similar to brunch.

Now if I had the legs to pull this off, I’d think about going big and bold in a funky number media personality Tumi Voster wore a few years back!

Have it your way, as they say…oh wait! Is that the Burger King tagline? (laugh)

Beyonce Vogue Cover Takeover: Talks Twins’ Labor, Delivery, Motherhood (PHOTOS)

In an unprecedented move, Vogue permitted Beyoncé to have editorial control over its popular September issue and not only did Queen Bey make history by hiring the magazine’s first Black photographer, Travis Wright, in its 126 history to shoot a cover, but she also gave us unprecedented insight into her pregnancy, labor, delivery and her perspective motherhood in her own in-person first person narrative!

It is a glorious issue! On Newsstands now. Here are some of the nuggets she shared with us all:

About the evolution of the magazine and fashion industry towards black people and people of color:

“When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell,” Beyonce told the magazine. “Clearly that has been proven a myth. Not only is an African-American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first-ever Vogue cover shot by an African-American photographer.”

About the delivery of her twins who were born via C-section due to Preeclampsia:

“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir,” she wrote. “I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU.”

It was a shocking experience that she credits her husband, Jay Z for helping her deal with:

“My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me,” she continues. “I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”

About realizing that C-Section recovery takes a lot longer and is harder than vaginal birth recovery:

“After the C-section, my core felt different,” she stated. “It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover.”

About embracing her new extra set of curves that have come compliments of being a mom to three:

After giving birth, “my core felt different,” she shared, and  added that he “embraced being curvier” and as she was preparing for her Coachella headlining shows.  And thought she went vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol and fruit drinks while getting in shame for that performance, she is cool with her different, more full and rounder body.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller,” she wrote. “I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my (butt) off until I have it. But right now, my (bigger bikini area) and I feel like we are meant to be.”

About lessons from succumbing to societal pressures for celeb women to peel off baby weight shortly after giving birth:

“I believed in the things society said about how my body should look,” she wrote. “I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy.”

About the different way she is approaching recovering from twin delivery:

“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier,” the “Apesh*it” singer pens.  “I accepted what my body wanted to be… was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves.”

Going back to Natural for the Vogue shoot

She purposefully went with the bare stripped away, back to nature, theme and for the Vogue shoot avoided “the wigs and hair extensions” and wore scant makeup in an attempt to inspire other women to embrace their natural bodies.

On growth from her 20s to today:

“I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her,” the multi-platinum global artist revealed. “I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.”

About connection to her slave and African ancestry:

“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave,” she shared. “I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time,” adding,  “I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”

On exposing her heritage and roots and culture to larger audience during Coachella:

“I had a clear vision for Coachella. I was so specific because I’d seen it, I’d heard it, and it was already written inside of me,” she writes about singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem, during her performance and quoting Malcolm X in between songs.

“I know that most of the young people on the stage and in the audience did not know the history of the black national anthem before Coachella. But they understood the feeling it gave them,” she explained. “It was a celebration of all the people who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine, who moved the world forward so that it could welcome a woman of color to headline such a festival.”

About what she wishes for her daughters and son:

As the mother of two girls, Beyonce says she wants her daughters to know that they can be anything, “CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives.”

“They don’t have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category. They don’t have to be politically correct, as long as they’re authentic, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic,” she writes. “I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. It’s everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don’t teach it to our boys.”

Beyonce is currently embarking on the On The Run II tour with Jay-Z, which concludes on Oct. 4 in Seattle.

Awesome!

Cardi B And Offset Welcome Baby Girl, Kulture Kiari

Congrats to rappers Cardi B and Offset on the birth of their first child together, a daughter.

The chart-topper released the news on her Instagram with a floral-motif semi nude photo of herself.

Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18,” she captioned the photo, revealing that the baby was born on Tuesday.

Baby caps off a whirlwind year that included several #1 top hits, a successful highly anticipated album release, a first time ever co-host gig with Jimmy Fallon, a Coachella headliner performance,  a tour and her first Saturday Night Live (SNL) performance where she announced the much rumored before pregnancy news by having the camera reveal her large bump in a white form fitting dress.

