#BlackLivesMatter Mothers & Issue 36’s Michaela DePrince Get In Formation

How Beyoncé broke the status quo at the VMAs this year.


Yesterday, Hollywood’s music royalty were out in full force at Madison Square Garden in New York, as they donned their favourite sartorial numbers – sequins and glitter aplenty – to attend the 2016 MTV VMA Awards. A-listers like Ariana Grande, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West, a make-up-free Alicia Keys, and let’s not forget the Queen herself, Beyoncé, all made an appearance to celebrate the year that’s been.

But in a bold (and unsurprising) move, Beyoncé slayed her red carpet appearance for all the right reasons; not only posing for the photo frenzy moment to show off her couture Francesco Scognamiglio feather and jewel encrusted gown, but also using it to make a powerful political and cultural statement. Joining her on the carpet were Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson, the mothers of four black men (Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III) who have been killed in the US in racially charged incidents.

Also among Bey’s posse was her daughter, Blue Ivy, Chloe and Hailey Bailey (the sisters recently signed to her label), Winnie Harlow, and our very own August cover star Michaela DePrince, all who were featured in her latest visual album ‘Lemonade’, which raked in eight awards at the event.


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