In March of this year, French fashion magazine L’Officiel celebrated its 90th anniversary and selected international pop icon Beyoncé for it African-inspired cover. The video above is a behind the scenes of the cover shoot that sought to pay homage to African queens.
One month later, Beyoncé’s official video for “Run The World (Girls)” was released with African-centered dance moves and sounds; it was categorized by the artist as part of a “B Revolution.” The controversial video had many feminists arguing that girls do not in fact “run the [real] world.” This coupled with dialogue about her preference for blonde hair has kept the entertainer consistently in controversial media headlines.
Reflecting on how Beyoncé’s artistry, public persona, cultural appropriations, and decision-making as a businesswoman, would you say that Beyoncé depicts black womanhood well? What messages (both good and bad) about black womanhood is she sending to young girls? Should this even be the concern of an entertainer?