I read this blog post about Beyoncé’s Beychella performance: https://wp.me/p3SuP-fHT
Here is the comment I left:
This piece is decent, but I’m not about to let this shade slide: “Not till 2016, with her Super Bowl performance of “Formation” and her album “Lemonade”, did she seem to discover that she was a Black woman.”
As a Black woman, I can tell you firsthand you discover you’re Black and a girl/woman and that these things are considered not ideal at a VERY young age. And once you discover this, white supremacy, racism, sexism and misogyny won’t let you forget it. Just because Blackness has not always been discussed in her music, that doesn’t give you the right to deny Beyoncé her experience as a Black woman in America. She’s been surviving the state of Black womanhood in America for 18 years and let me tell you, that shit ain’t for the faint of heart. When Destiny’s Child was just starting out, Beyoncé called out a white reporter for calling Kelly and one of her other group members (I can’t remember which one) by the wrong names, saying, “Don’t act like you don’t know their names.” Bet that never happened to Wilson Phillips. Give credit where it’s due.
I don’t play when it comes to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter AKA The First Lady of Music. EVER. Know that.