When penning the stream release for Jay-Z’s 4:44 album for a different publication, I alluded to the illustrious rollout of the effort by highlighting the contributions of Mahersala Ali and Lupita Nyong’o as “thespians.” I could have never pegged that the man who I grew with as a distant mentor to life, hip-hop and business would spit the same word in verse to bear his mother’s burden as a lesbian. As I grew in diction and syntax, Hov steadily grew on wax. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian Had to hide
Saturdays marks three months since Beyoncé dropped the unconfirmed Jay Z air out album titled Lemonade. Since its release there has been plenty of Lemonade theories – the album was about her father, it was completely made up, Rita Ora was Becky with the good hair – but the most dominant was that Shawn Corey Carter was the culprit. The BeyHive nominated Becky’s, got in Formation at stadiums across the country and everyone waited for Jay Z to respond on wax, in which he did going “All The Way Up” by tossing out a couple of bars and continuing along
The 2016 edition of The BET Awards has been one of the best shows in the history of the program. Hosted by Black-ish co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson the night celebrating black excellence across various entertainment and social mediums was equipped with must see performances from some of your favorite artists. Billed for the evening were Bryson Tiller, Future, Desiigner, Alicia Keys and an amazing Tribute to Prince featuring some legendary names, however, it may be those who were unannounced to rock the core of the show. Check out which performances set Twitter ablaze on the following page.
The first night of Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour, selectively featuring DJ Khaled, is in the books. Kicking off in Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, the entire BeyHive was glued to the #FormationWorldTour hashtag to get a glimpse of what awaits them when they get to see Beyoncé at a nearby stadium. What was there to see? Some of everything! In this edition of The Seven we break down seven of the hottest topics from this insane opening night in Miami so be sure to follow along in the pages below.
As the LEMONADE HBO special drew to a close with Beyoncé standing in front of a crowd of gorgeous black women belting out another new song, my ears perked. When the arrival of the Just Blaze instrumental crashed into the short film’s production my head nodded. When I realized the faint voice I heard in the transition to the final song was that of Kendrick Lamar, I knew whatever played was a problem, amazing and I needed to get my TIDAL app open immediately to experience it in full. That song turned out to be “Freedom.” The Just-produced Bey and K Dot tag team
If you didn’t know, you should, it’s Women’s History Month. Throughout the month many entities have honored the women are making strides in their respective fields are hitting new levels in achievement. In the past week there has been some of your favorite ladies making headlines and achieving fetes that will push their personal brands forward, shape the culture that we will breathe in the next few months and inspire the generation of ladies behind them. Covered in this The Seven we learn that the Skye is the limit for Roc Nation, Rih runs Vogue, Gwen for the win and