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In Defense of Beyonce and Meghan Markle’s Unapologetic 2020 Moves

My new motto for 2020 is “If they thought we were unapologetic in 2019, wait ’til they see us in 2020”.

So I’m going to take this time to applaud Mrs. Beyonce Knowles Carter and Duchess Meghan for being in the news lately for doing what’s best for themselves after a week, a month, a year, a lifetime of people just riding their jock and dissing their every move…and child.

I mean, just last week, a couple of reporters  on Twitter were calling Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy ugly for having physical features like her dad, Jay Z.

Naturally, both writers were dragged to the filth on Twitter and had to say their mea culpas (and half-arse weak ones at that) but still.

Somewhat equally, ever since Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle came out with their relationship a few years ago, the British press and trolls have called Meg every dirty and racist name in the book, accused her of being difficult, of driving away all the staff, of driving a wedge in between Harry and his brother (I’m not gonna hyperlink these stories to the give them traffic. Google it yourself if you want.)

So today, when she and her husband released a statement saying “adios mofos” to UK, I smiled.

In essence, they will split their time between North America and the UK, ween themselves off that Royal coins, and scale back their duties as senior members of the Royal family.

To me, it embodies the essence of what we all need to be doing this year:

If a situation, workplace, relationship, community or environment no longer brings you peace or is too toxic for you to function, you should be allowed to buck it and say no more.

For Bey, it was not bowing to the pressure to gather her voluminous dress and stand up when actor Joaquin Phoenix was announced the winner for Best Actor Motion Picture for his role as The Joker during this Sunday’s broadcast of the Golden Globes Awards when the dress would probably had gotten in his way to get by and on the stage to accept his prize.

Not the same level of shruggery as packing up your whole household but similar vibe.

I can dig it.

And to quote part of actress Michelle Williams’ speech when she received her trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon Sunday night, “When it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years and why the world looks so much like them.”

Amen.

2020 Golden Globes Red Carpet, Winners and Speeches Recap



Last night’s Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California was memorable for historic wins after long absences (Renee Zelleger for and Brad Pitt for after a 16- and 24-year lapse since each last one, respectively) and for notable as speeches (Michelle Williams about female empowerment, SNL‘s Kate McKinnon’s presentation to Ellen DeGeneres of the Carol Burnett Award role in making it easier for a lesbian TV star to shine and Joaquin Phoenix about climate change and the Australian wildfires)

Among the moms featured and “bump watched” before on the blog, Beyonce was nominated for Best Original Song for “Spirit” on The Lion King (and got roasted by a few Twitter for being the only one to not give Phoenix a standing ovation for his win); Christina Applegate for Best Actress in Dead to Me and Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies and Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show in the Best Actress in a Television Series-Drama category, and Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress in Motion Picture for Hustlers.

Fashion was classic and on point.

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino

Scarlett Johannson in Vera Wang

Salma Hayek in Gucci

 

Rachel Bilson in Brock Collection

Reese Witherspoon in wearing a custom Roland Mouret

Sienna Miller in Gucci

Sofia Vergara in Dolce & Gabbana

Molly Sims in Marchesa

Christina Applegate in Pamella Roland

Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

Kerry Washington in Altuzurra

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