Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm when it first made landfall in Texas.
We have all seen the photos of the flooding. We've seen highways that have flooded so high that the water above them has waves.
We've seen people standing on rooftops, people riding boats between houses, and heard the horrifying stories of people who were swept away by the water.
Celebrities have heard this, too, and they have been using their considerable platforms and their own personal resources to help with the relief effort.
As climate change continues to destabilize what were once more temperate weather patterns, these "500 year storms" will be coming more and more frequently.
Many believe that we need a better coordinate governmental response when these disasters strike. It's good to hear stories of private citizens acting as heroes, but it's better if they never have to.
In the mean time, however, boat owners have been taking time off of work and traveling with their boats towards Texas where they hope to help distribute supplies and reach people who are still stranded.
Celebrities are donating money to the relief effort, but some stars are doing even more.
1. JJ Watt
2. Jennifer Lopez and Alexander Rodriguez
3. DJ Khaled
4. Nicki Minaj
5. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
6. Kevin Hart
Can you believe it's already been over two months since Beyonce gave birth to the twins?!
The world feels a little bit more magical, doesn't it?
It feels cuter, and safer, somehow.
It's a nice feeling.
So far, Beyonce and Jay Z have pretty much kept quiet about their two new bundles of joy.
Basically all we know is that one of the babies is a boy and the other is a girl, and they spent around a week in the hospital after they were born.
They suffered from a minor health issue, most likely jaundice, and required special care, but Beyonce stayed with them until they were able to come home.
We haven't seen a ton of photos of them yet, but our glorious goddess was gracious enough to share the following photo:
As for our last little bit of knowledge on these kids, we know their names: Rumi and Sir.
When the names were revealed a lot of people were a little ... well, they were a little taken aback.
Bey and Jay are free to name their offspring whatever they like, of course, but Rumi and Sir?
Of course, these are also the people who named their first child Blue Ivy, so perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised at the names they chose.
But hey, we're only human, and humans who love celebrity gossip at that.
Who are we to be chill about some weird baby names?
The names were revealed nearly two weeks after we heard that Beyonce had given birth, so again, we've had about two months to get used to the titles of our newest future overlords.
(We call them overlords, by the way, because if Beyonce's children don't grow up to rule the world, then, like, what's the point?)
Are you feeling them yet?
If not, maybe you will after you hear Jay Z explain why they chose the names they did!
In a new interview, Jay spills all the details -- first, for his second daughter, he says "Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter."
And that makes sense, right?
Besides, Rumi is a lovely name! It's the human whose legal name is Sir that really threw us for a loop.
But, to explain that, he says "Sir was like, man, come out the gate. He carries himself like that."
"He just came out, like, Sir."
Congrats again, Carter family!
In her brand new song, Taylor Swift takes aim at famous rivals such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Katy Perry.
But it's a different A-Lister who now has a beef with the artist.
Or, perhaps we should more accurately say, it's a different artist's fan base.
On Friday afternoon, Swift unveiled a music video teaser for "Look at What You Made Me Do," two days ahead of when the full video will premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards.
You can check it out HERE.
It doesn't reveal very much.
But it has revealed enough to severely anger the Beyhive, the loyal group of Beyonce fans who worship at the feet of the world's most popular solo singer...
... and who have now set their sights on Swift.
In one frame from her video teaser, Swift is dressed in a black leotard and fishnet tights while leading a group of male dancers who are all rocking similar looks.
The footage appears to be set in an ornate ballroom.
Critics, meanwhile, are pointing to Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album as a comparison.
In the video for the Beyonce track “Sorry,” the superstar and Serena Williams dance in the halls of a lavish Louisiana plantation... while wearing - you guessed it! - black leotards.
Queen Bey also donned the look with a contingent of similarly dressed backup dancers during her performance of “Formation” at Super Bowl 50.
One fan tweeted side-by-side screen shots of Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” teaser and video from Lemonade, captioning it “Lemonade and Minute Maid.”
But is it fair?
Added Beyonce fan added: “Taylor Swift wanna be Beyoncé so bad.”
Taylor has received A LOT backlash for this new single, which many Internet users believe to be petty and simply not very catchy.
It also has a very dark tone.
Others, meanwhile, thought back to Swift’s infamous feud with Kardashian and West and accused the singer of “playing the victim.”
This is a charge Swift has faced for years, having often sang about being wronged by ex-boyfriends in some way, shape or form.
This is different, though. This is Taylor Swift daring to cross the Beyhive. We'd be a tad frightened if we were her.
Are these criticisms justified?
Do you think Swift really did copy Beyonce?
Or is this just a coincidence? And it Swift receiving an unfair rap?
Sound off below and also answer this question:
Are you excited for her new album?
One mark of success is getting a figure at Madame Tussauds. It’s a dubious honor, but it’s one only given to the rich and famous. Unfortunately for Beyonce, it doesn’t seem to be an honor at all.
— Madame Tussauds NY (@nycwax) July 12, 2017
The wax figure has some… minor problems. The hair. The style. The fact that it appears to be a white blonde lady. This isn’t the first time Beyonce has done the whole white blonde look, but at least last time it was on her own terms.
Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner’s is a dead ringer for her.
I mean, I bet wax is a pretty tough medium to make work, but damn, if they could do it once, they could do it again.
Conspiracy time! Do you think this was… sabotage? That the Jenners wanted to get the upper hand in the rivalry, so some money exchanged hands and the Beyonce figure was turned into a white pop star? Is this vengeance for the things Beyonce has said and the things she has done?
Maybe this is a cosmic message telling the world that wax figures are stupid and we should stop trying to make them.
Behold ye peasants. Beyonce has revealed her twins.
Was this necessary? No. Not even Kim Kardashian went this far. But, was this 100 percent Beyonce? Yes. Looking like a goddess in front of a floral arrangement and ocean, wearing next to nothing, and holding her twins with a, not a smile, but a look that says “I’m Beyonce and you’re not” on her face is 100 percent Beyonce.
How did social media react? I’m glad you asked.
Beyoncé wrote "Sir Carter and Rumi" not "Sir and Rumi Carter" so is Rumi not a Carter or is Sir Carter Sir Carter Carter? pic.twitter.com/UTOvLLupP4
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) July 14, 2017
beyoncé actually invented motherhood tbh. pic.twitter.com/BghJelCf6w
— king crissle (@crissles) July 14, 2017
Beyoncé got 1M likes in 23 minutes in the photo with the twins, breaking her own record that was 30 minutes with the photo of her pregnancy. pic.twitter.com/IAwwehxq2j
— Beyoncé News (@TheYonceNews) July 14, 2017
can u believe beyoncé and her twins invented flowers pic.twitter.com/aewGJwtdvk
— farwz (@farwzz) July 14, 2017
Beyoncé waits till the whole world is asleep before she drops anything and I'm tired of it. I haven't had a healthy snooze in 15 years
— Danny (@localblackicon) July 14, 2017
Not even Cristiano Ronaldo was safe.
Beyonce and Cristiano are the only two women who've had successful twins in the same year pic.twitter.com/WGmnuvLpbF
— 2017 AFRICA (@2017AFRICA) July 14, 2017
Poor JAY-Z. He drops the second best rap album of the year, did half the work in making the twins, and can’t even get in the damn photo. Becky would have let him in the photo.
We can now all go back to our boring lives, knowing the world is a better place because Beyonce and her twins are here.
Jay-Z took a page out of Beyonce's Lemonade playbook and dropped an album, 4:44, out of the blue that nobody can stop talking about.
Between the huge new revelations about Jay-Z's cheating and Beyonce's miscarriages, some otherwise big deals were contained in that album that really deserve a little more attention.
Like Jay-Z's mom, Gloria Carter, coming out as a lesbian on the new album's third track. Yes, really.
Jay-Z isn't using subtle references to Sappho or Victorian-era symbolism, either.
His lyrics in the song, "Smile," really spell things out.
"Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian, had to pretend so long that she's a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take."
It gets better.
We're not just saying the phrase, "It gets better." We mean that the story told through these lyrics absolutely get more uplifting.
"Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don't matter to me if it's a him or her. I just want to see you smile through all the hate."
That is precious.
The song is "Smile" by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, so yes, she absolutely makes her own voice heard in the track.
"Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that's what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy, but not free."
Again, this is Gloria Carter's turn.
And she continues:
"The world is changing and they say it's time to be free, but you live with the fear of just being me."
The world is changing, but like any civil rights movement, even the major milestones don't necessarily change hearts and minds, and certainly not overnight.
And many in the LGBT+ community have to combat their own internalized homophobia.
That is, they'll shy away from things like holding hands with a partner or attending Pride activities.
"Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be. No harm for them, no harm for me. But life is short, and it's time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed. Smile."
That's so powerful.
Jay-Z was one of the first big names in the world of rap to openly support marriage equality, speaking out in 2012.
He described opposing marriage equality as discrimination (which it obviously is), akin to racist descrimination.
That may sound academic these days, but in 2012, Obama himself had only just begun to openly support marriage equality.
Back in 2008, and in every election beforehand, no major candidate could openly support the marriage rights of the LGBT+ community without being branded a "radical" by large portions of the electorate.
Bigotry is real, but cultures do get better over time. Little by little.
Unfortunately, there are almost certainly other women who are living Gloria Carter's story.
Women who are raising children and afraid to come out as bi or gay because they don't want their children to grow up with that stigma.
Because yes, homophobia persists, especially in certain communities.
By releasing this track, Jay-Z can really spread how personally this impacts him and how homophobia can ruin lives.
By coming out, Gloria Carter has made a huge step for lesbians but especially for lesbians of color, who face homophobia, racism, and misogyny.
Today is the end of June and therefore the last day of Pride Month.
Did Jay-Z drop the album last night as much because his and Beyonce's twins, named Rumi and Sir according to reports, are alive and healthy and so he felt free to tell the story of past betrayals and miscarriages?
Did he drop it so that his mother could celebrate Coming Out on the last day of Pride?
Or did he somehow balance his and Beyonce's twins and the month of Pride and choose today as the perfect (or last viable) day for his album's release?
That's genuinely impressive.
Though ... Lemonade still takes the cake.
