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Rutgers University to Offer a Beyoncé Course

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:00 am.

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She’s not a teacher, but Beyoncé can teach you something. Or at least that’s what Kevin Allred, a doctoral student and lecturer in Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies,  is betting on with his new course “Politicizing Beyoncé.”

Wondering how the heck the singer that mused “who needs a degree when you’re schooling life?” fits into to political curriculum?  Allred explained to Rutger’s Focus publication:  “This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend. Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics.”

During the semester students will examine Bey’s music videos and lyrics alongside works from women’s rights activists and authors including Alice Walker, Bell Hooks, Toni Morrison and even abolitionist Sojourner Truth.  Allred will challenge his class to ponder a range of topics, including whether Bey’s racy performances are empowering or stereotypical and the extent of her control over her own aesthetic and her alter ego, Sasha Fierce.

“It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis,” Allred said. “When students don’t respond to theory or dense readings, it’s often easier to see things play out in the world around them.”

Bey’s other half, Jay-Z, has, been the subject of a popular Georgetown University course, “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z,” taught by Michael Erick Dyson.

At least that’s one way for the Carters to get into a college classroom.

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Michelle Williams Snaps Back At Bey and Jay-Z’s Baby Watchers

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:23 am.

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While we’re all watching the cradle, Michelle Williams had to remind her followers who called her out about not addressing Bey and Jay-Z’s baby on Twitter to watch their mouths! The singer caught an earful from disgruntled fans who complained that she didn’t Tweet congratulations to the couple like other celeb friends including Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow. One bold Tweeter even called her out her name typing in all caps: “Bit-h you better congratulate your King on giving birth to her child!”  The former Destiny’s Child wasn’t having all that. Michelle snapped back on everyone, once and for all on her Twitter page:

“Let’s get ONE thing straight….I do NOT have to say congrats to someone when they’re NOT on twitter…ESPECIALLY when I talk or email them all the time….or when I’ll be physically present as well…so harassing and stalking my timeline to see if I’ve mentioned something is POINTLESS!!! My friendship with people aren’t always for twitter display. Respect that and get a LIFE!!! Enjoy this FINE day!!! God bless!!!!” She also added, “This is a beautiful, precious, private time between two people and excitement is to be expected but NOT disrespect! #churchdismissed

Treated!

For the fans eyeing  Michelle’s timeline for more details, the couple put out their joint statement yesterday, sharing news about their baby girl.

“We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.- Beyoncé & JAY Z”

Proud papa even released a song, “Glory” that sample’s baby girl’s first cries!

Check out other celebs who congratulated the Carters on their baby girl!

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Australian Channel Defends Beyonce’s “Fake Bump”: 3 Different Angles of the Interview That Caused Controversy

Published by Dior Noir on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 9:54 am.

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Beyonce’s interview with Australian TV Show “Sunday Night HD” kicked off a spiral of rumors and conspiracy theories after her baby bump appeared to fold in.

There was the rumor that she wasn’t pregnant at all and faking it to boost album sales. Then there was the one that claimed she and Jay-Z hired a surrogate to carry their baby—most of the rumors claim she was wearing a prosthetic stomach.

Who does that and where do people come up with this ridiculousness?

The singer’s camp denied the claims and called them “ridiculous,” but the Australian channel had her back and did the public one better: they actually showed three different angles of the controversial clip of Beyonce sitting down in an effort to prove, that the bump is in fact fake.

Hilarious, especially considering some of the same people who feel the need to analyze her this thoroughly to see if she’s actually pregnant and the same ones who were adamant that she was pregnant for the better half of the last ten years.

Still, watch the clip and you be the judge.

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Beyonce Rep Calls Fake Baby Bump Rumors “Ridiculous”

Published by Dior Noir on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am.

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Beyonce’s womb can’t catch a break!

For years she was on baby watch with several “bump fakes” that she was with child, and now that she’s actually announced she’s pregnant folks are calling fraud! But after an interview clip raised speculation that Bey is wearing a prosthetic baby bump, her rep shot back yesterday that the claims are “stupid, ridiculous and false.”

The singer had eyebrows raising after her pregnant belly seemed to collapse in, and almost completely “deflate,” on the Australian talk show “Sunday Night HD” then appeared pop back in to place when she sat down.  If you watch the video Bey even appears to make an “oh sh-t” face when her belly looks like it folds in on itself.  The video fueled rumors that Beyonce’s wearing a belly enhancer because she and Jay-Z have hired a surrogate to carry their first child. Some even go as far to say that there is no baby and this whole thing is a publicity stunt. Bey says she’s due in February.  And why would she have any reason to lie?

