Fan Art Fridays: Chloe x Halle

chloe  x halle bailey fan art

Okay, I know I’m a little late with this, but my ears just got around to finishing Chloe x Halle’s new album, which was very well orchestrated, IMO.

Titled The Kids Are Alright, the album features a great mix of R&B, pop, and trap. It’s been a while since I’ve thoroughly enjoyed an entire album that’s rooted heavily in R&B, so I give these sisters kudos.

I’m not even going to lie, there were times I zoned out at work while listening to some of these tracks and thought I was listening to Beyoncé. It makes sense, as Beyoncé was an influence for the album and the girls are signed to her label Parkwood Entertainment.

Here are my fave tracks from The Kids Are Alright:

“Down” – I swear this was in an episode of grown-ish (which both Chloe x Halle star in and are amazing on, btw) and I went nuts trying to find this song online but couldn’t because it wasn’t officially released yet. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS THE SONG. I may never know.

 “Happy Without Me” – I love the way the girls voices sound so comforting and sisterly together as they sing the word “me.” I think it really ties up the sad nature of the situation described in the song and makes the ending seem optimistic, as it should.

“Galaxy” – I almost feel kind of bad for this guy they’re sending into the galaxy because of the jungle beat. Like, is this some sort of Jurassic Park galaxy? Will he survive? Do we want him to?

Enjoy this fun fan art I found on Instagram of Chloe x Halle by ghostnovas, inspired by an image of the sisters with their hair tied together. The sisters posted it on their Instagram account in 2016. The cartoon version of Halle Bailey looks super realistic!

Listen to The Kids Are Alright on Spotify.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Beyoncé Lemonade “Hold Up” (Halloween Costume Edition)

beyonce-lemonade-halloween-costume--edition

I’m still a bit sick but I’m not letting it get in the way of Wardrobe Wednesdays.

Earlier this month, I ordered a yellow dress from Fabshopper.com in hopes of it getting here in time for the Halloween party I’m going to on Friday, October 28th. Long story short, it’s not getting here in time for the party OR Halloween night.

So I can’t be Beyoncé for Halloween 😥

But enough of my woes. If you want to pull off Beyoncé’s Lemonade look from the music video “Hold Up” this Halloween, you can totally order one of the two yellow dresses below and get it by October 31st. And don’t forget the bat!

Time to channel your inner Queen Bey.

Bat:

1. Modell’s, $14.99 

Dress:

2. Shopbop, $385.00

3. ASOS, $77.39

 

Fan Art Fridays: Beyoncé

beyonce lemonade fan art

The hype about Beyoncé’s Lemonade is still going strong, so today’s Fan Art Fridays is a piece of fan art I found on Instagram inspired by the visual album that was released on HBO over the weekend.

Created by beavisualartist, the art depicts Queen Bey in a yellow dress with a bat in hand from the scenes in the visual album where she’s smashing a car on the street with a bat.

That must have been fun to film.

The words “Hot Sauce” on the fan art I assume are a reference to the lyrics in her song “Formation.” Well now we’ve got a whole new album to make memes out of.

I absolutely love how lovely the dress was drawn. Beyoncé looks gorgeous in yellow, and beavisualartist found the perfect shade of yellow to color it!

Here are some in-depth articles on Lemonade. You can view the original fan art here and watch the trailer for the visual album below.

Fan Art Fridays: Channing Tatum

channing tatum fan art

To say that the season 2 premiere of Lip Sync Battle on Spike was intense on Thursday night is an understatement.

Channing Tatum battled his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the show, Channing beating her out with a diva-licious lip syncing of Beyoncé’s “Who Run the World (Girls).”

Channing brought Beyoncé herself on stage towards the end of Channing’s performance, sealing his win and causing Jenna to faint dramatically as the audience cheered.

Channing, you most definitely earned your spot on this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

View the original fan art here, and watch Jenna and Channing go head-to-head below!

Best Performances at the MTV #VMA2014

 

Last night, the MTV VMAs in Inglewood, California at The Forum was the place to be.

The night was filled with some serious hip shaking, booty twirling, crying, and pools of sweat from your favorite artists in pop, hip-hop, and R&B.

There was even a wardrobe malfunction. MTV needs to plan better for these last minute outfit changes between performances! Jeez!

If you missed the show, here are the top five VMA performances of the evening:

1. Opening performances (Triple Threat Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J): Oh, how the world wished that Nicki would just let the black dress fall open!

2. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”: I love how she rethinks jumping off the platform. Precious.

3. 5SOS, “Amnesia”: Not a fan of them or anything, but the sound really great live.

4. Maroon 5, “Maps”: Wondering where they are? Outdoor bandshell, baby!

Full performance here.

5. Beyonce Medley (Video Vanguard Performance): As predicted, it was flawless.

Click here for the winners list!

Watch the entire show on demand at MTV.com.

So, Are Beyoncé and Jay Z Actually Splitting Up?

the carters

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s relationship has been the subject of countless rumors over the past decade. From secret weddings to fabricated pregnancies, the Carters seem to brush all the he said, she said right off their shoulders.

The latest rumor? The couple is breaking up after their On the Run tour.

So, is Beyoncé  on the run from Jay Z or is it the other way around?

I think this is the stupidest rumor to date.

If this were true, I’m sure the tour would get cancelled. There’s no way two people that are going through a split could perform together on the same stage night after night and pretend that nothing is wrong.

Page Six claims that the two are seeing a marriage counselor.

“They are trying to figure out a way to split without divorcing … This is a huge concert tour and they’ve already gotten most of the money from the promoters up front,” a source told the column.

Okay.

I’m not buying it. And neither is MTV

So while everyone else is freaking out about this rumor, I’ll be here looking at the couple’s cute Instagram pics such as this one that Beyoncé  shared on July 21.

Let’s see how long it takes before this one blows over.

 

 

#KimyeWedding: The Details of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Wedding Weekend

Celebrities At The Lakers GameKim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially married!

The two tied the knot yesterday, May 24th, after knowing each other for about 10 years.

Kim and Kanye got engaged in October of 2013. Since then, speculations on how extravagant the wedding would be flew left and right.

Now that the wedding is over, here are all the things you might be wondering about what went down:

1. The wedding took place in Florence, Italy at Forte di Belvedere on Saturday, May 24th.

2. The pre-wedding celebration happened in Paris, France at the Palace of Versailles on Friday, May 23rd. (Horse-carriages and fireworks included).

Pre-wedding party pic

3. Lana del Rey sang at the pre-wedding celebration. That may or may not have cost about $2.8 million, according to DailyMail.

4. Wedding guests you may know: (besides Kris, Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie, Kendall, Bruce, and Scott)

– Brandon and Leah Jenner
– John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
– Lana del Rey
– Andrea Bocelli (sang “Con te Partiro” and “Ave Maria” as Kim walked down the aisle)
– Jaden Smith (supposedly made out with Kylie Jenner at the wedding)

– David Blaine
– Serena Williams
– Lala and Carmelo Anthony
– Steve McQueen
– Lorraine Schwartz

5. Beyoncé and Jay Z were not in attendance. Queen Bey sent her congrats via Instagram afterward.

6. Jay Z thinks the wedding was being blown way out of proportion.

7. Rob Kardashian was not in attendance.

8. Kanye was worried that he would bawl his eyes out during the wedding ceremony.

9. The bride wore Givenchy! Custom. Made. Givenchy. Haute. Couture. Gown. (I cannot believe the modesty of her dress of choice!)

10. The wedding cake: (top left corner of photo)

Kris Jenner and Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani with the wedding cake in the background

11. In and interview with E! News, Mama Kardashian claimed that she left all the wedding planning to Kim and Kanye.  

12. Remember that wall of flowers Kanye bought Kim for Mother’s Day? Well, they flew that wall all the way to Italy and got married in front of it.

 

And for the love of North West, please stay married for longer that 72 days!

