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CONCERT FAB: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake & More Hit Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show In Brooklyn

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Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stopped through the Barclays Center over the weekend and we have your backstage pass with pics of who kicked it wth Mrs. C.  See Bey, Jay Z and her crew behind the scenes inside….

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Over the weekend, Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour played the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  It’s a three show stint going from Saturday to tonight.  P.S….We attended last night and that ish was flawless.

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Baddie Bey debuted a new costume change for BK finales, a custom Gucci black and white beaded top, white pants and red pumps.

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Backstage last night, Bey posed with actress Quvenzhane Wallis, who’s starring in the Jay Z produced remake of Annie.

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And Bey, JT And Jay posed for a few photos with the fab Mrs. Carter Show dancers backstage Saturday night.   

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And over on her Tumblr page, Beyonce posted a few pics of the road signs she passed enroute to the Barclays Center.

 

Watch Bey tell Brooklyn why she’s happy to finally perform at the Barclays Center below:


Bey wraps this first leg tomorrow night after 50+ shows, then will rock out a few festivals like Made In America.  She’ll do a few more US dates in December and then will head down under to Australia.

Photos via @ashleycmeverett Instagram, @BeyonceLite Instagram @rotta1923 Instgram, Beyonce Tumblr, @baddiebeystyle Instagram

FAB CHICKS ROCK OUT: Solange Performs In A Brooklyn Laundromat + Tamar Braxton Gives Hot Sugar At LOVE & WAR Album Showcase In L.A.

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Solange Knowles took her eclectic personality to a whole new level yesterday as she performed a secret concert in a secret location–a Brooklyn laundromat.  Pics and video inside, plus Tamar Braxton rocking out at her own Love & War album showcase in L.A.

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Solange popped up at the Atlantis Super Wash Center in BK last night to rock out for a secret concert for FADER mag & vitaminwater’s #uncapped series.  The style goddess–who never fails to impress-rocked a Clover Canyon Resort 2014 look comprised of diamond print short shorts and a matching print & striped design sweater, all paired with multi-colored shoes by Preen.

Why a laundromat you ask?  We’re sure Solo said ‘Why not?’  It’s so her though isn’t it?  She said once she took the stage-o-washing machines, "This laundromat really has me wanting to be a drama queen tonight, so excuse my theatrics.”  Here’s her full opening with "Bad Girls":

 

 

The "True" singer also belted out hits like "T.O.N.Y.", "Losing You" and even covered Nivea‘s "Laundromat."  How appropriate.  Check out a few videos below.  Chick even climbs on top of the washing machines.  Gotta love her:

You know at least one person was pissed their laundry day was totally f’d up. 

The FADER covergirl also did an interview with Miss Info afterwards in another super fab look with Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto shoes:

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And over in L.A.:

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Tamar Braxton threw on her sparkly blouse and plaid hotpants and thigh high boots to rock her Love & War album showcase.  It was sponsored by Myx Moscato at the Emerson Theatre in Holllywood last night, and she posted a proud pic of her Reve Boutique look for the night:

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Tamar performed all the tracks off the upcoming album (out September 3rd), two of which are "Hot Sugar" (yep, it made the cut) and one of our fave songs of the summer, "The One." Check out a couple short clips below:

The busy new mom and co-host of "The Real" is also gearing up for her upcoming tour with John Legend kicking off this October.  Nice!

 

Photos: Getty/iBlog126/Roger Kisby for FADER

DADDY & ME: Brooklyn Nets BALLER Paul Pierce OUT To LUNCH With Baby Prince Pierce

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Brooklyn Nets player Paul Pierce was spotted out with his 3-month-old son Prince yesterday.  Find out where they lunched  inside….. 

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Former Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce is officially a member of the Brooklyn Nets….a move that seemed to catch him by surprise during a press conference a few days ago. 

"You saw the trade and it’s like, ‘OK, there’s a trade.’ But for me to actually be here now, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city, it’s really starting to sink in now that it’s become real.

