Beyoncé's Post-Baby Abs Are Truly a Sight to Behold

Beyoncé gave birth to twins this past summer, and she’s already got her taut abdomen back in “formation.” The singer posted a series of photos and videos to Instagram Thursday morning of her latest look, and her post-baby abs are a sight to behold.

Queen Bey looked flawless in an off-the-shoulder white crop top with long statement sleeves paired with curve-hugging black flare pants and what looks like a tan girdle that laced up the back. She paired the ab-baring look with a blush pink purse, black patent platform pumps, and layered gold necklaces. The Lemonade singer wore her hair in bouncy curls and polished off the look with a pink lip gloss.

On Wednesday, Beyoncé released an inspiring video in honor of International Day of the Girl set to her song, “Freedom.” The clip features girls around the world dancing and lip syncing to the anthem as statistics flash around them. “Every five minutes a girl dies of violence. One in four girls gets married as a child. 71 percent of human trafficking victims are female. 63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation. 130 million girls are out of school. Girls are twice as likely to become infected with HIV,” the video reads.

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“If we work together we can achieve the global goals by 2030, end all forms of violence against girls, put all girls in school, end the aids epidemic, end child marriage,” the video reads.

Queen Bey is looking good and doing good too.

      

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Cross Cultural Centers recent event, Relationship Talk: Lemonade Vs. 4:44, addresses the difficulties of relationships and what defines lasting bonds from short term lust.

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Students listened to music from Jay-Z's 4:44 album in correlation to the discussion of relationships

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Students listened to music from Jay-Z's 4:44 album in correlation to the discussion of relationships

Omolola Odeniyi, Contributor
October 20, 2017
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On Oct. 12, Chaz Cruz, Assistant Director of the Cross Cultural Centers (CCC), hosted “Relationship Talk: Lemonade Vs. 4:44” in the Pasadena room of the University Student Union (U-SU). The event addressed myths about relationships, particularly in African American culture, and used recent albums, Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44 as examples.

The event featured special guest, Thea Winkler, a Counselor at the Psychological Services Students Health Center at Cal State LA, who addressed specific relationship issues.

As the discussion began between the two albums, attendees acknowledged that the commentary of each album revolved around relationships and the fragile nature that they possess. For relationships to work, speakers addressed the variables that define their strength and longevity. Specifically, according to Winkler, “communication, compatibility and desire are of uttermost importance.”

Throughout the talk, clips from both albums were played that highlighted points such as: cheating, blame placement, the need for growth, father figures, personalities and differences between spouses.

According to the speakers, society tends to attribute certain behaviors to a gender or sex which do not accurately reflect the reality of situations, serving as nothing more than speculation and unsupported assumption.

Choice was also annotated during the discussion because it gives room for a better picture of a person, while also noting the surrounding issue in order to know when and how to clear the air.

Beyoncé's lyric in the song “Sandcastles” addresses this concept: “If we going to heal, let it be glorious.”

Moving forward, concerns of how a promising and providing partner in a relationship still has the substance to cheat was raised by the audience, prompting a focused discussion. From this, the majority of responses gathered were: insecurity, the unfair use of “I” when it's intended to be “we”, imbalance, family background, history, cultural perspectives and stereotypes.

“Cheating is a sort of coping mechanism for some unheard needs; it's important to drop the individual pride (seen and unseen) and talk things out, through and through,” said Winkler.

Regardless, addressing difficult emotions in a relationship is an important aspect of promoting healthy communication.

“Knowing the love language of your partner (and vice-versa) as well as being aware that it changes over different phases of life keeps the relationship in good shape,” said Winkler.

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