Beyoncé takes over September issue of ‘Vogue’

Queen Bey has extended her reign to the cover of Vogue.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé has been given ” unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue, sources say, and the music icon hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history. ”

With Anna Wintour giving the multi-hyphenate full control over not only the cover, but also the photos on the inside of her and their captions — something HuffPost says the publication is “contractually obligated” to do — the move is unprecedented in terms of the breadth and depth of the control relinquished.

HuffPost says a source reports that typically, “cover subjects are usually given little to no say in their photos and are sent the cover in the week ahead of publication.” Beyoncé, however, has had control of much of the process, says HuffPost, right down to writing photo captions, which are in “long-form” — and of course, selecting her own photographer.

Tasked with snapping the perfect shot of the singer is 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who HuffPost says has already made a name for himself by photographing fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.

While sources speculate that Mitchell was chosen as a direct result of Beyoncé’s “power and influence,” HuffPosts says the quality of Mitchell’s work may speak for itself.

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told The New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

No matter the reason for his selection, we’re sure of one thing: this cover is going to be loved lights out.

 

 

 

Beyoncé unveils Coachella pop-up shop

If you can’t stop thinking about Beyoncé’s epic — and history-making — performance at Coachella, you can now own a piece of the show, thanks to a new pop-up shop.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, “Beychella” merchandise is now up for sale in an online pop-up shop, featuring a pieces inspired by her performance that show off “the same lettering and panther logos that adorned her Coachella wardrobe.”

One tee — the Nefertiti T-shirt — shows just one of Beyoncé’s stunning Balmain looks from the show, says Harper’s Bazaar, while other sweatshirts and T-shirts display what looks like it was “inspired by US university fraternity logos, which typically employ Greek lettering.”

Pieces start around $35, and will be available until mid-May, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

 

 

Beyoncé unveils holiday merchandise

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially time to start shopping for the holiday season. And whether you’re looking for a gift for a family member or a friend (or even yourself), Beyoncé has the answer to your holiday shopping woes.

According to Vogue, the multi-hyphenate has released her very-own line of holiday merchandise in a capsule collection called “Holidayoncé” that debuted just ahead of Black Friday. Filled with T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with “cheeky Christmastime phrases,” Vogue says the line ranges in price from $35 to $55, making the offerings a fairly accessible option for a variety of price points.

Some of the styles included in the collection include a glittery “Shinin” sweater, reports Vogue, as well as Queen Bey’s take on an ugly holiday sweater, which is in the form of “a crew-neck T-shirt emblazoned with the words, ‘Beyoncé Holiday Sweater.'”

With a Beyoncé holiday line at the ready, what else could we need?

Click here to scan the selection.

Beyoncé remixes ‘Mi Gente’ for disaster relief

Beyoncé seems to love two things: surprise music and helping those who need it most. And when it came to helping the victims of natural disasters, she decided to do just that.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé “released a new remix Thursday to the global hit “Mi Gente” by Willy William and J Balvin,” where the singer opted to sing a few lines in Spanish. But along with the surprise drop of the track, HuffPost says she also announced that the proceeds from the song will directly benefit relief charities for Mexico (which suffered a massive 7.1 earthquake in September), as well as Puerto Rico and islands in the Caribbean, which were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Additionally, Beyoncé directed fans to her own website, says HuffPost, which outlines the myriad ways people can donate to natural disaster relief efforts.

You heard Queen Bey: let’s get in formation to help those who need it most. HuffPost reports that the “Mi Gente” remix can be found on both Spotify and Tidal.

 

LA Sparks channel Beyoncé in response to social media sexism

Women are capable of much more than just preparing snacks to watch a sporting event. So when one Twitter user decided to tell members of the 2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks to get off the basketball court and go back into the kitchen, the team served up a slam-dunk response to shut down the social media sexism.

According to HuffPost, the team received several sexist tweets, one of which urged them to “go back to the kitchen bc this isn’t a sport and nobody cares” while another read, “Exterminate all women.” With such harsh words sent their way, HuffPost says the team responded with some inspiration from the queen of slayage herself: Beyoncé.

Creating their own music video of “Sorry,” the Sparks dressed to the nines — and showed off their championship rings — as the kiss-off anthem plays in the background and sexist tweets line the frame, all as they lip-sync the words, “I ain’t sorry.” While the full video was posted to Twitter, HuffPost says it was later removed.