I’m no longer a Boston Celtic. I’m a Brooklyn Net, and that’s what it is right now. It’s a business. At some point we all have to move on, and I’m here to try to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn."

And over the weekend……

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Paul, who seems like he’s comfortable in his new city, was spotted out to lunch at one of NYC’s most popular lunch spots, Pastis restaurant in the Meatpacking District.

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Paul dined with wife Julia and they have two other kids, daughters Prianna and Adrian.

BONUS:

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On Friday, Paul really got into an "Empire State of Mind" at the Legends of The Summer Tour. He tweeted, "Hova Timberlake concert off the chain here n Yankee Stadium".

 

Photos via Splash News/Paul Pierce IG

 

Solange Knowles Holds A Peaceful Trayvon Martin Rally In Brooklyn

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Solange Knowles held a rally for Trayvon Martin to speak out against the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday afternoon.  Check out the "True" singer doing her part in response to America’s justice system…

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Singer, songwriter and actress Solange Knowles staked her ground at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Sunday night and invited all of BK out to protest against Saturday night’s verdict of George Zimmerman being found Not Guilty.

She brought a sign with a Malcolm X quote printed on it, and spoke to the crowd about injustice:

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Love seeing celebs put their status & influence to good use.

 

Photos: WENN

MAGAZINES: Jada Pinkett Smith REVEALS Why She’ll NEVER Leave Will Smith + Solange TALKS About Her MOVE In BROOKLYN Mag

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Jada Pinkett Smith covers the latest issue of REDBOOK where she explains why she’ll NEVER leave Will Smith.  Meanwhile, the latest issue of BROOKLYN Magazine features Solange Knowles extolling the virtues of her favorite bourough.  See the highlights and pics inside….

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Try as they might, the tabloids have been "divorcing" and "separating" Will and Jada Pinkett Smith for many years, but in the latest issue of REDBOOK, the actress/tv producer reveals why that will NEVER happen.  In addition to discussing the deep bond she has with Will, Jada talks about special moments with her family and explains the direction she plans to take as a producer on Queen Latifah’s new talk show. Here are the highlights:

On why she’ll never leave her husband Will Smith:

“What is the thing that Will could do to make me not love him? That would make me abandon him? I can’t think of one. I’m sorry. Except if he did something bad to the kids – now we’ve got a problem.”

On magical moments with her family:

“We tend to find magic in the mundane. Picking Willow up from her girlfriend’s house at 9:30PM, and enjoying that ride together, then stopping at 7-Eleven to get some ice cream as a family.”

On why she ignores negative gossip:

“I have been affected by gossip and I know people who have been too. I’ve seen marriages destroyed by gossip. It is cruel. At the end of the day, all that matters is: Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? That is it, baby.”

On producing The Queen Latifah Show

"It will be a cross between Oprah and Ellen — not serious but heartfelt…to help execute this idea for such an amazing artist is really pleasing. I’m able to be creative on a whole different level."

Jada’s issue of REDBOOK hit the newsstands on June 11.

 

Also on newsstands……

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For the summer 2013 issue of BROOKLYN Magazine, Solange Knowles discusses her life as a Brooklynite from the car pools and birthday parties, to hanging out with Beyonce and Jay-Z in Williamsburg.  

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Solange said the best thing about being in BK was that it allows her to be near her family (whom live in Manhattan).  

“My parents are here, my sister is here, my cousin is here, all my friends are here. We really wanted Julez to have the experience that we had growing up—being able to drop in on his aunt’s house and being able to hang out with Grandma and see our friends and have that experience of actually having a soccer game and having family show up. It’s such a beautiful feeling, but also having that village is a necessary reality.”

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The TRUE singer also talked about the impact of BK on her music.

