I learned how to dance like Beyoncé from her choreographer

Following is a transcript of the video.

Manny: That’s JaQuel Knight. He’s a dancer and choreographer. He’s also the creative mind behind many of Beyoncé’s iconic performances. I caught up with JaQuel at the Monsters Dance Convention in New Jersey. He was teaching choreography to literally hundreds of kids. I quickly got a sense of the talent and work ethic that made him successful.

Manny: The story goes that you were teaching Beyoncé choreography at age 18.

JaQuel: Yeah.

Manny: How did you get to meet Beyoncé? How did that whole thing start?

JaQuel: So I moved to LA right outta high school. And literally maybe a year into LA, I was at this audition for Michelle Williams with Frank Gatson. He enjoyed me, my freestyle, he was like, “Hey I got this Beyoncé record, can you come to New York tonight?” “When you get here if she likes you you’ll stay, if not we’ll get you back on a plane to LA.”

Manny: What was your reaction?

JaQuel: Yeah, hell yeah, get me on that goddamn flight.

Manny: JaQuel went on to choreograph stars like J. Lo, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and more.

Manny: Who was your favorite to work with?

JaQuel: They’re all very special, ya know.

Manny: That’s like a parent saying all of their kids are special, though.

JaQuel: ‘Cause these are all stars. All your kids aren’t superstars.

Manny: Most recently, JaQuel collaborated with Beyoncé for her famous Beychella performance. The choreography incorporated homecoming moves made popular by historically black colleges and universities It was a smash hit.

After the convention, JaQuel agreed to give me a personal dance lesson. Um, just watch for yourself.

Manny: JaQuel, I want to know how to dance like Beyoncé. This is me right here. This is where I wanna grow from.

Manny: How was that?

JaQuel: That was good.

Manny: It was good?

JaQuel: That was really good actually.

Manny: You don’t have to lie.

JaQuel: Okay, it was okay.

Manny: Okay, it’s painfully obvious that I’m not gonna be dancing like Beyoncé any time soon, but I did have one more question for JaQuel.

Manny: Will you say “hi” to Beyoncé for me?

JaQuel: Negative! Hah!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in February 2019.

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It’s not just Britney Spears – over a million adults in the US are under legal conservatorships, and they often fail to protect those they are meant to help

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“Framing Britney Spears” explores the star’s relationship with the media.

  • Roughly 1.3 million adults in the United States are under conservatorships like Britney Spears.
  • Guardianship is justified as a way to protect its subjects, but can be extremely difficult to get out of.
  • To protect human rights and dignity, courts should not impose guardianship unless it is an absolute last resort.
  • Rebekah Diller and Leslie Salzman are clinical professors of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, where they are co-directors of the Bet Tzedek Civil Litigation Clinic.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the authors.
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It’s hard to walk away from “Framing Britney Spears,” the new documentary chronicling the pop star’s lengthy legal conservatorship, without serious questions. How could the law bar a grown woman with hit albums, concert tours, and industry awards from acting on her own behalf for well over a decade? And if someone with Britney Spears’ money, fame, and relative youth has remained under a conservatorship for this period of time, what does that say about the system as a whole?

Although not all the facts about Britney Spears’ conservatorship are clear from the documentary, her circumstances offer a window into the problems with guardianship and the ways the system can fail those whom it is supposed to serve. And with the release of the recent Netflix film “I Care a Lot,” which presents a fictional account of a guardian’s financial exploitation of her wards, concerns about guardianship have been further thrust into the public eye.

Guardianship affects about 1.3 million adults across the country. Adult guardianship is the state law process by which a court appoints a surrogate to make decisions for an adult who is deemed “incapacitated,” frequently by virtue of intellectual disability, mental illness, or cognitive impairment. After exposés revealed critical problems, many states reformed their laws in the 1990s. Today, in most states, courts are supposed to consider less restrictive alternatives and narrowly tailor any guardianship order to preserve maximum autonomy. Yet these reforms, which are often ignored in practice, have not gone far enough. To be sure, guardianship touches individuals in vastly different circumstances, raising complicated and thorny policy questions. And while some ask whether we can achieve real reform within our existing framework, it is worth considering how the current system falls short.

The trouble with the guardianship system

Because guardianship has traditionally been justified as a protective mechanism, the guardianship system is tainted by a culture of paternalism. As a result, many courts still err on the side of granting guardianship petitions even when less restrictive alternatives would suffice. And courts often enter broad orders that fail to adequately consider the impact of losing rights as basic as accessing a bank account, signing a contract, choosing where to live, or consenting to one’s own medical care.

Moreover, once under a guardianship, it is nearly impossible to get out. In many cases, guardianships are imposed to address a particular crisis, such as hospital discharge planning, eviction or foreclosure, yet they often last indefinitely. At some point, couldn’t Spears have turned to a financial manager or created a trust to assist with her finances, like so many individuals with significant assets do? Many people under guardianship do not know there is a way out or lack counsel to assist them with this potentially difficult process. Those who do seek termination may find that they must prove they have regained capacity and no longer “need” a guardian, instead of the other way around, as due process should require.

The documentary additionally reveals the potential costs of a guardianship. Particularly when conservatees, like Britney Spears, have assets, many people stand to financially benefit; The conservator, lawyers on both sides, court-appointed experts, and others may be awarded fees paid for by the conservatee. There are also instances of outright financial exploitation by guardians, which the US Government Accountability Office has recognized as a significant problem.

Another issue is that the guardianship proceedings are opaque – a practice intended to maintain the privacy of medical and financial information of those subject to guardianship. But privacy protections can also be used against the very person they were designed to protect.

