Morning Buzz! Blue Ivy’s Freestyle Rap on JAY-Z’s New Album Is the Best Thing You’ll Hear Today + More
Blue Ivy’s got bars and Ben Affleck’s got a new love interest in this morning’s top news stories. Check out those and more below in the TGIF Morning Buzz!
1. JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 just became available on other major streaming services after being exclusive to his own Tidal service for a week, and there’s a new bonus track that has people talking about more than the album’s personal subject matter. On “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family,” the eldest Carter daughter lets loose, and drops fire lines like “Never seen a ceiling in my whole life.” Is Blue already smashing the glass ceiling?! She follows it up with “Everything I seen, everything is rotten,” which, also, whoa. Twitter is, naturally, freaking out over her flow, responding with only the best GIFs and claims that she’ll be taking home the BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award next year. LOL.
2. Ben Affleck is reportedly dating Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus. After officially filing for divorce from Jennifer Garner in April, Affleck is said to have a new girl in his life, according to E!. Shookus is a producer at SNL, which Affleck has hosted five times, and the two have reportedly been spending time together in London and, this week, in LA. Affleck has remained amicable with his ex Garner through their separation and divorce, and the two remain committed co-parents to their three children. (h/t E!)
Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee’s wife, Joan Lee, has died.
Hollywood Reporter. “I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family said in a statement to the outlet. Marvel paid tribute to Joan upon hearing the news, saying, “We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.” Lee recently told THR that the pair met when he was supposed to take her friend on a date. They were married for 69 years. (h/t THR, photo via Mark Mainz/Getty)
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It's come to my attention that the staff at the shelter where I adopted Lamby have a very different account of his early life and behavioral issues than I do. While I'm sorry to have disappointed them, I can't apologize. Lamby was and is one of the great loves of my life. When I met him I knew we'd have an amazing journey. But his aggression - which was unpredictable- and his particular issues, which remain myriad, weren't manageable, at least not by me. I did what I thought the best mother would do, which was to give him a life that provided for his specific needs. He'd been with me for nearly four years and I was his mom- I was in the best position to discern what those needs were. After countless hours of training, endless financial support and a lot of tears he was given access to a better life. I still support him financially and I'll always be there for him in every way but he's notably happier in his new surroundings. Why should this story be subject to scrutiny and anger? It is willfully misunderstanding the truth. I hope those judging can imagine the incredible pain of letting go of your favorite creature on EARTH because you know you can't help them be healthy and happy. I would never say an unkind word about the staff of BARC, what they do is amazing and life saving for these animals- but we have different accounts of Lamby's behavior and they were not present in my home nor did they live with him for an extended period. They did not witness the consistent and responsible care I provided. I have weathered a lot of micro-scandals but this one hurts MOST, because of the vulnerability of letting people know Lamby and my story, and because I miss him so damn much. This is the painting that greets me every day when I walk into my home. This is the animal who taught me about loving and letting go. I know I'm a lot of fun to place your issues on, but I won't let anyone hang their hat on this peg. Not this time.
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