“I’m working on my next record. I started writing about three months ago. I’ve been so lucky to meet such wonderful and beautiful inspiring friends, and we have all these experiences that only could have happened here. Even last night we all went to see Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu at Music Hall of Williamsburg and then we all went over to my studio in Red Hook and we just hung out till literally the sun came up and recorded and talked. They inspire me. Just having that energy around is so important.”

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Read the full interview here. 

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Jada used her Facebook page to defend Beyonce Knowles, whom was criticized for her choice of outfit during the Chime For Change concert.  In her post, Jada questioned a woman’s right to possess her own body and assert her power.  She wrote….

Whose body is this anyway?

There was some backlash about the performance outfits for the Chime concert. Since a woman’s body has been deeply connected to sin, it’s easy to forget all the power and beauty her body and sexuality possesses. Yes, with this power comes great responsibility, but how was Beyonce’s tasteful outfit irresponsible? Here is the problem I see, a woman’s body is too much power for one woman to have, even Beyonce. Although we see corporations exploit this power through women and girls, with far less clothing on than Beyonce, to sell their products, do we protest? But hey, a woman has to be in check, right? Know her position since we’ve all been taught that a powerful woman is dangerous and that a powerful man makes the world go round. Here’s the deal… soon the reign of shame on a woman’s body and her control of it will end. She will be autonomous. For she can’t truly be free without it. And oh boy…what a different world this place will be…when she is free.

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What do you think about Jada’s post?

Photos via REDBOOK/iO Tillett Wright/BrooklynMagazine

Rihanna Rolls To The Brooklyn Nets Game, Hosts FIGHT AFTER-PARTY At The 40/40

 

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Rihanna has been taking over the East Coast all week.  And Saturday night, she cheered on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 of the NBA playoffs and then hosted a Fight afterparty at the 40/40 Club.

 

Pics of your fave party girl and her celeb friends inside….

 

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In extra short denim shorts, caged black boots and a leather top, bad gal Rihanna made a nightout of the Nets & the 40/40 Club.  Even though BK lost in a close game 7, everybody had some fun at the afterparty for the Mayweather vs. Guerrero fight.

Rihanna showed off her straight blonde hair in pics with her bestie Melissa.

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Chris Rock, comedian Louis C.K. and NY Knicks baller J.R. Smith has some fun inside the private party.

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Adrienne Bailon kept it cute in black and white.

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NFL star QB Cam Newton and his boo chilled out in VIP.

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Roc Nation MLBer Robinson Cano kicked it with fellow MLBer Ben Francisco.

 

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Fab chick Rachel Roy was there.

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And so was Rih’s Roc Nation fam Wale.

And over at the game last night, it was a tense time as Rih Rih watched the Knicks lose.  Jay was in London watching his wife at the Mrs. Carter Show.  So Rih held it down courtside with Ty Ty:

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Pretty.

 

And how has the fun loving island "Right Now" singer been enjoying NYC?  She hit up the Design Museum with her girls and played with a few babies:

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Fab times!

 

Photos: Julio Cortez for AP/Instagram

Jay-Z Selling Off His Brooklyn Nets Shares? + Stacey Dash Questions The Carters Spending Their Dollars In Cuba

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Brooklyn goes hard….with or without Jay-Z as the face of its NBA franchise.  Deets on Mr. Carter reportedly selling his shares of the BK Nets, plus more updates (and criticisms) about the Carters chillin’ in Cuba….

Well that was quick.  After one season at the Barclays center and years of working to bring the team to BK, it looks like Jay-Z may be already selling off his shares of the team. 

Yahoo Sports is reporting that Mr. Carter is looking to "divest his ownership share" — meaning sell off his share — of the Nets.  And it’s all because he wants to expand his Roc Nation Sports division, which recently signed Yankee Robinson Cano, into the world of professional basketball.  According to NBA rules, one cannot have ownership in a team and represent individual players at the same time.  So Hov is going the agent route.