Exclusive #DopeArt2 Interview With Artist Henry J Fuller

"Beyoncé XO" and "Lil' Red Riding Rihanna"

“Beyoncé XO” and “Lil’ Red Riding Rihanna”

If you love pop culture, then your heart will burst with excitement when you see Henry J Fuller’s artwork. On March 24th, his #DopeArt2 exhibit opened at Hofstra University’s student run FORM Gallery, and even though I couldn’t make it, I can imagine how much everyone loved the paintings.

"Oh Miley"

“Oh Miley”

#DopeArt2 is the sequel to Fuller’s #DopeArt exhibit featured in FORM Gallery during the Fall 2013 semester. #DopeArt focused more on the male Hip-Hop scene, while #DopeArt2 lends a hand to some of the leading ladies in the music industry. The exhibit includes paintings of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Also thrown into the mix are portraits of Michael Jordan, and a scene from the popular television series Breaking Bad.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the artist behind all this pop culture magic a few days after #DopeArt2‘s opening reception.

Me: What was your inspiration for this exhibit? 

Henry Jordan Fuller: My inspiration for #DopeArt2 was the introduction to my #DopeArtDivas collection. In my first #DopeArt exhibit I mainly focused on male Hip-Hop artists with a lot of tattoos as well as top name male Hip-Hop artists in the industry. So for my 2nd showcase, I kind of wanted to focus on popular females in the industry as well as expand the size of my canvases from 18×24 to 24×36.

Me: How long did it take to finish each painting?

HJF: Usually it takes me at least a week to do a painting, but my showcase was pushed forward a whole month, so I did six out of seven of the #DopeArt2 collection within 2 weeks, each taking between 1-3 days.

Me: What is your favorite part of the exhibition process?

HJF: My favorite part of the exhibition process is creating detailed portraits of popular celebrities that can easily catch any onlookers attention.

Me: Which painting is your favorite?

HJF: By far my favorite portrait of my whole #DopeArt2 collection is my 36×48 Breaking Bad portrait entitled “Scavenger Hunt”. Breaking Bad is my favorite show, and I really enjoyed creating this piece.

“Scavenger Hunt”

Me: How did you come up with such cool titles for your paintings?

HJF: All of my titles were added on last minute, but I just wanted to create catchy titles that fit both the painting as well as the artists’ careers. The [Michael Jackson portrait’s] title “I Got my J’s Tho” is just a popular saying among sneaker collectors. All of my titles were thought of last minute.

Me: Will you be selling and/or have you sold any of these paintings? If so, for how much? 

HJF: The only portrait from this collection that I’ve sold is my “I Got my J’s Tho” Michael Jordan portrait, and that was for $700, which is my highest selling painting thus far. I do a lot of commissions, so I’m not in a rush to get rid of these portraits, but I do plan to sell for around the same, with the exception of my “Scavenger Hunt” Breaking Bad portrait which I would like $1300 for.

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

HJF: Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my latest artwork @kinghpromo & @dopeart___

Be sure to follow Henry J Fuller on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s working on!

Songs to Celebrate Independence Day

fourth of july

Today marks the 237th birthday of the United States.

It’s time to celebrate!

We’ve come a long way since 1776.

It’s a shame though, that the founding fathers didn’t have a soundtrack to go along with their signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Or did they?

In any case, here a few patriotic songs to listen to as you celebrate your independence in America, the land of the free.

1. The American Dream, Allstar Weekend: Because we all believe in the dream, don’t we? This song celebrates the fact that in America, it doesn’t matter who you are and where you’re from, you can make it in this world if you have the dream.

2. Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus: Every Fourth of July since 1776 has been a party, so let Miley remind you to live it up!

3. Made in the USA, Demi Lovato: Anything that has been fabricated here in the US has special meaning, so why not celebrate love as well as independence with this song from Demi’s new album?

4. Americano, Lady Gaga: Think about how hard the soldiers fought when Gaga sings “I will fight for, I have fought for how I love you.” And go a little gaga for America.

5. The Star-Spangled Banner, Frances Scott Key: At some point during the day, you’ve got to remember the national anthem. It’s only right.

fireworks

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!