At least two former Destiny’s Child members agree: no one expected Beyonce to be the first to have a kid. Not because she wouldn’t be an amazing mom (“She has always had this motherly spirit about her,” LeToya Luckett gushes) or because she’d have any problem finding a great dad (“God made Jay for her,” raves Michelle Williams), but because Beyonce has always been a career woman first and foremost.
“We just never knew that she would be the first to have a baby or the first to get married because we always knew she had a focus that was…not human when it comes to her work,” Williams explained at the Essence Black Women In Music event. Said Luckett of her former band mate, “She’s a planner! Literally, I think she planned her whole life out. ‘At 30, I’m going to have a baby!’ Then at 30, she had a baby. That’s just Bey.” Then Williams imitated Bey doing crunches and breast-feeding at the same time. “We’re gonna do crunches, Boo Boo! Come on!,” Michelle joked. Ugh, why did Destiny’s Child ever break up?
Blue Ivy Carter photos are finally here and the golden child looks like…well, like any other new-born baby. Sweet and darling and sort of like a grandma, is how we could best describe her. In what we would consider a social media master stroke, mama Beyonce and pop Jay-Z put up several snapshots of baby Blue on a new Tumblr entitled helloblueivycarter this evening. Check out the adorable babe in arms…after the jump!
If you want to try and market that Blue Ivy energy drink, you better do it fast, because Beyonce and Jay-Z are taking steps to trademark their daughters name. According to the L.A. Times, the super-parents have already filled out an application at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to copyright their daughter’s distinctive moniker. The couple want to have the exclusive rights to the name, in hopes of launching a brand of baby products in the near future. Apparently the patent office has been flooded with “Blue Ivy”-themed applications since the baby’s birth on January 7th. Rolling Stone reports that a fashion designer tried to trademark “Blue Ivy Carter NYC”, and another wannabe entrepreneur attempted to snag “Blue Ivy Carter Glory IV” to use for a brand of perfume. Both of these requests have been denied, along with all others so far. But we have a funny feeling that Bey and Jay are likely going to be the exception!
Oh, HEY! It’s Beyonce! This is the first time anyone has seen her publicly since the birth of her chart-topping daughter Blue Ivy Carter on January7, and we have to say, she looks pretty effin’ fabulous. Bey was out to support husband Jay-Zat his Carnegie Hall concert, and this photograph was taken after they went to his 40/40 Club to celebrate. She’s looking slightly more voluptuous than usual, but if we didn’t know any better, we’d say there’s not a pound of extra baby weight on her. She’s wearing an Alice by Temperley dress and the bits of gold and sapphire jewelry you can see is by Ofira and Lorraine Schwartz. Lookin’ good, mamma!
We’re seriously hoping she’ll appear at the Grammys this weekend. You know, purely so she can support Hov, not because we need to see more of her. Nope. Don’t mind us.
As if she wasn’t already the most hooked up kid on the planet, little Blue Ivy Carter is about to get some more serious star power. Apparently her super celeb mom and dad, Beyonce and Jay-Z, have asked Oprah to be her godmother! Although the reports haven’t been confirmed by the couple themselves, RadarOnline reports that the talk show legend has been tapped to be a godparent, along side Jay-Z’s pal Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith. If it’s true, Baby Blue can probably expect some seriously killer birthday parties. (“You get a pony! And you get a pony! Everybody gets a pony!”).
Oprah would definitely be an awesome and obvious choice for Blue Ivy’s fairy godmother. She’s already been doting on the newborn, in a distinctly Oprah-like way. Instead of sending the new baby a pimped-out stroller or badass crib (see what we did there?), the Big O sent over a “trunk” filled with her favorite children’s books. Awwww! Do we sense an Oprah’s Baby Book Club coming our way?
Actually, the headline lies. We are really having a hard time imagining what really went down at the party celebrating the reopening of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City last night. It was Hov’s first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, and Beyonce understandably chose to stay home. The sheer variety of attendees would blow our mind if we weren’t already used to Jay’s wide scope of influence: Warren Buffet, Selita Ebanks, Spike Lee, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia were there along with his more musical pals like Ashanti, Wale, Questlove and Irv Gotti. Head over to VH1 Blog for a gallery of the illustrious guests, and watch what Ashanti and Gotti had to say about the new parents in an interview with MTV News below.
