THROWBACK THURSDAY: 5 Interesting Facts about Dreamgirls

DreamGirls_Playbill_300This week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY is taking a look at the 6 time Tony award winning musical DreamgirlsMany of you may be very familiar with the film that came out in 2006 starring Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, and Anika Noni Rose, but how much do you know about the stage production? The musical, spanning the 60s and 70s, follows the highs and lows of a Chicago girl group called “The Dreams.” With music by Henry Kreiger and book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, the original production of  Dreamgirls came to Broadway in 1981 at the Imperial Theater and went on to be nominated for 13 Tony awards that year!

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GIVEAWAY: ‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’

Luisa Omielan

Luisa Omielan

Looking for something to do this Friday? Well you’re in luck! Arts in Color has teamed up with Subculture NYC to giveaway two (2) tickets to this Friday’s 10:00 pm performance of ‘What Would Beyonce Do?! featuring British standup comedian Luisa Omielan who continues to sell out houses all over London! Vogue says Omielan is, ‘So fresh, so original, so funny, that you should expect a full-on rearrangement of your insides’ while The Guardian mentions her ‘Megawatt comedy personality.’ Keep reading to figure out how to enter!

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BEYOND THE STAGE: Bow Down Bitches

Beyonce. . . need I say more to get your attention.  She has been killing it recently with her Super Bowl performance, the birth of Blue Ivy, her HBO documentary, and her recently announced world tour, “The Mrs. Carter Show.”   However, the girl who once seemed like ‘a girl that could do no wrong,’ is now getting heat for a clip of her new song “Bow Down.”  In this clip, Beyonce sings “Bow Down Bitches,”  and, as a result, has created heated dialogue among members of the music industry.

Photo Credit: Sony Entertainment Music

Photo Credit: Sony Entertainment Music

Wendy Williams is talking. Keyshia Cole is annoyedNicole Scherzinger is taken aback.   A lot of people feel like the Queen Bey has done wrong.   How could such a strong woman of her stature have lyrics as degrading as that?!  She teaches girls that they can “Run the World,” but now she’s telling them to bow down? Did she think of her audience? Did she think about all of the young girls who look up to her?  Has Queen Bey lost her Halo?!

See what Wendy Williams has to say.

Yes, Queen Bey is a role model.  She is a strong woman and young girls look up to her- I mean, even I look up to her!  She’s awesome, fierce, entrepreneurial, confident, and beautiful.   However, it’s important to acknowledge that Beyonce is a human being.  Beyonce was once a little girl with a dream of becoming a singer, and was probably told no more times than any of us have even tried.  Beyonce is also an artist, and art reflects life.  So, although, Beyonce’s lyrics are known to be empowering, can she not reflect on her journey of becoming this great icon?  Is it fair to limit what we want to hear from artists?  Should they not have freedom to express their emotions?  Let us know what you think and check out this creative and hilarious “true meaning” of the song.

Without further ado- “Bow Down”