Beauty at a Cost

DIYs and YouTube tutorials have become the go-to guru for all things. From interior decorating, maintenance on vehicles, and beauty needs; there’s a video for everything. Speaking of beauty…sometimes we get so lost in the products and the names and the “skin care routines” that some of our favorite YouTubers utilize that we might do more harm than good.

Did you know, that you should never exfoliate dirty skin?! There are thousands of exfoliant products that are advertised to us, that tell us that we NEED to exfoliate regularly to keep the dead skin to a minimum, but… if you’re face isn’t clean then it makes zero sense to exfoliate. The granulates in the exfoliants actually press the dirt deeper into the skin, creating dark areas, black heads, and clogged pores. We think that we’re cleaning but we’re not. And clean doesn’t just mean splashed with water or lathered with bar soap… An exfoliant is not the same thing as a cleanser and should only be used once a week, give or take the type of skin you may have while cleansers should be used twice a day essentially. Skin types are very important to recognize. From oily, to dry to normal to a combination of the sorts, this recognition helps you to choose products that will work along with your skin rather than against.

Rgiphy-1ule of thumb, if you do nothing else… Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize. Keys that lead to great, clear, firm, supple skin! #staywoke

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“Money doesn’t grow on trees”, we all know that, but pinching pennies could lead to bacteria and even fungus growing in your makeup products. Mascara only has a utilization life of about three months. As air and other matter seeps into the mascara container with each use, it makes it more susceptible for those growths and using the product after its expiration date can cause pink eye, a stye, or other problems. Not washing your makeup brushes is also a dead shot to bacteria build up. Foundation, concealer, bronzers, and other makeup generally only have a “safe” life of about six months to a year, after that it would be a good idea to replace those products.
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One YouTuber who’s caught my eye with her makeup handy tricks and tips is Michelle Phan. She’s gained populairty over the years allowing her to develop her own website, michellephan.com.While watching just a few of her vids, she’s shown me that you don’t need expensive products to make those makeup tutorials come to life. That’s right! Aside from E.L.F and NYX products being just a couple of the more affordable and quality brands,  some of your basic house hold items can be utilized for a lot of beauty tasks. For example, cleaning makeup brushes is a “major key” and sometimes getting that foundation out of those bristles is a stubborn job but a 2:1 ratio of Dawn dish soap and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a super fast and easy way to clean those brushes compared to purchasing a basic solution. Most DIY-Beet-Blush-and-Lip-.jpgmakeup products can be made right at home with just a few simple ingredients, petroleum jelly or moisturizer, eye shadow or other powder, and an essential oil. This combination of ingredients can be used for a few things like a lipstick or gloss, blush, amplified eye shadows, and even a high light or contour cream.

 

There may be tutorials and guidelines all over the web that you can look up, but there’s no law against cutting a few corners or saving a buck. Check out some DIY’s and get creative!!!

 

 

 

Who runs the world

Feminist- /ˈfemənəst/- a person who supports feminism

Feminism- /feməˌnizəm/- the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men

There’s often negative talk about feminists and feminism as if it was the worst thing since World War II. “Stuck up women who feel entitled”…have been some of the nicer words to describe the category of people.

“Because I am a female, I am expected to aspire to marriage, I am expected to make my choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Marriage can be… a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?”

Why should we settle? We should we be content? Are we not allowed to want more than what we’re given? Why should a stay at home mom be all that we aspire? Is it so out of pocket for a woman to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or even want to run for president?

“We say to girls, you should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten The Man.”

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In 2016 women are still being paid less than that of a man… for the same job position. Not factoring in education or experience as it relates to the job, but simply for the plain fact that the candidate is a woman. If the job place wasn’t bad, what about social life? Women are expected to act like princesses, dress in frills, and speak with eloquence at all times all the while men can roll around in mud, compete in testosterone contests, and be absolutely obnoxious for the sake of just being a “man”. Men can be as careless, nonchalant, and promiscuous as they want, getting fist bumps and ego boosts while doing so. Women on the other hand have to be constantly aware at all times. Aware of their surroundings, aware of their clothing as they don’t reveal too much but just enough to still appeal and attract the male counterpart, friendly and bubbly so they won’t be looked at as a prude, sociable but not too much so that they won’t be called  loose… it’s just too much. Who made these rules? Why is this the staple?

