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Tyrese Gibson says Beyonce and LeBron James must be protected "at all costs" because they're such powerful advocates for racial equality.

The 41-year-old singer/ actor just dropped his new single "Legendary" and its powerful accompanying video "8:46," which he says was inspired by the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Tyrese paid tribute to the celebrities who are attacked on social media for sharing their personal views on the controversial topics.

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"Beyonce's 'Black is King' changed my life and changed me forever," he said. "We need to protect Beyonce at all costs. Whatever visions and ideas this powerful Black queen has bouncing around in her mind, we need to be willing to protect her at all costs. We need to protect LeBron James at all costs. He has decided to boldly and specifically step into carrying the torch of speaking up and speaking out."

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James, 35, has taken a lot of heat as the unofficial spokesman for the entire NBA. He called for a 2-day NBA boycott to protest in honor of Jacob Blake, the Black Wisconsin man who was shot 7 times in the back by a white police officer while trying to detain him on an outstanding warrant. Blake is paralyzed below the waist.

Tyrese also said he's "so proud" of NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the practice of bending a knee during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality. "Long before it was ever cool to speak up and speak out, he took a knee on behalf of peaceful protest. He compromised his own survival to peacefully protest and speak up and speak out about something that’s on his heart."

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Keri Hilson was a fresh faced newcomer more than a decade ago when her record label told her to diss then-superstar Beyonce Knowles on a track.

In an interview with Claudia Jordan, Hilson recalled dissing Beyonce on her song "Turning M On" and how the fake beef hurt her spirit.

Hilson claims her label made her diss Beyonce, and she was too young and insecure to tell them no.

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Hilson, a 37-year-old Sagittarius, said she took a 9-year hiatus from music to heal herself due to clinical depression.

She said she contemplated quitting the business altogether. "I just knew I needed time to get back to myself."

Hilson said she was "incredibly" unhappy following the breakup of an 11-year relationship.

"I was 17 to 28 years old in that relationship, so I did not know life alone. I did not know and love and accept myself. I didn't know who the hell I was."
 

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One of the top producers behind Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run Tour and Jennifer Lopez's and Shakira's showstopping 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show has died.

TV and live event producer Dan Parise died from a cardiac arrest on Monday night, aged 61.

The industry veteran produced the Grammy and Emmy-nominated concert special, On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z, in 2014. He previously served as Live Nation's Director of Production, and also worked with superstars including Oprah Winfrey, Eric Clapton, and Pearl Jam.

Additionally, Parise worked with the team at Jay Z's Roc Nation on big events like the Global Citizen Festival and the rap mogul's annual Made In America Festival.

Paying tribute to Parise, a Roc Nation spokesperson tells TheWrap, "He committed his life to his family at home and his family on the road, making each one of us better with each show. From working with Dave Matthews to Michelle Obama to Keith Richards, his mark on the entertainment and broadcast world will be felt for generations to come."

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Disney spent millions promoting and marketing Beyonce's "Black is King" visual on Disney Plus, but fans didn't bother to purchase the project’s soundtrack album, The Gift.

According to HitsDailyDouble, Beyonce's The Gift landed at No. 10 on the sales charts with just over 6,000 albums sold.

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It is a sure sign that Beyonce's star has faded to black, as the former superstar loses ground to rappers Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B and newcomer Mulatto.

Disney Plus secured the rights to Beyonce's "Black is King" 90-minute visual in the hopes of registering new subscribers to the streaming service.

Unfortunately, Beyonce doesn't have the star power to register a blip on the Disney Plus meter.

According to Roger Friedman of ShowBiz411, the album's dismal sales figure could be a troublesome number for Disney if it can be compared to the number of subscribers who joined Plus just to see Black is King.

Friedman wonders if Beyonce fans understand that "The Gift" is the soundtrack to Black Is King and not the Lion King soundtrack.

Beyonce and her Parkwood Entertainment cut Sony out of the project, so they aren't doing much to help promote Beyonce's "The Gift."

Sony executives are probably somewhere laughing their butts off.

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Kelly Rowland admits the constant comparisons to Beyonce Knowles Carter, were "Torture."

