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Beyoncé Reigns As The Opening Act for The 94th Annual Oscars

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Beyoncé spearheaded tonight’s Oscars with a mesmerizing performance for ‘Be Alive.’ The single is an original composition from the motion picture titled ‘King Richard‘ (a film about Venus, Serena, and their father Richard Williams). 

Kicking off the performance was a troupe of young folks walking vigilantly, one of which was centered atop a black horse. Two young girls with white beads adorning their braids led the way which cemented the performance as a nod to the legendary Williams sisters. In fact, the main stage was even set on a tennis court in Compton, CA.

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Serena, left; Venus, right
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‘It feels so good to be alive,
Got all my sisters by my side 
Couldn’t wipe this black off if I tried 
That’s why I lift my head with pride 
Now we’re sitting on top of the world again’ 

Beyonce painted the stage with Wilson-ball yellow (aka optic yellow; see ‘What Color Is a Tennis Ball?’) including violins and sunglasses. Beyonce’s look, of course, gave the most glam with feathers and diamonds galore!

Leave it to Miss Blue Ivy to still steal the show at the end of the ensemble. It’s nothing for the young star— she’s been making cameos before birth

‏ْ on Twitter: “Look at Beyoncé’s manager SHOWING YOU ALL HOW IT’S DONE!! That’s my Queen BLUE IVY 🤧🎾 #Oscars pic.twitter.com/UHIekanN5r / Twitter”

Look at Beyoncé’s manager SHOWING YOU ALL HOW IT’S DONE!! That’s my Queen BLUE IVY 🤧🎾 #Oscars pic.twitter.com/UHIekanN5r

From hypnotizing harmonies to majestic dance numbers, Beyoncé once again led a ‘Black Parade.’ The performance was especially fitting for an Academy Award performance. Time and time again, Black people and other people of color are consistently snubbed from their due accolades.  

Millions of fans currently await a fresh new masterpiece from the Queen. In a statement exclusive to BAZAAR, Beyonce explains that “there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”

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Live Stream: Rolling Loud New York Festival

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Rolling Loud New York Festival Live Stream

Friday, Sept. 23, kicks off the third annual Rolling Loud New York festival.

Taking place at the Citi Field in Queens, Rolling Loud will feature Nicki Minaj performing her first headlining set with Rolling Loud on Friday, while A$AP Rocky takes on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Future closing things out Sunday, Sept. 25. 

Rolling Loud New York was the center of attention on Thursday after the NYPD called for the franchise to remove rappers Sha Ek, Ron Suno, and 22Gz from the 2022 Rolling Loud New York Festival, according to the New York Times.  This is the second time 22Gz has been removed from the Rolling Loud lineup.

“I was informed by Rolling Loud that NYPD is pulling us off the show. With no explanation,” said Diamond “Bo” Brown, Suno’s manager, via text. “How does a person who [has] no criminal record and no gang activities be denied to perform in his hometown after all his hard work, It’s crazy because he never even made a diss record.” Brown says festival organizers assured her that Suno would still be paid for the booking “and will hopefully be able to perform at later events.”

Rolling Loud New York will be hosted by Hakeem Rowe, YesJulz, and himynamestee. The livestream will broadcast performances from the FashionNova and D’usse stages for all three days via Youtube starting at 2 PM.

Check out the schedule and live stream the FashionNova stage above and D’usse stage below.

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Lil Baby Announces Release Date For New Album ‘It’s Only Me’

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Lil Baby It’s Only Me

Last month, Lil Baby wrapped up his ‘One of them Ones’ tour with Chris Brown and unleashed his first documentary, Untrapped on Amazon Prime Video. As the documentary continues to get raving reviews from fans and critics, the Atlanta native announced on Thursday, September 1, that his brand new album ‘It’s Only Me,’ would be dropping October 14, 2022.

“I [know] its been a long time coming, but I’m coming harder And harder,” he wrote on Instagram.

To celebrate the announcement, Lil Baby dropped the official video for his new single, “Detox.”

It’s Only Me serves as a follow-up to Lil Baby’s 2020 album, My Turn. In 2021, he collaborated with Lil Durk on the joint album, The Voice of the Heroes.

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#MIAFest: Here Are The Set Times For Made In America 2022

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Made In America Festival

This weekend, Jay-Z will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Made In America festival. Taking place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, the two-day musical event is set to feature performances by GloRilla, Bad Bunny, Flo Milli, Burna Boy, Victoria Monet and more!

Check out the official set times below.

September 3rd

Freedom Stage

  • 2:00 | DIXSON
  • 2:45 | Zah Sosaa
  • 3:30 | Jeleel!
  • 4:15 | Glorilla
  • 5:00 | B-Lovee
  • 5:45 | Jenevieve
  • 6:30 | Icewear Vezzo
  • 7:15 | Flo Milli

Liberty Stage

  • 2:45 | Babyface Ray
  • 3:45 | Toro Y Moi
  • 5:15 | J.I.D
  • 6:45 | Kodak Black
  • 8:30 | Lil’ Uzi Vert

Rocky Stage

  • 3:15 | Larry June
  • 4:30 | Key Glock
  • 6:00 | Pusha T
  • 7:45 | Jazmine Sullivan
  • 9:30 | Tyler, The Creator

September 4

Freedom Stage

  • 1:30 | 5’2
  • 2:15 | Becca Hannah
  • 3:00 | Kur
  • 3:45 | Armani White
  • 4:30 | Ambré
  • 5:15 | Kalan.FrFr
  • 6:00 | Coast Contra
  • 6:45 | Kenny Mason
  • 7:30 | Young Nudy

Liberty Stage

  • 2:30 | Chimbala
  • 3:30 | Fuerz Regida
  • 5:00 | Rels B
  • 6:30 | Snoh Aalegra
  • 8:30 | Burna Boy

Rocky Stage

  • 3:00 | Victoria Monet
  • 4:15 | Tate McRae
  • 5:45 | Ryan Castro
  • 7:30 | Don Toliver
  • 9:30 | Bad Bunny
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