Marriage isn't ALWAYS shits & giggles
Beyonce sings magniloquently about not needing him [Jay-Z] but him needing her, about infidelity, about her own insecurities, and it rattled my psychological cage around marriage and happiness. What Bey was saying didn't match up to this picture perfect ideal I had about marriage, or more specifically, Beyonce and Jay-Z's marriage. Marriage ≠ Happiness. Instead marriage is being in love despite all the messy bullshit drama, the fights, the insecurities, and difficulties that comes along. I can't go into a marriage looking for myself, or expecting anything out of it, because that is perhaps the quickest way to divorce.
There's More Than One Way To Tell A Story
You didn't have to hear the lyrics to feel the pain that the Warsan Shire inspired spoken word interludes tapped into. You can visually see the pain on the faces of the Black women and girls featured. You can see the empowerment when Serena Williams twerked off. You knew which pieces were empowering, and which pieces were vulnerable. The aesthetics, lighting, framing, color, etc. was crucial to this visual masterpiece, and Beyonce elevated each without haste.
It's OK to be jealous, and crazy; but aim for crazy
Then she leaves, the water rushes out of the mansion, and she steps on to the scene barefooted; in a beautiful yellow gown, and starts phucking ish up with hot sauce (her wood/baseball bat). YASSSSS! Jealousy is the water that could drown you, that will have you questioning yourself, doubting yourself, hating who you are. But being crazy? How can anyone ignore crazy? Crazy is focused, it's guided, it gets the attention from the right person. Your inner-self! What Beyonce did was let women know that it's OK to go through the emotions that you are feeling. You don't have to bottle it up, and wreck yourself. Rather do something crazy.. not too crazy though cause we all don't have that Knowles-Carter money to pay for damages.
Motherhood & Sisterhood is IMPORTANT
While our Blackness is being judged, and attacked and questioned, we're not alone. When our boys, and men are being senselessly killed at the hands of the states' law enforcement (whose duty is to protect and serve). Or when it is evident that Black women are the most disrespected, unprotected, and neglect people in America, we are able to protect and serve, respect, and appreciate one another.
Our bonds with each other are perhaps at it's greatest when we are faced with adversity, on an individual scale, interpersonal, communal, or national/global scale. Beyonce had Black women from various descent- French Black Cuban, Black American. She had Black women and girls from various generations, older (Hattie White, Jay-Z grandmother) and young (Blue Ivy). And of course, she brought them all together in one space for Michaela DePrince to perform for.
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