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While Jay Z is Conspicuously Absent from Receiving Landmark Honor, Pres Obama is Revealing His Twins Gender?

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Here is some more speculation about Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins.

First, the rapper was set to be the first hip hop recording artist to ever be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year but was conspicuously absent at the ceremony tonight bestowing him the honors. This absence has fueled rumors that Mrs. Carter may be in labor or about to deliver the twins very soon (or recently delivered them and is not letting her husband leave the house).

Then, former US President Barack Obama delivered a video formally presenting and introducing the rapper and business mogul before he was announced a recipient at the ceremony.

But, some are saying he might have accidentally revealed the gender of the twins in the process?

“I like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other,” Obama said. “Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today. We know what it’s like not to have a father around, we know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did. So we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”

Then he dropped this gem: “Jay and I are also fools for our daughters although,” Obama said, “he’s going to have me beat once those two twins show up.”

Hmmm… So twin girls then? Or maybe, he just means have him beat with the number of children as Jay will surpass him by having three!

The Obamas are good friends with The Carters and it is very possible that they were privy to the gender in advance.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that Jay, who is rarely on social media, chose to deliver his acceptance speech in a series of clumsy tweets. Here are some:



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Brazilian Sculptor Creates Grammy Baby Bump Beyonce Barbie

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The pregnant Beyonce tributes aren’t ending with copycat celebs and lip art recreation. A Brazilian doll maker has recreated the Grammy-performing pregnant Beyonce in a new custom “Barbie” doll.

Marcus Vinícius da Silva Bernardo, a 47-year-old sculptor who goes by Marcus Baby, immortalized Queen Bey’s golden goddess look in this new doll. da Silva Bernanrdo said it took him about a week to finish the work.

‘I did this job in five days and her clothes are made with gold rhinestones, metal, chains, rings, and wire,” the extravagant artist shares. “The doll has a plastic pregnant belly and also a fake piercing in her belly button, same as the original Beyoncé.”

He has re-created Mrs. Carter before but also other celebrities. “I have 250 other dolls which are inspired by other celebrities,”he shared with the Daily Mail while letting everyone know that they are not for sale. “they are only for myself. I don’t sell to anyone.”

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Beyoncé is expecting a pair of twins with her husband, rapper and business mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. During her Grammy performance last month, the pop icon did a 9-minute medley of some of the melodic ballads from her critically acclaimed last album,”Lemonade“, including “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.

During the performance, she wore a stunning gold metallic and bump-revealing two-piece ensemble embellished with jewels, rhinestones and an ornate cape and crown.

Marcus Baby did an excellent job capturing all of the various moves from the show.

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Here are some of the other celebs he has captured in doll form like Lupita N’yongo, Ke$ha and Madonna:

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Beyonce Bump Pics: Present and Past, From Blue Ivy to the Twins (PHOTOS)

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Editor’s Note: So your break from Beyonce pregnancy posts is over. Sorry to the non-fans but the Bey Stan in me has a few more things to share. (smile)

This week, not only did Beyonce Knowles Carter give us pregnancy twin news, but she also overwhelmed fans, followers, haters and the like with tons of maternity photos…present and past.

As many know, the multi-platinum selling mega star’s first pregnancy was dogged and plagued by rumors that it was fake and that she used a surrogate to bring her and husband Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s daughter, Blue Ivy in to the world.

It all stemmed from an interview with an Australian television show in October 2011 where the folds of her dress as she went to sit down made it appear as if her bump had caved in. In actuality, as conspiracy sites have discussed incessantly, her belly, then at 24 weeks was below the dress. But it hasn’t stopped many from thinking Mrs. Carter never carried Blue at all.

From an Instagram share of a beach trip with her bump covered in sand, to a snippet of a video Jay took while they vacationed in Croatia and shared on Tumblr revealing a very early bump, to silhouettes shots and post birth images seen in her 2013 HBO documentary, “Life is But a Dream”,  she has subtly given the doubters visual proof that she really was pregnant. But they are relentless. Even a paparazzi capture of her in a sheer blue caftan by the pool didn’t sway them.

She didn’t seem fazed by the rumors, telling Katie Couric in an interview before a performance at Roseland theater while still expecting,  “You know there are certain things that are so far, it doesn’t even affect me…I am cool, it is so ridiculous and over the top.”

And in the HBO documentary, she addressed it again:

“A stupid rumor, the most ridiculous rumor I’ve ever had about me.To think that I would be that vain. I respect mothers and women so much. To be able to experience bringing a child into this world, if you’re lucky and fortunate enough to experience that, I would never ever take that for granted.”

