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Exclusive Excerpt From New Book Of Beyoncé Essays

March 16, 2019

In an exclusive excerpt from the essay collection QUEEN BEY: A Celebration of Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, former Billboard deputy editor Isabel González Whitaker recalls her experiences interviewing the singer and the immediate warmth and kinship she felt during their interactions over the years in a piece entitled: "Finding La Reina in Queen Bey."

It wasn’t until the third time that I met Beyoncé that she showed me her superpower.

The first two times, in the late nineties, I just said hello at record industry meet and greets, where Destiny’s Child was working hard to get fans to say their names. The third and fourth times were a decade later, in 2008 and 2011, by which time Beyoncé had reached certified solo status, as an artist and in name, and I interviewed her for cover stories for InStyle magazine, where I worked as an editor.

The first time I sat down with her, I was nervous and new to my job, as well as emotionally fragile, having lost my mother a few weeks prior. Beyoncé was my first true superstar inter- view. I remember exactly what I wore because I gave it tons of thought, as you do when you are going to meet an artist you have long admired. But I was also there to get a job done, so I chose a boxy Maria Cornejo black top paired with a black high- waist wool gabardine Stella McCartney skirt, Lucite wedge heels from United Nude, and one of my mom’s chunky necklaces for good luck. My boss told me I looked chic, which was what I was aiming for. Beyoncé complimented my shoes, which is why I’m sitting here now wondering why I ever got rid of them.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z to be honored at GLAAD Media Awards in LA

March 12, 2019

GLAAD announced Monday morning that those incomparable forces of nature and culture Beyonce and Jay-Z will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The Vanguard Award is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous honorees include Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Patricia Arquette, and last year’s recipient Britney Spears.

“Beyoncé and Jay- Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “When Beyoncé and Jay-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color, and marginalized communities everywhere.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z have been long-time allies to LGBTQ people. Beyonce is a deity to the LGBTQ community and has collaborated with LGBTQ artists including Big Freedia and Frank Ocean. In addition, she has shown her support for marriage equality and has spoken against anti-LGBTQ laws. She also dedicated her performance of “Halo” to the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting during “The Formation World Tour.” Ivy Park, her athleisure clothing line, showcased transgender actress Laverne Cox as one of the featured faces in one of the brand’s promos.

Beyonce.com: International Women's Day 2019

March 8, 2019

Beyonce took to her website to celebrate International Women's Day.

"Queen Bey" - a collection of essays available now!

March 7, 2019

A new book about Beyoncé hit stores this week! "Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter", edited by Veronica Chambers, is a collection of essays that look at the Beyoncé phenomenon from many different angles, including music, fashion, politics, feminism, celebrity, business and more. It features a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars. Read more and buy the book now!

Pajama party in Los Angeles (March 2)

March 3, 2019

Last night Beyonce attended a pajama party in Los Angeles.

The Bey Keeper - Yvette Noel-Schure Profile - Beyoncé's Publicist

March 1, 2019

The first time I met Yvette Noel-Schure was by mistake. I was on my way to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour, but Los Angeles traffic prevented me from arriving at a reasonable hour. I sprinted to the ticket booth, only to discover the windows were closed for the evening. Heaving and sweating, with the sounds of “Diva” booming from inside the stadium, I was crushed. But there, standing at the shuttered window, was a woman holding an envelope with my name on it. Fresh-faced in a floral jumpsuit with not a hair out of place, she handed me my tickets. I nearly collapsed in gratitude, and asked for her name: “I’m Beyoncé’s publicist,” she said. She smiled and walked away.

The second time I met Noel-Schure was under more carefully planned circumstances, months later in her office, a tiny, candlelit oasis with a diffuser pumping a scent called “Peace” into the air. It is here, inside the Manhattan office building that houses Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment—visitors sign strict N.D.A.s via iPad at the reception desk—where Noel-Schure conducts arguably the most important work in the entertainment business. She is in charge of shaping, managing, and executing the messaging of the world’s biggest modern icon—an artist who handles the work of releasing an album with the secrecy and large-scale tactical precision of a major military operation.

I expect Noel-Schure to work in a high-tech fortress but, instead, her shelves are filled with large binders hand-labeled with the names of Beyoncé’s major tours. Noel-Schure has been representing major pop stars for over three decades and, at 57, her old-school methods still serve her well. “I’m very anal,” she says in her gentle Caribbean accent. “I keep impeccable files of who came to the show. This is just a sampling...I know when the requests came in, I know when I answered them.”

VSU Offering Academic Credit for Studying "Lemonade"

February 25, 2019

Valdosta State University is now offering students the chance to study the work of Beyoncé for academic credit.

The course, AFAM 3600 E: Black Women in Modern America, kicked off this semester and is taking a deep dive into Beyoncé’s groundbreaking sixth studio and visual album “Lemonade.”

