beyonce (documentary still)*If you missed Beyoncé’s autobiographical documentary “Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” on HBO Saturday night, not a problem.’s Yolanda Sangweni watched it and came up with seven (7) things she took away from the 94 minute special. We’ve got some of them below, but for the rest, click on over to the site.

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But for us, the main thing we wanted to know was what does Miss Blue Ivy look like since those first photos were released shortly after her birth.

Well now we know. Thanks for sharing Bey.

beyonce & blue ivyHer independence is key.
From the beginning Beyoncé makes it clear her break from dad Matthew Knowles in 2011 was one of the toughest decisions she’s ever had to make. But it had to be done. “I needed a break,” she says. “I had to sacrifice my relationship with my dad. It was a stressful, sad, difficult time but I had to let go.” After the break Beyoncé becomes her own manager and must decide the direction of her career. “What do you want to do?” she recalls asking herself. “Do you want to be successful at radio? Do you want to kiss asses? Do you want a career? Do you want to focus on your life?”

She’s still puzzled by people’s curiosity about her personal life.
Throughout the film Beyoncé shares that she battles with how much of her personal life to reveal to her fans. “I think when Nina Simone put out music, you loved her voice. That’s what she wanted you to love,” she says. “You didn’t get brainwashed by her day-to-day life and what her child is wearing and who she’s dating and, you know, all the things that really — it’s not your business, you know?”

She loves her man.
Okay, we already knew this one, but the video of Beyoncé giving a toast at Jay-Z’s birthday party is just too precious to ignore. “You taught me how to be a woman,” she says, clearly emotional. “You’ve given me so much in life. There’s not enough I can give you. I just want you to be happy. Every year I’m even more in love with you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you and I tank God every day for you.” Aww, what a beautiful dedication.

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Watch as Beyoncé discusses giving birth to Blue Ivy, plus other clips from “Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream”: