Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (yeah, that’s right, were giving this icon the full respect she deserves), is not only the badass bitch black women need but, uses her platform to show how she became just that. Often times strong black women can be stereotyped as being a “bitch” or being an “angry black woman” when in reality they are only exemplifying the same qualities men in leadership role “must” posses to be and effective boss.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know Beyoncé released a new documentary Apr. 17 on Netflix titled, “Homecoming”. The two-hour long film documents her historic 2018 Coachella headlining set (so historic that they renamed it “Beychella”). She is the first black woman to ever headline the desert festival and only the third woman to ever headline (Ariana Grande became the 4th woman in 2019). In her performance Beyoncé made it her mission to put on the best performance the festival had ever seen, and she didn’t fail. She dedicated her entire set to celebrating the greatness that is Homecoming at a Historically Black College or University. Throughout the film, she commented on the importance of celebrating this culture.
However, often forgotten sector of higher education was was not the singular part of the culture she highlighted She did something inexplicably, impactful for black women, she made us feel seen. Within her set she incorporated a heavily quoted remark from a 1962, Malcolm X speech that said, “the most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Beyoncé put her thang down flipped it and reversed it to show the world how powerful black women are. She already embodies what it means to have black girl magic and with this performance she spread it to every black girl that watched. She showed how much work she put in, ( including going on an insane diet that literally left her to only consume fruits, vegetables and water) post pregnancy just to prepare for the event. She rehearsed for 8 months leading up to the performance and made it unapologetically black, as if her music isn’t already just that. Beyoncé showed the world that black women are valuable and deserve some “respeck” on their names. She also showed her beautiful kids and what it truly meant to be a working mother in the 21st century. The reception on social media was met with equal, if not more excitement, than when she originally performed in the desert valley. What this documentary meant for black women is nothing short of phenomenal. The twitter streets were filled with commentary, saying how the queen had inspired women to continue pushing through all the trials and tribulations they may face because, in the end it will all be worth it.
Beyoncé’s impact in the world has been felt by the masses, but for black women she sets the standard on what it means to be a beautiful, successful, and dominant without the erasure of your identity or heritage.