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The Carters Nominated for Three Grammys

December 7, 2018

Nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced on Friday morning. The Carters have been nominated in three categories. This year the ceremony is slated for February 10.

Best R&B Performance
LONG AS I LIVE - Toni Braxton
SUMMER - The Carters
Y O Y - Lalah Hathaway
BEST PART - H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
FIRST BEGAN - PJ Morton

Best Urban Contemporary Album
EVERYTHING IS LOVE - The Carters
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - Chloe x Halle
CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ - Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
WAR & LEISURE - Miguel
VENTRILOQUISM - Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Music Video
APES*** - The Carters
THIS IS AMERICA - Childish Gambino
I’M NOT RACIST - Joyner Lucas
PYNK - Janelle Monáe
MUMBO JUMBO - Tierra Whack

On the Run II Tour Nominated at the 2019 Pollstar Awards

December 3, 2018

Pollstar has announced the nominees for the 30th annual Pollstar Awards honoring the top achievers in the live entertainment industry. The ceremony will conclude the 30th annual Pollstar Live! Conference, which runs Feb. 11-13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards, presented by Live Nation, recognize the most successful artists, executives, venues, events and companies in the thriving global live entertainment business.

Beyonce and Jay-Z's On the Run II Tour has been nominated in two categories:

Major Tour of the Year
Ed Sheeran | ÷ Tour
Taylor Swift | Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour
Bruno Mars | 24K Magic World Tour
Beyoncé & Jay-Z | On The Run II Tour
Drake | Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour
U2 | eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour

Best Hip-Hop/R&B
Drake | Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour
Beyoncé & Jay-Z | On The Run II Tour
Post Malone | Beerbongs & Bentleys Tour
Travis Scott | Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour
Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock & More) | The Championship Tour
Childish Gambino | This Is America Tour

Bey and Jay restrict Global Citizen performance broadcast

November 30, 2018

In an effort to keep their performance exclusive for those who have earned their tickets to attend the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday 2 December, Beyonce and Jay Z have restricted the broadcasting of their set.

Those watching the show via SABC, DSTV or the YouTube live stream will only be able to see the first 25 minutes of their performance.

Everything else will be broadcast on DSTV’s pop up channel 199 throughout the day.

There will be repeats of the concert and the additional shows on DStv channel 199 on Monday 3, Tuesday 4, and Wednesday 5 of December.

New Additions to Shop Beyoncé Holiday Collection

November 24, 2018

More items have been added to the Shop Beyoncé 2018 Holiday Collection! Check out here.

Shop Beyoncé Holiday 2018 Collection

November 19, 2018

The Shop Beyoncé 2018 Holiday Collection is available now! Shop here.




Beyonce Takes Full Control of Ivy Park Clothing Line

November 15, 2018

Beyonce's Parkwood has cut ties with British retail magnate Philip Green, ending a 50/50 partnership that culminated in the launch of her athleisure clothing brand Ivy Park.

Green has recently been accused of sexual harassment, bullying and racial abuse of staff at his companies. He was named in parliament last month as having taken steps to prevent publication of the allegations. The billionaire owns the Arcadia Group, parent of Topshop, which reportedly owned half of Ivy Park.

"After discussions of almost a year, Parkwood has acquired 100 percent of the Ivy Park brand," Ivy Park said in a statement, adding that Topshop stores will fulfill any existing orders for Ivy Park clothing.

The deal was originally reported by the Financial Times. Financial details were not disclosed.

The Topshop-backed line of fashion-forward bodysuits, leggings, crop tops and other sporty gear made its debut in March 2016, "creating a new kind of performance wear: modern essentials for both on and off the field," the company said at the time.

Subsequent marketing campaigns have featured SZA, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi and model Sophie Koella, among others.

'Star Is Born' Producer on Why Beyonce, Clint Eastwood Remake Never Happened

November 11, 2018

With the success of Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star is Born, it’s hard to imagine any other actors portraying the roles of Jack and Ally other than Cooper and Lady Gaga. But at one point in time, Beyonce and Clint Eastwood were the stars of the show.

