Beyoncé, JAY-Z & DJ Khaled Dedicate Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin Amid Reports She’s “Gravely Ill”

On Monday night (Aug. 13), after reports emerged saying that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and living her last days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their “On The Run II Tour” concert in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit to the Queen of Soul.

After performing their first song, “Holy Grail,” at Ford Field, Beyoncé told the cheering crowd “This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin.” Queen Bey added, “We love you and thank you for changing all of our lives with beautiful music.”

DJ Khaled, who served as the opening act of Monday’s show, got the crowd excited when he played one of Franklin’s biggest hits, “Respect.” After playing the song, Khaled shouted: “Make some noise for Aretha Franklin” as the audience cheered.

The touching dedications came just hours after news broke that the iconic singer was dying of cancer.

CNN reported late Monday that Franklin is in hospice care, and Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy, who has been in touch with the R&B/Soul legend’s loved ones said she was being “surrounded by friends and family” and “asking for your prayers at this time.”

Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among the singer’s friends who have visited Franklin at her home in Detroit over the last few days, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. Mariah Carey tweeted that she was “praying for the Queen of Soul,” as did Ciara and Missy Elliott.

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Kim Kardashian Awkward Bed Photo Memes: Funniest Twitter Reactions

Kim Kardashian became the subject of hilarious memes on Twitter after she was accused of trying to steal Beyoncé’s thunder following her Vogue cover reveal.

It may be pure coincidence, but every time Beyoncé does something important, Kim seems to follow right behind by posting a sexy photo on social media. According to the BeyHive, however, Kim’s sexy posts are no coincidence.

Just hours after Beyoncé’s Vogue cover and essay were revealed online, Kim hopped on Instagram and Twitter and posted a photo of herself wearing a thong to promote her Yeezy sneakers. She captioned the photo “Like Butter,” referencing the sneakers’ name: Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Butter trainers.

Sure, posting sexy pics is what makes Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian, but her posting this particular pic the day of Bey’s Vogue cover reveal is interesting because, as the BeyHive pointed out, those Butter 350 Yeezys came out two months ago in June 2018. Coincidence or nah? Probably the latter.

In response to Kimmy K’s desperate grab for attention, she was dragged all over Twitter by fans who turned her awkward photo into a hilarious meme.

Kim sweetie just log off for the day. Today is about BEYONCE and Vogue. We can promote your husband another [day]. Thanx hun,” Twitter user @Mavura123 tweeted. “It never fails. Every time Beyonce does something monumental, Kim has to be like, “Hey look at me!” and the most embarrassing part is that it’s so thinly veiled.”, @MorganJerkins said.

Along with Kim’s attention-seeking antics, the picture’s awkwardness is what sparked the hilarious reactions. As you can see in the photo, Kardashian can be seen laying on a messy bed in an awkward position, with her arms stiffly raised above her head and her legs splayed out below—kinda like a crime scene chalk outline or, even funnier, the elderly lady in the Life Alert commercials.

Check out the hilarious memes below:

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Talks Body Image, Twins’ C-Section Birth, Her Ancestry and Much More




Beyoncé goes for a completely natural look for her September 2018 Vogue magazine cover. “I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies,” she says in an essay penned for the cover story. “That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.”

Beyoncé’s Vogue spread was shot entirely by a young, black photographer. In fact, 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell is the first African American to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine’s entire 126-year history, and Queen Bey is the reason why he’s making history. She was given full control over the direction of the shoot and its accompanying feature.

“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists,” she said. “Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like. That is why I wanted to work with this brilliant 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell.”

The notoriously private entertainer, who rarely (if ever) does interviews these days, opened up about her body image, complications from her pregnancy with twins Rumi and Sir, her ancestry and legacy, Coachella, her OTRII stadium tour with husband JAY-Z, and more.

Here are some things we learned about Beyoncé from her Vogue essay:

1Beyoncé was more than 200 pounds after giving birth to the twins. She had an emergency C-Section and still has a little “FUPA” to this day, which she says she now embraces.


“After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy. I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins, I approached things very differently.

“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU. My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.

“Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience. After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover.

“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too.

