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Cardi B performs “Bodak Yellow” at the 2017 VMAs Pre-Show

Beyoncé doesn't do red carpets or pre-show pleasantries. But she walked the vma carpet tonight with a group of black women, young and old, her artists, the mothers of slain black people, her own daughter. Beyoncé isn't walking the red (white) carpet for herself y'all. She's doing it for all the Carefree Black Girls and Boys. This is why I love her

Spin Magazine: Feminism in 2014: More Than a Trend

This article is kind of all over the place, and the title means well but is a little condescending. Feminism in various forms has been around as long as there have been women, and it’s been a very active culture in the western world for over a century, especially since the second wave of feminism in the 60’s. So everyone let’s stop putting feminism in the same sentence as “trend”, even as it’s presence grows in pop culture.

There are a few good quotes though:

“Beyoncé’s actions marks a shift in how pop stars — and their fan armies — think about feminism, particularly young women who rarely hear an accurate portrayal of the term outside of a classroom.

"Whatever gets ‘em in the door,” legendary riot grrrl and Julie Ruin singer Kathleen Hanna tells SPIN over email. “Some people who see that Miley Cyrus or Beyoncé are calling themselves feminists will dig deeper and find out about feminist history and think about how they can continue it and some won’t. But if even one person does, it’s worth it.”

Hanna is a fervent Beyoncé supporter -  something she touched on in a conversation with Grimes at last year’s VMA pre-show. “I used to worry about 'feminism’ being capitalized on, like in the '90s by the Spice Girls, etc.,” Hanna says. “But when people like Beyoncé step forward and claim [feminism] as positive, it legitimizes the resurgence in interest we’re seeing today.” She’d also “like to see men in the music industry asked if they’re feminists.”

Read the full piece here

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VMAs add fan-voted Song of the Summer contest with 12 nominees

Fans can vote for their pick via Instagram and Twitter, using hashtags associated with each song (i.e. #WorthItVMA).

• Fifth Harmony — “Worth It”

Hashtag: #WorthItVMA

• Major Lazer feat. MØ — “Lean On”

Hashtag: #LeanOnVMA

• Omi — “Cheerleader”

Hashtag: #CheerleaderVMA

• Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood”

Hashtag: #BadBloodVMA

• David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj — “Hey Mama”

Hashtag: #HeyMamaVMA

• Fetty Wap — “My Way”

Hashtag: #MyWayVMA

• Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber — “Where Are U Now”

Hashtag: #WhereAreUNowVMA

• 5 Seconds of Summer — “She’s Kinda Hot”

Hashtag: #ShesKindaHotVMA

• Silento — “Watch Me”

Hashtag: #WatchMeVMA

• Demi Lovato — “Cool For the Summer”

Hashtag: #CoolForTheSummerVMA

• The Weeknd — “Can’t Feel My Face”

Hashtag: #CantFeelMyFaceVMA

• Selena Gomez feat. A$AP Rocky — “Good For You”

Hashtag: #GoodForYouVMA

The winner of this category, presented by Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, will be announced during the live VMAs pre-show on Aug. 30.