“There was a moment where that was the best version of the movie and then all of a sudden, Beyonce got pregnant. Do we wait?” Bill Gerber, the film’s producer told The Hollywood Reporter. “She was amazing about all this stuff. She always understood if we were going to take a different direction. And then Clint went off and did another movie.”

Speaking on the first meeting of Beyonce and Eastwood, Gerber explained, “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘I think I’m watching something historic about to happen,’ and then it didn’t. It’s just the movie business.”

Ivy Park Resort 2018 Collection

November 2, 2018

Ivy Park Resort 2018 is available now! Shop the new collection.

Beyoncé nominated at the 2018 Soul Train Awards

October 27, 2018

The 2018 Soul Train Awards is going down next month. The nominees were recently unveiled on Thursday (Oct. 25), and Beyonce is up for two awards. The ceremony will air on Nov. 25, on BET and BET HER.

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Beyoncé
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Mariah Carey
SZA

Rhythm & Bars Award (Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
Cardi B – “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
Childish Gambino – “This is America”
DJ Khaled – “No Brainer” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo
Drake – “In My Feelings”
The Carters – “Apeshit”

Roseivyou Instagram account isn’t secretly for Beyoncé

October 24, 2018

Earlier this week, the mysterious Roseivyou Instagram account popped up leaving many to speculate it was a major hint that a new Beyoncé is on the way; a few guesses being a Netflix special and even a joint album with Kelly Rowland.

With the Queen's love of hints (like 2015 Instagram posts with lemons during a time she would likely have been working on 2016's Lemonade), it made sense to many that something was going on, coupled with a video Kelly Rowland posted of herself singing along to an unreleased track with the lyrics "Rose petals at my feet," and rose emojis in the video's caption just a week before the account showed up. A source close to Beyoncé tells The FADER, however, that this account has nothing to do with the singer.

Fans have been deconstructing the page and its posts in the last few days, figuring out that the vocals in the snippet are actually from Beyonce's "Grown Woman", despite the account amassing over 23k followers in just a few days.

I guess we can all unfollow now.

On the Run II Tour Finishes with More Than $250 Million

October 24, 2018

They say it’s a marathon, not a sprint. But for Beyoncé and JAY-Z, it was both. Their sprawling On the Run II Tour finished with $253.5 million in the bank, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

The trek wrapped Oct. 4 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, the last of the 48 stadium dates they played, after beginning June 6 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. From there, the dynamic duo played 18 shows throughout Europe, peaking at London Stadium’s two-night engagement with $11 million grossed and more than 125,000 tickets sold. After a few final shows in France, including their debut performance of “APESHIT” in Paris, they crossed the pond for 30 North American shows, with doubles in Landover, Md.; East Rutherford, N.J.; Chicago; Atlanta; Houston; and Pasadena, Calif. The biggest earner of the tour was the Aug. 25-26 engagement at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, grossing $14.1 million.

On the Run II is the sequel to 2014’s On the Run Tour, a massive success in its own right. Billboard named it the Top R&B/Hip-Hop tour of the year, coming in at No. 8 on 2014's overall Top Tours list, with three appearances on the year-end Top Boxscores ranking. The original trek grossed $109.6 million from 980,000 tickets sold.

But despite the high bar set four years ago, On the Run II expanded The Carters’ worldwide reach. The $253.5 million haul of this year’s run represents a 132 percent increase over the original’s gross. While one might worry that expanding from 21 sold-out stadium dates to 48 would be spreading oneself thin, Beyoncé and JAY-Z were still able to increase their average per-show gross, maintaining a pace of $5.28 million each night.

New On The Run II Arrivals

October 23, 2018

New On The Run II arrivals just landed in the shop!

Beyoncé's submissions for the 2019 Grammy Awards

October 19, 2018

Beyoncé's submissions for the 2019 Grammy Awards have been revealed! See below.

Everything is Love:
Album of the Year
Best Urban Contemporary Album

Apeshit:
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Best Rap Performance
Best Rap Song
Best Music Video

Summer:
Best R&B Performance
Best R&B Song

Beyoncé nominated at the 2018 Billboard Live Music Awards

October 19, 2018

Billboard has announced the nominees for this year’s Billboard Live Music Awards, honoring the top tours, festivals, venues and executives and touring artists in music. The awards take place the first night of the Billboard Live Music Summit, Nov. 13. at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are nominated in three categories:

TOP WORLD TOUR
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

TOP U.S. TOUR
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

TOP DRAW
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

The Carters Win 3 BET Hip Hop Awards

October 17, 2018

The Carters are at it again. The pre-taped 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards aired last night (Oct. 16) and Jay-Z and Beyoncé took home three awards. Congrats!

Album of the Year
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
Drake – Scorpion
J. Cole – KOD
Migos - Culture II
The Carters - Everything Is Love - Winner

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
21 Savage & Offset & Metro Boomin - "Ric Flair Drip"
Blocboy JB - "Look Alive" feat. Drake
Cardi B - "I Like It" feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Post Malone – "Rockstar" feat. 21 Savage
The Carters – "Apes**t" - Winner

Single of the Year
"Apesh*t" - Produced by Pharrell (The Carters) - Winner
"God's Plan" - Produced by Cardo, Young Exclusive and Boi-1da (Drake)
"I Like It" - Produced by Craig Kallman, JWhiteDidIt and Tainy (Cardi B Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin)
"Nice for What" - Produced by Murda Beatz (Drake)
"This Is America" - Produced by Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)

Beyonce And Kelly Rowland Joint Album Rumored To Be On The Way

October 16, 2018

Hive, alert! It looks like there very well may be another joint album with Beyoncé attached on the way…but this time, it’s not with her husband. It looks like Bey’s partner in crime will be none other than her sister in Destiny, Kelly Rowland. At least, that’s what we have in the way of fan speculation at the moment…

Sharp-eyed IG users noticed an ominous, yet unexplained countdown appear on the official “Everything is Love” album page, followed by an also unexplained rose, before finally dropping a snippet that has what sounds like a couple of very familiar voices harmonizing while a rose blooms.

With the name “Rose IV You” attached and the only accounts following being Tidal, Kelly’s, and Beyoncé’s…it sounds very much like this may be a new project from the two OG Destiny’s Children.

Wyświetl ten post na Instagramie.

Rose IV You 🌹

Post udostępniony przez Rose IV You (@roseivyou)


New Ivy Park AW18 Drop

October 9, 2018

The new Ivy Park AW18 drop is available now! Find your closest retailer here.

New OTRII Merch

October 2, 2018

New On the Run II Tour merchandise is available now on Shop Beyonce!

Beychella sweatshirt to be auctioned off at Ebay Celebrity Stylist Sale

September 27, 2018

“There’s something about winning an Ebay auction that’s just so exciting,” says stylist Mariel Haenn, one half of the power duo, known as Rob and Mariel, that’s responsible for J.Lo’s glamorous, high-wattage looks. “Agreed,” says her business partner Rob Zangardi. “That cha-ching notification always gives me a thrill.” Even more so, perhaps, if you have just won the yellow Michael Costello jumpsuit worn by Lopez at the 2015 AMAs, or a pair of Justin Bieber’s quilted leather Balmain skate shoes, or one of Kendall Jenner’s Adidas sweatsuits from her collaboration with Daniëlle Cathari, which are just some of the items that eBay will auction on the site’s first-ever Fall Stylist Sale running from September 25th though October 2nd.

The sale, which is part of the Ebay For Charity initiative, involves a team of top-tier celebrity stylists including Marni Senofonte (whose has dressed Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, and Kendall Jenner); Karla Welch (best known perhaps for her teen-idol clients Justin Bieber and Lorde); Ilaria Urbinati (who outfits leading men like Donald Glover, Rami Malek, and Armie Hammer and the aforementioned Rob and Mariel to curate pieces from their archives for an auction to benefit the cause of their choice. The result is a collection over 50 pieces ranging from jewelry, bags, and shoes to sold-out collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom pieces by designers including Gucci, Valentino, Balenciaga, Jimmy Choo, and Balmain, many of which have walked the red carpet. Prices will start at 99 cents, and the lots will be featured on each of the stylists’ Instagram stories beginning today , allowing shoppers to swipe up and place bids on eBay.

Here, a first look at some of the most covetable pieces that will go under the hammer.

New Ivy Park AW18 Items

September 22, 2018

Are you ready for more Ivy Park?! The latest AW18 drop is in stores now. Find your closest retailer.

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The results of 28th International Pop Poll Awards polling have been announced and Beyonce was one of the winners in two categories:

Top Female Artist
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Beyonce

Top Ten International Gold Songs
We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez) - Charlie Puth
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake
Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
City Of Stars - Ryan Gosling
Closer (feat. Halsey) - The Chainsmokers
Work (feat. Drake) - Rihanna
Hymn For The Weekend (feat. Beyonce) - Coldplay
7 Years - Lukas Graham

Congrats!
The One Club for Creativity (www.oneclub.org) announced today the winners for the 44th Annual One Show Awards in branded entertainment, design, direct, moving image craft, print & outdoor, public relations and responsive environments. Hosted by Daveed Diggs, 2016 Tony award-winning actor from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, The One Show awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Pencils at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

There were 323 Pencils awarded – 92 Gold, 102 Silver and 129 Bronze – to winners from 30 countries. Overall, there were 21,844 entries from 73 countries. Seven Best of Discipline winners were announced, as well as special award winners: Cultural Driver Award and the Green Pencil.

The Cultural Driver Award, which celebrates influential ideas and executions that have had a noticeable impact on pop culture, awarded three Pencils:

Gold Pencil: "Formation" for Beyoncé by PRETTYBIRD/Culver City.

Silver Pencil: "Boost Your Voice" for Boost Mobile by 180LA/Santa Monica.

Bronze Pencil: "Buy Back the Block" for Checkers & Rally's by Fitzgerald & Co/Atlanta + Uproxx Studios/Los Angeles.

"What better way to kick of the Cultural Driver Award than with one of the most influential entertainers of this generation?" said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO of The One Club for Creativity. "Provocative and powerful, 'Formation' – the linchpin of Beyoncé's genre-bending Lemonade album – is more than a song or a music video. It's a manifesto."
Beyoncé attended a VIP screening of “Everything, Everything” on Saturday in Hollywood to support Amandla Stenberg — who stars in the film and also appeared in the singer’s “Lemonade” clip.

Beyoncé — who’s pregnant with twins — was also supporting mom Tina Knowles’ mentorship nonprofit Tina’s Angels, since 32 girls from the program were in attendance. Clad in a pink flowy dress, kimono and platform heels, Beyoncé snuck in the theater to a roar from the packed house.

On the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, "Everything, Everything" stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson talked with Access Hollywood's Alex Hudgens about meeting Beyoncé at the Los Angeles screening of the film.

Beyonce’s rep, Yvette Noel-Schure, is slamming MediaTakeOut for publishing a false story speculating the pregnant superstar received lip injections. In a statement exclusively provided to Gossip Cop, the publicist understandably calls out the webloid for its insensitive fake news.

As Gossip Cop reported earlier, MediaTakeOut accused Beyonce of getting lip injections while pregnant with twins. The story was based only on a photo the singer posted on Instagram, as the site had no other evidence to back up its assertion. Gossip Cop, however, pointed out that the expectant performer’s lips were likely swollen due to side effects from her pregnancy. We also spoke with sources who blasted MTO for its “foolishness.”

Now Beyonce’s spokesperson has a message for the site, and she rightfully doesn’t hold back. In the statement furnished to Gossip Cop and addressed to “MTO staffers,” Noel-Schure says, “What do you know about the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s entire body? Please tell me. Did you know that in addition to weight gain there is often a dramatic change in the blood flow in the system and increased fluid causing swelling? Do you know that often women’s gums get swollen? Do you know that it sometimes affects our speech, our ability to chew intently and a host of other things?”

She continues, “But the sacrifice to our faces, our feet and our entire bodies is something we welcome because we bring beautiful humans into the world who will one day combat your hate and negativity. I stood silent during Beyonce’s first pregnancy when you thought it was okay to bully her like the cowards you are, when you accused her of never being pregnant, but I simply cannot this time.”

“You are the saddest individuals and picking on a pregnant lady is tantamount to possessing the coldest, despicable heart,” Noel-Schure tells MediaFakeOut. “You need to find something else to do with your time and maybe stop by a store that has happiness on sale because you need to buy some.” Gossip Cop couldn’t put it any better, so we won’t even try.




The How To Make Lemonade Box Set is a momentous tome and comprehensive look at Beyoncé’s LEMONADE journey. The How To Make Lemonade Box Set gives unprecedented insight into the making of multiple award-winning LEMONADE, with a numbered, collector’s edition coffee table book, double vinyl LP, and audio and visual album downloads.

The 600+ page hardcover book includes hundreds of never-before-seen photos from the making of LEMONADE, and shows the inspiration and themes behind some of the film’s most provocative and cryptic moments. The foreword is written by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson with poetry by Warsan Shire. Beyoncé’s personal writing and lyrics are interwoven throughout the book. Read more...
To add to the celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.

Four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. The schools selected for participation are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College. All details and application deadlines are available directly from the colleges.
Yesterday morning (April 25), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its annual Global Music Report, an analysis of the revenue of the recorded-music business worldwide. The biggest headline: the global music business grew 5.9 percent in 2016 over the previous year, the biggest revenue growth since the IFPI began tracking the market in 1997 and the second-straight year of growth after 15 years of decline.

As part of that report, the IFPI also released a list of the top albums and songs globally for 2016, breaking out albums by sales numbers (digital downloads and physical sales) and tallying songs by track sales (individual track downloads) and track-equivalent streams. And while Drake was the top-selling artist worldwide last year -- he was named the IFPI's Global Recording Artist of the Year back in February, though total sales were not released -- Beyoncé's Lemonade was the highest-selling individual album of 2016 across the globe, according to the federation.

IFPI's February announcement included the list of the top 10 global artists of the year, with David Bowie, Coldplay, Adele and Justin Bieber rounding out the top five in order. Twenty One Pilots, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Prince and The Weeknd, respectively, made up the rest of the top 10.

But yesterday's Global Music Report broke down albums and songs individually, showcasing a few surprises. Check out the list below. Read more...
DJ Khaled’s “Shining (featuring Beyonce & Jay Z)” soars to the top spot on this week’s Mediabase urban airplay chart.

Up three places from last week’s position, “Shining” seizes the throne from Gucci Mane’s “Both (featuring Drake).” “Both” falls to #2 after four weeks on top.

“Shining” received ~4,337 spins during the April 16-22 tracking week, besting last week’s mark by a healthy 441 spins. “Both” garnered ~4,064 tracking period plays (-365).

Down one place, Khalid’s “Location” grabs #3 on the latest chart. It posted a weekly spin count of ~4,028 (+8).
The Peabody Awards announced their 2017 honorees on Thursday, and Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album has been recognized by the committee for its contributions to American culture.

“Lemonade draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation,” the committee wrote in the announcement on Thursday. “The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture.”

Donald Glover's FX show Atlanta, HBO's Veep, and Louis C.K.’s Horace and Pete were also among the winners of the seven awards.
The Billboard Music Awards are more than a month away, but we already have a good idea of who could be taking home the night’s biggest trophies. The first round of nominees were announced on Monday morning, and Beyonce has already got eight nominations:

Top Female Artist
Adele
Beyonce
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Billboard 200 Album
Beyonce – Lemonade
Drake – Views
Rihanna – Anti
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
The Weeknd – Starboy
Read more...
Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” was among the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced Wednesday.

The full list of finalists represents the 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. Over the next several weeks, the awards organizers will winnow that list down to 30 winning programs. Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.m/8c.

ENTERTAINMENT

“American Crime” ABC Studios (ABC)

“Atlanta” FX Productions (FX Networks)

“Better Things” FX Productions (FX Networks)

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Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.

Sources tell Variety that Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake.

Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa.

Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit “The Jungle Book.”

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast.”

This would mark Beyonce’s first film role since lending her voice to the Fox animated film”Epic.” Her other major movie credits include the 2009 thriller “Obsessed,” 2006 movie musical “Dreamgirls,” and 2002 Mike Myers comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
UTC officials have announced a weeklong series of lectures, events and programming based on Beyoncé's visual album "Lemonade."

UTC faculty and students from the English, art, theater, history and exercise science departments will join representatives from the women's studies program for four events April 3–6.

All events are open to the UTC community and general public.

Guests are invited to a roundtable discussion called "We Are All/Are We All Feminist(s)?" inspired by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche's "We Should All Be Feminists." The program is at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in room 352 of the University Center.

A multimedia visual art experience called "Lemonade: The Lecture" will take place April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in room 201 of Derthick Lecture Hall. The event features 10 faculty members who each will offer a five-minute creative piece. Local Beyoncé drag queen BeeBee Dupree will also perform during the event.

On April 5, guests are invited to a public discussion called "A Night of Black Women Writers" in room 352 of the University Center. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

The week ends with a dance lesson based on Beyoncé's "Formation" single. The event includes a choreography tutorial, preceded by a brief lecture on the influential early 20th-century civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. April 6 at the UTC Aquatic and Recreation Center. Admission is $5. Read more...
Thirsty for more Beyoncé? You’re in luck.

WTRMLN WTR, the cold pressed watermelon juice that the singer invested in less than a year ago, is expanding with three new flavors: ginger lemon, lime and tart cherry. Like the classic juice, the new “BLNDS”—which will be available exclusively at Whole Foods through July for $3.99 per 12 oz. bottle—will use the entire watermelon, rind and all.

“Congratulations to my partners at WTRMLN WTR,” the expectant mom said of the company’s co-founders, Jody Levy and Harlan Berger. “I applaud the innovative female leaders at WTRMLN WTR, who inspire us with their creativity and their true commitment to elevating our community and culture.”

Not only do the drinks give back to your body with detoxifying and alkalizing benefits, but they also give back to the community through the Whole Planet Foundation.

According to a statement, “For every sale of any new WTRMLN BLND, proceeds will provide micro-loans to women around the world to begin their own businesses and lift themselves out of poverty. The partnership with Whole Planet Foundation will impact female entrepreneurs and small businesses around the globe.” Read more...
The Cal Poly ethnic studies department is mixing pop culture and academia by offering a class on Beyoncé Knowles-Carter Spring 2017. The class is called Beyoncé: Race, Feminism, and Politics (ES 470).

The syllabus is modeled after Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.” Each week the class will cover one of the 12 themes Beyoncé covers in the album: intuition, denial, anger, apathy, emptiness, loss, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, resurrection, hope and redemption.

The class will culminate in a Beyoncé conference called “Cal Poly Bey Day,” which will consist of a screening of “Lemonade,” faculty and student presentations, panels on Beyoncé’s work and student performances set to Beyoncé’s music.

The class will also construct an altar dedicated to Beyoncé and women of color who have been subject to police violence. The altar will be based on the African American Policy Forum’s “Say Her Name” Campaign.

Jenell Navarro, a self-described unapologetic Beyoncé fan, will be the first to teach the course at Cal Poly.

“We were looking at women icons of color in the 21st century and no one can deny Beyoncé that title,” assistant professor Navarro said. Read more...