Kelly, who was rumored to be Beyonce's half-sister, said Beyonce continues to rent space in her head.

"Can you imagine what it's like being in a group with Beyonce?" she asked a Voice Australia contestant.

The Destiny's Child singer said she tortured herself because she didn't measure up to DC's leggy blonde lead singer.

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Speaking candidly about her life-long relationship with Bey, the 39-year-old Aquarius said she was intimated by Beyonce, also 39, because she thought of herself as an ugly duckling.

The moment of self-reflection occurred when Voice Australia Contestant Chris Sebastian said he was concerned about being outshined by his brother, Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.

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"I know this feeling," said Kelly, pictured far left with Farah Franklin, Beyonce and Michelle Williams. "Can you imagine what it's like being in a group with Beyonce? I would torture myself in my head."

Kelly said the brutal self-comparisons to Beyonce impacted her career and hurt her feelings of self-worth.

"I would be lying if I said no, it's never bothered me. That's bull. There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade, where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder."

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The mom-of-one said she struggled all her life to keep up with Beyonce, who had No. 1 hit singles after she left the group.

She said Beyonce's dominance on the charts caused her to rethink every step she took in her career - right down to her wardrobe.

Kelly said picking out her wardrobe was a chore because she would think: "'I can't wear this dress because they're going to say it's like B.' Or, 'I can't have a song like that because it sounds too much like B.'"

Kelly has never had a No. 1 hit single outside of Destiny's Child.

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Tina Knowles-Lawson took to social media this weekend to plead for her daughter, Beyonce Knowles-Carter's right to claim her Black heritage.

The 39-year-old singer was widely criticized for "appropriating Black culture" in her new visual album, Black Is King.

The album, which is based on her poorly received 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, will stream exclusively on Disney+.

After Beyonce dressed in traditional African garb in her album promo, fans took to social media to remind the mother-of-three that she is not African.

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When a few BeyHive fans defended their queen Bey, Tina thanked them for standing up for her child.

"Thank you I could not have said it better," Tina wrote. "It's really sad that the women who shout the loudest the 'protect the black woman' that they are the ones that are trying to tear her down. Sisters wake up!"

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The 66-year-old retired fashion designer went on to explain how her daughter was taught as a young girl to uplift other women up, not tear them down: "Her work is to change the narrative! To show that we did not start off as slaves, but that we were kings and queens before we were forced into slavery."

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After pleading with fans to "examine your heart and really take a look at what your motive is and what it's fueled by."

"How do you appropriate the black culture when you are black?" said Tina, whose mixed race heritage includes French, Native American, African, Jewish American, Spanish, Chinese and Indonesian ancestry.

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"She has a right to her heritage as well as anyone else in the world. Just consider young sisters I love you and brothers thank you for your balance and speaking up," Tina concluded.

Beyonce's album Black Is King debuts on July 31st.
 

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Black NFL fans were surprised after the NFL announced it would play the national Black anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" before the "Star Spangled Banner."

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the hymn became recognized as the national Black anthem in 1920. But it was popularized by AARP singer Beyonce who performed it at Coachella in 2018.

Chris Conley of the Jacksonville Jaguars took to Twitter to explain the song is a rallying cry for Blacks from the Jim Crow era.

"For those who aren't familiar with it, this song seeks to remind us of our past as a country and to strive to be better. It speaks to all of us not just black people even tho it became a rallying cry for blacks in the Jim Crow era. It is a beautiful message birthed from pain.

"The league taking the oppurtunity [sic] to play "Lift every voice and sing" (the black national anthem) is sweet. It's a great way to honor those who started this movement year and years ago."

But not everyone sees the need for the NFL to play 2 national anthems before every game.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino tweeted: "There are many great songs, which mean a lot, to a lot of people, but there is ONLY one National Anthem. The division must stop if there’s any hope for us."

And Texas Senator Ted Cruz called the NFL's plan "asinine," saying "How many national anthems do we have?" and "Is there an Hispanic national anthem?", "An Asian-American national anthem?"