He owns less than 1% of the Nets, but is undoubtedly the face of the franchise.  He propelled the team to a big name status, and he’s gotten rewarded in return with tons of publicity, lots of face time on and off the Barclays stage, and the opportunity to brand his existing catalog of music into the NBA franchise.  Business doesn’t always mean cash is involved….notoriety, platforms and clout are parts of the equation too. 

It looks like Hov may be leaving with exactly what he came in to get, so it may be a win-win for everyone. 

 

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Meanwhile, Jay and his wife Beyonce are still under fire from political figures and others for their anniversary vacay to Cuba.

The NY Daily News reports that the twosome obtained a cultural license to visit the country that is off limits legally to most Americans.  A US government license must be issued, only in special circumstances, in order for an American to travel to the country.  The creative license allowed the couple to travel there for their 5th wedding anniversary.

Yet and still, people are pissed as some say The Carters are co-signing on an oppressive & abusive country. 

So, of course, Stacey Dash put in her 2 cents as the right wing mouth piece.  But, since we’re here and presenting all sides, here’s what she asked her Twitter followers:

Do you care that The Jay Z’s have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?

The "Jay-Z’s" though?  Oh…ok Stacey.

HELLO BROOKLYN! The 2013 MTV VMA’s HEADED To Barclays Center

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Brooklyn stand up!  The 2013 MTV VMAs will be held in BK at the Barclays Center.  And it’s back in the city where the VMAs started.  Find out more inside…

It’s just been announced that the 2013 MTV VMAs will take place on Sunday, August 25, at the home of the Brooklyn Nets.  The network made the announcement earlier after its iconic Moonman hopped a flight out of LA and announced his arrival on Instagram saying "And WE’RE HERE! The 2013 @MTV VMAs will be LIVE at @BarclaysCenter on 8/25! #RoadToTheVMAs #HelloBrooklyn"

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz talked about the announcement and the honor saying to MTV News:

"From hip-hop to hipsters, Jay- Z to MGMT, Brooklyn musicians have a long history of dominating the ‘spotlight’ on MTV. Brooklyn is a cultural Mecca — the hippest, coolest place for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013′s biggest bands, like Fun. and the Lumineers.

"Now, it is only fitting that the first time Brooklyn will ever host a major awards show, we are welcoming the most exciting and talked about spectacle in the music industry … I’m so thrilled that I’ll probably get ‘no sleep till Brooklyn’ hosts the VMAs!"

Welcome back to New York VMAs. 

Brooklyn’s going hard in 2013….

 

SPOTTED: Beyonce & An UNCOVERED Blue Ivy Brunching In Brooklyn

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There’s that face.  Blue Ivy Carter was fully uncovered today as she rolled to Brooklyn to have brunch with Mama Beyonce and fam.  Check out the little cutie rocking her Timbs inside….

How cute!  Beyonce was spotted heading out of Buttermilk Channel, her fave Brooklyn brunch spot, today holding her 1-year-old baby girl Blue Ivy.  And since there was no blanket in sight, we can see her tiny afro puffs and her cute camo jacket and jeans and Timbalands look.  Maybe daddy Hov dressed her today.

 

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A pic of Bey & Blue inside the restaurant was snapped too.

Meanwhile, Baddie Bey posted this Instagram pic today of her taking over an NYC cab:

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Bey is currently gearing up for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.  Fun times.

 

Photos: Beyonce Lite’s Twitter/Beyonce’s Instagram

YOU’RE FIRED! Avery Johnson DISMISSED As Brooklyn Nets HEAD COACH!

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The Brooklyn Nets announced earlier today that Avery Johnson has been relieved of his coaching duties with the team.  More deets inside…..

 

On Thursday, Brooklyn Nets general manger Billy King announced that Avery Johnson has been fired as head coach.  In the interim, P.J. Carlesimo will serve at the team’s coach.

According to ESPN, Avery began the year with an 11-4 start and was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November, but the Nets have only won three of their last 13 games and currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets principal owner, said "The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future."