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Three days after what appears to be one of the most talked about Halftime Shows in Super Bowl history, Beyonce continues to get her name slandered for what some felt was an “attack” against law enforcement. The latest to express their disinterest in the “Formation” performance is online news host Tomi Lahren, who bashed Beyonce for choosing to celebrate “a group that used violence and intimidation to advance not racial equality but an overthrow of White domination.” “They didn’t believe in change through peace – they promoted violence instead. So Congratulations, Beyonce. You made your statement, you should be proud of yourself,” Tomi added sarcastically.
During the “Final Thoughts” clip Lahren also claims the “privileged” singer did it just “to get attention.” She then compared Beyonce to other prominent figures in Black culture who “just can’t let America heal” before pointing the finger at Jay Z. “Your husband was a drug dealer,” Tomi pointed out. “For 14 years he sold crack-cocaine – talk about protecting Black neighborhoods. Start at home.”
Grammy Award Winning songwriter and producer Noel ‘Detail’ Fisher who has created top hits for such superstars as Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake is now taking his turn as an artist for the holidays. Detail’s funky uptempo take on the Christmas classic “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” is just one example from a full collection of holiday music on the “Noel” album that just dropped TODAY at the links above. Reminiscent of James Brown’s classic “Funky Christmas,” this is just the beginning of Detail’s musical offerings which will continue in 2016. Download or stream the entire album from the links above TODAY while your wrapping presents or drinking eggnog with the family!!!
The writer and activist dream hampton — in a series of quickly deleted tweets — that Jay-Z and Beyonce have quietly put up the money to bail protesters out of jail in Ferguson and in Baltimore, and that they have been essential backers of the #blacklivesmatter movement.
dream hampton — social justice organizer, writer, and award-winning filmmaker — just unloaded an enlightening, reality-checking series of tweets. Speaking on the current difficulties surrounding protests, hampton pointed to one of the most damaging wars being waged against black resistance — a financial stronghold. “Protest is literally punished with tariffs,” hampton tweeted.
The Decoded contributor also spoke openly about Jay Z’s numerous private contributions to the resistance, indirectly confronting the constant flurry of detractors who repeatedly hurl claims of hypocrisy at Jay and Beyoncésurrounding their perceived silence on the issues surrounding Ferguson,Baltimore, and protests in general. In short, the Carters have — according to dream hampton — privately donated large amounts of money to ease the burden of posting bail for protestors, as well as other equally impactful donations that are simply “too much to list.”
The real question is … who wasn’t there? Jay Z was joined by Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, Calvin Harris, Kylie Minogue, HAIM, Fabolous, J Cole, Jaden and Willow Smith, Nas, Natasha Bedingfield, Nick Jonas, Miguel, Adrienne Bailon, Keke Palmer, Childish Gambino, Chris Daughtry, Arlissa, Casey Veggies, Debra Lee, Demi Lovato, Dev Hynes, Diane Warren, DJ Cassidy, DJ Drama, DJ Mustard, DJ Reflex, Elijah Blake, Elijah Kelley, Gayle King, Grimes, Hit-Boy, James Shaffer, Janelle Monae, Jeannie Mai, Jhene Aiko, Justine Skye, Kaskade, Kevin Garrett, Lauren London, LeCrae, Loni Love, Luke James, Makonnen, Mali Music, Mayaeni, Mayer Hawthorne, Meek Mill, Melanie Fiona, Michael Bolton, Naughty Boy, Nico + Vinz, Nipsey Hussle, Paris Hilton, Priyanka Chopra, Robert Kraft, Sam Dew, Santigold, Sasha and Theo Speilberg of Wardell, Sevyn Streeter, Stephen Hill, SZA, Tamera Mowry, Terrence J, V Bozeman, YG and Zane Lowe, among others.
Three Six Zero hosted the exclusive pre-Grammy brunch at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills. Guests were treated to a Comador cigar bar, and enjoyed catering by sbe events and specialty cocktails by D’USSE. Charity organization, My Intent, had an activation table at the party. The initiative invited attendees to create their own MyIntent Word bracelet, imprinting the word of their choice onto a bracelet, to remind us all there is a purpose inside each of us.
The event also marked the first time Armand de Brignac (“Ace of Spades”) Champagne was featured and served to guests with Shawn “JAY Z” Carter as the owner – early this year, he announced his purchase of the luxury spirits brand, whose gold bottle he helped make iconic in his video “Show Me What You Got.” A special bar was stationed on the main balcony, which served the Champagne exclusively to guests throughout the day.
