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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 14, 2019 at 22:30.

Portrait of a Nation: Gayle King to Host Biennial American Portrait Gala Honoring Earth, Wind & Fire and More; Michelle Obama Among Presenters

Portrait of a Nation: Gayle King to Host Biennial American Portrait Gala Honoring Earth, Wind & Fire and More; Michelle Obama Among Presenters

The National Portrait Gallery continues to make big news: A week after announcing that Vogue’s history-making portrait of Beyoncé (photographed by Tyler Mitchell) will grace its hallowed halls , the Smithsonian institution announced the talent lineup for its biennial American Portrait Gala, which will take place on Nov. 17 at Washington, D.C.’s Jefferson Hotel, hosted by none other than Gayle...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 14, 2019 at 03:50. 1 comments

Sweet Dream or Beautiful Nightmare? In 22 Days, I'm Going to Find Out That Beyoncé's Diet Is No Joke

Sweet Dream or Beautiful Nightmare? In 22 Days, I'm Going to Find Out That Beyoncé's Diet Is No Joke

I was kidding, I swear. At least, I was mostly kidding when I DM’d The Root’s Editor-in-Chief, Danielle Belton, and asked if the company would pay if I tried the new, Beyoncé-endorsed 22 Days Nutrition program. I even ended my message with the laughing/crying emoji—a clear tip-off that I was joking, right?

Right?

Got 22 Days? Beyoncé and Her Trainer Have Your New Eating Plan

We all saw it—the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 07, 2019.

It's Official: Beyoncé Belongs in the Smithsonian

It's Official: Beyoncé Belongs in the Smithsonian

Last year, Beyoncé helped make history when she approved Tyler Mitchell to photograph her for the cover of the September 2018 issue of American Vogue, making the then-23-year-old the first black photographer —and one of the youngest—to shoot the cover of the world’s best-known fashion magazine in its 126-year history. In the year since, that barrier-breaking moment has spawned others,...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 01, 2019. 7 comments

Blue Ivy Earns a Spot on the Billboard Hot 100 at the Tender Age of 7

Blue Ivy Earns a Spot on the Billboard Hot 100 at the Tender Age of 7

She gets it from her mama—and papa. The “she,” in this case, is Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s first-born, and the “it” being a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The seven-year-old entered the chart at the No. 76 spot for her writing and composing work on the song “Brown Skin Girl” from The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack, Billboard reports.

'Brown Skin Girl' Was Bound to Be Our New...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 25, 2019.

Got 22 Days? Beyoncé and Her Trainer Have Your New Eating Plan

Got 22 Days? Beyoncé and Her Trainer Have Your New Eating Plan

We all saw it—the grueling journey from postnatal (with twins!) ‘Yoncé to Homecoming cutoffs ‘Yoncé—and frankly, I, for one, instantly decided I didn’t have the stamina (seriously, the woman is damn near supernatural). But to hear it straight from the Queen’s mouth in the promo for her newest venture, 22 Days Nutrition, “getting the weight off was so much easier than me getting back...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 20, 2019. 2 comments

'Brown Skin Girl' Was Bound to Be Our New Anti-Colorism Anthem...But It's Also Blue Ivy's 1st Writing Credit!

'Brown Skin Girl' Was Bound to Be Our New Anti-Colorism Anthem...But It's Also Blue Ivy's 1st Writing Credit!

Bow down, Simba...because we already know who the real star of The Lion King reboot is.

The CGI-fueled film opens in U.S. theaters today, but all week we’ve been ramping up, first falling for the fashion-fueled extravaganza that was the “Spirit” video release , and now getting our Afrobeats on with Thursday night’s release of The Gift, Beyoncé’s personally curated collaborative album timed to...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 17, 2019. 1 comments

Beyoncé Made So Many Costume Changes in the ‘Spirit’ Video, We Almost Lost Count [Updated]

Beyoncé Made So Many Costume Changes in the ‘Spirit’ Video, We Almost Lost Count [Updated]

So far, we’ve counted 12—yes, 12 outfits that Beyoncé reportedly sports in the four minutes and 31 seconds the “Spirit” video runs. That’s gotta be some kind of record.

Granted, only 10 of Beyoncé’s reported 12 costume changes made the final cut of the official video for the first single from her Lion King-themed album of original songs, The Lion King: The Gift. We’re sure there’s an extended...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 17, 2019. 1 comments

Watch: Can You Feel Beyoncé's 'Spirit' Tonight?

Watch: Can You Feel Beyoncé's 'Spirit' Tonight?

Beyoncé has done the unthinkable—rebranded the word “spirit” so that when you think of that word, you think of her instead of the wonky airline. Wow.

The video for “Spirit” debuted on the ABC special, The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts on Tuesday night.

The video gives me, “If Beyoncé invited Simba to her version of Timon and Pumbaa’s paradise,” equipped...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019. 7 comments

Duchess Meghan Markle and the Queen Bey Finally Meet

Duchess Meghan Markle and the Queen Bey Finally Meet

Once upon a time, a U.K. princess (okay, duchess) met a Disney princess.

This Sunday, the European premiere of The Lion King in London had fans erupting with as much joy as the animal kingdom did the morning Simba was born in the Pride Lands. Why? Well, because Duchess Meghan Markle and Beyoncé Knowles Carter have finally met in person! Oh yes, Prince Harry and Jay-Z were there, too. *wink* 

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jul 13, 2019. 4 comments

Tina ‘Knowles’ Black Excellence and Urges Us To Never Dim Our Light

Tina ‘Knowles’ Black Excellence and Urges Us To Never Dim Our Light

As a people, we’ve been known to make it out on top in some of the most unfortunate circumstances. With all that we have been through, we still manage to find a way to celebrate the beauty that comes with being black. Even when you trod us down into the dirt, still we rise and celebrate our black excellence.

