Yes, Beyonce is really coming to South Africa.

This is one festival we don’t to miss.

Last week, rumors were swirling around that Beyonce would be making her way to South Africa for the first ever Global Citizen Africa Festival. Well, we just received confirmation that Beyonce, Usher, and Jay Z will be performing in Mzansi.

Oprah Winfrey, along with Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker will host the inaugural event. Additional acts performing include Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.

Good news: the tickets are free. Not so good news: you have to earn the tickets, starting on 21 August by signing up at www.globalcitizen.org.za. The concert takes place on December 2 2018.

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50 Cent slams Jay-Z for dropping Everything is Love a day after Nas’ LP

50 Cent slams Jay-Z after the rapper released Everything is Love with his wife Beyonce so close to his arch rival Nas’ record.

The ‘In Da Club’ hitmaker was fuming when The Carters dropped Everything is Love so soon after the ‘I Can’ hitmaker dropped ‘Nasir’ on June 15.In an interview with Dr Whoo Kid shared on Twitter, 50 – whose real name is Curtis Jackson – ranted: ‘That was f***ed up what they did to Nas.’

‘Encore’ hitmaker Jay was left reeling when Nas didn’t turn up to the studio to lay down a verse for his 1996 LP ‘Reasonable Doubt’. As a result, the Roc Nation label owner hit out at Nas – whose real name is Nasir Jones – during his concert, saying: ‘ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov.’

Nas then released the diss track ‘Stillmatic (Freestyle)’, in which he branded Jay the ‘fake king of New York’ and ‘rapping version of Sisqo [‘Thong Song’ hitmaker]’.

This is not the first time the rapper has come for Hov, he previously threw shade at Jay- Z’s album 4:44.

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Jay-Z named Head of Puma’s relaunched Basketball Division

The brand is relaunching its program by signing a couple top NBA prospects—and one iconic rapper.

In the modern era, the story of basketball shoes is largely the story of two companies: Nike and Adidas. The Swoosh has owned the sport ever since it started making shoes for a guy named Michael Jordan in 1984. But a decade before that, Puma became the first brand to pay a player to wear a signature shoe when it signed legendary New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier to a deal in 1973. Even with the head start, though, Puma couldn’t find a way to make basketball a profitable part of its business, and it hasn’t endorsed a player since it signed Vince Carter in 1998. Now, the brand’s tagged Jay-Z to head up its relaunched basketball program, according to Complex.

And Hov isn’t alone in joining Puma’s newly created roster. In a flurry of activity, the brand also inked deals with DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, and Zhaire Smith—all prospects expected to be first-round picks in this week’s NBA draft. Puma also signed Fraizer to a “lifetime” deal, similar (at least in the name) to the arrangement Nike gives to its highest-profile stars, like LeBron James. Ayton, in particular, is a huge coup for Puma—he’s the player strongly rumored to go number one overall in this year’s draft.

But no matter where Ayton goes, the biggest signing for Puma is undeniably Jay-Z. The rapper, who’s been linked to the German-based brand since last August, gives Puma immediate credibility—a cool factor it would have taken years to build with only NBA rookies and one Knicks announcer in the fold.

The relaunch of basketball comes at an interesting time for Puma, too. Basketball shoe sales are declining as customers gravitate towards lifestyle shoes and the funkiest of designer sneakers. Adidas is putting way more stock into its celebrity partnerships with the likes of Kanye and Pharrell, while Nike is beefing up its partnerships with fashion designers like Kim Jones, Riccardo Tisci, and Virgil Abloh. Puma’s new relationship with Jay-Z feels like an acknowledgment that success as a sportswear brand just can’t be about basketball. It has to encompass all the lifestyle elements that come with the sport, too. “We’re looking at basketball through the lens of culture, and thinking about the fashion of basketball, the music of basketball, all the aspects of culture around basketball,” Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, told Complex. The brand currently works with ambassadors like Big Sean and The Weeknd but might have a hard time keeping up with Adidas’s star power Adidas. Basketball is the arena where there might be an opening.