“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”

2After researching her ancestry, Beyoncé found out one of her ancestors was a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave.


“I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power, and mistrust. Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful.

“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”

3Beyoncé came up with the theme of her Coachella performance one day while putting Rumi to sleep and she started singing the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”


“I had a clear vision for Coachella. I was so specific because I’d seen it, I’d heard it, and it was already written inside of me. One day I was randomly singing the black national anthem to Rumi while putting her to sleep. I started humming it to her every day. In the show at the time I was working on a version of the anthem with these dark minor chords and stomps and belts and screams.

“After a few days of humming the anthem, I realized I had the melody wrong. I was singing the wrong anthem. One of the most rewarding parts of the show was making that change. I swear I felt pure joy shining down on us. I know that most of the young people on the stage and in the audience did not know the history of the black national anthem before Coachella. But they understood the feeling it gave them.

“It was a celebration of all the people who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine, who moved the world forward so that it could welcome a woman of color to headline such a festival.”

4Performing in Berlin at the site of the 1936 Olympics for the “On The Run II” stadium tour was a memorable moment for Beyoncé.


“One of the most memorable moments for me on the On the Run II tour was the Berlin show at Olympiastadion, the site of the 1936 Olympics. This is a site that was used to promote the rhetoric of hate, racism, and divisiveness, and it is the place where Jesse Owens won four gold medals, destroying the myth of white supremacy.

“Less than 90 years later, two black people performed there to a packed, sold-out stadium. When Jay and I sang our final song, we saw everyone smiling, holding hands, kissing, and full of love. To see such human growth and connection—I live for those moments.”

5Beyoncé says she’s deliberate about how she presents herself to the world, and she wants to give her children the freedom to whatever they want to do in life.


“My mother taught me the importance not just of being seen but of seeing myself. As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling. They don’t have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category. They don’t have to be politically correct, as long as they’re authentic, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic. They can explore any religion, fall in love with any race, and love who they want to love.

“I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. It’s everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don’t teach it to our boys.

“I hope to teach my son not to fall victim to what the internet says he should be or how he should love. I want to create better representations for him so he is allowed to reach his full potential as a man, and to teach him that the real magic he possesses in the world is the power to affirm his own existence.

“I’m in a place of gratitude right now. I am accepting of who I am. I will continue to explore every inch of my soul and every part of my artistry. I want to learn more, teach more, and live in full. I’ve worked long and hard to be able to get to a place where I can choose to surround myself with what fulfills and inspires me.”

For more from Beyoncé, pick up Vogue’s September 2018 issue—available for pre-order via Amazon today (Aug. 6), and on newsstands in L.A. and New York City on Tuesday, August 14th, and nationwide on Tuesday, August 21st.















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Blue Ivy Carter Is a Whole Entire #Mood in Family’s European Yacht Vacation Photos

Beyoncé and JAY-Z are pretty guarded when it comes to showing off their kids, so whenever they do, it’s kinda like a big deal.

Earlier this week, Beyoncé uploaded a slew of photos showing the Carters living their best lives on a luxury yacht they chartered for a vacation in Europe following the conclusion of the European leg of her “On The Run II Tour” with husband JAY-Z.

RELATED: Beyoncé Shows Off Twins Rumi and Sir Carter in Rare Photos Taken During European Yacht Vacation

Most of the photos were of Bey and Jay, but we were also treated to rare photos of the couple’s year-old twins Sir and Rumi Carter, as well as new pics of 6-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, who was pretty much #VacationGoals throughout the whole trip.

One photo shows her standing in a mini-pool and looking completely unbothered while wearing a black and white ruffled swimsuit (which probably costs more than your rent) and a pair of chic sunglasses with a refreshing orange-colored beverage in her hand, looking like a mini-Yoncé.

Another photo shows her wearing an adorable zigzag-patterned two-piece bikini she matched with a statement necklace, straw hat and pink shirt, again with a pair of sunglasses.

She can also be seen meditating with Beyoncé in other photos, and spending time with mom and grandma Tina Lawson in other photos. One pic shows Bey and Blue wearing matching pink outfits.