Even though its time online was short-lived, you can watch a one-minute clip from the Sparks’ comeback video here.

Bullock, Beyoncé support Houston relief efforts

As citizens of the world and citizens of the United States, offering a helping hand is woven into our fabric as a people. So when the Gulf Coast of Texas and the city of Houston were hit by Harvey, the former Category 4 hurricane and current tropical storm, some of the most well-known among us stepped up to facilitate relief efforts.

First to make headlines was Beyoncé, a Houston native, who told The Houston Chronicle that while her heart is always with her hometown, she will be making an extra effort to help those affected by the record flooding.

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

But Beyoncé isn’t the only one to make headlines in helping Houston. According to People, Austin resident Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the Red Cross relief effort. While the storm comes in the midst of a polarized political climate, Bullock said relief efforts should mobilize people to support their fellow Americans.

“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” she said, according to People. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

Others who have donated thus far include Kevin Hart, the Kardashian family, Wendy Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, The Rock and Nicki Minaj, reports ELLE.

To find out how you can help, click here.

Beyoncé helps bring clean water to Burundi

Clean drinking water is a basic need, not a privilege. It is on this principle that Beyoncé is taking action to bring clean water to children in Africa via a new partnership with UNICEF.

According to HuffPost, the singer launched BEYGOOD4BURUNDI with UNICEF in order to supply children in the country with the potable water they need to survive and thrive. Described as a “multi-year partnership,” HuffPost reports that the project aims to ” improve the quality of and access to water in some of the hardest-to-reach areas of a country, where nearly half of the population struggles to find a supply of safe water.”

With BEYGOOD4BURUNDI sharing that 2.3 million people in Burundi spending at least 30 minutes a day retrieving water in the densely-populated area, the initiative is certainly much needed. President and CEO of UNICEF USA Caryl M. Stern said in a statement that the partnership will not only work to remedy a pressing issue, it will also demonstrate the power of collaboration.

“Addressing the global water crisis is one of the defining challenges of our time, and the children of Burundi are among the most vulnerable,” she said, according to HuffPost. “This unique partnership combines UNICEF’s decades of expertise in providing clean water to children in Burundi and around the world with the power and influence of the entertainment world to bring about social change.”

Beyoncé launches scholarship program

Beyoncé is making it a little easier for young women to pursue higher education.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of surprise album LemonadeELLE reports that the singer is launching the “Formation Scholars” awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, which aims to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

The award is open to current or incoming female students of undergraduate or graduate status that are “pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies,” says ELLE. Four scholarships will be awarded — one to each participating university, which are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

If students are interested in applying, details are available from each college.

 

Hunter unveils ‘Ty Hunter by Reflex’ line

There’s nothing better than adding a bit of Beyoncé to your wardrobe — that’s why her personal stylist Ty Hunter is creating the clothing line that brings a little bit of the Queen into your everyday attire.

According to InStyle, Hunter announced on Instagram last Thursday, Feb. 23, that he is partnering with stylish athleisure line Six:02 to create Ty Hunter by Reflex. The 23-piece collection ranges in price from $45 to $200, reports InStyle, and includes everything from dresses to crop tops.

Sharing on Instagram that the collection is “influenced by retro shapes, styles, and passion for creating fashion,” InStyle says Hunter further explained that wanted to give city girls versatile pieces that would allow them to work out and then “throw on a heel and got [sic] out in some of the stuff.”

Even his bright, bold colors have a purpose, Hunter said, purposely choosing colors like magenta, bright yellow and turquoise because “I want the women to be happy.”

To check out the entire collection and shop the line, click here.

 

Marvel’s Chavez invokes Beyonce

The latest cover of Marvel’s America #2 will have you wanting to get in formation.

According to Mic, title character America Chavez is a “queer Latina superhero” that is depicted as a “‘Formation’-inspired brown woman dressed in patriotic red, white and blue but with a grimace on her face.”

The comic, written by Gabby Rivera and drawn by Joe Quinones, gives the superhero “superhuman strength, speed, the ability to tear holes in space-time, and a take-no-shit attitude,” reports The Verge.

Marvel Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Mic in an email that America only adds to the “rich and diverse characters within the Marvel Universe.”

Be sure to look for the bossed up superhero when the comic hits stores on March 1.