Being private about her personal life may have been at the root.

She kept her relationship, courtship, marriage and pregnancy pretty private, but has opened a lot more since the documentary, to her very intimate and sensual “Beyonce” album, to the Lemonade album which many have hypothesized was autobiographical and about her marital struggles with Jay.

And now this time, she is being a lot more open about showing off her bump with not one, not two, but several nude and semi nude maternity portraits.

This week, her team also pushed out belly progression photos she took while pregnant with Blue, perhaps to head off new allegations and rumors before they start. Because her head is not in the photos, I’m not sure the suspicious will be convinced. They are certainly not stopping brand new allegations about this pregnancy either.

Oh well. The new photos are buzz-worthy, for sure.

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The one that was released with the news is part of a session with famed Ethiopian-American photographer Awol Erizku, a Bronx, NY-raised graduate of Yale‘s Master of Fine Arts program. Not everyone could appreciate the eclectic purposefully gaudy look to the background and props (the car is part of a previous pop-up installation called “Ask the Dust“, PEOPLE reports), but it is signature to Erizku’s style. (by the looks of his other works)  He says they are made up of the images that surrounding his upbringing in the Bronx.

Queen Bey accompanied the images  from her photo album with the writings of another East Africa-born artist, Somali-British poet Warsan Shire. Her words, from a poem titled  “I Have Three Hearts“,  read:

“Mother is a cocoon where cells spark, limbs form, mother swells and stretches to protect her child, mother has one foot in this world and one foot in the next, mother, black venus.”

I agree with Quartz’ assessment, “that’s just how Beyoncé looks in these pictures, her pregnant body floating weightless amidst flowing fabric, her flower crowns undisturbed.

“Maternity photos will never be the same.”

Bustle mused: “Beyoncé’s latest photo album includes throwback shots of her pregnant with Blue Ivy followed by snapshots of her first daughter’s four years, all sticking with the rule of threes: She’s a family of three with Blue and Jay Z, and now she’s a three-hearted woman preparing for three children.”

Fitting! And now the photos:

 

 

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Get Inspired by Beyonce’s Bold Statement Jewelry

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I love statement jewelry and my muse is our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Beyonce Knowles Carter.

Each outfit she wears is accented perfectly with just the right ring, bracelet, earcuff, bracelet, necklace or body jewelry to complete her look. I was most impressed with the exquisite unique pieces Blue Ivy‘s mom wore in the videos to her 2013 self-titled album.

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My fave was the Black Lynn Ban PVD Armor Ring that she wore as knuckle rings in the “Superpower” music video! They retail at $420 each so you’d be set back  over $3,000 to replicate the precise look on your hands. She also wore 16 of the designer’s  Pave Coil midi rings in the “Haunted” video. They are embedded with white diamonds and black diamonds which retail at about $3500 each   I think that vid helped bolster the midi ring craze that following Spring.

You can get a similar style for under $20 from Free People or Ily Couture. And you can find the bold statement rings she wore in the “Telephone” jewelry at mid price range from other jewelers.

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Another coveted set of jewelry are the Edie Borgo wrist cuffs and ear cuffs Bey rocked in the “Jealous” video.

That was one of my fave tunes from that visual album. Can you tell I recently discovered that the videos were released to the public last November? This past weekend, I relived my enjoyment watching  them all again on a larger screen. I  first purchased the album back when it first came out and had to view the videos on my iPhone.

The other great thing I discovered was that the Edie Borgo pieces from that video all are in a mid-range price point under $150 so they’re totally affordable!

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And when Bey‘s not killing the game in her edgier looks, Mrs. Carter steals the spotlight in her bright and vibrant pieces, like these colorful Aztec art necklaces paired with that fab Mayan-inspired ring in that photo on the right.

I was totally crushing on those eye-catching accessories and adornments.  

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Revisiting that album last weekend also reminded me of how much I really dug the complete layered jewels look in the “XO” video too. I curated and assembed some inspiration pieces from our partners at ShopStyle for you to consider getting or using as a guide for the next time you’re out jewelry shopping.

If you want to nab some of  these glam pieces of jewelry, you can be creative and check out arts and music festivals this Summer.  Those events that have vendors who are at-home jewelry makers. They typically sell interesting and one-of-a-kind selections, and usually you can find big bold selections as well.

Happy shopping fellow jewelry lovers!

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