“We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. If we have sons, we don’t mind knowing about our sons’ girlfriends, but our daughters’ boyfriends? God forbid. But of course when the time is right we expect those girls to bring back the perfect man to be their husband.”

Why are women nearly disowned and shunned because they may have all male friends or even have a list of male partners they’ve been involved with? Why is it the norm for a man to rack up their numbers close to the hundreds? And it’s not about competition, it’s about equality and acceptance. Rather than trying to keep up with the man, why can’t we be equally accepted like the man is… in all realms and aspects.

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“A key that can open many locks is a master key but a lock that can be opened by many keys is useless”

There are so many elements, so many underlying factors, which brings us to the age old question…

Why does society accept men in a way they wouldn’t accept women… why can men do things freely, that women would be scorned upon… why can men do things women can’t do… why is there a double standard?

Sexually, socially, career-wise, family-orientation-wise, women are seemingly “stuck” peering up unto the glass ceiling.

How do we make a way for women? What can we do to make a difference? How do you feel about this topic? Are you a feminist? Do you support feminism?

 

Ashley Everett is Engaged 

You’ve seen her, always on the queens right hand side–killing the choreography with sass, technique and now a diamond.

Ashley Everett, one of Beyoncés back up dancers is now happily engaged! Fans broke the internet with the news. She and her now fiancé John Silver, has agreed to tie the knot as millions were there to witness. 

Before Bey and her team performed Single Ladies at her show in St.Louis, the surprised was revealed. Beyoncé teased Ashley about her ability to do the forever famous single ladies choreography with all the excitement. Ashley fiercely slayed the stage, showing off her new stunning ring.

Watch the full proposal here.


Congrats Ashley and John on the engagement!

Going For The Gold

AND THEIR OFF…..

Its mid-August and the summer 2016 Olympics are off to a wonderful start. The USA is in the lead! We currently have 16 gold medals and it’s just the start for the rest to come. With all of the events still going on, there are presently 11 gold medals from swimming, 1 from shooting, 1 in judo, 2 in gymnastics, 1 in cycling, and our USA basketball team, comprised of star players like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving, have a #1 position in the events, to say the least.

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We all know of Donald Trump’s infamous slogan, “Let’s make America great again”, well… If there was ever a time to be a proud American, right now is it.

So, word on the street is that it’s a good day to be a Simone.

If you’ve been under a rock, cramped up in your apartment for the past week, or simply have had no communication with the world, chances are you don’t know what’s going on with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chances are also slim that you’re unaware of just who “the Simones” are.

For those that don’t know, “the Simones” are made up of two young women, both named Simone, representing the USA in the Olympics. Simone Biles is a 19 year old young woman from Spring, Texas.

Starting gymnastics at just six yeapic.jpgrs old, but according to usagym.org, Simone now holds multiple titles such as, the 2016 Olympic individual all-around champion, three-time world all-around champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, four-time United States national all-around champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, the 2015World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

What a resume! The Olympics are far from over, but Simone is already being called the world’s best gymnast. She even has a signature move named after her that no one has ever completed before. Simone has even received flak from other competitors claiming that they’ve been discriminated against because they aren’t black. Despite trials and tribulations, she’s overcome it all. Simone is just getting started and shows no signs of slowing down!

Simone Manuel, makes up the other half of the dynamic duo. Simone is a 20 year images.jpgold swimmer from Houston, Texas. Simone swam locally within her home town through clubs and organizations. Simone has competed in trials, relays, and other championships, earning multiple silver and bronze medals.

In 2015, Simone became one of the first three African-Americans to place in the top three spots in any women’s division I NCAA Swimming championship. In 2015, Simone had a personal best in the 50 meter freestyle of 24.47.  Simone recently received the gold medal for her swimming event, that’s a first for an African-American woman, with a time of 52.70 in the 100 meter freestyle!

Society has a habit, when concerning sports, to think of men and men only. Some people have even made silly statements saying that there’s no room for women in the athletic world, but women are quickly ending that hysteria. In 2012, Gabriel Douglas, gymnast, made us all proud as she took home the gold. She was welcomed on the covers of magazines, talk shows, marveled by celebrities, even the topic of discussion in songs. This time around, team USA as a whole can be proud of this second reign that “the Simones” bring and African-Americans can look up to these young women who have eliminated the stigma, gone above and beyond, and conquered!