Essence Festival is a shining example of that celebration. Every single day of the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 10, 2019. 8 comments

Beyoncé Stuns in Alexander McQueen at The Lion King World Premiere

Beyoncé Stuns in Alexander McQueen at The Lion King World Premiere

Simba may be the star of The Lion King, but Beyoncé is the star of the red carpet—and arguably, of Disney’s live-action remake, as her casting as Nala has boosted anticipation for the film into the stratosphere.

Of course, after seeing her Lion King-inspired look for the 2019 Wearable Art Gala , we were wondering how the star would turn out for Tuesday’s world premiere in Hollywood. But in a...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 10, 2019.

'This Is Sonic Cinema': Beyoncé Releases New Single 'Spirit' From Upcoming Self-Curated Album, The Lion King: The Gift

'This Is Sonic Cinema': Beyoncé Releases New Single 'Spirit' From Upcoming Self-Curated Album, <i>The Lion King: The Gift</i>

Like her lioness character, Nala, Beyoncé has “pinned you again”—with a new album!

The Lion King: The Gift comes from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records and is curated by Bey herself. The album will feature some of the most important current African artists in what is being described as a “tribute” to the film and “love letter to Africa,” per Yahoo.

Additionally, on the night of the...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 08, 2019.

Unique Views, Episode 31: 10 Minutes With Loretta Devine on a Shaky Cellphone

<i>Unique Views,</i> Episode 31: 10 Minutes With Loretta Devine on a Shaky Cellphone

When we tell y’all that we are trying, I don’t think y’all understand what that really means. This podcast is held together with shoestring and bubblegum. It’s not a joke when we call ourselves the Sanford and Son of podcasts, and as Ms. Patti LaDanielle, aka The Root’s social-content producer, Danielle Young, told me, “Yeah, but Fred still made dinner for Lamont.” The point is, just like...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 02, 2019. 1 comments

Duchess, Meet Queen? Beyoncé and Meghan Markle May Meet at The Lion King’s London Premiere

Duchess, Meet Queen? Beyoncé and Meghan Markle May Meet at The Lion King’s London Premiere

They’re two of the world’s most famous women (with equally famous husbands), are both working moms, share a few famous friends and both even sport royal titles (albeit one slightly more official than the other). But have Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Queen Bey ever met?

If so, that’s a photo op we’re sorry to have missed; to date, the closest we’ve seen is a February Instagram post of...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 30, 2019. 4 comments

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 30: MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly 'Before I Let Go'

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 30: MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly 'Before I Let Go'

I’m not even sure I need to explain why “Before I Let Go” would be the final song of the 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB series. If you’re black and have congregated with other black folks and this song comes on you know it signals one of two things: 1) It’s time to get your line dance on, or 2) it’s time to go.

MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly “Before I Let Go” (1981)

It’s...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jun 30, 2019.

What Happens When Beyonce Speaks Actual Words Out Of Her Actual Mouth, Explained

What Happens When Beyonce Speaks Actual Words Out Of Her Actual Mouth, Explained

Who is Beyonce?

Beyonce is an introverted Houstonian known best for being allergic to seats — like, literally every seat she’s ever seen makes her sneeze — and for inventing “surfborting.”

Surfborting?

Yes. Surtborting. She’s the world’s first — and probably the world’s only — professional surfborter.

Is she known for anything else?

Well, for approximately 171 million Americans and 1.4 billion...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 29, 2019. 3 comments

The Lion King: Beyoncé's New Secret Song and How She Helped Director Jon Favreau's 'Cool' Stock Rise

The Lion King: Beyoncé's New Secret Song and How She Helped Director Jon Favreau's 'Cool' Stock Rise

Beyoncé said “let me upgrade you,” and that doesn’t just apply to Jay-Z.

The Lion King’s Jon Favreau knows what that’s like, too. Well, when it comes to how “cool” he is with his family, that is. In an exclusive interview with Fandango, the much-anticipated film’s director chatted about the one thing I’m sure that entire cast and crew is asked about: What’s it like to work with Beyoncé?

Well,...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jun 25, 2019. 2 comments

A Twitter Thread Wants to Know If You Have What It Takes to be Beyoncé’s Assistant

A Twitter Thread Wants to Know If You Have What It Takes to be Beyoncé’s Assistant

Some lovely Twitter user by the name of Green Chyna gave me one of my most stressful hours on Sunday when they created a quiz titled, “Being Beyoncé’s assistant for the day: DONT GET FIRED THREAD.”

Never in my life have I ever cared for a job I knew I wasn’t going to get. In this thread, you are tasked with answering several questions that will either appease the King of Music or have your...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jun 22, 2019. 3 comments

Top 8 Iconic BET Awards Moments

Top 8 Iconic BET Awards Moments

We’ve been blessed to see another June and with this month comes the blackest night in television. Yup, that’s right, it’s time we gather around as a family and tune into the BET Awards!

Since 2001 (yes it has been 18 whole entire years), BET has been celebrating the best in our industry, because we all know that no one can celebrate us like we can. The network has made us laugh, cry and...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jun 21, 2019. 8 comments

Showing Their True Stripes? A New Report Reveals Diversity Concerns at Adidas

Showing Their True Stripes? A New Report Reveals Diversity Concerns at Adidas

Prior to inking her highly touted new deal with Adidas , Beyoncé reportedly walked out of a meeting with competitor Reebok due to a lack of diversity on its pitch team. But as an investigative report by the New York Times revealed on Wednesday, Adidas seemingly has some major diversity issues of its own, as alleged by 20 current or former black employees who have worked on the Portland,...

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