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Beyonce Knowles Is Not A Girl Anymore (VIBE June 2007)

We know the gossip’s been flying in the blogosphere. There was a “petition” created to force Beyonce to reshoot the video for “Déjà Vu.” One site declares Beyonce “Most Annoying Of ’06,”noting that the star has been promoting Dreamgirls since “Jesus was in middle school.” Another blogger relentlessly and unsympathetically breaks down Beyonce’s every single physical trait, from scalp to manicure. Controversial gossip maven Perez Hilton continues to bait her, as he has for the past year, calling her “that Wicked B.”

But whatever. Yawn. Beyonce is unfazed. Meet her in person, and she’s as relaxed as a girl can be, on a short break from the business of world domination. Even with just lip gloss and false lashes, she’s a study in beauty, ruling the room without even trying. And her conversation flows freely too. There are the expected hiccups --- she still won’t talk about Jay-Z, and she only discusses Jennifer Hudson (with whom she shared the spotlight and credit in last year’s Dreamgirls) in circular fashion. But give B a chance to chill (as if that’s totally possible: she audiotapes me as I audiotape her) and the words start coming. The House Of Dereon clothing line, the spring and summer tour that will take her through the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and the re-release of B’Day (Music World/Columbia), with songs in Spanish and sweaty new videos --- get all of that out of the way, and let Beyonce show you what’s inside. Danyel Smith


VIBE: Who was your first summer love?
Beyonce: Wow. Probably my third crush. I guess that was around 6th grade.

Was he a nice boy? Cute?
Very nice. Very cute.

Did he like you back?
Thank God he did.

Does he know you’re Beyonce, all grown up from that little Beyonce?
Um, I hope so.

You’re really giving a lot of sexiness in this photoshoot.
[Beyonce Laughs.]

Of course, everybody wants to know what your sex life is like.
[Beyonce laughs again.]

What would people be surprised to know? Like: Does Beyonce have footie pajamas?
I’m like any and every other woman.

No one is going to believe that, Beyonce
But I am. And actually, in one of the [new] videos --- it’s called ‘Flaw And All’ --- I don’t sing any of the song. The whole time it’s like a silent movie and I’m being myself. I’m not performing. I reveal a side of myself no one’s ever seen. I’m silly and goofy and not…trying to be a diva, or trying to be a star --- Just me. It was important for me to show that side of myself. I have no makeup.

You had no makeup on in the video?
Mmm-hmm. And another song called ‘Still In Love (Kissing You).’ It’s a beautiful ballad. I didn’t have any hair and makeup. Just me on the beach and in the sun, and I brought one bathing suit ‘cause I was there for myself. It’s very artistic and grimey, and [there’s] no retouching. It is what it is. I wanted to show a different personality in every video. One is over-the-top and I’m kind of like a drag queen. And then, there’s ‘Upgrade U,’ where I’m acting like Jay. I don’t know what people would be surprised to know,

Are there footie pajamas?
Of course. I mean, yeah, I like to relax. I love to not think about anything --- anything to wear, or any kind of glamour when I’m with…at home. Or when I’m with my nephew, changing diapers. I’m doing everything like everybody else.

Is it hard to be successful?
Of course it is. You have to sacrifice a lot, you have to be very strong, you have to have a thick skin, and you have to know your priorities.

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Nicki Minaj Cancels Tour Stop Due To Technical Difficulties

Nicki Minaj is feeling “gutted” and “heartbroken” after she was forced to cancel a tour stop in show in Bratislava, Slovakia Friday (Feb. 22) due to technical difficulties, the “Barbie Dreams” rapper said on Instagram.

“I can’t believe my fans sometimes,” Minaj captioned a cascade of videos of her on stage breaking the bad news to fans. “After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding.”

The venue didn’t have the electrical capabilities to support a major “technical aspect” of the show and lost power several times in the process, TMZ reports.

“Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts,” Minaj explained. “They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins.”

XL Promotion, the company promoting the show in Slovakia, shared a different story on Facebook. “The Winter Stadium of Andrew Nepelu meets all the technical standards and the agency XL Promotion respected all the conditions sent by the production of Nicki Minaj,” reads the post.

The company blamed Minaj for deciding to cancel, and added that they have done a number of “large world productions” for musical acts including Depeche Mode, Lenny Kravitz, One Republic and “many others.” XL Promotion vowed to refund all ticket holders.

Some of Minaj’s loyal Barbz waited up to seven hours before being told that the show was cancelled, according to comments on her Instagram post and tweets from fans.