If it weren’t enough to be an African-American, being a woman can be even harder. Double minorities often get the odd end of the stick and too frequently do we settle for what we’re given. Aside from stereotype, stigma, trials and tribulations we all have the ability to ignore the negativity and go for the gold! Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Tracy Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Toni Morrison, Dominique Dawes, and Gabriel Douglas among many more, are all role models that we can epitomize.

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel can join that list proudly and show off their #Blackgirlmagic! Some of the qualities these athletes have down pat is persistence and humility along with  resiliency, diligence, focus, and  strength. These athletes aren’t simply drafted to compete in the olympics. The olympics is a competition that happens every four years. Athletes train year round, compete in trials, hire the best of coaches, eliminate their social life, and the list goes on. Some may simply see it as a sport but for these competitors it is their dream, all coming true before their eyes.

Instead of Keeping up with the Kardashians, or keeping up with the Jones’s…Keep up with Team USA and the many paved paths these awesome athletes are making! Going for the gold doesn’t necessarily mean to  become the doppleganger to Usain Bolt and win a world title for sprinting, but insted, to simply follow your dreams to the fullest and allow nothing to get in the way of it.

All of this #blackgirlmagic has me proud! Have you been keeping up with #TeamUSA? How do you plan to go for the gold?

 

Minding Your Own Business

Beyoncé released her amazing visual album at the beginning of 2016 that had each and every woman in this world craving Lemonade like crazy, but are we back to sipping our tea yet or has lemonade become the new thing? I’m not sure what’s going on but I do have something for all of you to sip on and the tea of the day happens to be ‘Minding Your Own Business.’

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To Beat Thy Face, or to not Beat Thy Face

To beat thy Face, or to not beat thy face?

That is the question… in terms of makeup of course!!!!

Beat. Slay. Dust. Snatched. Wacked.

            So many silly terms but they all mean the same thing. The beauty industry has always been a prominent entity. With so many new innovations to keep women “beautiful” and “young”, why wouldn’t it be, especially when that’s how society defines the woman’s “quality”? Somewhere around 2012 makeup changed and would never be the same, it was a new era. It became every girls fascination. YouTubers flooded the scene with how-to’s and Pinterest was swamped with women searching for the perfect makeup and ensemble idea. New techniques, gizmos, gadgets, and tools were all the rave.

With over 20 shades of brown, from pale cream to goldenskin honey  to deep mocha, you would think that there’d be a foundation for every woman but sadly this hasn’t been the case. So many women of color have been wearing the wrong shade of foundations simply due to the fact that their skin shade isn’t offered. Imagine, you being darker skinned having to settle to wear a toffee shade of makeup…the agony! Did you know that more cosmetic brands are just NOW (in 2016) catering to women of color? I guess after drops in sales, complaints of brands having only basic colors offered for the, more fair-skinned counterparts, and the false advertising of “dark cocoa” swatches that were actually caramel colors were drastic enough for brands like L’Oreal and Cover Girl to launch lines of foundations and concealers for the darker skinned women such as the Queen line for Cover Girl, backed by ambassadors like Queen Latifah.

As a woman, we make due with what we have, whether that means creating a concoction mix of powders and liquids to get the best look possible or simply starting our own cosmetic line, it gets handled. A perfect smooth canvas with the right dewy effect, a flawless contour, sexy highlights, lashes for days, and thick, “on-fleek” brows painted by “the gawds” themselves are THEE only way to go.

But, why are women receiving backlash for their newfound love for their artistic expression that is makeup?

