After months of PG performances (the national anthem, the Super Bowl), Beyonce returns to music with a mean anthem: “Bow Down / I Been On,” posted to her SoundCloud account on Sunday and promoted by a fierce Instagram, seems like a composite of a trap-style banger and a syrupy, pitch-shifted spoken word piece.
With more than 118 million records sold worldwide, 17 Grammy awards and an electrifying Super Bowl performance, Beyonce Knowles Carter is the indisputable Queen of Hip-Pop, a hybrid genre of R&B, pop and soul, that she herself created. And while Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga can claim fame, Beyonce can claim it all: fame, fortune, a doting husband, beautiful daughter and the world at her fingertips. The question is why she would compromise it all by releasing a song like “Bow Down”?
The bread and butter of Beyonce’s career have been empowering women and girls to embrace their curves, ambition and independence. “Bow Down,” Beyonce’s first single since the birth of her daughter Blue Ivy seems to undercut many of those messages with its biting, ego-centered, “anti-girl-power” lyrics.
“Bow Down” is the kind of song one might expect from an overzealous starlet trying to make a name for herself, not a megastar. Beyonce should be basking in her recent victories, such as her multi-million dollar Pepsi deal or sold-out concert just three months after giving birth, rather than squabbling with imaginary enemies.
Perhaps the pressure to stay on top and manage it all is finally starting to catch up to her. As any ambitious career woman can attest, going back to work after having a baby while trying to prove you can still do your job is overwhelming. In Beyonce’s case, she has to be bigger and better than before. The thing is that she is her only real competition.
If Oprah Winfrey released the equivalent of a song like “Bow Down,” we would all be scratching our heads, as it would be antithetical to all she stands for. The same is true for Beyonce. “Bow Down” is a real misstep and not what being an independent, powerful woman is all about. Prestige readers what’s your opinion on this one….
Prestige December 2018/January 2019 Issue
Author Xania Marie Announces the Release of ‘I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story’
A Tale of Love and Revenge Awaits Readers in New Novel
Author Xania Marie announces the release of
‘I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story’
BEAUMONT, Texas – A tale of love and revenge is told in Xania Marie’s “I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story” (published by Xlibris). The first book in a series is surrounded with mystery and is based on a young woman’s innocence. She faces a tragedy but still tries to see the positive side of life. However, this is not a “happily ever after fairytale,” and according to the author, there remains a lot of unanswered questions.
Readers will follow the life of Desiree. After graduating from high school at the top of her class, Desiree goes to college far away from home. There, she meets her first love and ends up pregnant with his child. When Desiree chooses to keep the baby against his wishes, he goes into a rage, threatening and attempting to kill her. She testifies against him and he gets sentenced to life in prison, but that does not stop him from trying to finish what he started even at the expense of other people in her life, new or old.
In the book, Marie highlights Desiree’s initial innocence when it comes to love and relationships and how her character begins to mature as the story progresses. “Desiree is a very loving person but her story is about how love can go wrong,” Marie adds.
Ultimately, Marie hopes to provide an entertaining read coupled with the message, “Love with your heart but trust your instincts when they tell you something’s not right.”
“I’m Not Finished Loving You: Desiree’s Story”
By Xania Marie
Hardcover | 6×9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524572990
Softcover | 6×9 in | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524572983
E-Book | 132 pages | ISBN 9781524572976
About the Author
Xania Marie was born in Natchez, Mississippi and moved to Beaumont, Texas during her youth where many of her stories were born and her love of writing was first discovered. She has written numerous unpublished poems and short stories, but I’m Not Finished Loving You is her first novel and will definitely not be the last! She is a graduate of Kaplan University and served in the US Air Force. She currently resides in Texas where she continues to write. The next book in the series titled Reasons Why I Love You: Brittany’s Story.
Adina Howard Switches up the Sound with New Single
Remember Adina Howard? The name might seem like a blast from the past, but just like the title of her new single “Switch” Adina has switched up her sound and vibe and is on her way to a catchy musical comeback. Released on iTunes on September 10, “Switch” is more up tempo than her previous…
Remember Adina Howard? The name might seem like a blast from the past, but just like the title of her new single “Switch” Adina has switched up her sound and vibe and is on her way to a catchy musical comeback. Released on iTunes on September 10, “Switch” is more up tempo than her previous mid-90’s R&B hits. The song features a hot electronic background beat with snappy vocals. “Switch” is the lead single from The Switch Up, Adina’s upcoming fifth studio album.
For those of you who don’t remember, the R&B diva made waves with her hit “Freak like Me” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts in May 1995 and was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. From the same Do You Wanna Ride? debut album were the moderately popular releases “My Up and Down” and “It’s All About You.”
The following year Adina made Billboard charts again with “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which sampled the Tina Turner song of the same name and was featured in the Supercop soundtrack. In subsequent years, Adina continued makes splashes with mid-chart hits like “(Freak) And U Know It,” the fan favorite Platinum-certified song “T-Shirt & Panties” (featuring Jamie Foxx), and the 2004 release “Freaks.”
In the nearly two decades since her last string of hits, Adina has done some cool stuff – things that you probably wouldn’t expect from such an overtly sexual R&B singer. For instance, in 2012, Adina attended and graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu, a culinary institute. Maybe she just wanted to make good on the promise in her “Freak Like Me” lyrics: “I’m packing all the flavor you need”? Whatever the case, she’s taking her cooking seriously; she’s spoken about plans to open a restaurant.
In 2011, Adina got married to her lifelong friend, businessman Sherman Jordan. Perhaps her decision to open up more of her personal life to her fans is part of her “Switch.” Switched, updated, and sexier than ever, Adina is finally set to stage a sonic return.