Jay is a huge asset to Puma in another way, too. The rapper owns his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, and can now presumably use his connection with players to funnel them towards the sneaker company he now has a large stake in. Does that feel like a potentially huge conflict of interest? Absolutely: now, a negotiation between an athlete represented by Roc Nation and Puma theoretically puts Jay-Z on both sides of the table. But that’s most likely the point: Puma presumably gets a stronger shot now at every big name athlete that signs to Roc Nation, and Roc Nation can advertise its frictionless relationship with a sneaker company to potential clients. Leveraging Jay-Z’s name has had some success at his sports agency, where he’s signed a couple big-name athletes like Kevin Durant, Todd Gurley, and Robinson Cano.

If Jay isn’t enough, though, the money might be. Puma, clearly hoping to make a splash in its return to basketball, is outbidding the competition, according to Ayton. “Nike is Nike. Adidas is Adidas. I’ve played in their circuits and stuff like that, but now it’s a business,” he told Bleacher Report today. “You don’t want just product. You’re not a kid anymore. You’re really trying to get bank. That’s about it.”

For Puma, relaunching with Jay-Z feels like the only way to guarantee immediate relevance. New draftees are hardly ever great right away—and even the best aren’t big enough stars to carry entire brands from the jump. In Jay-Z, though, the brand’s found a tested veteran and Hall-of-Fame rapper that brings cachet to potential signees and customers. Puma has had success putting celebrities in charge of large portions of its business before. You might remember that Rihanna technically holds the title of creative director at Puma. And since she was installed at the very top of the brand’s org chart Puma’s seen huge gains on the women’s side of its business. So Puma’s really just following an ironclad rule of modern celebrity: when in doubt, follow Rihanna.

[Via GQ]

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In the Louvre, Beyoncé proves there’s power in repurposing art history

There’s a moment in Beyoncé and Jay Z’s video for “Apes**t,” about two minutes in, when Bey stands in formation in front of the painting The Coronation of Napoleon. She has, as the art historians who run @tabloidarthistory have pointed out, refocused the center of the image. Instead of Napoleon standing in front of the Pope to crown his own bride—itself a moment of breathtaking audacity—our eye is on Beyoncé’s body dancing in front of Josephine’s, her own head poised to take on the crown.

The video reminded me of a similar scene in the first episode of FX’s Pose. A drag family, made up of queer men and trans women in late-eighties New York, is looking for the best way to dazzle at an upcoming ball—so they decide to rob a museum’s costume exhibit. After they’ve hidden from security at the museum’s closing time, they stalk through the museum to the soundtrack of The Mary Jane Girls’ “In My House.”

Three of the trans women stop before different pieces of art; the house mother stops before a carving of a Pharaoh’s head that looks exactly like her own and smiles. Another woman stops in front of the sculpted body of an Egyptian guard that’s lost its head. Most poignantly, the final woman stands in front of a face carved in black stone with the same features as her own, except the statue’s nose has been worn away or destroyed. The woman reaches out for a moment, a look of longing on her face, before she’s forced to turn and get to business.

That scene in Pose imagines marginalized people in a place of power—an art museum—but only in that space after hours, sneaking in, claiming their space for only a few minutes before breaking a window to escape and alerting the police to their trespassing. It’s a moment of triumph that the viewer knows is going to be punished very shortly, and it’s a testament to the actress Indya Moore that she infuses the moment with something besides naked transgression—with desire and recognition.

In contrast, Beyoncé and Jay Z inhabit the halls of the Louvre as conquerors. The video is nothing if not a statement of ownership and unabashed pride in holding on to a space, a claim to the complicated position of mastery and the role of a master. One of the pleasures of the video is knowing that there’s no punishment coming. As they tell you themselves throughout the song, Beyoncé and Jay Z confidently belong there.

Visual art, at least in the last 200 or so years in the Western world, has always served two purposes: to display wealth and to display cultural power. Now, in our current economy, sometimes it’s literal currency. Beyoncé and Jay Z, unabashed lovers of capitalism, are establishing their ownership of all of this. It’s a celebration of these multiple meanings of art and a declaration that the art they make together occupies the same space.

On the Everything Is Love track “Black Effect,” Beyoncé sings, “I would never let you shoot the nose of my pharaoh.” It’s a reference to the myth that Napoleon’s army shot the nose off the Great Sphinx—either subconsciously or deliberately to obscure its African heritage. It’s a persistent story, one that seems to be validated with every broken pharaoh’s head, the broad noses lost to history, black influence in the world of cultural and monetary capital violently erased. And so too in what Beyoncé sings, that verb of permission, let, is the promise of self-determination, a rewriting of that myth with black people as actors.

