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Beyoncé’s Pic of Newborn Twins Causes a Stir on Social Media

Singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, known just as “Beyoncé,” surprised her more than 100 million Instagram followers at around 1 a.m. ET Friday with the first-ever public photo of the Carter twins.

Beyoncé, 35, married to music producer, entrepreneur and rapper Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, posted a photo of Sir and Rumi at one month old. Their names, along with the name of the couple’s five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, have been trademarked.

Beyoncé is considered one of the most influential African American entertainers of our time. She’s also one of the best-selling music artists in history. As a solo artist, Beyoncé has sold more than 100 million records.

Her photo on Instagram received 1.7 million “likes” in just one hour, according to CNBC. It may well be on its way to breaking a record — set by Beyoncé herself.

A photo the superstar posted in February announcing her pregnancy received more than 8 million “likes” in the first 24 hours.

Guinness World Records confirmed Beyoncé shattered the world record for the most liked image on Instagram. In less than eight hours, she surpassed pop singer Selena Gomez’s previous record.

The “Beyhive,” a name coined for her loyal following of fans, began buzzing on Twitter as the photo of Sir Carter and Rumi was shared, and Beyoncé began trending early Friday morning.

Beyoncé News tweeted:

Others expressed their shock when learning the photo was released:

Some Twitter users speculated about what influenced the setting of her photo:

Beyoncé isn’t one to hold press conferences or issue press releases regarding her endeavors. She has used either social media or her website to make announcements.

In April, she publicized the establishment of the “Formation Scholars” awards on her website. The awards program was created “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

Howard University, Spelman College, Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design are the colleges chosen to participate in the program. For the 2017-2018 academic year, four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in literature, music, creative arts or African American studies. It was not stated whether they would be full or partial scholarships.

Beyoncé surely knows how to stir up the Internet like a pitcher of lemonade.

Her album “Lemonade” released last year, included a one-hour film that aired on HBO, a Time Warner company (No. 37 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list).

The album was “based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing,” according to Tidal, the music streaming service owned by Jay Z.

The music video for one of the tracks, “Formation,” was released Feb. 6, 2016, and caused some controversy. Beyoncé’s anti-police brutality message is reflected in scenes, including “Stop Shooting Us” spray painted in black against a white brick wall and a sinking New Orleans cop car at the video’s conclusion.

She received backlash from law enforcement unions after performing the single during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Feb. 7, 2016.

Despite the controversy, “Lemonade” earned her a prestigious 2017 Peabody Award. And, according to the 2017 Global Music Report, it was the global top album of 2016.


Film Review Girls Trip

This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like “Sex In the City” and “Bridesmaids.” But “Girls Trip” is not a copycat. It’s very unique and will leave its own lasting imprint on the good-girls-gone-wild genre.

Ten minutes into this comedy, you’re asking yourself, “Who the hell wrote this?” The story is contemporary, the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny, the characters are distinct and their life dramas, rivalries and relationship problems are thoroughly engaging for 122 minutes.

Blame the naughty humor on Kenya Barris (TV’s “Black-ish”) and Tracy Oliver (“Barbershop”). They completely understand the lurid minds of ladies who’ve had one-too-many cocktails and speak their mind. And for audience members who do not have a potty mouth, but wish they did, this crew says every wicked thing you ever thought, but never had the nerve to say.

Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall, “When the Bough Breaks”) is a successful and envied author, somewhat like an Oprah without a TV show. She’s married to ex-NFL player Stewart (Mike Colter, “Luke Cage”). On the surface, they have an ideal marriage and are on the verge of getting their own talk show. Behind closed doors, they’ve got problems. However, they must protect their brand and are determined to keep up their facade.

Ryan talks her old college girlfriends, who used to call themselves the “Flossy Posse,” into a reunion in New Orleans at the annual Essence Music Festival. There’s Dina (Tiffany Haddish, “The Carmichael Show”), the brassy one who talks like a drunk hooker, “We gonna get some d—k this weekend.” Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), a nurse with two kids, is the prudish one: “Dina! I need you to use your lady mouth.” Sasha (Queen Latifah) is a gossip columnist, who is having trouble paying her bills.

The foursome gathers at the airport, checks into a lavish hotel and in short order they are kicked out thanks to Dina’s outlandish behavior. Apparently the finer establishments don’t take kindly to women who threaten patrons with broken champagne bottles. The group moves to a fleabag motel that’s frequented by $5 prostitutes.