 

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Beyonce's new track, "Black Parade," commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, is officially a flop.

To accompany the song, the manipulative singer listed a directory of Black businesses (mostly young Black artisans) on her personal website. She called the business directory "Parade Route."

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The track, which dropped on Friday night, managed to garner only 1.8 million views and over 6,000 dislikes on Beyonce's YouTube channel as of Sunday afternoon.

Beyonce's team keeps deleting the video when it racks up dislikes and tons of negative comments. The video now has just over 280K views and 552 dislikes.

A YouTube viewer commented: "the song is just okay... its actually one of the worse songs she's done... again the black directory makes it worth it but I'm not gonna praise the song... sorry."

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Your auntie knew that if I was patient long enough, Beyonce would one day be irrelevant in my lifetime. Call me petty but I'm enjoying watching her downfall.

It's a bittersweet moment for your auntie. Some of my regular roses know about the fake restraining order, the lies, the police report, the death threats, the online harassment, the blacklisting, etc.

The internet has managed to do what your auntie failed to do: clip the queen bee's wings and bring her back down to earth.

Beyonce is finally irrelevant.
 

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Beyonce Knowles surprised her fans by dropping a new track "Black Parade" to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19.

Beyonce celebrates the rich history of West African slaves in Texas who were liberated and emancipated in 1865:

    We got rhythm (We got rhythm), we got pride (We got pride)
    We birth kings (We birth kings), we birth tribes (We birth tribes)
    Holy river (Holy river), holy tongue (Holy tongue)
    Speak the glory (Speak the glory), feel the love (Feel the love)
    Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
    Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
    I can't forget my history, it's her-story
    Motherland drip on me, motherland, motherland drip on me

She also shouts out her loyal BeyHive fanatics on the track. "You hear them swarmin', right? Bees is known to bite."

The track is the 39-year-old singer's 2nd offering in 2020. She hopped on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix" earlier this year. With Beyonce help, "Savage Remix" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
 

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Did you really think Jay-Z would let Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj beat his wife, Beyonce, to the top of the Billboard chart?

Doja and Nicki made history this week when their remix "Say So" raced to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, easily defeating Beyonce and newcomer Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" remix.

Billboard is now investigating an anonymous tip that Doja and Nicki may have purchased illegitimate streams from fans outside the US.

Tweets have surfaced about fans using VPN's (Virtual Private Networks) to make it seem like they are in the US when they are not.

If true, @DojaCat & @NickiMinaj's long awaited #1 will be taken from them and removed from the charts, making Beyonce and Megan No. 1.

Coincidentally, Jay-Z was accused of falsifying streams for his TIDAL streaming app.

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Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj pulled a huge upset over Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion by beating them to the top of the Billboard chart.

The duo scored their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with their remix "Say So".

Neither artist has ever topped the chart before and their collaboration kept Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce's remix "Savage" from reaching No. 1.

Doja Cat's track wasn't even in the top five a week ago, but Minaj's remix dropped on May 1st and led to a surge in sales.

Minaj dropped a scathing diss about Beyonce that pushed "Say So" out ahead of "Savage".

"Why you talkin' 'bout who body fake? With all them fillers in your face, you just full of hate. That real ass ain't keep your nigga home. Now you're lookin silly, that's word to silicone..."

Speculation ran rampant that Nicki was dissing either Beyonce or talk TV guru Wendy Williams in the remix. But Nicki cleared the air by taking to Instagram and posting: "The line ain't about Wendy tho #SaySoRemix."

In other music news, The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" falls to three on the new Hot 100, while Drake's "Toosie Slide" and Roddy Ricch's "The Box" round out the top five.

Meanwhile, Drake has tied Madonna's record for the most Hot 100 top 10s of all-time with "Pain 1993", which features Playboi Carti. The track debuts at No. 7 on the new Hot 100 countdown and becomes his 38th top 10 track.
 

 

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Beyonce's new bestie, rapper Megan Thee Stallion made headlines on the blogs yesterday when she accidentally exposed her g-string while struggling to fit into a pair of jeans.

Megan, 25, posted the struggle pictures on Instagram. She captioned the images: "If you don't jump to put jeans on baby you don't feel my pain."

