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
This turns out to be the crux of her next album. B’Day, recorded in a three-week flurry, is criticized for being scattered. It’s the opposite: It’s obsessed with ownership, power, control, and the market values of both goods and people. Literally: “Suga Mama” and “Upgrade U” revel in the singer having the money, power, status, and sexual prowess to give a man anything he could want. “Irreplaceable” warns a man that his value isn’t as high as he imagines—“I could have another you in a minute”—and suggests that everything he owns fits in a single box. “Ring the Alarm” is a panicked song about infidelity, but its chorus focuses on the luxury items at stake. Beyoncé sounds like a superhuman colossus, flexing her muscles and testing the limits of her dominion, working her distinctive voice—her eccentric syncopations and knots of harmony—for all it’s worth. But … [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