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“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.
It was announced today that global icon Beyoncé will perform at the City of Hope gala on October 11 in Los Angeles. This will mark her first solo performance following the successful run of the biggest tour of the summer, with JAY-Z. OTRII stadium tour started in Cardiff, UK in June and is scheduled to wrap on October 4 in Seattle, Washington.
City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, is honoring Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award. Platt has worked with Beyoncé since 2005.
Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution's commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 45-year history, the group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.
The evening’s host will be producer/entertainer Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, multi-Grammy winner/entrepreneur, will present the award to Platt.
“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter announce a new scholarship program that will award one exceptional senior high school student, with financial needs, 100K to put toward their enrollment in a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019. The award will serve as a dedicated university-based fund for each selected student throughout the duration of the student's enrollment.
This back to school season, students in OTRll Tour markets, who are preparing for college, will be chosen by Boys and Girls Club of America. Qualified students must demonstrate academic excellence and show financial needs that would make it hard for them to enter a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019.
The markets will include Atlanta, where the OTRll Tour plays at Mercedes Benz Stadium Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, Orlando, Miami, Arlington, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Seattle.
The Carters have had a long history of helping students with The Shawn Carter Foundation spearheading college tours to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and providing scholarships to college bound students nationwide
Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, created the Formation Scholars Award, a merit program, in 2017 to help female students start or further their college education, and this year announced the Homecoming Scholars Award, a second merit program, opened to qualified students, regardless of gender, to enter or continue their studies at one of eight HBCUs.
Just before Coachella was rechristened Beychella, Beyoncé Knowles and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing had an idea. It happened in a rehearsal, while Beyoncé and her dancers were practicing in their Balmain-made looks inspired by the marching band uniforms of America’s historically black colleges and universities. “When she saw all the dancers loving the outfit—and she was loving her own outfit—she realized that what we were creating on stage for her, for all the dancers, was something really impactful,” says Rousteing. It clicked: Why not make a Beyoncé x Balmain collaboration that could make those poignant graphics available to all of Bey’s fans clamoring for a piece of history?
On Friday, July 13, Balmain will launch a three-piece Balmain x Beyoncé collection in its Paris flagship, with the items going on sale on balmain.com and beyonce.com the following day. Comprised of the yellow and pink sweatshirts Beyoncé wore on stage at Coachella, the collection also includes a black tee with the same sorority-inspired graphic.
“I worked really long with her on the Beychella moments, and the fact that we can release this collaboration that is based on our creativity, Beyoncé and I, is really a big, big step for fashion and music together,” continues the designer. “Beyoncé, she’s such a perfectionist; she’s someone that is so strong and has such a great point of view. She’s about feminism, empowering women, and the idea of bringing that collaboration where we can share the same ideas, the same vision of music, the same vision of fashion, the same vision of what is going on in the world, it’s more than just clothes. It’s a strong message, and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have teamed up with two of the world's most prestigious youth-focused initiatives, The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, to reward fans for being kind, charitable and doing good for others. Fans who volunteer through these organizations will be given the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the United Kingdom and European dates on the OTR all stadium tour.
The BeyGOOD/DoGood campaign kicks off in the UK on June 6 in Cardiff, Wales, with The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, to help change young lives. Beyoncé also partnered with The Prince's Trust in 2014 during her solo Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Global Citizen continues the campaign in Europe starting on June 19 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. First launched in 2012, Global Citizen is an international advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030. In addition to performing twice at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, in New York City, Beyoncé has joined forces with Global Citizen through Gucci's CHIME FOR CHANGE with a focus on social issues faced by women and girls globally.
"The united efforts of BeyGOOD/DoGood, along with our amazing partners The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, are calling upon you to lift your voices, lend your hands and share your creativity as active and positive forces for doing good," states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy (BeyGOOD) and Corporate Relations for Parkwood Entertainment. "Wherever you are and whatever skills, talents and resources you possess, are of value to others in your community, country and across the globe."
Following the initial announcement of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, Beyoncé through her BeyGOOD initiative has partnered with Google to announce more scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Google.org will match her original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including, Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father's alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the previously announced Universities: Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman.
One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.
Beyoncé has amped up the visibility of her philanthropic work after her historic Coachella performance. On Monday, the singer revealed that she would be donating $100,000 of scholarship funds to HBCUs. The four schools included Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Bethune-Cookman University and Tuskegee University.
Bey is now using her activewear brand IVY PARK to help to empower young female figure skaters through the organization Figure Skating in Harlem. Through the collaboration, the young girls were gifted with product from the line to help encourage them to continue on in their sport.
FSHarlem was started by Sharon Cohen in 1997 as a means to give girls in the New York City community a space to participate. Figure skating can often times be exclusive to people of a certain class and demographics. Cohen believed that the discipline required to partake in figure skating would help to foster the tools needed to succeed in school and through college.
As a part of the campaign, the FSHarlem girls modeled the Spring line in a short film. Cohen says they were “in shock” when she revealed that they would be working for the pop star.
Today, Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, announces the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Universities, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.
On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival's 19-year run.
The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year.
The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.
Beyoncé is auctioning the massive black hat she wore during her Formation World Tour behind Lemonade. The winner of the auction will receive the iconic, 10x8 inch felt hat signed by Beyoncé as well as a photograph of her wearing it. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the the Lung Transplant Project. Find more information on it and place your bids here.
Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomForGirls now: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
UPDATE: Beyonce also posted about the campaign on Instagram:
Beyoncé is fundraising for hurricane victims in the Caribbean in the most Beyoncé way ever: by dropping a surprise song.
The singer released a new remix Thursday to the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy Williams and J Balvin. The remixed single features Beyoncé spitting a little bit of Spanish and dropping in a whole verse.
“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” she wrote.
She also linked back to the hurricane relief page of her website, which includes various ways people can donate to victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Watch the video below, buy the song on iTunes and read the lyrics under the cut!
During Tuesday night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, Beyoncé appeared to make an emotional plea for viewers to call in and donate to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, whose hometown of Houston was hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey last week, gave a powerful speech about the importance of coming together to help those who were affected.
Beyoncé returned home to Houston on Friday and joined the survivors of Hurricane Harvey at her home church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, with Senior Pastor, Rudy Rasmus - affectionately known to the global community as Pastor Rudy.
Joining Pastor Rudy and Beyoncé were her mother Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue Ivy and bandmate Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, among others who were on hand to provide support and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has profoundly impacted the region.
The Houston native thanked everyone who donated on her Instagram: "Thanks to everyone who donated to BeyGOOD and contributed to helping so many families in Houston. Thank you Pastor Rudy, Michelle, Ingrid and all at St. John's Church. Thank you to Trae Tha Truth and your crew. Y'all are so consistently dedicated to our community. Thank you!! There is still work to do so please continue to donate and do all you can to restore our city."
Celebrities are not finished helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon are among those set to participate in a multi-network telethon, Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, to assist those affected by the devastating storm. Hand in Hand will air Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC.
Houston native rapper Bun B teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present Hand in Hand, a one-hour special based in Los Angeles "with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert."
George Clooney, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and more also are set to participate.
Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and more organizations.
Beyoncé has launched a new initiative through her BeyGOOD Foundation to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. On a new page of her website, she asks fans to donate to Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation, two local organizations that “have been working with the displaced from the start of Hurricane Harvey's landfall.” Donations will be put towards “long-term revitalization” as well as the purchasing of various immediate needs for victims of the storm, including cots, baby products, wheelchairs, and more.
Beyonce doesn't name names or drop dollar amounts, but she's still having a huge impact in Houston ... with the help of her longtime pastor.
Rev. Rudy Rasmus from St. John's United Methodist Church told TMZ how he and Bey are mobilizing to help Hurricane Harvey victims, but added she commonly keeps her charitable efforts undercover. Might sound weird, but he says Beyonce's just not flashy ... that way.
Remember, Kevin Hart called out Bey and Jay-Z to donate to $25k. There are also rumors she's already given $7 million, but Pastor Rudy -- who performed the Carters' wedding -- says don't expect her to confirm any of that.
As for what he and Bey are doing for evacuees ... he explained what Houston's going to need most in the coming days.
Beyoncé has pledged to do her part to help Hurricane Harvey victims.
