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Louvre Museum Director Partly Credits Beyonce And Jay-Z's "Apesh*t" Video For Boost In Visitors

The Carters have the Midas Touch.

It's no surprise that The Carters have the power to change the course of one person's life or the monetary trajectory of a historic establishment. According to The Guardian, Jay-Z and Beyonce's decision to record the "Apesh*t" video inside Paris' Louvre Museum ignited a wave of visitors for 2018, notching in at 10 million people.

The figures' prowess prompted the museum's director, Jean-Luc Martin, to issue a statement partly crediting the Everything Is Love artists for influencing others to visit the institution. "It's clear that 2018 was a remarkable year for the international reputation of the Louvre," Martin said. "The Beyonce video, like the opening of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, ensured that the Louvre was talked about across the world, and one of the consequences of that is the spectacular rise in visitor numbers last year." Martin also credits the museum's latest exhibitions for drawing a record number of people.

The visual, directed by Ricky Saiz, displays still shots of the world's most iconic paintings and artifacts like the Mona Lisa to the "Portrait d’une négresse,” as the Carters breathe new life into the stills with their presence. For viewers and the artists, in particular, it provided a sense of freedom to command a place wrapped in colonialism, a feat Beyonce touched upon within an interview with Vogue.

"I don't like too much structure. I like to be free. I'm not alive unless I am creating something," she said. "I'm not happy if I'm not creating, if I'm not dreaming, if I'm not creating a dream and making it into something real. I'm not happy if I'm not improving, evolving, moving forward, inspiring, teaching, and learning."

Revisit the artistic moment below.

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Chadwick Boseman Died Without Will, Wife Files To Become Administrator Of His Estate

Chadwick Boseman died without having a will in place. On Thursday (Oct. 15), Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, filed probate documents in a Los Angeles Superior Court to become administrator of his estate, which is reportedly valued at $939,000 in personal property and assets.

Boseman, a resident of California but a native of South Carolina, is survived by Ledward and his parents, who were listed on the documents along with his wife. Per California law, the spouse inherits community property and splits any separate property with the parents of the deceased. Boseman likely had additional assets in a separate trust.

The 43-year-old actor passed away in August, following a four-year battle with colon cancer, which he kept secret from mostly everyone around him with the exception of a few people in his circle. Boseman and Ledward were first linked in 2015, and tied the knot sometime this year.

The Black Panther star thanked Ledward during his acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild last year. “Simone, you're with me every day,” he said at the time. “I have to acknowledge you right now. Love you.”

 

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Ice Cube Responds To Being Called A “Sell Out,” Denies Endorsing Donald Trump

Ice Cube has been fending off criticism for allegedly linking with Donald Trump to help him construct his “Platinum Plan” for Black America, but the West Coast rap legend says that he isn’t working with the president and responded to being called a “sell out” on social media.

When I got bus to school. Homies called me a sellout. When I started rapping in 1983. Bangers called me a sellout. When I left NWA. They called me a sellout. When I start doing movies. Rappers called me a sellout. When I started my own league. The arena said it was a sellout.😂

— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 16, 2020

Cube has been making the media rounds speaking to Rolling Stone, CNN's Cuomo Prime Time and Roland Martin over the last two days. In an interview with Martin on Thursday (Oct. 15), Cube discussed his Contract with Black America and clarified that he has not endorsed Trump, or worked with him in any capacity. However, Cube explained that Trump’s administration reached out to him about the CWBA, and apparently used some of his ideas for the “Platinum Plan.”

When asked to outline the similarities between both proposals, Cube seemed as though he was reviewing Trump’s “Platinum Plan” for the first time.

This was Ice Cube, tonight, stumbling and stammering trying to answer what was good in Trump’s plan for black people 🥴 pic.twitter.com/hC1OIn7AB3

— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) October 16, 2020

According to Politico, Cube traveled to Washington D.C. for a three-hour meeting with Jared Kushner and other senior Trump advisers. The story suggests that the meeting with Cube shows the extent to which Trump will go in hopes of making Black voters a centerpiece of his re-election bid.

Cube connected with Kushner through a mutual associate of his business partner Jeff Kwatinetz -- who is also the former business partner of ex-Trump strategist, Steven Bannon. Cube and his team reportedly continued meeting with Trump’s aides via conference call, and an additional in-person meeting (Cube did not attend).

The 51-year-old rapper-actor said that he was also contacted by Joe Biden’s campaign, but was told that the campaign wanted to wait until after the presidential election to get deeper into the CWBA.

Watch Cube’s full interview with Martin’s Unfiltered below.

 

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Nicki Minaj Confirms Giving Birth, Reveals Baby’s Gender

Nicki Minaj confirmed that she gave birth in an Instagram posts thanking Beyoncé, Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci, and more for sending gifts congratulating her on becoming a first-time mom.

Minaj also revealed that she welcomed a son with husband Kenneth Perry. “Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me,” she wrote on Thursday (Oct. 15) before gushing over her baby boy. “I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo [sic] boy in the whole wide world.”

 

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Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me. I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world. 🥳🧸🎁🎈

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Prior to posting about her son, Minaj announced that she will be featured on Sada Baby’s “Whole Lotta Choppas” remix dropping at midnight.

The song marks the latest collaboration for the Queens rapper after hopping on Tekashi 69’s “Trollz” single, and Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix,  the latter of which earned Minaj her first No. 1 single.

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