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Beyonce and Other Celebrity-Inspired College Courses

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In today's celebrity driven society, everything the rich and fabulous do is deemed mostly acceptable; so much that some of our favorite's are being studied at a collegiate level. Beyonce, Jay Z and Kanye West are just a few that have inspired courses while others like  Nas are lending their expertise as professors.
Flip the page for a list of our dream celebrity college courses.
-Sharifa Daniels and Margot Harris
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Professor: Jay Z
Course Title: How to Turn a Business Man Into a Business, Man
Course Description: Following the blueprint Jay Z has created, he will teach people that  live in poverty how to flourish from their upbringing and become a successful entrepreneur. The reward for earning an A is your very own "baddest" chick or guy in the game.
Kim Kardashian

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Professor: 
Kim Kardashian
Course Title: Marriage, Divorce, Sextape and Paparazzi.
Course Description:  With her track record, you will get an expert guide for celebrity love life navigation. She tells you the do's and dont's of sextaping. You'll also learn how to marry, divorce and marry again without ever being single. The pap queen also shows you how to properly showcase everything with just enough damage and lots of fame.

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Professor: Drake
Course Title: 100 ways to wear Construction Timbs
Course Description: Drake is infamous for wearing his Timberland classics with whatever he chooses. We've seen it all: from sweat pants to basketball shorts. This course will teach you 100 different ways to sport your Timb classics.

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Professor: Keri Hilson
Course Title: The Art of Surviving Stan Bullies
Course Description: Taking personal experience and optimizing on it, Professor Hilson takes you on her own in-depth journey and how she overcame it. She teaches you media ettiquete when it comes to dealing with the stans who speak for the their favorite celebrity. And of course you will have plenty of guest speakers: Professor Cole, Professor Ciara and Professor Dash.
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Professor: Nas
Course Title: Hip Hop for Dummies
Course Description: To some people, hip hop in still dead but we've come a long way since 2006 when the genre "died." In this course, you will learn the history of hip hop and the most influential MCs and hip hop aritsts. You also get to dissect some of hip hop's most classic songs.
 

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Professor: Beyonce
Course Title: A Feminist Look at Being A Boss
Course Description: Beyonce has mastered many trades and turned herself into a boss. She will teach you how to wake up "Flawless", turn in your "Single Ladies" credentials and most importantly "Run The World". It's an extremely hard course to get into as she's the most sought after professor, but the lessons you learn from her will change your world forever.
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Professor: J. Cole
Course Title: Dollar and a Dream
Course Description: In this course you will learn how to do the impossible. Some people are born into fame and money, but most of us will have to earn the things that come our way. This course offers methods of staying focused and positive even when all odds are against you. You will learn different ways to make your dreams come true, even if you've started from the bottom.

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Professor: Erykah Badu
Course Title: Soul Searching
Course Description: In this course you will learn about embracing your natural beauty. This class is for guys and girls, but the focus will be to encourage equality in the media. You will learn about prominent female artists and the goal is for every person to connect with themselves by accepting and appreciating who they are.

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Professor: June Ambrose
Course Title: Cooking for Kids
Course Description: Professor Ambrose will teach you how to cook healthy and delicious meals kids will love. In this course, you will learn how to make 3-course meals, 15-minutes or less and how to dress your on-the-go meals. You will get guides and tutorials on teaching your kids how to eat without spillage and how to style them for any eating occasion. If you pass her cooking course, you too can be a rockstar mom.

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Professor:
 Rihanna
Course Title: History of Sexual Behavior
Course Description: Professor Rih Rih will take you down the explorational role to your sexual being. She will teach you how to perfect your inner sex kitten in the bedroom and your bad girl status in the public eye. Enrolling in her course you will take frequent trips to strip clubs, rid your closet of any clothes that cover 3/4's of your body and have your image revamped to release your inner sex drive.
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Professor: Taylor Swift
Course Title: The Art of Making Money off Your Ex
Course Description: What better way to get over a broken heart than rolling in dough? Many women haven't figured out how to capitalize on a break up, but taking Professor Swift's course will make you a pro. She has turned it into an art form and she's ready to teach you her ways. If you successfully complete her course, you can align yourself with many number 1 hits and future awards.
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Professor:
 Lil Wayne
Course Title: The Art of Tattooing 101
Course Description: In this course, you will not only learn the history of tattoos, but how to pick the proper one. Learn placement and sizing to have enough tats on your body, leaving just enough space for more. Meet the best tattoo artists and expand your knowledge on the best procedures from extremely painful to no pain sessions. Your final exam?;  getting a permanent tattoo.

Lady Gaga

 Professor: Lady Gaga
Course Title:
 Love Yourself
Course Description: The description is in the name. Lady Gaga embraces the fact that she was born this way and now she's a musical icon. This class will teach you to embrace your unique talents and focus on channeling your emotion into doing substantial activities like  acting, singing, dancing, drawing; anything!
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Professor: Mona Scott Young and Shaunie O'Neal
Course Title: How to Turn Tricks into a Trade
Course Description: In this course, you will learn how to capitalize off of other people's problems.  Master how to turn 'ratchet' into a profitable business. From staging the proper fight to knowing what non-stars to add for 15-mins of fame. Once you pass her class, you'll be a producer for your own reality show.
 

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Professor: Nicki Minaj
Course Title: The Art of Creating Thirst
Course Description: Nicki Minaj has turned her career into a thirst fest between men and women. She's created a world where men suddenly get dehydrated when she pops up on any social media timeline or TV screen. Taking her course will teach you how to successfully post pictures that will have your DM's flooded and likes in the thousands.
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Professor: Musiq Soulchild
Course Title: Love Your Woman Right
Course Description: If  his lyrics are any indication, Musiq certainly knows how to properly love a woman. Thankfully, there are still good men in hip hop. This course will teach young men how to love and treat their women right. In return, it will also teach young women how to demand the respect and treatment that they deserve.

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Professor: Evelyn Lozada
Course Title: How to Snag a Baller 101
Course Description: Professor Lozada teaches you the ins and outs of celebrity scouting. How to range their money and time in the industry with how far you want to go with your endeavors. She teaches you how to choose your ballers wisely so you can grab the title and not the jump-off status.

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Professor: Solange Knowles
Course Title: Jane of all trades
Course Description: What is Solange most well known for? Music? Fashion? Art? The truth is, we don't really know, but that's a good thing! Solange has exceeded the status quo of a normal life with one occupation. She does everything, which deems her a "Jill of all Trades." In this class, you will explore your talents and learn to excel in all of them.

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Celebrities Use #ActingWhileBlack Hashtag To Point Out Pitfalls Of Hollywood's Beauty Scene

While being a working person of color in Hollywood is something to admire, those fortunate enough to be working in these spaces often have difficulties finding the right person to do their hair and makeup with the right amount of diligent care.

Model Olivia Anakwe took to Instagram earlier this month to detail the issues she faced before a runway show, when she was disrespected by haircare professionals who refused to work on her textured hair.

"Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?” she wrote. “It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class."

The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack began to spread on social media over the weekend, and people of color chimed in to share their stories.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she often carries her own hair extensions and clothes for shoots, and that having stylists who are untrained in black beauty often runs the risk of them looking bad later on. Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe shared a similar sentiment.

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell hit the nail on the head in her tweet about the issue with not hiring the right people to work with ethnic hair.

“If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” she wrote on Mar. 11. “Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.”

Check out some tweets from celebs on this issue below.

 

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby https://t.co/gl3b64Omtj

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019

PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.

Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion! https://t.co/A1Q9ZpvXmH

— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.

Beyoncé

This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.

 

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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

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Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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