On ‘4:44’, maleness, and the performance of the public apology

This article was originally posted at WaterCoolerConvos and has been republished with permission

Recently, rapper Jay-Z released his thirteenth solo album 4:44. The album details his infidelity to his wife, mother of his three children, and perhaps the biggest superstar in the world, Beyoncé. He also covers his struggle with American capitalism and his reluctant growth beyond a young hustler to a mannish mogul.

Most people have fixated and heaped copious amounts of praise on Jay for his acknowledgement of his past wrongdoings. So grateful that he apologizes for being at various states of trash during parts of his marriage, many have been cheering on his “maturity” and vulnerability.

I’m not one of those people.

Beyoncé Could Be The Next Big Name To Join ‘The Lion King’ Remake

Beyoncé is already commonly known as royalty to her millions of adoring fans. However, a new development could transform Queen Bey into a whole new kind of royalty.

Variety reports that director John Favreau has Beyoncé’s name at the very top of his list of people he’d like to play Nala in the upcoming remake of The Lion King

How femmephobia and the gender binary caused me to hate myself

By Latonya Pennington

Until recently, gender identity and expression made me feel like a mannequin that has to be dressed up and put into poses. It started when my mother would make me wear this pink, puffy dress when visiting my dad while he worked and lived overseas. The dress just didn’t feel like me. Even after only wearing it for a few hours, it felt confining and uncomfortable–like a costume.

Call for Submissions: The King Bey Bible

It’s time for poets and essayists to get in formation.

Feminista Jones and Olivia Cole are teaming up to publish an anthology of writing inspired by and dedicated to the one and only Beyoncé: The King Bey Bible. For many, Beyoncé is the human incarnation of the possibility of another world: a world run by Girls! Consider this their interpretation of a “lost text”.

This video shows how being Black and doing absolutely nothing can get you killed by police

Many powerful images are coming out of the Movement for Black Lives. Most of them are from people on the ground who are organizing to end police brutality. However, this new video from Mic News called “23 Ways You Could Be Killed if You Are Black In America” features celebrities like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Pharrell, and A$ap Rocky discussing the many ways that Black people are murdered by police in the United States.

7 Celebrities Who Fearlessly Support Black Lives Matter

The week of July 3, 2016 may go on to be looked at as a turning point in the history of the Black Lives Matter movement. With the death of Alton Sterling, immediately followed by the death of Philando Castile, immediately followed by the shooting of nearly a dozen Dallas police officers, it’s sure to be a time period we remember for quite a while.