As private as Beyonce and Jay-Z have been over the years and as many times as they’ve denied having a kid why would they go through these great lengths to try to pull off a sham pregnancy.  Let that woman be great and have her baby, after all isn’t that what folks have been wanting for the past 10 or so years?

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Diddy is Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artist

Published by Dior Noir on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm.

We can all dispute which rapper runs the game, but when it comes to the money the numbers don’t lie: according to Forbes latest earnings list Diddy is stacking more paper than anyone. (Take that, Take that, Take that!)

Diddy is number one on “The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists” list and racked in $475 million last year, “fueled by his interests in Sean John clothing, Bad Boy Worldwide record label and, most significantly, his Diageo joint-venture vodka brand Ciroc.”  Jay-Z didn’t do so bad for himself at $450 million and was also upgraded to the top of Forbes’ list for Top Earning Celebrity Couples thanks to Beyonce’s earning power.

Rounding out the top five is Dr. Dre who came in several millions behind Diddy and Jay at $125 million, 50 Cent and Cash Money’s Birdman both brought in $100 million.

Why is the list so small compared to some of Forbes’ others? They explained, ”though other hip-hop artists including Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and others — not to mention pop sensation Bruno Mars, who penned Travie McCoy’s hit song “Billionaire” — frequently speak of ten-figure desires, we kept our list to five because of the lack of information available on the fortunes under $100 million.”
Next time we hear all the rappers bragging about the Benjamins we know who’s really running it!
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Kanye West Has Jokes

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm.

Apparently folks don’t know how to take a joke, as Kanye West has learned in the past week.

Tuesday night the rapper hit NY hot spot 1Oak when a model asked “Are you Kanye West?” He replied with a smile, “No, my name is Louis.” (a nod to his “Louis Vuitton Don” moniker, no doubt). Easily fooled, the lady chuckled, “Damn, you should be an impersonator and work in Vegas. You should be getting paid.” Kanye joked back, “I’ve been to Vegas. And, oh, I get paid.”

It wouldn’t be the first time someone hasn’t gotten Kanye’s humor lately. The media was a buzz with reports that he was trying to start beef with Britney Spears when he Tweeted after realizing his song “H.A.M.” featuring Jay-Z trailed on the charts in the No. 2 spot after the pop star’s song “Hold It Against Me”: ”Yo Britney, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z’s single is one of the best songs of all time! LOL.”

Shortly after the reports began likening his Tweet (which was obviously tongue-in-cheek) to the Taylor Swift fiasco.  Kanye got pissed and went on a Twitter rant for about an hour:

“Just saw that MSNBC said I tried to start a twitter war with Brittany. This s— takes the air out my lungs sometimes from blogs to news reports … enough already!!! All I do is focus on my work… There’s a new lie everyday… a new media spin.”

Kanye, I’mma let you finish but really dude, isn’t it clear by now that the people don’t find you funny? Why not just hush and get the last laugh as those album numbers (and dollar signs) continue to soar.

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Cha-Ching! What Celebrities Will Make for New Year’s Eve Performances

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

I don’t know where you’re partying on New Year’s Eve, but if you’re planning on kicking it with the stars, you’re probably paying a grip considering club organizers are paying crazy cash to have celebrities help them ring in 2011. The New York Post gave a peek into the checks that some of your favorite entertainers are expecting in return for helping ring in the New Year.

Jay-Z leads the pack and is reportedly bringing in a cool $1 million to perform in front of 2,500 invited guests at the new $4 billion Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino Launch Party in Vegas. If Jay’s getting paid like that to party, it’s no wonder he can drop$350,000 on Birkin bags for Beyonce like “money ain’t a thang.” Bey will be at the party too, though she’s not expected to hit the stage. She’ll probably be hanging in the audience with the couple’s friend Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s expected to be in the house since her hubby Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, is performing with Jay-Z (Chris is getting a million too!).

Rihanna’s also making her way to Vegas at Pure nightclub at Caesar’s Palace and will need her umbrella-ella since promoters are making it rain on her to the tune of $250,000 for her performance.

