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.
Blue Ivy Carter arrived in style this weekend, though how and with what level of security she made her grand entrance is currently up for debate. Even though we were already furiously working on these pink booties Sunday morning, Jay-Z and Beyonce waited until this afternoon to issue a statement. “We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful – we are in heaven,” said Bey and Hov, adding, “She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs.” Their use of the word “naturally” seemed to directly contradict rumors that Blue arrived via a scheduled C-section. We weren’t there, so we’ll take their word for it. Even if we had been there, we would have been covering our eyes and screaming.
Another point of contention is the affect Blue Ivy’s security had on her fellow baby friends. According to dad-to-be Neil Coulon, whose wife also delivered at Lenox Hill, Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s bouncers caused a big problem for other families on their floor. “Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday just because they wanted to use the hallway,” Coulon told the New York Daily News. “They should have been more strategic about it. These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology.” However, according to the hospital’s Executive Director Frank Danza, “No security plan that we or the Carters’ security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the NICU, and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.” Hmmm, we’re sure some security was in place, though. We mean, would you have been able to stay in your stirrups if you knew Bey was giving birth next door? Wow, really? Maybe we really are her biggest fans. What do you think?
Papa Jay-Z himself is celebrating the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter on Saturday with a new track he just posted on his Life and Times website. Warning to the sensitive: The song, called “Glory,” featuring B.I.C. (oh, as in Blue Ivy Carter, we get it), will make you cry. And in a couple of instances, Hov reveals that Beyonce had a miscarriage before she was pregnant with Blue.
“False alarms and false starts/ All made better by the sound of your heart/ All the of the pain of the last time/ I prayed so hard it was the last time,” Jay says toward the beginning of the song. Later, he refers to it even more clearly, “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/ We was afraid you’d disappear, but nah, baby, you magic.”
He repeats a refrain you’ll often hear from new parents, “The most amazing feeling I feel/ Words can’t describe what I’m feeling, for real,” and then goes on to use her name: “Baby, I paint the sky Blue, my greatest creation was you. Glory.”
We also like how Jay is already speaking with wonder about her talent: “Did you wiggle your hands for her?” (Doing the “Single Ladies” dance?!) And though he admits she doesn’t yet know what swag is, she was “made in Paris” just before Beyonce shot an album package, so like the rest of us, he expects big things of his “Lil B” (not to be confused with the Based God, of course).
Question for you guys: Do you think the baby in the track is actually Blue? Or just a stock baby sound?
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived, people. Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed Blue Ivy Carter into the world on Saturday night — because when else would a future diva princess debut? We are unreasonably excited about this news. And probably we should calm down about her, so she can have a chance to get adjusted to things like air and light and everything outside of babybumpdom. But then, Carter family, we will need to see some pics and hear some adorable stories. In the meantime, we will look back at the cuteness from which she came…
Babyonce is here, y’all! E! reports that Beyonce had a baby girl last night in New York at Lenox Hill Hospital via C-section. Major congratulations to her and new papa Jay-Z. You’re all waiting to hear what their daughter’s name is, right? According to the site, Hova’s been telling his friends that she’s been christened Blue Ivy Carter. Suitably fly for a superstar child, we think. What say you? Celebrity felicitations have been pouring in for the newly minted parents. Russell Simmonstweeted, just a few hours ago, “Congrats to my good friends Beyonce and Jay-Z,” while Rihanna‘s tweet read, “Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih.” Even Gwyneth Paltrow‘s in on the action, writing, “Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.” Or shall we call her Aunty Goop from now on? Remember, Gwynnie is BFF with Jay, who happens to be Uncle Jay to her kids Apple and Moses Martin.
Bey’s hometown paper, The Houston Chronicle, has also published a story, revealing, “Beyoncé has given birth to a girl early this evening in New York, says a close source. Baby and mom are doing fine.” We absolutely cannot wait to see pictures of Blue Ivy. This baby is going to be way cooler than we’re ever going to be in our entire lives. We bet she’s going to have a solid-gold crib or something! So happy for the new family.
So, there you have it. A very fashionable 30. What we need you to do, now, is click after the jump and check out our massive gallery and vote in the poll we’ve got below it. We’ve even got 3-in-1 pictures so you have more outfits to look at! Vote, vote, vote! Read more…
It has been one heck of a 2011 for Beyonce. She dropped her fourth studio album, 4, released over five music videos, performed at numerous award shows, joined Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity and … hmm, what are we missing? Oh, yeah, she made a little Babyonce! (Forgive us, we’re exhausted just typing all of that out.) It’s safe to say that Bey has had a pretty spectacular year both personally and professionally, and she managed to accomplish it all with style and grace. We are nearly paralyzed with awe, but we managed to mobilize enough to gather 30 of her most fabulous and stunning looks from 2011. There is nothing this talented woman can’t do, and do simultaneously. Check out shots of B before the bump and pics of her fiercely rocking her new addition!
As Mary J. Blige gets set to perform on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul(airing Mon., Dec. 19 at 9PM EST), we’ve been wondering why the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is so universally loved. We’d guess it partially has to do with Mary J. practicing what she preaches in her hit “My Life.” The lyrics, in case you’ve forgotten:
When you’re feelin down You should never fake it Say what’s on your mind And you’ll find in time That all the negative energy It would all cease
Mary has always been unafraid to speak her mind, both in her music and to the press. She’s open about her personal struggles and pain, and this feels refreshing in an age when many celebs seem muzzled as part of image campaigns. In other words, Mary J. is always Mary J. She’s moved from a rough life in a Yonkers housing project to A-list mega-star who hangs out at Vanity Fair Oscar parties — all the while retaining impeccable street cred. We usually arrange our Top Hottest Looks photos from least to most hot. But with this feature we’ve arranged them in chronological order. You’ll notice that Mary J. has had a dramatic style metamorphosis over the years. As her fame has grown, it seems her style savvy and number of stylists has too.
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Catch VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Monday, Dec. 19 at 9PM EST. The lineup includes Mary J. Blige, plus Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and many others.