Twitter immediately took notice of Blue Ivy’s worry-free European yacht vacation.

Check out more pics of Blue Ivy Carter and her family below:

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Beyoncé Shows Off Twins Rumi and Sir Carter in Rare Photos Taken During European Yacht Vacation

Beyoncé shared a bunch of photos on her official website showing her family’s recent vacation in Europe following the European leg of her “On the Run II Tour” with husband JAY-Z, and much to our delight, a few of the photos included the couple’s 1-year-old twins Sir and Rumi Carter, who we’ve seen very little of over the past year.

In one photo, which quickly went viral on social media, Beyoncé can be seen holding the cuties, with Sir mean mugging on one side (like his dad) and Rumi smiling, showing off two little baby teeth on the other.

Another photo shows JAY-Z holding Rumi’s hand as they look at the scenery from the balcony of their chartered $180 million luxury yacht, and a third pic shows Beyoncé holding Rumi by herself. You can’t see her face in the photo, but you can tell it’s her.

JAY-Z gushed about his youngest children back in January during an interview with CNN’s Van Jones. “We are in a beautiful time now because they are seven months and they can’t move,” he said jokingly. “They can just coo … they just coo and you don’t have to, ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait.’”

He added: “You know, they’re not running anywhere yet. We are going to enjoy these couple of months until they start running, and then it’s over.”

With the twins being 1-year-olds now, they’re definitely at that dreaded “running” around stage and probably getting into a lot of mischief in the process.

Grandma Tina Lawson shared an adorable photo of the twins last month around their first birthday. “My babies,” she wrote in the caption.

Rumi and Sir have grown so much since the first time we saw them one year ago on their 1-month birthday:

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Beyonce, JAY-Z & More to Perform at Global Citizen Festival Honoring Nelson Mandela in South Africa

A special Global Citizen Festival will be held in South Africa later this year in honor of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.

The concert, which will be held on December 2nd at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced early Monday (Jul. 9). Beyoncé and JAY-Z are set to headline the show, which will also feature performances from Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Usher and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, and Femi Kuti.

Oprah Winfrey will deliver a keynote address on Mandela’s legacy, organizers said. Other hosts will include Naomi Campbell and actors Forest Whitaker and Tyler Perry. The Global Citizen movement has a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, and with its Mandela campaign, it hopes to rake in at least $1 billion to help make that goal a reality.

“Global Citizen’s campaign, which aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide, will focus on the first six Global Goals: ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and life below water,” the festival’s announcement reads.

In lieu of putting tickets on sale, the festival is asking fans to earn tickets through advocacy and social justice work starting August 21st. To sign up and find more info about the concert, head on over to the Global Citizen website.

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Beyoncé & JAY-Z Diss the Grammys, Spotify & the Super Bowl on “Everything Is Love”




Beyoncé and JAY-Z decided to disrupt everyone’s Saturday by surprising the world with the release their long-awaited joint album, titled Everything Is Love.

The album features nine tracks featuring both Bey and Jay, and they’re both firing major shots at a number of big establishments.

Throughout the project, Bey and Jay flex their individual lyrical muscles to target the Grammys, the Super Bowl Halftime Show and even Spotify, basically letting them all know that the Carters don’t need them and they’re doing just fine without their support.

1JAY-Z: “I said no to the Super Bowl. You need me, I don’t need you.”

The first jab comes in track #2, “Apes**t,” which is also The Carters’ debut single from the album. JAY-Z confirmed rumors that he was asked to do this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show, but he declined the offer. He raps:

“I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you / Every night we in the endzone / Tell the NFL we in stadiums too”

The last line is a nod to him and his wife selling out stadiums in 2014 for their “On The Run” tour and in 2018 for their “On The Run II” tour. Jay also sold out stadiums in 2013 with Justin Timberlake (who did accept his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance offer).

2JAY-Z: “Tell the Grammy’s f**k that 0 for 8 sh*t.”

