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*Beyonce and Kelly Rowland got their culture fix on Tuesday at L.A.’s Hammer Museum.

The R&B singers were accompanied by Bey’s mom Tina, to see shows by emerging artists Frances Stark and Njideka Akunyili Crosby. As the L.A. Times reports, they spent about two hours at the museum, and while there Beyonce met a few of the museum’s curators and took a photo with assistant curator Jamillah James, who organized the Crosby show.

“She didn’t ask for any special treatment. She was really down to earth,” the museum spokesperson said. “She came up to the welcome desk and got free admission stickers just like anyone else.”

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TMZ notes that Bey has said in the past her music is often inspired by art … so perhaps this art walk is a sign that some new music is in the works?

Meanwhile, the nephew of Beyonce’s former childhood manager tells that Beyonce “was secretly raised by people caught up in a web of narcotics, kinky sex, and even child abuse,” and a new book about her childhood and life before hitting fame and fortune with Destiny’s Child alleges that her father’s cocaine-abuse and serial-cheating ways made her the ruthless pop star she is today.

“Andretta Tillman’s my aunt. She was the original manager for Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé,” Tillman’s nephew Belfrey Brown said. “I did spend a lot of time around them in the early years. I guess you could say I was Beyoncé’s babysitter!”

He confessed to Radar, “At the time, I was selling drugs. I did get caught up in a federal indictment and I had to leave them all behind to go to prison near Dallas. I was there for 12 years.”

Additionally, a memoir by Knowles family friend Brian Moore alleges that Mathew Knowles was known to go in Tillman “garage to do cocaine or other drugs” during rehearsals for Beyonce’s group.  He “would come back ranting and raving … yelling and carrying on,” and would attend important meetings about her future career “high as a kite.”

The bombshell biography “Becoming Beyonce,” by J. Randy Taraborrelli, also alleges that Tina Knowles, fed-up with her sex-addicted hubby, came to former drug dealer Brown for help.

Read more about it here, and tell us what you think the book’s allegations in the comments below.