Beyonce is a global superstar that dominates the headlines usually for her achievements. But this time things have taken a dramatic turn. Beyonce’s new music video “Black Is King” has been widely criticized – including by rapper Noname…
But, recently, she’s been under fire by fans and critics alike who were disappointed, not to mention outraged, by her new release.
The original line up consisted of Beyoncé, of course, along with LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, and LeToya Luckett, although the final and best-known line up consisted of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.
Songs such as “Survivor,” “Say My Name,” “Independent Woman,” and “Bootylicious” cemented the group’s position as one of pop’s most famous girl groups.
Though other members of the group tried their hand at going solo too, Beyoncé has by far been the most successful.
After all, she is the most nominated woman, and the second-most awarded woman, in Grammy history, with a staggering twenty-three awards and sixty-six nominations from the Grammy Awards alone, to date.
And, today, she stands as one of the most successful and iconic female artists of all time.
The power couple, who share 3 children together, got married in 2008 and, much to fans’ delight, recorded a highly-anticipated joint album together called “Everything is Love” last year.
And that’s her heritage.
Beyoncé is known for having African ancestry, with her father being African-American and her mother being African-American, Native-American, and French.
And she has even discussed her heritage in candid interviews.
And she revealed that she recently discovered that her family line links back to slavery.
“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave,” she said in a 2018 interview with The Guardian.
But she now believes that this ancestry is the reason she had her twins.
“I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”
And her latest video for “Black Is King” also reflected that.
From visuals to a stunning monologue, it seems as though the singer had carefully thought about this video before releasing it.
While a lot of people commended her for it, others, mainly people from countries in Africa, were left outraged at her creative choices and the fact that the new movie was not actually going to be available in Africa.
This user lashed back at @Dimssoo claiming that Beyonce doesn’t need “permission to express her blackness”, which is also facts.
This user also expressed how different Africa always seems to look on screens compared to what it actually is.
Many Africans felt as though their culture is only used as a “vibe” or an “aesthetic” rather than an accurate representation of what country’s are like.
And that works for all countries, so why are the ones in Africa treated any differently? I mean, I understand what Beyonce is trying to do as she explained on Instagram it was “a modern twist and a universal message, and what it truly means to find your self-identity and build a legacy.”
We’re also very excited to see what she’s going to do with this visual album inspired by The Lion King.
“we love an african aesthetic draped in capitalism. hope we remember the blk folks on the continent whose daily lives are impacted by u.s imperialism. if we can uplift the imagery i hope we can uplift those who will never be able to access it. black liberation is a global struggle.”
The difference between sentiment and action?
Particularly during times of actual human rights crises.
“There is a real danger in romanticizing pre-colonial Africa. The glorification of kingdoms before white men met us erases the reality that Africa wasn’t exactly a paradise. African kingdoms were rife with slavery, imperialism, women’s oppression and class oppression. Not everyone was a king or even a queen,” the article reads.
“A person stripped from the village can indeed become more powerful than the village itself.”
Do you agree?
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