WCW: Beyoncé Knowles
It’s amazing to see the growth in Beyoncé Giselle from the lead singer of Destiny’s Child to the grown woman Beyoncé Carter. It’s easy to see it in the music. The costumes that used to be made by mommy to some of the sexiest (and weirdest) outfits we’ve ever seen. I don’t think there is a better example being set by a female entertainer in the world.
It’s doesn’t hurt that she’s a black woman (even though she’s a blond) and currently yields the most influence socially, in the world. It’s safe to say that if you have electricity, and Internet this woman needs no introduction there. In a world where there’s no marriage or if there is the kids are here first (Ne-Yo, Kanye, etc.) You have a woman that dated the greatest rapper alive, the “Y’all chase them, I replace them,” staunchly single Sean “Jay Z” Carter. The denials of their dating wasn’t Jay’s idea. Oprah had told a young Beyoncé, “Do not let them know who you’re dating.” Mrs. Carter took that to a whole different level. I don’t want to be cynical and think the whole keeping their wedding a secret was so they could unleash the pictures and things during the On The Run Tour…
She got married and then they tried and when I discovered that she has lost a child during that whole “I Am Sasha Fierce” phase I had a new found respect for her, and my heart broke for her. To live under a microscope like that and to only have the closest people in your circle to lean on while you’re out there performing, belying her personal turmoil. That’s more than professional ‘the show must go on.” This was strength, perseverance, and a grown woman had emerged.
When she finally gave birth to Blue Ivy Carter, New York turned the Empire State Building blue. In London, they turned the famed London Bridge blue for Prince George’s birth, to give you perspective. I suppose the Carters are the closest thing to royalty you currently have in the US, and not unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they’ve done things the right way.
Right now, Beyoncé Carter is the symbol of Feminism. Republicans made the mistake of calling women “Beyoncé voters” and weren’t prepared for the shit storm that followed, if you listen quietly you can still hear the backpedaling away from that statement. Of course there will be those that say, “She’s not the right image.” I would never want to see my daughter as a sexual being, that’s why she fired father, Mathew Knowles, and did her own thing. I would want my daughter to be comfortable with who she is, find a man that she loved and married him, and gave me the cutest granddaughter.
In closing I would like to say that those of you that criticize them for not “doing” Blue’s hair, need to let it go. If she had permed (straightened) her hair, you’d have something to say about that. If you can look at this family and then examine your own, or better yet live under the same microscope that they do, you’d probably cave. This is a woman that could care less about your petty opinions and your unfounded judgmental looks. I applaud Beyoncé and think that you could do less in choosing a role model.
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TK’s Bio: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.”