The choice to film in the Louvre is filled with meaning. The museum is a showcase of looted art from other cultures, and the location can also be interpreted as a reference to black American artists’ historic obsession with Paris and French culture. France has long been viewed as a kind of escape from America and American race limitations, as a space of cultural and social freedom, despite the country’s own history of racism and colonization. I’m not suggesting that Beyoncé and Jay Z provide a workable alternative to the history of colonization through their art, but the artistic decision to center material wealth—and the fact that we measure that wealth through art—complicates, in the most thrilling and interesting ways possible, what freedom actually looks like.

Later in the album, on “Nice,” Beyoncé sings, “I ain’t never seen a ceiling in my whole life”—but this video raises questions about what we are actually striving for as free individuals, as people who try to build something bigger and stranger than ourselves and our past histories. What a strange and wonderful use Beyoncé has made of her cultural power, to repurpose art history as a kind of Easter egg in her videos. She asked us all to spend our weekend reading the history of images, meticulously building a text for us to read into it what we will.

But in all the art history references in the video, one—the Faith Ringgold work Dancing at the Louvre, pointed out by art historian Alexandra M. Thomas—especially stands out.

Ringgold works in narrative quilts, in fabrics, and Dancing at the Louvre shows a black woman and four younger black girls in fancy dress, frolicking in front of the Mona Lisa with carefree abandon, toward a kind of freedom that shares something with the kind Beyoncé holds out for us.

Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of the novel  We Love You, Charlie Freeman.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé Just Dropped Their Joint Album

Everything Is Love is streaming exclusively on—you guessed it!—TIDAL.

Happy Saturday afternoon! What have you been up to? Did you have a nice brunch? Get a lot of house chores done? Cool, because none of that matters now that Jay-Z and Beyoncé have finally dropped their long rumored joint album. Which is great, since you probably didn’t have plans tonight anyway.

Everything Is Love is streaming on TIDAL, the preferred music platform of the Carters and Carter-adjacent musicians. It features nine songs, all of which are credited to both Jay and Bey. Additionally, the two dropped a non-album track called “SALUD!”

The Carters are currently on their combined On the Run 2 tour, so expect to hear some of these songs live soon.

 

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If you don’t have a TIDAL account, you can still enjoy the music video for the trap-inflected song “APESHIT” and hear Jay-Z do his best Migos impression, and also Migos do their best Migos impression. Anyway, the video is tight, especially if you’ve never been to the Louvre.

[Via GQ]

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Listen: Beyonce and Jay Z released a joint album

BREAKING NEWS: At midnight (Central African Time) Beyonce and Jay Z released a surprise album, titled ‘Everything is Love’.

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The Carter’s album features nine songs, which are available exclusively on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s streaming service, Tidal. It’s been reported that the couple hinted at a joint album while on their On The Run 2 tour in London when “album out now” appeared on a screen during their performance.

To accompany the album, Yonce and Jigga also released breathtakingly beautiful visuals for the song Apes**t, which was shot in France’s iconic Louvre museum.

With audibly flawless records being released by greats like Kanye, Pusha T, and now Jay and Bey, it looks like the Grammys are going to have a tough decision for Album of the Year!

Take a listen, watch,  and prepare to be completely shook!

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These are the most intimate photos of Beyoncé and Jay-Z we’ve ever seen

Beyoncé and Jay-ZBeyoncé and Jay-Z are on a joint tour and they’ve really been pulling out all the stops to impress their fans.

The power couple opened their On The Run II tour on Wednesday night in Cardiff and blew fans away by revealing they’d secretly renewed their wedding vows. Casual.

The A-list couple – who celebrated their 10th anniversary in April – broadcast incredible behind-the-scenes footage of their renewal – and it gave us all the feels.

The lovers could be seen donning white at the intimate event, which was attended by one-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir, and six-year-old Blue Ivy.

If that wasn’t enough, the duo have now shared intimate snaps of themselves at home.

Dear #Beyonce: I was not ready!!! 🤤📰🤤 #BreakfastInBed #JayZ #OnTheRunTourBook

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Beyonce looks ah-mazing, casually laying on a bed in a thong reading a paper next to her husband. Don’t your Sunday mornings look like this?!

In another shot, her husband tenderly caresses her naked in bed, and in another, Bey poses in the nude on a beach. Now we know why they call her Queen Bey.

I’m SHOOK….

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