Beyoncé and Jay Z were photographed leaving Nobu in Malibu on Sunday. Subsequently, TMZ posted a story claiming that Bey went to great lengths to hide her baby bump from the paparazzi:

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have a carefully orchestrated escape plan to hide her baby bump whenever they're in public...their drivers pulled some slick maneuvers during the elaborate game of hide-that-belly.

Wait - this baby bump?


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Clearly, Beyoncé is not hiding the bump carrying the holy beybies on Instagram. Around the same time she was allegedly dodging paps, she posted a gallery of flawless photos with the bump on full display.


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Blue Ivy is kissing the bump! The bump is dancing! The bump loves Easter! There is no doubt that Beyoncé wants us to see her pregnant belly but she's Beyoncé so OF COURSE she is delivering these photos to us in a carefully curated way.

If TMZ is right and Bey's drivers are using Bentley doors and steering wheels and whatever the f-ck else to cover up her midsection while out in public, it's because Beyoncé knows how much shots of Holy Twin A and Holy Twin B are worth, even while they are still in the womb. She also knows how much women's bodies are scrutinized, especially when they are pregnant. It shouldn't be a surprise that Beyoncé is controlling the images that we see of her. It shouldn't be a surprise and it shouldn't be a problem. She's not hiding. She's being the Beyoncé we know, respect and appreciate. If Queen Bey only wants us to see her belly draped in white and posing hard as hell, she has every damn right. Let her do as she pleases. She's about to birth two glorious gifts to the culture. Let her have this.

Speaking of Bey's contributions to the culture, the one year anniversary of Lemonade just passed. I am still learning from Lemonade, a year later. That album changed my life in a few ways but most importantly, it was a reminder of the strength of black women, the endurance of black excellence and the power of black female friendship. We've mentioned before how much Beyoncé fosters black talent and honours black art. Well, in celebration of Lemonade's anniversary, she just announced the Formation Scholars.

Beyoncé is awarding four scholarships to young women studying creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies. As the statement says, the awards are meant to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” Those four adjectives embody the spirit of Lemonade. This is the Beyoncé we know, respect and appreciate.

And this is way more impressive than what her pregnant belly looks like leaving Nobu.