Happy Friday! Got beach, BBQs, and red, white, and blue everything on the brain? Same. We're this close to the long holiday weekend (can you believe it's almost July already?!), so let's get right to it. Here's what Bustle's editors were talking about today, June 30:
Jay Z + 4:44
Is Jay Z's 4:44 album a response to Beyoncé's Lemonade?! Fans sure seem to think so. Certain songs on Carter's new album — the rapper's first in nearly four years — seem to reference things Bey brought up on her 2016 album.
One song in particular even seems to call out Beyoncé's "Becky with the good hair" line: "Yeah, I’ll f*ck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone Becky!" Bustle doesn't have official word from Jay Z that the album is a response to Lemonade, but the evidence is definitely there.
ICYMI: Rumor has it that Jay Z and Beyoncé gifted the twins with the most insane, bejeweled pacifiers. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Germany + Marriage
On Friday, Germany voted to legalize same-sex marriage. While Germany's own chancellor voted against it, the final vote came down to 393-226. Germany now joins many other European neighbors who have already legalized same-sex marriage, but this landmark vote also allows German same-sex couples to adopt children together
Firing Back: On Thursday, Donald Trump blasted MSNBC's Morning Joe co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter. Today, the duo responded to the Twitter outburst, saying, "We’re OK, the country is not."
July 2017 + New Books
Calling All Harry Potter Fans: Think you know everything about Harry Potter? See if you caught these brilliant references from the books.
Fourth of July + You
Can you believe Fourth of July weekend is already here? To get you ready for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and celebration, here are some red, white, and blue cocktail ideas, an Independence Day-themed popsicle recipe you've got to try, and the best Fourth of July fashion and beauty sales to shop starting right now. You're welcome.
Whether you're celebrating at a barbecue, at the beach, or curled up inside with a book (you've got so many to choose from), here's hoping you have a happy and safe holiday weekend!
Today's WTF Moment: Hairy leggings exist now but I'm warning you, once you see 'em, you can't unsee 'em.
What to Watch: It's almost July, so that means Netflix is about to get a whole new batch of TV shows and movies! Here's what you can watch starting July 1.