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The Business of Beyonce Knowles-Carter

Beyonce TumblrBey, King B, Sasha Fierce or whatever you call her, you can’t call Beyoncé complacent.

“Since 15 in my stilettos been struttin’ in this game,” boasts the female definition of a hustler. The Beyhive would indisputably agree that she’s truly a force to be reckoned with.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, 31, has made headlines as 1/3 of R&B sensation group Destiny’s Child and has continued to steamroll across international music charts as an acclaimed solo artist. Not only a wife to rapper-turned-mogul Jay-Z, cementing their hip-hop royalty coupledom status, she is also a new mom to 10-month old daughter Blue Ivy and supportive older sister of artist (and business, [wo]man) Solange Knowles.

The Texas-born entertainer doesn’t only dominate the music charts but BK is a triple threat takeover with her numerous business ventures.

Vixen takes a look at how she upgrades her empire. --Rachel Francois

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A girl’s night playlist is incomplete without a Beyoncé feature. Tracks like “Single Ladies,” “Freakum Dress” and “Run the World (Girls)” thump at clubs and brings the naughty girl out to play. Bey’s chart-topping songs have awarded the singer/songwriter with as many as 16 Grammy Awards, as well as being named the first woman recipient of the 2007 AMA International Artist Award,  2009 Billboard Top Female Artist and Top Radio Singles Artist of the Decade and 2011 Billboard Millennium Award.

Four albums in, King B has toured the world and back again. Her most recent tour for I...Am,  touched down in over 90 cities to screaming fans.

World domination?


Fashion and Beauty

Imagine you’re at the mall. Run into the drugstore and you'll spot the blond bombshell on an L’Oreal advertisment, for which she’s been a cosmetic spokesperson since 2004. While perusing the racks at fashion retailers, cop a House of Deréon piece from Beyoncé’s and mother Tina Knowles' family clothing line. Take a break at the food court and you may catch a Pepsi commercial of Ms. Fierce taking a refreshing cold one back with much attitude. And of course, B has a Macy’s counter-top full of them with the choice of any of her signature fragrances “Fever,” “Heat Rush,” "Midnight Heat" and “Pulse.”

That's just a regular shopping day.

Her latest Instagram has been littered with fashion's top threads and style cues we don't mind taking a note from. And if you're looking to learn some beauty tricks and make it your occupation, Bey's got you covered.

In 2010, Beyoncé and her mother founded Beyoncé Cosmetology Center of Brooklyn Phoenix House. The center provides a 7-month training program for adult students interested in pursuing a cosmetology career.

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Let’s just say Bey will be making more Black history this upcoming February.

She is set to hit the big stage for NFL's XLVII Super Bowl half-time performance on February 3, 2013, while the debut of Mrs. Knowles-Carter's HBO documentary will air on February 16, revealing more about Beyoncé the woman rather than the glamorous superstar.


First Family Ties

The first family of hip-hop is chummy with the First Family of the United States of America. So cool, First Lady Michelle Obama tapped Beyoncé for her get healthy initiative “Let’s Move” campaign. It was only right that one of Baddie Bey's songs be remade as an official exercise mix, she teamed up with Swizzy for “Move Your Body” to get the kids (and us) moving.

She (and hubby Jay-Z) has also actively supported the election and re-election of President Barack Obama by helping raise campaign funds, rocking her vote via Instagram and writing influential letters.

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Movies and Film

Her starring role in MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera was only the beginning. Since then the thespian has demonstrated her acting chops in Austin Powers in GoldmemberDreamgirlsCadillac Records, and Obsessed, alongside Hollywood's top actors, including Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Mike Myers and Adrien Brody.

These days, she's readying the May 2013 release of Epic, an animated film in which Queen B stars as the mother of an enchanted forest.


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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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