Beyonce makes a stoop look like a throne
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The political education of Beyonce continues with her latest release. What’s going on?
Just a couple of months ago at the Superbowl’s always-heralded Half Time Show, Beyonce’s “follow-up” act to Coldplay caused near seismic who-Beyonce-in-Black Panther-memorialization? Beyonce portraying the police negatively – a hark back to the Black Panthers “pigs” of the 1960s? Beyonce whom we had always thought preferred not being thought of as “black” …
Well, this superstar does not make “turning coat” – if critics are to be believed – a point to be taken seriously. She IS a politically-aware young woman who FEELS deeply about a part of her she’s finally releasing to the world, a part that does not seem an act.
With her latest release, Lemonade, Beyonce shows the cynics, including this blogger who – belonging to an older generation – did not take HER very seriously even though she likes her singing AND SPUNK. (I also liked Madonna’s spunk early but never really took the things she did seriously.)
Now, “Queen Bey” – as her fans and even critics call her – is telling the world: I am a black woman; I feel the pains of millions before me; the disrespect that African-American women have always gotten; the happiness that sisterhood with other “sisters” enrich our lives with …
Maturity and much-deserved success must have played a role in the confidence that aided Beyonce stepping forward to be counted among those who know where they’ve come from, the long very painful road that has been traveled by African-Americans, and the special burden of the Black Woman whose pains have never really gone away with slavery, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Act.
As one stage of the journey of African Americans have evolved into the next, tremendous pressures and heartaches have befallen the women : institutional pressure that sees men in jail while female-headed households grew to absurd levels, statistics that are shoved in the collective face of the Black community as if it’s the cause … and in recent years, the killing of young African American males by the hands that are supposed to protect society, the police. In all, the African American women, have stood stoically in the face of society’s pigeonholing and racism.
Let’s skip the who-why-what and how of Beyonce’s arrival at the junction of her entertainment career that saw her make the right choice, and just Hail the Queen!
Check out Lemonade, a piece that is all over the web in:
Beyoncé’s Lemonade Isn’t Just About Cheating, It’s About Black Sisterhood
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016. 6:50 p.m. [GMT]