The Houston native released an exclusive statement Monday afternoon to the Chronicle regarding the devastating effects still being felt throughout the city.
"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," she said.
"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."
BeyGOOD, launched in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour, is a philanthropic effort that partners with global charity organizations to get people employed and provide clothing, counseling, housing, food and medical assistance.
Beyoncé posted a black and white photo on Instagram of herself holding the Texas flag with the caption, "Texas you are in my prayers." In less than a day it's received more than 1 million likes.
Beyonce fans are being asked to take donations of clothing to her Auckland concerts to support families in need.
Barnardos New Zealand is partnering with Beyonce's official global charity campaign, #BeyGood, to collect donations at her concerts.
The charity will host a donation centre at each concert, and fans are being asked to bring items of clothing to help Barnardos support children and families.
Barnardos chief executive Jeff Sanders said the charity was honoured by the opportunity to distribute the clothing to vulnerable families.
"We're proud that Beyonce is using her platform to share the positive impact Barnardos has on local communities. We're incredibly grateful for her support of Barnardos," Mr Sanders said.
Visitors to the Barnardos New Zealand mobile donation site will also have a chance to win surprise gifts from Beyonce including an official #BeyGood t-shirt, a personally autographed photo or a concert seat upgrade.
Beyonce's Mrs Carter Show is at Auckland's Vector Arena for four nights from October 16.
In related news, Beyonce will reportedly wear a new outfit designed by Dennis Kolpodinos starting Wednesday!
Cufa - Central Ăšnica das Favelas received a very special and inspiring visitor yesterday.
Cufa a not-for-profit organization has a primary goal of providing positive opportunities and alternatives for at-risk youth from low income aka "ghetto" communities.
Billboard singer of the millennium and Ms. Independent woman herself, Beyonce paid a visit to the kids of Cufa yesterday!
The singer spent quality time at Cufa where she watched the institutional video, interacted with the youth and surely made many of her fan's dreams come true.
Following her visit came a surprise that made memories for a lifetime!
Beyonce teamed with CUFA and her charity organization to provide these youth an exclusive escorted participation to her concert in Fortaleza. Her production team provided transportation that picked up the youth from the Favela of Lagamar and took them to spend the entire day leading to the show with her and her production team.
They participated in all of the making-of pre-production and press interviews and later had the opportunity to watch the diva live in concert.
A new video has been uploaded to The Mrs. Carter Video Diary.
Beyonce also posted about Martin Luther King's speech on her official website:
"50 years ago today, August 28th 1963 - thousands met on the national mall for the march on Washington to fight for racial equality. Those words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King still ring true today."
I met Hannah when she was seven years old. Her unbelievable strength and positive energy instantly drew me in. Hannah has osteogenesis imperfecta, which is more commonly known as brittle bones. Although she faces many challenges every day, her spirit cannot be broken.
Now at 13, she is still a fighter, determined to enjoy life. She loves music, people, and dancing, and boy does she have moves!
On Saturday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z attended a rally for Trayvon Martin in NYC, meeting up with the shooting victim's parents and showing their support for the family. The couple kept a low profile at the event, which Al Sharpton addressed when he spoke, saying, "Jay-Z and Beyoncé said they didn't want to speak, and they didn't come for a photo op." He did reference the couple's stance, though, adding, "Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension — the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody."
During the rally, Beyoncé posted a picture of bracelets in support of Martin with the caption "#actnow4Trayvon" and later took to her website to share a photo of her and Jay-Z with Martin's family. Her appearance at the rally isn't the first time the star spoke out on Martin's behalf, though — on Saturday, hours after the verdict was announced, Beyoncé held a moment of silence for Martin at her concert in Nashville, following it up with the chorus from "I Will Always Love You."
Eddie Mair has spoken to Beyonce, Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek about the Chime for Change concert that took place on Saturday night.
The concert aims to raise awareness of women's issues and raise money for 200 non-governmental organisations working across the world.
Beyonce said she was in 'disbelief' about some of the statistics and that she wanted to get people talking about it.
Salma Hayek told the Andrew Marr Show that she hoped that the Chime for Change movement would in future mean that there 'wasn't a single corner of the world where women didn't have access to human rights'.