She recently lamented about naysayers who think a baby is a career-killer.

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“You know what—I’m a grown woman. I’m 25 years old…I’m a schmillionaire and I’m prepared for this,” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper  (whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar)  Power 101’ Breakfast Club radio show.“It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online [commenting], ‘I feel sorry for you. Your career is over.’ Why can’t I have both?” she added. “Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Why can’t I have both. I want both.”

Yes you can!

Pregnancy Didn’t Stop Cardi B Coachella Performance (PHOTOS and VIDEOS)

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First-time mom-to-be rapper Cardi B made her Coachella debut over the weekend and played a few tracks of her recently released hit album  Invasion of Privacy which debuted number one on the Billboard 200.

During the Love and Hip Hop alum’s set that featured a orange back drop with her and her acrobatic dancers dressed in all white, the “Bodak Yellow” singer brought out a host of other popular rappers and hip hop artists and singers to guest perform their respective tracks on her album: Chance the Rapper, 21 Savage, YG, Kehlani and G-Eazy (playing “No Limit”)

The Bronx native earlier revealed that while she received $70,000 for each of her two performances this weekend, she shelled out an additional $300,000 or more to pay for the set, dancers, crew and other production costs that the Coachella team did not pay for, added to the lost income potential due to a non-compete/performance clause the festival attached to her contract stopping her from performing within a radius of the festival for a period of time. Wow!

Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock at Moschino party, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Palm Springs, USA April 14

Not only did she make history recently for beating Taylor Swift’s streaming record, being the first woman to be on 5 songs on Billboard’s Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop charts and the first female solo artist to land on number one of the Billboard 100 since Lauryn Hill, but she also made history as the first host and musical performer to announce her pregnancy on SNL (Saturday Night Live) last week! This mama’s star is meteoric!

INDIO, CA – APRIL 15: Cardi B and Khelani perform onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella)

AND…she twerked and dropped it like no other pregnant performer before her! Another Record!  Watch footage of her set below.

WARNING: LANGUAGE in some of these videos NSFW!

 

 

Beyonce HBCU Tribute Headliner and Celeb Moms at Coachella 2018

Nicole Richie, Beyonce Headliner, Christina Milian, Behati Prinsloo and Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2018 Coachella mMusic festival.

Many of our celeb moms headed to Empire Polo Field in Indio, California this weekend for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

 Nicole Richie  showed up in white to her  Revolve x Nicole Richie House of Harlow x Urban Decay lunch. Behati Prinsloo was there looking fly in Alexander Wang zip-front pants, Vans and a bucket hat. Alessandra Ambrosio showed up looking fab and outfitted to the free spirit theme that is common among attendees.

Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner along with Kylie Jenner and her bestie Jordyn Woods headed down.  

Whitney Port and Rachel Zoe were photographed in an iconic all white pic. Loved Christina Milian‘s Boho dress too!

Beyonce headlined by opening up her set in a regal gold and black caped outfit that resembled the regal African queen Nefertiti but then she quickly stripped from her opener fit to a custom Balmain athleisure look complete with a gold cropped hoodie with her initials embezzled in jewels on the front, denim cutoffs and shimmering high high toots.

Before it was over, mom to Rumi, Sir and Blue Ivy Carter had a few costume changes including a PCV leather leotard, and she brought her husband Jay Z out to do their duet of their 2006 song together “Deja Vu” and her sister Solange to perform “Get Me Body.”

There was also a Destiny’s Child reunion as our other alum Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Queen By for a few of their hits, “Lose My Breath”, “Say My Name” and “Soldier”.

Her set was an ode to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) because it featured a large marching band, drum and majorette line, reminiscent to the types you’d see performing during a homecoming game at Howard, Flordia State or Grambling State.  (edit: There were actual FSU bandmembers playing). There was even an interlude when she acted as the prophyte initiating a new line into her fictional fraternity “B A K” — which could stand for Beyonce and Knowles or, Beyonce Phi Knowles or Beyonce Delta Knowles (couldn’t tell if that was an A, Delta or Phi symbol)  who knows. The mock probate was entertaining!

