Hey what’s up hello to all of you lovely ShoutOut readers. I am absolutely ecstatic to be back working with a brand new batch of bloggers this semester! Feminism never sleeps, and I’m eager to dive back into the fem dialogue as a co-editor with @HeroineAddict and @BoobsRadley, as well as with the fellow bloggers and all of you wonderful readers.
Now let’s get down to business and talk about my favorite topic of choice: Queen B.
Beyoncé has made waves once again, as she has become the first woman to headline Coachella since the whopping year of 2007, not to mention that she is the first woman of color to ever do so. Leave it to the Queen to make music history.
A previous fan-goer of the infamous festival, Yoncé will be headlining both Saturday nights of the two-weekend festival. This comes just months after finishing her worldwide Formation tour. The Lemonade album, in my opinion, was one of her most successful and socially empowering albums to date. Songs like “Sorry” feature an unapologetic Beyoncé after her husband cheated on her, while “Formation” and “Freedom” offer insights into the Black experience, especially for women, in a largely racist America.
The singer and dancer isn’t new to breaking barriers. She has been a critical voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as other issues of race, body image, and social justice. She has become a powerful household name and a role model for women and minorities globally.
I personally have had the opportunity to see Beyoncé perform live in concert, and it was a very emotional experience. She is one of the few celebrities I feel is completely genuine in everything she says, and just being in her presence made me feel empowered to be more of a confident, independent woman.
Beyoncé headlining Coachella, one of the most popular music festivals in the US, means a step in the right direction for an industry (and a country) that is commonly dominated by white males. Beyoncé having a platform in an environment she is not normally associated with provides a cultural twist that is reshaping the music industry.
Bey is likely to perform many hits from her album Lemonade, and with rapper Kendrick Lamar hosting both Sundays of the festival, there is hope of her bringing him out to perform “Freedom,” a track on the album which he is featured on.
With tomorrow’s inauguration of reality TV’s very own burnt cheeto, at least we have something to look forward to. While issues in politics are of critical importance, it is comforting to know that we can count on artists like Beyoncé to challenge the norm, stand up for those who feel they don’t have a voice, and give hope to others that anything is possible, no matter what your background is.
2017 is surely looking up.
Featured Image Source: Ana y María Quintana y González, Flickr