Ok, I know what you’re thinking. You think that I am a member of the Beyhive & that I’m a huge fan of Beyoncé’s but I’m not. I like some of her music and I really enjoyed her when she was with Destiny’s Child. We might own one of her CDs but I’m not really sure. There are plenty of younger people who I know that are part of the Beyhive, just not me. So, now you’re asking, “Then why do you say that Bey is Queen?” For a few reasons.
As I stated earlier, there are some of her songs that I like but not enough to make me purchase the entire album. To be honest, I wasn’t all that enamored with Lemonade. I think I may have liked one or two songs on that album but I digress. Over the past few years, I have been watching Beyoncé evolve. Not just into a talented, powerhouse entertainer but as an extremely savvy business person. She and her husband are a serious couple to be reckoned with and I find it all wonderful. This past weekend, I basically binged on Beyoncé productions. First I watched Black is King, which is another visual album by Beyoncé. I had no idea what it was when I first heard about it. The only way I found out about it was in one of my Facebook photography groups where other black, female photographers were talking about it. Since it was so highly praised and I had some time on my hands, I decided to check it out.
Fortunately, we still had a Disney+ subscription, which we initially purchased so that we could watch Hamilton. Hamilton was enjoyable and extremely entertaining by the way. Often when I watch tv, I try to be productive so I set up my ironing board to catch up on my ironing. It took me a while to actually complete my ironing because I had a hard time taking my eyes from the screen. My fellow photogs were talking about how inspirational the content was and I must agree. I was captured by the first number “Bigger” and it’s visuals. It was Bey being a mother and she was telling her child that even though they are small they are a part of something bigger than themselves. Something I think we want all of our children to know. They are not here alone and they shouldn’t play small. They can actually go out into the world and make great changes if they choose. The visuals along with the music and lyrics pulled me in. The aesthetics were my type of aesthetics. I just felt it and I was inspired to create something similar to what was being portrayed. Granted, I probably won’t be able to do this at a beach but I’m sure I could still get the mood of the scene.
So, that was Saturday evening. Then Sunday night I watched Homecoming. My husband was watching a basketball game and I just wasn’t in the mood to watch it. I had been saying for a while that I wanted to watch Homecoming because I heard so many great things about it. What I really liked about it was that she had a marching band performing with her. I am a band geek from back in the day, so of course, I had to watch it. In case you’re not familiar, Homecoming is another movie produced by Bey that showcases her performance at Coachella. Also, if you don’t know, she was the first Black woman to headline Coachella. The movie shows the performance, plus behind the scenes as well. I enjoyed most of Coachella but it was just a bit too long for me. That’s probably why I don’t go to concerts anymore, aside from COVID-19 because they go on too long. Anyway, I really enjoyed the band. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had liked more of the songs. Regardless, it was entertaining.
Basically, I think Beyoncé is a badass. She is definitely the captain of her own ship and does what she wants, how she wants it. One thing I liked was when they showed a behind the scenes at a rehearsal for Coachella. The way that she laid out what she wanted and pointed out certain details that some people didn’t seem to get was an excellent display of leadership. She knows what she wants and has no qualms about telling you that. I can appreciate that. She also crafts her image masterfully and only shows what she wants you to see. She doesn’t let others dictate who she is or what she’s about. Grabbing a hold of your own narrative is imperative, especially if you’re in the public eye. Anyway, even though I am not necessarily a fan (that does not mean I don’t like her) I totally appreciate what she had done with her career and how she handles her business. She expects a lot from the people who work for her and with her and she expects a lot from herself as well. That is truly admirable.
“Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda