I’m so tired of people being in control of my “worth”! Sigh

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Gabourey Sidibe: I’m Every Woman!

The Original article was written on March 8, 2017 for The Overdoseonline.com

33-year old Gabourey Sidibe is the poster child for “Unapologetically loving the skin you’re in,” and in a recent interview with People magazine she discussed why in spite of her appreciating her curves, the weight she had long carried, had to go!

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She had battled anxiety, bulimia and depression, due to her parent’s split, but her biggest battle was her relationship with food. A trip to her doctor would reveal another battle to add to the number of fights she would have to win, which was to be the biggest yet, Gabby had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

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In her upcoming memoir, ‘This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare,’ Gabby tells Peoplethat:

“My surgeon said that they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier.I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change.” She wrote in her memoir, ahead of its scheduled May release about the laparoscopic bariatric surgery she underwent last year.

“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out, I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”

Since the procedure, the Oscar-nominated actress has changed her eating habits and is now working with a trainer and consulting a nutritionist. She’s so committed to her new lifestyle and the journey to maintain her weight loss, that she rides a tricycle around the set of her TV show ‘Empire’!

“I used to hate mirror selfies. Now I do them every day. I’m just too black and fine! I can’t help it!” She captions the photo below:

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This new outlook is a far cry from her past.

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful, I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. … I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs. … I know I’m beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body….I admit it, I hope to God I don’t get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I’ll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? S—. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”she writes.

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She’s confident and happy! It’s been ten months since she had her surgery and she’s continuing to embrace her new look and new state of mind.

“There’s nothing ugly about me,” she writes. “Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.”

The actress added that she has a goal weight, but that’s private.

“I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there,” she says. “And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down.” she told People.

We’re happy for Gabby for taking the first step towards taking control of her health and towards fighting her diabetes. We also applaud her for continuing to be a positive proponent for appreciating your body despite what anyone says is “the standard”.

Ayesha Curry: The Real MVP

Original article written and posted to FreddyO.com on April 23 2016

Ayesha-Curry-Wearing-Clothes-Twitter-RantThe year was 2015 the date December 5, Ayesha Curry committed treason! She dared to voice her moralistic opinion on the way a woman should be “appropriately dressed” in public. Why did this make headlines? Why was this even considered a traitrous or ambiguous statement against womankind? I’ll tell you why, because the demographics of “feminist” has evolved.

Today, being a supporter of women’s equality means you have to be “open-minded” about the way women choose to conduct and “express” themselves. In other words don’t condemn a woman who dresses like this

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Wait, sorry that’s not a dress and that’s not a woman; that’s actually Kanye’s wife!

In today’s “modern world Ayesha Curry is an anomaly and so are her views about what should be sacred for your husband, that’s right Husband, not boyfriend, or boo thing! It’s no longer considered moralistic to feel naked when you’re not wearing any clothes in PUBLIC, instead it’s viewed as a form of “expression” and all about a woman being “comfortable” in her own skin. Le sigh….

Ayesha is a full proponent for women respecting themselves in a manner that’s also respectful of others, to suggest that she is a feminist or a “slut shamer” is ludicrous, but to brand her as an anomaly should be shameful to ALL women. There should be no debate on whether being nude in public is distasteful, it’s just plain wrong, especially if you are a role model to or for younger girls!

She makes being a woman look so easy, but i bet that’s because she has a man that supports her and treats her like the Queen she portrays herself to be. Her husband maybe a bigger celebrity than she is, but when it comes to keeping it all together he gives the credit to God and to her.

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In a world where politicians are trying to “Make America Great Again” by antagonizing minorities and encouraging hate and segregation, where women are devaluing each other, “hip-hopping in the name of love” we need more women like Ayesha Curry who can stand in a kitchen all prim and proper and show how us how revenge to haters is best served!

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The Beyhive has no chill: Repellent Anyone?

Original article written on April 27, 2016 and posted on FreddyO.com

She’s still #trending and people are still sipping on that #lemonade, however the real question that everybody wants to know and that has the world in a buzz is, who’s the “becky with the good hair?”

If you haven’t watched the HBO lemonade special as yet, nor have you hypnotically subscribed to Tidal to listen to the album of the same title, then you must live under a rock or maybe you’re becky!!!!

