Wow, Beyoncé and Flint, Michigan are eternally linked. Weird, right?
Living up to her promise to help Flint as its residents deal with the city’s lead-tainted water supply, Beyoncé has presented the United Way of Genesee County with a check for $82,234. DANG.
Funds were raised by members of the Beyhive who chose to contribute to the cause while purchasing tickets to see Beyonce perform live, and the news couldn’t have come at a better time: the Formation World Tour stops at Ford Field TODAY. Detroit is one of three cities on the tour featuring a “signature charity event” component, and I’m sure everyone felt good when that sweet cash was handed over.
In addition to fundraising, 14 Detroit-area high school students were selected to receive tickets to the show and “college gifts” to assist with their educational expenses.
Beyonce, if anyone deserves a key to the city, you do (especially now that the water’s going to be cleaner).
Try to make something good outta these lemons, Bey.
Beyonce unleashed Lemonade on the world, but about a week before an her album dropped she posted a trailer on YouTube for her HBO special. According to a new lawsuit filed in New York, this trailer was copied without permission from a short film titled Palinoia. Heard of it? Yeah, me either.
The plaintiff in the case is Matthew Fulks, a filmmaker and creative director at WDRB. Fulks says he conceptualizes, writes and directs TV advertisements for the Louisville, Ky.-based news station. In the complaint, Fulks talks about how Sony Music, Columbia Recording and Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment may have gotten access to his film, and used parts of it without his permission. And honestly, it doesn’t seem SO far fetched that Bey and her team would have used some images or concepts being circulated to him, seeing has he was contacted about the opportunity to direct a video by the Columbia-signed musical group MS MR, and as a result, links to Palinoia were sent to others including Bryan Younce, who has created videos for Beyonce and has been credited on her self-titled 2013 album.
The lawsuit claims that in July 2015, Younce requested Fulks’ email and that later he send the plaintiff a note acknowledging that he had received his “info” with an invitation to submit a treatment for consideration by Columbia. Not bad…but then Lemonade happened.
“The number of aesthetic decisions included in Plaintiff’s PALINOIA Work that are parroted in Defendants’ LEMONADE Trailer demonstrates that the LEMONADE Trailer is substantially similar to the PALINOIA Work,” states the complaint. “The misappropriated content includes both the particular elements that the Plaintiff chose to comprise the PALINOIA Work and the coordination and arrangement of those particular elements.”
Specifically, the complaint cites nine visual similarities comprising 39 seconds of a 60-second trailer. The images allegedly taken come without any linear narrative raison d’etre. The visual similarities cited are “graffiti and persons with heads down,” “red persons with eyes obscured,” “parking garage,” “stairwell,” “black and white eyes,” “title card screens,” “the grass scene,” “feet on the street,” “side-lit ominous figures,” all adding up to a supposed total concept and feel substantially similar to the short film.
Designer Rachel Roy grabbed her place card and left the starry CFDA Fashion Awards dinner before Beyoncé ever entered the room as the surprise recipient of the night’s Fashion Icon Award, sources said. At Monday’s CFDA gala, Roy arrived with model Candice Huffine, whom she dressed, and they posed together for pics on the red carpet. But as the gala began, rumors spread that Beyoncé might attend. One fashion writer tweeted, “Jay Z has just arrived . . . What could it mean?” Then Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, and mom, Tina Knowles, showed up, essentially giving away the night’s Icon winner. Sister Solange was also rumored to be on the way, but didn’t materialize.
But Roy dashed before Beyoncé arrived onstage. “She disappeared with her place card and never came back,” said a source. It was “weird. I don’t know if it was because she’s ‘Becky,’ or what?” Another stunned source at the event said, “Rachel just came and left.” But a friend of Roy’s explained she exited the awards only because she had to catch an early flight the next day to be with her kids in LA.
There was a VERY fashion-forward guest at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony…BEYONCE.
The Lemonade musician was honored with the Fashion Icon award, and told the crowd of designers, and celebs that “as long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life.” She went on to recount how her grandmother had been a seamstress, and then passed that skill on to Beyoncé’s mother:
“When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black, country curvy girls,” she said. “And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother … used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.” She spoke of wearing her first costumes, which her mother and uncle had designed and sewn, “putting so much passion and love into every detail.” It felt, she said, “like an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”
LOL, and who could forget the Destiny’s Child signature matching outfits? Not I!
Usually, organizers announce the name of the Fashion Icon winner well in advance, but this year they kept it under wraps until Diane von Furstenberg spilled the beans. “The image of a woman in charge has never looked more glamorous,” the designer said.
Sure, there were other winners, but everybody knew the evening was all about Beyoncé, who stunned in a glittering pantsuit and a large, black wide-brimmed hat. She also praised fashion designers for being fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors – “and sometimes even our therapists.”
“I encourage you to not forget this power that you have, or take it lightly,” the singer said. “We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or a magazine cover and see her own reflection.”