See, I knew I’d have a reason to speak about Beyoncé sooner rather than later!
Needless to say I am quite happy that I have this opportunity to center my second blog posting around the Queen (or should I say King?) Bey.
Well, for those of you not in the know (like I was, until my co-worker told me about it. I know, I am a HORRIBLE Bey Stan right now) Beyoncé performed a 15 minute set featuring hits from her latest album “Lemonade.” And when I tell you that she slayed I mean that there was not a throat not cut or a wig not snatched last night! It was everything that you expect from a Beyonce performance, everything. Beyonce is, by far, the hardest working entertainer in show business and whenever you see a Beyonce show you KNOW you are going to get back every single penny that you paid for a ticket, seriously!
Once again this set was a medley of: Pray You Catch Me, Hold Up, Sorry, Don’t Hurt Yourself, and Formation, complete with excerpts of Beyoncé’s spoken word poetry.
Once again it was all!
But it’s Beyoncé so you know that it’s gonna be all, period!
What I love most about the “Lemonade” album, however, is Beyoncé’s show of self-love and unapologetic blackness. For an artist who has often been ridiculed in the past for affecting a European aesthetic (her blonde tresses) or not speaking out on salient issues Bey crushed the haters when she, in Beyoncé fashion, dropped “Formation” seemingly out of nowhere and told the world, “I like my Baby heir with Baby hair and Afros” and “I love my Negro Nose with Jackson 5 nostrils!” Although I am a Beyonce fan from way back THIS is the Beyonce that I’ve been waiting for. THIS is the Beyonce that is finally unafraid to take a stance on a political issue (Black Lives Matter!) and transform it into art.
Seriously, when Formation dropped I felt even PROUDER of being a Black Person in The United States. The song was a glorious celebration of Blackness, culture, and simultaneously told the world that WE, as a people, are just fine as we are. It is racism and anti-blackness that should take a back seat, not us. Color me even more impressed when The Lemonade album was released and we were treated beautiful tapestry of songs and spoken word poetry celebrating the: beauty, sexuality, resilience, and virtues of black womanhood. I loved that fact that during her medley of songs, on MTV no less, that all of her dancers are undeniably Black Women.
In all of their hues, feature variations, and hair types Beyoncé singlehandedly made black womanhood center stage. One need only look back over the years of The VMA’s to see Black culture vultures like: Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and various others emulate and be PRAISED for wearing Black women’s: hairstyles, bodies, and various other accoutrements, whereas Black Women were insulted for wearing the styles that they created.
To see all of these black women wearing their hair, their lips, their bodies, and their skin color, CENTER STAGE, made the Lemonade medley seem like a redemption song. Make no mistake, while Lemonade was made for mass consumer consumption, anyone who is not a Black Woman was merely an outsider looking in.
Lemonade is going to be a classic album and it is only fitting that an artist as brilliant as Beyoncé created it.
I Love You Beyoncé.
Thank you for showcasing the beauty of US.