19 Dec opinion: grown woman
As I type this I am listening to Beyoncé’s album BEYONCÉ for a third time. I know what you are thinking… ‘Damn Tee, you got time.’ No. I had severe kidney infection, so I haven’t had much to do but lie in bed and enjoy this visual album over and over again.
I am pretty sure by now, days after she unexpectedly released her album, we all know the premise of why she did it the way she did it, so I am not going to regurgitate what’s been in major press. I mean even Katy Perry tweeted on the day the album was released:”Don’t talk to me today unless it’s about +Beyonce THANX”, so there really is no need to go over it again because Beyoncé is a grown woman and she really (as she proved on Friday) can do whatever she wants.
As a person who doesn’t really like to lean into the mainstream all that much, because I am always (sometimes to my own detriment) trying to maintain my individuality and desire to always have my voice heard, the one major pop culture icon of our time I will not deny is Beyoncé. At the Made In America Music Festival, one of my bestfriend’s Vie of VieMyselfAndI literally fought our way through a sweaty crowd to the front of the stage to see Beyoncé and stood there for a good hour waiting for her to come on stage. And when she did, she changed how I would grade performers moving forward, which is why, as much as I love her: Rihanna did not stand a chance when she performed in October.
I have digressed from the point I was trying to make, which is that Beyoncé’s new album makes me love being a grown woman. I know it seems pretty obvious a statement to make. From the inclusion of a Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche soundbite in Flawless; the video where she dons the denim thong Rihanna Instagrammed and wore in her Pour It Up video to the deliciously sexy song Rocket which gives us ladies a song to almost match D’Angelo’s How Does It Feel? Beyoncé’s album if anything for me, is one that has begun a dialogue about what it means to be a grown woman, a woman amongst woman and a woman in general. That excites me.