In Miami, Drake is performing at the W South Beach Hotel for a $250,000 price tag. Not a bad deal considering he’ll get to hang with friends like LeBron James and Jamie Foxx afterward.  Young Money princess Nicki Minaj will be down the South Beach streets at Mansion raking in $75,000 to perform.

Trey Songz is sure to be having the women asking him for bottles of Rosé, since he’s bringing in aproximantely $37,500 for the night to host a party in Miami at Lux.

Getting paid some people’s annual salaries for one night in the club? Now that’s how to live the party life!

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Celebrity Inspired Holiday Gifts

Published by Dior Noir on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

Christmas and Kwanzaa are around the corner! Here are some last minute gift ideas, inspired by some of your favorite celebrities.

1. Beyonce’s Tour Experience

Beyonce stans will love this DVD which features performances from her world tour as well as behind the scenes footage.

2. Jay-Z’s Bestselling Book

Part memoir, part breakdown of lyrics and way more than just a coffee table book,  Jay-Z’s New York Times Bestseller Decoded is sure to be a hit with any Hov fan on your shopping list.

3. Nicki’s Booty

The holidays is all about helping people in need. For your home girl who has “Noassatall” Syndrome. Buy Booty Pop Panties for only $20 — your secret’s safe with me!

4. Chris Brown’s Bow-tie

Step your tie-giving game up. It’s all about the bow-tie these days as illustrated by your boy Breezy during his interview on Larry King Live. The Brooks Brothers bow-tie goes for $50.

5. Patti’s Cooking

Everyone has that one family member who can’t cook. Break them from bringing the nasty fruit cake to the party with these recipes from singing icon Patti LaBelle.

6. Kanye’s New Christmas Hit

I LOVE Christmas music and it’s refreshing to hear new hits once in awhile. ’Ye’s “Christmas in Harlem” collab with Prynce Cy Hi & Teyana Taylor is fresh and festive and have a feeling it’ll be a song we’ll rock to for years to come.

7. MJ’s Dance Moves

Forget teaching someone how to Dougie, get a gift that’ll help someone master  Michael Jackson’s legendary moves while they grove to hits like Beat It and Billie JeanClick here for a review of the Nintendo DS version.

8. Dr. Dre’s ‘Beats’ Headphones

Dr. Dre said people can’t really hear the music that artists and producers create because “most headphones can’t handle the bass, the detail, the dynamics” so he created a line of studio-definition headphones. All the better to jam to!

9. Steve Harvey’s Relationship Advice

For the woman in your life who has more relationship drama than a Spotlight blog post, the funny man’s latest book might be what the doctor ordered. Straight Talk No Chaser by Steve Harvey is available now!

10. Oprah’s Favorite Things

When in doubt, listen to Oprah. You can’t go wrong with one of her “favorite things” and her site’s got them all listed from this year going back to 1997.  Your friends and fam will get a kick out of you using the Big O’s crazy, deep voice to hand their presents out: YOU get a gift, and YOU get a gift!  Go to Oprah.com for details!

Add your own gift ideas in the comment section.

Happy Holidays!

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Mama Knowles Says Beyonce is NOT Pregnant

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 11:58 am.

Well that was quick.

Just one day after US Weekly sent the internet into a frenzy with a report claiming Beyonce’s pregnant, the diva’s mother, Tina Knowles, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to squash the rumors, yet again.

“I’m here to clear the rumors up. The truth is that it’s not Beyonce that’s pregnant, it’s me,” Mama Knowles said before quickly adding, “I’m kidding, I’m 56.”  We can all stop wondering though — Beyonce is not preggers!

“No, no. It’s not true. Not right now,” Tina, told host Ellen when asked about the reported pregnancy. “With all the rumors, by now I should have about five or six grandchildren,” she added.  That’s what I’ve been saying. This is getting ridiculous!

Why is everyone so obsessed with what’s going on in Beyonce’s womb?

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Is Beyonce Finally Pregnant?

Published by Dior Noir on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

Here we go again….

US Weekly magazine reports Beyonce is pregnant.

We want to get excited, but how many times have we heard this “news” before only to see pictures of Beyonce with her rock hard abs months after reports claim she’s with child.  Still, US Weekly’s sources maintain it’s really happening this time and to hear them tell it, the news was even a surprise to even Beyonce.

“B was shocked. She loves kids, but she wasn’t ready to be a mother just yet,” said the magazine’s source. “She really wanted to get her album done and tour the world again.”

We really hope Bey and Jay-Z are finally going to welcome little Brooklyn Carter into the world!

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