This year’s event was sponsored by PUMA, Brooklyn Direct, CITI & Keihl’s. Ambiance, nourishment and beverages were provided by sbe Events, D’USSE, Armand de Brignac, Bacardi, Budweiser, Sparkling Ice, Aquahydrate, Comador Cigars and BLS Limos.
Director Dikayl Rimmasch Goes On the Run with Music’s Power Couple
Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch and soundtracked by an Ennio Morricone classic, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter that appeared throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer. Below, we’re in conversation with the steadfast director—also known for his black-and-white campaigns for RRL by Ralph Lauren—about Bang Bang’s conception and what it’s like to direct contemporary music’s most iconic performers.
What were you immediately looking to capture with these films?
Dikayl Rimmasch: What is it about when you watch Godard’s Breathless? What is it with French new wave that everyone responds to? It is a magical moment in cinema, and the whole point of it was to not be so encumbered by the production that Hollywood and France had adopted. It was a resistance to that machine. Jay’s a New Yorker. He came up through everything and I really trusted that he would get that. I went into the shoot with that mentality.
You shot at a breakneck speed over the course of only two days. What was that process like?
DR: Just before we started shooting on the first day, I was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z in their trailer. They didn’t really know what I was going to do, so I said, “I’m going to shoot for five minutes. Were going to process the footage, I’ll bring it back for you to look at it and that’s basically what the footage is going to look like.” We picked a very particular, beautiful moment with Beyoncé in the mirrors, we processed the footage in a couple minutes and brought it back, and she thought it was beautiful. Jay Z came out and we shot for five minutes, with him and the cigar, and did the same thing. I was shooting with these old Russian lenses, there was no monitor, there wasn’t anyone standing behind me and we started cranking along like that.
How did you capture the subtle humor and candidness?
DR: It was a thrill to photograph the scene with Beyoncé in the hotel room so intimately and get those moments. There’s this footage screened on On the Run from Jay Z’s 40th birthday party and home footage of Beyoncé traveling. That to me is still the most powerful stuff. At the end of the day they have all the human behavior that everyone else has.
How did you work the Bonnie and Clyde story in a new way?
DR: In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: “We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.” Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being. He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?
Did you see how the tour shows turned out?
DR: It was amazing what they did with the footage. Beyoncé’s creative director Ed Burke puts these shows together and he was really supportive of what I was doing and key in masterminding how this whole thing got executed. I knew what the chemistry had to be between myself and the two of them. But behind me were a few bulldozers pushing things. One was the production that was very well organized and the other was the tenacity of Ed Burke just saying, “Do it.”
What did you take away from the experience?
DR: Beyoncé and Jay Z are two very intelligent, insightful and thoughtful people, in an almost low-key way. Which is how they got to where they are. They are very aware of people’s attitudes and what energy they are bringing. Once you fully realize that, then the pressure comes off and you just have to do what you’re good at.
Check back tomorrow for Bang Bang Part Two. On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z premieres on HBO September 20 with an exhibition and screening at Clic Gallery New York on September 19.
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According to a recent report from Forbes, the tour’s roughly $100 million in ticket sales so far spread out over only 20 dates puts it on track to be the second highest per show grossing concert ever. The number one show is U2‘s ’360 Tour’ which did over $730 million, but was spread out over 110 tour dates. The full list is
|Tour||Tour Gross||Tour Dates||Gross/Show|
|U2 – 360||$736,421,584||110||$6,694,742|
|On The Run||$100,000,000||20||$5,000,000|
|Rolling Stones – Bigger Bang||$558,255,254||144||$3,876,773|
|Roger Waters – The Wall||$458,673,798||219||$2,094,401|
|AC/DC – Black Ice||$441,713,636||167||$2,644,992|
|Madonna – Sticky Sweet||$407,713,266||85||$4,796,627|
|U2 – Vertigo||$389,047,636||131||$2,969,829|
|Police – Reunion||$358,825,665||156||$2,300,165|
|Rolling Stones- Voodoo Lounge||$320,000,000||124||$2,580,645|
|Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball||$314,000,000||112||$2,803,571|
Photo Credit: Benjamin Combs
Tour Rehearsal Photos Revealed…
The Associated Press has released a statement from Beyonce, Jay Z, and Solange following the release of Tuesday’s video:
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”
The statement continues, clarifying Solange’s behavior from earlier that evening:
“The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”