It’s not even two weeks into 2019 and Missy Elliott is already leading the charge of women breaking barriers in Hip-Hop as this weekend, she received the honor of being the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Joining Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri, Elliott is one of the few rappers to receive an induction into the legendary hall of fame.
According to Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers, “I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time. The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”
To qualify for induction into the hall of fame, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Missy Elliott, who has been active in the industry since 1997, has attained “unprecedented success, including U.S. sales in excess of 30 million. Missy’s six studio albums have each been RIAA platinum certified or better, marking her as the only female rapper to achieve that remarkable accomplishment” according to a statement from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Additionally, the induction committee made note of not just her solo success, but also of her numerous collaborations with other legendary artists such as Beyonce, Ciara, and many more as well as her stunning Super Bowl halftime performance in 2015. The committee also praised her work with former First Lady Michelle Obama for her role in the creation of “This Is For My Girls,” an all-star anthem to female empowerment as part of Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative.
The Hall of Fame’s 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place on June 13 in New York City.
Imagine going to your nearby Target for a day of shopping in skincare and bedding and running into the one-and-only Beyoncé. Frequently spotted at the department store, the superstar seems to love a good discount purchase as much as any of us.
The mom of three was seen checking out the baby care aisle at a Target in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier this week. According to the fan account that captured the photos, Bey was actually shopping on her daughter Blue Ivy Carter‘s birthday.
Bey placed herself amongst common folk for the time being but didn’t look like your average buyer of course, rocking an orange jumpsuit with bishop sleeves that she paired with cat-eye shades. Everyday people weren’t the only ones excited to see Bey in the building—celebrity Target vendor Chrissy Teigen caught wind that the queen was running some errands at the department store and plugged her line of knives. “Beyonce you are so silly, I can just send you my new knives!,” she wrote.
Check out the photos, via @BeyLegion, up top and let us know if you look anything like that when you hit Target? If you say you do, you’re a whole lie.
Source: Celebrities in attendance for the Paris Saint-Germain F.C. vs Barcelona F.C. football match in Paris Featuring: Beyonce,Jay-Z Where: Paris, France When: 30 Sep 2014 Credit: WENN.com **Not available for publication in France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy**
Hip-Hop’s power couple continues to influence culture for the better. One of the world’s most famous art institutions is now vouching for Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s star power.
The Guardian is reporting that The Carter’s have given The Louvre a boost to their daily visitor take rate after shooting their music video there in 2018. “Apesh*t”, the lead single to their joint album Everything Is Love, was shot at the Parisian monument over the summer. “It’s clear that 2018 was a remarkable year for the international reputation of the Louvre” President Jean-Luc Martinez explained. “The Beyoncé video, like the opening of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, ensured that the Louvre was talked about across the world, and one of the consequences of that is the spectacular rise in visitor numbers last year.”
Roughly 10.2 million people visited The Louvre in 2018 which is a 25% lift in attendance versus previous years; 75% being foreigners. The demographic of the patrons who purchased tickets last year speaks directly to Jay and Bey’s influence. According to the stats 50% of the visitors were under the age of 30 which aligns to both performer’s large youth following. The younger crowd is now low hanging fruit for historic destination. They have since created a special edition guide based on stunning visual which details every scene of the video.
Since its’ release “Apesh*t” has been viewed 150 million times online. The Louvre is now the most visited gallery in the world topping the National Museum Of China in Beijing. For cultural purposes you can peep the video below.
New reporting reveals that Queen Bey may have violated a law meant to benefit visually disabled people when using the internet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment is being sued by a blind woman who claims that she needs a companion when surfing Beyoncé.com.
Mary Conner, the blind woman suing Beyoncé’s company, claims the website is, “an exclusively visual interface,” that prevents her from operating the site and make purchases by herself. The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York.
Conner’s class action lawsuit claims that she has “no vision whatsoever” and that Parkwood was negligent in making the site fully visual. The lawsuit claims that the pop star’s site hinders more than 8 million people in the United States who are visually impaired, 400,000 of whom live in New York.
Among other things, Conner and her lawyers are seeking a fix to the website as well as “compensatory damages in an amount to be determined by proof, including all applicable statutory damages and fines, to Plaintiff and the proposed class for violations of their civil rights under New York State Human Rights Law and City Law.”
Parkwood nor Beyoncé has yet to issue a statement on the lawsuit.
Source: Photo by Raven B. Varona/Parkwood/PictureGrou / Photo by Raven B. Varona/Parkwood/PictureGrou
Hip-Hop’s power couple are doubling down on the “health is true wealth” mantra. The Carter’s are challenging their fans to keep the flesh off their plate.
As reported by Billboard Beyoncé and JAY-Z are encouraging the masses to embrace a plant based diet to kick off the new year. Her physical trainer Marco Borges has written a new book titled The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World and has received a major cosign from the power couple in terms of the introduction.
In the forward Hov and Bey detailed how becoming parents has changed their lifestyle choices specifically what goes in their system. “Having children has changed our lives more than anything else. We used to think of health as a diet – some worked for us, some didn’t. Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible” they explained.
Obviously the suggestive lead-in will prompt some to question their true intentions so they made sure to let the reader know the choice is ultimately theirs. “We are not about promoting any one way of living your life. You decide what’s best for you.” They do go on to provide some truths that support their endorsement. “The facts about a plant based diet eating are hard to ignore. The benefits of a single plant-meal per day can have a profound impact our health and environment.”
They closed their section out by asking everyone to give veganism a chance. “We want to challenge you, as we challenge ourselves, to move toward plant-based foods. Let’s take this stand together. Let’s spread the truth. Let’s make this mission a movement. Let’s become ‘the Greenprint’”.
In an introduction for the new book The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, by Marco Borges, Beyoncé’s trainer, the couple open up about how parenthood changed their outlook on life — including the food they eat. “Having children has changed our lives more than anything else,” they wrote. “We used to think of health as a diet – some worked for us, some didn’t. Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible.” (People)
Stressing the fact that it takes more than just a few people to make a big change, the couples added that they “want to challenge you, as we challenge ourselves” to help make a difference. “We all have a responsibility to stand up for our health and the health of the planet. Let’s take this stand together. Let’s spread the truth. Let’s make this mission a movement. Let’s become “the Greenprint,” they concluded. (People)
It could be tough when trying to figure out what to gift the matriarch of your family, cause they usually have it all. When it comes to finding the perfect gift for his 93-year-old grandmother Hattie White, Jay-Z found that gift in the form a monument that will stand the test of time.
Hov, Beyoncé, their three children, his mother Gloria Carter and her mom were in Prospect Park on Christmas Eve to see and take photographs with the engraved bench the rapper gifted to his grandmother. As reported by the Jay-Z Instagram fan account @aintnojigga in a now deleted post the engraving states:
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. With love and admiration to our root, Hattie White.”
It’s no secret how influential Hattie has been on their lives and in the couple’s music. Jay-Z references his grandmother in his exceptional verse on Meek Mill’s track “What’s Free,” and Beyoncé’s album Lemonade was reportedly inspired by Hattie’s speech from her 90th birthday celebration in 2015 when she stated:
“I had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”
If that sounds familiar to you, it was also featured at the end of the song “Freedom” which is narrated by White herself. This was definitely a fantastic tribute from Hov and Bey indeed to the Brooklyn native.