Beyoncé stuns in documentary, live album
Queen Bey has blown minds once again. In her latest film release, “Homecoming,” Beyoncé showcases the awe-inspiring journey leading up to her legendary 2018 Coachella headlining performances. Released on April 17, the Netflix concert documentary features behind-the-scenes footage, filmed over the course of 8 months, of the countless, diligent rehearsals and planning behind what has now been deemed one of the greatest festival shows to date, nicknamed “Beychella.” Inspired by homecomings at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the film introduces and celebrates the art of black culture and the black college experience. “When I decided to do Coachella, instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella,” said the singer, who was the first black woman to ever headline the festival. And that she did, backed by a full marching band and majorette dancers, many of whom were members of HBCUs. The surprises didn’t stop there; Beyoncé released not only a documentary, but a live album (“Homecoming: The Live Album”) which features the artist’s entire Coachella performance, as well as two bonus studio tracks. Both the film and album have received well-deserved critical acclaim; Queen Bey has truly solidified her thrown.
Jonas, Turner wed in Vegas
It seems we cannot escape the twists and turns from the “Game of Thrones” series. This time, however, a big surprise comes from outside the film set — actress Sophie Turner has married Joe Jonas. Following the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, the couple snuck off with family and friends, headed to the Little White Wedding Chapel (a popular Vegas-style wedding venue) where they officially became husband and wife. As spontaneous as the nuptials seemed, according to their officiant, Jesse Grice, Jonas and Turner booked the venue a week in advance. The couple also reportedly applied for their marriage license the morning of the wedding. Footage of the ceremony was posted on musician Diplo’s Instagram Story, quickly spread across social media, shocking many and crushing the hopes and dreams of fans. To top it all off, the couple reportedly exchanged vows with ring pops as wedding bands. Talk about a memorable ceremony!
Jussie Smollett cut from “Empire”
At the heart of a supposed orchestrated hate crime case, “Empire” executives decided to cut Jussie Smollett’s character from the final two episodes of the current season. Now reports claim the actor will most likely not return for season six of the television drama. A day prior to the show’s season five finale, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment confirmed that “Empire” has been for a forthcoming sixth season with an unlikely return for Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon. "By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett's option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to Empire," they said in a statement. For viewers, time can only tell.