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Beyonce definitely worked wonders on the original tracks she produced for Disney’s 2019 The Lion King remake soundtrack. One of the runaway hit singles from this album is none other than Brown Skin Girls,  a track that celebrates melanin and women of color with darker skin tones. Many felt as though Beyonce, being a lighter skinned woman, should not be able to sing or speak on the magnification or beauty of darker skinned women of color since she knew nothing of their experiences of colorism. Naturally, fans and The BeyHive , have come to her defense, and in that number includes Love & Hip-Hop Miami’s Amara La Negra.

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In a recent interview with Kontrol Magazine, Amara states Beyonce as the mother of Blue Ivy, a brown skinned Black girl, being reason enough for her to create a song celebrating them and denouncing colorism. “I feel like people are reading too much into what she [Beyonce] is saying in the song. It’s very empowering and loving. Also, her own daughter is brown skinned, why wouldn’t she want to create something uplifting her. Let’s also not forget her father is dark skinned, she may have other darker skinned family members, and so is her band mate and best friend, Kelly [Rowland]. People just don’t know. Instead of continuously fighting about this issue we should be embracing it, the message of the song, and embracing one another…”

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We definitely agree with Amara La Negra on this issue. She has fought against colorism since she was first introduced to the world via reality television and believes in the beauty of all people of color no matter their shade. Beyonce created a beautiful, uplifting some for a group of women who all too often are marginalized. You can catch her full interview with Kontrol Magazine coming soon! Thanks for speaking out Amara!

 

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ICYMI! Janelle Monae Comes Out as Non-Binary Using “Steven Universe” Character!

Janelle Monae is undoubtedly one of the most talented people in the world. However, it is her transparency that we have always admired the most about her.

Janelle Monae became even more transparent recently when she revealed to the world, via Twitter, she is non-binary!

Yep, Janelle Monae joins the likes of Amandla Stenberg, Sam Smith, and Ruby Rose who also identify as non-binary, or gender fluid, not conforming or identifying with either gender of male or female. Often the pronouns they identify with are “them” and “they” because they are seen as gender neutral. Janelle tweeted the following from her personal account, using a non-binary character from Cartoon Network’s progressive and LGBT friendly animated series, “Steven Universe,” named “Stevonnie.”

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Janelle Monae is undoubtedly one of the most talented people in the world. However, it is her transparency that we have always admired the most about her.

Janelle Monae became even more transparent recently when she revealed to the world, via Twitter, she is non-binary!

Yep, Janelle Monae joins the likes of Amandla Stenberg, Sam Smith, and Ruby Rose who also identify as non-binary, or gender fluid, not conforming or identifying with either gender of male or female. Often the pronouns they identify with are “them” and “they” because they are seen as gender neutral. Janelle tweeted the following from her personal account, using a non-binary character from Cartoon Network’s progressive and LGBT friendly animated series, “Steven Universe,” named “Stevonnie.”

Stevonnie is a fusion comprised of Steven Universe, a young boy born with a magical gem that gives him superhuman abilities, and his best friend/love interest Connie Maheswaran, a normal human girl.

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The line “I am an experience” is in part quoted from the series when Steven’s mother, Rose Quartz, tells another fusion, Garnet, “you are not one person, you are not two people, you are an experience.” Garnet, in turn, later said the same thing to Stevonnie after Steven and Connie first fused together.

We love Janelle Monae regardless of how she–we mean they–identify! Now, if we can just get another interview with her!

What are your thoughts on Janelle coming out? Will you still be supporting them? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Judge Orders Google to Turn Over a Full Year of Jussie Smollett’s Data for Investigation

Jussie Smollet’s investigation is far from over. In fact, the investigation is only deepening and becoming more intensive. Apparently a Cook County judge over the investigation as ordered Google to hand over a full year’s worth of the actor’s data. This data includes emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the alleged attack on the actor.

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Jussie Smollet’s investigation is far from over. In fact, the investigation is only deepening and becoming more intensive. Apparently a Cook County judge over the investigation as ordered Google to hand over a full year’s worth of the actor’s data. This data includes emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the alleged attack on the actor.

Two warrants filed last month in Circuit Court and will allow Google to also retrieve deleted information.

via The Chicago Tribune

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The warrants, filed last month in Circuit Court, sought a trove of documentation from Smollett and his manager’s Google accounts — not just emails but also drafted and deleted messages; any files in their Google Drive cloud storage services; any Google Voice texts, calls and contacts; search and web browsing history; and location data.

Investigators sought a full year’s data — from November 2018 to November 2019 — even though the key events in the controversy took place between late January and late March 2019. Authorities could be looking for any incriminating remarks from Smollett or his manager, especially in the months after State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office abruptly dismissed disorderly conduct charges against the then-“Empire” actor just weeks after his indictment. Smollett, who is African American and openly gay, has declared the dismissal a vindication of his claims that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

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All we can say is this is crazy and bananas! We really hope this information will either vindicate or prove that he orchestrated this attack. Honestly, this has dragged on for too long. The muck and mire around all of this just leaves a sour taste in our mouths. What do you guys think of this latest turn in Jussie’s case? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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ICYMI! Jay-Z & Beyonce Brought Their Own Brand of Champagne to The Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globes have come and gone, but they are still the talk of the town. One of the hot topics surrounding the momentous night revolve around Jay-Z and Beyonce! As you may already know, the iconic couple arrived late to the awards ceremony, avoiding the Red Carpet all together, and arriving with Jay-Z’s own brand of champagne in tow!

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This year’s Golden Globes have come and gone, but they are still the talk of the town. One of the hot topics surrounding the momentous night revolved around Jay-Z and Beyonce! As you may already know, the iconic couple arrived late to the awards ceremony, avoiding the Red Carpet all together, and arriving with Jay-Z’s own brand of champagne in tow!

via Page Six

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s bodyguard was spotted holding bottles of the rapper’s own brand of champagne, Ace of Spades, at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

“.@Beyonce and Jay-Z just walked in,” LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman noted on Twitter alongside a photo of the couple standing by their security. “They’re waiting until Kate McKinnon finishes speaking to take their seats.”

She added, “Is their bodyguard carrying bottles of alc for them?”

In the photo, the guard can be seen holding two bottles behind his back, despite one of the official sponsors of the evening being Moët & Chandon.

The rapper spent $200 million in 2014 to own the high-end bubbly Armand de Brignac, which makes Ace of Spades.

The couple was reportedly an hour late to the show on Sunday night. Beyoncé was nominated for best original song for “The Lion King,” but lost to Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

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This is such a power move on Jay-Z’s behalf, and not to mention amazing publicity. We are not sure whether he planned for this to become a story, but it is the talk of the town. Anything Jay-Z and Beyonce do is so widely noticed and gone over with a fine toothed comb that we are not surprised this is newsworthy. It is being reported stars like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez asked to try some of it!

We honestly do not blame them for bringing their own champagne either. If we owned a multi-million dollar champagne company we definitely would not be drinking anyone else’s products either. Kudos to The Carters!

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