Beyonce she is one of the most influential names today, she is an artist with immeasurable reach and who uses this to contribute to the agenda of the black movement. The American singer – who for a long time was seen only as one, and known for her dancers – started to draw more attention and give a voice to the black American population and, consequently, from the rest of the world with the launch of, in 2016, and hasn’t stopped since.
Since the release of the song and the album, Beyoncé has started using her art to question and protest against racism, police brutality and injustices against the black population in the United States.
The singer started to bring references to black heroes like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King to her songs, as a way of using her speeches and messages, in order to give visibility to the racial issues that the world faces today.
In addition, she has frequently evoked, in her work, the Black Panthers – a political party that emerged in the 1960s and which, to this day, is a strong symbol of black resistance for the whole world.
Beyoncé and black pride
it is considered one of the greatest hymns of black pride today. It was performed for the first time in 2016, at the interval show, which is the moment of greatest audience on American TV, and soon became the most awarded song in history. With all this impact, there were numerous criticisms from conservatives, but despite this, the artist continues to work to strengthen the black movement.
In 2018, when performing as part of the Coachella festival, Beyoncé took the culture of historically black universities into the spotlight and celebrated the traditions, beauty, music, her own style and the swing of American blackness, once again empowering black people.
Another example of combating racism through her songs, was with the clip of, where Beyoncé, alongside her husband Jay-Z, praised black art and provoked discussions about the way that black people are represented in classical arts, many sometimes leaving aside their real history and reducing these people to slaves. The clip also brought questions about the lack of recognition of the arts made by black people.
From her participation in the film, Beyoncé began a process of extolling African artists, their styles and traditions. On the album, the singer brought songs like and, which, in addition to empowering, also embraces the greatness of the origins of black people.
It is not only through her art that the singer and activist praises and celebrates her ancestry, Beyoncé also uses her platform to encourage black people to embrace their origins and support each other within communities.
In Brazil, the empowerment phrase “Black on top” is heard a lot, which basically means supporting the social ascension of black people collectively. And Beyoncé knows that this is the path to real change in the racist system she fights, then during the speech to the 2020 graduates that the artist spoke of:
There weren’t enough black women sitting at the table, so I had to cut the wood and build my own table. So I had to invite the best there was to sit. This meant hiring men, women, misfits, oppressed, people who were forgotten and who waited to be seen.
Many of the best breeders in the industry, who, despite being extremely qualified and talented, were rejected several times by executives or by large corporations because they were women or because of racial disparity. (…)
One of the main purposes of my art for many years has been dedicated to showing the beauty of black people to the world. Our history, our depth and the value of black lives.
In addition to all this, the singer also announced another project aimed at extolling the blackness and the origins of people of African descent, one based on the album, which will bring a cult to the identity of black people, the richness of their traditions.
Beyoncé, through her actions, continues to encourage non-white people to occupy spaces that have long been denied them and, with her art, continues to empower herself to empower others from black communities around the world.