11/21/2014 5:00 AM PST
Beyonce's apparently got it in her to be soft and sweet and truly empowering -- not the faux feminism Bossy Lady that we all know her to exhibit normally -- and she's gone and proven it in a leaked song that's alleged to be about her mother, Tina Knowles.
Check out the moving lyrics:
"You used to dress and fix your hair
You’d always smile through your tears
In the mirror you would stare and say a prayer
Like, “I wish he said I’m beautiful
I wish it didn’t hurt at all
I don’t know how I got here
I was once the one who had his heart”
Until you had enough and then you took that ring off
You took that ring off
So tired of the lies and trying, fight and crying
You took that ring off
Now the fun begins
Dust yourself off and you’ll love again
You found a new man
Now you’re shiny, fine, like “It’s my time"
Sweet, right? You can listen to the leaked song here, and if we're being honest (and we always are), it's a fine, fine departure from "Partition" ... but then really anything would be.
11/10/2014 5:30 AM PST
Looks like Kim Kardashian and her familial ilk have some competition in the rear ... and it's by Queen Bey's virtue that it's happening. Who's got the better butt? Well ... though we're generally partial to Kim K's, we're going to have to go with Beyonce's on this one.
Bey posted this pic on her Tumblr over the weekend, and it sure proves one major thing about celebrity backsides -- a little class can take that ass to brand-new heights.
Looking good, Bey, dang!
10/22/2014 6:30 AM PDT
Annie Lennox isn't done skewering Beyonce for her overtly sexual performances and distasteful musical "lyrics" -- and she's happy that her first go at the Queen Bey has resonated with so many people -- in either negative or positive ways -- so she's gonna keep on keeping on ... and we're just thrilled about that.
In a recent interview, Lennox elaborated on her prior comments about Beyonce not being a feminist:
"Listen, twerking is not feminism. ... It's not -- it's not liberating, it's not empowering. It's a sexual thing that you're doing on a stage; it doesn't empower you. That's my feelings about it. ... The reason why I've commented is because I think this overt sexuality thrust -- literally -- at particular audiences, when often performers have a very, very young audience ... I find it disturbing and think it's exploitative. It's troubling. I'm coming from a perspective of a woman that's had children."
Annie concluded by saying, "Maybe this is a good thing because it creates debate."
Man. Intelligent celebrity feuds. They're just so refreshing -- even if the intelligence is only one-sided -- aren't they?
10/14/2014 12:30 PM PDT
Beyonce has a lot of gorgeous things -- a gorgeous voice, a gorgeous daughter, a gorgeous body. Probably just about everything she has could be called gorgeous. But one of the most gorgeous things of all has got to be that beautiful, majestic head of hers ... but guys, wouldn't you know it, she just went and screwed it all up. Because that hair. That awful tragedy of a haircut.
As you can see (if you can even see still through all the tears), Beyonce went and got herself some bangs. Some very short, very traumatic bangs. And yeah, she's still one of the prettiest humans on the planet, but ... why?! Why would she do this to herself? Why would she do this to us?
Grow them things out, Bey. For the love of all things pretty, grow them out. Your head did not deserve this, honey. Make things right.
10/6/2014 2:30 PM PDT
Beyonce is not that amazing, flawless goddess so many people make her out to be -- she's just human, after all, and she can be super annoying, what with all the pointless Photoshopping of Instagram pictures and all -- but she certainly is gorgeous. Like really, impossibly gorgeous. That's why it's so magical when she posts photos like this, with no makeup (and possibly no clothes), because you can see that at least this part of her really is flawless. It's an inspiring kind of beauty, isn't it?
So, to be clear, more of this, Beyonce, and less of all the other nonsense. If you ever feel an urge to take a photo of yourself in a bikini and thin out your lovely thighs, just take a makeup free selfie instead. Whenever you think something like "gee, it sure would be neat to make a totally unnecessary trailer for my tour with lots of guns and violence and stuff," just take a selfie where it kind of looks like you're naked. This could only improve things for you, girl. And that's a promise.
10/1/2014 8:30 AM PDT
Beyonce needs to lay off the bikini photos for a bit-- because she's not doing herself ... or those crying "Photoshop!" ... any favors.
We get it, Bey -- you look awesome in a bikini. But there's been some pretty telling suggestions that you've been rather heavy-handed in editing those bikini pics over the last year or so, and God even knows why. You're just fine the way you are. If this is your way of trying to make amends for all of the digital silliness, fine -- but be done with it. You're hot with or without actual clothes on, and altering your own photos before posting them to your personal sites only makes you look vapid and ungrateful.
We don't see any evidence of Photoshop in this picture -- and that's progress -- but now's the time to be done, OK? Go on another vacation or something if you're so insistent to be killing us with this onslaught of perfection, but leave the PS at home.
9/29/2014 1:30 PM PDT
Annie Lennox is a legend, she's even a few steps beyond a legend, really, and when she talks, we would all do good to listen. Especially when she talks about important topics like feminism, and especially when she calls out people like Beyonce. Ready?
She starts off talking about feminism in general:
"I did one event in particular called (Barclays) Women of the Year and they select certain people for certain kinds of recognition, and I was given an award not so long ago. I was so touched to have this award. I felt like I'm with a certain kind of camaraderie here and we're all together in this room - 400 women from all walks of life - and I said at the podium, 'I'm proud to be a feminist; let's everybody stand up.' Half of the room stayed seated. It was such a hard moment for me because I realized that some women, many women, still have issues with the word and almost distance themselves from it because they're afraid it's synonymous with hating men."
And then she was asked about Beyonce calling herself a feminist in a big way at this year's VMAs:
"I would call that 'feminist lite.' L-I-T-E. I'm sorry. It's tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist - I just love her performances - but I'd like to sit down (with her). I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think. I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism - no, I don't. I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it. I have issues with it. Of course I do. I think it's a cheap shot. I think what they do with it is cheap and ... yeah. What can I tell you? Sex always sell. And there's nothing wrong with sex selling, but it depends on your audience. If they're 7-year-old kids, I have issues with it."
And guys, she does have a point here. Although it's definitely nice that such popular pop stars like Beyonce are finally willing to call themselves feminists, it would be even nicer if they actually worked to promote feminism instead of just lighting it up on a backdrop at an awards show or tossing out the word in an interview. If Beyonce really is a feminist, maybe she could take that time she uses to Photoshop her Instagram photos and instead, you know, support the cause.
Leave it to Annie Lennox to drop such beautiful, relevant wisdom, huh?