THE WORD | Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

Singer-actress #HalleBailey will be part of #Disney 's world.

Bailey, who with her sister forms R*B duo Chloe and Halle , has nabbed the starring role in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and will play the role of Ariel, the rebellious daughter of King Triton who longs to live on dry land.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” director Rob Marshall said in a statement.

Bailey is joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.

The animated “Little Mermaid” is widely acknowledged as the movie that helped kick off the Disney Renaissance. Other films from that era that have already been adapted into live-action films include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and the upcoming “The Lion King.”

Queen Bey Graces the Country Music Awards

Photo: ABC via Getty Images

Photo: ABC via Getty Images

Earlier today, The Country Music Awards Team announced that Beyonce' will be performing at the 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards Wednesday evening. During the CMA's, of course there was no introduction for the pop star as she immediately started singing "Daddy Lessons" after a commercial break. Beyonce' was joined on stage by the Dixie Chicks who all collaborated on the NOLA track to give it a more country feel. 

Although this was a momentous moment for Queen Bey and the pop music industry, Twitter took to stir backlash at the pop star for performing at a award show designated for country music and not pop. The backlash was also correlated with Beyonce's remarks on her views of the Black Lives Matter movement and her visual stabs at police officers in her music videos such as Formation. The Country Music Awards saw it as a great opportunity to bring in their 50th Anniversary Giving Beyonce' and The Dixie Chicks are all Texas native, their collaboration at the CMA's was well rooted. They've also released their version of "Daddy Lessons" available for streaming on SoundCloud. 

Hillary Clinton to Speak at Rev. Jessie Jackson's Fundraiser in Chicago

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be back in Chicago on Monday, delivering the keynote speech at the international women’s luncheon of Rainbow PUSH at McCormick Place. 

Rainbow PUSH, headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is holding its 50th annual convention, and Jackson recently gave his personal endorsement to Clinton.

The former secretary of state is also holding an afternoon fundraiser in Chicago with singer Michelle Williams, who used to be in Destiny's Child with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Tickets for the event are $2,700 per person.

Story from Rick Pearson of The Chicago Tribune

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Paving the way for others to do the same

It has just been released by the Recording Industry Association of America that Beyoncé will receive her sixth platinum certificate for here newest album, LEMONADE. RIAA tweeted ,”The queen is now 6 for 6 with #RIAAPlatinum or more albums! #LEMONADE is Platinum, @Beyonce! Congratulations!” earlier this morning.

Beyoncé had gotten Platinum certifications from RIAA for every album she has released since she’s started her solo career. Even more astonishing, is that she is one of the very few to go multi-platinum in the past decade.

According to Billboard, Beyoncé’s self titled album was dubbed the second best album of the decade and scored a 85/100 which is the best score any female artist has received thus far.

Also, she is one of the two only black female artists to go double platinum on one of her albums.  For her to have broken the glass ceiling for female artists in this decade, this provides motivation for other women struggling to do the same.

A prime example of some attempting to break the glass ceiling is Hillary Clinton. Yesterday, June 7th,  CNN released that Hillary Clinton won California and secured her spot as the Democratic candidate for this years presidential election. Hillary Clinton is the first woman to ever be nominated as the Democratic candidate in the history of this country. She was also the first woman to run for a Democratic candidacy against Barack Obama. While she didn’t reign successful in winning the popularity over Barack Obama, this was the first time she broke the glass ceiling. This act of heroism and courage has motivated many young woman across America.

All in all, while these two women are in two different areas of business, Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton, are showing that if women put forth the effort and fight against the odds, their hard work will payoff. These firsts for women across America are allowing women to feel more empowered and want to create more first throughout the millennium.

Queen Bey Slays … As Always By Tikia Travis | @___tkia

With Super Bowl 50 less than 24 hours away, on this beautiful Saturday afternoon, Beyonce has graced the internet with a new song called Formation accompanied with a video starring her daughter Blue Ivy. With the release of the video, #Formation and #Beyonce have been trending all afternoon. In early January it was announced that Beyonce would be performing this year along side Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Beyhive (Beyonce’s super fans) are all excited to see the Queen performing again for the Super Bowl after her stunning headlining performance from Super Bowl XLVII (47) three years ago. Beyonce never fails to amaze her fans with her flawless choreography and soulful voice, and she did just that in her new video.


For Super Bowl 50, it is expected that she will perform her collab song with Coldplay called Hymn For The Weekend which was released over a week ago. The video for the song sparked Twitter outrage amongst many Indians, Coldplay fans and The BeyHive. Beyonce was criticized heavily for cultural appropriating the Desi Cultural, but besides the negative comments that were directed towards Bey, many other people thought she beautifully portrayed the Indian culture without over-stepping any cultural barriers. Even in this video, Bey ensured she remained true to her “Bey Style” and gave her fans exactly what they crave from her, pure “Beygoodness”.


Now, tomorrow she will grace the half-time show stage for Super Bowl 50, and with the release of her new song and video, she has her fans wondering what her performance tomorrow will bring. It has been hinted at many times that she has been working on her fifth studio album. None of us know exactly what to expect from this album, yet, we are expecting it to be a chart topper like her self-title album she released in 2013. Besides, debuting her new song today, she also updated her online store with gear that correspond to the lines she sang in the song. Bey has been very low-key since the release of her last album, and has been keeping many of her projects under wraps. Should we expect her to perform her new song at the Super Bowl tomorrow? Should we expect her to break the internet again with a surprise album. No matter what or how she decides to release her album to the public she is bound to slay and exceed her fans expectations. Be sure to watch Super Bowl 50, tomorrow, February 7, 2016 to view Beyonce’s performance.