Men AND women have given makeup wearers a piece of their mind through social media memes and other postings. From Love and Hip Hop to today’s rap music to the everyday coworker, men have expressed their admiration and hatred for makeup, all the same. They love how it looks on a woman and how it enhances her features when it’s nicely and subtly done, but they fear for when she takes off the painted face because the transformations that makeup has done for some is absolutely astounding…

 

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Now, some makeovers will leave others in total shock but nonetheless…we don’t criticize men for wanting to play sports, getting drunk with buddies, or rolling in the dirt among other things. Why is a woman’s hobby and interest up for debate and critique? In addition to the man’s judgment, of course we have the “one’s who do and one’s who don’t”…everything isn’t for everybody, but is that a reason to condemn the counterpart? Some women who don’t wear makeup actually attack those that do with scowls, a turned up nose, and such comments like “why do you have to wakeup and put on makeup everyday, I’m beautiful enough to go bare” and “I bet if they didn’t have that makeup on they wouldn’t get that attention” and “it’s 12 in the afternoon, where are you going with all that makeup”. Girls will be girls, right, but those who like makeup should be able to wear it freely whenever, however, and wherever they want to wear it. How does my wearing of makeup make you feel any type of way? If you love to be natural and show off beautiful radiant skin, then you should feel so empowered to do so, happily. But, as women should we not high five one another and give a compliment when we look good, makeup or natural? I bet if those bashers of makeup-wearers knew how to do their makeup like the ones they critique, they’d possibly love it too.

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…And then there were the abusers of makeup. Everything in moderation, less is more! The “gawds” want you to be on fleek…*Forever*. Take some time and check off your list…

  • Define your skin type; oily, dry, combination-important for selection of foundation and concealer brand and variety
  • Get matched with the correct foundation and concealer
  • Research and invest in a decent quality of makeup
  • Get the right types of quality brushes for the job AND clean them regularly.
  • Define your style and find eye shadows, liners, highlight, lip colors to compliment you and your skin tone.
  • Stay trendy and in the know-Amy Winehouse eyeliner isn’t popping right now
  • Consult with a professional for tips and suggestions
  • When applying makeup, try to utilize various lighting to be sure of the quality
  • If you’re face feels heavy and a bit tacky by the touch, chances are you’ve applied too much

As cliché as the makeup tutorials are becoming, they are such a FREE and helpful tool to learn and practice doing makeup, from everyday casual makeup to special night out looks. Makeup seminars are so costly, running about $50-$500 a session, depending on the artist or brand and the location. If you do choose to go to a seminar for some extra helpful lessons, MAC has some classes that are held every so often for about $100 a session at various locations.

Visit Ulta lately? Well, it’s only every woman’s Wal-Mart for makeup…THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. From contour kits, brow kits, foundations, eye shadow pallets, face cleansers, and hair nurturing products you can find everything you need and even more that you don’t need but will most likely find a use for. Upon your venture, try not to get swept up in the hype. Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX, Naked, MAC, NARS, and Urban Decay are all great brands that cater to their customers, but it’s not the end all be all for beauty buys. Eyeliner doesn’t need to cost you $40 nor does foundation need to run you $98. Though, some may argue that it’s so worth it, it’s worth the exploration of different brands to find what works best for you and your pockets. Natural and organic products are the new “thing”. In fact many popular brands have been noted to have lead and other chemicals in their products which has fueled other brands to produce items that are harmless if ingested, not tested on animals, various flavors, and crazy cool colors. I argue, some products are worth spending the extra bucks on while others can be simply bought at the local Walgreens for pocket change.

Makeup has given women all over the world of all ages the confidence and self-esteem they’ve always wanted. Whether it be for a special occasion or an everyday activity they love to indulge in, it’s okay to wear makeup. If you’re good at doing makeup, you may want to start video tutorials, start a small business, become the campus go-to makeup guru, or even come up with new trendy looks. Retail therapy has taken a back seat to makeup rehab, it’s how we express ourselves and possibly even relieve stress. Who doesn’t feel better after knowing they look good.

And for those that have sooooo much to say…. BOY BYE

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We’ve all had our ups and downs, trials and errors with makeup. Starting out, why didn’t our friends tell us our eyebrows were too boxy and too dark? Why didn’t anyone tell us our foundation didn’t match? Nonetheless, just thankful for the glow up!!!

Do you love makeup? Are you one of those makeup bashers? Is it wrong to wear it everyday?

Here’s one youtuber that does a great job displaying her makeup routine. Beginner, intermediate, expert or simply a lover for makeup… indulge!