Minaj said that she felt “horrible” about the whole thing. The Young Money rhymer also promised to “figure out a way,” to come back and make up for the missed performance, which was the second stop on the European leg of her Nicki WRLD Tour featuring Juice WRLD. The jaunt kicked off in Germany Thursday and rolls into Poland on Feb. 24.

Read Minaj's full Instagram post below.


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Gutted. Heart broken. I can’t believe my fans sometimes. After waiting for hours & hours, they still tried to be understanding. Production was told the building does not have the power to facilitate my lifts (which don’t only move me below & very VERY high above the stage, but also move all our props, furniture, dancers, band, etc.), our lighting rig, fog, cryo, confetti, movies/visuals. They’d get the show powered up then the breaker would basically trip after a few mins. Juice WRLD & I waited while they did this over & over for 3 hours. Some of my fans came from Austria, Nigeria, etc. I met w/a lot of them & they had the best, sweetest energy. I’m so disappointed. Slovakia, I love you so much & I’ll do everything in my power to get back to you as soon as I can. I think the venue/promo team probably didn’t expect a rap show to have such over the top production. We run the risk of someone getting hurt if we start the show & smthng malfunctions mid-show. Sorry we couldn’t have a great night together. We’ll be in Poland on Sunday @ a building that can facilitate our show. ♥️🙏🏽

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R. Kelly Turns Himself In To Chicago Police On Sexual Abuse Charges

R. Kelly turned himself in to authorities in Chicago Friday (Feb. 22), hours after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly, 52, was met by a flood of cameras when he arrived at the precinct. Officers quickly led him away in handcuffs.

The Grammy winner, whose birth name is Robert Kelly, is expected to remain in custody overnight before appearing in court Saturday for a bond hearing, reports the Chicago Tribute.

Earlier in the day, Cook County State Attorney’s Kim Foxx announced charges against the singer who is accused abusing four victims, three of whom are between the ages of 13 and 17, according to a grand jury indictment. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter authorized an arrest warrant for Kelly with no bail amount.

Kelly has claimed innocence for years, amid numerous allegations dating back more than a decade.

Steve Greenberg, Kelly's lawyer, maintained Friday that his client is an "innocent man," and that all of his accusers are "lying."  Greenberg tweeted earlier in the day, that Kelly would be surrendering between 11 p.m. and midnight, at the Area South location.

If convicted on all charges, Kelly faces up to 70 years in prison. See video of his surrender below.

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DESUS & MERO Bring the Brand to Showtime in Their Series Premiere

"Bodega Boys in the building!" That's how Desus Nice and The Kid Mero started the first episode of their new half hour show on Showtime. The "Bodega Boys," as Desus and Mero like to be called, took their comedic talents from Viceland and secured a slot for their talk show on the network. After airing on Thursday night, they posted the full episode on YouTube to give fans and a new live studio audience a look at what they have to offer.

The first episode of their new series did not disappoint. The two comedians represented their roots in the Bronx to the fullest by incorporating the class bodega backdrop as well as inviting none other than Bronx native, and United States Representative for New York,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as their first guest. The TV personalities greeted the politician with their now famous "yerrr" and managed to keep things light by bonding over the memes they receive from Twitter users while also managing to keep things serious as they talked about AOC's come up.

In the debut of the show, Ocasio-Cortez made the trip back to the Bronx to chat with the former Guy Code cast members, but the "Bodega Boys" also made a trip down to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. During the trip to D.C. Desus and Mero presented the member of the Democratic Party with a flag of Puerto Rico, representing her roots, and they also were able to meet representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashan Tlaib of Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.

"Am I a gentrifier?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. "No! How are you a gentrifier? You moved from the Bronx to D.C.!" Mero responded.

Ocasio-Cortez's presence on the show wasn't the only highlight of the first episode. Desus and Mero have added a new element to their talk show, which are skits. The skit the two debuted on their talk show poked fun at the controversial Oscar-nominated film, Green Book. Before presenting the skit, Desus described the film as being, "basically just Friday with racism."

The skit features Mero playing the role of the white driver, Tony Lip, while Desus plays the role of the Black pianist. Throughout the entirety of the skit, Desus and Mero show how they feel "Green Book" was made to make white people feel as if they weren't racist in a time where racism was quite obviously prevalent.

"Wait, there's another one of these movies? What is wrong with you people? Please leave us alone. It's not our job to make white people feel better about race stuff," was a fake quote about the movie included in the skit.

Catch DESUS & MERO on Showtime every Thursday night at 11! You won't want to miss out.


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