(Even though it didn't win Album of the Year)
Jay-Z dropped 4:44 last night and let me tell you, as someone who stayed up until 4:44 AM to listen to it, it’s really good. It’s 47-year-old Jay-Z making a grown man album and I can’t get enough of it.
On the album, Jay’s mother comes out as a lesbian, Jay admits to cheating, laments the state of current rap, takes shots at Kanye West, and says a lot of other things that I can’t do justice to.
On the track “Smile,” which features Jay’s mom, Gloria, Jay lets the world know that his mom is a lesbian and is proud that she no longer has to hide:
Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
The track ends with Gloria delivering a powerful message:
Living in the shadow
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Because that’s what you want them to see
Living two lives, happy, but not free
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
No harm for them, no harm for me
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed
And, as for those cheating rumors that gave us Beyonce’s Lemonade? Yup, they were true.
You egged Solange on
Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong
You almost went Eric Benét
Let the baddest girl in the world get away
I don’t even know what else to say
Nigga, never go Eric Benét !
I don’t even know what you woulda done
In the Future, other niggas playin’ football with your son
That’s the from the opening track “Kill Jay-Z.” Jay actually opens up a bit more on the title track “4:44”:
And if my children knew, I don’t even know what I would do
If they ain’t look at me the same
I would prob’ly die with all the shame
“You did what with who?”
What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate?
“You risked that for Blue?”
Even “Becky with the good hair” gets a shout out on the track “Family Feud”:
Yeah, I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me
Let me alone Becky!
But, because I love a good rap feud, my favorite part is Jay taking shots at Kanye West. Here’s what he has to say on “Kill Jay-Z”:
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
I don’t think Jay-Z has it in him to beef like he used to, but this man is hurt by what his brother did to him. And I’m 100 percent ready for Kanye’s response.
If you haven’t listened to 4:44, go do it. Even if you don’t like Jay-Z, you’ll like this album.
Prayers up for the twins of Beyonce and Jay-Z, who were born prematurely and are being treated for jaundice. Jaundice is a yellow tinge on the skin caused by an excess of bilirubin in the blood. The good news is that it’s easily treated. The twins have spent the past week undergoing phototherapy to eliminate the high level of bilirubin.
The arrival of the twins was announced over the weekend, but they actually came eight days ago. It’s easy to see why Beyonce and Jay-Z kept the arrival under wraps. They probably wanted to make sure that everyone was healthy before turning the birth into a media circus.
It was Beyonce’s dad who spilled the beans on the birth. Either he was looking for attention or he knows things will turn out fine. Given his penchant for staying in the spotlight through his daughters, we can’t exactly rule out the former.
It’s reported that the twins are male and female. Names haven’t been announced, but we can only hope they are color-related.
Matthew Knowles has received an unexpected and unwanted present for Father's Day:
The vitriol of the Beyhive.
Earlier this week, Beyonce gave birth to her twins, with multiple sources confirming that she and Jay Z are now the proud parents of child number-two and child number-three.
Not much else is known about the blessed event or the babies themselves, although Us Weekly alleges one is a boy and one is a girl.
TMZ, meanwhile, reports that a "minor" health issue has led to a lengthy stay for the newborns; as of this writing, they remain hospitalized.
Beyonce is also still in the hospital, but just to keep an eye over her kids, both of whom are expected to be just fine.
Her father, conversely, is in pretty rough shape at the moment, reputation-wise.
Matthew became the first member of the Knowles family to break this monumental piece of news, taking to Twitter on Sunday morning and writing the following:
"They're here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday."
Nice, right? Sweet, no? Harmless and inspired by love, correct?
Wrong, nope and incorrect, apparently.
A legion of dedicated fans have responded to Knowles' Tweet not with messages of congratulations, but with messages of annoyance and irritation.
They're angry that Matthew had the gall to announce this baby news before the mother herself.
"You should delete this and let Bey announce it," Instagram user @wikimct wrote, while a fellow Internet commentator added:
"It's not real until the queen herself reveals it."
Over the years, Matthew and Beyonce have not had the best relationship, it's true.
He was once fired as her manager, for example, and he's divorced from her mother, Tina.
But does anyone out there really think Matthew was trying to steal Beyonce's thunder here?
That he isn't simply a very excited grandfather who did wait to reveal the twins' birth until after a handful of celebrity gossip outlets had done the same?
It would be one thing of Matthew shared photos of the babies without his daughter's consent. That would be very inappropriate.
However, he isn't revealing anything in this Tweet that hadn't previously been revealed by approximately 877 other websites first.
Beyonce and Jay Z have managed through the years to be perhaps the most famous and most successful couple in Hollywood... while also being one of the most private.
They've made a career out of controlling their images and their narratives as well as any celebrities out there, which is likely why the Beyhive is so riled up in this instance over Matthew's actions.
But it's Father's Day.
Can't we cut the guy a break and simply all celebrate together?
BEYONCE IS A MOTHER AGAIN!
JAY Z IS A FATHER AGAIN!
BLUE IVY A BIG SISTER FOR THE FIRST TIME!
This is an exciting time for all of mankind. Let's stay together and raise our collectives glasses as one, okay?
