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Beyoncé is 40 and fa-Bey-lous!

The followers of Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter flip up and prove yearly for her birthday — and it is a particular one.

So, in honor of the fortieth birthday of our Queen, this week’s Pop Life Chronicles is an all-Bey version.

‘Homecoming: A Movie by Beyoncé’

Beyoncé performed two nights at Coachella in 2018.
Beyoncé gave probably the most well-known and energized performances ever seen at Coachella when she headlined the competition in 2018.

Fortunately for these of us who could not rating tickets to the dwell reveals, she put collectively “Homecoming” for Netflix, which options efficiency highlights and intimate behind-the-scenes footage of her preparations for the present.

‘Black Is King’

Disney+ describes "Black Is King" as a "celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience."

This visible album was filmed as a companion to her 2019 “The Lion King: The Reward” soundtrack and is lush in its celebration of Blackness and African tradition.

As with every Bey undertaking, the manufacturing is first-rate, a deal with for the eyes, and wealthy in symbolism.

“Black Is King” is streaming on Disney+.

‘Dreamgirls’

Beyoncé Knowles attends the "Dreamgirls" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, December 4, 2006.

“Dreamgirls” might have earned Jennifer Hudson an Oscar, but it surely scored Beyoncé a success with the tune “Pay attention.”

Based mostly on the Tony-winning play, the movie stars Beyoncé as Deena Jones, one in every of a trio of Black feminine soul singers who wrestle as they discover fame.

The musical was proper up her alley. You may stream it on Amazon Prime, HBO Max or Hulu.

Three issues to hearken to

Beyonce's "Lemonade" is a dreamy, powerful mix of visuals, spoken word, confessions and lyrics.
Not many individuals can say their albums spur faculty programs.

Such was the case with “Lemonade,” a candy success based mostly on the tart marital issues between the singer and her famous person husband, Jay-Z (don’t fret, they’re OK now).

There have been additionally themes of race, tradition and feminism on this critically acclaimed undertaking.

It helps that the music feels fairly timeless as properly.

Beyoncé fourth cover for Vogue was shot by rising Black photographer Tyler Mitchell.

Into podcasts?

WBEZ Chicago has acquired you.

Its “Making Beyoncé” podcast traces her rise from a teen in Houston to a world icon.

Dancing Queen B

Few artists can get you off the sofa to maneuver and groove like Beyoncé (living proof, see Adele). Click on play on this Bey-all-day Spotify playlist (curated by my very cool colleague Kendall Trammell), escape your hair followers and dance on the imaginary stage referred to as your front room flooring.

One factor to speak about

(From left) Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé perform "Say Yes" during the 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, March 28, 2015.

Beyoncé could also be a large star, however she has by no means forgotten from whence she got here.

She is incessantly exhibiting her hometown of Houston love, even organising Covid-19 testing websites.

Nor has she left behind her Future’s Baby co-members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who’ve each additionally gone on to profitable solo careers.

The trio usually performs collectively for Bey’s largest occasions, just like the Tremendous Bowl and Coachella, and he or she has supported them each in a few of their initiatives.

A real sisterhood we want would end in a reunion album!

One thing to sip on

Beyoncé models a look from her Icy Park collection for Ivy Park x Adidas.
Be it with some lemonade or one thing slightly stronger, take time to toast this inspiring lady who can sing, dance, act, be a cowl woman, construct a vogue empire and don a well-known diamond that few have ever touched.

This week’s one thing to sip on is a drink in celebration of one of many brightest stars to ever grace our universe.

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