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Beyonce Honors Meghan Markle; Sends Pregnancy Congrats

Beyonce has been more like us on social media these days.

She promotes brand partnership like other influencers, compares photos of herself as a child to those of her daughter Blue Ivy at the same age like other moms do and pays homage to her faves , idols and good friends on their birthday like we all do.

Just like us!!

Last night, she and her husband Shawn “Jay Z” Carter accepted a 2019 Brit Award for Best International Group via Instagram and while doing so gave a salute to first-time mom-to-be Meghan Markle.

“Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group,” Queen Bey captioned her photo of her and Jay standing in front of a portrait depiction of Markle dressed as a queen. “I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle [of Destiny’s Child}. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾 In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas.

“Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.”

Bey was referring to the Duchess of Sussex who was treated to a baby shower hosted by one of her besties Serena Williams yesterday.

It is an ode to the couple’s signature photo in front of the Mona Lisa they took back in October 2014 during a family visit to the famous and popular museum.

We saw them return to it when they filmed the video for their song off the “Everything Is Love” album, Apesh*t, last year.

The Awesome Way Beyonce Shut Down the Pregnancy Rumors (VIDEO)

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After fan speculation that Beyonce was wearing clothes covering her tummy and touched her stomach a bit during her performances while on her On the Run II (“OTRII) world The Carters tour with her husband, the Queen B shut down the rumors in a very awesome way during the DC stop! (my city!)

While introducing the song “Flawless”, the multi-platinum artist told the audience, “yall know your flaws make you beautiful!” then tore into the adlib of the song, “I woke up like this! I woke up like this!” while gesturing towards her belly!

There you have it! The mom of one year old twins is like the rest of us: her weight fluctuates throughout the week, month and year. No scene!

The rumor mill went into overdrive regarding Mrs. Carter’s fertility earlier this summer following confusion about her wardrobe choices during her recent European stops on the tour but she did a great job shutting that done, eh?

Love her! Cannot wait to see her on tour one day! Hope some of my readers got a chance to check her out this round or last!

 

#PressPlay: #Beyoncé letting y’all know she good! #AintNoBaby

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Bey and Jay Release Joint Album: Planned Blog Post Canceled!

I was going to blog about something totally different this afternoon, but you know how Beyonce releasing an album has a habit of throwing all of my plans in disarray. [See review of Beyonce projects here] and [here] She and her husband Shawn”Jay Z” Carter released a 9-track album called “Everything Is Love” smack dab in the middle of their On the Run II tour. [This is right after the Beychella performance which was right after Jay’s album “4:44” which was right after Bey’s “Lemonade”]

These two don’t want us to keep our coins in our own pockets this summer. Anyway, I digress…

Dee Locket of Vulture did an excellent job summing it up for me so I’ll syndicate her opening paragraph to an excellent review you can read in its entirety HERE:

Your weekend plans: Canceled. Yeezy season: Dismissed. Drake: Who? Beyoncé and Jay-Z have pulled a Beyoncé and Jay-Z and surprise-dropped yet another album — but this time, as a couple. Their first-ever joint album Everything Is Love — the one that’s been percolating since even before Lemonade and 4:44 — was released on Saturday evening at the end of the duo’s London show on their On the Run Tour II with one casual parting announcement: “Album Out Now.” Out! Now! The nine-song album, complete with one visual component and a bonus track, is streaming in full on Tidal as we speak. With their trilogy recounting marital strife to remarried bliss now complete, what do we make of this closing chapter? From the shots at Trump, the NFL, Spotify, the Grammys, and Kanye West, to the Blue Ivy cameo, to filming a music video in the Louvre, here’s everything you need to know about the conversation the Carters have caused now.

Phew! What an intro. Well, today is Father’s Day and before heading out to celebrate, while the men are busy watching World Cup games, I hopped on to pen a few thoughts.

First, I don’t have Tidal, where the album exists exclusively. Yes, they are still trying to make it happen, and even have gone as far as declare war on Spotify. No really, they mention the streaming competitor in one of the songs.  My subscription expired so my options are to re-up it to listen to the complete set or wait until it slowly releases on other platforms. le sigh.

I hear it’s getting mixed, but mainly good reviews. Because I have nothing to add substantively, I’ll share that I loved the only released-to-the-public video out: “Apeshit”.  Imagine! They rented out The Louvre in Paris, France for the video shoot! Wow!

 

The video for the song is a cinematic and visual treat. I love art. All art. Musical, visual, performing but especially art of yesteryear and religious art so it was a bonus to get to see flashes of famous pieces in the video.

And it is also a bit political. In the middle, there is an overt swipe at the anti-Take A Knee movement.

There is a lot to digest and there have already been publised a bevy or reviews. One thing I can offer that may not have been shared by others about “Apesh*t”  is some of  the similarities to other visual stimuli in other pieces.

Screeeeech!! Hold up, before I go there, I was also taken by the fact the song is Trap and besides both dropping some serious bars and Jay Z delivering an exceptionally good performance, he later gets side-graded (*is that a word?*) in my opinion to be to the sound effects emoting guy to Beyonce’s shine when it’s her turn to spit verses.

You know, like the guy Takeoff in the group Migos? ha!

Anyway, back to the visual similarities I spotted…

First, her sister Solange is famous for her love of dance and art combined. Her wedding reception took place at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and earlier this year, she unveiled a performance piece at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and performed her title song to her first Grammy-winning album “Cranes In the Sky” at the Guggenheim in New York City.

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And so her big sister went bigger.

The second similarity. The dancers in all brown reminded me of the all Brown clothing the dancers in Remy Ma (featuring Chris Brown) video “Melanin Magic.”

And finally, the album cover is of a woman braiding a man’s hair. It was reminiscent of Rihanna shaving dancer Mette Towley‘s  hair in the intro to N.E.R.D.’s song Lemon.

Art begets Art. There is nothing truly original anymore and everyone’s interpret, pay homage to and weave in aspects of previously done works.

What else did I spot?

I love that there is a shot in the video that is an ode to us Virgos! Beyonce is one too. I got this long lingering shot…

More visuals:

Beautiful! Bravo!

 

JJ

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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