Please join us in sending best wishes to Beyonce, Jay Z and, yes, the entire Knowles family.
Beyonce gave birth to twins. So, so happy for them. Finally, these two and 5-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, their firstborn, can become this generation’s Jackson Family. Who will be the talented one? Who will be the forgotten ones? Time will tell.
“Bey and Jay are thrilled and have started sharing the news with their family and closest friends,” a source tells PEOPLE.
This will certainly put those Beyonce/Jay-Z divorce rumors to bed for a few years.
We need a comment from Jay-Z’s alleged fling Rihanna. Maybe she’s just jealous. “I wanted Jay-Z to put a baby in me!”
The next big news will be the baby names and the mad scramble to buy up domain names and print up T-shirts to cash in on these two.
A picture of her ordering at a restaurant has surfaced, and it has become Twitter’s favorite meme of the minute.
"I, as Beyoncé, will just have vegan icewater. The twins will have fried chicken, catfish nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, red beans & rice." pic.twitter.com/RoPc0mYcpJ
— dad (@animalfriespls) April 27, 2017
Instead of the Mahi-Mahi, can I just get the one Mahi because I'm not that hungry? pic.twitter.com/UnlU16v5rp
— masc potatoes (@CertifiedFool_) April 27, 2017
Somebody give that guy a standup special that was the first and only good fish joke in human history, probably.
"Who is "Gratuity" and why am I paying for her food?" pic.twitter.com/UGGmZZMjo0
— Simple. Bold. Love. (@sawngbyrd28) April 27, 2017
"I actually invented Lemonade so it should be free." pic.twitter.com/k8Yq3aGTLa
— blaria. (@Keelectric_Lady) April 27, 2017
"Right here your menu says Lemonade and not Lemonade the best selling Peabody Award winning album by Beyoncé so I need you to reprint this." pic.twitter.com/TcJ6AxCsyc
— Korbin Jones (@koscojo) April 27, 2017
"I only had an appetizer & a water…" pic.twitter.com/o3OqzVjAWv
— eric ✌ (@thetrillgent) April 26, 2017
"Okay, I don't know who ordered the gratuity" pic.twitter.com/BRx82K88Zm
— fox sin of greed (@EatMyHeartOut_) April 27, 2017
Waiter: *inner thought* who does she think she is ordering all this stuff?
Beyoncé: I'm Beyoncé and make sure them candy yams are candied. pic.twitter.com/MJ039SqYDX
— Yadii In My Blood (@BlessedZvy) April 27, 2017
She better have, too.
Beyoncé – "You see all this on the menu?"
Beyoncé – "I want all that shit" pic.twitter.com/MgYZGAfBD6
— Damedashbk (@DameDashBEYk) April 27, 2017
In news that should come as no surprise to you, unless you've literally spent the last two months under a rock or in a cave or on another planet, Beyonce is pregnant with twins.
She hasn't revealed her due date, or any other details about the pregnancy, but judging by the size of her bump the last time we saw it, we'd have to imagine those babies are coming soon.
We also keep hearing reports about how tired and miserable she is, so you know the end is near.
But while we're so happy that Beyonce is bringing two new beings into this world, little children that will surely be full of love and magic and beauty ...
Is it wrong to wish that we could have seen more of her pregnancy?
After all, she basically went into hiding after the Grammys, with reports saying that she doesn't want people to see her because she's gained weight.
That's a tough pill to swallow, since Beyonce oozes confidence and also because she'd be flawless at any weight whatsoever.
But whatever the reason for her hiding, it still hurts a little, you know?
Well, trust Beyonce to heal all wounds -- the goddess herself just shared a new video of herself and that glorious bump.
It's a little weird, but we'll take it.
Check out Beyonce looking so radiant (and SO PREGNANT) in the video below:
I am going to refuse to give my money to any remake from this point forward out of spite.
Let’s be real. The Cinderella remake was boring. The Beauty and the Beast remake was a fucking mess. Cast whoever you want. Throw in every big name celebrity who can’t fucking sing you want. I’m out.
Sources have told Variety that director Jon Favreau’s first choice to voice Nala in the upcoming Lion King remake is Beyonce. Will Bey take it though?
Since becoming pregnant with twins, she’s dropped out of Coachella and been taking it easy, and a voice acting role where they will accommodate her schedule might be more her speed. Insiders stress that she has made no decisions yet.
Other people already on board for the movie include Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who is reprising his role as Mufasa.
I’m already bored by this.
Okay, this is pretty cheesy!
Sculptor David Bradley has created a 45-pound sculpture of Beyoncé -- made entirely out of five blocks of cheddar cheese for the East Village Cheese and Wine festival in London (above)!
Although the masterpiece called Brie-Oncé is pretty awesome, we're a little disappointed there's not also a Blue Cheese Ivy! LOLz!
[Image via Instagram.]
Good. Coachella sucks. All these rich white granola fucks pay to go out there in Native American headdresses and take molly. They could do all that anywhere in the world without directly helping to fund the Coachella CEO’s personal crusade against queer people and women.
Yeah, he one of those.