While Megan is celebrated more for her ample curves than her music, old photos from her college days seem to suggest she wasn't born that way.

One photo of Megan posing in a maroon college blazer shows no evidence of the voluptuous curves she will later be celebrated for. Another photo shows Megan minus the massive buttocks or ample breasts.

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The photos suggest the aspiring rapper may have purchased her various body parts over the years.

There's no shame in her game. Megan's bestie, Beyonce, is also known for purchasing body parts back in the day.

One could argue that everything on Beyonce's body was purchased at one time or another.

Beyonce, who is pushing 40, hopped on the remix to Megan's banger "Savage," which currently sits at #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Megan recently signed a management deal with Jay-Z after battling her record label, 1501 Entertainment, to let her out of her contract.

Sandrarose.com gave the remix an impressive 3.5 out of 5 rating.
 


 

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Beyonce honored her bestie and "Savage" collaborator Megan Thee Stallion's late mom on Sunday, May 30, - after the rapper shared a heartfelt post on what would have been her mom's birthday.

The "Hot Girl Summer" rapper's mother, Holly Thomas, died in March, 2019, after battling a brain tumor.

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In an emotional post on Instagram, the aspiring rapper posted a mother and daughter portrait from when Megan was a baby. She captioned the image: "Happy birthday mama I miss you everyday!

"I know you're watching over me rooting for me and keeping me going. I don't have you physically here telling me what I should do so I've been trying to figure it out on my own remembering all the advice and lessons you've taught me before. You are such a strong woman and I promise to make you proud and be one too! We love you Holly."

After sharing the post, Beyonce, who has formed an unusually close bond with the rumored lesbian rapper, also paid tribute to Holly.

Sharing the same photo on her website, the mother-of-three simply wrote: "Honoring Holly."

The rap music star recently confessed she's determined to finish school "for the women who made me who I am today."

She told PEOPLE: "I want to get my degree because I really want my mom to be proud. She saw me going to school before she passed... My grandmother that's still alive used to be a teacher, so she's on my butt about finishing school. I'm doing it for me, but I'm also doing it for the women in my family who made me who I am today."

The 2 besties donated all the proceeds from their "Savage" remix to benefit charities supporting healthcare workers in the stars' native Houston, Texas.
 

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Nicki Minaj raised eyebrows when she added a last minute verse to her and Doja Cat's "Say So" remix after apparently listening to Beyonce's impressive rap effort on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" remix.

Beyonce and Megan dropped the track to great reviews on Thursday. The mother-of-three flexed her rap skills on "Savage," saying, "If you want to see some real ass, baby here's your chance."

On the same day, Nicki and Doja announced they too were dropping a remix. Nicki urged fans to ignore the first leak of "Say So" and wait for the second release that contained this messy verse:

"Why you talkin' 'bout who body fake? With all them fillers in your face, you just full of hate. That real ass ain't keep your nigga home. Now you're lookin silly, that's word to silicone..."

Speculation ran rampant that Nicki was dissing either Beyonce or talk TV guru Wendy Williams in the remix. But Nicki cleared the air by taking to Instagram and posting: "The line ain't about Wendy tho #SaySoRemix."

Both Nicki and Beyonce are pushing 40. It makes sense for them to hitch their wagons to younger artists to stay relevant in a younger market.

The real surprise is that neither woman approached fading star Cardi B for a collabo.
 

 

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Megan Thee Stallion teamed up with Houston native, Beyonce Knowles, for the remix of her track "Savage."

Pop singer Beyonce, who is pushing 40, holds her own against rap upstart Megan, 25, as both ladies exchange bars touting their savagery.

Beyonce raps:

    Please don't get me hype
    Write my name in ice
    Can't argue wit these lazy bitches
    I just raise my price

    I'm a boss, I'm a leader
    I pull up in my 2-seater
    And my mama was a savage
    N*gga, got this sh*t from Tina

 

The video artwork was created by artists who donated portions of their proceeds to benefit Bread Of Life COVID-19 Relief efforts in their hometown Houston.
 

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