Beyoncé's Pic of Newborn Twins Causes a Stir on Social Media

A photo posted by the global superstar dominated the Internet, again.

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Singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, known just as "Beyoncé," surprised her more than 100 million Instagram followers at around 1 a.m. ET Friday with the first-ever public photo of the Carter twins.


Beyoncé, 35, married to music producer, entrepreneur and rapper Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, posted a photo of Sir and Rumi at one month old. Their names, along with the name of the couple's five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, have been trademarked.

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Beyoncé is considered one of the most influential African American entertainers of our time. She's also one of the best-selling music artists in history. As a solo artist, Beyoncé has sold more than 100 million records.

Her photo on Instagram received 1.7 million "likes" in just one hour, according to CNBC. It may well be on its way to breaking a record — set by Beyoncé herself.

A photo the superstar posted in February announcing her pregnancy received more than 8 million "likes" in the first 24 hours.

Guinness World Records confirmed Beyoncé shattered the world record for the most liked image on Instagram. In less than eight hours, she surpassed pop singer Selena Gomez's previous record.

The "Beyhive," a name coined for her loyal following of fans, began buzzing on Twitter as the photo of Sir Carter and Rumi was shared, and Beyoncé began trending early Friday morning.

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Others expressed their shock when learning the photo was released:

Some Twitter users speculated about what influenced the setting of her photo:

Beyoncé isn't one to hold press conferences or issue press releases regarding her endeavors. She has used either social media or her website to make announcements.

In April, she publicized the establishment of the "Formation Scholars" awards on her website. The awards program was created "to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident."

Howard University, Spelman College, Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design are the colleges chosen to participate in the program. For the 2017-2018 academic year, four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in literature, music, creative arts or African American studies. It was not stated whether they would be full or partial scholarships.

Beyoncé surely knows how to stir up the Internet like a pitcher of lemonade.

Her album "Lemonade" released last year, included a one-hour film that aired on HBO, a Time Warner company (No. 37 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list).

The album was "based on every woman's journey of self-knowledge and healing," according to Tidal, the music streaming service owned by Jay Z.

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The music video for one of the tracks, "Formation," was released Feb. 6, 2016, and caused some controversy. Beyoncé's anti-police brutality message is reflected in scenes, including "Stop Shooting Us" spray painted in black against a white brick wall and a sinking New Orleans cop car at the video's conclusion.

She received backlash from law enforcement unions after performing the single during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Feb. 7, 2016.

Despite the controversy, "Lemonade" earned her a prestigious 2017 Peabody Award. And, according to the 2017 Global Music Report, it was the global top album of 2016.

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Racist Train Rider Charged with Hate Crime for Rant at Black Woman: Video

"I'll smack the [expletive] out of you, you loud mouth monkey [expletive]," Edward Ruggiero said to Soraya Orelien.

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Being a racist is ignorant and costly.

The Queens, N.Y., district attorney on Wednesday charged Edward Ruggiero, who was caught on video hurling racist insults at a Black woman on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), with a hate crime.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Her Struggle with Severe Hair Loss

"'Oh my God, am I going bald?' It was one of those times in my life when I was literally shaking with fear," Pinkett Smith said.

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Hairstyles have both cultural and political significance within the Black community. From locs to Afros to press and curls, the intricacies of hairstyles are especially understood among Black women. It's an extension of self-expression.

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Calls for Boutique Boycott After Black Attorney and Daughter Falsely Accused of Theft, Handcuffed

"My daughter, my baby, had to go through this and had to deal with all these lies and harm to her physical body, as well as to her emotional state," said Nancy Bedard.

Last week, the cops were called on three Black teens falsely accused of shoplifting at a Nordstrom Rack in St. Louis, Mo. And now there are calls for a boycott of a vintage boutique in gentrified Brooklyn, N.Y., where a Black attorney and her daughter were racially profiled.

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Even Black Grandmothers Aren't Safe During Traffic Stops: Video

"Shut the f*** up." Police officer resigns after video proves he "lost his cool and his temper."

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Routine police traffic stops have been notoriously dangerous for Blacks in America, resulting in the deaths of Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and Samuel DuBose, to name a few. But an unarmed, 65-year-old Black woman, a grandmother, would be safe when stopped by cops, right? Wrong.

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Jay-Z and Eminem Both Sue The Weinstein Company

The two rappers are among thousands allegedly owed money.

Two of the most successful rap stars of their time are in a legal battle with embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Jay-Z and Eminem have both produced high profiled projects for his company. Both rappers claim they are owed unpaid royalties by The Weinstein Company, which just filed for bankruptcy. Both men claim they are owed amounts in the six figures.

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The racist and hate-filled rant against a Black woman riding on the Long Island Rail Road in New York is now under investigation by Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.

Passengers said a man ranted for about 10 minutes, spewing racist and sexist slurs directed at another rider, 25-year-old Soraya Orelien.

"He made me feel disgusting," Orelien said in an interview Friday with WABC-TV. "He made me feel less than what I am. And I'm not the only one who has experienced this."

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on April 19, but the video went viral last week. Orelien was on her cellphone speaking with a friend during her commute that originated at Penn Station. Hearing her talk on the phone enraged the man and he confronted her.

A woman named Aneesa Janat Rafeek, according to her Facebook page, was a passenger on the train that night and posted a video on her page showing a portion of the racist rant, which she also said lasted 10 minutes.

She explained:

"*Let me be clear about what prompted these nasty remarks*

"An African American woman was behind him speaking on the phone (not loudly in my opinion as I was sitting only diagonally from him and could not hear her).

"He started off by mumbling under his breath and then escalated to yelling at her about being a loud mouth b**ch. When another young woman, also Black, stood up for her, he continued to yell and then call[ed] them monkeys.

"What this video does not show — him getting up to get in the young [woman's] face to scream at her more. It was honestly so disgusting to witness.

"Say what you want in regards to 'both' sides being ignorant and needing to be quiet. Have someone start yelling profanities at you for being 'loud' and see how you react."

Orelien told Eyewitness News, "He came to my face and was like, 'Ooh ooh ahh ahh, you monkey,' and I just sat there. I just sat there, and I didn't say anything. I just said, 'You need to leave. Leave me alone. Please just walk away.'"

The Baruch College senior said she is coming forward and speaking about the incident as a reality check for others.

"I want people to know that this still happens!" Orelien told PIX11 News.

"I'm proud to be a strong Black woman in this day and age, and no one can talk to me like that."

Sources identified the man as Edward Ruggiero, a Manhattan stagehand and member of Local 1 IATSE, who lives in Long Beach, L.I., according to the NY Daily News. But he denies that it's him in the video.

Eyewitness News cameras went to the suspected man's home and confronted him on his porch.

"Get the story straight. Do you want to talk to us? You call yourself a journalist — get your f****** story straight!" he said. The man rushed inside before reporters could speak with him further.

An LIRR spokesperson told PIX11 in a statement:

"This language is offensive, completely inappropriate, and has no place in our society, let alone on the Long Island Rail Road. The MTA Police are actively investigating this report … Anyone who sees a situation like this unfolding should notify a conductor immediately. This absolutely falls under the mantra of: if you see something, say something."

Golf Club That Called Cops on Black Women Members Faces Business Backlash, Potential Investigation

"It is appalling that someone would call the police for a non-violent incident where the only crime was being Black on a public golf course," State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes said in a statement.

After the co-owner of Grandview Golf Club in York County, Pa., called the police on five Black women members for allegedly golfing too slow, the club's business vendors are beginning to bail and a state senator is calling for an investigation.

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