The jaded reporters among us (OK, yours truly) didn’t really think those baby sounds in Jay-Z’s “Glory” really were Blue Ivy Carter, even though the proud papa labeled it “featuring B.I.C.” It just seemed like they would have better things to do than to head into the studio this week. But you know, through the wonders of the modern age, and being Jay-Z and Beyonce, it probably wasn’t that hard, so we’ll buy it. Baby girl is bound to be a prodigy. And today we have news that the track will be #74 on next week’s Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. Given she was less than 2 days old when the song dropped, she’s officially the youngest person ever to have a Billboard hit.
Billboard.com points out that Blue is not necessarily the youngest person ever to record a Billboard hit, mind you. Stevie Wonder recorded his newborn daughter Aisha being born for 1976′s “Isn’t She Lovely,” but the song didn’t chart until she was almost 2 years old. Read more…
If the rate of stories about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s blessed babe continues, we might have to start an entirely new blog devoted to Blue Ivy Carter. But in the meantime, here’s a little roundup of the latest B.I.C. headlines we love and loathe:
» NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t exactly confirm rumors about the special treatment Bey got at Lenox Hill Hospital, but at a press conference on Tuesday, he defended the practice of letting rich people upgrade hospital services. “If [the hospital] got paid a lot of money and it let them provide services to other people who don’t have insurance or can’t afford it, I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing. … I don’t think you should keep people from seeing their babies, or whatever, but have different services for people who are full-paying patients.”
» The horrifying theory that Blue Ivy is some kind of reference to the devil was perpetuated by vandals who wrote, “Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth” on the sign of a Beulah Hill Baptist Church in West End, North Carolina church, according to TMZ. Speculation that her name is an Illuminati reference still abounds, too. We just think it’s pretty! Read more…
Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s security inconvenienced other families in Lenox Hill Hospital. Blue Ivy Carter was actually born via scheduled C-section. Kanye stopped by Bey’s birthing suite, only to put a tiny mic into Blue’s hand and immediately snatch it away again. There are a lot of rumors and gossip surrounding the arrival of Hov’s first born, and Solange Knowles doesn’t like any of it one bit. Time for a Twitter rant! “We are supposed to be super human and watch people we love get slandered, lied on, and ridiculed. It is one of THE hardest things to accept,” the singer rages. The absolute hardest thing to accept? The fact that Solange can’t just hunt down all of your home addresses one by one. Because if she couldâ€¦oh lord.
Tweets Knowles, “In any other workplace…if someone directly tells your mother or sister is a liar and a fake ect…you would naturally express yourself.” Luckily for the haters, Solange is taking solace in the purifying joy of chubby baby goodness. “However, the pure happiness and joy I’ve witnessed and experienced helps me to keep my mouth shut,” she writes. Also helpful are the texts Beyonce‘s been sending all afternoon that just say, “KNOCK IT OFF.”
30 Rock stars Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski stopped by The Today Show this morning to discuss their show’s long-awaited sixth season, set to air (finally!) this Thursday. But the two funny ladies took a break from business for a moment to talk about their an even bigger news story: Beyonce’s birth to daughter Blue Ivy! Tina and Jane have something of a personal connection to Bey’s big news, having both given birth in the same New York City hospital as the diva. However, neither got spoiled by the docs quite like Beyonce apparently did.
“We had very similar experiences to Beyonce and Jay-Z,” said Jane sarcastically, alluding to Lenox Hill Hospital staff allegedly rolling out the red carpet for the famous couple. “My celebrity treatment at Lenox Hill involved taking a group breastfeeding class in a closet,” Fey added. “It’s clearly supposed to be a storage closet, with a bunch of other mothers, and a nurse grabs one of your breasts and another lady’s and is shoving them in a baby’s mouth.” But despite this, Fey has nothing but love for the Lenox Hill medical staff. Check out what else they have to say on motherhood, and 30 Rock (!) in the video below.