This Week In Tabloids: Trust Me, Beyoncé and Jay Z Are Definitely Splitting Up

Welcome to Midweek Madness, where we get a call from Beyoncé, pause the episode of Cheers we’re watching on Netflix, answer the phone, say, “Bey? You there?” listen to her breathe into the phone for a few moments before finally saying, “It’s over,” after which all the lights in your home flicker and shake as you… »9/09/15 2:15pm9/09/15 2:15pm

Mindy Kaling's 'Gross Body' Brings Her 'A Lot of Happiness'

In an interview with the Guardian, Mindy Kaling spoke about topics ranging from body positivity to minority representation in Hollywood, to her relationship with B.J. Novak. Kaling called her relationship with Novak “intoxicating,” adding “he has always given me is the utter and total belief that I am one of the… »9/05/15 10:30am9/05/15 10:30am

Jay Z and Timbaland Will Have to Testify in Bizarre 'Big Pimpin' Trial

The copyright lawsuit against Timbaland and Jay Z for their 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’” is headed to trial in October and both will be called to testify. The courtroom battle will likely be as contentious as the “Blurred Lines” trial, if not even more so. It will also be better, because Robin Thicke will not be present. »8/12/15 11:15am8/12/15 11:15am

Karrine Steffans On Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose and Shaking 'Superhead'

Many women spend their lives trying to maintain a good reputation—but what happens when that’s not possible? I spoke with former video model-cum-Confessions of a Video Vixen novelist Karrine Steffans and asked her if it was possible to outgrow labels like “ho” or “Superhead.” Her response was complicated.
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Jay Z and Will Smith Are Producing an Emmett Till HBO Miniseries

Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up with Aaron Kaplan to produce an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was lynched in Money, Mississippi in 1955 after whistling at a white woman. His death became a catalyst for the civil rights movement—and the brutality it evidenced in race relations in America is… »7/27/15 11:30am7/27/15 11:30am

I Took Rutgers' Beyoncé Course: A Master Class in Pop & Black Feminism

On the first day of “Politicizing Beyoncé,” a Spring semester course at Rutgers, 32 young women and men sat in their desks, texting behind a Coach bag or catching up on Vlad TV’s rap posts on a laptop. It was February. I was dressed in jeans, Converse, and a giant sweatshirt, going for undergraduate realness, and here… »7/07/15 12:22pm7/07/15 12:22pm