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STREAM: Beyonce’s Self-Titled Album Finally Released on Spotify with Platinum Edition

  (MusicTimes.com)—Taylor Swift may still be eschewing Spotify with her new album 1989 (and her entire back catalogue), but Beyoncé has finally gotten in on the streaming game. Today, the “7/11” singer released the Platinum Edition of her self-titled album, and in addition to being available on iTunes and at physical retailers, Beyoncé is […read more]

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Beyoncé’s Bedazzled Feminism

  (The Washington Post) – Beyoncé performed on stage at the Video Music Awards in a multicolored mosaic bodysuit by designer Tom Ford. Her magnificent booty gyrated and her powerful legs twisted to the beat of her prodigious pop oeuvre with Bob Fosse-like  precision and sex appeal. Her […read more]

Business

In the Black and the Green

by Ashahed M. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Black entrepreneurs, Black millionaires, a Black billionaire and questions about the reality of true economic power CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – Despite upward trending employment statistics and financial achievement for some Blacks, the key to […read more]

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Jay Z on His Rags-to-Riches Story, Wooing Beyoncé, and How Blue Ivy Is His “Biggest Fan”

[Vanity Fair] Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson in the November issue that although his wife, Beyoncé, says that their 18-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, prefers Jay’s music to hers, he’s not so sure. “That’s not true. She does like her mother’s […read more]

Op-Ed

Hip Hop is No Path to American Dream

HIP HOP CONNECTION By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction.  Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and […read more]

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Beyonce Talks Career, Family, New Movie and ‘Shock’ Over Reaction to Cuba Trip [ABC News]

  Now on her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, Beyonce is on top of the music world, and the singer/actress is also taking on the role of Queen Tara in the upcoming animated film, “EPIC.” In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach on the London leg of […read more]

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Super Bowl Countdown: Beyoncé’s 10 Best Songs Ever

[E! News] Though there’s been much ado about which songs Beyoncé—and possibly Destiny’s Child, assuming Michelle Williams isn’t too busy—will sing when she performs this Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show. But there’s one thing we’re positive of: Queen B has enough hits to guarantee a flaw-free […read more]

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Destiny’s Child Super Bowl Rumors Get Boosted By ‘Fela!’ Clue

[MTV News] Will they or won’t they? That’s the question on everyone’s minds about the rumored Destiny’s Child reunion at the Super Bowl this Sunday. Michelle Williams keeps saying that the trio isn’t going to take the stage during the halftime show in New Orleans on February 3, […read more]

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Obama Races Away from the Issue of Race

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   When Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in Denver on August 28, 2008 – the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” – excitement filled […read more]

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If Beyonce Lip-Synched, She’s Not Alone

[MTV News] A day after her show-stopping national anthem performance at President Obama’s second inauguration, the debate rages on over whether Beyoncé lip-synched the whole thing. But, given just how pervasive lip-synching is in the world of pop music, and how big of a scale the inauguration is, it wouldn’t […read more]

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Beyonce Lip-Synced National Anthem at Obama’s Inauguration

According to the New York Times, Beyonce’ was lip synching during her Inauguration rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Beyoncé’s performance of the national anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday was everything it should be: soaring, moving, symbolic and musically superlative. It also wasn’t live. […read more]