While Beyoncé is not an author, her lyrics have had an immense impact on the culture we live in. Back when Lemonade dropped you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing a reference to hot sauce or sneezing on the beat, and an impact like that is worth celebrating.
Here are seven Beyoncé lyrics that get the club jumpin’ jumpin’!
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I am the dragon breathing fire/Beautiful mane I’m the lion/Beautiful man I know you’re lying/I am not broken, I’m not crying, I’m not crying – Don’t Hurt Yourself
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Now you want to say you’re sorry/Now you want to call me crying/Now you gotta see me wilding/Now I’m the one that’s lying/And I don’t feel bad about it/It’s exactly what you get/Stop interrupting my grinding/I ain’t thinking ’bout you. – Sorry
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Ten Hail Marys, I meditate for practice/Channel nine news tell me I’m movin’ backwards/Eight blocks left, death is around the corner/Seven misleadin’ statements ’bout my persona/Six headlights wavin’ in my direction/Five-o askin’ me what’s in my possession/Yeah I keep runnin,’ jump in the aqueducts/Fire hydrants and hazardous/Smoke alarms on the back of us/But mama don’t cry for me, ride for me/Try for me, live for me. – Freedom
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Drop the bass, mane, the bass get lower/Radio say speed it up I just go slower/High like treble, pumping on them mids/Ya man ain’t never seen a booty like this/And why you think ya keep my name rollin’ off your tongue/’Cause when you want a smash, I’ll just write another one/I sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker/Yoncé all on his mouth like liquor. – Yoncé
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My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana/You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma/I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils/Earned all this money but they never take the country out me/I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag. – Formation
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Ten times out of nine, I know you’re lying/But nine times outta ten, I know you’re trying/So I’m trying to be fair/And you’re trying to be there and to care/And you’re caught up in your permanent emotions/All the loving I’ve been giving goes unnoticed. – Love Drought
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Diva’s y’all help me sing the next verse?/Here we go/Since 15 in my stillettos, been struttin’ in this game/’What’s yo age?’ was the question they ask when I hit the stage/I’m a diva, best believe her, you see how she gettin’ paid? – Diva
Hakuna matata! Disney fans rejoice, for the studio just dropped the first full trailer for The Lion King which showcases more glorious live action shots of the animated classic. The animation looks beautiful, rendering characters like Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Timone, and Pumba as realistic animals in all their glory. Speaking of Scar, we finally get to hear him speak and he looks glorious, creepy while retaining the slimy menace that made the original such a beloved Disney villain.
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Other tantalizing images include glimpses of a young Simba exploring his kingdom, including chasing a stag beetle around, as well as glimpses of Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, and the iconic duo of everyone’s favorite duo: Timone and Pumba. Iconic shots from the original look to be recreated exactly, including the sequence where Simba grows from cub to adult and the wildebeest stampede. Speaking of, we don’t know if we can relive Mufasa’s death in live action, especially with James Earl Jones returning to once again voice the lion.
Speaking of the cast, this one is very promising, a mix of iconic talent with Donald Glover as Simba (as well as JD McCrary as his younger self), Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce as Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. The trailer itself is set to the spine tingling score of the original, punctuated by Mufas’s narration and utterly breathtaking cinematography.
This one is a must see for sure. Are you excited? The Lion King roars into theaters July 19th.
The book consists of lifestyle guidelines that pertain to healthy food choices, and contains an introduction written by the Carters.
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According to People, the introduction features the following lines:
“Having children has changed our lives more than anything else. We used to think of health as a diet—some worked for us, some didn’t. Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible.”
Almost the entire world is familiar with pop culture and music phenomenon Beyoncé. Her name alone makes one of think of over-the-top performances, a powerhouse presence, and, of course, feminism and representation through the roof. At least, this is what Professor Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley from the University of Texas wants us to think.
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Tinsley recently authored Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism, digging deep to draw an analysis and find symbolism within the singer’s groundbreaking and award-winning album. There’s a variety of lenses to look through when it comes to cultural ties to black women, especially their sexuality and gender in today’s day and age. Songs from the album like “Daddy Lessons”, “Formation”, and “Don’t Hurt Yourself” build the foundation for Tinsley’s book, as do Beyoncé’s own life experiences and the activists and artists who she says shaped her massive career.
However, this isn’t Tinsley’s first Beyoncé related work. Her first step towards creating Beyoncé in Formation came when she created a class for students called “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism.” Ever since, she her path towards Queen B has created a powerful following:
Every year, lines of black women and queers approach me on the first day to express excitement that they’re in a class that takes Beyoncé seriously– that someone is reflecting back that the lyrics they sing, the songs they dance to, their shirts that proclaim ‘I Slay’ just might be the meaningful sources of empowerment they always felt them to be… Greeting this receiving line of feminist Beyoncé fans, I see clearly: I’m one of thousands of black people living in the South looking to Beyoncé as a gilded mirror, an artist with the capacity to bounce light off our visions for next-millennium feminism… This small offering is made in the hope that what starts in our black woman-loving, lemonade-making, hater-twirling Texas can change the world.
To us, this is pretty bitchin’ and we think it could definitely be one of the beautiful hurricanes to stir up what’s been stagnant for so long. Check out the the cover below, pre-order the book before November 1st, and check out an excerpt courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.