Solange, Erykah Badu, & Ledisi Cover Essence’s Beauty Issue


Solange, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi are a portrait of beauty on the cover of Essence. The R&B divas exude confidence and style while gracing the magazine’s May Beauty Issue.

“I always knew that being 100% wholeheartedly me was going to pay off,” says Solange, who rocks her natural hair.

Erykah Badu shines in a sequined dress and yellow nail polish. “Beauty looks like encouragement, patience, acceptance, forgiveness, carefulness, and compassion. Beauty is spiritual and physical,” says the Dallas soulstress, who is currently working on the follow-up to 2010′s New Amerykah Part Two.

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi reveals that she feels like the “sexiest thing in the world” when she’s on stage. “I started feeling beautiful because I came from beauty,” she says.

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Solange Flaunts Colorful Style in Harper’s Bazaar


Whether she’s front row at Fashion Week or serving as creative consultant for Puma, Solange always knows how to make a bold impression. The younger Knowles, who resides in New Orleans these days, brightens up the pages of Harper’s Bazaar with her colorful style.

The 27-year-old fashionista rocks a flowery Moschino jumpsuit, patterned Ralph Lauren sweater and skirt, and $12,500 Chanel dress in the spring spread, photographed by Julia Noni.

“You can pull images of me from seven to 14 years ago and I was absolutely nuts,” says Solange of her past looks. “I have always been drawn to interesting pieces and colors, but I didn’t quite know how to limit myself and make those statement pieces work.”

In the magazine, the singer opens up about her early career and fashion, her nine-year-old son Julez, and being labeled a “tastemaker.”

Read highlights and see more photos of the Solo star below.

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Kelly Rowland Celebrates ‘Liquid Gold’ Birthday with Beyoncé, Solange

Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Solange, and Angie Beyince

Kelly Rowland was surrounded by friends, family, and fondue at her 33rd birthday bash. Beyoncé and Solange hosted a “Liquid Gold Fondue Party” for their bestie at a private location in New York on Tuesday. The all-gold-themed celebration featured gold balloons, party favors, and lots of good food.

Guests dined on chicken, filet mignon, tempura, and crab ravioli in a variety of dipping sauces including teriyaki, creole mustard, and coconut curry.

Kelly appeared to be having a blast as she got a piggyback ride from Beyoncé and shared a laugh with Solange and cousin Angie Beyince. She was also presented with a gold cake with an elephant on top.

“Happy Birthday Sis!” wrote Bey, who posted the candid pics on her Tumblr page.

The birthday girl thanked her fans for their wishes, tweeting, “THANK YOU ALL FOR THE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF BIRTHDAY LOVE!!”

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Beyoncé, Solange, Jay Z, & Kelly Rowland Masquerade at Tina Knowles’ 60th Birthday

Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Kris Jenner, and Tina Knowles

The Knowles took over NOLA to celebrate their mother Tina’s 60th birthday. Beyoncé and Solange hosted a lavish masquerade ball in New Orleans on Saturday night with their family and friends including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Kris Jenner, The-Dream, and Gayle King.

They shut down Creole restaurant Muriel’s Jackson Square in the French Quarter for the enchanted evening, which reportedly cost over $100,000. The guest of honor, Mama Tina, arrived in a horse-drawn carriage alongside her man, actor Richard Lawson.

Fans camped out to see Bey, who snuck in from a separate entrance, donning a body-hugging dress and sparkly mask, while her younger sis beamed in yellow as she pulled up with her beau Alan Ferguson. Jay looked sharp in a black tuxedo and mask and Kelly Rowland showed off her short new ‘do.

Monica, who attended with her husband Shannon Brown, expressed her gratitude to Ms. Tina. “Thank you for encouraging me & in the worst of times reminding me. I’m Gods Child mistakes and all were all his children,” she said.

Jennifer Hudson also wished the birthday girl, writing, “Happy birthday mama Tina! Such Beautiful woman!!! N a blessing to us all!!”

See more pics from the magical masquerade below.

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Beyoncé and Solange to Host Masquerade Birthday Bash for Tina Knowles

Solange, Tina Knowles, and Beyoncé

Beyoncé and Solange are sparing no expense for their mother. On Saturday evening, the sisters will shut down Creole restaurant Muriel’s Jackson Square in New Orleans’ French Quarter to host a 60th birthday party for Tina Knowles. The epic event is reportedly costing at least $100,000.

TMZ has obtained a copy of the invitation, which describes an “enchanted evening…in the tradition of an old New Orleans masquerade party.”

Guests are asked to dress formally and wear a mask to add to the mystery. If needed, a mask will be provided at the door.

Solange is no stranger to the Big Easy. Last year, the “Losing You” singer moved to New Orleans part-time to raise her nine-year-old son Daniel Julez.

See the invite below.

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New Music: Solange – ‘Cash In’


Solange released her first compilation Saint Heron this week featuring her favorite R&B artists including Jhené Aiko, Cassie, and Sampha. The album also features Solo herself, who contributes the closing number “Cash In,” which she wrote and co-produced with Tim Anderson.

“Take your money to the bank/ Tell ‘em we gon’ throw it all away,” she sings over the cowbell-laden beat.

Set off your Saturday with the sweet sounds of Solange.

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Solange Talks Disciplining Her Son and Fighting a Bully with Beyoncé


With her compilation Saint Heron in stores this week, Solange stopped by Hot 97 to chat with Angie Martinez on Wednesday. Rocking long braids, the 27-year-old singer dished on her new music, motherhood, and the time she had to call Beyoncé to scare off a bully.

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