That’s the set up, and director Malcolm Lee (“The Best Man”), who has become the populist voice for the Black middle-class, works his magic. Scenes melt into each other with a quick rhythm, and each has its own dynamic, builds to a crescendo and leaves plenty of room for the cast to engage in comical banter. He gives the actresses room to play their characters to the max. Bedroom scenes, dance-offs, bar fights, Beale Street parades, testy confrontations, shocking revelations and raunchy repartee are orchestrated with precision. You barely have time to breathe between the outrageous scenes (editor Paul Millspaugh, “The Best Man Holiday”).

The cast works well together as an ensemble. Pinkett Smith finds the humor in her dour character, who is in desperate need of a wild night out. When she hooks up with a lanky 21-year-old (Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar”), she gets her mojo back. Hall, as the lead character, has the right mix of shocking indignation and resignation. Latifah adds texture to the financially challenged Sasha. Larenz Tate plays an old friend named Julian, who is a sensitive soul and a perfect counterbalance to Stewart, a hardened lothario. Tate hasn’t aged a day since 1997’s “Love Jones.”

Haddish gets the best lines and the most outrageous physical humor. What she does with a banana and a grapefruit in one scene is so whacked out she could earn a best supporting actress award. She lifts the Dina character off the page, brings her alive on screen and displays a go-for-the-jugular humor that makes you think she will do anything for a laugh, just like Melissa McCarthy.

The quartet of actresses must share top-billing with New Orleans and the Essence Music Festival. Through the lens of cinematographer Greg Gardiner (“The Best Man Holiday”) NOLA and Beale Street look so inviting. The colors, especially in the costumes (Danielle Hollowell, “The Best Man Holiday”), pop off the screen with brilliant yellows, lush reds and bright oranges. Also, if you’ve been curious about the Essence Music Festival and have never gone, you’re getting a free look. Glimpses of concert performances by Maxwell, Faith Evans and others enliven the footage. Cameos by Morris Chestnut and Ava DuVernay add verve.

There is something endearing about watching old friends work through their differences and rekindle the love and solidarity that once united them. But that’s like reading Playboy for the great articles. Audiences who venture out to see Girls Trip are really hungering for outlandish humor and a good date movie—and that’s what they’ll get. They will laugh themselves silly and leave happy.

Every two seconds you’ll find yourself saying, “I can’t believe they just said that.” But they did—and it was oh-so funny!

Dwight Brown is a film critic and travel writer. As a film critic, he regularly attends international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the American Black Film Festival. Read more movie reviews by Dwight Brown here and at


Universal Studios Hollywood Welcomes Dru, Gru’s Long-Lost Twin Brother, and All-New Jail and Tourist Minions as Part of its Popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and Super Silly Fun Land Attraction

Universal City, California – July 6, 2017 – Leaping from the silver screen to Universal Studios Hollywood, four Minions and Dru, Gru’s long lost-twin brother, have made their way to the Entertainment Capital of L.A. this summer. In addition to seeing the Minions come to life at Universal Studios Hollywood, fans are invited to see the box-office blockbuster Despicable Me 3 at Universal CityWalk’s new multi-million dollar AMC Theatre, the Universal Cinema.

Known as the Tourist Minions, Dave and Jerry from Despicable Me 3 step out in full tourist regalia—sporting fanny packs, oversized sunglasses, floppy hats and cameras. They are accompanied by two new Jail Minions—who join Minion Mel in Despicable Me 3 to revolt and make a go of it on their own—sporting familiar black-and-white stripped jailbird uniforms.

An endearing quality of the new Minion recruits is their lifelike gaze. As Dave, Jerry, and the Jail Minions peer into the faces of guests, their giant eyes now articulate, mischievously shifting from left to right and back again. At times, they even eye roll as they engage with fans.

The effortlessly charming Dru, Gru’s long-lost twin brother, also joins the cast of walkabout theme park characters. Wealthy, larger than life, and with a full head of flowing blond hair, Dru, is Gru’s opposite in every way. Now, he’s ready to charm guests from around the world.

Each redesigned theatre has been fully upgraded with the most technologically advanced sight and sound achievements. The Universal Cinema represents the first multiplex in the United States to incorporate Christie laser projection, Christie Vive audio sound system and Dolby ATMOS with recliner seating to deliver maximum-impact movie presentations in 18 auditoriums. The installation of new, state-of-the art screens, perforated to enable 360 degree audio, complement the overall enhancements.

Additionally, movie-goers can enjoy $5 Movie General Parking with the purchase of a movie ticket.

More information is available at and at Join the conversation online using #minionride. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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