Don’t fret, granola fucks, Beyoncé is only cancelling this year because she’s pregnant AF, and will be back to headline for Coachella 2018: The Rise of Christian Sharia Law.
From E! Online:
“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyoncé has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” read a message posted on Coachella’s Facebook page. “However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding.”
Pregnant twerking for two hours outside for a bunch of mayo fucks ain’t worth it. Take care of your million dollar fetus, Bey. While we aren’t sure exactly how far along she is, she looks far along enough that performing two sets at Coachella would totally suck for her.
While Beyonce’s replacement has not been announced yet, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are still gonna play, which is honestly cool as fuck.
According to Radar, Beyonce and Adele are teaming up to record a girl power anthem that will probably make you shit yourself. A source told the site:
“They’re still talking about what they want to do. But this is going to be one of the biggest duets of all time.”
Considering Beyonce got robbed at the Grammys when Adele’s album nabbed the album of the year award over hers, and Adele responded by flat out acknowledging it, I can see why Beyonce would do it.
It’s not Adele’s fault music big wigs only like to give awards to white artists.
We all knew they were not about to hand a major award to Beyonce for Lemonade, an album celebrating black women. The source added:
“Adele is a huge Beyonce fan, and it was her idea to team up together. This is going to be a girl power anthem!”
I know it’s illegal to criticize Beyonce or whatever, but I think turning your five-year-old daughter into a brand is probably a little weird.
Blue Ivy is either gonna be president one day or the next generation Macaulay Culkin. Either way she will live in a gold palace probably.
Soon you’ll be able to buy Blue Ivy Carter video games, hair care products, lipsticks, and more. Even mobile devices. Which is weird, because Blue Ivy is five and probably doesn’t even know what a brand is. They are gonna be selling perfume with her name on it and she’s too young to even wear it.
Apparently, Beyonce’s company was shut down for trying to turn her daughter into a Brand in 2012, because the name Blue Ivy was already taken. Second time is the charm, probably.
Did you think Beyonce just took one pregnant photo and called it a day? Oh no.
Beyonce’s full photo shoot is now out and it’s just as strange as the first pic.
After using leftovers from a Party City prom for her first pic, the rest continue the floral theme though with fewer neon mesh veils.
She did some of the classic “naked holding boobs and belly” pregnancy poses that half of all celebrities are obliged to do.
Then Blue Ivy got a little screentime, looking like she was on her way to dance class when her mom made her take a quick pic. Also, Blue Ivy looks way less excited about this whole process, which we can understand.
For the last of the land based photo series, Beyonce is sitting on a busted up car full of flowers in front of a sky backdrop. I don’t know what this means, but I’m not much of an artist. Also, can you see her pubes in this? It doesn’t look like she’s wearing underwear, but I guess she could be wearing a pube colored thong.
Tiring of life on land, Beyonce switched it up entirely for some lovely under water photos.
Beyoncé's underwater maternity photos pic.twitter.com/4HfVdNqNIG
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) February 2, 2017
These mermaid shots are insanely beautiful, I have to admit.
This whole photo shoot affair proves why Beyonce is better than us all. I would never have the patience to post anything more than one shot of a pregnant belly before I got bored and annoyed. But Beyonce was willing to go out, buy an old fucked up car, get a million flowers, and take enough pictures underwater where all the fabrics flowed in just the right way. Try going underwater with ten feet of fabric and see how elegant you look. I guarantee you’ll end up choking on your scarves.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are expecting twins. Amazing. Does this mean all those divorce rumors aren’t true?
Beyonce put it out on Instagram where she captioned it:
We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters
Don’t people have kids to keep their marriage together? Guess Jay-Z’s rumored love child with a teenage lover is gonna have a couple more stepbrothers/stepsisters.
Beyonce vs. Kardashian
After Kanye repeatedly criticized Jay Z and Beyonce during one of his mental illness inspired rants on tour, Kim Kardashian tried to smooth things out. It didn’t go well.
Radar Online’s source said, “Basically [Beyonce] told Kim to never, ever, contact her or her husband again and said stuff like she thought that the two of them are made for each other because they are both talentless and pathetic!”
This is a blow to Kim who apparently had been repeatedly trying to schedule play dates with their children. Beyonce wasn’t having it.
After Kim got robbed, neither Beyonce or Jay Z called to check in and see how she was doing, mostly cause they clearly don’t give a shit. Kanye talked a bunch of shit about Jay Z on his tour, but immediately regretted it.
“Kim and Kanye both felt awful and got into it because Kim told Kanye that he had ruined their chances of being friends with Beyonce and Jay,” said the source.
K&K tried again, by inviting Bey and Z to their holiday party, but the mail bounced back with a note of “return to sender.”
Kim, of course you want to be friends with Beyonce. Everybody wants to be friends with Beyonce. But it’s not happening. It will never happen. If Beyonce loses all her friends in a fire, she still won’t be friends with you.
Hopefully Kim won’t take Beyonce’s harsh words as some kind of humorous friend joke and invite them to spend a weekend in Tahoe. Kim needs to get the message that even though she’s rich, money can’t buy Beyonce.
2016 sucked for just about everyone whose name doesn't start with "B" and end with "-eyonce."
