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Beyoncé Put on a Clinic for Content Creators Today: 3 Lessons from #BeyonceHomecoming and #Beychella

As many of us were minding our own business in the wee hours of Wednesday, April 17, Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was preparing to come for all of our necks, edges, and lives with the release both a 137-minute documentary and concert film, titled Homecoming, AND a live album featuring songs from the concert, aptly titled Homecoming: The Live Album. As I was watching all of this transpire, it made me think a lot about content creation and how masterfully Beyoncé was using and re-using hers. HIt the link for three lessons I see for content creators from Professor Knowles-Carter.

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A Tale of Two Chicagos: What I Learned From Becoming and Surviving R. Kelly

America’s major cities each have their own vibe. Chicago’s vibe has been on my mind a lot lately, in part because of Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly. I have thoughts on the intersections between the two, and what Chicago is trying to teach us. I’m sharing a couple of these observations here.

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#PopCultureClass: Beyonce's September 2018 Vogue Shoot Led to Artistic Inspiration - and Perhaps Copyright Infringement

One of the most popular magazine covers this year is the Vogue September 2018 edition featuring Beyoncé' on the cover. This edition is also history-making because a black photographer, Tyler Mitchell, shot the cover for the first time in Vogue's 126 year history. The inspiring shoot has led to some instances of copying, but is this kind of copying illegal? I think so, and I explain why here.

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Digital Legacy Planning Tips for Parents, Courtesy of Beyoncé and JAY-Z

Unless you've been living under a rock or in one of the thirteen countries without internet access, you probably know that the Knowles/Carter family has been making headlines for all kinds of reasons lately. 2017 has been good to them, especially when it comes to building a legacy for their kids. What can parents learn from the Carters about protecting the digital assets of their children? As it turns out, a lot.  

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Chance the Rapper, Black Twitter & the Golden Girls Made the Internet Great this Week

Some days the internet can be wonderful place. Yesterday was one of those days, thanks to Chance the Rapper, the Golden Girls, Aaron Scott and Black Twitter. On Tuesday, Chance resurrected one of 2016's greatest internet videos, in search of what we can only hope is the next great collaboration between him and an up and coming creator.  The entire story is truly a testament to the power of interconnectivity and creativity.  

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The #CashMeOusside Child May Be Sued for Trademark Infringement

So...the "cash me ousside how bow dah" girl may actually be sued for trademark infringement by Hanesbrands, Inc. - owner of Champion sportswear. And I'm so confused about how we got here. If you're active on social media, you've probably seen people using "cash me ousside - how bow dahas some strange inside joke. This article outlines the basis of what is going on in our crazy world, with a very brief explanation of trademark law and parody. 

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#RunMeMyCheck: Nicki Minaj on the Art of Knowing Your Value

Nicki Minaj has built a nine-figure brand since stepping on the scene in 2004. In addition to music, she's sold everything from nails and perfume to moscato and wigs. Minaj's stamp of approval is valuable, and she's knows it. Companies who use her name must compensate her for that privilege. On Friday, Minaj took to Twitter to call out one ultra-high end shoe company who is using her name without paying her . . . Giuseppe Zanotti. Here's why I believe she's right to do so - I hope he runs her that check ASAP. 

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The Right to Free Speech Can’t Save Kim Burrell

A few weeks ago, gospel singer Kim Burrell found herself in hot water with saints and sinners alike when a two-minute excerpt from one of her sermons, which many characterized as homophobic, found its way to the internet. Celebrities and others quickly condemned Burrell’s statements and her career began to take a hit. Some have questioned whether Burrell’s punishments have gone to far. And, Burrell does have some supporters. Those raising free speech concerns, however, are mistaken if they think the right to free speech can save Kim Burrell.

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