Beyonce and Jesse Williams Takes Black America to Church

Beyonce and Jesse Williams Takes Black America to Church

Black America rejoices for BET Awards highlights.
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It very pretty much an annual event, me tuning into the BET Awards. I was probably even more excited that Beyonce, one of my all-time favorite musicians was performing. And while Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson did such a great job hosting, the two main highlights of the show was truly Beyonce and Jesse Williams speech.

Beyonce for many of you already dropped her sixth album Lemonade roughly two months ago. It was a mix of black feminism, coping with infidelity and black power. One of the songs that stuck in my brain and probably the one I analyzed the most was “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar which she opened up the BET Awards with. The beginning leaves you in a trance as you start to hear excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr's “I have a dream” speech. The visuals were already stunning as you see Beyonce in a sparkly bodysuit with braids and her dancers with unique getups dance in the water. However what caught me was how she used her pipes to sing “Freedom” with so much conviction. The song is a testament to of the social and racial inequality that African Americans face in America from the time we came here as slaves to today as well. It feels like you're in church with the most powerful preacher. “Freedom Freedom I can’t move/Freedom Freedom cut me loose” are such powerful lyrics that touches your soul as an African American no matter your socioeconomic status. This was a very important highlight to me as it showed Beyonce, possibly the most powerful celebrity in the world and a black woman was using her platform to reintroduce black power and help better the situation of Black America.

Jesse Williams, like Beyonce, also has been making efforts to bring a change for African Americans. Williams for those who don’t know him, is a cast member of the hit ABC series Grey’s Anatomy. Besides recognizing him from the show and as an incredibly sexy man, I didn’t know much about his history as a humanitarian which is what he was awarded for this past Sunday. He went to Temple University and majored in African American Studies & Film/Media Arts. After graduated he began teaching African American history and diaspora. An opportunity to become an actor presented itself which got to where he is today. However besides that, he has been an activist participant in the Black Lives Matter movement, a member of social issues and civil rights groups. When he got up and gave his speech, it was beyond moving. He came off as assertive but not arrogant. He was informative and persuasive but not ignorant. Aside from mentioning the systematic racial injustice that results in black lives being taken at the hands-off policy, he also talked about black women and how they’ve done so much for us but don’t get credit. This hit very close to my heart, as I’ve seen for myself the marginalization of black women from black men who otherwise praise Caucasian girls. It’s okay to have a preference, it’s another thing to completely bash an entire race of woman who was with you from day one. One of the last lines he said in his speech is “The thing is... that just because we’re magic does not mean we’re not real”. Somehow it left me with ambiguity and curiosity to dissect that quote. After the whole speech, I for whatever reason realize that I would like to be with a man who not only has great looks but is smart and socially conscious at the same time.

You can tell from watching the news local and national, that this decade has not served African Americans well. Yes, we have Obama as president but our community has to deal with poverty, limited educational opportunities, being murdered by police and deranged white men as well as being marginalized on an everyday basis from a FOX News commentator or a politician. However like Beyonce has said we have to keep running. We’ve come too far and this what these two celebrities wanted our community and country to know.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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It's 2019, And I Can Confirm One Size Does Not Fit All, At All

I'll take feeling good over meeting your standards. Thank you.

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We live in a society where being yourself and expressing who you truly are is something that is becoming more and more accepted and is actually trendy. Left and right, people are coming forward and declaring who they are and want to be in life and there is a crowd of people there to cheer them on.

There is also always that small percent sitting in the corner, ready to throw derogatory comments and taint the self-love, respect, and acceptance that's flowing.

Every single time this happens, the internet breaks and feuds form in the comment sections. How many times does this fight have to be had before people just mind their own business? How someone looks is frankly none of your concern. Whether you think the person is too fat, too skinny, too girly, too rough, too whatever, it's none of your business.

I'm a firm believer that one should focus on their own life instead of living to tear others down. You should be more concerned with feeling good in your own body than wasting your energy trying to make people ashamed of theirs. It's not your place to comment on someone's appearance.

We should work on building up confidence and feeling good in our skin. Exercising, working on your mental health, and surrounding yourself with good energy will improve your life exponentially. DO NOT do this to achieve an aesthetic or try to look like an Instagram model. Only do it to feel good about yourself internally. What you look like on the outside should only matter to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn't fall victim to countless beautiful women who post their swimsuit photos looking like they stepped out of Vogue magazine. I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with my own body image and have to remind myself daily that it's okay to not fit their mold. I won't lie to you. We live in a world that feels the need to comment on every inch of our skin rather than focus on more important issues. Shut off the noise and ignore the words that are given in hate. You have better things to do than focus on their negativity.

Make your own mold.

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