 

 

When Is Being Black Too Much For America?| EP.4|Season 3

Black History Month must be more than just a month of remembrance. It’s a month to pay tribute to our history and a reminder of the work that lies in the months and years ahead! This week on we’re discussing when is being black too much for America, and after Beyonce’s and Kendrick Lamar’s stellar performances and with the Oscars so White protest happening we thought it would be a perfect to time to highlight the injustice happening within our communities. Sydney B. was joined by guest’s Phillip Mosley, Jordan Mosley, and Eddie Coleman, and well let’s just say… this is some honeylicious tea that you don’t want to miss. Subscribe to our website and comment below your thoughts on this episode. Always remember… B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!

Tina Knowles-Lawson Still Getting Busy AT 61-Years Old

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By Sydney B.

Bow down to the Queen and watch her slay!

Let’s just say Tina Knowles-Lawson is wearing her sexuality with an older woman’s ease instead of like an awkward purse…never knowing how to hold it, where to hang it, or when to just put it down.

In the recent issue of Ebony magazine this mother of two, grandmother, and remarried beauty has not shame in game as she reveals that at the age of 61 she’s still able to have a thrilling sex life. Tina tied the knot for the second time with Richard Lawson, 68, in April.

“Our sex life is active; its really good,” Tina tells Ebony. But can you guess take a wild guess who encouraged Stella to get her groove back?

It was her own son-in-law, Jay-Z! Tina reveals that Hov urged her to date younger men. As the saying goes, “you’re only as old as the man you’re feeling,” but unfortunately for Tina the idea of a nice young rebound didn’t quite sit well with her. For what’s it worth, at least we can all agree that Ms. Knowles-Lawson is still gorgeous enough to snag any man whether younger or older.

Speaking of the amount of sexy she serves, inside the issue, Tina opens up about her initial hesitation with embracing showing off her curves for the camera, but later reveals how she’s turned those doubts into positivity:

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“I had some reservations [about the shoot], but as I thought of all the women who tell me daily that I have inspired them to live a wholehearted life, which includes your sexuality. I am proud to be 61 years old and to not be putting limitations on my lifestyle. We can still be sexy and vibrant, fashionable, classy and fly until the day we die!”

So ladies word to the wise: never be ashamed to show off the fabulous you no matter what age you may be. What’s imperfect to you is perfect enough for someone else.

Know your sex appeal, know your sexuality, and know how to use it…tastefully, of course!

Also in the issue, Tina talks about her Galveston, TX. upbringing, and how she ended up opening one of Houston’s most well-known salon after giving birth to two of the world’s most biggest celebrities. Daughter Solange took her business to Instagram where she was sure to give her mom a special shout out:

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Does your beauty have an expiration date on it?

Check out Tina’s pictures from her spread with Ebony:

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Beyonce | Nicki Minaj | Rihanna : Are The “Holy Trinity” Rumors True?

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By Sydney B

When a bey-hive that’s constantly buzzing, a navy that never sinks, and a dollhouse full of barbs join together one could only imagine the amount of damage these three Queens will do together.

Earlier this year, rumors spread about an alleged collaboration between Beyonce, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, but Nicki quickly put the rumors to rest. After new evidence of an alleged ASCAP image surfaced online, this rumor once again had the internet roaring.

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Now it’s no secret that Nicki has teamed up with both of these R&B diva’s separately. With Bey and Nicki’s recent release of the Flawless remix, and Nicki and Rih’s hit single Fly – it’s no surprise if these three produce a chart topping hit together.

In a recent interview with HOT 97’s Ebro Darden, Nicki mentioned that a collab between the three of them would be “a great thing for black women.”

“I’ve been seeing the “Holy Trinity,” Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj thing on Twitter and it cracks me up. They always get pictures of us in like the same color and they’ll put it together and tweet it to me, it’s so cute,” Nicki says. “I love both of those girls very much and that would be so dope for black women, especially in a time right now when black women are so scarce; we’re so copied and …..discredited. Not given our full props when we create.

So, of course that would be a blessing. I would love that. I don’t think that would ever happen but I’m just saying, I love that it shows that there is a desire for black women that have a powerful movement to join forces.”

Hmm, if the rumors are true I am beyond excited to hear the raw talent coming from these ladies. Do you think a collaboration between the three of them would be a great way to start off the new year?

