As they are every year, the Grammys were full of more than a dozen moments worth focusing on. However, unlike every year, 2017’s Grammys saw a handful of moments that reached peak Blackness and had us all standing and yelling at our televisions and laptops.
It’s time for poets and essayists to get in formation.
Feminista Jones and Olivia Cole are teaming up to publish an anthology of writing inspired by and dedicated to the one and only Beyoncé: The King Bey Bible. For many, Beyoncé is the human incarnation of the possibility of another world: a world run by Girls! Consider this their interpretation of a “lost text”.
This election cycle has made most television news more entertaining than usual. CNN commentator Angela Rye took that to a whole new level during Tuesday’s CNN Panel on President Obama, Trump, and the 2016 presidential election.
Many powerful images are coming out of the Movement for Black Lives. Most of them are from people on the ground who are organizing to end police brutality. However, this new video from Mic News called “23 Ways You Could Be Killed if You Are Black In America” features celebrities like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Pharrell, and A$ap Rocky discussing the many ways that Black people are murdered by police in the United States.
The week of July 3, 2016 may go on to be looked at as a turning point in the history of the Black Lives Matter movement. With the death of Alton Sterling, immediately followed by the death of Philando Castile, immediately followed by the shooting of nearly a dozen Dallas police officers, it’s sure to be a time period we remember for quite a while.
Beyoncé has been pretty clear about her political ideas and her desire to promote the preservation of Black Lives.
In a statement on her website today, simply called “Freedom,” she not only encourages us all to stand up and end violence against Black people, she urges us to contact our political leaders.
It’s been more than a month since Beyoncé released her second visual album, Lemonade that discussed many personal issues and triumphs like infidelity, female empowerment, and more. She kicked off her tour on April 27 in Miami, Florida and concludes in Nashville, Tennessee. There will be 49 shows in total, 32 in North America and 17 in Europe.
Seeing how DJ Khaled is opening up for her, we know that the show is bound to be something special, even if he’s scared of her.
I wasn’t going to get into the bell hooks versus Beyoncé fray over Lemonade and its myriad implications. I resisted the echo chamber hoping the frenzy would die down sooner rather than later. I told myself that there really was no point of debating the merits of either side since most of the dialogue has been forced into imaginary binaries like “old feminism” versus “new feminism”, intellectual versus artistic expression, academic versus non-academic, and the like. But, after seeing a Feministing article called “A Black Feminist Roundtable on bell hooks, Beyoncé, and “Moving Beyond Pain”,” I think it might be time we start thinking more critically about how we situate both women’s feminisms and who we foreground when critiquing them.
Many feel that a bill making it’s way through North Carolina’s state legislature would open up members of the LGBT community to an onslaught of discrimination. To show their support for the LGBT community, many celebrities have come out and donated the money from their shows in the state to LGBT-based organizations or even cancelled appearances altogether.
While it doesn’t appear that Beyoncé will be doing either for the Raleigh, NC stop on her latest world tour, she did make a public statement to show support.
“You remind me of my father, a magician. Able to exist in two places at once.”
I was barely three minutes into Lemonade and already craving more. But I could not have possibly imagined the vulnerability that was yet to come throughout the remainder of the HBO premiere of Bey’s visual album. I watched it to the very end, engrossed in both the imagery and the sonic overload of the hour-long exclusive.