By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
In sudden and shocking news, it was announced on Thursday, April 21, that iconic pop star Prince had passed away. The “Purple Rain” singer was 57 years old and the location of his cremated remains is to be kept private. The outpouring of love and support from all different celebrities and artists, including Anne Hathaway and Bruce Springsteen, showed how important Prince was to the music industry and the magnitude to which he influenced popular culture.
On Saturday, April 23, Beyoncé asserted her dominance on popular culture by releasing “Lemonade.” The hour-long hybrid of music, visuals and spoken word debuted on HBO before it was released exclusively on the music streaming service, Tidal. “Lemonade” features both staged and candid footage from Beyoncé’s life. In it, she touches upon womanist matters and her marriage.
Much of the album reflects Beyoncé’s marital struggles with husband Jay Z that have been plastered all over the news. The songs reference an unfaithful man, who she compares to her own father for being promiscuous. During the track “Sorry,” Beyoncé calls out the other woman as “Becky with the good hair.” Fans have speculated that the lyric may be a reference to fashion designer Rachel Roy, and many went on to infiltrate her Instagram with hateful comments.
“I respect love, marriages, families and strength,” the designer tweeted on Sunday, April 24, “What shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind.”
Later on in the album, Beyoncé sings of rekindling her marriage and growing out of the strife.
As the internet broke due to the “Lemonade” launch, Kim Kardashian West attempted to steal some thunder from Queen Bey. While attending the wedding of LIV/Story/Komodo club owner Dave Grutman and Isabela Rangel, Kardashian West posted 15 photos from the wedding to her Instagram, but these were no ordinary kissy-face selfies. The black and white photo set featured Kardashian West and her husband Kanye, along with other guests of the wedding, looking sultry and sexy while eating ice cream. West also posted a number of close up photos of various body parts.
While Kardashian West was busy being the queen of Instagram, the actual Queen of England turned 90 on Thursday, April 21. To commemorate the milestone, a new stamp was revealed featuring all the royals in line to take the throne. This of course included the adorable Prince George perched on a stack of books, holding his father’s hand. The youngest prince took his cuteness to a new level when the president and first lady of the United States visited the Royal Family during the past week. George was spotted sporting a fluffy bathrobe and riding a rocking horse gifted to him by Barack Obama.
The joy on a child’s face is always a nice reminder as finals approach, so be like the young prince and wear your comfiest clothes, and maybe even act like a child, if you have to.