Michelle Williams Recounts Her Coachella Performance With Beyoncé: ‘What in the Bejesus Is This?’

Undoubtedly, the biggest highlight of this year's Coachella was Beyoncé's incredible performances featuring cameos from Jay Z and sister Solange, as well as a mini-reunion with her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and the newly engaged Michelle Williams. Recently, Williams spoke to the Los Angeles Times about what it was like to rehearse for the performance and how important it was for Beyoncé to continue to put black culture front and center.

“I walked into rehearsal for the first time and saw this big old pyramid and that it was gonna be filled to the brim with humans,” Williams said of the practice leading up to the show, adding that she told Beyoncé to just “go out there and have fun” and was initially taken aback by the scale of the production. “I said, 'What in the bejesus is this?' But she can never do anything that we would think is normal. And this is what's fun for her.”

Beyoncé's work ethic has always been apparent in her shows, and #Beychella was no different. “Everybody was pushing each other to do and be their very, very best. When Beyoncé does something, it's because she knows that if she can do it, everybody else on the stage can do it,” Williams explained. “They saw that she's not some glamorous girl on private jets with assistants flocking her side, who just walks in and magically dances so great onstage. She is involved.”

Williams added that the performance being such a proud display of African-American culture was “a long time coming” and proves music is one of the best unifiers. “I just love what she was able to do,” she said. “I told her, 'You have definitely had a hand in shifting the culture.'”

Williams also noted how happy she was to take the stage with her former group once again, the first time since Beyoncé's 2013 Superbowl performance. “When people see us together they still lose their minds! People are asking, 'When y'all gonna tour? When y'all gonna put out new music?' It's been 14 years since we've had an album together, and people are still asking.”

They might not have new music in the works, but the members are more united off the stage with Williams recently moving to Los Angeles, where Beyoncé and Kelly are already residents. “Kelly is a four-minute drive from me; I think Bey is 17 minutes exactly. So we can get together any time, whenever we want to,” she said. “We haven't lived in the same city since we left Houston in the early 2000s.”

Read the full interview here.

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Check Out This First Look of Tom Hardy in Marvel’s Upcoming ‘Venom’ Film

Despite being one of 2018's most anticipated films, the details regarding Sony's Venom film starring Tom Hardy as the Spidey anti-hero have been under some pretty tight wraps. Finally, there is a first look at Hardy's depiction of the terrifying villain, but it might not exactly be what you have been expecting. 

IGN has released the first official still from the movie that shows Hardy as main character Eddie Brock before he transforms into his fearsome black and white Venom form. 

While the photo might seem like a bit of a letdown compared to what could have potentially been revealed, Entertainment Weekly was able to decipher what it says in Brock's journal while he is out reporting for The Daily Globe. The pages include questions like “So how exactly does the Life Foundation go about testing its pharmaceuticals?” and “What about the allegations your empire is built on?”

As an explanation, Entertainment Weekly writes, “The Life Foundation appeared in the comics as an organization believing that the Cold War would culminate in a nuclear holocaust. So, to protect their wealthy clients, its leaders constructed a bunker for them to wait it out.”

Last time we got a silver screen adaptation of Venom, it was the abysmal Topher Grace version from Sam Raimi's Spider Man 3. 

Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and will also star Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams. It is set to hit theaters Oct. 5, 2018. Until then, here's a message from Fleischer and Hardy that first aired exclusively at Brazil Comic Con. Hardy tells fans, ” “I just wanted to say that I give you my word of honor that I’m going to do everything that I can to deliver the best Venom that I possibly can muster.”

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Beyoncé Heads to Hometown of Houston to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

 

Beyoncé speaking to #HurricaneHarvey survivors at her church in HoUSton today. #BeyGOOD

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Beyoncé went down to her hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday, September 8 to support the victims of Hurricane HarveyBeyoncé, along with her former groupmate Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, served food to victims of the hurricane. 

Bey later made an appearance at Houston's St. John's Church with her daughter Blue Ivy and mother Tina Knowles. 

While at the church Beyoncé shared some words, saying to the crowd, “This today is a celebration of survival. Y'all are my family, Houston is my home, and I thank God that y'all are safe, that your children are safe, the thing that really matters is your health and your children and your family and your life, and I just want to say that I love you.”

You can watch the clip of Beyoncé's speech at St. John's Church up top. 

A few days back Beyoncé, following a post she made to Instagram that read “Texas, you are in my prayers,” told the Houston Chronicle, “My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.” She continued, “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.” 

Beyoncé will also be a part of a telethon to raise funds for the victims and surviors of the flooding titled Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The telethon, which will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, NBC, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Sept. 12, will feature Kelly Rowland, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, and others. The event was organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun. 

 

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Kelly Rowland Opens Up About Reconnecting With Beyonce

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Most celebrities work hard to not air their dirty laundry out in public, but Kelly Rowland took a different approach and turned her “Dirty Laundry” into a song for her new album Talk a Good Game. The song, which references her past abusive relationship also addresses the strain that was put on her friendship with Beyonce.  During a recent interview with “Omg! InsiderKelly admitted that the long rumored rift between her and Beyonce was because she “checked out for a minute” during their friendship.

“I think the people wanted those stories for years, and that’s just so sad on them because it’s not like that,” Rowland said. “It’s so crazy, and I just think it’s so sad that we live in a world where people don’t want to see women get along and encourage and empower each other, and that’s what we do for each other.”

Although they have had some troubles in the past, the former Destiny’s Child singer says that her relationship with Beyonce is now stronger than ever. “I love my sister, and she is so incredibly supportive — one of the closest people to me,” she said. “I love her to death, and I love being an aunt [to B’s daughter, Blue Ivy].”

The-Dream, who wrote the song for Kelly, tapped into the emotional pain behind their relationship. “Then to watch [Kelly & Beyonce], great together, watching [Beyoncé’s daughter] Blue, watch [Kelly] play with Blue, take pictures and go back and forth and then enjoy this certain part of each other’s lives…I wrote from that aspect of that hurt,” he said in an interview with Power 99 . “I took that emotion and pain in those times where it was just a dark period where none of us knew what was going on. I said, ‘That’s interesting. Let me see.’ Then I did my own little detective work.” (via HipHopDX)

Beyonce and Michelle Williams also make an appearance on Kelly’s new album for the track “You’ve Changed.” In addition to opening up about her rift with Beyonce, Kelly’s past abusive relationship was another driving force behind the song. “At that time … I couldn’t hear it. I was really just going in my own path. I was trying to find my way,” she said. “He’s a different person now. He’s a better person now. I had to walk away. You just get tired. You get tired of not being happy. That’s not a life you want to live.”

Now that the season three “X Factor” judge has put all her dirty laundry behind her she is gearing up for the release of her Talk a Good Game album on June 18.