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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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April 12, 2012 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a small, soundproof room in Point Breeze, Knatosh Walker sings a lament about love gone wrong. " I say the right things but she take it the wrong way ," he croons over an R&B track. " I know I'm wrong, but ain't nothing scarier than to come home and see her lipstick on my mirror. " As Walker half-sings, half-talks over the prerecorded music, Tyler Pratt watches as engineer Ron Meersand fiddles with knobs on a digital-recording console to get Walker's sound just right.
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July 8, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca and INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Kanye West has his moments of humility, but they never last too long. The rapper and producer and Kim Kardashian-dater began his first of two sold-out shows at the Revel resort in Atlantic City on Friday by taking a tour above the crowd aboard a hydraulic crane. Later, after declaring himself "a hip-hop legend / I think I died in an accident, 'cause this must be heaven," in "Touch the Sky," he paused to take a breath and address the audience at Ovation Hall, where he and three backup musician-programmers and 12 ballet dancers are scheduled to play again on Saturday night.
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July 30, 2010 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been labeled everything from an estrogenfest full of aging hippies to an empowering, inspiring celebration of women and sisterhood. And this summer, after an 11-year hiatus, Lilith Fair is back - battling lagging ticket sales and cancellations from major acts, but still going strong. On Wednesday, it made a stop at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. "I've been to every Lilith Fair," said Kristina Diviny, 36, of Cherry Hill. She was stretched out on a blanket with three friends, all sipping beers, while strains of music from Jill Hennessy, the Crossing Jordan actress now embarking on a music career, drifted over the grass.
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July 27, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
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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February 16, 2016
"OK ladies now let's get in formation . . . " And with that, Beyonce's controversial performance at Super Bowl 50 outside San Francisco was underway as she and her backup dancers marched onto the field at halftime in black leather jackets and ankle boots. The dancers had black berets pulled down over billowy afros, a signature look of the Black Panthers, as they, well, stood in formation. Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson was on the other side of the country in New York City wrapping up after a sold-out screening of his powerful, new film, "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
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