We'd say it was a pretty good year for Donald Trump, too, but let's face it:
The man never wanted to be president, and now he has to eat dinner with Mitt Romney without making a single comment about the waitress' ass for fear of offending Mitt's Mormon sensibilites.
Looks like we've veered slightly off topic. Let's get back to Bey.
While for the rest of us, 2016 was the year of Oh God, why is this happening?! for Beyonce it was the year of Lemonade.
Bey's confessional "visual album" turned actual album turned wildly lucrative tour brought in huge bucks and introduced us all to Becky With the Good Hair.
In case you somehow missed it, Bey strongly hinted that Jay Z cheated on her throughout the album, and we imagine things were a little awkward around the Carter household in the days after its release.
In the week's after Lemonade became an overnight sensation, fans often joked that Jay was probably cool with being publicly called out due to the amount of money his incredibly successful wife brings in.
There may be some truth to that, but the fact remains that Jay still does very, very well in his own right.
In fact, the hip hop legend earned almost as much as Bey this year, despite not touring or releasing an album.
According to Forbes magazine's list of the year's highest-ranking musicians, the Carters (once again the only husband-and-wife team to make the list) are worth something in the neighborhood of $1 billion.
One would assume that Bey would easily out-earn her husband given how dormant he's been on the music scene, but Jay still rakes in royalties from 20 years worth of classic jams.
On top of that, this year saw him pulling in huge bucks from his investments in D'Usse cognac and Ace of Spades champagne.
In total, Jay earned about $53.5 million in 2016, just shy of Beyonce's total income of $54 million.
Forbes made no mention of the losses Jay may have sustained from his involvement in the Tidal fiasco, but something tells us the Carters will be just fine.
Kanye West Melts Down On Stage (Again), Calls Out Beyoncé, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, And More: ‘I’m On My Trump Sh*t Tonight’
Oh, Kanye West.
After the polarizing, controversial comments earlier this week about Donald Trump, the artist decided that one heated Saint Pablo show wasn't enough, apparently!
Last night in Sacramento, Yeezy doubled down on controversy, ranting and raving early in his set (before ending it completely after about 30 minutes), and upstaging his reunion with Kid Cudi to call out Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jay Z, and, yes, Beyoncé!!!
On Queen Bey -- after screaming "MTV, f*ck you," 'Ye said:
"Beyoncé—I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn't perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling' [at the VMAs]. In my opinion...now don't go dissing Beyoncé, she's great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win. Fuck winning, fuck looking cool. Fuck looking cool. Fuck being cool. Fuck all that, bruh. I've been sent here to give y'all my truth even at the risk of my own life, my own success, my own career. Jay Z—call me, bruh. You still ain't called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man."
Fortunately -- or unfortunately -- Kanye was far from done, though.
He also took a shot at Hillary Clinton and compared her to models (?!), saying:
"This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant [thing] happening. If your old ass keeps following old models, you'll be Hillary Clinton."
Obama wasn't far from his sights, either, with Yeezus saying about our current President:
"Obama couldn't make America great because he couldn't be him to be who he was. Black men have been slaves. Obama wasn't allowed to do this [screams] and still win. He had to be perfect. But being perfect don't always change shit, bro. Being perfect don't always change shit, bro."
Deep thoughts with Kanye, anyone?!
How about some more -- like calling out mainstream radio for not playing Frank Ocean or Kid Cudi:
"Radio, fuck you! Oh yeah, I'm on my Trump shit tonight. Radio—fuck you!"
And he even went after DJ Khaled at one time, too, because... why not??
"Is it just me or did you hear that song so many times—you say you wanna play "For Free." Aye, aye. You know what it is, though? Because aye, I love Drake. I love Khaled. But they set that song up, bro. … Khaled, I know you got hitters from Miami. Please do not send them at my head. I just want to have a conversation about how we playing radio's game. Khaled, you a real nigga. Khaled, you a real nigga. You got the keys."
Whew. We're exhausted.
Journalists covering Kanye were exhausted, too (below):
And even with that emotional reunion with Kid Cudi (below), it seems to have been completely overshadowed by all this wackiness:
Here are a few more videos of some of his extended rants (below):
And then, after performing two songs, and ranting for 15 minutes, 'Ye decided he was done.
He ended the show with this (below):
"Right now, press, get ready to write your passive aggressive, LeBron James racist comments, Season 4, racist comments—get ready to have a field day press! Get ready! Get ready, the show is over!"
And then he literally dropped the mic and walked off.
Here it is on video (below):
Predictably, fans were FURIOUS!!!
Ch-ch-check out some of the most infuriated tweets (below):
Kanye just ended his show with a mic drop. I think he was on for what, 30 minutes??! Only 2 songs. And then ranted.
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) November 20, 2016
Crowd booing and yelling "F*** Kanye." Lights just turned on.
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) November 20, 2016
Crowd chanting "F*** you, Kanye" after he showed up an hour & a half late, sang 3 songs, ranted, ended show. #SaintPabloTour pic.twitter.com/cQ7V6pox8R
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) November 20, 2016
Wow to all of this.
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Donald Trump has really done it now.
