Beyoncé just took over the world

7d9b30e8a4c40f62d30075aaf3544cfcToday, Beyoncé was named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people of the year. Then, they put her on the cover.

Talk about boss status.

Ben Naddaff-Hafrey over at PolicyMic said this is evident of Beyoncé’s status as an “unimpeachable cultural icon” and I could not agree more.

Beyoncé is a maverick. She’s a maven. She is a force to be reckoned with. She’s strong. She’s tough. She’s fierce. She believes fervently in girl power and almost all she does aims to uplift women across the globe.

You can’t knock her hustle. You just can’t. But, I want to focus Beyoncé a little bit today and discuss what she represents for women of color specifically Black ones.

Black women have never witnessed the cultural domination of someone like Beyoncé. She says a lot to little Black girls who want to own themselves and use and create their own agency. She’s more than a booty-shaking performer.

She’s a mother. She’s a businesswoman. She’s a wife. She’s a feminist. She’s deliberate in all her processes. She understands her power as an icon who could really change the scope of women’s rights.

She’s an inspiration to Black women. She says to us that we are not stereotypes and we are more than hypersexual inititites purposed for male desire. She says that we can be mothers AND feminists AND career women. She exudes that we can balance our own form of a world tour along with our families. We cannot be placed into a box.

Beyoncé lets us know that we, as Black women, do not have to hide our sexuality. We can embrace it. We can be sexual beings. We can anything we desire to be. She instills a sense of hope for Black women that was previously not there. She redefines how we can define ourselves and how we can change the world.

Most people expect Black folk to be inherently political and we’re grouped together as such. Beyoncé informs us that we can stay true to ourselves and still make a difference. We don’t have to go into politics to force political change. We don’t have to do or feel accountable to do anything.

Beyoncé lets us know that we can be great in whatever we choose to do so. And the fact that she translates this to ALL women only solidifies her as the game changer she is. She’s fearless and all Black women could take note and be just as bold.

Sheryl Sandberg wrote it best:

In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren’t afraid? appears to be “Watch me. I’m about to do it.” Then she adds, “You can, too.”

 

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