A few of the dance moves during the set include “stepping” which is a traditional hand, clap and stomp movement common in Black Greek step shows with roots in African dance, ritual and customs.

Beyonce was supposed to headline at the festival last year, but she postponed her appearance after she announced she was pregnant with twins.

Here is Beyonce’s complete set per JustJared.com‘s snoops. See the entire performance HERE!

CIRCLE ONE

1. “Crazy in Love”

2. “Freedom”

Interlude with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (Poem by James Weldon Johnson)

3. “Formation”

4. “Sorry” / “Me, Myself, & I”

5. “Bow Down” / “I Been On”

6. “Drunk in Love”

7. “Diva”

8. “***Flawless.” / “Feeling Myself” / “Top Off”

9. “7/11″

CIRCLE TWO

10. “Don’t Hurt Yourself”

11. “I Care”

12. “Partition / “Yonce”

13. “Mi Gente”

14. “Baby Boy” / “You Don’t Love Me”

15. “Hold Up” / “Countdown”

16. “Check On It”

17. “Deja Vu” with Jay Z

CIRCLE THREE

18. “Who Run the World”

19. “Lose My Breath” with Destiny’s Child

20. “Say My Name” with Destiny’s Child

21. “Soldier” with Destiny’s Child

22. “Get Me Bodied” with a dance break from Bey and Solange Knowles

23. “Single Ladies”

24. “Love on Top”

photos: YouTube, Beyonce.com, Getty, Instagram

Cardi B is Pregnant and Due in July, Multiple Sources Report

Back in February, rapper and foreign-affairs expert Cardi B shut down pregnancy rumors in a truly iconic Instagram video, telling fans she was “just getting fat,” and imploring them to let her “fat in peace.” Now, sources are telling TMZ that Cardi would like to pregnant in peace, thankyouverymuch. The rapper is reportedly expecting a child with her fiancé, rapper Offset, and the baby is due the first week of July.

Rumors have been swirling about Cardi B’s pregnancy for a few weeks. Last month, when she was performing at various Super Bowl–related events, TMZ reported that members of the rapper’s team said she didn’t want to party after her performance because she was pregnant.

Cardi is still scheduled to perform at Coachella next month, and if TMZ’s sources are correct about her July due date, she will be about seven months pregnant while doing so.

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That Time Beyonce Decided to Become an Influencer Like The Rest of Us

I think I saw Kimberly Foster, creator and Editor in Chief  of For Harriet first tweet about how Beyonce is currently behaving like an Instagram Influencer like the rest of us with her recent posts. The Queen B is getting prepared to get in shape for her headlining of the annual California dessert music festival Coachella by going vegan for 44 days.

But she isn’t going alone. She invited some of her 112 Million friends who follow her on Instagram to come along to the journey. She tweeted out a photo of a meal and then another of her with her dancers with the caption,  “44 days until Coachella!! Vegan Time!! Click the link in my bio to join me!”

When you click the link, you are taken to a landing page which invites you to sign up. After signing up, you answer a series of questions about your appetite size, cooking habits, time allotment for prepping meals, dietary restrictions and whether you are cooking for yourself or a family. Based on your answers, the algorithm comes up with a series of vegan recipes that you can make  for $14 per month or$99 per year. That’s not bad for a full body transformation for me and my entire family.

And that…ladies and gentlemen is what we call “influencer marekting!” Get it! Bey! Flex those muscles, mama!

 

Tina Lawson Hosted Daughter Beyonce and Kelly Rowland for Easter

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Tina Knowles Lawson hosted her family including daughter Beyonce Knowles Carter, son-in-law Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, grands and her “play daughter” Kelly Rowland, her husband Tim Witherspoon and their son Titan.

The designer and music group manager posted a photos and videos from the Sunday event that included food, fun and Easter Egg hunt.  Lawson captioned a photo of herself with Bey and Kelly, ““3/4th of my girls❤️ Missing link at Cochella?” referencing Solange who is performing at the Music Festival, Coachella. Queen Bey was scheduled to perform during the two weekend event but canceled due to her pregnancy.

