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Beyonce Asked To Donate ‘XO’ Proceeds To Challenger Learning Center

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Over the past few weeks, Beyonce has come under fire by NASA, astronauts and their family members for her use of audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song “XO” … And now, the star is being asked to donate proceeds from the track.

A petition has started on Care2 calling for Bey to donate 25 percent of the song’s proceeds to Challenger Learning Center, a nonprofit founded and maintained by families of the fallen Challenger astronauts.

“Challenger is one of those tragedies that is perpetually a very raw wound for everyone, especially those in the space industry, and I believe that it should never be treated as anything but,” said  Sarah McNulty, who works in the aerospace industry and lives on Florida’s Space Coast.

“It’s never okay to trivialize a tragedy, but trivializing a tragedy such as Challenger, which was meant to be an inspirational mission to enlighten and inspire the nation and give us heroes to look up to, is a crime,” she added.

According to a press release sent to HipHollywood, the petition has already gathered the support of more than 3,500 signers.

After people expressed their concerns with the song, Beyonce released a statement explaining the use of the audio. “The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you,” she said. “The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”

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  1. Marliatou Diallo

    January 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I am supporting your good ideas Beyonce.

  2. Demond Braxton

    January 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    why every time Beyonce do something good its o she should donate half no she should not she wrote the song to heal and let people know we should love each in every min so i think Beyonce should keep her 25 percent but let a white person sing the song o nothing going to be said thats the kind of stuff that piss me off and I am sorry if i am comeing off rude but enough is enough NASA should be thank her unstead they want money its crazy how the world is but beyonce u keep your head up cause the beyhive got your back 100%

    • mind boggling

      January 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      They act like this is a #1 massive hit like Single Ladies or a hit like Drunk In Love. What freaking proceeds???? Drunk In Love is the song that’s generating the buzz off of the cd. The only ones going on and on about this are people who can’t let this go out of faux outrage. She made a visual cd. She put out two songs as a courtesy and the one that’s the hit is the one that they are not complaining about. I’m guessing a lot of these people are under the false impression that this is a top 5 individual platinum selling song. I don’t get the need to punish this woman for this, especially over a speech that’s been used before. Are they going to do the same to those artists too?

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting

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Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”

 

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