Sure, you might think this ignorant, racist, anti-Semitic monster had ruined his chance to be elected President of the United States way back when he referred to Mexicans as "rapists."
Or maybe you thought he doomed himself by picking a fight with a former beauty pageant winner... or telling Billy Bush that he just grabs the pussy of any woman he wants.
Or perhaps you believed his Presidential hopes were dashed when 12 women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
But Trump committed his worst offense of all on Saturday: he insulted Beyonce.
After Beyonce and Jay Z campaigned on behalf of Hillary Clinton this weekend, performing a bit prior to bringing the Democratic nominee on stage, Trump told supporters in Nevada that he was aghast of their lyrics.
"I've never said what [Jay Z] said in my life," Trump said in his speech, never specifically referring to any of the rapper's lyrics.
"He used every word in the book last night," Trump continued. "He used language last night that was so bad and then Hillary said, 'I did not like Donald Trump's lewd language.' My lewd language. I tell you what, I've never said what he said in my life."
Trump is using a similar argument here that some of his defenders tried out back after the Bully Bush video went viral.
He's claiming that Clinton and other critics of his are hypocritical because he may have used some "locker room" type of language on various occasions..
... but Clinton is friends with celebrities who have said much worse things in their professional or personal lives.
Here. Take a look at the video below to see a hilarious example of a Republican defending Trump via this same warped logic:
Jay Z performed a number of his hit songs Friday night, and, yes, some of the lyrics uttered were the N-word, F-word and motherf-----, although he did self-censor at certain points.
Let's ignore the fact that footage exists of Trump himself dropping at least two of these words himself on the campaign trail.
And let's focus on the fact that there's a slight difference between Trump bragging about his own treatment of women - and an artist singing broadly about the opposite sex.
Must we really point that out?
Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, also accused Clinton of hypocrisy, referring Twitter followers to Clinton's claim that "our children are listening" in her criticisms of the Republican nominee.
"Because our children are listening" right Hillary? Jay Z drops the n-word, f-bomb during concert for Hillary Clinton," Conway wrote on social media yesterday, linking to a story about Jay Z's use of profanity during the concert.
Elsewhere, Trump also noted during a rally in Reno that he didn't bring any "so-called stars along" with him the trail.
"We didn’t need them,” he told the crowd at a rally in Reno on Saturday. “The reason Hillary has to do that is, nobody comes for her. She can’t fill a room.
"That’s almost like a form of cheating, right?"
Trump had Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr. speaking out for him at the Republican National Convention this summer.
It's not cheating just because Clinton's supporters are more famous.
If Trump wants to call up any of the stars featured above, we're guessing they'd be happy to jump on the campaign trail with him.
The world's most popular celebrity turns 35 years old today.
Yes, we're talking about Beyonce.
Do you really want to object to this statement?
Who else would you like to nominate for this distinction?
Justin Bieber? Yeah, right. We didn't say the world's most shirtless douchebag.
Tom Hanks? Sure, everyone loves Tom Hanks. But they don't worship Tom Hanks. They don't bow down in front of Tom Hanks. They just think he's a great actor and really nice guy.
Chris Brown? Just kidding.
So that leaves us with Beyonce.
She has her detractors, yes. Just ask form New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani how he feels about her proactive stance when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement.
But we still challenge anyone to find a celebrity who is more universally beloved and respected than Beyonce Knowles.
She makes her voice heard on important topics.
She remembers friends, many years after they pass away, and she makes sure everyone else does as well:
She handles rumors of infidelity by taking charge of the narrative.
Heck, she handles rumors of infidelity by selling millions of records, nearly breaking the Internet and dominating the music conversation for months:
She takes over a Super Bowl halftime show even when she is not the featured performer:
She keeps her child out of the spotlight, except for the occasional event when she dresses similarly to Blue Ivy and simply stuns on the red carpet.
We direct you to last month's MTV Video Music Awards:
She simply owns every single awards show at which she performs.
If we were any other singer, we'd refuse to take the stage after a Beyonce performance. There's just no way of looking good afterward.
Beyonce is so loved that Saturday Night Live created a skit based around The Beygency, which is an organization that goes after anyone that dares to speak ill of the artist.
She's reached heights all other celebrities can only dream of.
And she turns 35 years old today!
So please join us in saluting this global superstar, who seems as comfortable at home in her pajamas as she does singing for the President of the United States.
Is she Jesus Christ, as Adele once stated on stage?
We may not go that far.
But we'd consider it.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEYONCE!
The Internet can be a very sad place.
Trust us. We make a living on it.
But have users now fallen to a new low? Is that even possible?
Last Sunday, Beyonce attended the MTV Video Music Awards with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
They wore similar outfits and looked as precious as any mother and her child ever could look.
Here. See for yourself:
This is what we thought, at least.
But a handful of trolls have now taken to Instagram and straight up slammed the four-year old.
Seriously, people are insulting a four-year old, openly referring to her as "ugly" and saying many other mean things.
Ignoring the fact that these morons are wrong (Blue Ivy is totally adorable), the fact that they even feel a need to comment on the looks of an infant is the most troubling thing at play here.
Pretty disturbing, right?
If only those were the only comments of this nature...
