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Beyonce Teases IVY PARK x Adidas Collaboration With New Videos

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Superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is starting the New Year by giving her fans a first look of what they can expect from the highly-anticipated and fresh Ivy Park x Adidas collection, ahead of its release later this month.

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  • The icon began posting a series of teaser pictures and short videos on Instagram on Thursday. They showcased various pieces of the Adidas collaboration. Products ranged from leggings, jackets, and shoes including Ultra Boost sneakers.
  • One of the more talked about promos was the one-minute video that opened with several voices saying empowering statements such as, “These barriers are not going to stop me”. There is even a brief moment where Beyoncé is seen posing next to K-pop star CL.

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IVY PARK January 18

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  • A statement on the official Adidas site read: “Adidas and Beyoncé have announced a multi-layered partnership that will include inspiring and empowering the next generation of creators, driving positive change in the world through sports, and identifying new business opportunities.”
  • This exciting new partnership respects Beyoncé’s 100% ownership of Ivy Park, making her one of the first black women to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand.

Beyoncé looks forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale. The Ivy Park x Adidas line debuts on January 18.

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Javier Garay is Media & News SVCS Intern at UnmutedCo. He is currently enrolled in the University of North Georgia seeking a bachelor's degree in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. Javier writes for Black News Alerts (BNA) along with social media management for both BNA and BossFM, and is a part of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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T.I.’s Daughter, Zonnique, Announces Pregnancy

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Former OMG Girlz singer, Zonnique Pullins, is pregnant – for real this time!

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  • Zonnique Pullins and boyfriend Bandhunta Izzy, legally known as Israel James, are expecting their first child, and, according to Zonnique, it’s a girl! The two started dating after a mutual connection linked them, and they hit it off via Instagram.
  • The 24-year-old made quite the announcement following weeks of ongoing speculation in her Instagram comments. On her newest show, The Mix, on which she is one of the hosts, Zonnique surprised her step-father, rapper T.I., with the news that she is expecting. T.I., not taking it so well, ultimately showed his support for his eldest daughter’s new venture.
  • In addition to her announcement on the new foxsoul.tv show, Zonnique did an exclusive photoshoot and interview with People Magazine announcing the big news. According to her interview, the singer is about 5 months in and has had a fairly easy pregnancy thus far. Admitting that she initially wanted a boy, she says that she is now excited about having a girl. “I’m most excited about her being able to go with me everywhere, honestly. We can go get our nails and stuff done,” she states. She goes on to say, “Everybody probably thinks I’d be excited to dress her up and stuff, but she’ll probably be dressed like a little boy, knowing me. Big T-shirts, like how I am.”
  • Although her fan-base was shocked, they had already been somewhat suspicious. It just so happens that Zonnique has gotten these inquires of alleged pregnancy almost consistently for the past three years and have always denied them, including the most current ones. She expressed to her fans that if she were pregnant, it would be her news to tell the world and not theirs or their allegations. Initially denying the claims, after the truth was revealed, she reminisced, “Literally every year, probably for the past three years, this same rumor had come out. This time I actually am pregnant. It’s weird!”
  • Her mother, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, is as excited as ever to be an “O.G.”, as she would like to be called by her granddaughter. In a special appearance on The Mix, of which she is the executive producer, she shared her excitement for Zonnique’s bundle of joy. However, Tiny has quickly made it clear that she will not accept anything other than support for her baby’s baby. After taking her excitement to Instagram, someone made a comment saying, “Finally? Why not teach ya “baby” not to be another [BABY MAMA] but to be a WIFE.” Tiny was quick to shut down the hate.

 

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#TSRClapbackSeason: #Tiny doesn’t play about her babies! #Zonnique 📸: @iamjamesanthony

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  • In a virtual interview on Thursday, Zonnique made it very clear that a wedding aisle is looking a bit too far ahead for her right now. “I feel like at my age, I don’t really want to get married right now. I feel like that’s an even bigger commitment. I hate to say that’s even a bigger commitment than a baby, but getting married just seems like so much. So right now, that’s not really what I want to do.”
  • The same doesn’t seem to apply to her loving and supportive boyfriend Bandhunta Izzy. Zonnique was quick to say, “My boyfriend is way more into the whole getting married topic but I told him, ‘I just don’t know about that yet!” The 23-year-old rapper is already a father of two children, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, and was excited to find out, with Zonnique, that he will be expecting another girl. The Baltimore native has several posts on his Instagram alluding to making Zonnique his wife, however, it appears he is willing to wait till she is just as ready as he is.

Congratulations to the expecting parents! We look forward to meeting your beautiful baby girl.

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Honorees announced for 2nd Annual AAFCA TV Honors

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In the 2nd annual African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) TV Honors, many notable figures will be celebrated for their work, including Kenya Barris, Viola Davis, and Sterling K. Brown. The virtual edition will take place on  August 22.

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  • The African American Film Critics Association is the largest collection of Black film critics that grant distinct awards and honors to quality television and film.

“The creation of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) represents a united stance by film journalists of African descent and brings greater recognition to the work of writers, directors and actors of color in the powerful medium of film.”

– Melvin Van Peebles (American actor)

  • AAFCA event is a private celebration, and tickets are available for purchase. The virtual ceremony will honor the best in television “who continue to change the game, drive culture, and authentically portray our stories.”
  • This year’s AAFCA will be hosted by Aida Rodriguez and American comedian best known for appearance on Last Comic Standing. The African American Film Critics Association announced the recipients on Wednesday (Aug. 5.)
  • Kenya Barris will be honored as TV Icon for his work on Black-ish and #blackAF. Viola Davis will be honored as Best Actress for her work on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Sterling K. Brown will be honored as Best Actor in his work on NBC’s This Is Us. A full honoree list can be found on Deadline.

A portion of the proceeds made from the private AAFCA event will be allocated to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Lizzo Lands First-Look TV Deal with Amazon Studios

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“Truth Hurts” singer Lizzo signed a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios.

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  • Under the deal, 3-time Grammy-winning Lizzo will work with Amazon Studios to develop and produce television projects that will air exclusively with Amazon Prime Video. The musician hinted that she already has some content ideas ready for production. “I’m so excited to partner with the amazing team at Amazon,” Lizzo said. “Thank you to Jen Salke and the rest of the team for making this dream come true. I can’t wait to get started and share my vision with the world.”
  • Jen Salke, head of Amazon Studios, shared the excitement for the deal was mutual. “Lizzo is one of the most exciting, creative, joyful artists in the industry, and it is such a pleasure to announce this new deal with her,” Salke said. “She has such a unique perspective and we’re so excited to hear her ideas for new content that our Prime Video customers are sure to love.”
  • Lizzo won her three Grammy Awards this year at the 2020 awards show for the hits on her debut platinum-selling album. To date, her music has reached over 4 billion global streams with hit songs like 5-times Platinum “Truth Hurts,” the 3-times Platinum “Good As Hell,” and the Platinum “Juice”. Her album CUZ I LOVE YOU was released in April of 2019 and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It then went to spend the next 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10.
  • Lizzo starred in the feature film Hustlers and voiced a character in UglyDolls, but this marks her first major move in television. On her Instagram Story, Lizzo celebrated the big news with a short and impassioned message for her fans. “Let the empire begin,” she captioned the post.

 

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Hi, we just signed a first look TV deal with the one and only @lizzobeeating and yes, we are feelin’ good as hell! 😍

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There is currently no word on what type of projects Lizzo will be developing, but we look forward to seeing what the Grammy-winning musician can bring to television.

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