The internet has been buzzing since Saturday with suspicion ever since bey dropped this line “He better call Becky with the good hair” that cheeky and direct line she spits at the end of the song “Sorry” made Twitter, instagram and the internet on the whole crazy with the Becky memes, quips, anectotes and jokes, but that’s only the normal people that didn’t take the line too serious, the beyhive on the other hand did what most of these stans, i mean fans tend to do and started bullying all the usual suspects and even some unsuspecting ones, but with the beyhive the only untouchable person on the planet is Queen Bey herself and maybe Obama!

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If there is one loyal group of fans on this planet it is the “beyhive” and if you cant afford the most toxic insect repellent, then i suggest you jump int a body of water, everybody knows bees cant get wet! The beyhive will come for you if you say even the slightest thing deemed negative of miss yonce’ just ask Kid rock, he got out the insect repellent and still go stung! Rachel Roy was no exception as a matter of fact no one on the witch hunt list was!

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Y’all all remember the infamous Elevator fight where Solange went H A M on Jay’z for allegedly flirting with Roy at the Met Gala and Roy has since denied those allegations, however that didn’t stop the beyhive from going in on her once “Sorry” dropped,but Roy fueled the speculation by posting this on her Instagram which has since been deleted. The ‘hive wasted no time in letting her know how they truly felt.

 

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The “Body on me” singer was not exempt from the sting. Last year was a crazy year for Ora who had several touchy moments with Bey’s husband, enough to have gotten her stung from the hive for hugging him at the Met Gala Ball and for being rumored to have hooked up with Jay after she was signed to RocNation, but Rita has always denied those rumors, but this was not why the hive was attacking her now it was because she posted this pic on her instagram.  rita-ora-lemonade

The hive had it all wrong though, because this picture was posted days before the world had heard about lemonade. to add insult to injury, ora was seen on the scene wearing the same Givenchy dress Bey wore in the documentary! I think she should have consulted with the beyhive before making this very “smart” decsion.

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Ora has since responded to the rumors saying ‘I never usually address tabloid gossip but let me be clear, these rumors are false,’ she tweeted I have the utmost respect for Beyonce.

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One thing is for sure the Beyhive may not be the best source for factual information,but they are surely loyal! So for the sake of false accusations and the entire Hollywood industry becoming extinct, dying from bee stings, will the real “Becky with the good hair” please stand up!

Ethika Knows How to Play The Game!

Original Post written on FreddyO.com and posted on April 29 2016

Ethika has now capitalized on the highly publicized marketing that “the Game” gave to them featured in his “Fineniggafriday” show! Everyone that knows me knows i’m always looking for an excuse to talk about Jayceon Taylor A.K.A “The Game”! So when i heard that he had signed on to make money-moves with underwear phenom Ethika i was uber excited so let me get to it!

If you don’t know what “Fineniggafriday” is allow me to introduce you to Game’s one man tease show! The platform is Instagram, the star is Game’s “Meatprint” and the audience is The world! Every Friday the Game would take a bathroom selfie wearing only his Ethika briefs with his very aroused elongated ‘meat’ in those briefs, men don’t roll your eyes and ladies breathe! So with all the attention that he received about his err’ junk’ Ethika went on ahead and did the genius thing and that’s made the call and told Game, “let’s make some paper”!

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After a 500% increase in sales reported by TMZ, Ethika offered Game an opportunity to collaborate with them for a line of men’s briefs specifically for the rapper. It is being reported that sales from the underwear line will benefit Game’s own charity “The Robin Hood Project” and he will also be giving donations to a random homeless shelter.

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For those of you that are not aware of his philanthropic side, you can follow his verified Instagram page @losangelesconfidential to see how the self-proclaimed modern day Robin Hood gives back to people across the world! In September (15) to promote the release of his anticipated album “The Documentary 2” (the red and blue album), Game promoted a little bit of extra hype by telling his Instagram followers to comment each day under his post #thedocumentary2keepthecitylit after which some lucky and random fan would receive $1,000. Where he was not able to personally deliver the funds he enlisted friends and family to get the money to the winners!

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He may not be your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, but im pretty sure he’s your woman’s favorite “Fineniggafriday” every day and its not hard to see why!

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Obama: Simply The Best

The original article was posted on Freddyo.com on May 1, 2016

On January 20th, 2009 the White House became inhabited by its 44th and first black president. His name was Barack Hussein Obama. America was ready for change. He defeated Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton in 2007 and in 2008 went on to defeat Republican John McCAin making Black History and sating America’s demand for a new era, all in one day.

