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Team Bey

Angela Beyince (Vice president of operations,Parkwood Entertainment) “If Beyoncé had her choice, she’d rather take off her shoes and do cartwheels in the park. That’s really who she’d like to be.”

Jim Sabey (Head of worldwide marketing,Parkwood Entertainment) “That’s the great democratization of the internet—it exposes the frauds.”

Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood (Digital Strategy,Parkwood Entertainment)I think this album for sure is going to stand out as a major moment.”

Ty Hunter (Stylist) “I call Bey and Solange and all the girls in Destiny’s Child my sisters. The family is just, you know, humble—not what people think it is. The picture [of Beyoncé] is ‘diva, diva, diva,’ but I’ve been here this long because she’s not.”

Ed Burke (Visual Director,Parkwood Entertainment) “I learn from her everyday.  Mostly, it’s how to take certain things that we bring to the table and make it her own. That’s just amazing to me. She elevates everything. She elevates everyone around her. She’s absolutely normal. I don’t have a filter on what I say or do—especially creatively.“

Kwasi Fordjour (Creative Coordinator,Parkwood Entertainment)“She’s kept true to the people who have kept true to her. I think that’s amazing—you rarely see artists who keep hold of their A-team throughout their career.”

Todd Tourso (Creative Director,Parkwood Entertainment) 2She’s completely relentless in her pursuit of perfectionism. It sounds cheesy, but that’s why I’m willing to work so hard for her. When you have this type of leadership and muse and mentor, I think the sky’s the limit.2

Melissa Vargas (Brand Manager,Parkwood Entertainment)  “It was kind of like Survivor or The Real World. We slept in there. Everyone had a room. There was only a certain number of people that could come, so if you were vibing with her and everything was going great, you would stay for longer. We had a chef, and every single person in that house sat down at dinner with Jay and Beyoncé.”

Yvette Noel-Schure (Publicist at Parkwood Entertainment) “I saw a very meticulous 14-year-old girl. To be so in-the-know at that age—”

Lee Anne Callahan-Longo (General Manager,Parkwood Entertainment) “If you aren’t here for the passion and the ride, then you’d be miserable.”