Solange Knowles: I am a Proud Black Feminist and Womanist

Solange Knowles has never been shy about standing up for what she believes in and her latest interview is no exception. As the cover star of BUST‘s latest issue, the A Seat at the Table singer opened up in her interview about what feminism means to her in this day and age. “I am a…

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Chance The Rapper Just Made Grammy History (and, Gives His Music Away For Free) |

Beyoncé may have serenaded the world in pregnant glory at the 59th annual Grammy Awards yesterday, but the greatest feat of the hours-long, glitter-bombed music spectacle was more subtle: Chance the Rapper’s three wins. Chance, last night, became the first artist to win a Grammy without selling physical copies of his music—or selling much of…

via Why Chance the Rapper—who just made Grammy history—gives his music away for free — Quartz

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Watch Drake Lovingly Present MTV’s Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna — TIME

To close out the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, none other than Drake—the “Champagne Papi” himself—ascended the stage to bestow the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award upon Rihanna. Drake, who was late to the awards show due to traffic, luckily made it in time for his big moment with the singer, who performed four different…

via Watch Drake Lovingly Present MTV’s Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna — TIME

Read a Transcript of Kanye West’s 4-Minute Monologue From the VMAs — TIME

Kanye West took the VMA stage Sunday night having been given four minutes to do whatever he pleased — and given the rapper’s penchant for controversy, people expected something revolutionary — even shocking. Instead, West announced plans to debut a music video for “Fade,” but said, “before I do that, I’ma talk.” He covered a…

via Read a Transcript of Kanye West’s 4-Minute Monologue From the VMAs — TIME

I am still trying to figure out how he was given 4 minutes to speak when “wrap it up NOW” music usually starts somewhere between 30-60 seconds for other artists…

What Does Jay Z Think of Beyoncé’s Lemonade?

I WAS SERVED LEMONS , by Julie Miller, VANITY FAIR, APRIL 27, 2016 6:46

On Saturday, Beyoncé responded to years’ worth of marital speculation with Lemonade, an explosively honest album in which she lyrically accuses husband Jay Z of lying, cheating, and taking her for granted. As the New Yorker summarized, “Lemonade is the product of a brutal tension: a woman who has been deified by the entire world and yet cannot secure the love of the person closest to her.” A sampling of the accusatory lyrics: “What a wicked way to treat the girl who loves you.” “You can taste the dishonesty. . .It’s all over your breath.” “Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on.” So how exactly as Jay Z handling the not-so-subtle call-outs about his allegedly philandering ways?

rs_634x1024-160427084540-634-beyonce-jay-z-miami-rehearsal-exclusive-j1r-042716Seemingly fine, according to photos and reports that have surfaced since Lemonade’s release. The power duo were photographed side-by-side in Miami on Tuesday as Beyoncé prepared for the first concert on her Formation tour, which falls on Wednesday night. Another photo shows Jay Z smoking a cigar with a friend on Tuesday, seemingly relaxed. The reason, suggests E!, is that he has had plenty of time to process the the album’s accusations.

“Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release,” a source close to the couple tells E!. “He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. . . Jay is all about self-expression, so he gets it. Beyoncé shares music before it’s released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each other’s craft.”

According to the same insider, Jay Z also saw a personal upside to the album.

“Jay is a very smart businessman,” the mole adds. “Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs.”

E!’s source suggests that Jay Z’s support of the album, in spite of the inflammatory lyrics, is a sign of the couple working through the difficulties in their marriage.

“He understands the reasoning [behind her decision to release such personal tracks],” continues the source. “This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes.”

A source cited by People confirms the reconciliation, saying, “They definitely went through a rough patch a couple years ago, but they came out stronger in the end.”


Read More The Real Reason Why Beyoncé Made Lemonade on E!


Piano Lullabies by Claude Debussy accompanied by fantastic art montage

INKPOT#60 CLASSICAL MUSIC REVIEWS: RACHMANINOV The “Elegiac” Piano Trios. Borodin Trio (Chandos)

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Barack And Michelle Obama To Headline South By Southwest Festivals : The Two-Way : NPR


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, shown here in September, will deliver keynote addresses at the SXSW Interactive and Music festivals, respectively.

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