LGBTQ Event of the Week: 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall

For the third time, a transgender flag will fly alongside the American one this week at City Hall to mark this year’s Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. More info about the ceremony below. | Photo by torbakhopper/Flickr.

For its solidarity with the local trans community, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall. Enjoy an afternoon that plans to honor transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals through music, live entertainment, and more. Hosted by the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, this community-wide event features performances and appearances by Mayor Jim Kenney, Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes, Janis Stacy, Kim Watson, Naiymah Sanchez, and Kaleia Brown. Special guest Gavin Grimm will speak to the crowd. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th, outside Philadelphia City Hall. Free admission. Read more »

Check Out Beyonce’s Amazing Made-In-Philly Birthday Cake

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L: Head chef Becca Craig, R: Co-owner Lily Fischer | Courtesy of Cake Life Bake Shop

ICYMI, Beyonce celebrated her birthday (a.k.a. “Bey Day”) in Philly this past weekend.

A lucky group of Made in America attendees got the chance to sing “Happy Birthday” with Jay-Z during the festival at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday – and an even smaller, luckier group of Philadelphians got the chance to bake her a cake.  Read more »

Stop Everything: Beyoncé-Themed Yoga Class Coming to Philly

Namasbey | Photo via Facebook

Namasbey | Photo via Facebook

Stop everything and listen carefully, people: Earlier this week, we told you guys that Namasdrake, a Drake-themed (yes, as in the rapper) yoga class and post-yoga party would be coming to Voltage Lounge. And now, the organizers of the yoga shindig tell us they’ll also be bringing their Namasbey event — like the Drake-themed yoga class, but with ALL Beyoncé music — to Philly the same day. Can we get a “HECK YESSSS”?

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Video: How to Slay Your Workout Like Beyoncé, According to Beyoncé

A big ol’ hat tip to the folks over at Well + Good for bringing this video of Beyoncé divulging all the details on how she makes it through a killer sweat session to our attention. Pretty sure it is now the one and only piece of fitness motivation we will ever rely on here at Be Well Philly HQ.

The Instagram video — a promo for Beyoncé’s activewear line Ivy Park, naturally — features Queen Bey talking about how she pushes herself through her workouts alongside clips of her killing it in various sweaty scenarios: the gym, on stage, at dance rehearsals. Our favorite nugget of workout wisdom from the video: When Beyoncé feels like dying during a workout, she pictures the person she loves the most in the world (we’re assuming Jay Z … ?) cheering for her as she runs to them. And then she finishes her workout like a boss. Because she’s Beyoncé.

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How Beyonce Made Football a Protest Space

Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016

Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016

When “Formation” came out during Super Bowl Weekend, the height of American consumption, culture and entertainment, the opening image of the music video featured Beyonce atop a police cruiser in a flooded New Orleans. There was much to be unpacked in the imagery that coursed through the video, and while many fawned over the instances and message of bad-assery accompanying all things Beyonce, there was an undeniable power in those images in a music video showcasing not only a renewed Beyonce, but also the best leveraging of her brand: politicized, policed and persistent Blackness.

There’s been a litany of thought pieces about her use of a New Orleans styled setting evoking not only the tragedy of southern racism — a thing we still like to assign to geography as if racism’s waters don’t dampen things here up North — but her supposed co-opting of Katrina, the flood that drowned a city and tsunami-ed a black population out of the city. It was seen by some as an insult, an affront to the actual ordeal. A friend who spent some time in New Orleans around Katrina shared this sentiment: “I feel some kind of way about her using the Katrina/New Orleans stuff though.” The argument here being that of cognitive dissonance; that Beyonce — famous, rich, beautiful, presumably untouched by the taint and turmoil of Katrina — was therefore somehow aloof about the importance of utilizing those images and that setting; that, in essence, she had no right to do so.  Read more »

Shop Talk: Get to Know the Stylist Behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Formation Tour

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Image via YouTube.

  • This 7/11 (see what we did there), meet Beyoncé’s celebrity stylist, Marni Senofonte, who’s responsible putting together the to-die-for bedazzled leotards for the Formation Tour and amazing Southern-gothic looks throughout Lemonade. [Pop Sugar]
  • Chances are, if you’re gonna drop major cash on the latest highly anticipated beauty release, you’re heading to Sephora — so why not get the most bang for your buck? Uncover these little known Sephora perks and learn how to shop like a real beauty insider. (Hint: It involves free makeovers!) [PureWow]

Plus, plus-size fashion!

15 Years Ago Today, Sixers Fans Booed Beyoncé

Destiny's Child at the 2001 NBA Finals

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 »

Lemonade Stand: What Beyoncé Will Be Bringing to the Linc

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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 »

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