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August 16, 2011 | BY NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, Associated Press
NEW YORK - With 16 Grammys, millions of records sold, several defining hits and a superstar husband, Beyoncé has nothing to prove. But sometimes even queens need to show what it means to be royalty. And on Sunday night, Beyoncé arrived at the Roseland Ballroom to give fans and critics alike a reminder that she remains the head diva in the music world. She made her case to a select group of fans one rump-shaking move at a time. "This show is going to be a little different," Beyoncé told the standing-room crowd at the show's outset.
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February 25, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
A number of bloggers and media wags - and actual news consumers - have voiced outrage over megastar Beyoncé 's decision to darken her face with makeup for an Africa-themed photo shoot in the 90th anniversary edition of French fashion rag L'Officiel Paris. Queen B dons traditional-ish African duds in a layout designed to pay tribute to music legend Fela Kuti . According to the New York Daily News, B got the idea after watching Fela! , the Broadway show coproduced by hubby Jay-Z . "The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season," the mag says in a statement.
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May 27, 2012 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Beyoncé's biggest fans - the first lady of the United States - was in the audience for the singer's sold-out performance Saturday night at the new Revel in Atlantic City. Michelle Obama, in a sleeveless green dress, and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, took their seats minutes before the 10 p.m. show started. The singer and the first lady seem to have a mutual-admiration society. Last week, Obama told People magazine that if she could switch lives with a celebrity or world figure, she would be Beyoncé.
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February 17, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beyoncé makes a sharp, if ultimately ironic, observation about the media midway in her HBO documentary, Beyoncé: Life Is but a Dream , which premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. "People are brainwashed," she says. "You get up in the morning, you click on the computer [and] you see all these pictures [of celebrities]. And all you think of is the picture and the image you see all day, every day. And you don't see the human form. " An autobiography of sorts executive-produced and codirected by Beyoncé, Life Is but a Dream promises to cut through the veil, the manufactured illusions, and give us a taste of Beyoncé the individual, Beyoncé the artist, Beyoncé the wife and mother.
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May 27, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"It is exciting. [But] I feel a little nervous," Beyoncé says in a YouTube docu video on the eve of her return to the stage since giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter®. B was set to make her comeback with four shows, Friday through Monday at Revel resort in Atlantic City. "I enjoy being a mother. [Performing] is like going back to my old job. It's a little strange. "   With the Obamas First lady Michelle Obama tells People she and President Obama have a bedtime "ritual where he tucks me in, because I'm usually in bed before anybody," she says.
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May 28, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca and INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Toward the end of the second night of Beyoncé's four-show Memorial Day weekend stand at the Revel casino and resort in Atlantic City on Saturday, the singer and her 11-member all-female band turned their attention to a feminist club-banger called "Run the World (Girls). " With First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia seated in a box to her left at Revel's 5,050-person capacity Ovation Hall, the pop and R&B world's ruling Queen Bee declared herself — and her Sisters — "Smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children / And get back to business.
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March 19, 2004 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
It's pretty macabre to call a head-on car crash a blessing in disguise. But that's how the Australian punk-pop trio the Living End views the summer 2001 wreck that injured singer-guitarist Chris Cheney, and sidelined the group as a whole. Fresh off the tour behind its second album, Roll On, the trio was set to head into the studio when Cheney broke his leg in the accident. While the Living End leader was forced to rehabilitate for five months, the band had time to reflect. "I guess Chris' life flashed before his eyes when there was a car coming toward him," bassist Scott Owen says from a tour stop in Atlanta.
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October 22, 2009
This is the true story of 12 tweets picked to appear in a column to find out what happens when 140 characters stop being polite and start getting real. Or something like that. The Reali-ty of Fantasy World. All were sent to twitter.com/aroundthehorn. And they're real, fantasy face. N to the O. That would be like Hugh Hefner asking if he's violated the "too-many-hotties-in-one-mansion" rule. If Donnie Brasco taught us anything, it's that there are friends of mine and friends of ours.
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May 29, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alicia Keys ' tummy bump is a baby bump, her reps have confirmed. The transcendentally beatific R&B singer is expecting her first child. The papa is Swizz Beatz , a (non-Swiss) producer much prized for his work with Beyoncé and Jay-Z . Alicia and Swizz ( Kasseem Dean ) collaborated on the suggestive tune "Put It in a Love Song," from her new CD. "Swizz and I started that song, and it created this really fun feeling," Alicia told USA Today in December. The feeling was so powerful, the couple plan to wed later this year.