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His presidency though has not been a bed of roses! During his first year in office, his citizenship was questioned, his race was questioned, his ability to be bipartisan with regards to politics and specifically to racism in america was questioned and with dignity and professionalism Obama wore that megabillion dollar smile and his response to his critics was “Yes I can,” that was 8 years ago.

Last night at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, President Obama delivered his final speech and in Obama fashion jeered, “It is an honor to be here at my last and perhaps the last  White House Correspondents’ Dinner,you all look great. The end of the Republic has never looked better. ” Obama was stacking bodies with the shots he was firing!

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The President’s speech was laden with shade, humor, sardonism at its highest, but most importantly sincerity and a relativity of sadness that we could all relate to, he was in good spirits though and ready for the night. After his intro he started off roasting himself with self-deprecating jokes about his appearance and how his eight year term had given him his ‘salt and pepper tresses’. Eight years ago, I was a young man, full of idealism and vigor, and look at me now. I am gray and grizzled, just counting down the days ’til my death panel.” He went on to speak about the disparaging racial joke between Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Joe Diblasio apologizing for his tardiness, “I was running on C.P.T.  which stands for “jokes that white people should not make.” It’s a tip for you, Jeff.

The commander in chief wasn’t done yet though, he reloaded that 12 gauge and kept on firing, blasting the GOP’s Chairman Reince Priebus. “Glad to see you that you feel that you’ve earned a night off”, he jeered, Congratulations on all your success! The Republican Party, the nomination process, it’s all going great; keep it up.” the crowd was in uproar!

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As his address was coming to a close the President alluded that he had said all that he was going to say, you could almost hear the disappointment in the crowd, but he was just playing! The commander is known for his colorful humor and this crowd was not exempt from being his victims! In my best Vanessa Williams sultry voice he saved the best for last! It was time to give Trump his last 15 minutes (he was not in attendance), but after the 2011 sizing up that Obama spewed at him, i think that was the smart thing for him to do!

Obama noted Trump’s absence and he didn’t let him off easy, “Although I am a little hurt that he’s not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time and it is surprising. You’ve got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says no? Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald? What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a Trump Steak; tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel, what’s he doing?

As american’s had become accustomed to the president’s jovial personality, his sharp shooting words and piercing barbs, the president delivered in his half hour speech, but was time to say goodbye. “Anyway, here we are. My eighth and final appearance at this unique event, next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot and it’s anyone guess who she will be.” the president quipped, and with that, I just have two more words to say;Obama out.  He then dropped the microphone!

If there’s one great thing that you can say about America’s 44th president (and there are many), you can definitely say that america will never see another president that was transparently honest about who he was. Obama was the 44th president of the United States of America, he is Michelle Obama’s husband, he is a black american and he is “Simply the best!’

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The Monster Within: The unraveling of Azelia Banks

The original article can be found on Freddy O.com posted on May 12, 2016

azealia-banksAzealia Banks, born Azealia Amanda Banks May 31, 1991, in Manhattan New York, is a product of her environment!

According to her Wikipedia biography Azealia comes from an abusive home in which her mother, following her father’s death, “became really abusive both physically and verbally” towards her and her sisters  She is quoted saying “Like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly. I remember once she threw out all the food in the fridge, just so we wouldn’t have anything to eat.” If that isn’t a “broken home” i don”t know what is. With that being apart of her “history” its no wonder this girl is on the constant prowl for attention!

 Her claim to fame came after she was discovered on Myspace and signed a record deal with XL recordings at the age of 17. Ok, so she’s a rapper, or singer, or musician right? either way you expect for her to continue along that path of stardom making music, however her music is not what the brash, outspoken and sometime vociferously loud artist is known for, she’s known for her twitter beefs with EVERYONE! No one is an exempt from the rants and raves of a obviously “frustrated” Azealia! She has beefed with T.I., Wale, Sarah Palin, Kendrick Lamar, MNEK,Eminem Eryka Badu, Periz Hilton and these are just a few!

Azealia Banks, born Azealia Amanda Banks May 31, 1991, in Manhattan New York, is a product of her environment!

According to her Wikipedia biography Azealia comes from an abusive home in which her mother, following her father’s death, “became really abusive both physically and verbally” towards her and her sisters  She is quoted saying “Like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly. I remember once she threw out all the food in the fridge, just so we wouldn’t have anything to eat.” If that isn’t a “broken home” i don”t know what is. With that being apart of her “history” its no wonder this girl is on the constant prowl for attention!