Lil’Wayne Says The Only Artist Left Striving To Be Unforgettable Are Beyonce And Kanye West

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By Sydney B.

Are the only artist left striving to be unforgettable Lil’Wayne, Beyonce, and Kanye West? Lil’Wayne definitely thinks so.

After an interview with Nylon Guys Magazine, the YMCMB CEO had plenty to say especially about today’s artist.

Wayne says many artist only strive to make hits and gain social media popularity,  simply classifying them as being here today and gone tomorrow. Weezy went on to reveal that he’s “the last of a dying breed.”

“When I first started doing it, you only did it to be the best — not to have a hot song or popularity or for Instagram or Twitter. I’m one of the last of a dying breed… the ones who are only about the music. You have to want to be unforgettable. The only other people who I can think of like that are Kanye [West] and Beyonce.”

Do you agree with Weezy?

Be sure to keep an eye out for Wayne’s forthcoming album, Tha Cater V, which is set to release next week!

Beyonce Gets A Little Wild For Her New Video 7/11

By Sydney B

Beyonce is becoming a master at dropping singles, albums, or videos unexpectedly. It wasn’t too long after her new single 7/11 leaked before she slowly gave the people what they were asking for.

Less than 24 hours ago, the singer released a snippet of her new video on Instagram, but of course that was enough for Queen Bey, so she released the entire video!

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Beyonce and her dancers get a little goofy as they show us the proper way to have a girls night. From tiptoeing down the hallway trying not to spill your drink to flipping upside down and twerking on the wall. We even get a bizarre shot of the singer using her foot as a telephone. Whoa!

It just wouldn’t be a girls night out if things didn’t get a little cray-cray right?

The video was shot at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Check out the full video below and let us know what you think.

Beyonce Dedicates New Single To Her Mom

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By Sydney B.

The most alluring thing about a woman is her confidence.

Beyonce is well-known for empowering women through her chart topping hits, and well she’s done it again! This time she gotten more personal and thats because it’s all about her mother, Tina.

Beyonce’s new self entitled platinum edition album features her new single titled “Ring Off.” The song begins with Beyonce directly addressing Tina and sympathizing with the insecurities and pain she suffered during and after her marriage with Mathew Knowles.

It wasn’t to long before that moment of sadness turned into a moment of encouragement as she praises her mother. The iconic singer glorifies her decision of finally taking that ring off and finding happiness again.

The songs with an uplifting exert from Tina’s inspirational speech. Queen Bey’s debut album is expected to release this Tuesday.

Listen to “Ring Off” here:

 

Solange’s Unordinary Wedding

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By Sydney B.

Congrats is in order for the new Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson!

Solange took a more classic approach at breaking the internet! The 28-year-old singer finally tied the knot with 51-year-old video director, Alan Ferguson. If the Knowles family knows how to do anything, its how to show up and show out, and Solange and Alan knew just how to do so!

This happily ever after did not feature your traditional wedding ceremony, as you may probably already be able to tell from the portraits.

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Vogue reports, the duo arrived to the ceremony on painted white bicycles just before walking down the aisle to Donny Hathaway’s, “I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry.” Attending guest included Beyonce, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Janelle Monae, and many more.

The night was filled with performances by musicians Kelela, Questlove, and Kindness, and even included a dance off between Solange and her son Julez to “No Flex Zone.”

In celebration of their upcoming nuptials, the night before, Solange and Alan treated their guest to a pre-wedding movie night. The couple rented out the Indywood Cinema, where 50 of their closets friends and family members gathered to watch the movie, Mahogany.

I know you’re probably thinking either “what is that?” or “why the 1975 Diana Ross romance classic?” Well, it’s the movie the couple watched on their first date!

“It was pretty adorable,” Hayley Sampson, owner of the film house tells PEOPLE. “They were talking about how they met and that they bonded [over] this film and then showed everybody the movie.”

I’m sure this movie night beat the traditional family dinner the night before the wedding. Solange looked absolutely stunning as she wore her beautiful long all-white dress with accentuating gold bracelets. She reminds me of a new modern and refined Cleopatra, without all of the headwear of course. Solange showed us just how to break the internet, the Ferguson way!

Check out the official wedding portraits:

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