In the documentary, the lawyer initially chosen by Spears said that the court ruled she lacked capacity to choose her own lawyer. According to the lawyer, the court relied on a medical report that it refused to share with him. Under these circumstances, the confidentiality protections may have operated to limit Spears’ ability to challenge the decision that she could not choose her own counsel.

Most people under guardianship are not Britney Spears

Most conservatees lack Spears’ money. They don’t have a documentary crew examining their cases or #FreeBritney activists seeking answers. Changes are needed so that their rights are protected too.

More states are recognizing supported decision-making -a process in which a potential conservatee works with someone they trust to obtain information, understand and weigh options, and communicate decisions – as an alternative to guardianship. State laws should require that all other viable alternatives, including supported decision-making, have been attempted and failed, before a guardianship is ever considered.

If everything else is tried and guardianship is still imposed, it should not be permanent but rather for a limited time period, and always with the goal of restoring the individual’s rights as soon as possible. And the process to terminate guardianships prior to their expiration should be more accessible, with the burden of proof squarely on the party who wants the guardianship to continue.

The ability to make one’s own decisions is a precious human right. Hopefully “Framing Britney Spears” can prompt greater scrutiny of a system that too often is overlooked, and move us to new ways of honoring autonomy and self-determination.

Leslie Salzman and Rebekah Diller are clinical professors of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

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‘Framing Britney Spears’ explores the pop icon’s court battle over her estate – here’s how to watch the documentary on Hulu and FX

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Over the last 13 years, pop star Britney Spears has been subject to a conservatorship which prevents her from controlling the rights to her estate. And now, a new documentary titled “Framing Britney Spears” aims to shed light on the musician’s legal fight and her years under the media’s microscope.

Framing Britney Spears” is part of the “The New York Times Presents” series of documentaries, and aired as the sixth episode of the show on FX and Hulu. The film covers the musician’s past and the events that led up to the current court batter over her estate.

Since 2008, Spears has been under a conservatorship which grants her father, Jamie Spears, and a lawyer control over her financial and personal assets. Following the episode’s airing, new developments have already occurred which could alter the dynamic of the conservatorship.

Hulu and FX aren’t the only platforms exploring the life and career of Britney Spears. According to Bloomberg, Netflix is reportedly working on a Britney Spears documentary of its own. It’s unclear what aspect of Spears’ life the new doc will focus on, however, and there’s no release date yet.

If you haven’t tuned into “Framing Britney Spears,” here’s how you can watch the documentary everyone is talking about on Hulu and FX.

How to watch ‘Framing Britney Spears’

Framing Britney Spears” is now available to watch on Hulu and FXNow. Although the documentary is known as “Framing Britney Spears,” it’s listed on streaming services under its full title: “The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears.” 

The documentary is part of a series presented by both Hulu and FX, the latter of which aired the program for the first time on February 5.

If you don’t have a Hulu account, you can sign up for one and get a 30-day trial. After your trial is up, Hulu Basic costs $6 per month or $60 per year. As part of a special promotion, college students can get Hulu Basic for just $2 per month. Hulu Basic has commercials, however, so if you want ad-free playback you’ll need to sign up for the Hulu Premium plan for $12 per month plan. 

If you’re looking for even more streaming content, you can bundle Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $13 per month. That’s $6 less than you’d pay if you bought all three separately.

In addition to Hulu, you can also watch “Framing Britney Spears” through the FXNow app and website. FXNow is the FX cable network’s companion service for streaming shows and programs it airs on TV. The app, however, requires you to sign into a pay-TV account from a supported provider, such as AT&T TV, DirecTV, Verizon Fios, and Spectrum. 

Once you log in, you can use the FXNow app to watch “Framing Britney Spears” on your web browser, iOS device, Android device, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, and more.

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‘Framing Britney Spears’ dives into the entertainment industry’s treatment of the pop icon – here’s how to watch the documentary on Hulu and FX

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Anyone who read headlines in the mid 2000s is likely familiar with the entertainment industry’s criticism of Britney Spears and her career. That criticism is now the subject of a new documentary, titled “Framing Britney Spears,” which aims to examine the pop star’s years of unfair treatment under the media’s microscope.

Framing Britney Spears” covers the musician’s past and the events that led up to the current court batter over her estate. The documentary has caused media figureheads, like Perez Hilton, to apologize for their past coverage of the singer. Social media users have also asked pop singer Justin Timberlake to apologize for allegedly pointing blame at Spears for their fallout in the early 2000s.

Framing Britney Spears” has been the subject of debate and has caused celebrities and fans to reassess their previous treatment and opinions of the singer. Here’s how you can watch the documentary everyone is talking about on Hulu and FX.

How to watch ‘Framing Britney Spears’

Framing Britney Spears” is now available to watch on Hulu and FXNow. Although the documentary is known as “Framing Britney Spears,” it’s listed on streaming services under its full title: “The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears.”

The documentary is part of a series presented by both Hulu and FX, the latter of which aired the program for the first time on February 5.

If you don’t have a Hulu account, you can sign up for one and get a 30-day trial. After your trial is up, Hulu Basic costs $6 per month or $60 per year. As part of a special promotion, college students can get Hulu Basic for just $2 per month. Hulu Basic has commercials, however, so if you want ad-free playback you’ll need to sign up for the Hulu Premium plan for $12 per month plan. 

If you’re looking for even more streaming content, you can bundle Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $13 per month. That’s $6 less than you’d pay if you bought all three separately.

In addition to Hulu, you can also watch “Framing Britney Spears” through the FXNow app and website. FXNow is the FX cable network’s companion service for streaming shows and programs it airs on TV. The app, however, requires you to sign into a pay-TV account from a supported provider, such as AT&T TV, DirecTV, Verizon Fios, and Spectrum. 

Once you log in, you can use the FXNow app to watch “Framing Britney Spears” on your web browser, iOS device, Android device, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, and more.

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