And here's something to keep in mind and ponder:
All of these comments were left by women. Every single one of them.
This really shouldn't come as a surprise, sadly. Women are always the harshest critics of other women. But we never would have guessed they'd also be the harshest critics of young women.
Like, really young women.
Thankfully, Blue Ivy's mother is Beyonce Knowles.
And it's hard to think of a better female role model than Beyonce Knowles.
At the end of the day, Blue Ivy will be just fine. Beyonce will make sure of it.
We can't say the same about the people who left the comments above, however.
We pity them. These people have serious, serious mental issues.
While we continue to bow down in the presence of Beyonce, we'll go ahead and offer up some prayers for these misguided souls as well.
The big news leading into Sunday night was Britney Spears was making her return to the VMAs after an almost decade-long sabbatical from the show. The actual big news when Sunday rolled around though was Beyoncé’s performance and Kanye’s music video.
Beyoncé had a 15 minute set which, in hindsight, probably should have been the finale considering she won 8 awards that night. But it wasn’t because that was Rihanna’s gig as she was given the Michael Jackson Vanguard award, an award I still don’t know the purpose of.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
Sadly, Britney Spears was scheduled to perform right after Beyoncé which is like listening to the National Anthem on 4th of July after seeing the fireworks. You’re sort of obligated to stay. The performance was… alright. We did get to see Britney tell G-Eazy that, no, she didn’t want to kiss him. At least something was interesting about the performance.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
Then there was Kanye’s music video premiere which was preceded by Kanye congratulating himself.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
The video for Kanye’s Fade started Kanye West enough and then turned into softcore porn before heading into David Lynch territory.
Meh. I’ve masturbated to weirder.
The MTV Video Music Awards are known almost as much for the eye sores that walk the red carpet as it is for antics that occur during the show.
So, who hopped about this year's Hot Mess Express? Take a spin through the gallery and see.
1. Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo
3. Dascha Polanca
4. Baddie Winkle
6. Dana Baby
Tonight's Beyonce's date to the VMAs put on a ball gown, grabbed her nicest tiara and joined mom, who is not only nominated for 11 Moon Man awards, but will be performing at tonight's show.
Both ladies were decked out in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, per Schwartz's Instagram (she provides jewelry for Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively, to name a few A-Listers).
"My girls! #beyonce #blueivy #vmas #lovethem #likemotherlikedaughter #lorraineschwartzjewelry," Schwartz posted to Instagram.
A few months before the big reveal, Beyonce told Piers Morgan that she was ready to start a family with Jay-Z, whom she married back in 2008.
"Jay and I have kind of made a decision that we want to be known for our music and not our relationships or scandals. But he is amazing," she said.
"I definitely had a very natural friendship and connection with him. We've been together for a very long time and I'm very happy. Love is the foundation of everything, everything I do. My music is inspired by love -- from my family, my husband, my sister."
Beyonce and Blue posed with other guests who are part of Mothers of the Movement, which provides resources and information for mothers and other women who "think about social change."
Never has this movement been more significant than in 2016, with the deaths of several young black men at the hands of police officers.
Beyonce herself brought the moms of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Mike Brown and Eric Garner to tonight's show. Three of the women were featured in the singer's Lemonade album holding photos of their late sons.
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards airs tonight at 9 p.m.
The VMAs aren't like other award shows.
But unlike when someone you met on Tinder tells you they're not like other girls/guys, in this case, the claim is legit.
You never know what might happen at the VMAs.
Kanye might interrupt someone's acceptance speech.
Nicki Minaj might call out Miley Cyrus.
Kanye might interrupt everyone's acceptance speeches.
You really never know.
In fact, the only thing that's certain is: there will be some amazing performances.
Check out the gallery below to relive some of the most unforgettable musical moments from 32 years of the VMAs.
1. Beyonce: "Love on Top," 2011
2. Madonna: "Like a Virgin," 1984
3. Britney Spears: "Slave 4 U," 2011
4. Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me," 2009
5. Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady"/"Way I Am," 2000
6. Diddy, Faith Evans, Sting: "I'll Be Missing You"
On Thursday, the “Lemonade” songstress, 34, shared a collage of photos featuring herself and her 4½-year-old daughter in various poses, with “Best Friend” by Young Thug providing the soundtrack over the clip.
The twosome wore matching long-sleeved aqua dresses with a floral print, getting silly for the camera on a Paris balcony with the Eiffel Tower in the background. In a couple of the shots, Blue appears to be blowing a kiss to the camera; in another, the twosome are gleefully jumping into the air.
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The singer and her only child with husband Jay Z, 46, have a history of donning matching outfits — including French-inspired ones.
For Mother’s Day, the mother-daughter team wore matching Gucci denim jackets, embroidered with delicate flower, bird and butterfly patches and the French phrase “l’aveugle par amour” on the back.
In 2014, the pair wore coordinated dresses — again with a floral print — at N.Y.C.’s since-closed Domino Factory. In fact, their past style-matching moments have included everything from dresses to manicures, to swimsuits and even shoes.
Two months after Blue’s birth, the mom of one was seen toting her around wearing cat-inspired flats, while mouse slippers adorned her baby girl’s feet.
— Jen Juneau