 Her claim to fame came after she was discovered on Myspace and signed a record deal with XL recordings at the age of 17. Ok, so she’s a rapper, or singer, or musician right? either way you expect for her to continue along that path of stardom making music, however her music is not what the brash, outspoken and sometime vociferously loud artist is known for, she’s known for her twitter beefs with EVERYONE! No one is an exempt from the rants and raves of a obviously “frustrated” Azealia! She has beefed with T.I., Wale, Sarah Palin, Kendrick Lamar, MNEK,Eminem Eryka Badu, Periz Hilton and these are just a few!
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Her latest cry for attention was geared at former One Direction band member Zayn Malik, when she accused him of copying her Yung Rapunxel video, sharing the below photo of some similarities on her Instagram.

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Zayne responded with tweets of his own that were apparently aimed at “Miss Banks”

one tweet said “No Lies, i see you reaching…, but i don’t care followed by “My @’s too good for you” and then it began! The rapper went HAM on twitter with a plethora racial slurs and homophobic comments about the former boy band member.

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After her half an hour long rant of spewed hate 14 year old Disney star Skai Jackson chimed in saying that Azealia needed to take a chill pill. We all agreed with her, but not Azealia who just seemed to become further enraged by the teens comments and she started attacking her! Let me say that again, Azealia verbally abused and attacked a 14 year old for telling her to be nice!  Do you see the pattern here! She is every bit her mother’s daughter!

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Whats very apparent here is that “Miss Banks” is emotionally disturbed, she is a walking time bomb and she needs to go and speak to someone about her mommy issues, because her constant verbal attacks on persons  is unflattering and uncalled for!

 

Purple Lemonade

Original article written on Freddy O.com on April 24, 2016

Prince has died and Beyonce’s out here serving lemonade!

The music industry in the last 72 hours lost an iconic part of black history with the passing of one of Music’s biggest pioneers, Prince left us in heavy rotation of falling “Purple Rain,” but Beyonce got her umbrella out here serving this bitter sweet purple lemonade and she’s serving it with a dose of hot sauce!

The anticipated album from the muva’ of roc nation dropped only moments ago on Tidal preceded by an hour long visual album special that aired on HBO that will have your head spinning, jaw dropped all the way past the concrete and your sub conscience going “i knew it”. Did she deliver? The answer is simple, doesn’t she always? She gave us southern hospitality, goth, emo, even a little country. This is none like any album she has put forth to date. This is Beyonce exposed and this should come as no surprise that she is exposing and validating truth on her terms! You might however want to sip slow and sit down whiles ingesting this glass of “Bey’s truth because the relativity to your own life might choke you!

The HBO special delved deep into the very core of Black people and why more than ever it is truly time for us to get in “Formation” and it’s not just because our sons, brothers, husbands or fathers are being killed, but also because black people are divided and are hurting each other! The many high profiled cameos that came through to support Beyonce with this project demonstrated what power and change can look like if we as black people learned to love ourselves, heal each other and build each other up!

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We heard the sultry voice of “The Weekend”  as Bey gave us some “red-light special” action in “Emptiness”. Serena Williams strutted her beautifully structured curves in “Sorry” as Bey looked all kinds of crazy in the chair she was sitting in, but she was everyone woman sitting in that chair that has been through the hurt and embarrassment of being betrayed by the one you love. We saw intimate moments that took place in her private home life with husband Jay-Z and even never before seen footage of her pregnant belly, putting to rest the rumor that she had a surrogate carry Blue Ivy.

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It seemed as though Bey was talking to every man and woman that has felt the pangs of people hurting people who claimed it was in the name of love through this album and HBO special, whiles subliminally airing her personal warning letter to her husband. It’s apparent that this album is personal! Years of speculation that her marriage was a tumultuous one validated by her in one night! She bears it all, her vulnerability, her ego, her jealousy and her crazy!

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The lyrics to some of the songs alludes to the possibility of a forthcoming divorce, validating the rumors that circulated on the net that Jay-Z had in fact cheated on her. In this HBO special though, Bey served him a dose of reality and read him right saying “This is your final warning, You know I give you life. You try this s–t again, you gonna lose your wife,” a line from the song “Anger”. She is not playing, letting him know that she is not the one to be cheated on! Shots were fired and she blew a baseball sized hole through her target’e ego and all of the “sidechicks” that want to think about being his sidechick!

