Beyoncé’s political evolution is intersectional. It aims to overturn not only misogyny and patriarchy, but also systemic racism and capitalist greed.
After a lull of about six years, there is now a storm brewing in the BeyHive. Beyoncé is ready to usher in her Renaissance era with a long-awaited 16-song studio album of the same name, set to be released on July 29. Hours after her album announcement, Beyoncé was announced as the star of British Vogue’s July cover. Her clothing choices and aesthetics have been widely praised by fashion critics.
The first single from his new album titled ‘Break my soul‘ fall. The track is a scathing critique of capitalism and exploitative work cultures around the world. The song has lyrics that would no doubt resonate with those who work exhausting 9am to 5pm hours and struggle to make ends meet often at the expense of their mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Work by nine
Then five o’clock passed
And they work my nerves, that’s why I can’t sleep at night
After the release of the single on streaming platforms, the internet was flooded with memes about the termination. The BeyHive praised Queen B for criticizing capitalism and the rise of hustle culture. This, of course, isn’t the first time Beyoncé has used her music and art to voice her opinion on controversial issues plaguing humanity. The music dean is known for using her art to overthrow misogyny, capitalism and racism.
Queen B doesn’t take misogyny
Long before it was cool to be a feminist in the early 2000s, Beyoncé led the rise of female-centric music. His songs from 2003′Crazy in Love‘ and ‘baby boy‘ subverted the male gaze and portrayed an unbridled female sexual desire that was empowering and very progressive considering the era in which the songs were written. However, Beyoncé’s gender politics came into full force when she sparked a conversation about male privilege through her 2008 hit.If I were a boy‘.
2008 was also the year Beyoncé released the massively popular hit “Single Ladies,” which was nothing short of a celebration of femininity, female camaraderie, and sisterhood. It was almost as if Beyoncé was on a mission to validate the lives and existence of all women — those who were married, those who had children, and of course, single women. Her music was inclusive and spoke to a diverse female audience in a way that had never been seen before.
Fast forward to 2011 when Beyoncé released the anthem “Run The World, Girls” – the lyrics of which were about smashing patriarchy and overturning gender norms. The anthem went on to become a battle cry for those who championed the cause of female empowerment. Her performance at the 2014 VMAs featured her standing in front of a screen with the word “feminist” written in all caps. It was Beyoncé’s way of giving a subtle nod to the movement she’d championed throughout her decades-spanning career.
Beyoncé’s political evolution, however, is intersectional. It aims to overturn not only misogyny and patriarchy, but also systemic racism and capitalist greed.
Beyoncé and #BlackLivesMatter
As an African-American woman, Beyoncé became a powerful voice for the #BlackLivesMatter movement with the music video for her single “Formation” from 2016’s “Lemonade” album. The video showed her standing atop a police cruiser in protest against police brutality against African Americans. The lyrics too were full of references to BLM protests. While Queen B received backlash from far-right groups, she stood her ground, which sent a clear message – she would continue to speak her mind, even if it made her a target of criticism. .
For her 2016 Super Bowl performance – the same year Donald Trump was elected – Beyoncé wore a Black Panthers-inspired outfit, which many African Americans resonated with. What else? The visuals for her 2016 album “Lemonade” were also laced with politically charged imagery and produced a scathing critique of systemic racism.
From 2003 to 2022, Beyoncé’s political evolution has come full circle. From her subtle critique of socio-economic inequality to her battle cry in Renaissance – Queen B has come a long way and so has the world. As some BeyHive members say – when Beyoncé speaks, the world listens.
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