The 2016 album captured the pain and triumph of the black female experience to great critical acclaim using stunning visuals, compelling music, and rich storytelling. The work ignited widespread discourse on race, class, and gender, and this VSU course is continuing that conversation by unpacking the many themes found in “Lemonade,” including black identity, feminism, marital infidelity, sisterhood, and faith. The course is also exploring how black women are portrayed in mainstream culture.

The album will serve as a jumping off point to explore such issues through the eyes of numerous other writers, artists, poets, and scholars as the course unfolds. The course was inspired by the “Lemonade Syllabus,” a robust list of resources compiled by writer Candice Marie Benbow that help to unpack all the themes that permeate “Lemonade.”

“If you’re going to have a black feminist theory, then you need to study Beyoncé,” said Caterina Orr, adjunct instructor for African-American Studies. “It’s really just that simple.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Host Star-Studded Oscars Party

February 25, 2019

Hold up! Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 2019 Oscars party was on another level!

While some celebrations this weekend included red carpet entrances and camera crews documenting the fun, this A-list couple decided to make things a bit more private.

Fortunately for pop culture fans, E! News is getting exclusive inside details about the star-studded event. Brace yourself: You're going to wish you scored an invite to this celebration.

"The party was completely A-list," a source shared with E! News. "Guests began arriving around midnight and they didn't leave until about 5 a.m. and later. It was the party everyone wanted to be at it seems."

Some of the lucky attendees including Jamie Foxx, Adele, Drake and Rihanna. In addition, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attended together while the newly engaged Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom celebrated as one.

New Trailer for 'The Lion King'

February 25, 2019

Disney released a new trailer and poster for The Lion King!


Beyonce And Travis Scott Are Reportedly Working On Music Together

February 24, 2019

Who would have imagined Beyonce and Travis Scott would be embarking on new music together? According to Tone Stith, talks of a collaboration between the two artists were buzzing for L.A. songwriters.

Speaking to VIBE for our Views From The Studio series, the 20-year-old shared how his single "Good Company" with Swae Lee and Quavo was created with Beyonce and Travis Scott in mind.

"I made the track originally for Travis Scott and Beyonce because somebody told me they were looking for a song but he heard the track and was like, "Let me do something with this."

The Carters Win Brit Award for Best International Group

February 21, 2019

Beyoncé and Jay-Z pretaped an acceptance speech re-creating their “Apeshit” video to accept their award for Best International Group at the last night's BRIT Awards. Beyonce also wrote on Instagram:

"Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾 In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy."



Beyonce.com: RIP Karl Lagerfeld

February 21, 2019

Beyonce took to her website to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld.

Art gallery in Los Angeles (February 16)

February 17, 2019

Beyonce and Jay-Z were photographed yesterday at an art gallery in Los Angeles.

Beyonce.com: My Valentine

February 16, 2019

Beyonce updated her website and Instagram with Valentine's Day photos. She wrote: "I hope y’all had a Valentine’s Day full of love! 💋"



Nobu Restaurant in Malibu (February 14)

February 15, 2019

On Valentine's Day, Beyonce and Jay-Z went out to the Nobu Restaurant in Malibu.

Beyonce.com: 2.14.19

February 15, 2019

Beyonce posted new personal photos on her website and Instagram.



Madeo Restaurant in Los Angeles (February 12)

February 15, 2019

Beyonce was spotted arriving at the Madeo Restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The Carters Nominated at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards

February 14, 2019

Nominations for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards were announced on Wednesday (February 13). Beyoncé and JAY-Z, a.k.a. The Carters, have been nominated for three awards in the music categories, including Outstanding Album. Earlier, Queen Bey also received a solo nomination for Entertainer of the Year.

The 2019 NAACP Awards are scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 30. The ceremony will air live on TV One.

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“A Good Night” – John Legend feat. BloodPop
“All The Stars” – Black Panther – Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R., Bryson Tiller
“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
“Everything Is Love” – The Carters

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
APESHIT – The Carters
Could’ve Been – H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller
Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
This Is America – Childish Gambino
All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA

Dreamweavers Art Gala

February 14, 2019

Yesterday Beyonce attended Dreamweavers Art Gala at UTA Artist Space in Los Angeles.


Beyonce.com: 2.12.19

February 14, 2019

Beyonce shared personal photos from Michael B. Jordan's birthday party on her website.

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Nicki Minaj appeared on SiriusXM Shade 45 to promote her new album Queen where she revealed her favorite compliment from longtime friend and collaborator Beyoncé.

Minaj recalled Bey's reaction to her 2014 VMA performance of "Bang Bang" with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, where her outfit change didn't go exactly as planned and resulted in an epic wardrobe malfunction. "One time she did say, which I thought was a really sweet compliment, she said that when I was almost on national TV with my boobs out on an award show because I couldn’t zip my dress up in time, she was like, ‘Oh my God I have so much respect for that, for the way you handled that. That was so professional. You didn’t miss your cue! You went out there with that dress the way it was…You were on that stage when your first line came on. You did what you had to do!’”