Not only did the Grammys snub Beyoncé in 2017 for the coveted “Album of the Year” award, which she clearly deserved (hell, even the award’s recipient, Adele, said she deserved it!), but the following year, in 2018, they refused to put some respeck on JAY-Z’s name by nominating him for eight trophies and giving him ZERO for 4:44. Jay raps about that in “Apes**t” as well, basically giving the Grammys a big ole EFF YOU!

“Tell the Grammy’s f**k that 0 for 8 sh*t / Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apes**t? (Rah!)”

3Beyoncé: “If I gave two f**ks about streaming numbers, [I] would have put Lemonade up on Spotify.”


Of course, JAY-Z isn’t the only one of The Carters firing shots on Everything Is Love. His wifey Beyoncé, or Trapyoncé, as fans are calling her for this project, calls out Spotify They didn’t do anything to her (that we know of) other than being competition for the family business TIDAL, but she did let them know that she doesn’t need them to help boost her streaming numbers.

On track #4, “Nice,” Yoncé raps:

“If I gave two f**ks – two f**ks about streaming numbers / Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify / F**k you, f**k you / You’re cool, f**k you”

When Beyoncé released her last album Lemonade exclusively on TIDAL, which she co-owns alongside her husband, she reportedly lost out on millions of potential streams (and possibly higher chart positions for her singles) by limiting the album to just one streaming platform. But, as her lyrics suggest on “Nice,” she’s not bothered by the lost revenue and not having a higher position on the charts.














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Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Everything Is Love” Joint Album (STREAM)

Beyoncé just pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a surprise album, this time with her husband JAY-Z!

Mr. and Mrs. Carter officially released their long-rumored highly anticipated joint album, appropriately titled Everything Is Love. The project marks the very first joint album for the couple, who are currently on their “On The Run II” stadium tour.

The 9-track album is a TIDAL exclusive (OF COURSE!) and features both artists on each track (DUH!).

We haven’t been able to listen to the full album yet, but based off the first few tracks alone, IT’S LIT! I mean, it is Beyoncé and JAY-Z after-all, so would you expect anything less?!

TAKE A LISTEN BELOW:

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How to Listen to Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Everything Is Love” Album Without TIDAL

How do I stream Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s Everything Is Love joint album if I don’t have TIDAL? Long story short: YOU CAN’T! But there are a couple of ways for you to listen to the album without paying for a TIDAL subscription. Read on for the details…

Without warning, Beyoncé and JAY-Z (aka “The Carters”) dropped their long-awaited joint album Everything Is Love exclusively on TIDAL Saturday afternoon (Jun. 16)

Following the release of their solo projects—Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade and JAY-Z’s 2016 album 4:44, the power couple joins forces for a 9-track album featuring songs like “Summer,” “Boss,” “Nice,” “Friends” and their new single “Apeshit” (WATCH THE VIDEO FOR APESHIT HERE!)

The Carters announced the album’s release at the London stop of their critically acclaimed “On The Run II” tour. Just as the couple’s show at London Stadium wrapped Saturday night, the words “ALBUM OUT NOW” were plastered on the huge stage-length screen.

While people are scrambling around and scouring the Internet for ways to listen to the album, the only way you can stream the album is through TIDAL, considering it’s an exclusive release on that platform. But what if you’re not a TIDAL subscriber?

Well, if you lack the TIDAL subscription required to stream Everything Is Love, there’s a legal way to listen to it if you don’t want to sign up for the service. You can purchase the album for $9.99, the same exact price for a monthly TIDAL subscription.

Or, alternatively, if you’re still looking for a way to stream the album without dropping any cash, you can always sign up for a FREE trial of TIDAL using an e-mail address that’s never been used for such a thing.

“But what if I don’t want to listen to the album on TIDAL?” you ask. Well, in the words of the grandpa on the movie “Holes,” THAT’S TOO DAMN BAD!

Beyoncé and JAY-Z own TIDAL, so do you really think they’re going to allow you to use your coins elsewhere? HELL NO!

So, either you create a burner e-mail for a free trial, spend the $9.99/mo to become a TIDAL member, buy the album outright for the same price as a monthly subscription … or just miss out on the whole thing altogether.

How to Listen to Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Everything Is Love” Album Without TIDAL is a post from: Gossip On This – Pop Culture, News, Videos & Humor

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