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August 9, 2011 | By Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press
EASTNOR CASTLE DEER PARK, England - Kanye West says he feels that people look at him as if he were Hitler. The 34-year-old rapper known for his outbursts was the headline act at the Big Chill music festival Saturday night, where he ranted in the middle of his set about being misunderstood and underappreciated. "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm [expletive] insane, like I'm Hitler," he said. "One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did. " West received light boos from the crowd as a result.
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September 19, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
Some of the biggest acts of the long, hot summer concert season are coming back for more: Beyoncé returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 29, and Drake and Future will still be on their Summer Sixteen tour when they bring it to the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 13. But in general, fall is when the music scene moves back indoors to more intimate spaces. There's lots to listen to in cozier surroundings besides the albums and shows detailed below. Bluesman Bobby Rush is at Sellersville Theater (Oct.
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July 27, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For the Daily News
JAZZ IS TYPICALLY associated with intimate nightclub settings, so playing outdoors on a larger stage to an audience that sprawls out over a block or more can be disconcerting. Not so for saxophonist Tia Fuller, who says she always makes it a point to get a crowd involved and excited, no matter its size. "From a physical standpoint, people might not be right out in front of you where you can reach out and grab them," says Fuller, who will play Saturday on Cecil B. Moore Avenue as part of the 10th annual Jazz on the Ave Music Festival.
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July 18, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
To many, Marc Lamont Hill is an academic, author, activist, and incisive TV commentator, but now he wants to grab drinks with rapper Cardi B on national television. The 37-year-old North Philly native lends his powerful voice to issues from Islamophobia to race in America, regularly contributing to outlets such as CNN and BET News. Starting tonight, Hill will host a weekly late-night talk show, VH1 Live! , at 10 p.m. on VH1 that will focus on pop culture and current issues. By bridging these worlds, Hill says, he's "really committed to doing late night differently.
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June 4, 2016
The summer music season in Philadelphia starts this weekend with the Roots Picnic. But that's just the beginning. We've rounded up the best of what to see this weekend. Besides those and other shows highlighted below, there are many other worthy dates as well:   Chris Malcarney's Tom Waits tribute Saturday at Ruba Club features an all-star local band with a horn and string section. PhilaMOCA hosts start-up local DIY punk bands Friday and Saturday for the First Time's the Charm benefit . A Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party takes over the Festival Pier on Sunday with the Head and the Heart headlining.
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June 1, 2016 | By Chris Riemenschneider, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
THE TWO BIGGEST music stories of the year happened just two days apart last month: Prince died, and Beyoncé came alive like never before. Of course, it was unfortunate timing on Queen Bey's part that the greatest album and bravest artistic achievement of her career, Lemonade , landed April 23, just two days after Prince's passing. The ambitious marketing campaign behind the album started in early February at the Super Bowl and culminated with an HBO special on the day of release.
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June 1, 2016
1. "Independent Woman" (2000). Destiny's Child's biggest single stays No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Sure, they were bootylicious, but this bestselling female trio struck a blow for feminism with this empowering anthem. 2. "Crazy in Love" (2003). From Beyoncé's debut solo album, it becomes a blockbuster, topping 8 million sales worldwide. Her solo career exploded with the album, leading to five Grammys. But it was her assertiveness, Jay Z's guest rap, and that catchy horn line that made the world crazy for this song.
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May 17, 2016 | By Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
When you're A global celebrity married to a global celebrity and partnered with a British clothing billionaire, what, if any, responsibility do you have to the poor Sri Lankans who produce your overpriced casual line? That's the question we'd like to ask Beyonce and her business partner Sir Philip Green after London's Sun on Sunday reported that the Sri Lankan factory workers who make Beyonce's Ivy Park clothes make a whopping $6.17 per day - about $125 per month.
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April 27, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Who is Beyoncé? She's Queen Bey, "the baddest woman in the game," as she refers to herself on "Hold Up," the bouncy reggae track about rage and (maybe) forgiveness, whose video on Lemonade , the surprise "visual album" released Saturday night, features her walking down the street in a chiffon dress smashing car windows with a baseball bat. (The tune also samples Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps"!) Beyoncé the ultradiva is so successful, she "might just be a black Bill Gates," as she posited in "Formation," the Black Lives Matter battle cry debuted on Super Bowl weekend that also gives a name to the world tour she will bring June 5 to Lincoln Financial Field.
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