Check out photos of opening night of Beyoncé‘s ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’ tour earlier today (April 15th) in Belgrade, Serbia. You can also view her setlist after the break.
Run the world (Girls)
End of Time
Flaws and All
Get Me Bodied
Dance for You
I Miss You
Why Don’t You Love Me
Love on Top
Crazy In Love
I Was Here
I Will Always Love You
Check out some newly released H&M Campaign photos from Beyoncé‘s H&M summer line, coming soon.
» 2013 Photoshoots: H&M Campaign
Check out candid photos of Beyoncé arriving in Belgrade earlier today (April 13th). She is in Belgrade to begin her work tour in a few days.
» 2013 Candids: Arriving in Belgrade – April 13th
The full headline reads: Tina Knowles Enlists The Help Of Beyonce And Solange To Fight Hunger Through Bread Of Life’s ‘Miss A Meal’ Initiative.
More than 50 million Americans go hungry every day. With those despairing statistics, fashion designer Tina Knowles and daughters Beyoncé and Solange joined forces with Bread of Life, Inc. to make a difference. The Houston-based non-profit organization founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus aims to fight for the needs of the less fortunate with the fundraising campaign Miss A Meal.
“When we say ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles. “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”
According to a recent study, Harris County families struggling to keep food on the table have a food budget shortfall of $12.97 per week, per person. To fill the meal gap, $277 million is needed annually to ensure that every person has three meals a day. The Miss A Meal initiative is designed to meet the needs of the hungry by encouraging people to miss a meal and pass the plate by donating the money they would have spent. The donation is then used to feed those who are less fortunate.
“I was 13 and my sister Solange was 8 when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” says Beyonce. “There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.” Solange adds, “There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life, we got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”
What started as an idea sparked by indie recording artist Cy Jackson’s song “Heartbeat” has blossomed into a growing movement against hunger. Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.
Through their Bread of Life non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus have been providing solutions for the hungry and homeless in Houston, TX for the past 21 years. Bread of Life serves 14,000 meals per month and through a Community Wide Food Fair and Senior Supplemental Food Program; they distribute 9 tons of fresh food and produce every Wednesday. Additional programs include medical services, job development and placement, case management, recovery groups, drug and alcohol counseling, life skills training, The Culinary Art Program, The Art Project Houston and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. “We must continue to build bridges through our community,” says Pastor Rudy. “Each of us has the power to change another’s life just by passing the plate. It only takes one plate!”
The Knowleses are inviting national and local celebrities to pass the plate and take a stand against hunger. Together everyone can make a difference, one person at a time. Those wishing to pass the plate can donate by texting “50555″ or by visiting www.missameal.net.
To view additional “Miss A Meal” images, click here: http://missameal.net/oneplate.html.
For additional information on where to donate and how to get involved, visit www.missameal.net or join in on Facebook at www.facebook.com/missameal and on Twitter at twitter.com/missameal.
ABOUT BREAD OF LIFE, INC. Founded in 1992 by Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus as a mission of St. John’s United Methodist Church, the Bread of Life, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides solutions to the problems of homelessness, unemployment and hunger through sustaining, equipping and transforming the forgotten with compassion.
Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails top an eclectic lineup for Budweiser’s second annual Made In America Festival, scheduled to return to Philadelphia for Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jay-Z once again curated this year’s roster, but will not perform unlike last year’s headlining set. Tickets went on sale Wednesday to American Express cardmembers and fans of the Budweiser Made In America Facebook page exclusively through Tuesday April 16 at 10 p.m. ET. Public on sale begins Wednesday April 17.
Other performers announced today, via Made In America’s Spotify playlist, include Queens of the Stone Age, Deadmau5, Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Public Enemy, Nero, 2 Chainz, Gaslight Anthem, A$AP Rocky, Walk The Moon, Solange, Feed Me, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Schoolboy Q, Ab Soul, GTA, Robert DeLong, Red Light, Rudimental, Aluna George, Jay Rock, Jessie Rose and TJR.
“The point of having that diversity in our msuci lineup we’re trying to expose the people to different types of music,” says Paul Chibe, Budweiser’s VP of marketing. “Much like last year, where if you never saw Pearl Jam but you’re a Jay-Z fan, we want fans of Beyonce or Calvin Harris or Wiz Khalifa to have the opportunity to see Nine Inch Nails or stuff they might have seen for awhile like Public Enemy. That eclectic mix creates an opportunity for us to really show the impact of music and culture.”
The inaugural Made In America was a notable success, having grossed $5 million in ticket sales and attracting nearly 80,000 people, according to Billboard Boxscore. This year’s festival will also once again benefit the United Ways of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, PA. The festival will also be produced for a second year by ad agency Translation, in which Jay-Z is a partner.
A documentary inspired by the festival, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and Jay-Z, is set for release later this summer prior to the second festival. Chibe says the film will announce a distributor in the coming weeks, and has already seen 20 minutes of completed footage from the film. “The narrative story of the festival and then Jay-Z is gonna be a great movie and I think something that people will be talking about when it comes to artist expression and people living up to their potential and talent.”
Made In America will also be preceded by a series of 30 Budweiser-sponsored events across the country, featuring performances from smaller acts like Big Gigantic, Savoy, Paper Diamond and White Panda.
And keep an eye out for Budweiser on Jay-Z’s other concert outing – the Legends of the Summer arena tour with Justin Timberlake, who signed on as Bud Light Platinum’s creative director in February. “We’re working together on that right now,” Chibe says, noting that Budweiser has a meeting with Team Timberlake next week to discuss the next plans for their partnership in 2013. “The thing is that he pulled this thing together really fast. That’s why you see the tour is kind of scheduled back and forth – they had to go with when the venues were available vs. a nice orderly progression around the country. But we’re figuring out how to work together around the tour and discussing the next round of creative for Bud Light Platinum.”