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When Beyonce opened her purple sequined D&G blazer to reveal her baby bump at The VMA’s this past weekend, she literally set Twitter on fire. According to Us Weekly, Beyonce broke Twitter’s record of the highest number of sent tweets per second. The company’s official handle @TwitterGlobalPR tweeted on Monday (August 29th), “Last night at 10:35pm ET, Beyonce’s big MTV #VMA moment gave Twitter a record bump: 8,868 Tweets per second.

“BEYONCE IS PREGNANT” also turned into a huge Trending Topic and many fans changed their Twitter profile pic to photos of the songstress

  • Someone even created an account for Beyonce and Jay-Z’s child, called @BeyJayfetus.


Although Beyonce is pregnant, she will still perform at the Michael Jackson tribute concert via satellite. According to, Beyonce’s rep confirmed that her “pregnancy will not affect her performance”.

  • Beyonce is rumored to almost four months pregnant, and if so, she will be five months pregnant when she performs her favorite Jackson Five song at the concert.


Jay-Z reportedly doted on his pregnant wife Beyonce backstage at The VMA’s this past weekend — shortly after the singer confirmed her pregnancy during her performance of “Love On Top.” According to Us Weekly, backstage, the parents-to-be were pumped up. They had adjacent dressing rooms — Jay shared his with The Throne partner, Kanye.

A witness told the magazine, “Jay was doting on her the whole time. He was really taking care of her, asking her how she feels and helping her walk. It was so sweet to see him like that.”

  • The backstage source also said that he flirted with his wife. The source said, “He yelled, ‘Mmm hmmm, Who’s that sexy lady walking down here?’ playing like he was flirting with her. It was so cute.”
  • Bey’s mom Tina Knowles was also doting on her daughter. The source said, “She was on top of EVERYTHING – getting Beyonce everything she needed… Between Jay and her mom, she was totally taken care of. Her mom was getting her everything she needed.”
  • The witness added, “Kanye looked like the proud uncle!” And Lady Gaga — dressed as alter ego Jo Calderone, visited Bey’s dressing room as well. The source said, “She kept coming over to rub Beyonce’s belly and say hello. And the security guards thought she was a guy at first and wouldn’t let her back! It was really funny.”

Aug 2011 31

The change of time, and evolution of fashion, De’Aundra Williams and co-designer Aja Clifford decided to take things into their own hands when they realized they no longer could find items that defined who they were, and complimented their unique sense of style as well… thus She’Luxe Couture was formed.

A play on the words She and Luxury, it exemplifies just that providing the right aesthetics to make you look amazing whether in a business meeting or at a red-carpet event.

 IAA:  What does fashion mean to you?    

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: Fashion for us is a form of self expression allowing us to create with no limitations or boundaries. We love to be able to entice people with bold, edgy, yet elegant pieces.

IAA: How did She’Luxe Couture come into conception?

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: I’ve created earrings for myself for several years and a very dear friend asked me (De’Andra) to create her a few custom pieces for a photo shoot. During the process I had an epiphany, which awakened my true calling as a jewelry creator.

IAA:  How would you describe She’Luxe Couture

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: She’Luxe Couture would be described as edgy bold high fashion runway couture pieces that are eye-catching.

IAA: What was the first article of jewelry you ever designed?

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: The first Article designed by myself (De’Andra) would have been a pair of photo earrings back in 2006.

IAA: Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of  Jewelry?

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: We both freestyle as we are going. We don’t usually sketch anything and we both create by seeing something out of the ordinary and interpreting that image into a creation of high fashion.

IAA: What’s your favorite part about conceptualizing a design?

SHE’LUXE COUTURE:  Seeing the final product capture the raw essence of self confidence and sexy when women wear our jewelry.

IAA:  What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?            

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: Our biggest accomplishment to date would have been Melanie Fiona wearing our items during her B.E.T. Tour and really loving and promoting our product.

IAA:  Do you consider yourself an artist?            

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: Yes! Any form of creation requires originality. Whether it be fashion, music, poetry, or the arts, you are creating thus you are an artist.

IAA: What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: Having the freedom to create and express ourselves without having to apologize.

IAA: What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?

SHE’LUXE COUTURE: Always stay true to yourself, be original, be inspired by others but do not copy anyone’s designs, and most importantly brand yourself wherever you go!

IAA SPOTLIGHT-Get To Know MICHAEL BLACK-Delaware’s Uprising Star!
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Starting at a very young age Michael “Key-Note” Black had a very strong love and passion for music. His name sake came from his style of using piano and string based instrumentals in his songs Singing in school and Church choirs helped develop his talent and drive. Along with the support of his mother and driven by the sacrifices she has made for her children, his success is a tribute to her and her dedication.  At age thirteen he wrote his first song and quickly fell in love with the lyrical arts of music. At age sixteen he composed his very first instrumental. After listening and studying today’s music, Michael is driven by the urge to bring good music and new music together again.

