The iconic artist has long referenced her roots as a Texan, the state just south of Oklahoma, and once again takes the listener on a trip to the world she knows. “I’m goin’ back to the South … Back where my roots ain’t watered down,” she sings at the top of the track. … [Read more...] about Beyonce Drops Blistering ‘Black Parade,’ Co-Written by Jay-Z, on Juneteenth Weekend
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Not that I’m complaining — please don’t hurt me, Beyhive — but we’ve been bombarded by moments from Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour ever since it was announced. So when HBO aired the entire thing on Saturday, there wasn’t much that the diehards hadn’t already seen. But still: It was Beyoncé and Jay Z onstage together, which means that there were plenty of highlights. Here’s what you missed over the weekend. … [Read more...] about What You Missed From Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run HBO Special
Black Is King evokes images of Afro-centric culture, has been described as celebrating Blackness and also features prominent Black celebrities such as supermodel Naomi Campbell, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, and Beyonce's Destiny's Child bandmate and friend Kelly Rowland. … [Read more...] about Beyonce’s Black Is King ‘slammed’ by rapper Noname for use of African culture
It doesn’t typically bode well when someone’s artistic aspiration is to rewind into the past. And yet the album we see her working on in the documentary, 2011’s 4, was a terrific one. A few years ago, Beyoncé “killed” Sasha Fierce—or, rather, reintegrated Sasha, a process I wish Carl Jung were alive to ask her about. And what do you know: The beauty of 4 is how it infuses all the regal, traditionalist balladry of I Am … with the campy theatrics that animate Beyoncé’s stage persona. (See the batty, full-octave whoops on “1+1,” or the giddy chewing on the syllable boof in “Countdown.”) It’s her most cohesive solo album, and maybe her most interesting—piles of quirky sonic ideas integrated into a record about couplehood, the R&B album as screwball romantic comedy. One of Beyoncé’s lines from “Survivor”—“You thought that I’d be stressed without … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Beyoncé Have It All?
Obama's podcast began on July 29, and has released two episodes since its inception. With only two episodes out, she is currently the No. 1 podcast host on Spotify, and now she's created a playlist for her fans. … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama’s ‘Black Girl Magic’ playlist features Beyoncé