After the performance, Minaj was pretty embarrassed but found solace in Beyoncé's encouraging words. “I was very proud to get a compliment like that from her because I was devastated and humiliated to be on stage with half of my torso out zipping up a dress on a live award show.”

Listen to Minaj's interview below.

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.
A Beyonce and Jay-Z concert ended in chaos on Saturday night after a stage invader managed to make to get within feet of the super stars as they walked off stage.

Video of the performance in Atlanta showed the invader casually make his way on to the stage from the audience, before rushing after the power couple; when the dancers realised what happened they rushed to the back of the stage moments to stop his tracks, before security guards also rushed the stage.

Many of the session musicians also on stage seem unaware of what is taking place below them, as they continue to perform.

In videos, shared by concertgoers at the venue, it appears that the invader is held down by security guards, however fans took to Twitter to ask where security was in the first place.

Beyoncé’s publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed via Instagram that the pair are fine.

‘Beyonce and JAY-Z on stage tonight in Atlanta. Thank you to all the fans for your concern,’ she wrote on Instagram, ‘they are fine and looking forward to the show tomorrow.’ Read more...
Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s On the Run II Tour tops the Hot Tours list dated Aug. 25, thanks to the latest batch of earnings reported to Billboard Boxscore for the couple's successful trek. Their placement is fueled by recent engagements in Minneapolis, Detroit, and two sold-out shows for 86,000 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which totaled $21.2 million in grosses.

With the addition of these four dates, Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s co-headline trek exceeds $150 million grossed, rising to a total of $150.7 million. Across 29 shows in Europe and the U.S., total attendance has reached 1.4 million. There are 19 dates left to report to Boxscore before the tour closes on Oct. 4 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

With another month and a half of dates still ahead for Beyoncé and JAY-Z, their tour is trending toward the $250 million mark. As implied by the tour’s name, it is the sequel to their original 2014 On the Run stint. The 2018 installment has already blown past its predecessor, which brought in $109.6 million.

The couple’s massive summer tour caps off a particularly fertile few years of their storied careers. They released a pair of complimentary albums, Beyoncé’s Lemonade in 2016 and JAY-Z’s 4:44 the following year. Combined, these two efforts yielded 21 entries on the Hot 100 and earned 3.5 million equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music. Together, they completed the trilogy with 2018’s Everything is Love, billed to The Carters. The joint album, released in the middle of their European leg, topped five Billboard charts dated June 30, 2018, including Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, and Digital Albums.
Music stars gathered at New York's Radio City Hall on Monday for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The Carters were not present at the ceremony but won in two categories. Congrats!

Best cinematography
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” – Def Jam Recordings – Cinematography by Pau Castejón
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records – Cinematography by Scott Cunningham
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Cinematography by Benoit Debie (WINNER)
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Cinematography by Larkin Seiple
Eminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick Meller
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Island Records – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

Best art direction
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment – Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue (WINNER)
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records – Art Direction by Jason Kisvarday
J. Cole – “ATM” – Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope Records – Art Direction by Miles Mullin
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records – Art Direction by Pepper Nguyen
SZA – “The Weekend” – TDE/RCA Records – Art Direction by SZA and Solange
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess
Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton declared August 8th as a statewide “Beyoncé and Jay-Z Day” in anticipation of the megastar couple’s concert in Minneapolis. “Beyoncé and Jay-Z have taken home numerous awards from platforms such as the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and NAACP Image Awards, among others and have sold millions of records worldwide,” Dayton wrote in an official proclamation.

“Through their lives and music, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have inspired Minnesotans, and music fans around the world,” he continued.

The proclamation was signed shortly before the couple gave a joint concert at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Dayton’s announcement comes over two years after he declared May 23rd as statewide ‘Beyoncé Day’ before the 36-year-old singer gave a concert in Minneapolis in 2016. Neither one of the pair were born or raised in Minnesota, with Beyoncé from Texas while Jay-Z is from New York. Read more...
Photographer Gillian Laub revisits some outtakes from an emotional day with Beyoncé, Michelle, Kelly, and the Knowles family.


In the summer of 2001, I was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to photograph Destiny’s Child for a special women’s issue. The theme was women photographing women. It was one of my earliest commissions, and I was over the moon when I got the call. I spent the day backstage as they prepared for that evening’s concert in Albany, New York. I loved what a family affair this was. Beyoncé Knowles was surrounded by her parents, sister, and her cousins. It felt like Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and Beyoncé were sisters, too. Before the trio went onstage, they said a prayer that felt so earnest and pure, it almost felt intrusive to photograph. But now, I’m so glad I did. Read more...