This lemonade gives you life, your life, it serves you a dose of reality, hers and yours, Bey gives you intimacy, pain, betrayal, anger, crazy, but most importantly she gives us the secret to healing and forgiveness. With each of these lessons heard through the 12 songs that’s on this album, Queen Bey has yet again demonstrated why her crown stays on top of her head, it’s because she’s figured out the secret to a happy life and that’s embracing your crazy, so that you can stay sane! Now this is how you “break the internet” with purpose!

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 Full “Lemonade” track list:
1. Pray You Catch Me
2. Hold Up
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch
6. Daddy Lessons
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
9. Forward
10. Freedom
11. All Night
12. Formation

Prince has died and Beyonce’s out here serving lemonade!

The music industry in the last 72 hours lost an iconic part of black history with the passing of one of Music’s biggest pioneers, Prince left us in heavy rotation of falling “Purple Rain,” but Beyonce got her umbrella out here serving this bitter sweet purple lemonade and she’s serving it with a dose of hot sauce!

The anticipated album from the muva’ of roc nation dropped only moments ago on Tidal preceded by an hour long visual album special that aired on HBO that will have your head spinning, jaw dropped all the way past the concrete and your sub conscience going “i knew it”. Did she deliver? The answer is simple, doesn’t she always? She gave us southern hospitality, goth, emo, even a little country. This is none like any album she has put forth to date. This is Beyonce exposed and this should come as no surprise that she is exposing and validating truth on her terms! You might however want to sip slow and sit down whiles ingesting this glass of “Bey’s truth because the relativity to your own life might choke you!

The HBO special delved deep into the very core of Black people and why more than ever it is truly time for us to get in “Formation” and it’s not just because our sons, brothers, husbands or fathers are being killed, but also because black people are divided and are hurting each other! The many high profiled cameos that came through to support Beyonce with this project demonstrated what power and change can look like if we as black people learned to love ourselves, heal each other and build each other up!

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We heard the sultry voice of “The Weekend”  as Bey gave us some “red-light special” action in “Emptiness”. Serena Williams strutted her beautifully structured curves in “Sorry” as Bey looked all kinds of crazy in the chair she was sitting in, but she was everyone woman sitting in that chair that has been through the hurt and embarrassment of being betrayed by the one you love. We saw intimate moments that took place in her private home life with husband Jay-Z and even never before seen footage of her pregnant belly, putting to rest the rumor that she had a surrogate carry Blue Ivy.

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It seemed as though Bey was talking to every man and woman that has felt the pangs of people hurting people who claimed it was in the name of love through this album and HBO special, whiles subliminally airing her personal warning letter to her husband. It’s apparent that this album is personal! Years of speculation that her marriage was a tumultuous one validated by her in one night! She bears it all, her vulnerability, her ego, her jealousy and her crazy!

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The lyrics to some of the songs alludes to the possibility of a forthcoming divorce, validating the rumors that circulated on the net that Jay-Z had in fact cheated on her. In this HBO special though, Bey served him a dose of reality and read him right saying “This is your final warning, You know I give you life. You try this s–t again, you gonna lose your wife,” a line from the song “Anger”. She is not playing, letting him know that she is not the one to be cheated on! Shots were fired and she blew a baseball sized hole through her target’e ego and all of the “sidechicks” that want to think about being his sidechick!

This lemonade gives you life, your life, it serves you a dose of reality, hers and yours, Bey gives you intimacy, pain, betrayal, anger, crazy, but most importantly she gives us the secret to healing and forgiveness. With each of these lessons heard through the 12 songs that’s on this album, Queen Bey has yet again demonstrated why her crown stays on top of her head, it’s because she’s figured out the secret to a happy life and that’s embracing your crazy, so that you can stay sane! Now this is how you “break the internet” with purpose!

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 Full “Lemonade” track list:
1. Pray You Catch Me
2. Hold Up
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch
6. Daddy Lessons
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
9. Forward
10. Freedom
11. All Night
12. Formation

 

It’s a RAP

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Ok i said I wasn’t going to say anything about this Remy Ma vs Nicki Minaj “beef,” but after reading all the comments posted on the many different blogs; I had to do it!!

For those of you who live under a rock, or just not a fan of the rap industry, in the last 48 hours, a war-of-words, memes and subliminals have been circulating on the social media mainstreams, IG, Twitter, Facebook and the web at large, because of this; see image below.

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