Destiny’s Child performs during halftime of Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals 15 years ago today. Michelle Williams’ Lakers jersey started a chorus of boos that nearly drowned out the performance by the end. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
What began as a promising NBA Finals was looking pretty bleak by halftime of Game 4.
The Sixers — bruised and battered, led by NBA MVP Allen Iverson in his finest season — had clawed out of deficits in their first three series to win the Eastern Conference. They rallied to beat the Lakers, previously unbeaten in the playoffs, in Game 1. But the Sixers dropped a winnable Game 2 when they missed some late free throws, then lost Game 3 back in Philadelphia as well. Now they were down 14 at halftime of Game 4. Sixers fans could forget about any chance at a comeback if the Lakers went up 3 games to 1. The incredible playoff run of 2001 looked like it was coming to an end.
And out on the court at the then-First Union Center stepped Beyoncé, the biggest pop star in the world. Her performance was widely booed throughout. Really.
She wasn’t the biggest pop star in the world at the time. She was still Beyoncé Knowles, lead singer of Houston girl-group Destiny’s Child. Two years before, it had a breakthrough with its second album. The Writing’s on the Wall went eight-times platinum, there were major lineup shakeups. By June 2001, Destiny’s Child was a trio. Read more »
When Beyoncé lands at Lincoln Financial Field tomorrow night, she’ll bring with her hits, legions of fans — and about a dozen reasons for them to give each other the side-eye.
For the last three years Beyoncé has mastered the side eye — that sidelong look that says “oh, really?” Her last album, the amazing self-titled Beyoncé, was the most sexually alive album from an artist you increasingly got the notion worked so hard at her presence and her music that she may not even be familiar with a bed. With it, though, came the notion that despite a nigh-undisputed attractiveness, she was still viewed as virtually asexual. Not even giving birth to Blue Ivy could dislodge the idea that Beyoncé was not a sexual being; to the most deranged detractors (and some fans) Ivy seemed more likely an immaculate conception — or at least a surrogate pregnancy — likely part of the reason why “Beyoncé fake pregnancy” is such a popular Google search. Even after birthing Ivy, her music (largely) hasn’t wavered, and both Beyoncé and Lemonade have felt like organic, important entries into her impressive catalogue. It has been business as usual for Queen B. Read more »
Calling all my fellow Beyoncé fans: If you have plans for this coming Saturday evening, you’re going to want to cancel them. This Saturday, May 14th, Philly Dance Fitness is bringing back their Bootylicious Beyoncé Twerkshop, 90 minutes spent dancing to only Beyoncé music (i.e. 90 minutes of Heaven on earth), so you’ll be busy sweating your face off to “Lemonade.”
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• The time has come, friends: It’s Cinco de Mayo. So, we’re pretty sure you have a margarita or two in your near future, and it should probably be this healthier take made with fresh ginger, pineapple, lime, tequila and — here’s the secret ingredient that gives it a nice fiber punch plus a creamy consistency — avocado. Happy guilt-free sipping! [Well + Good] Read more »
• “Wine slushies?” you ask? Yes: This is a fruity drink that people apparently consume come warm weather. And many of the recipes only call for two ingredients: wine and frozen fruit. So, wine slushies are basically spiked smoothies, meaning wine smoothies are pretty much health food. (I’m joking. Sort of.) If you’re not cringing at the thought, the folks over at Shape have plenty of recipes for you to try. [Shape]
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Let us just begin by saying we’ve loved Dylanlex since day one. (See exhibits A, B and C). There’s almost nothing on the same level of supreme blingage as Philly native Drew Ginsburg’s designs. Lately, the celebrity world seems to be catching on as well, from Lady Gaga’s Entertainment Weekly spread to, most recently and excitingly, Beyoncé (!) in her new ‘Formation’ music video. Read more »
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- There’s nothing worse than a drawstring that’s wormed its way out of your favorite hoodie. But, lucky for you, we’ve found the easiest way to fix it. Here’s how to rethread errant drawstrings – and all you need is a plastic straw. [Pure Wow]
- Did you catch those Louboutin boots Queen Bey wore during her Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance? They can be yours for only $1,295. Sure, it’s a bit steep, but can you really put a price on feeling like Beyoncé? [Footwear News]
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Back by popular demand, the ladies over at Philly Dance Fitness are putting on another Bootylicious Beyoncé Twerkshop. I know, that sounds like something that I made up, but it is real and it is happening — on Saturday, November 14th, to be exact. Read more »
He’s got 99 problems, and apparently getting an on-stage seat for his wife’s Made in America concert was one.
It looks like Jay Z took matters into his own hands at this past Saturday’s Made in America bash by joining the massive crowd gathered along the Parkway to see Beyonce perform live. He’s seen here jamming out to the Queen wearing a gray hoodie next to Nick Jonas, of all people.