Mrs. Carter donned an off the shoulder cream dress, Mrs. Lawson looked cute in a striped pepum top and black pants and  Kelly went with a mint creen top and white distressed denims.  Looks like a fun time!

3/4th of my girls❤️ Missing 1/4 at Cochella? My Solo❤️❤️Bianca

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She is expecting her third and fourth grand kids soon as her daughter is expecting twins.

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This is fun! Go to bed Tina ?

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Rowland also posted a photo from the event, captioning a photo of her son during the hunt, “Aww, he is growing locs”.

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Easter 2017: How Celebrities Celebrated the Holiday (PHOTOS)

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A lot of the celeb moms we’ve featured in the past shared what they did on Easter with their fans and followers on social media. Here is a roundup of some of the fun festivities!

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After attending church in Bel-Air, the Kardashian-Jenner clan had an Easter Egg Hunt and Roll with animals. Chrissy Teigen and her daughter Luna were there.

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Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (nee Kate Middleton) attended the Easter Day service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, England.

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Kim Kardashian-West shared a family photo of herself, husband Kanye West and their two children North and Saint on her Instagram account. Check out North with the choker and she looks just like her dad.

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Singer Monica also hosted an elaborate Easter Egg Hunt and party at her home. Her daughter Laiyah, outfitted in the cutest hot pink jumpsuit seems pleased. Monica also sparked a bunch of comments speculating that she is expecting in this photo. She too is wearing a paisley off the shoulder jumpsuit that is gapping at the center, creating the illusion of a bump. Whether one is there or not, who knows.

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Ashlee Simpson Ross and her daughter Jagger Snow looked cute for Easter outfitted in matching Coachella wear Bohemian Mini-dresses.

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Kandi Burruss and son Ace Tucker Wells attended Monica’s Easter Egg Roll and Hunt party too.

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Lady Antebellum lead singer Hillary Scott shared a really creative looking aerial shot of herself with her daughter doing Easter activities.

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Tamera Mowry-Housley and hubby Adam posed with their kids daughter Ariah and son Aden in their Easter best.

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Sadly, over at her sister Tia Mowy Hardrict‘s home, all was quiet because her son Cree was battling strep, her her Instagram post.

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Check out Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady‘s daughter Vivian  in her bunny ears egg hunting on the beach.

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Victoria Beckham gets in the spirit, donning a bunny mask that looks like the signature bunny on her clothing. She looks great and this is the curviest I’ve ever seen her and they look good on her.

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CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison‘s kids, Wilder and Rocco, posed with the Easter Bunny.

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Soleil Moonfrye is certainly blessed as she said, captioning this photo of the Easter bounty she amassed for her children.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Found out the Sex of Twins But Are Staying Mum

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We are closer than ever to meeting Beyoncé‘s twin bundles of joy.

E! News has an exclusive update about the music superstar’s second pregnancy, and how she’s embracing every aspect along the way. A source admits that although Bey is having a “harder time this pregnancy with keeping up her energy,” she isn’t letting it ruin the experience.

“She loves being pregnant,” our insider adds.

The Lemonade artist has maintained her typically health-conscious diet, but the source tells E! News, “She splurges when she wants to and hasn’t taken her weight gain as a negative thing. She is a confident women in her skin whatever size she is [and] embraces it.”

And yes, the Carter family knows the sex of their babies-to-be but (as expected) are staying mum. That hasn’t stopped the Beyhive from diving deep into a few conspiracy theories, though…

On her marriage to Jay Z, our insider explains the all-star couple is still in the best place. “The love [between Jay Z and Beyoncé] is authentic and real,” the source shares, adding, “Jay is a good dad and husband. He’d do anything for Bey.”

For those heading to the desert for Coachella next month, we have some new insight into the reason why the pregnant star pulled out of headlining the music festival.

We’re told Bey “wanted to play Coachella,” but because her doctors advised to not push herself, as our source explained she “always” does, she delayed her performance until 2018.

Besides, we might have two Carter mini-me’s to gush over by that time anyway!

reprinted with permission of E!