IAA:  What is your music background? 

Michael Black: My interest in music started at a very young age. I started singing in school and church choirs at the age of nine. I began writing my own music at the age of thirteen. A variety of genres of music such as gospel, classical, country and hip-hop have all influenced my R&B style of singing and writing.

IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

MICHAEL BLACK:  Recording and releasing my own music has been a dream of mine  my entire life. Expressing myself through my music comes natural for me. I want to make a connection with my fans that surpasses any amount of money.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

MICHAEL BLACK:  My songs talk about the different aspects of relationships such as, true love, heartbreak, romance, lust. My songs are also about friends, partying, and living it up at a night club with  your friends and partying.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

MICHAEL BLACK:  My fan base is directed mostly towards people who have a lot of experience with relationships and knows the ins and outs of it. I try to write from different perspectives so that I have a little bit of everything for everyone.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

MICHAEL BLACK:  I have been influenced by many artists  Such as: Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Teddy Pendergrass, Boys 2 Men, Usher, Brian  McKnight, Luther Vandross, Ginuwine,  R- Kelly, Ne-Yo, just to name a few.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

MICHAEL BLACK:  I would describe my music as being poetic, extremely expressive, and carry strong stories behind them.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

MICHAEL BLACK:  What makes me stand out from other artists is that I respect music for what it truly is, art. I hear a lot of music today and yes it’s entertaining, but it lacks true art form. Also I know that I am in the music “business” and I respect it as a business. It’s more then just writing, going to the studio, and performing. There are logistics, and rules to be followed.  A lot of up and coming artists do not see or understand these facts about the music industry. Music=art and Industry=business. Each artist must have a respect for and be able to balance both elements

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?

MICHAEL BLACK:  I am currently in the finale stages of recording my debut mix tape “Unleashed.” I’m working on writing my next mix tape “The Come Up.” I’m also working on various projects with other up and coming artists, such as music videos and ghost writing.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

MICHAEL BLACK:  My career goals are to become a successful singer/songwriter and performer. In ten years I see myself already having at least 5 to 7 platinum albums out, touring all around the world, and writing songs for other successful artists.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

MICHAEL BLACK:  My fans can access my music on

ReverbNation at

YouTube at

You can contact me directly on Facebook at

Twitter @keynote06.







Aug 2011 31

In the latest issue of Glamour, Alicia Keys gushed about her husband Swizz Beatz and son, Egypt. Alicia graces the cover of the magazine’s October 2011 cover with actresses Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore. The three of them directed a series of short films for Lifetime entitled Fiveabout how breast cancer affect women’s lives.

During the interview, Alicia said that her relationship with Swizz Beatz is a blessing. She said, “It’s beautiful because rarely, I think, do you find a relationship where you can experience things equally. In fact, I think that’s my favorite word and the most important word when it comes to relationships: equality. And that’s what we’ve been able to find. We encourage each other equally. We’re excited for each other.”

  • When asked if she remembered the moment she fell in love with Swizzy, she said, “I do remember the exact moment. If I told you, I would have to kill you, but it was something that he planned, and he planned it so beautifully and thoughtfully that in that moment I remember thinking to myself, Oh my God, I’m so in love with him.”


When asked if she thinks about the kind of man she wants Egypt to be, she said, “I do think about it a lot. He’s going to be a man in this world. It’s a beautiful blessing that I get to help raise a man. And I want to show him as much as possible.”

On what she hopes for her family, she said, “We’re such a bonded happy family, and I hope that we’ll always be able to be that. For me, the most important thing is that we always take the time to understand each other and grow together. We’re all going to change. Otherwise, it’s boring. Who wants to stay the damn same all their life?”

  • The issue hits newsstands nationwide September 6th.

Aug 2011 30

Nude photos of NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders‘ daughter has hit the Internet. 19- year-old Deiondra Sanders took nude photos three years ago and sent them to an ex-boyfriend. According to, Deiondra’s ex leaked the photos.

Deion took to Twitter and wrote, “Please pray for my family especially my daughter. Computer was stolen and she had VERY ignorant pics on there from 3yrz ago that were released. She is saddened but it is what it is! To desire to be in the spotlight understand u get exposure that sometimes u don’t want. Pray for her please.”

  • She also addressed the situation via Twitter. She wrote, “We all do stuff when we are young and dumb. My life is turned around now. I am now a strong follower of Jesus Christ.”

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